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     Sparrow, Spooner and Slaughter

Here are some notes from Local Historian, Beulah Gowing.

A few details as collected from various sources.
The Registers are in Norwich Record Office with full information.

The name of Sparrow and Sparrowhawk were in Ludham at early dates. A burial (photocopy) of Margery Sparrow 1663, April 11th. No other detail given. In 1842 no. 736 a Phoebe Sparrow occupied a two room cottage Old Staithe Road (now demolished)

The Spooners
William Spooner baptised 1825, son of James Spooner and Clarissa Sparrow
1853 October 20th William Spooner, full age, bachelor, labourer, son of James Spooner married Maria Slaughter, full age, spinster, daughter of Richard Slaughter. Witnessed John Slaughter

Information from the tithe Map
1842 Richard Slaughter rented a marsh and lived in the Dog Inn near Ludham Bridge (Inn still there)

Information from 1871 Census
Richard Slaughter senior, was 88, a widower and pauper and born Horning.
William Spooner aged 45, boarder Ludham and Harriet Spooner age 16 servant. Born Horning

Information from 1852 Census
A James Slaughter age 21 lodged with John Cooke, five houses from possible parent Richard – making him eighth occupant of that house. (This often happened. Too many mouths and not enough beds)

Marriages from 1837 – 1948 at Ludham
January 25th 1838 John Slaughter, full age, bachelor, shoemaker, Ludham son of Richard Slaughter married Harriet Harris, minor, spinster, schoolmistress, Ludham, daughter of Henry Harris, shoemaker

December 8th 1849 John Slaughter, full age, widower, shoemaker, Ludham son of Richard Slaughter, labourer, married Elisabeth Allen, spinster, daughter of Edward Allen, labourer

October 20th 1853 William Spooner, full age, bachelor, labourer, Ludham, son of James Spooner, labourer married Maria Slaughter, spinster, daughter of  Richard Slaughter, labourer. Witnessed John Slaughter (repeat of above)

April 30th 1857 Charles Slaughter, full age, bachelor, labourer, Ludham son of John Slaughter married Amelia Whitaker, spinster, daughter of James Whitaker, labourer

The marriage of Richard Slaughter is not found, despite help from a friend who has marriages from earlier dates. Because Richard Slaughter was aged 60 in 1851 census and his daughter 27, I think there could be older children not resident at that time. He farmed 56 acres at How Hill NOT 5 acres
Baptism of Susan aged 27 and born in Ludham 1824 would perhaps reveal her mother’s name. Again register is in the Norwich Record Office.

There are several marriages of the Slater family, which I understand was once Slaughter/Slater.
I have not included above:
June 15th 184? Elizabeth Slater, daughter of Richard married William Holmes
October 12th 1848 Richard Slater, son of Richard Slater married Susannah Laycock
June 10th 1852 James Slater, son of Richard Slater married Rebecca Gibbs
May 9th 1854 James Slater, widower, son of Richard Slater married Mary Laycock

Burials St. Catherine’s Churchyard
Reading from stones (M.I.) The early Burial Register is at Norwich Record Office.

Section E. no. 11    Gladys Slaughter, 1902 – 1979, wife of Edward Marmaduke Slaughter aged 86, who also died January 16th 1986.

Section E. no. 54    Eldred Slaughter, died August 12th 1901 aged 41 and Emma his wife died January 17th 1884 aged 31 and their son William aged 3 weeks.

Section E. no. 55    Sarah Slaughter died August 27th 1907 aged 60.

Section E. no. 58    George Henry Slaughter died December 15th 1938 aged 60, also Sarah Ellen his wife died October 3rd 1970 aged 92

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