m. 1 May 1733
m. 1 Apr 1755
Facts and Events
Elizabeth Gray was baptised on 12th February 1734 at Heckington in Lincolnshire, daughter of Mary Gray, formerly Whitehead, and her husband John Gray, a shoemaker. They had married just over nine months before Elizabeth's baptism.
On 1st April 1755, when she was 21 years old, she married a farmer named Philip Turner. They had a daughter, Mary, in 1757, followed by a daughter Elizabeth in 1758 and another daughter Ann in 1760. Sadly, Ann died as a baby of about nine months old in 1761. In 1762 the couple had their first son, Philip, named after his father. In 1764 their second child, Elizabeth, died aged about six years old, leaving them with just two surviving children. In 1765 they had a son named John, followed by a son named Edward in 1767. In 1770 they had another daughter, who they named Elizabeth, using again the name of one of the daughters they had lost. Similarly, in 1772, their next daughter was named Ann, using again the name of the other daughter they had lost. In 1773 their eldest son, Philip, died aged 10 years old. At the time of his death he was described as a labourer, so was already working. In 1774 they had a daughter named Lucy and finally in 1776 they had a son named William. Overall they had ten children, but no more than seven alive at any one time.
In 1780 Elizabeth's daughter Mary was married to a John Clarriecots. In 1797 her daughter Lucy married a John Creasey. In 1802 her daughter Ann married a Thomas Pocklington.
Elizabeth's husband Philip died in 1803, aged 76. He left a will, describing him as a farmer of Heckington. He left his land to his sons John and Edward, but stipulated that Elizabeth was to be allowed to continue living in the westernmost room of their house at Heckington rent free for her lifetime. He also left sums of money for their other children.
In 1811, Elizabeth's son John married a Sarah Allen. Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth never married, and she died as a woman of 45 in 1815. Elizabeth's son Edward moved to Bicker and became a farmer too. Elizabeth's other son William has yet to be traced after his baptisms; quite likely he left Heckington.
Elizabeth died in 1815, aged 84. She was buried at Heckington, where she appears to have lived her whole life, on 30th November 1818.