Mary Ann Darby

#606, (12 April 1806-circa October 1882)
FatherGeorge Darby (c 1779-4 Mar 1853)
MotherElizabeth Aylott (c 1777-Jan 1821)
     (For a brief history and context on the Darby family see this page)

NOTE: The information on this page is my research to date and is subject to change as I become better informed. I very much welcome any corrections or additional info you might have - my email address is at the bottom of this page - Tim Hill.
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Mary was born on Saturday, 12 April 1806 at Hertford.1,2 The city of Hertford dates back to at least 673, and was an important market town surrounded by agricultural land. From the late 16th century, it had access to the London corn markets via the River Lea.

She was the daughter of George Darby and Elizabeth Aylott. She was baptised at Lady Huntingdon's Connexion on Saturday, 24 May 1806 at Hertford.1 Lady Huntingdon's Chapel was one a series of chapels founded in the 18th century by the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion as part of a Calvinistic movement within the Methodist church. She insisted that they should all subscribe to the doctrines of the Church of England and use only the Book of Common Prayer. It was apparently founded in 1800, and started keeping registers from 1806.



Her mother died circa January 1821. She was about 19 when this happened.2

She was recorded as living with her father and her sister Elizabeth in the 1841 census at Port Hill, Bengeo, Hertford. She was recorded as being 21 years old.3

She married William Skerman, a clockmaker, son of James Skerman and Ann Cotton, at St. Pancras New Church on Wednesday, 26 October 1842 at St. Pancras, London. This was the third marriage for William. Witnesses to the wedding were Amelia Darby and Laurence John Coxall.4,5,6

In George Darby's will on 16 May 1850 Elizabeth Darby, Mary Ann Darby and Eliza Darby were named as heirs. Of his other children, three other surviving sons (John, Thomas and William) are not named in the will. Perhaps this was because they had emigrated to Australia, but Samuel had also emigrated and is named. In any event, both John and William died in the three years that followed, both before their father's death. Further, George did not name his second wife in the will either, and may have been estranged from her. Elizabeth got the newly constructed house and its grounds, as well as the household goods furtniture and effects that it contained but was required to pay one hundred pounds into the estate (for the ultimate division between her married sisters Mary Ann and Eliza and one of her brothers in South Australia, Samuel)..7

Mary Ann Darby was recorded as the spouse of William Skerman in the 1851 census at Parliament Row, Hertford.8

Her father died 4 March 1853 at the approximate age of 74. Mary was aged 46 when this happened.

George Darby's will was probated on 20 April 1853.7

Mary Ann Darby was recorded as the spouse of William Skerman in the 1861 census at Hertford. Also living in the house were four of their chldren.9

Mary Ann Darby was recorded as the spouse of William Skerman in the 1871 census at Hertford. She was recorded as being Also in the household were 3 of their children.10

She was recorded as living with (an unknown value) in the 1881 census at Hertford. She was recorded as being her son Charles and his wife, one of his daughters and two of her grandsons.11

Mary died circa October 1882 at Hertford.12

Children of Mary Ann Darby and William Skerman

Children
Last Edited23 May 2014

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
Family
1806BirthHertford1,2
1806BaptismLady Huntingdon's Connexion, Hertford1
1842MarriageSt. Pancras New Church, St. Pancras, London4,5,6
c 1882DeathHertford12
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby

Citations

  1. [S236] Parish Registers- Hertford Back Street Bethel-Lady Huntingdon, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5V9-VV4 : accessed 23 May 2014), Geo. Darby in entry for Mary Ann Darby, 24 May 1806; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 0566026 (RG4 1367).
  2. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 22 Aug 2012.
  3. [S397] National Census for England, 1841 (online image) Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 444; Book: 6; Civil Parish: Benegeo; County: Hertfordshire; Enumeration District: 6; Folio: 26; Page: 12; Line: 19; GSU roll: 288831.
  4. [S469] Website Family Tree of Pete Bradshaw and Wendy Offen (http://www.bradshaw32.plus.com) http://www.bradshaw32.plus.com/family/00017375.htm
  5. [S541] The Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 'Marriages' 29 Oct 1842 p.3.
  6. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 22 Aug 2012 (for church details).
  7. [S468] Website The National Archives, England (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) Will of George Darby, Brickmaker of Bengeo, Hertfordshire - Reference: PROB 11/2170/145 (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details).
  8. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Registration district: Hertford, Sub-registration district:Watton (piece 1711, folio 360, p.17) (http://search.ancestry.com.au/Browse/view.aspx).
  9. [S398] National Census for England, 1861 (online image) Registration district: Hertford, Sub-registration district: Hertford (piece 824, folio 47, p.34) (http://search.ancestry.com.au/cgi-bin/sse.dll).
  10. [S412] National Census for England, 1871 (online image) Registration district: Hertford, Sub-registration district: Hertford (piece 1373, folio 4 p.4) (earch.ancestry.com.au/iexec?htx=view&r=5544&dbid=7619&iid=HRTRG10_1371_1373-0486&fn=William&ln=Berman&st=r&ssrc=&pid=6314189).
  11. [S393] National Census for England, 1881 (online image) Registration district: Hertford, Sub-registration district: Hertford (piece 1425, folio 24 p.7) (http://search.ancestry.com.au/iexec).
  12. [S400] General Register Office, England - Death Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Deaths Dec. 1882 Vol.3a p.264.