Amos HIBBITT - (Abt. 1808 - 1880)
Records show that Amos
HIBBITT was born in Exton, Rutland,
between 1808 and 1811. There were two baptisms of an Amos HIBBIT/HIBBET
in Exton Parish Church within three years. However, after tracing the
paths of the two individuals through the censuses, it is apparent that
the particular Amos in question was the son of Luke & Mary HIBBET, baptized on
3rd August 1808.
High Street, Exton
Photographs of the village
of Exton can be seen in the 'Photos' section of this web site.
It is believed that Amos married Mahala NEWBOLD in
Exton in 1830. They appear to have had one child, Charles Newbold
HIBBITT, who was born in 1839.
The 1841 census shows Amos living in Exton village with his wife, Mahala,
and baby, Charles, and also his in-laws, George and Ann NEWBOLD, and other family members. Below is a list of those living in the
household at that time.
Name, Estimated birth year, Birthplace, Civil parish, County/Island,
Amos Hibbitt abt 1811 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
Charles Hibbitt abt 1840 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
Mahala Hibbitt abt 1811 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
Ange Newbold abt 1791 Rutland, England Exton Rutland (The actual
Christian name is not clear on the census but is most likely Ann)
Ann Newbold abt 1821 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
Ann Newbold abt 1827 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
George Newbold abt 1791 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
George Newbold abt 1821 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
John Newbold abt 1839 Rutland, England Exton Rutland
There was a separate entry in the 1841 census showing a similar family
(Amos, Mahala and Charles) living in Langham, Rutland, although the
surname was spelt HIBBETT. Here, Amos was recorded as being an
By 1851, the census had Amos, Mahala and son, Charles, living in
Fretherne in Gloucestershire, registration district; Wheatenhurst,
sub-registration district; Haresfield. Amos' occupation was recorded as:
Barley, Over 70 Acres, 3 Labourers.
The 1861 census shows Amos, Mahala and Charles still living in Fretherne
in Gloucestershire, registration district; Wheatenhurst, but the
sub-registration district was now Frampton. Amos' occupation on the
census was recorded as a Farm Bailiff. The surname was recorded as
HIBBETT once again.
A little more information about the work of a Farm Bailiff...
The rank or employment of Farm Bailiff still exists today and has the
same standing as a foreman, although on a farm he has quite a lot more
responsibility. He is responsible to the landowner for the smooth
running of the farm and the management of the tenant farm workers. The
employment is only met with on farms with large acreages where its
workers live in accommodation provided by the landowner as part of their
remuneration. The Bailiff would also have the responsibility of the
employees' wages and have his own office usually within his own
accommodation. This type of farm would have been a community by itself
and more or less, completely self-contained.
In 1862, on his son, Charles', marriage certificate, Amos
as being a Farmer.
In 1871, we might well have
found our Amos in Sutton Bonnington St Michael,
Loughborough, Nottinghamshire. The census put his age at 60, giving a
date of birth of about 1811. Although the other Amos was baptized in
Exton in 1811, it would appear that he died in 1869. The census record
was as follows...
Name: Amos Hibbitt
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1811
Relation: Servt to Head
Where born: [looks like] Ehton [probably should read Exton], Rutland,
Civil parish: Sutton Bonnington St Michael
Ecclesiastical parish: St Michael
Registration district: Loughborough
Sub-registration district: Leake
Street Address: St Anns Manor (This is in St Anns Parish)
Occupation: Coachman to Mrs W Paget who is from Horne?
ED, institution, or vessel: 11
Household schedule number: 176
Household Members: Name Age
Amos Hibbitt 60
Elizabeth Greenwood 40
Henry Bates 65
The enumerator's description mentioned 'Pagets House on the Hill called
St Anns Manor'. On the same census for the parish of Sutton Bonnington
St Michael, there was a family of Pagets at Sutton Hall; George E Paget,
Sophia Paget (wife), Hilda S Paget (daughter) and Willm B Paget
(Visitor). Could Amos have been the coachman to the wife of the visitor,
Willm B Paget?
Amos died in 1880 in Birmingham, Warwickshire,
after an illness lasting a few months. The
details recorded on his death certificate were as follows...
Name: Amos Hibbitt
Date: 10th August 1880
Location: Melbourne Terrace, Friston Street, Lady Wood, Birmingham
Age: 71 years
Cause of Death: Phthisis, 4 Months Debility, Certified by T Moyles MD
Informant: Mary Hibbitt, Daughter in Law, Present at the Death, Friston
Terrace, Friston Street
When Registered: 10th August 1880
Registrar: Wm Wood
From the certificate, it would appear that Amos
remained near his son
and daughter-in-law, Charles and Mary, and although his wife, Mahala,
was staying with family in Whitwell in 1871 (possibly because Amos was
working away), she was indeed recorded as living
in Melbourne Terrace on the 1881 census.
Phthisis was a Latin term meaning a wasting disease and formerly applied
to many wasting diseases, but is now usually restricted to pulmonary
tuberculosis or consumption.
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