THE FROGGATT FAMILY OF SHEFFIELD, YORKSHIRE
Beginning with Joseph Froggatt (1810-?)
I am often asked - "Are you related to Joanne Froggatt, the actress?". Well... the surname is the same, so I could be, but I did not know for certain. The only way to find out was to work backwards from Joanne and see if we had ancestors in common. The short answer is - no, we don't, unfortunately (at least not back to 1800), but it has been fun and somewhat frustrating, working on it. So here is the Froggatt of Sheffield family tree as best as I can determine it (noting that there were several Froggatt families in Sheffield). There may be errors and omissions. I may have assumed connections that do not stand up to more scrutiny: certainly some of the family trees that I examined online have errors. You are welcome to email me with more information or to tell me where I have erred. (paul at frogs.co.nz).
You may be amused to note that I spent some time following up the wrong Froggatt
family. Working back to Alan Froggatt, I found his mother's maiden name was FURNISS. An "Ann"
Furniss (born 1887 Sheffield) had married John Alfred Froggatt in 1906 in Rotherham so I followed this
lead back in time with the Froggatt and YELLAND families. Only later did I discover that an "Annie"
Furniss (born 1887 Sheffield) was a different person. Annie had married William Henry Froggatt in 1908
in Sheffield. Of course the birth certificate for Alan confirmed the latter Annie Furniss was his
mother, meaning I had spent a lot of time researching the wrong family. What were the odds of there
being two Ann Furniss's born in 1887 and both marrying a Froggatt, in Sheffield....
The FROGGATT of Sheffield family tree in outline
This is the outline of the family tree from Joseph (1807) down to Joanne, as best I can determine it. All the information here is in the public domain, compiled from publicly available data sources. You can click on the highlighted names to go to more information about that person and their family, or scroll down and follow the links.
JOSEPH FROGGATT (1810-1878)
Based on the census records (see below), Joseph was born in Barlborough, Derbyshire, a small village about 20 km southeast of Sheffield. Searching through the baptism records for Barlborough, Joseph was born to James Froggatt and Hannah (nee WEBSTER) in late 1810 and baptised on 23 December 1810. Joseph was the sixth of the 11 children of James and Hannah.
Marriage to Mary Ann STANIFORTH James married Mary Ann on 27 September 1835 at the parish church in Rotherham. Both signed with an "X".
Mary was born in Attercliffe on 1 January 1818 to George and Frances STANIFORTH. She was baptised at Attercliffe on 1 February 1818:
Joseph and Mary Ann had 8 children. All but George were born at Sheffield. I can only find baptism records for the younger 4 and these all show the family was living at Corker Bottoms, Sheffield. Note there is a gap of 10 years between the births of Joseph and John.There are some court records for a Joseph suggesting he may have been locked up for some of this period. Note also that the Kate FROGGATT shown with this family on later census records was NOT the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann, but the daughter of Fanny (see details below).
There are baptism records for five of the children; four at St John's Church, Park, Sheffield and Fanny at Attercliffe. St John's Church is a short distance from Corker Bottoms, but its records begin in 1840:
1841 census: James and Mary Ann are in the 1841 census living at Worksop Road, Attercliffe, Sheffield. By 1841 they had Henry, Frances (Fanny) and George aged 4, 3 and 2. Joseph was aged 30 and listed without an occupation. Mary Ann was aged 20 (but remember ages in the 1841 census are rounded to the nearest 5 years).
1851 census: By 1851 James and Mary Ann had moved a few miles south to the outskirts of Sheffield and were living at Corker Bottoms, Sheffield. Today this is a wild area with allotment gardens adjacent to the A57 Sheffield Parkway. Henry, Fanny and George were still alive and they had added William, Albert and Joseph to the family.
1861 census: In 1861 the family was still living at Corker Bottoms. Joseph and his sons were all Coke Burners. Note that Kate, although shown as "daughter" was in fact the daughter of Fanny.
Death of May Ann in 1865: Mary Ann (nee STANIFORTH) died in December 1865 and was buried at St John's Church, Park, Sheffield on 8 December. She was aged 48 years.
1871 census: Although I can find all 7 living children (Harriet had died in 1861) in the 1871 census I cannot find Joseph the widower.
Joseph died in 1878: Joseph died around 1 February 1878 and was buried at Handsworth Sheffield on 2 February 1878 aged 68.
The Children of Joseph and Mary Ann FROGGATT
Henry FROGGATT (1836-1910)
Henry was born around 1836 at Attercliffe, Sheffield. I cannot find a registration for his birth or baptism. He is listed in the 1841 and 1851 censuses with Joseph and Mary Ann.
Henry married Elizabeth HAYES on 23 December 1855 at St Peter & Paul Cathedral, Sheffield.
Henry and Elizabeth had six children, all boys. They also adopted a daughter, Kate JOHNSON.
Fanny (Frances) FROGGATT (1837-1880)
Fanny was born in late 1837 at Darnal, Sheffield to Joseph and Mary Ann FROGGATT. She was baptised at the parish church of Attercliffe cum Darnal on 17 December 1837.
Fanny is in the 1841 and 1851 censuses with Joseph and Mary Ann.
On 27 December 1857 Fanny gave birth to a daughter, Kate FROGGATT. By this date the family were living at Corker Bottom, Sheffield. In the 1861 census Kate is recorded as the daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann.
Fanny FROGGATT married Philip GELL in late 1867 (Dec quarter, Sheffield 9c/371). They are together in the 1871 census living next to Fanny's brothers Joseph and Albert at the small village of Intake, Handsworth, Sheffield. Her daughter Kate is not with her in this census.
It appears that Fanny did not have any more children. Fanny died in mid-1880 (Jun quarter Sheffield 9c/333) aged 43.
Philip GELL continued to live at Intake. He is not obvious in the 1881 census but is there in 1891. Philip died in early 1901 aged 71 (Jun quarter Sheffield 9c/371).
George FROGGATT (1839-1903)
George was born in 1839 to Joseph and Mary Ann FROGGATT, the birth registered in the June quarter at Ecclesall, (Wortley Union 22/694). George is in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses living with his parents.
In 1869 George married Sarah Ann WALKER at Sheffield (Jun quarter 9c/436) although I cannot find a baptism for him. In the 1871 census they were living at Intake and had a young son William James. They had four children, but their youngest, Walter died in 1875, only a few weeks old.
In the1901 census George and Sarah Ann have their grand-daughter living with them Edith Harriet is the daughter of Harriet and Charles HANDLEY.
Sarah Ann died in late 1901 aged 63, the death registered at Sheffield (Dec quarter 9c/431).
George died a few months later in 1903 aged 64 (1903 Mar quarter 9c/387).
William FROGGATT (1842-1900)
William was born in mid-1842, at Attercliffe, Sheffield to Joseph and Mary Ann FROGGATT. The birth was registered at Sheffield (Aug quarter 22/495). William is with his parents in the 1851 and 1861 census records.
William married Elizabeth WALKER on 5 June 1865 at the Cathedral of St Peter & St Paul, Sheffield. They were both living at Duke St, Sheffield at the time. By 1871 they had 3 children. Also withWilliam and Elizabeth was William's younger brother John, and Uncle George.
William and Elizabeth had 7 children, only six appear in the baptism records:
Baptism records for four of the children.
In the 1881 census William and Elizabeth were living at Intake, Handsworth Sheffield.
William died in 1900 (Sep quarter Ecclesall Bierlow 9c/253) and was buried on 9 July 1900 at the City Road Cemetery, Sheffield.
Elizabeth is in the 1901 census living at 9 Furnival Lane in central Sheffield with her children Ernest and Elizabeth Emma.
Elizabeth was difficult to find in the 1911 census because she had remarried. She married Charles PIGOTT at St Mary's Sheffield on 13 March 1904. In 1911 she is with Charles and his 2 youngest children at 41 Leeds Rd, Attercliffe.
Elizabeth died in January 1917 and was buried at the City Road Cemetery, Sheffield on 9 January 1917.
Albert FROGGATT (1846-xx)
Albert was born to Joseph and Mary Ann at Heanor in 1846. He was baptised at St Johns Church, Park Sheffield on 7 February 1846. He is recorded in the 1851 and 1861 censuses with his parents. Albert married Mary CLAYTON on 3 June 1866 at St Philip, Sheffield. Both were minors. Albert, as with most of his siblings could not write, but Mary could sign her name. Note the witness was Fanny FROGGATT, Albert's sister.
Albert and Mary had 5 children. Only Sarah Ann appears to have been baptised:
In 1871 Albert and Mary were living with his sister Fanny and brother Joseph at Intake, Sheffield. Albert was a farm labourer. In 1881 they had moved to South St, Sheffield and Albert was an engine driver:
Last updated 8 August 2023