Genealogy Notes for the Village of Little Wakering, Essex
A 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 List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

The 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 days.
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.

Related links

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