John and Ann Chatterton hightail it out of Uttoxeter

By 1851 John & Ann Chatterton had left Uttoxeter for Burton upon Trent and were living in Bridge Street. John was a pawnbroker and Chelsea pensioner, born in Lichfield.  Ann was 25 years younger and originally from Atherstone. They had married in Uttoxeter in 1847 following the death of Jane Chatterton, John’s previous wife, in 1845. Jane had been matron of the Union workhouse in 1841, while John was governor there. Ann had known John for some time as she had been governess at the workhouse in 1841 under her maiden  name of Ann Wootton.

John and Ann continued to live in Burton moving to Union Street by 1861. They died in 1861 and 1871, respectively, both leaving wills. He left his estate to her. Her will is somewhat lengthier and includes reference to 2 cottages on the Heath in Uttoxeter.

Did life in Uttoxeter become too hot for them?

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John and Ann Chatterton

John Chatterton made a career of servicing the poor law, both before and after 1834.  John was the master of the Uttoxeter workhouse by at least 1830 at a salary of £25 per annum, and went on to be the master of the Uttoxeter Union workhouse; the promotion was worth a raise, and in the late 1840s John and his wife Ann took £60 a year for their work as master and matron respectively.  The couple’s poor-law career in Uttoxeter ended in 1850 when the Guardians of the Union dismissed them ‘for inattention to the orders of the Board and general inefficiency’.

John earned money for sundry services beyond his salary, however; in 1830-1 he received at least a further £6 12s 6d for supplying sundry goods for the use of paupers such as shoes, brewing items, and funeral supplies including ale.  Notably he was also paid fees for pig-killing!

Sources: SRO D3891/6/35/1/6, 26, 33; D3891/6/35/2/3, 10, 29; D3891/6/35/3/12, 27, 37, 39; D3891/6/35/4/13, 22; D3891/6/35/5/8b; D 700/AG/8a/1 Uttoxeter poor law union minute book 1847-53.

NB: this biography is a work in progress and will probably be amended in future as further information from vouchers and other sources becomes available.