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Mary Ellen Adams 1873-1952

Mary Ellen Adams
Born: 1873 at Atlow, Derbyshire
Died: 1952 Spondon, Derbyshire
John Charles Adams 1842-1910
Ellen Porter 1848-
William Smith Adams 1873-1930
Mary Ellen Adams 1874-
Elizabeth Porter Adams 1876-1962
Gertrude Adams 1884-
Frank Wright 1869-1954
Evelyn May Wright 1898-1973
Charles Frederick Wright 1899-1981
Gertrude Alice Wright 1902-1902
Kenneth William Wright 1915-1988

Mary Ellen Adams was born on 11 November 1873 at Atlow in Derbyshire, the daughter of John Charles Adams 1842-1910 and his wife nee Ellen Porter.

When the 1881 Census was taken she was living aged seven with her parents and siblings at Ashton Close, Snelston near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, where her father was farming 178 acres and employing two men and a boy. By 1891 the family had moved to Petthills Farm, Kniveton in Derbyshire.

Park Gate Farm 1908

Park Gate Farm 1908

Haven Grange Farm 1908

Haven Grange Farm 1908

In 1897 she was married to Frank Wright 1869-1954. He was born on 16 July 1869 in Bradbourne, Derbyshire, the son of William Wright 1826-1904 of Bradbourne and his wife nee Sarah Anne Redfern 1834-1904.

He had been farming at Haven Grange Farm, Bradbourne in Derbyshire from at least 1891. When the 1901 Census was taken they were living at Haven Grange Farm, and were still there in 1908 (1). However by 1911 they had moved to the nearby Park Gate Farm (also known as Clapp Gate Farm) in Bradbourne (2).

They had the following children, apart from one who had died by 1911 :

Evelyn May Wright. She was born in 1898. She was married to Egerton Orme (born 1895). She died in 1973 at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Charles Frederick Wright. He was born in 1900. He was twice married.

Mary Ellen Wright died on 23 December 1952 at Spondon aged 79 years (3), and was buried at Bradbourne where there is a memorial gravestone.

Her husband Frank Wright died on 31 July 1954 aged 85 years, and was buried with his wife at Bradbourne.


(1) Frank Wright was still farming at Haven Grange in 1908 when Nat Gould was writing his autobiography The Magic of Sport. Nat Gould recounts how his eldest son Sidney Nathaniel Gould was then working at Park Gate with Nat's cousin Edward, just as he had done at Haven Grange in the 1870s.
(2) Later they lived at The Elms in Snelston, and The Red House at Sandybrook near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. He retired to The Knoll, Locko Park near Spondon in Derbyshire. Ashbourne News 12 August 1954. The Red House is actually white. Information of David Lowe.
(3) Ashbourne News 7 January 1953. The report states that she "was a Miss Adams of Kniveton before her marriage" and also that she and her husband had also farmed at Snelston and Kirk Ireton, both near Ashbourne. Her parents had moved to Petthills Farm in Kniveton by 1891. This reference to Kirk Ireton is incorrect. They also farmed at The Wheathills in Kirk Langley, Derbyshire.