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Pickering Rippon II

my 3x great grandfather

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The son of Pickering Rippon and Mary Leng, Pickering Rippon the younger grew up in Whitby, and probably commenced his working career as the junior partner in older brother Thomas's ship rigging business. He married quite late in life, tying the knot with Elizabeth Graystock in 1818, when he was 30 and she 25. She bore him at least seven children over the next 20 years, before dying in 1838 at the age of just 45. By then the family had moved away from Whitby. In approximately 1833, between the births of their last two children, Pickering Rippon had relocated to Sculcoates, a village about 40 miles to the south which was in the process of being absorbed into the fast-expanding industrial town of Kingston-upon-Hull. It was also the site of busy docks serving trade via the river Hull, allowing Pickering to set up on his own as a rigger. In 1841, the family - excluding recently deceased Elizabeth - were resident in Dock Street, Sculcoates. However Pickering himself died not too long afterwards in 1849, leaving the administration of his estate, and also his rigging business, to eldest son Ralph.

Ralph Rippon. Pickering & Elizabeth's first child was born in Whitby in 1819. He followed in his father's footsteps as a rigger, eventually establishing himself in King Street in Sculcoates. In 1842 he married Mary Wilson, a local girl from Hedon near Hull, and they had no less than 11 children over the next two decades. In 1851, Ralph is at home in King Street with sons Henry & Robert. However Mary is back in her home village, along with her sister Harriet, and daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ann, visiting family. In 1861, the Ralph Rippons were all back in Dock Street, perhaps in Pickering's old house. Ten years later they had moved again, this time to East Parade in the neighbouring parish of Southcoates, still in Hull. Business was good - Ralph now employed 8 men and 2 boys, including his second son Robert. They were still in East Parade in 1881, with several children still living at home as well as their niece Mary Rippon. Ralph retired at some point in the 1880s, and moved with Mary to Wellington Lane in Sculcoates. They were there in 1891, with daughter Ada still at home and also married daughter Eleanor and her newly born son. Ralph and Mary both died two years later in 1893.

Mary Rippon was born in 1823 in Whitby, and moved with her parents and siblings to Sculcoates in the 1830s. In 1849, she married George Foster, from Adlingfleet near Goole. He was a cashier for a shipping company and they moved into a house in Cogan Street, close to Hull docks. The marriage lasted only five years before George died, in 1854, apparently from typhoid fever. By then, though, there were two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Mary seems to have been left comparatively well-off. She moved with the girls to Woods Court, close to Dock Street, where she rented out lodgings. One of her three lodgers in 1861 was her younger brother Edward. She described herself as a "landed proprietor", which sounds more grand than it probably was. By 1871 she had moved again, to Walmsley Street, also in Sculcoates, and was a "boarding house keeper" with one resident. She was still there ten years later, with daughter Elizabeth and her infant grandson George Shippam, as well as her late husband's sister Jane Foster. In 1901, Elizabeth, now 49, was still unmarried and at home, and Mary was renting out rooms to Joseph Wilson, the very elderly sibling of her own brother Ralph's wife. Mary died two years later in 1903.

Thomas Rippon was born in 1824, and also took up trade as a rigger. He married Maria Atkinson at some point in the 1840s and they settled at first in Percy Street, Sculcoates, where their first child was born. During 1851, though, they moved to Maria's home town of Grimsby, where Thomas set up as a ship's chandler. In 1861, they were settled in Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby with a rapidly growing collection of what would be at least ten children. By 1871 they had moved to 10 Hollis Street in Grimsby. Thomas subsequently gave up the chandler's business, and they moved again, settling in Deans Gate, Grimsby. In 1881, he was listed in the Census as a municipal rate collector. This was more specifically a collector for the waterworks in 1891, when Thomas and Maria were still in Deans Gate, with three unmarried daughters. Thomas died in 1895. Mary survived her husband by several years, and became (if she was not already) a music teacher. She is listed in 1901 as a professor of music. The unmarried daughters Hanna, Eliza and Mary were also still at home, now in their 40s. Maria died in 1909.

William Rippon was born in 1826. Complementing his father and brothers who were riggers, he became a mast & block maker. He moved out of Dock Street in the 1840s, sharing premises in Wellington Street, Hull, with younger brother Richard, later moving to a lodging house after Richard's marriage. Late in life, at the age of 40 or 41, he married a girl exactly half his age, who bore three children before she died at the age of just 30. They were living in Wellington Street in 1871 with their first child. Ten years later, William, now a widower, lived in Arthur Terrace off St Paul St with what were now three children under the age of 12. Eldest daughter Jane married very young, at just 15 or 16, to a waterman by the name of William Robinson, and quickly had two children. As a result, the extended family moved to Doncaster, where we find them living in Union Lane in 1891. William died a few years later in 1896.

Richard Pickering Rippon, my 2x great grandfather, was born in April 1829. More on him below.

Pickering Rippon (the third) was born in 1832 in Whitby. He was only a baby when the family moved to Sculcoates, and is present in Dock Street in 1841. As a young man, however, he returned to Whitby to make his living as a joiner and carpenter, probably in the business already owned by his uncle by marriage George Wilthew. When George died in 1846, Pickering continued with the business, living with his aunt Hannah Wilthew and her mentally disabled step-daughter Jane. He is found there in both the 1851 and 1861 Censuses. In the latter he is described as a house carpenter employing one man and two boys. Soon afterwards he married a Whitby girl, Mary Walker, and several children followed. However, business was not going well, and Pickering was forced to file for bankruptcy at the end of 1866. He returned to Hull soon afterwards, and establishing a new and somewhat larger joinery business. In the 1871 Census he is described as employing 15 men & 4 boys, rather more than he had in Whitby. But this business didn't work out either, and in the mid-1870s the family moved again, this time to Liverpool. In 1881, they were resident in Viola Street, Bootle. Pickering was still a joiner, and seems to have been joined in that trade by his youngest son Alfred. He died in 1895. Alfred took over the trade, and he moved with mother Mary and unmarried sister Edith Mary to West Kirby in Cheshire. Mary died there in 1917.

Edward Graystock Rippon was the last of Pickering II's children and the only one born in Hull, in 1834. He was given his mother's maiden name as a middle name. He doesn't appear in the 1851 Census, so perhaps he went away to sea. He was back in 1861, boarding with his sister Mary and described as a ship's rigger. A year later he married Caroline Escritt, the daughter of a "nurseryman and seed owner" from Great Driffield, and they proceeded to have four children over the next ten years. In 1871, they lived in Silvester Street, Sculcoates, and Edward was a master rigger, employing 7 men and 3 boys. Ten years later, though, Edward was working for someone else, as foreman and rigger. The family had moved to Thomas St in the parish of Drypool in Hull. It was all change again in 1891, by which time, the family were in Promenade Place in Sculcoates. Edward was still a ship rigger, but he died later the same year, at the age of just 55. Caroline went to live with daughter Amelia's family for a while and eventually died in 1918.


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