This another example of the Gritstone Tors that dot the landscape of Kinder Scout.
~FIRST GENERATION LIVING AT THE ASHES:~
~Ralph GEE and Anne HURDSFIELD~
The eldest Gee son, from one generation to the next, carried on at the Ashes Farm until 1912 when the Stockport Corporation bought all of the land up that valley. Ralph was the progenitor of the ASHES farm. Ralph was born approximately 1616 on Lydgate Farm, whose mother was a Miss Shallcross. Ralph died on the 30th December 1699 in Kinder. He married Ann Hurdsfield on the 28th February 1647 at the St Thomas Beckett Church in Chapel-en-le-Frith. She died on the 04th of April 1697 in Hayfield. Both of them are believed to be buried in the church yard of St Matthews Church in Hayfield. It needs to be noted here that this is not very accurate and is subject to change when new, better information arrives. The reader can use this information but needs to first do their own research. There were civil wars in England during this period and governmental record keeping was not good. There was also a plague in Eyam 1666. Quite often, residents only baptised the children who died in order to bury them on consecrated ground.
1. — Ralph GEE (1) and Anne HURDSFIELD had ten children:
–a. —- FRANCIS GEE (2) born approximately 1652 and died on the 11th September 1723. He married possibly a Margaret Booth on the 29th April 1697. Margaret GEE died on the 18th November 1710 and is buried at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield. They had seven surviving children. (See #2 following).
–b. —- JOHN GEE (2) baptized approximately 1660 and on died the 7th August 1716. Following is the entry in the parish church records. There was a period of five years where all of the entries listed are shown as 1714-1719: Jonathan GEE of Kinder died (1714-1719) and was buried at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield. We have his probate records following: 1716: GEE, John, of Kinder, Husbandman. Brother Francis GEE of Hayfield, County Derby Yeoman; William BOOTH of Glossop Yeoman& Samuel MARRIOTT of Glossop, Yeoman, 7th August 1716. Inventory total £258-11-10. (See # 3 following).
–c. —- Elizabeth GEE (2) born on the 16th May 1662 to Ralph GEE of Kinder. Ralph GEE buried Elizabeth on the 09th December 1664 interred at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield. Died at 2 ½ years old.
–d. —- DANIEL GEE (2) born circa 1664 and died on 04th April 1752 interred at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield. No children. Attached is his probate: 1752: GEE, Daniel, of Kinder, 27th March 1752. Three children left by sister Ann FROGGATT, William, Ellwen, p; Nathaniel Froggatt: three children left by sister Sarah WOOD, Henry TAILOR, Francis TAILOR & Joseph WOOD; nephew John GEE eldest son of brother John GEE, brother Ralph GEE, brothers John GEE;Ralph GEE. WITNESSES: Walter? BRADBURY, J BRADBURY, John BADDELEY. APPRAISER: George HIGENBOTTAM, 13th April 1752. Total: £158-16-6. Probate granted to Ralph GEE at Chesterfield October 1752, power reserved for John GEE.
–e. —- Ralph GEE of Kinder buried a son Thomas (2) on 23rd July 1666 St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield.
–f. —- Ralph GEE of Kinder buried a son Ralph (2) (possibly a twin of Robert) on 13th December 1675 at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield.
–g. —- Ralph GEE of Kinder buried a son Robert (2) (possibly a twin of Ralph) on 03rd January 1676 at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield.
–h. —- Ralph GEE (2) born circa 1676
–i. —- Ann GEE (2) born circa 1678 died on the 20th June 1737 interred at St. Mathew’s Church in Hayfield. She married John Froggatt of Low Leighton approx. 1697. They had four children. (See # 4 Following).
–j. —- Sarah GEE (2) was born circa 1680. Sarah was married twice. This information was taken off the will of her brother Daniel GEE. (See # 5 following).