Sir Joseph Paxton

Apropos of nothing:

A researcher just spotted that Joseph Paxton (the future Sir Joseph) crops up as a 36-year old on the list of people qualified to serve as a juror.

The eagle-eyed will notice that his qualification is as a freeholder, so he must have owned property in the area, rather than just lodging at Chatsworth.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong!  I have hardly ever seen the lists of jurors (Q/RJ/1) – they could might be called an under-used resource.

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2 thoughts on “Sir Joseph Paxton

  1. I have been researching the family history of two families who served the 6th Duke of Devonshire and later the 7th Duke. It seems that the Devonshires looked after their servants very well. The will of John Cottingham, the house steward at Hardwick Hall, shows that he owned property in Eckington and Beeston. He was the son of a butcher. John’s son Henry went into the Church and the Duke made him Vicar of Hathersage and later of Ault Hucknall. The other son, John Gregory Cottingham, became an attorney and was buried at Edensor. William Jeudwine the chaplain at Hardwick married John’s daughter and their son William Wynne Jeudwine became a land agent and was a very wealthy man. He was the first president of Chesterfield Golf Club. Henry Cottingham is the vicar of Hathersage who was duped by the Eyres of North Lees and withdrew from the trusteeship of Thomas Eyre’s will when there were difficulties. I think this comes to light in the Stubbs / Eyre papers that were given to the Record Office by Eric Stubbs and family.
    Jennifer Nicholas

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