Edward and Martha Hall.

Edward Hall was baptised on 4 June 1773 at St. Mary’s, Uttoxeter, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Hall.

However he must have moved to Tutbury before he married as Edward Hall, of Tutbury, married Martha Harris, of this parish on 13 Oct 1803 at Marston on Dove when both signed with an X.

According toTutbury Parish Records they had the following children.

John baptised              28 Oct 1804

Elizabeth baptised      12 Apr 1807

Jane baptised             01 Aug 1813  father occ. Labourer.

William baptised         01 Jun 1817 father occ Labourer

Richard baptised        29 Sep 1822 Father occ. Labourer.

Martha was buried on 31 July 1831 at St. Mary’s, Tutbury, aged 48 (giving a DOB of 1783) after being killed by falling off a cart in Derby and the Uttoxeter Overseers received an appeal for monetary help with her burial.

Letter to Overseers

The Derby Mercury of 3 Aug 1831 reported her inquest.

“On Saturday last a coroner’s inquest was held in this borough, on view of the body of Martha Hall, of Tutbury, whose death was occasioned the preceding day in consequence of the wheel of a cart, from which she had fallen, having passed over her body – Verdict Accidental Death.”

In October 1831 the  Uttoxeter vouchers have a settled bill sent by All Saint’s, Derby Overseers, to the Uttoxeter Overseers with details of the cost of a coffin and also to pay a woman to care for the corpse of Martha Hall. Although the writer of the letter gets a bit mixed up and calls her Margaret Hall on the reverse.


Reverse of letter below.



The 1841 Census HO107/ 976 folio 25 shows that Edward Hall had his daughter Elizabeth and her family living with him at Monk Street, Tutbury, Staffordshire

(27 Dec 1833 St. Mary, Tutbury.  William Hopkinson married Elizabeth Hall. William signed but Elizabeth signed X)

They were still with him in 1851 at 10 Monk St. Tutbury, although Elizabeth had just been widowed. (1851 Census. HO107/2011 folio 165)

William Hopkinson was buried 1 March 1851 aged 51 at Tutbury (Just before the census which was 30th March)

Edward Hall was buried on 14th Feb 1858 at  St. Mary’s Tutbury aged 85.

Subsequently a letter has been found at Stafford Record Office in a bundle with ref. D3891/6/99. This was to the overseers and throws a little more light on the circumstances surrounding Martha’s accident.