for the Village of Little Wakering, EssexA miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution.
For related information see www.the-kirbys.org.uk
, Ancestor List
and Wills Index
Location and general
small village of Little Wakering lies on the very edge of the Essex
marshes and from the end of the churchyard you can look out across
fields to the creeks and saltings.
The group of low roofed cottages
that lie opposite the church (dedicated to St Mary the Virgin) would
have been familiar to the local KIRBY
family, although I suspect that they might have been thatched in those
In the churchyard stands an old cast iron post with a coat of arms and
the initials, S.B.H. None of the Kirby family were wealthy enough to
have put it there, howerer they may well have worked the land of
whichever aristocrat this was.
The KIRBY family
James KIRBY, labourer, and his wife Mary Rebecca christened a series of
children at St Mary the Virgin's Church in Little Wakering as follows:
Mary 1830, Sarah 1833, James 1836, John 1838, Daniel 1840. They are
present on the 1841 Census under the name KERBEY and in Little
Wakering. John & Mary are both given an age of 30 and the other
ages are in line with the christenings. I have been unable to find any
of the family on the 1851 census.
The 1851 Census has a William KIRBY born in Barling, Little Wakering in
abt 1804 and married to Sarah (abt 1805-) born Sutton, Essex.
The 1851 Census has a James KERBY (abt 1788-), Ag. Lab., born
Leigh, Essex, and aged 63.
George KIRBY (abt 1795, rochford-) and his wife Hannah (nee MILLER, abt
1794, South Shoebury-) christened children in Barling, Little Wakering:
Samuel 1833 & William 1825. Samuel married Harriet (maiden name
unknown, abt 1828, southchurch-) and had a son Henry KIRBY (abt 1855,
Little Wakering-). According to the 1841 & 1861 Census, George
& Hannah had another son, Henry KIRBY (abt 1823-) born in Great Wakering,
Essex. George was the son of John KIRBY and Judith KENNETT,
who were both buried at Downham,
Essex. Again the family are missing from the 1851 Census.
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
Any transcripts and images on this page are Copyright R I Kirby 2008
unless stated otherwise.