James and Mary are my Great Great Great Grandparents and the Great Gandparents of Harry and Martha Wykes. James was born in Spratton, c.1784, the oldest son of John and Sarah Wykes of Spratton, Northamptonshire. Mary was also born in Spratton in 1787. Her maiden name was something of a mystery, being reported as Maggaday or Haggaday. I searched many places and found neither name reported anywhere. However, in February 2002 I was contacted by Ralph Hagatta who wrote:-
Several of James and Mary's sons were in the building trade, being bricklayers/builders, so it would seem likely that James also plied that trade, However, the returns for the 1841 and 1851 Censuses show his occupation as Agricultural Labourer.
The picture of James is not a photograph of James, but a photograph of a portrait. Now if James was an agricultural Labourer, would he have had a portrait painted of himself? It could be that the photograph is only a detail of a larger group portrait. One wonders if the original has survived and where it is now. As both James and Mary were 'Chapel', perhaps the portrait was of members of the Independent Chapel in Creaton.
James died at Creaton in 1857. Mary died in 1871.
James and Mary's eldest son was Charles, a bricklayer/builder who
proved to be very elusive during my researches. I found him
early on, but despite strong clues I could find no actual evidence
of his relationship to James and Mary Until I was contacted by
Kate Burchill, who supplied these wonderful pictures.
Kate is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles and my
fourth cousin, once removed. Both Charles and Elizabeth were
born in Creaton, he in 1811 and she in 1813, but they were living
in Guilsborough, Northamptonshire when their son William was born
in 1842 and their son Edwin, in 1844. Charles died in 1886
and Elizabeth in 1887.
William is currently a bit of an enigma. Apart from the bare details of his birth all I know is that he died in 1894. However I have not been able to locate him in the 1881 census.
Edwin Ernest is even more of an enigma. We are not sure if he is William's son, or the son of William's brother, Edwin.
We do know that on the night of the 1881 census, he was staying
with his grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth in Aston,