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[KISBY] KISBY's of the Whittlesey Area

coates,cambridgeshire
Coates Green, North Side (nr. Whittlesey, Cambs.)
cambs times View a copy of a
news article published
2 March 2001
coates, south green
Coates Green, South Side



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Introduction...

The Kisby's of Sean Kisby and those of Debbie Greaves (née Kisby) populated the area of Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire throughout the mid nineteenth century. In particular they lived around the village of Coates, 3 miles east from Whittlesey. The area is predominantly agricultural and many of the Kisby's were agricultural labourers. Occasionally they became farmers.

The area is on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens, a marshy but fertile area of wetlands in eastern England. The land is now criss-crossed by straight lines of rivers and artificial drainage channels, regimented since the Middle Ages to drain the land. Whittlesey became a major brickmaking town in the C19th and had several dozen tall brick chimneys to its name. The far larger city Peterborough is only 5 miles west, but is now in Northants. Meanwhile, following the course of the River Nene, March and Wisbech are Cambridgeshire market towns to the east.

Sean's great-great-great-great grandparents, Charles (1773-1829) and Sarah Kisby (1785-1864) are the earliest generation of the Whittlesey line of Kisby's that have been positively traced. Debbie's relative Emmanuel Kisby (1794-1856) lived concurrently in the same small area, though the link between the two families has not yet been proven. Family trees of some of the Whittlesey Kisby's are listed below.


WARNING - You will be advised not to take all dates and relationships listed, particularly pre-1837, as gospel. Being farm labourers in the main, leaving little evidence behind them, it has been impossible to prove some facts beyond certainty... BUT, having viewed all of the Census Returns and Parish Registers for the locality, Sean and Debbie have cross-referenced their facts, mistakes should be infrequent!!


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whittlesey view
The spire of St Mary's Church, Whittlesey, seen from the village of Coates
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Whittlesey Kisby list:

John KISBY (and family) 1768 - 1845
...married Mary Barwick and ended his days in Peterboro Towns End, Whittlesey.

Charles KISBY (and family) 1773 - 1829
...of Southbank near Coates. His wife, Sarah, died in poverty in Whittlesey in 1864.



Emmanuel KISBY (and family) 1794 - 1856
...lived at Kingsland Mill



Other surnames:

FOVARGUE Elizabeth 1841-1896
From a long line of Fovargues, had she lived another 4 months, she would have inherited half of the Fovargue estate.
BLUNT Batson 1789-1831
Husband of the wonderfully named Savory, Batson's name has continued as a family forename to this day.






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John KISBY (and family) 1810 - 1881
...a labourer of Southbank. Clearly close to his wife Mary, they died within 3 weeks of one another.
William KISBY 1813 - 1897
...farmed a modest sized holding near Coates and built up enough wealth to leave a will. His wife Ann had 11 children.

Richard Kisby (and family) 1829 - 1905
...labourer of Coates (son of Charles), his family carried on the Kisby
presence in Coates at least to the 1990's...

whittlesey mere
Whittlesey Mere, the largest expanse of water in
East Anglia, until it was drained in 1848.


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Levi KISBY (and family) 1844 - 1914
...a mole and plover catcher of Coates.
Married Elizabeth FOVARGUE.
In October 1914 he fell into Moreton's Leam and drowned.


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