Stockley Farms


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As at 2012, there are two farms at Stockley, namely Stockley Farm and Stockley Hill farm, both being located down Rylah Hill from Palterton in an area known locally as Stockley.  Both are located on the north side of the road as one travels east to west from Palterton.  Both these farms have been in existence for more than 100 years.  I believe that Stockley Hill Farm is the oldest of the two farms and that it existed as long ago as pre-1850.

My research is on going in relation to these two farms and the land on which they are located.  It is fact that most if not all of the the land and properties thereon in Stockley were at one time owned by the Earl of Bathurst and people residing therein would be his tenants.  I have not yet established the date when he sold his land at Stockley.

1732.  4 September  Jermius Johnson no age given of Stockley was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
          Source :  Scarcliffe Parish Church register. 

1734.  15 September.  Jeremiah Johnson son of Jeremiah Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Heath Parish Church.

1734.  15 September.  Dorothy Johnson daughter of Jeremiah and Dorothy Johnson d of Stockley was baptised at Heath Parish Church.

1737.  27 January.  Ricardus son of Jeremiah Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1739.  24 December.  Guilielmus son of Jeremia & Dorothea Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1742.  24 January.  Elizabetha daughter of Jeremia & Dorothea Johnson of Stockley was bapt. at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1804.  14 September.  Samuel son of Samuel & Elizabeth Johnson of Stockley was bapt. at Scarcliffe Parish Church.

1806.  17 October  Samuel Johnson aged 35 years of Stockley buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
Source :  Scarcliffe Parish Church register. (1771)

1814.  16 June  Richard Johnson aged 77 years of Stockley buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
      Source : Scarcliffe Parish Church register. (1737?)

1831.  18 September.  Hannah daughter of Samuel and Faith Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.  Father Samuel Johnson was stated to be a Farmer.

1833.  12 August.  Samuel son of Samuel and Faith Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.  Father Samuel Johnson was stated to be a Butcher.

1837.  4 June.  Charles son of Samuel and Faith Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.  Father Samuel Johnson was stated to be a Farmer.

1841.  Census.  Address was Stockley, Scarcliff, Derbyshire.  Census Ref: HO107, piece 2123, folio 176. Derbyshire

Name M / F Age Birth year Occupation Born Y or N
JOHNSON, Elizabeth F 60 1781 Farmer Y Derbys.
JOHNSON, Samuel M 35 1806 - Y Derbys.
JOHNSON, Faith F 30 1811 - Y Derbys.
JOHNSON, Anna F 9 1832 - Y Derbys.
JOHNSON, Samuel M 7 1834 - Y Derbys.
JOHNSON, Charles M 6 1835 - Y Derbys.

1846.  13 September.  Richard son of Samuel and Faith Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.  Father Samuel Johnson was stated to be a Farmer.

1851.  Census.  Address was Ryley, Stockley, Nottinghamshire   Census Ref: HO107, piece 2123, folio 176.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
JOHNSON, Elizabeth Head F 74 Widow 1777 Farmer occupying 18 acres Scarcliff, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Faith Sons wife F 41 Marr. 1810 Farmers wife Brampton, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Samuel Grandson M 17 Unmarr. 1834 Farmers son Scarcliff, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Charles Grandson M 16 - 1835 Farmers son Scarcliff, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Frederick GrandSon M 7 - 1844 Farmers son Scarcliff, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Richard GrandSon M 4 - 1844 - Scarcliff, Derbyshire

1853.  26 April.  Emily son of Samuel and Faith Johnson of Stockley was baptised at Scarcliffe Parish Church.  Father Samuel Johnson was stated to be a Labourer.

1855.  17 April  Frederick Johnson aged 11 years of Stockley buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
Source:   Scarcliffe Parish Church register.  (1844?)

1857.  F. White's Trade Directory - History, Gazeteer and Directory of Derbyshire and Sheffield (p.768) records : Samuel Johnson Farmer at Stockley Farm.

1861.  Census.  ?   Census Ref: RG09, piece 2424, folio 52.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
JOHNSON, Elizabeth Head F 84 Widow 1777 Farmer of 20 acres
of Land
Heath, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Samuel Son M 56 Marr. 1805 Farmer Stockley, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Faith Dau. F 50 Marr. 1811 - Brampton, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Samuel Grandson M 27 Unmarr. 1834 Agric. Lab. Stockley, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Emily Grandau. F 8 - 1853 Scholar Stockley, Derbys.

1861.  2 December  Elizabeth Johnson aged 85 years of Stockley was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
Source : Scarcliffe Parish Church register.) 1776?

1862.  1ST. QTR.  Zephaniah Edward Johnson the son of Samuel Johnson and his wife Faith Johnson was born.
GRO Ref: Vol. 7B. Page 513. Registn. District Chesterfield.

1865.  13 August.  Emily Johnson aged 12 years of Stockley was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
Source :  Scarcliffe Parish Church register.  1853?

1871.  Census.  We discover Samuel and Faith Johnson at Stockley, Riley, Scarcliff.  Their son Samuel Johnson lived with them.  He was stated to be married but his wife and two young children were not with him on census night.  Where were they?   Census Ref: RG10, piece 3466, folio 67.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
JOHNSON, Samuel Head M 66 Marr. 1805 Farmer of 30 acres Scarcliffe, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Faith Wife F 61 Marr. 1810 Farmers wife Brampton, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Samuel Son M 37 Marr. 1834 Farmers son and manager Scarcliffe, Derbys.

1876.  The Kelly's Trade Directory for Derbyshire records Samuel Johnson a farmer at Stockley.  Also, it records a Samuel Johnson a Farmer at Palterton.

1881.  The Post Office Trade Directory records Samuel Johnson a farmer at Stockley.  Also, it records a Samuel Johnson a Butcher at Palterton.

1881.  Census.  We discover Elizabeth E. Johnson aged 11 years, living with her grandparents Samuel and Faith Johnson at Stockley, Riley, Scarcliff.  Her father Samuel Johnson and her brother Samuel A. Johnson live with them.  Her father is a widower revealing that the childrens mother had died.  We have chosen the aforenamed Elizabeth E. Johnson because she later married Zephaniah Edward Wharton and continued farming at Stockley.  Census Ref: RG11, piece 3312, folio 64.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
JOHNSON, Samuel Head M 76 Marr. 1805 Farmer of 30 acres Scarcliffe, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Faith Wife F 71 Marr. 1810 Farmers wife Wadshelf, Derbyshire
JOHNSON, Samuel Son M 48 Widower 1833 Farmers son and manager Scarcliffe, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Samuel A. Grandson M 13 Single 1868 Scholar Bolsover, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Elizabeth E. Grand Dau. F 11 Single 1870 - Bolsover, Derbys.

1887.  16 June.  Faith Johnson aged 77 years of Stockley was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
Source:  Scarcliffe Parish Church registers. b.1810?

1890Zephaniah Edward Wharton married Elizabeth Emily Johnson during the period July, Aug. Sept. of 1890 at Chesterfield.  It is not known at present if it was a Church wedding or the local Registry Office.
Note: GRO Ref: Vol. 7B. Page 1059.

1891.  Census.  Zephaniah E. Wharton aged 29 years and his wife Elizabeth E. Wharton aged 21 years, lived at Stockley, Riley, Scarcliff, with their daughter and grandfather Samuel Johnson, aged 86 years.  Census Ref: RG12, piece 2649. folio 82.

I believe the information from hereon relating to Zepaniah Wharton will almost certainly relate to Stockley Hill Farm

Zepaniah Wharton had met his wife to be Elizabeth E. Johnson, known as "Ellie" at the horse races held at nearby Heath and Owlcotes farm.  The last steeplechase race meeting at Owlcotes Farm was on Wednesday, 24 April 1889 and the very last race was appropriately named "The Derbyshire Cup".  Readers may wish to visit the chapter named "Steeplechasing" on this web site for more information about these races.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
WHARTON Zephaniah E. Head M 29 Marr. 1862 Farmer Brimington, Derbys.
WHARTON, Elizabeth E. Wife F 21 Marr. 1870 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
JOHNSON, Samuel Gr.
father
M 88 Widower 1805 Retired farmer Stockley, Derbys.
WHARTON, Rose Dau. F 1 - 1890 - Stockley, Derbys.

1892.  15 March.  Samuel Johnson aged 87 years of Stockley was buried at Scarcliffe Parish Church.
(Source: Scarcliffe P.C. registers. b.1805?)

1895.  Kelly's Trade Directory, Derbyshire records Samuel Johnson a farmer at Stockley.  However, it may be that he farmed another farm in Stockley and the Stockley Farm subject of this chapter may not have existed.

1901.  Census.  Zephaniah Wharton aged 39 years and his wife Elizabeth Wharton aged 32 years, lived at the Farm House, Stockley, Scarcliff, with their five children and a servant.  Census Ref: RG13, piece 3133.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S Birth year Occupation Born
WHARTON Zephaniah Head M 39 Marr. 1862 Farmer own a/c. Brimington, Derbys.
WHARTON, Elizabeth Wife F 32 Marr. 1869 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Violet Johnson Dau. F 12 - 1889 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Beatrice Dau. F 9 - 1892 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Constance Dau. F 8 - 1893 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Ivy Dau. F 6 - 1895 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Lebulon Son M 0 (10 mos.) - 1901 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
HADFIELD, Samuel Servant M 33 Marr. 1868 Carter on farm Chesterfield, Derbys.

1910. 4TH.QTR.  Adrian Dable Wharton was born the son of Zephaniah Wharton and his wife Elizabeth Wharton.
GRO Ref: Vol. 7B. Page 95. Regn. District Mansfield, Notts.

1911.  Census.  Zeph. Wharton aged 49 years and his wife Elizabeth Wharton aged 41 years, lived at Stockley, Palterton, with their eight children.  One of their nine children had died.  It does not record their home as a farm.  The census entry records it was an six roomed house.  Census Ref: RG14, piece 20296.

Name Status M / F Age Marr. or S/TD> Birth year Occupation Born
WHARTON Zeph. Head M 49 Marr. 20 yrs. 1862 Farmer Derby
WHARTON, Elizabeth Wife F 41 Marr. 20 yrs. 1870 - Derby
WHARTON, Violet Dau. F 22 Single 1889 At home Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Constance Dau. F 18 Single 1893 At home Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Ivy Dau. F 16 Single 1895 At home Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Desmond Son M 10 Single 1901 School Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Bertha Dau. F 7 - 1904 School Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Thirza Dau. F 5 - 1906 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Hesperus Dau. F 3 - 1908 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.
WHARTON, Adrian Son M 0 (5mths) - 1911 - Scarcliffe, Derbys.

1912.  The Post Office Trade Directory for Derbyshire records Zephaniah Wharton a farmer but no mention of Stockley. 

1912, 1913 and 1914.  The Electoral Rolls reveal that Zephaniah Edward Wharton qualified an an elector by way of land and tenement at Stockley.  His abode was stated to be Stockley, Palterton, Chesterfield.  He was at the farm at (lower) Stockley, but the present day bungalow was not then built.  I believe there was no farm house there at that time.

The locations Palterton, Riley and Stockley all came within the Scarcliffe Polling District in these years but they are not separated out, so the following entries were found by scanning the column ‘Description of Qualifying Property’ noting all Stockley entries.

No. Name Place of abode Nature of Qualification Occupation Voters
(Parliamentary & County)
J2514 JONES, George Stockley, Palterton, Chesterfield Dwelling House Stockley
J2427 DUNHAM, James Stockley, Palterton Dwelling House Stockley
J2711 WHARTON, Zephaniah Edward Stockley, Palterton, Chesterfield Land & tenement Stockley

1918.  The Electoral Rolls Ownership Voters reveal that Zephaniah Edward Wharton qualified an an elector by way of land and tenement at Stockley.  His abode was stated to be Stockley, Palterton, Chesterfield.

Two other men are named with Stockley being their abode, namely : William Clay number J2552, whose nature of qualification was a dwelling house at Stockley and George Wright number J2888 who also qualified by way of a dwelling house at Stockley.  Both men were coal miners at nearby Glapwell Colliery.

1925.  Kelly's Trade Directory, Derbyshire records Zephaniah Wharton a farmer at Palterton.  This is definitely either Stockley Hill farm or Stockley Farm from my own knowledge.

Subsequently, Zephaniah Wharton, farmer moved to Vale House, Scarcliffe and his son Adrian Wharton took over the Stockley farm.

1930s  date not known.  Sometime during this period (this is guessing) a new bungalow was built and was occupied by the Wharton family.  Prior to that event, the farm, now known as Stockley Farm had been "shanty" buildings. 

1934  4th. Qtr.  Adrian Dable Wharton married Eleanor M. Dore.  Location not yet known but probably Scarcliffe P.C. 
GRO Ref:   Vol. 7B. Page 171.  Mansfield Regn. District, Notts.
His bride Eleanor M. Dore had been born in 1910 in the Belper Regn. District, Derbyshire.  (GRO Ref:  Vol.7B. Page 661)
The couple had met at the races

1941.  Kelly's Trade Directory, Derbyshire records Adrian Wharton a farmer at Stockley.

1947. 4th. QTR.  Zephaniah Edward Wharton aged 85 years, husband of Elizabeth Wharton died.
GRO Ref: Vol. 3A. Page 176. Regn. District Chesterfield.

1954. 1st.QTR.  Adrian Dable Wharton was the son of Elizabeth Wharton and the late Zephaniah Wharton died.
GRO Ref: Vol. 3C. Page 176. Regn. District Mansfield, Notts.

1954Mr Zephaniah William Howett and his family, who had been farming in nearby Sutton Scarsdale, moved into Stockley farm

2012Stockley Farm and Stockley Hill Farm are still a working farms, the former still being farmed by Mr. Zephaniah William Howett and his son David also the latter by Messrs. S. Dore and Son.

Zephaniah and Elizabeth Wharton in a pony and trap at Carr Farm, Palterton, date unknown.

Stockley Farms


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Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 10 February 2014