Saturday, 26 December 2009

My Grandmother’s family


My Grandmother - Florence Margaret Millington (nee.Clayton)

Having established these very early origins of the Clayton line dating back to g-g-g-g-grandfather William Clayton who lived in Shrewsbury in the mid to late 1700s, I will now come back to more recent generations and to the place where my own research started, to my grand mother Florence Millington, nee. Clayton.

Florence Margaret Clayton was born on 3rd August 1899 at 20 Lennox Street in Newtown, Birmingham. Her parents were William Clayton (whose full name was Henry William Clayton) and Mary Helen Clayton (nee. Finn). The family lived in the back streets of Newtown and Ladywood during the latter part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

William and Mary had seven children during their long marriage, including my grandmother, Florence. The other children were George, Anne, William J (Bill), Thomas, Harold and Frederick. The oldest of these children was Bill born in 1892, next was George born in 1895, Harold born in 1897, Florence in 1899, Annie in 1901 and Thomas and Frederick born after 1901.

William Clayton married Mary Finn at St Vincent's RC church on Ashted Row in Duddeston on 18th April 1892. According to their marriage certificate, William was 23 and he stated that his occupation was a Steel Turner. Mary Finn was 20 years old and the couple both resided at 1 Coleman Street, Duddeston.

William's father was Thomas Clayton, a blacksmith, whilst Mary's father was Thomas Finn and he was a building laborer. The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas and Mary Finn. As we shall learn later, Mary Helen's mother, Bridget Finn (nee.Flynn) had died before this date, so my speculation is that the witness Mary Finn was actually Mary Helen's cousin.

It is interesting to note that there wasn't a Clayton recorded as a witness on the marriage certificate.

The 1891 Census, taken the year before William and Mary got married, does not show them registered at 1 Coleman Street. This indicates that they must have moved in to this property just prior to their wedding.


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