Clavering

 

 

 

 

An entry from the Burial Records in 1768

 

I cannot read the Parish Registers Baptismal entries for 1557, 1558, 1559, 1560,1561,1562 and 1563. They slowly become more legible but the first Smith entry I can read is shown below:

 

 

This is an example of the problem from 1584

 

On 10th March 1801 the village population totalled 900 of which 444 were male and 456 were female.

 

 

 

John Smith and ???? Bett were married in October 1555

 

John Smith and Agnes ????? were married in August 1557

 

John Smith and Frances Bebbington from Berden were married by license in London on 21st October 1594

 

George Smith was buried in June 1562

Benjamin Smith son of Richard Smith citizen of London was buried on 1st November 1603

 

Emmanuel Smith and Brigitt Pastor a widow were married on 25th November 1605

 

Emmanuel Smith and Sara Bayley were married in April 1616

 

John Smith the son of John Smith was buried on 12th November 1616

Mother Smith was buried on 3rd October 1621

Walter Naggar and ???? Smith were married on 8th October 1629

 

George Smith from Radwinter widower and Ann King were married on 8th November 1633

 

Thomas Tollon and Susannah Smith of Much ??? were married on 18th October 1634

The will of Sarah Smith was given probate on 15th October 1658

John Smith the son of Daniel Smith was baptised on 17th July 1662

Richard Smith the son of Richard Smith was baptised on 4th January 1663

Gilbert Smith son of Richard and Mary Smith was baptised on 21st March 1670

Gilbert Smith was buried on 26th March 1670

Leonard Smith son of Richard and Mary Smith was baptised on 24th September 1671

John Smith son of Richard and Mary Smith was baptised on 13th July 1674

Elizabeth Smith daughter of Richard and Mary Smith was baptised on 28th January 1677

William Smith was buried on 15th August 1681

Thomas Smith son of Richard and Mary Smith was baptised on 28th October 1686

Mary Smith daughter of William and Christian Smith was baptised on 30th April 1687

???? Daughter of John and Katherin Smith was baptised on rd February 1689

Mary Smith daughter of John and Christian Smith was buried on 5th April 1689

Mary Smith daughter of Edward Smith from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and Mary his wife was baptised on 20th April 1699

Sarah Smith daughter of Richard and Sarah Smith was baptised on 29th October 1704

Richard Smith son of Richard and Sarah Smith was baptised on 26th December 1707

Richard Smith son of Richard and Sarah Smith was buried on 2nd January 1708

Ann Smith daughter of Richard and Sarah Smith was baptised on 24th April 1709

Christian Smith wife of William Smith was buried on  of 3rd September 1711

Mary Smith daughter of Richard and Sarah Smith was baptised on 22nd July 1713

Mary Smith daughter of Richard and Sarah Smith was buried on 26th November 1713

Matthew Smith son of John and Jane Smith was buried on 21st September 1716

Abigail Smith daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 9th September 1720

Mary Smith widow was buried on 30th September 1720

Elizabeth Smith daughter of Gilbert Smith was buried on 20th October 1721

Mary Smith daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith was a baptised on 6th March 1722

William Smith son of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 15th February 1725

Robert Hills and Sarah Smith were married on 21st September 1725

Elizabeth Smith wife of Simon Smith was buried on 21st October 1725

Nathan Smith son of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 4th October 1726

Sarah Smith daughter of Thomas and Mary Smith was buried on

Elizabeth Smith daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 7th April 1728

Jane Smith daughter of Gilbert and Jane Smith was buried on 6th January 1730

Thomas Smith son James `Smith was buried on 15th March 1730

John Smith of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 20th April 1730

Mary Smith wife of John Smith was buried on 11th March 1731

Elizabeth Smith daughter of Richard Smith was buried on 13th March 1731

Thomas Smith son of Richard Smith was buried on 6th April 1731

Elizabeth Smith daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith was buried on 21st October 1731

William Corvel and Ann Smith were married on 3rd December 1731

Elizabeth Smith wife of John Smith was buried on 8th December 1731

David Smith son of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 10th December 1731

David Smith son of David Smith was buried on 14th January 1732

Gilbert Smith son of Gilbert and Jane Smith was buried on 7th September 1732

 

John Smith and Anne Pakeman were married on 2nd January 1733

 

John Smith the Senior was buried on 25th June 1734

Sarah Smith daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Smith was buried on 25th December 1734

Edward Smith son of Richard and Elizabeth Smith was buried on 29th June 1739

Mary Smith wife of James Smith was buried on 25th September 1741

John Reynolds from Great Chesterford and Mary Smith from Langley were married on 8th January 1745

Jane Smith wife of Gilbert Smith was buried on 10th February 1748

Mary Smith wife of John Smith was buried on 31st March 1749

 

George Smith from Stansted Mountfitchet and Ann Squire were married on 3rd December 1751

 

John Smith son of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 23rd October 1752

Thomas Smith was buried on 5th May 1753

James Smith son of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 23rd January 1755

William Smith son of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 25th December 1756

Edward Wilson from Standon, Hertfordshire and Maria Smith were married on 5th January 1757

George Phillips from Langley and Sarah Smith were married on 11th October 1758

Thomas Smith son of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 13th January 1759

Elizabeth Smith daughter of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 8th February 1761

Gilbert Smith was buried on 26th June 1761

Elizabeth Smith wife of Richard Smith was buried on 24th June 1762

Sarah Smith widow was buried on 5th July 1762

Sarah Smith daughter of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 14th February 1763

Henry Smith son of George and Ann Smith was baptised on 28th October 1765

Mary Smith widow was buried on 15th July 1766

Henry Smith son of George Smith was buried on 20th October 1767

John Smith son of George and Ann Smith was buried on 9th August 1768

Henry Smith son go George and Ann Smith was baptised on 24th December 1769

Ann Smith was buried on 17th June 1772

Richard Smith was buried on 27th March 1776

Mary Smith was buried on 13th March 1785

Elizabeth Smith was buried on 29th March 1785

Martha Smith daughter of Thomas and Honoria Smith was baptised on 18th February 1787

Mary Smith daughter of Joseph and Susanna Smith born 11th February 1788 was baptised on 9th March 1788

 

Isaac Smith widower from Furneaux Pelham and Mary Copeland widow were married on 11th October 1790

 

Elizabeth Smith a pauper was buried on 18th May 1791

John Smith aged 72 was buried on 10th April 1804

John Negus and Mary Smith were married on 7th September 1816

 

Henry Smith and Mary Horlton were married on 1st November 1826

 

George Cole and Sarah Smith were married on 13th December 1826

John Smith son of John and Sarah Smith was baptised on 25th March 1827

John Smith aged 9 months was buried on 23rd October 1827

Maria Smith daughter of John and Sarah Smith born 7th May 1828 was baptised on 15th June 1828

Hannah Smith daughter of Henry and Mary Smith was baptised on 25th July 1830

 

Thomas Smith and Sarah Lawrence were married on 5th February 1831

 

Mary Ann Smith daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Smith was baptised on 24th July 1831

Hannah Smith daughter of James and Sarah Smith born 19th December 1831 was baptised on 26th February 1832

Mary Ann Smith aged 10 months was buried on 12th April 1832

Alfred Smith son of James and Sarah Smith was baptised on 15th December 1833

Elizabeth Smith daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 17th April 1836

William John Smith son of John and Elizabeth Smith was baptised on 17th April 1836

Nathaniel Stokes from Takeley and Elizabeth Smith were married on 25th December 1839

Sarah Smith aged 54 was buried on 5th February 1840

 

John Smith and Elizabeth Corbey were married on 13th October 1841

 

Samuel Smith from Arkesden and Elizabeth Goodwin were married on 12th November 1843

James Smith aged 62 was buried on 9th January 1844

Charles Boynton and Maria Smith were married on 18th June 1844

 

John Smith from Arkesden and Charlotte Josling were married on 12th June 1848

 

Emma Smith daughter of John and Charlotte Smith was baptised on 10th December 1848

Henry Atkinson and Hannah Smith were married on 9th November 1850

Sarah Smith aged 40 was buried on 26th February 1853

 

James Smith and Eliza Wheeler were married on 18th November 1854

 

Elizabeth Smith aged 81 was buried on 20th July 1867

John Smith aged 69 was buried on 3rd April 1875

Eliza Smith aged 69 from the Union Workhouse was buried on 6th September 1881

James Smith aged 78 from the Workhouse, saffron Walden was buried on 30th September 1887

 

William Bigg Smith from Bishops Stortford and Grace Elizabeth Gayler were married on 5th September 1899

 

Charles Smith from Arkesden and Grace Whyman were married on 27th August 1911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS OF CLAVERING PRIMITIVE METHODIST CHAPEL: 19th CENTURY

 

Cornelius Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Ephraim Smith

John Smith

 

 

The Primitive Methodists first missioned Clavering from Saffron Walden round about 1841. At first they met in the open air or in barns and cottages, but in 1844 they were given a tiny plot of land on Hill Green by Joseph Perry, a wealthy landowner who lived opposite. On this plot they built their first chapel in 1844, a timber, plaster and lath structure, replaced in 1877-8 with the brick-built chapel that stands there today. Services continued until recently, but the old chapel is currently for sale, since the Methodists have come into Ecumenical Union with the URC (formerly Congregationalists or Independents) and the Anglicans in the parish church, and are sharing services and facilities.

 

 

In its heyday the chapel attracted large congregations, and chapel-going became a family tradition. There do not appear to be any baptism, marriage or burial registers associated with the chapel, so they must have performed these rites of passage in either the Congregational chapel or the parish church. About ten years ago, the circuit archivist Margaret Richardson discovered a pile of old roll-books buried in the cupboard of another chapel, and these provide the only known list of who belonged to the Clavering chapel in the 19th century. The list below is extracted from these roll-books for the interest of family historians. A discussion of the Primitive Methodists can be found in The well-ordered town: a story of Saffron Walden 1792-1862 by Jacqueline Cooper, in relation to the Saffron Walden circuit which included Clavering; and in an article published in the journal Family & Community History in May 2002. In some cases further information is available if you write to the compiler of the list, the Clavering Local History Recorder: Jacqueline Cooper But in many cases the names are all we have to bear witness to a remarkable religious revival in 19th century Clavering. The original roll-books can be seen at the Essex Record Office in the D/Nm category, along with other circuit archives.