Starbuck family

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Starbuck is a relatively common name during the 1800s in Hickling and whilst there are several different families most of them, at this time, seem to link back to John and Frances Starbuck who are first recorded in Hickling in the 1780s through their children’s baptismal records. Parts of this family are recorded in Hickling until the early 1900s with Emma and Alice appearing in school photographs.

A different Starbuck family appears in the twentieth century but searches are ongoing to see if there is any connection between them all; sadly, the son of this family, Thomas Starbuck was killed during WWII.

Starbuck family gravestones in Hickling:

W0017a Mr & Mrs Tom Starbuck Cromwell Cottage
W0017a Mr & Mrs Tom Starbuck Cromwell Cottage

(Maggie’s Memories, p15): “I must mention the supper, a typical country haymaking meal. Home cured ham with plenty of fat running through, a large dish of hot new potatoes, salad, but not like today’s salad, this was a lettuce cut into small shreds , sliced onion, chopped mint, sugar put together in a large vegetable dish until serving time. Tomatoes and cucumbers were served on individual dishes, beetroot was always baked in the oven, never boiled, it was then sliced and covered in vinegar. Stilton cheese and not a skinny half pound as we buy today, but either a whole or a half cheese, and sometimes it would pong to high heaven but my goodness it was good. Aso Colwick cheese, plates of bread and I don’t think the bread was spread with butter, just good wholesome fresh bread, then of course curd cheesecakes on plates, fruit pies, lemon curd tarts and jam tarts and plenty of tea. During the latter part of Granny Simpson’s life, she actually relented and allowed the men to have a bottle of beer with their supper if they wished. These are the names of the men who came in for supper, Mr George Wiles, Mr TG Wiles and young Tom Wiles, three generations and Fred Wiles. Tom Wiles now lives at Long Clawson and won the MBE in 1974 (since writing these notes in 1973/4 Fred Wiles who lived here at Hickling has died aged 63 yrs) Mr S Eggleston, Mr V Walker, Mr Tom Starbuck, John Wadkin (who I later married) and Donnie Simpson. It would often be 10.30pm or more when supper ended and these men would be up by 5.30-6am milking the cows and another gruelling day in the hayfield. Now everything is different and so easy, no one carries meals to the hayfield, modern machines used, less labour, each farmer gets his own hay and that’s that. The season starts so much earlier, too, even the haystacks are different.”

Thomas Cecil Starbuck (courtesy of Bob Timms)
Thomas Cecil Starbuck (courtesy of Bob Timms)

(Maggie’s Memories, p.43): “I omitted to say the MU had a beautiful Standard of a lovely blue, with white arum lilies, this was presented to the Hickling branch by a MU member, Mrs T. Starbuck in memory of her son who was killed in the second War, wonder if anyone cares for it now.”

Mother's Union Banner (St. Luke's Hickling) embroidered by Thomas Starbuck's mother, in his memory.
Mother’s Union Banner (St. Luke’s Hickling) embroidered by Thomas Starbuck’s mother, in his memory.

(Maggie’s Memories, p.67): “When I was in my teens I collected and sold poppies round the Lodges and Hickling Pastures, Mrs Bush a war widow (now Mrs George Starbuck and in her 80s) went with me, we walked.”

(Reflections of Yesteryear): “… in 1943 Miss Stokes could not manage both the shop and the post office. Mrs Dolly Starbuck then took the post office next door to have a business for her husband on his return from the war. Sadly, Mr Tom Starbuck was killed on active service in 1944 age 39 years. (…) Mr and Mrs Tom Starbuck (senior) lived on the south side of a pair of cottages situated behind Cobblestones. Mrs Starbuck presented a banner to the Mother’s Union in memory of her son Tom who was killed at Anzio Beach, Italy in 1944. Mr Starbuck died in 1954 aged 73 years, his wife Eliza Jane died in 1956 aged 82 years.”

(Maggie’s Memories, p.29 – Nellie Carrington is Mary Ellen Starbuck): “The same caretaker was employed at school the whole time I attended, from five to fourteen years old. She was Nellie Carrington, the work was hard and badly paid. As I have mentioned before there were coal fires in school one in each of the three rooms and in the wintertime all three would need lighting every school day, that meant the caretaker would be cleaning up the ashes (if she had not done it the previous night) around 6am there would be three great buckets of coal to carry from the back of the boys’ playground, the school itself to sweep and dust, the pan toilets to clean, and windows extra and she never grumbled. There is more to write about Nellie in Hickling.”

(Maggie’s Memories, p.81 (see also p.95) – Nellie Carrington is Mary Ellen Starbuck): “She lived in a small cottage at the corner of Clawson Lane, (which has now been demolished and a modern cottage built in its place). The original cottage where Nellie lived, with her grandmother, mother and two daughters, had one bedroom at the top of the stairs and one room downstairs. Nellie took in washing especially at confinements and deaths, she would arrive at the particular house to collect the laundry, fasten it inside a sheet and sling the whole lot on her back, it would be returned clean and ironed, her wash house was a dark tumbledown place across her yard which was in the winter nearly always up to the neck in sludge, how she ever dried all the washing each week goodness knows, there wasn’t any water laid on and only a flat iron, a copper heated with coal and wood was all the means for hotting water, dolly tub and pegs and an iron mangle. Nellie was also the village school caretaker and during the winter months it was a tough job, up early to light three fires, get in the coal etc keep all the oil lamps filled and trimmed for use. In the winter when I was a girl there was a whist drive and dance every Friday or Saturday night and Nellie was present most of the time, when whist had finished she brought out her sweeping brush and dustpan and one or two men would help clear the room and Nellie would then sweep the floor and sprinkle with a powder ready for dancing, some of the men would make fun of her good humouredly, Nellie would wash the crockery used for refreshments, the water hotted in large kettles on the open fire, often one or two helping dry up, she would stay to lock up and would always be given some refreshments to take home, all this and would be paid 2/6 to 3/6 for the evening. Anyone needing the Doctor would leave a message at Nellie’s house, the Doctors from both Clawson and Colston Bassett calling each visiting day for the list. Dr Windley lived at Colston Bassett and every Monday after the Doctors visit to Hickling, Nellie would take her basket and walk (often over the fields) to the surgery for all the medicine, and it was all medicine in bottles, no tablets at all, she would then walk back to Hickling and deliver the medicine to the patients receiving 2d or 3d (in old money) per bottle, she would wear a long full skirt to the ground, a blouse, boots, a large shawl over her shoulders and an old wool hat or even a man’s cap. Nellie’s eldest daughter Emma was a young pupil teacher when I was at school leaving age, she then went to College and became Head Mistress of Thrussington School in Leicestershire, until retiring a few years ago, there was great credit indeed to Emma.”

(Note: Mary Ellen (Nellie) Starbuck’s mother (Mary Ann Starbuck) re-married following the death of Edward Starbuck; Mary Ellen retained her Starbuck surname in official records throughout her life (never marrying) but it is interesting that Maggie Wadkin remembers Nellie by the Carrington surname from Mary Ann’s second marriage. Both Nellie and Emma are also referred to in some news reports with the Carrington surname.)

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