My Girt Family



Jeremiah Girt was baptised at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on June 12, 1814.

Jeremiah was an agricultural labourer in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England. Up until the ninteenth century, 75% of the total workforce were labourers. Before mechanisation, farming was labour intensive. The wages were low and in order to survive, all family members, including children from an early age (schooling not becoming compulsory until 1870), would be expected to help contribute to the family income. Usually labourers were hired on a daily basis, and the family would supplement their meagre earnings with produce from their own small garden.

He married twice. Jeremiah Girt married Maria Head at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on November 4, 1835. Maria Head was baptised at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on August 25, 1816. Maria died in 1848.

Jeremiah Girt married Martha Mary Fosker at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on November 15, 1857. Martha Mary Fosker was baptised at St Peter's Church in Monks Eleigh, Suffolk, England on August 10, 1839. In 1881, Martha was a charwoman.

After their marriage Jeremiah and Martha remained at Kettlebaston for the christening of their first two children, Frederick in 1858 and Frank in 1859. When Walter was christened in 1863, the family were in the neighbouring parish of Monks Eleigh. They moved again soon after to Bildeston where Charles was christened in 1864 and here the family appeared to remain.

Jeremiah died in Bildeston, Suffolk, England and was buried on January 28, 1882 at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Bildeston, Suffolk, England.

Jeremiah Girt and Maria Head had the following children:

Jeremiah Girt and Martha Mary Fosker had the following children:

Families of Frederick and Walter Girt

Frederick Girt (father: Jeremiah) was baptised at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on August 8, 1858. He was a farmer. Frederick Girt married Sarah Ann Bull at Saint Mary the Virgin in Kettlebaston, Suffolk, England on December 25, 1876. Sarah Ann Bull was born on May 19, 1855 in Wix, Essex, England. She was the daughter of Robert Bull and Sarah Eunice Green. Frederick Girt was buried on March 30, 1886 at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Bildeston, Suffolk, England.

After Sarah became a widow in late March 1886, Sarah became the partner of Walter Girt. Sarah Ann Bull had first married Frederick Girt, brother of Walter Girt and together they had five children. After Frederick Girt's death, Sarah supposably married Walter Girt and they had a further seven children (although it is not clear who the father of the first two children born after Frederick's death).

Sarah died in Manor Park, Essex, England on November 28, 1935 and was buried in the Waltham Abbey Cemetery in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England.

Frederick Girt and Sarah Ann Bull had the following children:

Walter Girt (father: Jeremiah) was baptised at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene in Bildeston, Suffolk, England on February 16, 1863. Walter was the partner of Sarah Ann Bull in Bildeston, Suffolk, England after 1886. The Girt family lived on a farm at Clacton-On-Sea in Essex. Walter Girt is remembered by his granddaughter, Grace Setford (nee Perrey) as a tall man who often wore a captains hat. He used to take his billy down the street each morning to get his beer. Sarah Ann Girt is remembered by Grace as being a strict and stern lady. Eva Perrey (nee Girt) and her family used to spend their holidays with Eva's parents before they emigrated to Australia in 1923. Walter died in London, England on February 5, 1927 and was buried in the City of London Cemetery in Manor Park, Essex, England.

Walter Girt and Sarah Ann Bull had the following children:

Sarah Girt (nee Bull) and her daughters

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