06 December 2022
In the January 2023 issue of Family Tree, on sale from 9 December 2022, we ran a fascinating pictorial quiz by Family Tree Academy tutor David Annal. To see the answers (read on!)
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A. Birth Certificate
1. The certificate describes John’s mother as Eliza Maria Jordan, late Cross, formerly Crook. This tells us that she was born Eliza Maria Crook (or to be more exact, that was her name at the time of her first marriage) and that she had previously been married to someone called Cross.
2. John’s birth wasn’t registered until 10 January 1850. Before 1984, births and deaths in England and Wales were indexed by the quarter of registration rather than the date of the event. The record of John’s birth therefore appears in the March quarter of 1850.
3. The Jordan (or Jordon) family were living at an address in Melksham High Street in 1851. John was described as a ‘Smith & Wheel Wright’.
4. On 8 April 1837, Eliza Maria Crook married William Foskett Lewis Cross at St Paul’s, Bristol. William’s death was registered in Melksham in the March quarter of 1846, two years before Eliza married John Jordan.
5. Eliza Maria Jordan died on 2 March 1898. Her exact date of death is recorded in the National Probate Calendar.
B. 1851 & 1921 Census Returns
6a. The 1851 census recorded the ‘Name and Surname of each Person’ living in the UK ‘on the Night of the 30th March, 1851.’
6b. The 1921 census schedules tell us that they record the details of ‘every person who is alive at midnight on the night of Sunday, 24th April, 1921’. However, although this was the planned date, due to industrial unrest the census was delayed by nearly two months and not taken until 19 June. The forms had already been printed and the decision was made NOT to reprint them with the new date.
7. The birth of John Augustus Cadman was registered in the Eastry registration district in the September quarter of 1848.
8. The word ‘annuitant’ is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as, ‘A person in receipt of regular annual payments under the terms of an annuity’. Sarah Marsh evidently had a regular, independent income.
9. Relationships in the census are always given in terms of the individual’s relationship to the ‘head’ of the household so we have to be careful here: although Fanny Jane is described as John’s daughter, that doesn’t mean that she was also Mary’s. In fact, Mary was John’s second wife and Fanny was therefore Mary’s step-daughter.
10. John died in March 1927. He was buried at St James’ Cemetery in Dover. His burial is recorded in the registers of Christ Church, Hougham-in-Dover.
C. Electoral Registers
11. The letters HO tell us that Susannah’s qualification to vote was through her husband’s ‘occupation’ of the house at 69 Ash Street.
12. Until 1969, men didn’t get the vote until they were 21. As Charles’s name didn’t appear in the electoral register in 1927, we can theorise that he was born in 1906.
13. This is confirmed by an entry for the birth of Charles William Robert Utting in the GRO index for the September quarter of 1906. The birth was registered in the Yarmouth registration district.
14. Charles Frederick Utting doesn’t appear to have left a will (the National Probate Calendar is a good source of dates of death). It’s possible that there’s a surviving gravestone recording his date of death but I was able to get the information from a death notice published in the Leicester Chronicle on 24 March 1928. Charles, it seems, had died on 17 March.
15. Between 1918 and 1928, the ‘age of suffrage’ for women was 30. When this was reduced to 21, a further five million women became qualified to vote, including Susannah (Daisy) Utting.
D. Prison Registers
16. The Central Criminal Court is better known as the Old Bailey.
17. The brief report on the trial in the records of the Old Bailey (www.oldbaileyonline.org) simply tells us that George had ‘feloniously’ married Louisa Pattey, ‘his wife being then alive’. However, contemporary newspaper reports quote a witness, John Samuel Ellis, who stated that he was present at George’s marriage to his sister at St Philip’s church, Lambeth on 17 September 1865 which leads us to the record of the marriage of George Stevens and Elizabeth Ellis.
18. Sarah’s prison record gives her hair colour as ‘Lt. Bro.’, i.e., light brown.
19. The South London Press of Saturday 5 July 1873 includes a summary of the cases held at the Surrey Sessions and tells us that Sarah had been convicted of ‘unlawfully obtaining two boxes of chocolate’.
20. Sarah’s address at the time of her apprehension was given as 2 Richmond Place, Wandsworth Road and we can find the Coker family living there in the 1871 census. This tells us that Sarah, along with three of her siblings, was born in Swindon. This is confirmed by the discovery of a birth in the September quarter of 1860 for a Sarah Ann Coker registered in the Highworth registration district (which included Swindon).
E. Tithe Map & Apportionment
21. The pub was called the Antelope.
22. The Greyhound, the Saracens Head, the Black Boy, the Wheatsheaf, the Cross Keys, the Seven Stars and the Goat. High Wycombe had a lot of pubs!
23. We can find Thomas Scott listed as a publican in the 1841 census in High Wycombe and next door to the Scotts we find the Butler family: William Butler was a chemist.
24. The 1841 census also tells us that the Scotts and the Butlers lived in (and traded from) addresses in Church Square, High Wycombe. We can also confirm this by looking at contemporary Ordnance Survey maps or indeed a modern map – the Antelope is still there in Church Square today.
25. The history of Wheeler’s Wycombe Brewery can be traced back to the 17th century. Buckinghamshire Archives holds a collection of deeds and papers relating to the business. https://archives.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/records/D_147
F. Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will
26. Margaret lived in the Cheshire parish of Great Budworth?
27. Her will was proved on 12 September 1816?
28. ‘Exors’ is an abbreviation for ‘Executors’ and ‘Admors’ is short for ‘Administrators’. If you were transcribing the will ‘properly’ you should enclose the ‘missing’ letters in square brackets, so: Ex[excut]ors and Adm[inistrat]ors.
29. Margaret was buried at Great Budworth on 26 February 1816. The parish register records her age as 81.
30. Robert Oulton died in 1822. His will (which was proved the following year) includes a bequest to his son of ‘the House and Buildings I now live in, known by the sign of the White Hart...’
To view David Annal's transcript of Margaret Woolley's will, please click here.
We hope you enjoyed the Quiz.
Study Club Quiz - in December
At the Family Tree Study Club online meeting on 12 December, 6.30-7.30pm, David Annal will be holding a live pictorial quiz. The Study Club meetings are available to Family Tree subscribers (of the print or digital issue of Family Tree and to members of Family Tree Plus).
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