Family History


 

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JANE WINTON

Born: 1793 Lancing, Sussex

Died; 1819 Somptin.

Married: 1814 Peter Nottingham

 

Jane was baptised 19 May 1793, Saint John The Less's Church, Lancing, Sussex. The daughter of Thomas Winton and Deborah Bennett

She was married in the same church 05 March 1814, Like most of my female ancestors of the time she was pregnant when she married, though not as advanced in her pregnancy as most of them were. Poor Jane she is one of my youngest ancestors to die at 26 She was buried 22/7/1819 Sompting. He youngest son James Nottingham was born 14/1/1819 Sompting and buried there 26/10/1819. Jane didnít child in childbirth but she might have had TB or something easily curable today like pneumonia. The numbers of burials at time in Sompting doesnít indicate an epidemic.

Jane and her son James appear on the same page in the burial register which covers 17 June 1819 to 12 march 1820 with 8 burials. Of these no less than half were young women; aged 26 (Jane) two at 23 and one at 20. I have no idea what the other young women died of. Only Jane was married so unless they had an illegitimate child they didnít die in or following childbirth. I think the likeliest cause would be consumption as TB was then called.

The other fatalities were babies 13 months, 9 months (Janeís son) and eight months and an eight year old. I think that babies who lost their mothers early had a high mortality rate themselves. If their mothers died in childbirth or shortly after then a wet nurse would have to be found or bottle feeding which was very rudimentary at this time. When Jane died James was old enough to be weaned and indeed he did live for another three months. But looking at the other deaths near to Jamesís it occurs to me that the period around weaning was a particularly difficult time for babies. Were they given the right food when being weaned? enough of it? were they exposed to unhygienic handling and storage of food? Were they still being breast fed and this was proving to be insufficient?

Robert the son who did survive was baptised in Lancing parish church. I understand it was quite a custom for the first born to be baptised in his motherís family church. Robert unlike his sister Margaret didnít stay in Lancing, we worked as an agricultural labourer in Goring and Broadwater.

Children: Robert Nottingham born 1814 Sompting died 1890 married 1845 Harriet Goatcher

Margaret Nottingham born 1816 Sompting died 1888 married 1835 John Steer

James Nottingham born and died 1819 Sompting