Fielden Emigration to Australia - Simeon Lord

A few months ago this message was received via the website:- 

"Subject: Ann Fielden

Message: G'Day

I am a direct descendant of Simeon Lord who married Ann Fielden in 1764. I am researching my family history with the object of a book. Would like any information pertaining to Ann Fielden. I have some but am hungry for more, particularly when you mention roots back to Henry V111. Ann was my GGGG grandmother & I am descendant from the Simeon Lord son of Simeon & Ann & transported to Australia. Would appreciate any relevant information of those more ancient Fieldens. Many thanks, Tom Ellis" 

The best thing to do in these circumstances is to ask our Secretary Douglas Wilson to take on the case which he did with the following research being emailed back to Tom. 

"SIMEON LORD was born at Dobroyd, Todmorden, in January 1771, the third son and fourth child of Simeon Lord and Ann Fielden.  Ann was a sister of Joshua Fielden of Edge End and Waterside; thus Simeon was first cousin to Honest John Fielden.  Orphaned
in his teens Simeon went to live in the Bury area.  There he worked for Robert Peel of Peel Yates & Co, the father of THE Robert Peel, Prime Minister.  There also at the age of 19 he was arrested and at Manchester convicted of the theft from his employer of a roll of cloth valued at ten (old) pence.Had he been older and the cloth valued more highly ( one shilling and above) he would have hanged.  The mercy shown was for him to be transported to the new colony of Botany Bay, to which he sailed a prisoner on the Third Fleet in 1792."

Simeon’s adventures more than fill a book.  He died aged 69 at his Sydney Mansion,  Dobroyd, leaving ten children and numerous other descendants prominent in Australian life."

As part of his interest in his Fieldens, Tom and his wife Robyn have written an incredibly long poem about his ancestry. The context of the poem is that Tom's ancestors speak to him from the past giving him an insight into their lives.  Here are a few extracts:-

 First to speak was the Fielden Bartholomew
A Yeoman through & through
He was born in fifteen thirty two
At the time of Henry the eighth
Who was about to change the faith 
Create the greatest religious rift
From Roman Catholiche did shift
The Anglican Church his greatest gift
And this did have a bearing
On the story I’ll be airing
As our way we do wend
Across the fields of Todmorden, Bottomley, Edge End

Then Nicholas’ voice did sound
His birth had come around
As Elizabeth the first was crowned
Then Abraham became 
And added to the Fielden name
You can read his will
Written with ancient quill
It opens your ancestral door
Written in sixteen forty four
When England again was in civil war
The Roundheads at the door
Now came Joshua who did tarry
And Martha Greenwood he did marry
And his story later I can tell
For this was still in the time of Oliver Cromwell

Then Samuel did speak & thereupon
He married Elizabeth Veepon
In seventeen hundred & three
Added to your family tree
Then in seventeen forty three,
Joshua & Mary  to one another did attach

He goes onto explore the role of the Quakers, their  subsequent persecution and the rise of the Fielden Textile barons.

The ones amongst you who have researched their family history will no doubt recognise many names in the above poem.  Thanks to Tom and Robyn for their efforts. The full poem runs to many pages.

From such an inauspicious start Simeon then actually became a prominent member in the commercial development of Australia.  For more information, follow these links;



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