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Joseph Griffin and Ann Budd in Chesterfield


Married life for Joseph and Ann had not started well in Bristol. You can read what happened there in Joseph’s story.

The whole story of Joseph’s life is an odd one. Born into generations of relative prosperity in Somerset, he finds himself working as a bootboy in his uncle’s hotel in Cardiff. It is clear that something had gone wrong before the tragic events which occurred shortly after his wedding. Anne too had come from a huge family marked by tragedy. It seems unlikely that she ever met the youngest members of her family, or knew the fate of her father, Charles. Her wedding certificate is marked with a cross instead of a signature, from which we know she could not sign her name. Both families were constantly on the move. A letter written on their behalf might take months to reach the other party, if it did at all.

From newspaper articles describing the events of …… we know that Ann was living with friends in Bristol. The address at which they were living turns out to have been an inn, not a private address, known as The Falcon Inn, the licensee of which was John Tippett from 1840- 1858. We also know that Joseph continued to work for his uncle as late as 1854, a year before his daughter’s birth. He is called as a witness in a minor crime in Cardiff and is described as living with his uncle. But, by Emily Jane’s birth in 1855, he is described as a “labourer at a coach factory”.



By the time of their son Joseph’s birth, the family have moved to Clifton. It is not, unfortunately, possible to find out how long they stayed for.

Bristol to Chesterfield is some 160 miles, by a reasonably straight road. But we do not know whether that journey was broken, because I have not yet found them in the 1861 census, or indeed, exactly when they made the break from Somerset. It is reasonable to assume, if you read the first part of the story. that there was much to put behind them in Bristol.

Family legend dictates that their reason for leaving Bristol was to deliver a new coach to the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. Unfortunately, that lead has not turned up a link in Chatsworth’s archives. What we do know is, that by 1868, Joseph and Ann had reached Chesterfield and were established enough members of the community, for Joseph to be a signatory to a notice in many local newspapers.

joseph griffin chesterfield 1868
Various Chesterfield newspapers carried this notice in 1868, to which Joseph Henry Griffin was a signatory.

Joseph and Ann were very religious and Joseph was a lay preacher, his preaching advertised regularly in the Chesterfield area of Derbyshire.

By the 1871 census, Joseph is working for a flour dealer and living in Spencer Street. We can tell that the flour dealer was Thomas Irving of Gluman Gate from contemporary newspaper articles. This is a picture of his shop and an advert for the business from 1876.


It would seem to have half a mill wheel in the wall, making me think it had been a mill before it was a meal merchant’s.

joseph griffin a Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald - Saturday 22 January 1876 flour advert
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald – Saturday 22 January 1876 flour advert

Far from selling only flour, the shop sold a wide range of goods, mainly of the type bought from farmers locally.

joseph henry griffin 1871
The 1871 census with the Griffin family.
Spencer Street, Chesterfield
Spencer Street, Chesterfield

The couple were clearly happy in Spencer Street and don’t leave. In 1877, Emily, a milliner, marries Robert Lichtenstein Green. They move into number 32 Spencer Street, as their first married home. Joseph leaves home too and dies at sea in 1880, on board HMS Atlanta. We know that Emily’s children visited every Sunday and were allowed to see giant dolls from Japan, that their “uncle” had sent home. But no record of Joseph entering Japan has been found, perhaps he visited whilst in the merchant navy and he died during training.

On August 24th, 1893, Ann Budd died. Her death announcement was short and to the point. Joseph had lost his beloved Annie.

annie budd Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald - Saturday 02 September 1893
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald – Saturday 02 September 1893

By the 1901 census, Emily and her family had moved in with her widowed father. It must have been quite a squeeze. Six children, aged between 4 and 23 and their parents. The second and middle daughter (although the sixth child) was named after her grandmother, Annie and born the year before her death. At the time of Annie’s accident in 1899, the family are already living at the Griffins. The oldest two boys still at home, Joseph and David, are already working.

joseph henry  griffin 1901
The 1901 census with the Griffin and Green families.


On 18th December 1802, Joseph Griffin died at home, in Spencer Street, Chesterfield.

The death announcement of Joseph Henry Griffin, from the Derbyshire Courier of Saturday 18 December 1902
The death announcement of Joseph Henry Griffin, from the Derbyshire Courier of Saturday 18 December 1902. The death announced the day of the death.

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