Joseph Wheatley was born in Ripley, Derbyshire in 1797. By 1831, he was the landlord of the Ship Inn, located on the banks of the Foss Canal in Saxilby.
Married to Mary Ann (born in Lincoln), they had five children; the eldest, John, was born in Skellingthorpe in 1827. The other children, three girls and a boy, were all born at the Ship.
John followed his father in the business, and was landlord from 1865 until 1896.
Pictured is Charlotte Wheatley, born in Dunholme in 1841. She married Joseph’s younger son, Thomas, who became one of the local bakers, with a shop (pictured) a few doors along from the Ship.
By 1901, Charlotte is listed as a widow, and is running the shop with the help of her son John and daughter Charlotte. She is registered blind.
John married Louisa Broughton in 1903. She was the daughter of the new Ship landlord, George, who had taken over the premises from John’s uncle.
This was not always a happy household, as revealed in a newspaper article dated 10 December 1877. The local doctor said that the woman (Mary Ann) was ‘constantly more or less under the influence of drink’. At one time, Joseph and his brother ‘pounced upon her, seized her, and dragged her upstairs, where she was chained to the wall in her bedroom and kept there all night and the next day until 4 o’clock’.