|Article compiled by John Meads, 2006|
John Stokes came to Burton Latimer from Middleton c 1830. He was a farmer and moved to Washpit Farm, High Street, where he brought up a family of seven children with his wife Mary, née Wiggins. Three other children died in infancy.
His surviving children were:
1831 Mary Ann Stokes Married in 1870 to George Frederick Downing, farmer. They lived at Downing’s Lodge, otherwise known as Buccleuch Lodge,
1833 Martha Wiggins Stokes Married in 1855 to Alfred Downing, farmer. Farmed at Finedon then came back to Buccleuch Lodge.
1836 Elizabeth Stokes Married in 1856 to John Marriott Garton, tailor, draper, farmer and then draper’s assistant.
1838 Maria Stokes Married in 1869 to Samuel John Clarke, farmer. Moved to Warwickshire.
1840 Harriett Stokes
1843 John Northen Stokes Farmer, followed his father at Washpit Farm, married Susannah Ann Linnell in 1871. He gave up farming and moved to
1844 Emma Louisa Stokes Married in 1869 to Allen York of Rothwell, baker.
Benjamin Stokes, John’s brother, followed him to Burton Latimer circa 1838. Benjamin was a carpenter and wheelwright and lived in
1837 Mary Ann Stokes
1839 Thomas Stokes Carrier to Kettering & Wellingborough, married Jane Howard in 1860. See below.
1841 John Stokes Shoemaker, married Fanny Taylor in 1863. One of their sons, Arthur John Stokes, became a music teacher and was organist and choirmaster at St. Mary’ Church from 1931 to 1954.
1844 Elizabeth Stokes
1847 William Stokes
1850 Henry Stokes Shoe worker, married Elizabeth Freeman in 1874.
Thomas Stokes, son of Benjamin, was a carrier who took goods to Kettering and Wellingborough with his horse and cart.
In his 'Memories of a Villager’ Albert Granger writes: "Tom Stokes was a carrier, and with his horse and cart, used to journey daily to Kettering and Wellingborough. He used to bring the shoe work from the factories in
He married Jane Howard in 1860 and they had eight children:
1861 Benjamin Stokes Went to
1862 Charles Stokes Married Lucy Annie Howard in 1885. Charles Stokes was Secretary and Manager of Burton Latimer Industrial & Co-operative Society for about 25 years, overseeing its expansion in
1864 Ann Stokes In 1884 she married William Meads, shoemaker, later dairyman. They had eleven children, one of them dying in infancy.
1866 John Thomas Stokes Shoe worker, married Ellen Louisa Hull in 1895. Another family member involved in the affairs of the
1869 Samuel E Stokes Shoe manufacturer (Stokes, Dicks & Co. 1903) married Elizabeth Flawn in 1890. His two sons Frederick W. and Charles E. served in the First World War; Fred lost a leg and Charles was killed in action.
1872 George Henry Stokes Married Sarah Sculthorpe in 1905. A confectioner and grocer with a small shop in
1873 Frederick William Stokes Married Fanny Louisa Geagan in 1899. He was a member of the Parish Council for a few years and also its Clerk until 1923 and then rates collector for the Urban District Council until 1929. He had two children Louie, who never married and Walter (see below) who married Grace Ashley.
1878 Herbert Shortland Stokes Carrier, married Eva Frances Braines in 1903. They had two children, Ida (Jessie) and Ruby. He continued in his father’s carriers business from premises at