I am looking in to family history including the INNOCENT family of Nottinghamshire. A copy of an extract from the family Bible (I think it is: unfortunately I don’t know where the original is) reads as follows. 1782 July 24th J. Innocent Born 1805 Augt 14th Mary Innocent Born 1822 Jany 29th J. & M. Mard. 1823 April 21st S. [? J.] Innocent Born 1824 Nov 2nd M. Innocent Born 1827 Feb 20th G. Innocent Born 1829 Nov 8th J. Innocent Born 1831 Sept 11th A. Innocent Born 1833 Oct 31st T. [?] Innocent Born 1835 Nov 7th Elizabeth Innocent 1837 Sept 23 Wm Innocent Born 1839 Oct 21st Francis Innocent Born 1841 October 17 Martha Innocent Born 1843 Decr 15 Hannah Innocent Born 1846 April 11 Henry Innocent Born 1850 April 4 Joseph Innocent Born 1851 July 19 Joseph Innocent Died Age 1 Year 3 Months and 3 Weeks Dear Martha Died Sept 15 1863
July 25th 1872 John Innocent Senr died Aged 90 Sept 21st 1887 Mary Innocent died Aged 82
Jany 2nd 1873 Elizth Innocent and William Lamb married Feb 11th 1874 Elizth Ann Lamb born June 15th 1876 Edith Mary Lamb born April 9th 1879 William John Lamb born
The 1871 census gives the birthplace of John Innocent (b. 1782): Cropwell Butler, Notts; and that of his wife Mary (b. 1871) as Orston, Notts. In 1871 they were living at 24 Wood Street, Mansfield. John was described as a retired farmer. (The census misquotes his age as 55 as against Mary’s 65, which was correct. As she was married at the age of 16 and started bearing children a year later the year given in the censusreturn would have meant that John was only 6 years old when he was married.)
John junr. (b. 1829) was a mechanical engineer. his wife Mary E. (b. ~ 1835) was born in Great Gonerby, Lincolnshire and they had three children, Martha (~1866), Annie (~1868) and George (~1872),
Elizabeth Innocent was my great-grandmother. Her elder daughter Elizabeth kept a daily diary for 4 years from 1892 to 1895 which I am in the process of transcribing (and trying to chase up the numerous family references in them). Elizabeth did not marry. The second daughter Edith did, and was my grandmother. She also kept a diary from 1898 to 1904, by which time she was married.
Martha (1841-1863) was in service and died of scarlet fever which she caught from the children in her charge.
Henry (b. 1846) was a blacksmith. His wife Julia came from Rudham, Norfolk and they had at least five children, Albert, Eliza, Harry, Edith and Julia born approximately in 1875, 1877, 1880, 1881 and 1886.
I should be most grateful to learn more about this family.