Saturday, 20 July 2013

The family of my Uncle Ted - Edward Bourne

These two screen shots from Google Earth are views of St Mary's Catholic convent in Hunters Road, a road linking the Newtown area of Birmingham with the Lozells district. The discovery of this convent has helped me to identify the road in which dad's late brother-in-law Ted Bourne grew up. Uncle Ted was married to dad's oldest sister Nance. Ted was not a Catholic but I remember him once recalling that he grew up in a street in this area that was close to a Catholic Convent which gave him a lifelong respect for the dedication of the nuns.

Ted was born in 1914 and my research shows he grew up on Brougham Street which is the adjacent road to Hunters Road, the location of St Mary's convent. In the 1922 polling register a couple named Edward Valentine and Violet Bourne were registered at 1 Albert Cottages, Brougham Street.

Edward Valentine Bourne married Violet Wilson in Birmingham in 1911, I believe them to be my Uncle Ted's parents. In the 1911 Census, a 21 year old Edward V Bourne is a lodger with the Smith family of Mansfield Road, Aston Manor, his birth place given as Barbourne in Worcestershire. In the 1901 Census (pictured above) he is found with his parents and siblings living at 98 Crocketts Road, Handsworth. He is 11 years old and his place of birth given as Worcester.

Edward Valentine Bourne and his father, also an Edward Bourne were both born in Worcestershire. However, three of Edward V's siblings were born in Seaforth on Merseyside.

Nance, David and Ted at 25 Harpers Road, Northfield in 1956. In the polling register of 1950 Ted and Nance were living at 337 Quinton Road West along with G-Granny, Mary Clayton and Thomas Clayton (a brother of Nanny Mill).

Geoff, Ted and Nance 1956
Joan and Nance 1956
Nance (Anne nee Millington), Ted (Edward Bourne),
their son David and pet dog Bess.


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