According to the 1841 census Esther BROTHERTON was born between 1786 and 1791. A christening of a Hester on 30 May 1790 by William and Mary BRATHERTON in Evesham suggests that she was born in early 1790. Esther's sister Lucy BRATHERTON was christened in Evesham in 1795 by a William and Jane BRATHERTON, so perhaps her Esther's mother had died, although no burial record for her has been found (excepting one dated 22 Nov 1793 in Hanbury, Worcestershire, 18 miles away).
Esther married John DAY of Blockley in 1813 and they had five children.
Tragedy struck in February 1838 when John drowned when returning late from a wood sale in Offenham. When the ferryman refused to cross the River Avon at Offenham Ferry, due to the presence of too much ice, John decided to row himself across, but died in the attempt. His body wasn't recovered until 14 May 1838.
In 1841 she was living with her youngest daughter Ann in Evesham.
Esther married James GOULD, a market gardener, in 1851 in Evesham and they lived together on Bewdley Street until she died in 1874.
The other BROTHERTONs known to be Evesham at that time were market gardeners living in Bewdley Street and Church Street (Bartley's Directory of Evesham 1840). The exception was George BROTHERTON who was the proprietor of the George and Dragon also in Bewdley Street.
Earlier, a Thomas BROTHERTON, [market] gardener is listed in the Universal British Directory of 1793-1798, and a John BRATHERTON is listed in the Evesham Poll Book of 1780 living on Coal Street.