Thursday, 24 December 2009

More information from the 1901 census

We have already referred to a record for the family of Thomas (59) and Emma (56) Clayton’s family in the 1901 census at 73 Mount St, Aston. We should remind ourselves that these were the parents of my great grandfather William and his sister, Mary Emma (Pem) - the lady who became Emma Jeenes/Edwards.

Ralph Edwards told me that he believes that the grandson named in this census as Frederick Geenes (14) was a son of Mary Emma from her first marriage to William Jeenes.

Ralph also told me about another record in the 1901 census for his grandparents, William (aged 35) and Emma (aged 33) Edwards living at 1 Back 85 Porchester Street. Living with them is a son Thomas Edwards (15), George Edwards (6), Arthur Edwards aged 4 (Ralph’s father who was emigrated to Canada) and a son John Edwards aged 2.

Ralph raises another question about the oldest child named in this record:

“The son Thomas aged 15 came as a complete surprise. As William Edwards and Emma only married in 1896, how could they have a son aged 15? I suspect this may have been a son also from Emma's first marriage and he took the name Edwards. On this 1901 census it appears that my grandmother Emma's age is off by a year.”

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