|SUSANNAH KENWORTHY 1765-1820
Susannah Kenworthy was born in the reign of George II at Bedford, the
County Town of Bedfordshire. She was the daughter of John Kenworthy,
carpenter and joiner and his wife Susannah nee Walsom. Susannah was
baptised at St Cuthbert's, Bedford on 17th November, 1765. She had one
elder sister Mary.
Susannah was married at the age of 19 to William Biggs, a miller on 50th December, 1784 at St Cuthbert's Church. The marriage was by banns. Susannah was able to sign her name in a good hand but William had to make his mark. One of the witnesses was William Brown, who had married her sister Mary about eighteen
months before. Susannah and William's first child, a daughter Ann was baptised at St Cuthbert's on 26th January, 1786. Later that year on the 5th June her husband William was interviewed by the church wardens to find out his legal place of settlement. This was to do with
the Poor Law as at that time each parish was responsible for looking after it's own poor. According to the Settlement Examination his legal settlement was at Flitwick as he had gained a settlement there in 1782 when he worked for a year for Richard Goodman, miller for the yearly wage of £5.
Their second child, a son William was baptised on 6 January, 1788 at St Cuthberts.
By 1793 Susannah and William had moved from Bedford and it was at Chellington that our Great, great grandfather John Kenworthy
Biggs was baptised on 15th0ctober. He was obviously named after his grandfather John Kenworthy.
Two years later, Susannah's mother Susannah
died at Bedford on 6th May, 1795.