SOWERBY OF EMLEY AND KIRKHEATON
Sarah Sausby of the parish of Darton, spinster, married Peter Turner at Darton on 31 January 1813. Census returns show her to have been born at High Hoyland about 1790. No birth or baptism record has been found for her but the located evidence suggests that she was a daughter of David and Martha (Walton) Sausby.
There are a small number of individuals in the relevant area and period recorded with the surname Sausby or Sawsby, and most if not all of them seem to be members of the family of David Sausby. David himself was baptised at Emley in 1766 as “David Son of Joseph and Dorothy Sowerby”. At his first marriage in 1788, his surname is given as Sawsby, but it has been altered in the register, having apparently been written initially as Sowerby. The banns register gives his residence as the chapelry of Worsbrough in the parish of Darfield, and the burial at Worsbrough in 1798 of “Dorothy Sowerby, Widow, Aged 64”, is evidently that of David’s mother. The difference between Sowerby and Sawsby (or more usually Sausby in later records) is not as large as might appear from the spelling, as the local pronunciation of Sowerby, as in Sowerby and Sowerby Bridge near Halifax, is “Sorby”. However, the addition of an S to give the pronunciation “Sorsby” in this family seems to be largely restricted to David and his descendants. One individual whose placement is not currently clear is Mary Sausby who married Daniel Kay at Penistone in 1816. Mary was born, according to census returns, at Emley about 1793. She may be the Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary Sowerby, who was baptised at Emley in 1794. On the other hand, Mary (Sausby) Kay may be another daughter of David and Martha (Walton) Sausby. There is a gap before the baptism of their daughter Hannah in 1796 into which Mary might fit.
Having been married at High Hoyland in 1788, David and Martha Sausby were living at Haigh in the parish of Darton by 1796, when their daughter Hannah was baptised, and Haigh was still David’s residence at the time of his burial in 1817. This matches with Sarah (Sausby) Turner, who as noted above is stated to have been born at High Hoyland about 1790, and who later lived at Haigh with her husband Peter Turner, as confirmed by the 1814 baptism entry of their daughter Ann among other records.
There are some DNA matches which may be relevant here. Ruth Margaret (Daniels) Davies, a great-great-great-granddaughter of Sarah (Sausby) Turner, has the following matches:
12 cM with a descendant of Toby Sowerby and Mary Gill, married at Emley in 1758
12 cM and 12 cM with two descendants of John Graham and Alice Kay, married at Emley in 1762.
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1 JOHN SOWERBY of Emley, Yorkshire, was buried on 14 June 1740 at Emley. He married first, MARY, who was buried on 6 December 1708 at Emley. He married second, on 26 March 1722 at Emley, SUSANNA EASTWOOD.
Children of John and Mary Sowerby:
2 i JOSEPH SOWERBY (1696-1741); m(1) ELIZABETH PIGHELLS; m(2) ANN BOOTH.
ii JOHN SOWERBY, bap 3 Apr 1698, Emley.
iv THOMAS SOWERBY, bap 11 Apr 1703, Emley.
vi ANN SOWERBY, bap 19 Aug 1708, Emley.
Children of John and Susanna (Eastwood) Sowerby:
viii HANNAH SOWERBY, bap 17 Nov 1723, Emley.
2 JOSEPH SOWERBY of Kirkheaton was baptised on 13 July 1696 at Emley and buried on 25 November 1741 at Thornhill. He married first, on 28 August 1728 at Kirkheaton, ELIZABETH PIGHELLS. Elizabeth was buried on 12 July 1738 at Kirkheaton. Joseph married second, on 27 November 1739 at Wakefield, ANN BOOTH.
Children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pighells) Sowerby:
i JOHN SOWERBY, bap 9 Nov 1728, Kirkheaton.
3 iii JOSEPH SOWERBY (1733-1766); m(1) ALICE ARUNDEL; m(2) DOROTHY (KAYE) GRAHAM.
iv WILLIAM SOWERBY, bap 27 Mar 1736, Kirkheaton.
Children of Joseph and Ann (Booth) Sowerby:
3 JOSEPH SOWERBY of Emley was baptised on 31 October 1733 at Kirkheaton and buried on 1 June 1766 at Emley. He married first, on 25 February 1754 at Emley, ALICE ARUNDEL. Alice was buried on 16 January 1765 at Emley. Joseph married second, on 22 September 1765 at Kirkheaton, DOROTHY (KAY) GRAHAM, widow of Thomas Graham and daughter of John Kay. Dorothy was baptised on 30 January 1732/33 at Emley and buried on 7 March 1798 at Worsbrough.
Children of Joseph and Alice (Arundel) Sowerby:
iii JOHN SOWERBY, bap 27 Aug 1758, Emley.
vi CHARLES SOWERBY, bur 16 Jan 1765, Emley.
Child of Joseph and Dorothy (Kay) (Graham) Sowerby:
4 vii DAVID SAUSBY (1766-1817); m(1) MARTHA WALTON; m(2) RACHEL NEWTON.
4 DAVID SAUSBY of Haigh, labourer, was baptised on 9 March 1766 at Emley and buried on 25 March 1817 at Darton. He married first, on 27 January 1788 at High Hoyland, MARTHA WALTON, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Heppenstall) Walton. Martha was baptised on 14 March 1760 at High Hoyland and buried on 3 October 1802 at Darton. David married second, on 9 May 1803 at High Hoyland, RACHEL NEWTON, daughter of John and Rachel (Armitage) Newton. Rachel was baptised on 6 January 1766 at High Hoyland and buried on 14 January 1810 at High Hoyland.
Children of David and Martha (Walton) Sausby:
 A Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Mary Sowerby, was baptised at Emley on 16 Oct 1791. However, she was buried on 22 Feb 1792, so could not be the Sarah Sausby who married Peter Turner.
 Results from AncestryDNA.
 Emley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). He may be the one of that name buried at Kirkheaton on 23 Apr 1752, but that could be the John who was son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Pighells) Sowerby.
 Kirkheaton parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). She may be either the Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Pickles, baptised at Kirkheaton on 15 Dec 1697, or the Elizabeth, daughter of John Pickles, baptised at Kirkheaton on 2 Jul 1709.
 Kirkheaton parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). His surname is given as Graham in the listing of parties but as Grime in his signature. The names are used as variants in the area in that period.
 Emley parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). There were multiple men in the area named John Kay(e). Dorothy does not appear to be a daughter of the John Kaye buried at Emley in 1764 as she is not mentioned in his will (Borthwick Institute).
 1851 census returns, Kexbrough (National Archives, HO 107/2334, fol. 137).
 Death certificate.
 Darfield parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk). The 1831 birth record of William and Hannah’s son Henry confirms that Hannah was “Daughter of David & Martha Sausby Labourer at Hage Nr Darton”: registers of New Street Chapel, Barnsley (National Archives, RG 4/3645).