Hezekiah was the youngest son of George and Elizabeth. Before age of thirteen he was working alongside his father and brothers down the New Hucknall colliery. Growing tall and strong in stature equips him for eventually leading a small subcontracting gang, dividing agreed payments into each miners rated efforts.
Including brother Jeremiah among getters out, deputies and officials who annually enjoyed Whit Monday trips into Matlock, this 1894 Notts Free Press clipping claims dating Hezekiah (back row third right) attended his last pit social outing.
Possibly fronting the pub he was to actually run, maybe worth noting he discouraged his sons descending any coal mine. A sentiment just as often shared by older miners perhaps obliged at following their fathers footsteps. Relatives also heard Hezekiah voice dislike for his name, not wishing it to be passed down future generations between whom he preferred being called Kiah.
Kiah continued living with parents at Woodland Cottage, until finding Miss Wright in Huthwaite. Descriptions of a very attractive young lady are justified if first portrayed here together in year 1900. A native of Huthwaite born 1873, Mabel Winifred Wright was the sixth of seven children resulting from marriage of two influential villager surnames. Mother Sarah Stendall and father Robert Wright will raise separately featured pages, again based on lengthy research and the ancestral genealogy work supplied here by Mr Robert Holland.
Hezekiah and Mabel wed 1896 at the parish church of Sutton-in-Ashfield. They set up as tenants under the Home Brewery Company, running the White Swan on Swan Yard off Main Street. The married couple obviously soon started raising a family, the results of which produced the following sons and daughters all born in Huthwaite.
Whilst the family album helps further expose the past public house, it is mainly fronted by the Huthwaite United Football Club. This 1914 cup winning team identifies landlord Hezekiah being the clubs president stood in the doorway. But he was also a keen cricketer who personally achieved county player medals.
In addition to keeping an alehouse, Kiah later served office as a special constable plus district councillor. Still finding time for leisure however other family group photos show relations sharing local pigeon and gardening interests. Maintaining competitiveness through later years won prizes for producing root vegetables. An accomplishment on its own, passing interest onto his youngest son when fiercely fought between proudest village gardeners.
Rather astutely, Kiah made provisions for heading towards a comfortable retirement. A reported 1908 auction at the Peacock Inn reveals he purchased 610 square yd. of land for 3s. per yard. He then built six properties amidst those initially forming a fashionable King Street. Following over 30 years successfully running his public house the couple took retirement in 1927.
Settling into one of their own King Street houses, they stayed closely neighboured by most of their Huthwaite family, seeing future Holland generations. Robert Holland keeps fond childhood memories of grand parents keeping openly welcome house.
A last glimpse of Mabel Holland who died 1945. Old Hezekiah is shown 1953 when being presented with a long service award after being a trusted treasurer for a local charitable trust. His named service is now confirmed from another 1933 report, when identifying the committee in respect of the annual Huthwaite Old People's Treat.
Written 31 Jul 09 Revised 11 May 12 © by Gary Elliott