One thought on “Skelton Park Fatality – William Ord – 19 Jul 1880

  1. William was baptised on the 19th October 1836 at All Saints, Skelton, a son of John and Mary Ord. His father was a labourer. In 1841 the family was living at Skelton, on the south side of the main street. There are six children in the family, with William being the fourth child and third son. In 1851, William is working as a farm servant on John Kitching’s farm at Whorlton. On the 4th December 1858, William marries Harriet Knaggs at All Saints, Skelton. He is 21 years old but she is only 18. By 1861, William and Harriet are living in Skelton and have a son, Thomas age 4, and a daughter, Ann Mary age 1. In 1871, the family are living at Rushpool Hall, presumably in one of the estate cottages there, they have a 2-year old daughter, Harriet, and William is a coachman. Neither Thomas nor Ann Mary are mentioned.

    I have a slight concern in that, it seems to me a little unexpected that someone in such a safe job as a domestic coachman should forego that lifestyle to face the darkness and danger of working underground. I wonder if I have found a “wrong” William Ord? The one I have given above has a clear connection to Skelton but not to a life in the mines.

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