Joshua John Blake1

#13717, b. 25 August 1830, d. June 1857

Joshua was a miller, and he died in Alderton. The above smock mill was in use in Alderton from late 18th century, eventually being demolished in 1956. Information and picture from

Individual's Timeline

Birth31 July 1830Joshua John Blake2
Christening25 August 1830Joshua John Blake1,3
Death of Father23 June 1844William (Damaris) Blake4
Death RegJune 1857Joshua John Blake5
Death3 June 1857Joshua John Blake

Primary events

  • Birth: Joshua John Blake was born on 31 July 1830 in Diss, Norfolk, England.2
  • Christening: He was christened on 25 August 1830 in St Mary's, Diss, Norfolk, England.1,3
  • Death of Father: His father William (Damaris) Blake died on 23 June 1844 in Poringland, Norfolk, England.4
  • Death Reg: Joshua's death was registered in the quarter ended in June 1857 in the Woodbridge registration district. (His age calculates to 26 years and 9 months).5
  • Death: Joshua died on 3 June 1857 in Alderton, Suffolk, England, aged 26. He died of Pneumonia. I wonder if the pneumonia came from working in the dust of the mill? Present at his death was Emma WILSON of Alderton. The miller in the 1851 census was George CULLMER and in 1861 was Thomas Fawcett BEADNELL. None of whom are in my database, so he had no family with him when he died (Aged 26 years, 9 months and 9 days, worked back from recorded birth date).
  • Burial: He was buried on 6 June 1857 in St Andrew's Churchyard, Alderton, Suffolk, England, The age at death, 26, confirms that this is the death of our Joshua.6

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Joshua was a miller's apprentice who was a Miller Journeyman at the time of his death.
  • reasoning: Joshua disappears from the census after 1851, and there are no marriages for him in Suffolk or Norfolk.

Census details


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Film Number: 2034704.
  2. Crosbie etc, Diss Parish Registers.
  3. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Diss
    Church     St Mary
    RegisterNumber     1225
    DateOfBirth     31 Jul 1830
    BaptismDate     25 Aug 1830
    Forename     Joshua John
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     William
    MotherForename     [A_]mrur
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    Abode     Diss
    FatherOccupation     Blacksmith
    FileNumber     11498.
  4. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Copy received from Jean Eastoe.
  5. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Blake      Joshua            Woodbridge      4a     3_5.
  6. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), First name(s):      Joshua
    Last name:      BLAKE      
    Date of burial:      6 Jun 1857
    Age at death:      26
    Calculated year of birth:      1831
    Place of burial:      Alderton
    Dedication:      St Andrew
    County:      Suffolk
    Alderton St Andrew:
    Denomination:      Anglican
    Coverage:      1674 - 1901
    Number of entries:      2,447.