So I have taken a closer look, with a magnifying glass, at a small written note scrawled on my notes about Sarah.It was written by Thomas Wilson Butts, maternal grandson of Sarah Wilson (m. Benjamin Butt), son of TAW and Sarah (whose last name may be spelled Happleton on records, as it was thus listed and the spelling "Appleton" was given as a *variant*).
Previously, I had read two separate documents about the Wilson side of the family, which appeared to be mutually contradictory.Appearing mutually contradictory, I figured the details of each were unreliable.They appeared to be written by a father-and-son pair, Thomas Wilson Butts and another Thomas Butts, who appeared to be father and son.However, I later noticed that the relationship to the author described by both documents was identical to each other!This means that the "Thomas Butts" was also Thomas Wilson Butts, and I have inherited two copies of his research from different times.The contradiction was in the ancestry of Thomas Anthony Wilson, with one saying his mother's maiden name was Batesal (or Batesel), the family for whom Thomas's father was a coachman (a variation on the legend you've heard, which is untrue, the person in question, a Fletcher, being a "whitesmith," whatever that is, rather than a coachman), and the other saying his mother was a Fletcher.However, the note on the document saying Fletcher says that Thomas Wilson Butts "previously" (i.e. in the *other draft* of his research, the other document) thought TAW's mother to be a Batesal, but now knows that she was a Fletcher (possibly named Sarah,) who was *herself* the daughter of a woman named Batesal (also possibly named Sarah, though this name may be listed as a confusion with her daughter.Regardless of her name, she was born in Nottinghamshire).To assist in your research, this woman was the daughter of a "Dr. Batesal of Worcep," who had a son who was also a doctor--my preliminary research on him has been fruitless, but tell me if you find anything.Given the revision in Thomas Wilson Butts's research, I now regard the document as a whole as reliable.It provides the following information about Thomas Anthony m. Sarah Appleton:
-Thomas born June 3 1805 at Worcep, died June 1865 (at [indecipherable] Meadow)
-Sarah born Nov. 30 1803 at Worcep
-they were married 1826 at Worcep
-there is a date, February 4, 1842, which I interpret as her deathdate given its position on document.
-Sarah's parents: George (or John) Happleton/Appleton/Applestone, a weaver born at Balba, England ("seven miles from Worcep"), died by shooting in America, 1805; and Anna or Hannah Brown, who married after George/John's death George Hayes and had daughter Ann, who died young.
-Sarah's only sibling: John (I have no info for him)
-Anna/Hannah Brown was the daughter of William and Catharine Brown; William was a "machinist by trade" who
died Nov. 30 1803; Catharine died about Nov. 9 1803.
-Anna/Hannah Brown had one sibling named George.
-As for Thomas Anthony Wilson, his siblings were Samuel and Sarah, and his father Thomas Wilson was from Scotland and married three times, with three children by each wife.
-TAW's mother, as mentioned before, was a Fletcher, possibly Sarah, and the daughter of a Batesal, who was in turn the daughter of "Dr. Batesal of Worcep"
I will email you a picture of the scanned document when I get home from Thanksgiving vacation and back to my scanner.Meanwhile, I hope this helps your searching.Is there any way for me to see a copy of that census record?How did you access it?Also, what can you tell me about Ann Wilson and Reuben Shaw, and their descendents?All I know is that they had at least two children, and Ann was born April 6, 1839 in Mansfield.
Hope this helps and let me know if you find anything else.