One thought on “Spa Wood Fatality – Mark Peacock – 26 Apr 1915

  1. The bald facts, as given in the accident report, tell only part of Mark’s story.

    In the census nearest in time to his death, that of 1911, Mark was living at 24 Fountain Street, Guisborough. With him were his daughter, Miriam, age 20 and born at Guisborough, sons John Archibald, age 18, and Eric Wilson, age 16, both born at South Shields, son Robert Mark, age 13, born at Lingdale and daughter Kate Evelyn, age 10, born at Stanghow. He fortuitously, and erroneously, completed the columns relating to the duration of the marriage and the number of children born to it, still living, and previously deceased. From this we know that these five children were the survivors from a marriage that had produce eight children in total.

    Mark was enumerated as married but his wife was not enumerated with him. Miriam was living at 10 Westgate, Guisborough. She was running a Draper’s business and supporting her “Feeble Minded” mother, Suzanna Wilson.

    From the pattern of the places of birth, Mark was a man who was prepared to go to where the work was. This is confirmed by the 1901 census; in which we find his wife, Miriam, with the same five children, living at Seaton Hill House, Stanghow, whilst Mark is living, as a boarder, in the house of Samuel Ayrton, a coal miner, at 11 Gore Hill, Wath-on-Dearne.

    This willingness to chase the work was something that had been part of Mark’s life since childhood. Combining information from the 1871 and 1881 censuses, it is possible to trace the movement of Mark’s parents, William and Ellen Peacock, as William himself chased the work. The children of this family had places of birth as follows: Joseph and William at Batley Carr, Yorkshire; Robert at Mitford, Northumberland; Mark at Falstone, Northumberland; Eliza at Bromley, Kent; Matthew at Kemsing, Kent; Walter at New Whittington, Derbyshire; Sarah at Batley Carr, Yorkshire; and Ann at Carlingham (Collingham?), Yorkshire.

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