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Mary Robinson Enock (1815-1840).

Date of birth: Wednesday, 26th July, 1815.
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.
Date of death: 1840.
Cause of death: ?
Place of death:
Aston, Birmingham, England (aged 25 years).

Father: Robert Enock (1777-1817).
Sarah Enock (nee Robinson) (1781-1853).
Siblings: Caroline Wheeler (nee Enock) (1807-1842), Sophia Kenway (nee Enock) (1808-1879), Sarah Enock (1810-?), Robert Enock (1811-1855), Arthur Enock (1813-1816), Arthur Gregory Enock (1817-1838).

Husband: None.

Children: None.


Wednesday, 16th April, 1828 - Friday, 31st July, 1829 - Ackworth School, Pontefract Road, Ackworth, Pontefract, England.

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Admit number: 5180.
Agent: William Hargreaves.
Relatives in attendance: Arthur Gregory Enock (brother), Richard Gilkes (second cousin).

Admission: 10 guineas per annum [10.50 in today's money, measuringworth's calculator would say the relative value is 921.30.].

Life at Ackworth.

Mary remained at Ackworth for the full duration of her education, meaning she had no contact with her family for a year.

Mary, Arthur, and Richard Gilkes would have only seen one another at meeting for worship or other public occasions. To spend time together, the relatives would have congregated on a path running midway between the two wings known as "The Flags".

Scholars studied during the day, and undertook some manual work out-of-hours.

The curriculum between 1828-1829 consisted of:

  • Religious study (a chapter from the bible was read before breakfast).
  • English language.
  • Reading.
  • Writing.
  • Spelling (one-hour a day).
  • English Grammar (in upper classes).
  • English History.
  • Arithmetic.
  • Housewifery.
  • Needlework (sewing and knitting).
  • Geography (taught only to sixty of the upper boys - map instruction and the drilling of the rudiments of geography).
  • Latin (taught to twenty of the most advanced scholars).

Manual work included: 

  • Mending the linen.
  • Waiting at the Housekeeper's table where the members of staff took their meals.
  • Taking it in turns to assist the laundress and the mantua maker.

An essential feature to education at Ackworth was meeting for worship. A small part of every day was devoted to silent and serious thoughtfulness.

Staff at Ackworth during Mary's schooling:

Robert Whitaker.
Principal Mistress: Catherine Naish.
Mistresses: Maria Bleckley.
Housekeeper: Hannah Whitaker.
Mantua-Maker: Jane Brady.
Nurse: Mary Dumbledon, Elizabeth Airay.
Principal Tailor: Leonard West.
Principal Shoemaker: John Wright.
Baker: Benjamin Walker.

Relatives who attended Ackworth in the past:

Robert Enock (father).
Arthur Peters Enock (uncle).
Joseph Enock (uncle).
James Lewis Enock (cousin).
Caroline Enock (sister).
Sophia Enock (sister).
Sarah Enock (sister).
Robert Enock (brother).
Thomas Gilkes (second cousin).
Sarah Gilkes (second cousin).
William Gilkes (second cousin).

Additional information on Ackworth School can be found here.

Thomas Robinson Will.

The will of Thomas Robinson (Mary's maternal grandfather) is detailed in the 'Reports of Cases Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery - Volume 3.' Pages can be seen here or by clicking the image below. 

The will:

A devise of land to trustees in fee, upon trust to pay the rents to Sarah (Mary's mother), for life and after her death to apply them in the maintenance and education of all and every child and children during their minority, and when and as soon as all such children, if more than one, should have attained twenty-one, upon trust to sell, and to pay the proceeds of such sale "to and amongst all and every such child or children, share and share alike if more than one, and if but one, then the whole thereof to such only child".

Thomas Robinson's will (click to enlarge).

Do you have any more information on Mary? Please contact me at adam.c.enock@gmail.com.

Page updated 9th September, 2015.