John & Jane Woolfitt (Boole) - kindly researched and provided by Judy Woolfitt
Jane Boole born in Bassingham, Lincoln in 1808, was the first cousin of George Boole
John Woolfitt and Jane Woolfitt (Boole) were married on 30th October 1854
As far as I am aware, Jane and John had no children. John had a family by his first wife, she died and he soon married Jane whom I presume had been a friend of the family as they went to the same chapel etc.and villages were pretty close -knit communities at that time. Skinnand was only a small place with about six houses and the people went to nearby Bassingham for shops, post office, Methodist chapel probably blacksmith, school and other things. Jane helped to bring up his young family and, reading between the lines in the letters, it all worked well.
A look atJane's letters in the 1860-1870's
The following letters are from Jane Woolfitt (Boole) to her nephew William Weaver. The letters have been transcribed exactly as written and include original spelling's and lack of punctuation.
They give an insight into their busy farm life, natural disaster's, animal and cropping problems.
An image of one original clearly shows the writing style of the 1870's and a lack of spell check!
Skinnand Saturday May 21st
I am very sorry to inform you that John and Edward cannot possible come to day as it is the day appointed for our sheep washing at Welbourne and your note came to late for any alteration to take place I feel exceedingly obliged to you for all your kind invitation and should very much liked them to have spent a Sunday in Sheiffield as you are all more particularly at liberty on that day
my Husband desires me to say that they shall come by a Monday Morning train or not as you do not say the time it starts hoping this will find you all enjoying good health as it leaves me at present I subscribe myself your affect
Skinnand July 29 1863
My Husband begins to want to know how your pulse beats whether towards Skinnand or some more favour spot we expect you will want to get out of the smoke a little bit ere winter shows its head Well I am authorized to say there is the same door open there has been before and the same work to tackle if you think good to come we finished Hay leading last night and commenced Oat cutting this morning but there is nothing that requires you for a week or ten days I expect you would like to be at home this conference and if so there is no nescssity for you leaveing it but if you think good to come we shall be glad to see you please remember us to all our Sheiffeild Cousins and tell them we are all well and hope you are all the same your Uncle Merrill told us he intended paying you a visit but donít know the time we went to see him a Leadm feast and found him very comfortable please let us know whether you will come or not
Excuse more my husband is going to Bassm and wants to post it from your affect
Aunt Jane Woolfitt
Skinnand March 25 1864
You will think long before you hear any thing from us to thank you for the kind invitation you were kind enough to give us to visit you at Sheiffeild in order to see the destruction of life and property that has just taken place in your neighbourhood and for which I am with you thankfull to Almighty God that your habitation was not fixed were the sweeping deluge would in all probability have taken you with the rest of your fellow mortals it was not so thank God give our kind love to Cousins all and thank them for their kindness I believe none of us will be able to get I felt a hope last week that my husband would leave tryed to get this week but his engagements have been so many during the week he has never seemed to have the time to spare you will be aware it is lambing time and Edward our head shepherd has been laid up a month of an abcess on the side of his jaw it has been cut just at the end of the jaw bone it has been a deal of pain his teeth have been set quiet fast so that he could not get any food in his mouth for some days consequently he has lived on broth and milk but I am thankful to say he is progressing fast now he has begun to garden and attend to the sheep in the daytime so you will perceive it has fallen rather heavy on my husband John and Kate have likewise been suffering from influenza and all more or less from cold we are all tolerable well at the present Joseph is about to leave us to learn the trade of an honest Miller I think I can almost hear you exclaim that will be difficult knowing the character Millers in general have well we must hope for the best he goes to Mr Minit of Welbourne next week I believe. we are also looking out for a situation for Will he wants to be a grocer and draper He got the last of our spring corn in this week and has done well never better so that now we are wanting the Sun to shine and showers to descend and water the grain in order that it may spring up and yield unto us a bountiful harvest my husband intends having our large wheat Rick thrashed this week if he can get it done it has stood all the storms that have passed over us without moving scarce a sheaf so that there is great credit due to the builders no doubt or that would not have been the case I perceive my paper is getting nearly full and think there is nothing more very particular at Skinnand just now so must beg of you to excuse my scribble and shall be glad to hear from you again when you may think good and favour us with a line
from your affect
Aunt Jane Woolfitt
Letter 4 Ė 1865 ?
I have learned to day with surprise that Mr Boole is going to leave Sheiffeild and that Mrs Hart is coming to morrow morning Mr has just come from Lincoln and is a going to send John to Bassm so when he gets his tea I am scribbling shall send you a few if Mrs H can take it as we have been slaughter this last week
I received your very kind letter the first sunday in the year and thought I would write you a rather lengthy one in return but have not had the opportunity at present it being a busy time of the year with us and we have all being suffering from colds more or less but are all very much better hope you will have the kindness to write and clear up the mystery for it appears to be one to me what is to become of the old bachelor it rather puzzles me to know the time is about gone so you must excuse more give my best to all my dear friends and a hope the move will be for their interest Mary joins in love to all
your affect aunt Jane Woolfitt
you can send the cloth by Mrs H
Skinnand July 14th 1866
My Dear William
it is with pleasure I once more sit down to give you an invitation to our quiet little home for I am thankful to say such it is at the present time I am thankful to say I never was more comfortable with the family than at the present had have been for some months past peace and good order once more prevails and we are as comfortable as the queen upon the throne and perhaps more so. so if you are disposed to come into the country and spend a few weeks or months you are quiet welcome and I will endeavour to make you as comfortable as I can but if you do not feel adequate to it I will not persuade you because I know the work is hard and your strength not very great so you shall please your self altogether and then you will please us but if you consider to come you can come any time as we are not very strong for help and we are now busy with the hay and such and shall be until the harvest is ready my Husband thinks the harvest will be quiet ready by the time the hay can be got so you need not wait to hear further the 7 acre is all down and they will begin the 10 acre on monday next and then the rhy grass close next we have very good crops if we can get any thing to cut it you would doubtless hear of the loss of the whole of our beautiful herd by Cattle Plague this was a grievous thing while passing through it but I am thankful to say my husband kept up his spirits wonderful during the trial and is much better than we could possibly think as you know he was such a man for his stock we have commenced with one cow and shall have more as soon as we can meet with them it has left our neighbourhood for the present there has not been a case the last fortnight in our district so hope it will please the Almighty to slay the dreadful malady for such it is wherever it falls as we have had plenty of proof I find I am getting my nearly full so must stop my trap untill another opportunity offers Sister Bartholomew and me have been at Leicester a week and enjoyed ourselves very much all our friends were well and very pleased with our company we may perhaps pay you a visit after harvest so good bye
from your affect Aunt J Woolfitt
please give the united love to all our friends at Sheiffield
Skinnand July 19th 1867
my Dear William
I was very pleased to see a few lines from you more especialy as I had heard from different quarters so much of your poor health but am glad to hear that it is somewhat improved and that you have an idea you could be of some use in the harvest field I felt quiet sure you would not offer your services if you did not feel you could do a fair share of the work to be done you are aware of the changes in our land I suppose consequently we have less harvest to get this season we have lost the two 10 acres and hempshalls and the new land is fresh paired and burnt and sown with turnips so that if the weather prove fine our harvest will be short but my husband thinks if you would like a job they can find you one for a short time and the change will do you good George Bartholomew has taken a situation as Bailiff to Mr Williams of Carlton and is a going to reside in the house with a man and his wife so their family will be very small the sunshine is gone and the hay makes very slowly but hope it will soon alter again we are just in the midst of it the rye grass close is all cut and none of it got they are now mowing Mr Masseys meadow that was and that is the last they have to mow it will serve a fortnight should the weather take up and be fine the harvest is rather backward it is considered in our part I should like to have paid you a visit but think it cannot be done before the harvest
Mary has been to London for a fortnight and enjoyed herself very much we are all well and hope you and Cousins all are the same we wish to be kindly remberd to them all and shall be glad to see any of them when convenient you can take your own time about coming if your work is slack and you come before there is any at Skinnand you must pay your friends a visit until it is ready I think as you intend coming I will reserve all the rest until I see you from your aff
Aunt Jane Woolfitt
23 Pomona St