The Goodliffe Family of Lambley Lodge, Rutland
John - 2nd son of Thomas and Mary Goodliffe
John Goodliffe was born February the 23rd 1798 in the family home of Lambley Lodge near Belton in the County of Rutland. Although John was the second son, his older brother Thomas, born in 1794, died in 1816, aged 21 years leaving John as the oldest surviving son.
John married Elizabeth STOKES on 20 Oct 1832 at St Martins, Leicester. Elizabeth was born late 1807 to William and Elizabeth STOKES and was baptised at Owston St Andrews, Leicestershire on 10 January 1808.
John and Elizabeth settled into Lambley Lodge, where they had 9 children:
The births of the first four children were recorded at the Morcott and Barrowden Baptist Chapel.
For some reason, John and Elizabeth also had seven of the children baptised together at Belton St Peter's on 1 August 1847. Only William Frederick missed out. Perhaps he was away at school, certainly by 1851 he was living in Nottingham wih his uncle Henry PITT.
The family was recorded at Lambley Lodge in the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses. In 1861 the family was enumerated twice:
John Goodliffe died 5 March 1864 at Lambley Lodge. He was buried at Belton St Peter's.
John Goodliffe left an extensive Will. He left the farm to his son Simpson Stokes but he required Simpson to allow his widow Elizabeth to reside at Lambley Lodge for as long as she desired and to pay her a weekly stipend.
As per John's Will, Simpson Stokes took over the farm and in 1871 Elizabeth, John's widow, was living at Lambley Lodge with Simpson and family. But by 1881 Elizabeth was living alone at Main St, Braunston (on the corner with Brook St), although she had Elizabeth Reynolds (granddaughter) with her on census night.
Elizabeth died on 5 May 1886 and is buried with husband John at St Peters Church, Belton.
The Children of John and Elizabeth
John Thomas GOODLIFFE
John Thomas was born 3 November 1832. He emigrated to the United States, departing Southhampton on 1 September 1856 on the Palestine. He is shown as John GOODLIFF, age 24 and a carpenter. He was accompanied by his wife Mercy, whom he married in London earlier that year.
Annie Maria GOODLIFFE
Annie Maria also listed as Ann and Anna, married the boy next door - George Robert REYNOLDS in late 1865 registered at Oakham (Dec qtr 7a/577). The Reynolds family lived at Cottage Lodge, which was adjacent to Lambley Lodge in Belton.
William Frederick GOODLIFFE
William Frederick apparently known as "Billy Pitt" married Eliza Ann BROWNSON in Dec qtr 1858 in Nottingham. They had six children.
Henry Arnold GOODLIFFE
Henry Arnold married Elizabeth LAWSON and became a grocer in Nottingham, as did several of his uncles and cousins. Henry and Elizabeth had 7 children.
Alfred Pitt GOODLIFFE
Alfred Pitt married Ann INNOCENT on 27 Jan 1863 at St Peters, Nottingham. They had 7 children.
Simpson Stokes GOODLIFFE
Simpson Stokes GOODLIFFE married Sarah GOODLIFFE in Dec qtr 1867, at Uppingham 7a/661. They lived at Lambley Lodge, taking over from Simpson's father, John. They had five children:
Elizabeth Alice (Ellen) GOODLIFFE
Elizabeth Ellen married Charles Bryan WARD on 24 Dec 1868 at Braunston. They had 6 children:
In the 1871 census, Elizabeth and Charles are living at Launde, Leicestershire with Charles' mother Eliza, their daughter Edith (1) and Charles' sister Ruth Ward (44).
In 1881 they have moved to a farm at Burrow Village, Somerby, a few miles west of Oakham. The family was now Elizabeth and Charles, Edith (11), Eliza (8), Charles Joseph (5), Florence (3), Evelyn (1), and Eliza Ward and Mary Jane Ward, Charles' mother and aunt.
In 1891 they were farming at Newton Harcourt. Charles died 7 Nov 1896.
In 1901Charles Bernard remained on the farm at Main St, Newton Harcourt with his sister Lillie (Eliza). Their mother Elizabeth Ellen was visiting her sister Annie Reynolds at Jubilee Lodge.
Charles Bernard married Lucy DEACON in late 1902 and they lived on the farm at Newton Harcourt until the 1920's when they were forced to leave. They had 7 children.
Elizabeth Ellen died in Leicester on 29 February 1932.
Albert Stokes GOODLIFFE
Albert Stokes married Elizabeth PERRIN in the Dec qtr 1874 registered at Salford. They had 9 children:
Albert (14) is in the 1861 census, residing with his brother Henry Arnold at Main St, Hucknall Torkard.
In the 1871 census, Albert (25) was a grocer, lodging at 48 Peel Sq, Bradford.
By 1881 Albert was married and with 3 children, Fanny (5), John (2) and George (6 months). He was a wholesale grocer, living at 15 Southbrook Tce, Little Horton, Bradford.
In 1891 the family was at 10 Neal St, Horton, Bradford, with Fanny, John, George, Edith, Lily, Nellie, and Walter.
In 1901 they were living at 29 Houghton Place, Bradford with all 9 children. Albert was still a wholesale grocer.
Albert died in Bradford 18 Dec 1923.
Mary Jane GOODLIFFE
Mary Jane is a puzzle. She is not in the index of births, nor is she listed on the 1851 census with her family. She married Daniel GOODWIN in the March qtr 1881 (Oakham 7a/355), prior to the census on 3 April. Mary and Daniel had only 1 child:
Mary (aged 13) is in the 1861 census visiting her cousin Anna MOULD (nee Culpin) on a farm at Wood Newton.
In the 1871 census, she is visiting her brother Simpson Stokes at Lambley Lodge.
In 1881 Mary and Daniel had just married, and they were living at Brook St, Braunston, 2 doors away from her mother Elizabeth.
In 1891 they lived at The Village, Braunston, with son Alfred Henry (9).
In 1901 they were at 5 School Rd, Braunston, with Alfred Henry (19).
In 1911 they were still living at Braunston. Daniel was aged 71 and Mary 62.
Mary Jane died in Braunston in 1916 (March quarter Oakham 7a/422).
Daniel appears to have died in 1924, aged 88 (March qtr, Blaby 7a/84).
Last updated: 10 July 2021