The Sheldrick Family have been in the East Anglia area since the 1500’s, mainly Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Since the 1800s the family settled in Whittlesford, Fowlmere, Thriplow, Ashwell and Hinxworth as Farmers, Blacksmiths, Wheelwrights and Agricultural workers. The late John Mead Sheldrick (1932-2004) Hinxworth Farmer was also related.
John and Martha Sheldrick and their Children
This post relates the lives of the children of John Sheldrick 1854-1923 Builder’s Labourer and Martha Scoot 1857-1937 who were married on 02 Oct 1880 at Baldock where Martha lived. John and Martha lived at Thriplow until about 1890 when they moved to High Street, Ashwell. They had thirteen children: Mary Ann Elizabeth 1880-1947 – Charles Alfred 1882 – Albert 1884-1977 – Elizabeth 1885 – Frederick 1886-1972. – Bertie 1888 -1915 killed in WW1 – Percy 1890-1979 – John 1892-1917 killed in WW1 – Daisy 1893-1962 – Mabel Violet known as May 1896-1969 – Herbert known as Frank 1898-1980 – Sidney 1900-1956 – Henry Cecil known as Harry 1903-1968
Back row left to right: Herbert known as Frank, Daisy, Sidney, Mabel known as May, Henry known as Harry Front row left to right: Albert, Charles, Frederick, Percy. Mary Ann the eldest not in the photo married Sidney John Chalkley 1882-1940 a Coal Porter they had a son Conrad Sidney 1904-1967 and a daughter Gladys Elizabeth 1911-1988. Research for sister Elizabeth has drawn a blank so far.
Sidney Sheldrick 1900-1956 Brewery Lorry Driver he also worked for Albert Moule driving coaches for holidays, day drips and village outings. In 1935 Sidney married Agnes Jane Finding 1900-1978 live in Housekeeper, sister of Ethel Annie Finding who was married to brother Harry Sheldrick. They had two sons, Robert 1935 village Milkman, St Mary's Bell Captain and Clock Winder and Nicholas William 1942-2016 Decorator and a daughter Esther Diana (Di) 1939 Di worked for Irvin's of Letchworth as an R & D Project Machinist, adjusting designs, making prototypes and making patterns for Production Machinists to use.
Robert with his milk float in Mill Street. Sister Di wrote a poem in celebration: Robert on your retirement May 2000 On the farm you have worked for 50 years, delivering milk to young and old dears, On your bike to the dairy you did go, whatever the weather, rain or snow. With a whistle and a smile and looking content, on your milk float round the village you merrily went. Although some days you've felt really bad a day of sick you never had. A conscientious worker you've always been, as the people you delivered to have no doubt seen. But you can do now the things you've always wanted to do, a happy and healthy retirement we wish for you. You can work in the garden, or go out on the town, and forget about problems that once got you down. You can lay in bed with no early call and enjoy a whole day doing nothing at all. Morning, noon or night the bells you can ring or go to the church to have a good sing. But however you find yourself spending your days,, hope your dreams all come true in the happiest of ways.