The Family Tree

Simpson Bishop
1818-?

Simpson Bishop was the oldest of eight children of John Bishop, the first of three with his first wife Elizabeth (née Simpson) of Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

When Simpson was about 8 years old, his mother died, seemingly during or as a result of giving birth to his sister Elizabeth. His father quickly re-married (a total of 3 further times).

Simpson married Elizabeth Taylor of Soham, and the couple went on to bear seven or eight children before Elizabeth's death in approximately 1858-1861.

Simpson and his family moved to Little Wapses Farm in Twineham, West Sussex at the time of the 1851 census, working in agriculture - perhaps as tenant farmers. Next to them at Great Wapses Farm was the Male family, also from Cambridgeshire.

The family return to Fordham, Cambridgeshire in time for the birth of what was to be the last child in 1858, and they appear living at 'The Black Cottage' without the mother of the family, but joined by son James Simpson Bishop's wife and 6mth old daughter.

Widower Simpson remarries to Elizabeth Ellinor of Burwell in 1861 at Newmarket, Suffolk, but there is no sign of any children.

Simpson then moves the family away again, taking four of his children (Keziah, Joseph, Eliza, Harry) to Higher Booths, Lancashire, England. Here, he marries for a third time, to Sarah Washington, but she is missing on the 1871 census (he is still noted as 'Mar' (married). He is noted here as a 'Farm Lab', whilst his children are all working within the cotton weaving industry.

In 1874, Simpson's daughter Kezia dies at age 22. She was employed by the cotton industry, so I have ordered her death certificate to ascertain her cause of death. Was it the perilous work? Or another cause?

It is then unclear what becomes of Simpson, as he seems to be absent, or hidden, in the 1881 census.


Further Details

Born:
circa 1818, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Baptised:
3rd January 1819, Soham, Cambridgeshire, England.

Married:

Children

Census

Died:
After the 1871 census.

Buried:
unknown