Anna and Thomas Turner

Anna and Thomas Turner baptised six children in the parish of Colwich between 1785 and 1794.  They earned a total of £63 13s 4.25d from supplying the parish poor with cloth and haberdashery in the decade 1786-96 (or nearly £6 per year).  Their dealings with the parish were much more lucrative than those of their business rivals, Richard and Elizabeth Wootton, but the Turner family members are more difficult to trace in other sources.  Some of the payments intended for the Turner couple were sent via a Luke Turner, for example, but it has not yet been possible to work out the relationship between the men.  In all probability he was Thomas’s father or brother, or perhaps an older son not baptised in Colwich, but this remains speculation.

 

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.

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Richard and Elizabeth Wootton

Richard and Elizabeth Wootton lived at Great Haywood in Colwich from at least 1762 until 1790s and possibly later.  The couple may have married in Birmingham in September 1757, when a Richard Wootton married an Elizabeth Hipwood.  The timing of the marriage fits well with a first baptism (a daughter called Ann, baptised in Stafford in June 1758).  The couple who appear in the Colwich overseers’ vouchers baptised a daughter called Mary in the parish in January 1762, a son called William, and two more daughters called Peggy and Lydia.  The Woottons made part of their living by supplying the paupers of Colwich with clothing.  In the decade 1786-96 they received a total of £25 16s 5.75d from overseers of the poor for fabric, hats, coats, and haberdashery.  They were not the only ones to receive money from the Colwich overseers for clothing and their competitors included another couple, Thomas and Anna Turner, who appear to have all but supplanted them for parish business 1788-91, but the Woottons returned to the accounts in the 1790s.

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.