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Ann Wright 1824-1910

Ann Wright was born on 15 August 1824, the eldest child of William Wright 1796-1882 of Bradbourne and his wife Elizabeth Gould 1802-1843.

On 1 May 1849 she was married by licence to Thomas Dale 1821-1890 of Lea Hall (1), who was born on 8 April 1821. They lived at Lea Hall Upper House (Lea Cottage) where Thomas Dale farmed 124 acres and employing two farm workers.

They had the following children:

Mary Dale. She was born in 1852. At the time of the 1861 Census she was staying with her grandfather William Wright 1796-1882 at his home near Northop in North Wales. She died on 28 December 1869 aged 18 years and was buried at Bradbourne on 3 January 1870.

Annie Dale. She was born on 25 March 1856 at Lea Cottage. She died on 28 September 1876 aged 20 years and was buried at Bradbourne on 3 October 1876.

Frank Thomas Dale. He was born on 26 March 1863 at Lea Cottage. He died in 1957 and was buried at Bradbourne.

Their father Thomas Dale died in 1890, and was buried at Bradbourne on 26 February 1890 aged 68 years.

Ann Dale died aged 86 years on 27 August 1910 at Gorse Hill, Lea Hall parish, where she was then living with her son Frank Thomas Dale who was farming there. She was also buried at Bradbourne, where there is a memorial gravestone.


(1) Lea Hall is a tiny civil parish situated between Bradbourne and Tissington, in the ecclesiastical parish of Bradbourne. It consists of only three farms: Lea Hall, Lea Cottage and Gorse Hill.