Frances Dakin (1881-1952)

Frances was born on the 10th July 1881 in Castleton to James and Isabella Dakin. She was the last of 7 children born to her parents, with Isabella being 46 at the time.

In 1891 her father had died and she is recorded as living with her mother and brothers, George and James, in Castleton “Island”. She doesn’t appear to have been recorded in the 1901 census. On the 14th March 1906 Frances gave birth to a son Harold in the Ecclesall Bierlow area. She was unmarried at the time and a father is not known. It is believed that Frances’ brother William and his wife Maud brought Harold up.

In 1911 Frances was working at Goosehill Hall, Castleton, as a Cook for the Minnitt family.  It is believed that some of this family perished on the Lusitania a year later.

In 1915 Frances was the recipient of her mothers Will, two years after Isabella died. The total she inherited was £49 2s and it appears that Frances was the sole beneficiary, perhaps as a result of being the only child of Isabella that was unmarried.

She married George Pickford on 28th April 1920 at the Chinley Chapel. George was a jobbing gardener at died at the age of 72 at their house in Mill Lane, Castleton, on 3rd March 1936. Frances died at the same location at the age of 70 on 5th April 1952.

Frances Dakin (rear) and Hannah Maria Dakin, Lillian, and Mary

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  1. Brenda Bradwell

     /  March 16, 2011

    Hannah Marie Dakin was my grandma. Mother to my dad Arnold. Are the two young girls in the photograph Mary & Lillian?

  2. Mat

     /  March 16, 2011

    Hi Brenda!

    Yes that’s correct the two girls are Mary and Lillian. Thanks for getting in touch.

    I’d be very interested to hear more of your side of the family

    Kind regards


  3. Andrew Krynen

     /  February 2, 2017

    Frances Dakin was my Mother’s Grandmother. Harold was her Father.


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