Monday, October 28, 2013

John & Mary (Clark) Petfield 

John Petfield, born at Hessle by Hull, Yorkshire, England on 3 December 1813 and baptised 2 January 1814. 

John's parents Mathew Petfield (1773-1855) and Ruth Jackson (1783 - 1860) married 1803.

John had  9 siblings - Mary Petfield (born 1805 married 1830), William Petfield (1807 - 1873), Elizabeth Petfield (1809 - 1827), Ann Petfield (1811 - 1871), Jane Petfield (born 1815 married 1842), Maria (Martha) Petfield (1818 - 1818), George Petfield (1820 - 1869), Charles Petfield (1824 - 1871), Mathew Petfield (1826 - 1853 found drowned).

John Petfield married Mary Clark (christened 1 January 1815) at North Ferriby in 1837. Mary was the 4th child of George Clark and Elizabeth Guy who were married at Hessle By Hull, Yorkshire on 24 November 1804. Mary Clark was born at Hessle By Hull, Yorkshire. Her siblings were John Clark (christened 21 July 1805), Ann Clark (christened 17 May 1807), George Clark (christened 16 July 1809).

John and Mary (Clark) Petfield had thirteen children -  Fanny Petfield (born 1837), Henrietta Castle Petfield (born 1839), George Petfield (1841 - 1842), Mary Petfield (1842 - 1843) William Petfield (born 1845), Benjamin Petfield (born 1847), Jackson Petfield (born 1849), Edward Petfield (born 1850), Elizabeth Petfield (1853 - 1853), Jane Petfield (1853 - 1853), Ruth Petfield (1853 - 1853), Mathew Petfield (1854 - 1857), Ada Petfield (born 1856).
John and Mary Petfield's Family Bible with the names of their 13 children.

George died 1842, Mary died 1843, both only 1 year old.  On 3 January 1853 triplets Elizabeth, Jane and Ruth were born at the back of 77 Hermitage Street, Eccleshall, near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.  Sadly the triplets did not survive their first year and died in 1853. On 13 May 1854 Mathew was born and died in 1857. Mary had her last child, Ada, in 1856.  19 years of childbearing.

John and Mary Petfield moved to Sculcoates, a suburb of Hull, Yorkshire where their first four children were born at Roper Street, Hull. The family moved to Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire where another three children were born. In 1850 John moved his family to the larger industrial city of Sheffield, Yorkshire where he settled down to ply his trade as a Wheelwright and establish a business in Mobray Street, Sheffield. John and Mary had another six children while living in Sheffield. 

In the 1841 English Census for Anlaby, Mary Petfield is shown as aged 25 with Fanny 3, Henrietta 1 and George 4 months.  No mention is made of her husband John Petfield.  It is believed this is because John was a Wheelwright (journeyman) and was probably away in search of work at the time.  In the 1851 Census for Anlaby a George Clark is shown as a retired farmer aged 71 living at 86 with two grand daughters, Fanny and Elizabeth and a farm servant James Catton of Hessle.  Fanny would have been 13 years at the time and most likely left with her cousin Elizabeth to help her Grandfather.

Notices in the "Times" on 8 February 1862 reported the bankruptcy of John Petfield, Wheelwright of Sheffield.

John Petfield lived in Sheffield until his last days in 1881 whilst living with his son Edward (born 1850). Edward and Mary (Mason) Petfield arrived in Australia on 3 January 1888.

Peter and Joy Olney (nee Petfield) spent the day in Kirk Ella, Brantingham, Hessle and South Cave with Bruce Le Gay Petfield in 2007.

Church at Hessle, Yorkshire.  John Petfield was born on.3 December 1813 and christened on 2 January 1814 at Hessle. George Clark and Elizabeth Guy were married at Hessle on 24 November 1804.

Mary (Clark) Petfield's parents - George Clark (1780 - 31 October 1854) married Elizabeth Guy (1783 - 1 October 1846) on 24 November 1804 at Hessle.  Both are buried at 164/165 Kirk Ella Church graveyard, together with George's parents John Clark (1751 - 11 January 1827) and Jane Clark (1755 - 19 November 1822).

St Andrews Church at Kirk Ella, Yorkshire.

Joy (and Peter) Olney taking down details of George & Elizabeth Clark's headstone and George's parents John & Jane Clark's headsotne at Plot 164/165 in Kirk Ella Graveyard.

In memory of Jane Clark of Kirk Ella who departed this life 19th of November 1822 aged 67 years.  Also of John Clark who died 11th of January 1827 in the 77th year of his age.  Also of Elizabeth daughter in law of the above named John Clark and wife of George Clark of Analaby who died October 1st 1846.  Aged 63 years.  And of the abovenamed George Clark who died October 31st 1854.  Aged 75 years.
Also in Kirk Ella Church graveyard is the headstone of Jane Clark (1820 - 18 April 1871) who married Robert Wiles (1820 - ?).  Jane (Clark) Wiles was the daughter of George & Elizabeth Clark and sister of Mary (Clark) Petfield.

In affectionate rememberance of Jane, the beloved wife of Robert Wiles of Derringham Bank, who died April 18th 1871.  Aged 51 years.  Patient and meek ? ? and why! Because her faith and hope were fixed on God.  Also Alfred William, son of the above, who died May 2nd 1875.  Aged 20 years.  His aching head is at rest.

I acknowledge and give credit to the work and contributions of Bruce Petfield on the U.K. Petfields, to Glen Petfield on his work with the book "The Australian Petfield Family 1888 - 1999" and to Anne Moutrie for all her family research.

These blogs have been written by Joy Olney as another way of sharing the Petfield family history with those interested.  They do not cover all branches.  My interest primarily is with my direct line from William and Mary Petfield.

If you have any corrections or wish to contact the author of this Blog please email Joy Olney (nee Petfield) -

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