bur.17 Sep 1823 Great Hale, Lincolnshire, England
m. 1 Dec 1773
Facts and Events
Sarah Lister's origins have yet to be established. Her first confirmed sighting is on 1st December 1773 when she was married in the town of Grantham in Lincolnshire to a labourer named William Ward, who was living at Somerby, three miles south-east of Grantham. At the time of their marriage Sarah was said to be 25 years old. One of the witnesses to her marriage was a Thomas Lister, who may well have been a relative. After their marriage they had two children baptised in Somerby, before moving to Belton, about three miles north of Grantham, where they had a third child baptised in 1779.
The family then moved about seventeen miles east of Belton to Great Hale, where Sarah would live for the rest of her life. Her husband William was buried there in 1783, aged 37. Sarah was left with the three children to look after, who ranged in age from nine down to four years old at the time of their father's death.
Just under three years after William's death, Sarah married again. Her second husband was a William Burks. They were married for just under six years. He died in 1792.
Each of Sarah's three children married in Great Hale: Rebecca and Thomas both in 1797 and Luke in 1805.
In 1808, aged about sixty, Sarah married for a third time. Her third husband was her son Luke's father-in-law, John Allam, a carpenter and millwright. He appears to have been about eleven years younger than her. Sarah and John were married for fifteen years.
Sarah was buried on 17th September 1823 at Great Hale. She was about 75 years old. John survived her by seventeen years.