Sarah Sleightholm

Sarah Sleightholm (1777 - 1851)

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Sarah Sleightholm
Born in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Canada Westmap
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Sarah was born on April 10, 1777 and she was christened on May 11, 1777 in Goathland, Yorkshire, England. Her parents were Leonard Sleightholm and Elizabeth Smallwood.

She marries Jonathan Nattress on January 30, 1797 in Whitby, Yorkshire. His name is spelt "Nattris" on the wedding record. This was also Joseph Readman’s second marriage (his first wife was Mary Pruddom).

They have three children:

  • Elizabeth Nattress (died young)
  • Isaac Nattress (1797-1867)+ Ann Redman (1803-1878)
  • Thomas Nattress (1805-1878) + Ann Watson

Something happens at this point: either Joseph Nattress dies or Sarah and Joseph separate. Whatever the actual events, Sarah marries her second husband, Joseph Readman (c1780-1843) on November 20 or 30, 1803 in Egton, Yorkshire, England. [problem here with birth year for Thomas Nattress.]

(Although the scale makes it difficult to see, the Google map on the right shows the location of Goathland (B), Whitby (A) and Egton (C) in or beside the North York Moors National Park).

The couple sails to Upper Canada with Isaac (and his wife and three children) and Thomas in either 1827 or 1828. And it likely that they came with other relatives (Sleightholm's or Readman's). Whether these families travelled together or on their own, it is known that there were several inter-related families from Yorkshire that settled in Toronto Gore. Three of these other families include people who appear to be siblings of Sarah's:

  • William Sleightholm (1770-1841) + Rachel Middleton (1773-1854) family; and their son James Sleightholm and his wife, Jane who sailed with a 4½-year old boy.
  • Elizabeth Sleightholm (1774-1840) + John Middleton (1774-1827)
  • Alice Sleightholm (1784-1849) + William Hewgill (c1784-1874)

And there were others (the names on cemetery headstones in Toronto Gore show a number of other Sleightholm, Readman and Middleton people).

To date, no 'hard copy' record of Sarah or Joseph's existence in Upper Canada has been located other than a cemetery register. So it is not known if Sarah and Joseph lived on thier own, with one of the two children (Isaac or Thomas) or perhaps on the homestead of one of their siblings.

Joseph dies in 1843. Sarah dies on March 20, 1851 and they both are buried in the Hilltop Gore cemetery (Gore Road just south of Queen Street in Brampton, Ontario). It is estimated that 300 people attended the funeral for Sarah.

Both Joseph and Sarah had large funerals. It is speculated that this has something to do with Sarah's relationship with William Sleightholm and his son James -- they were prominant citizens in Toronto Gore.

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[1] familysearch: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975: birth record, birth / 10 Apr 1777, christening 11 May 1777 / Goathland, York, England / parents: Leonard Sleightholm, Elizabeth

[2] familysearch: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975: marriage record, 30 Jan 1797, Whitby, York, England, Jonathon Nattris (sic) & Sarah Sleightholm

[3] Second marriage: (1);topic=37670.0 gives the spelling “Readman” and the information that the marriage was on Nov 30, 1803 in Egton. Source (2) gives the spelling “Redman”. Both sources agree that Sarah and her second husband emigrated to Canada – one says 1827, the other says 1828.

[4] The information on Joseph Readman and the name of his first wife is from an email from Cecilia Bell on Sept 7 2012.

[5] Transcript of the Hilltop Gore cememtery register: (1) "38. Joseph READMAN, aged 63 years, buried January 14, 1843; he dropt down and died at work in a moment. his funeral procession was composed of 29 cutters and sleighs, the greatest number ever known. Mr. Heyland preached his funeral sermon from Luke 12, Chapter 40, Verse . . . " (2) "76. Sarah READMAN, widow of the late Joseph READMAN, died March 20, buried March 23, 1851, aged 73 years, 11 months and 11 days. The funeral procession consisted of 36 carriages, besides many on horses and on foot, supposed 300 persons attended the funeral. Rev. G. Law preached a sermon on the occasion. Text: Isaiah 3, Chapter 10, 11 verses."

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