John Mastin of Fenton
(Born in 1760 at Walkeringham. Died in 1643 at Fenton.)
John Mastin was J.M.'s great great great grandfather. His father was John Mastin of Walkeringham, and his mother was Ann Wardley. I do not know what he was doing until he married Anne Dixon in 1798. His parents were fairly
Carpenter Arms, Fenton
Within the first year of marriage, on 17th December 1798, John and Anne's first son was born, John, named after his father and grandfather. There followed in regular succession five more children: William 1800, Anne l803, Mary 1805, Rebecca 1810, and Joseph 1812. It is interesting to note how these names are repeated over the generations to follow.
1809 and 1810 must have been sad years for Mr. And Mrs. Mastin: Anne's Father died in 1809, John's father died in 1810, and little Rebecca also in 1810. The year after Joseph was born, John died, on 31st July 1813. He was 53, and he had only been married for fifteen years. Anne was 40 with six children, the youngest being just over one year old.
John's death was reported in the Stamford Echo and he was described as The Landlord of the Carpenters Arms, Fenton. Anne took over the Pub licence in 1815 and presumably ran it until her death in 1821. Her eldest son John was 23 and the youngest son Joseph was only 9. I think Anne must have been a tough woman. We do know that William married a local girl, Jane Woolfit, in 1826, 5 years after his mother's death, so the children must have stayed locally. We do know that at this time there were a lot of Mastin's in Laneham just across the river and there was a ferry across almost a direct link.
- I went to Fenton in July 2000 (J.D.) - it is on the A156 main road between Lincoln and Gainsborough. Fenton is now just a string of houses along the roadside. The Carpenter's Arms is structurally not much changed from when John was landlord. Kettlethorpe, almost adjoining Fenton, is a very different place - very English in style with large farms, good old houses and Kettlethorpe Hall, with the church next to it (Kettlethorpe Hall is the birthplace of Henry VIII's mother). At the rear of the Carpenters Arms is a large car park and a lot of buildings in varying states of repair. These buildings are obviously old and the present landlord says one of these was used as a school and we know that John's son John was educated at a school before going to Newton Academy.
- John and Anne are both buried in the lovely Kettlethorpe churchyard. There are three gravestones side by side. One reads: "In memory of John Mastin, died July 31st 1813, age 53." The next reads: "In the memory of Ann (no 'e'), Wife of John Mastin, died 9-6-1821, age 48. Also Rebecca who died in infancy." The last one is partly unreadable but part says: "Ann Dixon, wife of William Dixon..." then the rest is unreadable.
- In 1806, the last public Hanging and Gibbeting took place at Dristley Nook not two miles from Fenton.
- Anne took over the licence in 1815, the same year as the Battle of Waterloo.
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