A missing family bible page has left a gap in my tree
We help Barbara interpret the Crownfield/Mileham/Kitton secrets held in her family bible
QI have a family bible in the back of which is an entry for Henry Crownfield, born 8 September 1699 in Norwich. His daughter, Martha, born 9 February 1746, married Benjamin Mileham, born 23 October 1745 also in Norwich. Benjamin died in October 1823 leaving two sons and three or four daughters. A page from the bible is missing and I am trying to find out the connection between the above and the following.
John Kitton, born in Norwich ( date uncertain) married Mary Cariss Newson on 10 April 1846. His father was also called John Kitton. They had a daughter, Ellen Mary, born 5 February 1847. She married James Smyth on 14 September 1870. Ellen and James were my great grandparents.
One of the John Kittons was executor of Benjamin Mileham’s will in 1823; and one of Ellen’s sons was given Mileham as a second name. There was a marriage between Eleanor Mileham and a Samuel Kitton, but they only had one son, Frederick, who does not figure in my known family. Barbara Lilley, by email
AAs the entries you have quoted come from a family bible, the immediate question is whether they were written contemporaneously, or wholly or in part at a later date. If it was the latter, then there is the possibility that the memory of the compiler may have been faulty and some family members may have been missed out or the details entered incorrectly. Therefore it is sensible to check the entries you have against the registers of the parish of Norwich St Andrew, and perhaps other Norwich parishes too.
Benjamin Mileham was married to Martha Crownfield, on 29 April 1771 at South Walsham, St Lawrence and St Mary, by the rector Henry Crownfield. This Henry is possibly Martha’s father and the first named entry in your bible.
Both FamilySearch and Ancestry have details of the baptisms of the children of Benjamin and Martha, all at Norwich St Andrew. These entries are taken from several different sources, including Bishop’s Transcripts, Archdeacon’s Transcripts and original parish registers. The surname has variously been transcribed as Mileham, Milsham, Mitcham, Milcham and Maleham. There were 12 children in all: • Henry Crownfield, baptised 20
Feb 1772, born 19 Feb 1772 • William Cornelius, baptised 22
Jul 1773, born 20 Jul 1773 • Charles, baptised 22 Jan 1775,
born 21 Jan 1775 • Henry, baptised 5 Apr 1776,
born 5 Apr 1776 • Allen, baptised 23 Nov 1777,
born 16 Nov 1777 • Benjamin, baptised 17 Mar
1779, born 10 Mar 1779 • Lucy, baptised 10 Nov 1780,
born 9 Nov 1780 • Arthur, baptised 4 Nov 1781,
born 31 Oct 1781 • Martha, baptised 8 Dec 1782,
born 5 Dec 1782 • Lydia, baptised 7 Dec 1783,
born 3 Dec 1783 • Maria, baptised 2 Jan 1785,
born 1 Jan 1785 • Eleanor, baptised 8 Mar 1789,
born 2 Mar 1789 Two of the daughters of Benjamin and Martha, Eleanor and Lucy, married a Kitton. Eleanor married Samuel Kitton, by licence, on 28 November 1825 at Norwich St Peter Mancroft. Lucy married John Kitton on 5 June 1814 at Norwich St Helen. Both Kitton families are enumerated in the 1841 and 1851 census returns, and Samuel and Eleanor in the 1861 as well. The ages and places of birth of Eleanor and Lucy confirm that they are the children of Benjamin and Martha.
These census returns show that Samuel and Eleanor had two children, both born in Cambridge: Frederick (born about 1826) and Emma (about 1829). John and Lucy also had two children named in the census returns: Martha (born about 1825) in 1841; and Lucy (about 1815 in Sheringham) in 1851. In 1841, Lucy’s sister, Maria Mileham, was living with the family, which once more confirms this is the correct one.
Again using FamilySearch and Ancestry, five children of John and Lucy Kitton were found baptised in Sheringham: • Lucy, baptised 30 Jun 1815 • Martha Crownfield, baptised
10 Jul 1816 • John, baptised 7 May 1818 • Anna Maria, baptised 12 Feb
1820 • Mary Elizabeth, baptised 9 Oct 1821
Turning to your own ancestor, John Kitton, father of Ellen Mary, it was known that he married Mary Newson in 1846 and that Ellen was born in 1847. The family should therefore be found in the 1851 and later census returns. In 1851 and 1861 John Kitton and his family were found living in Magdalen Street, St Saviour, Norwich. John, a grocer, was stated to be aged 33 and 42, so he was therefore born about 1817-1819 in Sheringham, Norfolk. Unquestionably he is the John Kitton who was baptised there on 7 May 1818, the son of John and Lucy (formerly Mileham) Kitton.
It is probable that John and Samuel were brothers and children of Robert and Anna Maria Kitton. John was baptised at Norwich St Peter Mancroft on 13 September 1785; and Samuel was baptised at Diss on 7 June 1793.
As was customary, the family bible would have been naturally passed to Lucy as the eldest daughter of Benjamin and Martha Mileham, and so through the family to yourself. Paul Blake
Barbara was stumped by a missing page in her family bible