I wonder if anyone has any information on the following Darlingtons in 19th century Yorkshire (South Riding).
My ancestor was Joseph Darlington (b. ~1816). He married Mary Harrison (1818) in 1836 and they had the following children Joseph (1836), Peter (1837), Elizabeth (1838), John (1841), Mary J (1847), Emma (1850), Mary Ann/e (1852), and Alfred (1857-65). I am descended through Mary Ann.
The family lived in Higham Common, Barugh nr. Gawber, in South Yorkshire, where Joseph ran the local pub, the Miner's Arms - it's still there. Peter, George and Mary Ann (Beaumont by marriage) appear in the 1881 census. George may be familiar to some of you as his daughter Kerenhappuch Darlington has attracted some attention previously!
Mary Harrison's family seem to have come from nearby(Silkstone) but Joseph himself gives his place of birth as Little Hulton - or possible Little Kitton, or Little Mitton. I think Little Hulton is probably most likely given the number of Darlingtons also from here.
In the 1851 census they are accompanied by Peter Darlington, aged 74, who is simply described as 'relative' although I suspect he could be Joseph's father. IGI has a Joseph Darlington b. 7 Nov 1815 to Peter and Mary Darlington, in Peel-by-Bolton - the district containing Little Hulton.
Does anyone have any leads, especially in the Little Hulton area, that may help me tie these together? I'd especially like to know why Joseph travelled the fairly considerable distance from north of Manchester to South Yorkshire (interestingly there is a motorway running from nearby - the amusingly named Penistone - to Manchester, perhaps this was a major route in the Victorian period?)