The Derbyshire Underwood Family come from the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England, just one of the locations the Underwood Family come from. Derbyshire is a beautiful county which includes part of the Peak District National Park, the Pennine Hills, and the National Forest, it borders on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Derbyshire Underwood Family

The first Underwood on our family tree to be born in Derbyshire was Florence Emily Meakin in 1878, the child of Octavious Underwood, born at Dursley, Gloucestershire, in 1857, and Agnes Meakin, born at Chellaston, Derbyshire, in 1885.

Octavious and Agnes lived together for many years before finally getting married in 1895 and they had at least six children born in Derbyshire and one born in next door Nottinghamshire, all but one born before they were married. Florence Emily Meakin was their first daughter, born at Derby in 1878, and she was registered in the name of Meakin although she often used the surname Underwood.
The other children were all registered in the name of Underwood.

  • Octavious George Underwood registered at Shardlow, Derbyshire in 1880;
  • Percival Harry Underwood reistered at Nottingham in 1883;
  • Orlando Meakin Underwood registered at Derby, Derbyshire in 1884;
  • Alice Eugenie Underwood registered at Shardlow, Derbyshire in 1889;
  • Cyril Oliver Underwood born at Shardlow, Derbyshire in 1896

Octavious died in France during the First World War, and Orlando and Alice both died before they married, but Florence, Percival, and Cyril all married and all three married and had children in Derbyshire.

Shardlow, Derbyshire 1848

Derbyshire Underwood Family Long Row, Shardlow, Derbyshire
Long Row, Shardlow, Derbyshire

Shardlow, with Great Wilne, a township, and the head of a union, in the parish of Ashton-upon-Trent, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, S. division of the county of Derby, 7 miles (S. E. by E.) from Derby; containing 1306 inhabitants, of whom 1043 are in the hamlet of Shardlow. The hamlet comprises 824a, 3r. 1p., whereof one-fourth is arable, and the remainder meadow and pasture. The surface of the township is level, and the scenery rather woody: the soil is chiefly composed of a sandy loam, but there is a variety of earths; the subsoil is mostly gravel, of a clayey nature. The Trent and Mersey canal runs through the village of Shardlow, and joins the river Trent about half a mile below it. On its banks and branches are several coal and timber wharfs, a large warehouse for iron, another for cheese, corn, and salt, and other warehouses belonging to carrying establishments and malting concerns; so that for many years this has been an improving place. Cavendish bridge, over the Trent, about a quarter of a mile south-east from the village, is a substantial stone structure of five elliptical arches, built in 1771, at a cost of £3333, with approaches 82 yards long and 6 yards wide. The Sawley station of the Midland railway is distant about three miles. A church, a handsome edifice in the pointed style, consisting of a nave, chancel, and a pinnacled tower, was erected in 1838: it is partly pewed, and a part has open seats; at the west end is a gallery, with an organ. The living, now a perpetual curacy, will be a rectory on the death of the present rector of Aston; patrons, the Sutton family. There are places of worship for Baptists and the New Connexion of Methodists; also a school conducted on the national plan. The poor-law union comprises 46 parishes or places, 33 of which are in the county of Derby, 7 in the county of Leicester, and 6 in that of Nottingham; the population of the whole amounting to 32,640.

(The above information has been taken from the 1848 ‘A Topograhical Dictionary of England’ by Samuel Lewis.)

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Derbyshire Underwood Family