Sarah Ann Clarke

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Born: 1845 Died: 1926 Married: William Chettleburgh Mother: Mary Ann Mayhew Father: John Clarke Descendant: Phoebe Chettleburgh
Census 1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921

Sarah Ann Clarke was the second wife of William Chettleburgh. She was the mother of some (but not all of his children) including Phoebe Chettleburgh.


Sarah was born in Woodton (Norfolk, south east of Norwich) in around 1846 (according to the 1881,1891, 1901, and 1911 censuses), but was not baptised there. Her parents were John Clarke (an agricultural labourer) from Kirstead, and Mary A. Clarke from Hempnall, Norfolk.

  • 1841 was the night of 6 June 1841.

On the night of 30 March 1851 she was still living with her family in Shotesham All Saints.

On the night of 7 April 1861 she was living away from her family who were still living at Shotesham All Saints.

  • 1871 was the night of 2 April 1871.
  • 1881 was the night of 3 April 1881 .
  • 1891 was the night of 5 April 1891.

  • 1911 was the night of 2 April 1911.

By 1877 she was a Laundress in Ber Street, Saint John Sepulchre, Norwich.


She married William on the 10th of December, 1877 at the Registry Office in Norwich. Her marriage certificate is on the right, and a transcript is below:

1877 Marriage solemnized at the Register Office in the District of Norwich and in the County of Norfolk
No. When married. Name and Surname. Age. Condition. Rank or Profession. Residence at the time of the Marriage. Father's Name and Surname. Rank or profession of Father.


Tenth December 1877 William Chettleburgh
Sarah Ann Clarke
39 years
32 years
Starch Labourer
Near the Factory, Lakenham
Ber Street, Saint John Sepulchre
John Clarke
Farm Labourer
Married in the Register Office by Certificate before Frederic Oddin Taylor, Registrar
This marriage was solemnised between us William Chettleburgh
Sarah Ann Clarke
in the presence of us The mark of John Clark
The mark of Mary Ann Clark


Together with her husband William Chettleburgh they had 8 children, of whom 5 survived until the 1911 census.

However, there is also a record of a Sarah Ann Clarke (in Lakenham), who christened a George Clarke on the 20th April 1884 who was born on the 18th December 1873, which if the same person would predate her marriage to William. In the parish registers the surname "Chettleburgh" was initially written, and then crossed out and replaced with "Clarke"

  • George Clarke (b. 18 Dec 1873, baptised 20 April 1884, Lakenham)
  • Walter Chettleburgh (b. 1 Mar 1878, baptised 6 April 1884, Lakenham)
  • Ellen Chettleburgh (3 Oct 1879, baptised 6th April 1884, Lakenham, married John Betts 25 Dec 1905)
  • Robert Edward Chettleburgh (1881)
  • Alice Chettleburgh (1882)
  • Phoebe Annie Chettleburgh (19 Dec 1883, baptised 6 April 1884, Lakenham)
  • Anna Chettleburgh (~1885)
  • Robert Chettleburgh (~1888)
  • Edward Albert Chettleburgh (~1889).

By 1881 she was living with her husband in Lakenham, Norfolk.

By 1891 they had moved into a public house, The Cricketer's Arms, 67 Lindley Street, which he ran. They were still there for the 1901 (on the night of 31 March) and 1911 censuses.

Her son Edward Albert Chettleburgh joined the army on the 10th December 1915, at the time he was living at 38 Gt. Eastern St, Shoreditch, and his trade was Barman. He died on the 5th July 1916 in Flanders, France.

Other Records

The 1851 census (below) gives us the combination of birthplace and parents, the age is a year out though (could be due to the census occurring at different times of the year, and it agrees with her marriage certificate):

1851 - Shotesham All Sts, Henstead, Norfolk, [PRO: HO/107/1818 Folio: 257 Page: 20]

Name Relation Status Age Profession Birth Place
John Clark Head M 34 Ag. Lab. Kirstead, Norfolk
Mary A. Clark Wife M 31 - Hempnall, Norfolk
John Clark Son S 10 Scholar Woodton, Norfolk
Robert Clark Son S 8 Scholar Woodton, Norfolk
Sarah A. Clark Daughter S 6 - Woodton, Norfolk
Mary A. Clark Daughter S 4 - Shotesham All Saints, Norfolk
Louisa Clark Daughter S 2 - Shotesham All Saints, Norfolk


The death of a Sarah A. Chettleburgh was registered in Norwich in 1926 (Oct-Dec) (Vol 4b, page 170a), her age was given as 81 (~1845).