Staying in Suffolk, I turn to Mary Ann Mudd who was born in 1843 in Creeting St Peter, or West Creeting in Suffolk.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the exact date of birth as I haven’t yet ordered the birth certificate.  Her parents were Thomas Mudd, a farmer, and Eliza Gooch.  Mary Ann was one of nine children, including five boys.

Mary Ann appears, aged 7, in the 1851 census.  The family was living at Grove farm.  Grove farm today is either owned by Poundfield Products Ltd, a concrete product supplier, or by EO who work in the electrical vehicle charging industry, or both.  Both give their address as Grove Farm, Creeting St Peter, Suffolk.  Another company, Alfabloc Ltd, are registered at this address.

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Google streetview from entrance to Grove Farm

In 2013, there was a proposal to make the farm a solar farm and, of course, “NIMBY“s didn’t want that (lower the property prices, etc, etc).  It looks like they may have won as there’s no sign of solar panels in Google earth view.  Poundfield Products have also caused ire because of garish cranes.  It’s the pity the farm is no longer just a normal farm.

By the next census, Mary Ann had married William Rose, on 3 April 1860, and moved to Framlingham where William had a mill.  One newspaper notice said the wedding took place at Creeting St Peter’s and another at Creeting St Mary’s church (just down the road).

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It looks to be a nice little church with some lovely stained-glass windows.  Mary Ann was only 17 and William 11 years older.  One wonders how they met.

Mary Ann got pregnant almost immediately and their first child, Fanny Emma, is listed in the 1861 census. Mary Ann’s mother, Eliza, and older sister, Susan, were visiting when the census was taken.

The following year Mary Ann gave birth to their first son, William Mudd Rose.  Something took the couple to London between 1862 and 1867, their second son, John Edward, being born there in 1864.  William senior became a publican in Drury Lane.  They weren’t there long and had moved back to Suffolk where the third son, Charles Robert, was born somewhere in the Bosmere registration district (perhaps Henley).

In 1868, Mary Ann gave birth to her fifth child, a daughter, called Mary Anne.  Sadly, the girl died in September of the following year.  Another daughter, Bessie Emily, was born in 1870.  In the 1871 census the family of seven were living in Henley, William senior a miller.

The following year the fourth son, George Thomas, was born, and two years after that, another daughter, Susannah Ellen, then the following year yet another daughter, Florence Eva.  The couple now had nine surviving children, Mary Ann being almost constantly pregnant.  But they didn’t stop there.

The family moved to Sproughton, Suffolk, where William senior was still a miller.  Between 1876 and 1885 (when Mary Ann was 42) five more girls were born:  Maud Alice, Kate Beatrice, Mabel Mary, Millicent Gertrude, and Ethel Grace.  Incredible.  I don’t have details of when the children died but certainly ten of them lived to adulthood.  I can’t find deaths for Fanny (who married Fred Neale), Bessie, Susannah, Kate, Mabel (who possibly married very late, to Harold Clarke), Millicent, and Ethel.  It’s hard to know if the girls married.

Mary Ann’s husband, William, died in 1893 in Sproughton.  Sometime after that Mary Ann moved to Badley, Suffolk.  I’m assuming that she moved in with her son, William, who was a corn miller and farmer in Badley (but from what date, I don’t know).

Mary Ann died on 13 April 1900, aged just 57.

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Ipswich Journal, 21 April 1900

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The Mill House, Badley, Suffolk

The probate reads

ROSE Mary Ann of Badley Mill Suffolk widow died 13 April 1900 probate Ipswich 6 July to George Thomas Rose miller Effects £1240 10s 6d

Sources: familysearch; findmypast; Google; suffolkchurches.co.uk; probatesearch; family archives

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