Appearance before the Magistrates in 1881
A report of the cases heard at the East Harling Petty Sessions appearing in the Norwich Mercury dated 25th June 1881, includes labourers Abraham and Jeremiah Skipper from Great Ellingham.
The men were “charged upon the information of Superintendent Starke with being drunk on the public road at East Harling on the 19th April”. They were each fined with costs £1 3s 6d
But who were the Skipper brothers?
Born in Caston, Abraham and Jeremiah were the sons of John and Harriet Skipper. Abraham was born around the year 1848 and Jeremiah around 1842.
In 1851, two year old Abraham and Jeremiah aged 8, were living with their parents and siblings in Magpie Lane, Rockland St Peter.
Ten years later, the Skipper family had moved to Goose Common, Little Ellingham where the family remained until at least 1871.
The 1881 census shows the Skipper family at Low Common, Great Ellingham. 34 year old Jeremiah Skipper is described as the Head of the Household. His father, John Skipper, having died in 1874.
With Jeremiah, is his widowed mother, 70 year old Harriet (who is described as a housekeeper), his brother, 30 year old Abraham, and his sister Sarah described as a ‘servant out of employ’. Completing the household, is Alice Skipper described as a niece to Jeremiah and aged under six months.
I think it likely that Jeremiah and Abraham were living in Great Ellingham prior to 1881.
Previous Appearance before the Court
The brothers were not strangers to the Magistrates.
Abraham had appeared before the East Harling Magistrates in July 1870 on a charge of being drunk and riotous at Great Ellingham on the 2nd July. He pleaded guilty and was committed to Norwich Castle for 7 days and to pay costs 14s 6d.
Jeremiah came before the East Harling Magistrates in September 1871. Said to be of Great Ellingham, Jeremiah was charged with being drunk and disorderly and refusing to quit the Chequers Inn at Great Ellingham on the 5th August. Jeremiah was fined with costs £1 13s.
Abraham (then of Litte Ellingham) again came before the Magistrates in May 1876 charged with being drunk and disorderly at Great Ellingham. He was sentenced to one month and ordered to pay costs (or in default, a further one month imprisonment).
What Happened to the Brothers?
Abraham Skipper died in the January of 1885 and was buried in Great Ellingham churchyard on January 24th of that year aged 36 years.
Nearly four years later, Abraham and Jeremiah’s mother Harriet Skipper was also buried in the churchyard of St James on 17th December, 1888 aged 74 years.
Jeremiah married Emma Trollop during the latter part of 1889. The 1891 census finds Jeremiah Skipper and his wife Emma living at Anchor Corner, Little Ellingham. A death was registered for a Jeremiah Skipper (aged 47) between July and September 1891 in the Wayland District.
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Norwich Mercury 25th June, 1881
Norfolk Chronicle & Norwich Gazette 6th May, 1876
Norfolk News 30th July, 1870
Norfolk News 9th September, 1871
1841 census HO107/785/17
1851 census HO1071823/256
1861 census RG9/1237/106
1871 census RG10/1841/103
1881 census RG11/1974/93
1891 census RG12/1549/89