Saturday, 25 July 2015

Annie Finn marries Jesse Ensor


Mary Jane Payne, nee. Finn had two older brothers, Thomas born 1867 and James born 1870 and an older sister named Annie born in 1862.

In the 1881 census the entire family was recorded at 22 Lench Street (I will refer to this family again in the next section of the book which traces them through the census records in more detail):

1881 census
 
James Finn, Head, Married, Male aged 47 Born in Ireland Labourer
Mary Finn, Wife aged 45 born in Ireland
Ann Finn, Daughter, aged 18 born in Birmingham, Dressmaker
Thomas Finn, Son, aged 14 born in Birmingham, Polisher (Artzn)
James Finn, Son, Male aged 10 born in Birmingham, Scholar
Mary Ann Finn, daughter, aged 9 born in Birmingham, Scholar
Thomas Ratchford, Boarder, aged 27 Birmingham, Cushioner - Gun Trade
Ellen Ratchford, Boarder, Female aged 22 born in Birmingham
John Ratchford, Boarder, born in Birmingham (age uncertain)
Henry Collins, Boarder, aged 18 born in Oxford, Coach Harness Work
Thomas Welsh, Boarder, Male aged 32, born in Ireland, Bricklayer Labourer
Edward Williams, Boarder, aged 20 born in Birmingham, Brass Caster
Evans Williams, Boarder, aged 18, born in Birmingham, Gun Barrel Filer

18 year old Anne Finn is recorded as a dressmaker in the census and another think to notice is the presence of Thomas and Ellen Ratchford and their son in the same household. We will discover shortly that Ellen Ratchford was a cousin of James Finn and one of four sisters who went to live in Cleveland, Ohio.

One year later, on 24 December 1882, Anne Finn (now calling herself Hannah Finn) married Jesse Ensor, a pearl button maker of back 13 Miller Street, at the parish church of St George, which was a C of E church in Newtown. Jesse Ensor’s father was also named Jesse Ensor and he was also a pearl button worker. The witnesses to the marriage were Ellen Ratchford and Thomas Barlow. Ellen Ratchford being the cousin of Anne’s father James, even though she was closer in age to Anne.

About 11 months before he married Hannah Finn, Jesse Ensor appeared before magistrates in Birmingham and was found guilty of ‘uttering counterfeit coin’. The term ‘uttering’ means putting counterfeit coin into circulation, it doesn't necessarily mean that he produced the coin, though he may have had the skills and means to produce coins being a pearl button cutter by the trade learnt from his father.

 
 
Jesse Ensor’s name appears on the same page in the court records as three other men found guilty of uttering counterfeit coins and his case is directly connected to at least one of them, a man named Samuel Harris. This is the transcription from the record of the case concerning Harris and Ensor, the term Summary I surmise refers to their previous criminal record:

No.83 Samuel Harris. Aged 20. Labourer.

Birmingham Summary—27th Nov., 1877, intent to commit a felony, 6 weeks’ H.L. ; 29th April 1878, J.O.A., stealing the sum of nine shillings and sixpence, 3 cal. Months’ H.L. : 2nd Nov., 1878, C.J.A., stealing three coats, 3 cal. Months’ H.L. : 16th May 1879, obscene language, 6 weeks’ Imp. Birmingham Sess.—1st Jan 1880, stealing a pair of trousers, 9 cal. Months’ H.L. and 2 years’ Supervision; 15th Nov 1880 assault, 2 cal. months’ H.L. : 5th May 1881, assault and assault, 3 cal months and 2 cal. Months’ H.L.

Date of Warrant 23rd December 1881.

When received into custody 8th December 1881.

Offence as charged in the Commitment: The said Samuel Harris did on the 22nd of November 1881, at the Parish of Aston, in the County of Warwick, unlawfully and knowingly utter one counterfeit florin, also for that, on the 7th of December, 1881, at the Borough of Birmingham, they, the said Samuel Harris and Jesse Ensor, did unlawfully and knowingly utter one counterfeit half-crown, and also for that they did unlawfully and knowingly have in their custody and possession at the time of such last-mentioned uttering one other counterfeit half-crown.

When tried and Sentenced—7th January 1882. Tried before the Recorder.  Verdict of the Jury —guilty of uttering counterfeit coin after previous conviction. Particulars of previous convictions charged in Indictment and proved in court—Birmingham Sess., 1st Jan 1880, stealing a pair of trousers, 9 cal. Months’ H.L. and two years’ supervision.

Sentence or Order of the Court—12 cal. months’ H.L. and 3 years’ Supervision of Police.

No.84 Jesse Ensor. Aged 22. Pearl button cutter.

Birmingham Summary—31st Dec., 1878, drunkenness, 10 days’ Imp. ; 5th Aug., 1880, assault, 21 days’ H.L.; 2nd Feb., 1881, assault, 1 cal. Month H.L.; 13th July, 1881, assault, 6 weeks’ H.L.

Date of Warrant: 23rd December 1881

When received into Custody: 8th December 1881 

Offence as charged in the Commitment. The said Samuel Harris did on the 22nd of November 1881, at the Parish of Aston, in the County of Warwick, unlawfully and knowingly utter one counterfeit florin, also for that, on the 7th of December, 1881, at the Borough of Birmingham, they, the said Samuel Harris and Jesse Ensor, did unlawfully and knowingly utter one counterfeit half-crown, and also for that they did unlawfully and knowingly have in their custody and possession at the time of such last-mentioned uttering one other counterfeit half-crown.

When tried and sentenced—7th January 1882. Tried before the Recorder. Verdict of the Jury —guilty of uttering counterfeit coin.

Sentence or Order of the Court—6 cal. months’ H.L.

We have learnt that Jesse Ensor married Hannah (aka Anne) Finn on 24 December 1882,  virtually twelve months after he was sentenced to 6 months of hard labour. On this evidence we don’t know whether Hannah knew Jesse before his sentence or met him later in 1882, though what is clear is that their marriage did not last long as according to the 1891 census the couple are living separately back with their respective families and Hannah has referred back to her maiden name of Anne Finn.   

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