1805 – 1840
(4x great grandmother)
I have been searching for the Baptism of Sophia Mayhew for over a year now and I still haven’t been able to find any record for her. She is the only ancestor (not including paternal which is Ukrainian) for which I haven’t passed the 1800’s with, so I have a very big hole in my family tree.
Sophia was a Silkwinder from Bocking, Essex and she had one illegitimate daughter’ Lydia Mumford who was born in Wethersfield, Essex in 1828 and baptized in St Mary the Virgin, Bocking, Essex on the 10th September 1828.
I suspect that Lydia Mumford was also the daughter of William Mumford who was the only man by that surname living in Weathersfield at the time of her birth, He was born the same year as Sophia and he went onto have another child ‘John Mumford’ in 1832. But because the line is illegitimate and no records or clues exist, an intelligent guess is all I can give.
Sophia sadly died before any census in England took place, so tying her down to a particular parish is near impossible, all I can do is view every parish within a set period 1800 – 1815 in the hope that her baptism turns up. I have had luck doing that before on another line, it’s very time consuming but it’s the only way forward.
Sophia died of Consumption on the 21 October 1840 in Church Street, Bocking, Essex her only daughter’ Lydia Mumford was twelve years old at the time.
The only companion at her bedside when she passed away was 65 year old ‘Esther Humphrey’ nee: Inman. She was the widow of Timothy Humphrey. I have looked into who Esther was in the hope she was a relative, but sadly this is not the case. Esther was a native of Colchester, Essex and no connection between Mayhew and Inman has yet been found.
I would like to think that this kindly woman took in Sophia’s orphaned daughter at least until she came of age and that she didn’t end up in Boking, Workhouse. But Lydia disappears from the records between 1841 – 1861. The next time I see her, she is living in Wantz Road, Maldon, Essex in 1871 and she has had eight illigitimate children, at least five by Charles Gray and another three by a Samuel Dennis.
The parishes I have searched so far are:
Coggeshall / High Roding / Chelmsford Cathedral / Great Baddow / Colchester – St James, Greenstead and All Saints / Bocking / Weathersfield / Witham / Finchingfield / Great Tey / Little Tey / Wakes Colne / Great Bardfield / Colnes Engaine / Earls Colne / Braintree / Rayne / Black Notley / Springfield / Burnham / South Wield / Halstead / Kelvedon / Hazeleigh / Rivenhall / Pebmarsh / Aldham / Panfield / Stisted / Shalford / Gosfield / Great Sailing / Stebbing / Felsted / Cressing / Maldon – St Mary and All Saints / Heybridge.
My search continues.