William Hiscock (1865-1903)

William Hiscock and Ada Susanna Copperthwaite were my great, great-grandparents. This is where they are situated in my family tree:

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William was born on the 5th May 1865 in Midanbury, South Stoneham, and was baptised on the 4th June that year:

Ada was born on the 31st December 1868 in Southampton. I haven’t found a baptism record for her, but this is a copy of her birth record:

Ada was the second of seven children born to Alfred Flint Copperthwaite and Clara Copperthwaite (née Carter).

You’ve seen William on the census returns living with his mother, Emma, so I will tell you about Ada, and where she was living prior to her marriage to William.

This is Ada and her family on the 1871 census return:

They were living in Duke Street, in the St Mary’s area of Southampton, where, at that time, Ada was the youngest in her family.

Ten years later, the family had increased in size, and they had moved to 3 Spa Court Road in the parish of Southampton All Saints:

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Ada’s father was a dock labourer, and her elder brother was a butcher’s assistant. Ada and her other siblings were all of school age.

William and Ada were married on the 6th April 1889 in Southampton, Hampshire:

William was a labourer and living at 16 Northam Road, Southampton, and Ada was living at 3 Spa Road, Southampton. From this marriage, there were six children, and they were: Fanny (1890-1969), Albert Edward (1892-1893), Edith Flora (1893-1959), Emma Louise (1895-1918), William Charles (1900-1903), and Albert Edward, my great-grandfather (1902-1954).

The first record that the family appeared on was the 1891 census return:

They were living at Jubilee Cottage, Commercial Street, South Stoneham, Hampshire, where William was a general labourer.

The next and final census return that William appeared on was the 1901 census:

This time, the family were living in Chapel Street, Bitterne, Southampton, where William was an oil mill machine minder.

A year later, things had taken a turn for the worse for William. On the 21st March 1902, William was sentenced to three months imprisonment, with hard labour, to Winchester Prison at Southampton County Petty Sessions for neglecting his children and assault. On the 2nd April 1902, he was admitted to the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum at Knowle, Fareham. He had been certified insane, with Dr I. Richards providing the following comments about him: (1). The prisoner is either quiet, stupid, answering questions with a marked slur in his enunciation, or very violent; (2). Hospital Warden, Leonard, Winchester informs me that suddenly and without apparent cause, smashed all the furniture and fittings of his cell.

On admission, it was stated that “he is very childish, weak-minded and full of self-satisfaction. He tells me most unimportant trifles and boasts how strong he is and how fat he is growing. Speech slurring and rather drawling and monotonous. He was a resident of Knowle Asylum until his death on the 18th August 1903. The cause of his death was colitis – 16 days. As you can see, he spent considerably longer in the asylum than the original sentence of three months. This information was found in the Knowle Asylum admission book from 1902, held at the Hampshire Archives, Winchester.

Ada would have been left to bring up a young family by herself. I wonder how she felt about what had happened to her husband, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and subsequent admission to the asylum.

Ada re-married in the first quarter (Jan-Mar) of 1908 in Southampton to John O’Grady:

From this marriage, there was one child, and she was Ada Susanna O’Grady (1908-1986).

I couldn’t find Ada and her family on the 1911 census return, but I did manage to find her on the 1939 Register:

This 1939 Register shows that Ada was in a Public Assistance Institution in St Mary’s Street, Southampton. This particular building used to be a workhouse in the 1800s, nowadays, it is a sixth form college called City College. The date of birth on this record is incorrect by a day, as I have the correct date of birth confirmed on her birth certificate.

Ada passed away on the 25th March 1946 at Moorgreen Hospital, West End, Southampton aged 77. The cause of her death was: chronic bronchitis, myocardial degeneration, and chronic cholecystitis. Her death was certified by A.H. Burnett MRCS.

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Noah Hiscock

Noah Hiscock and his wife, Emma Hinvest were the first set of three times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree. This is where they are situated in my family tree:

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Noah was born in 1828 in Minstead, Hampshire and was baptised on the 24th August that year:

Emma was born in 1826 in Eling, Hampshire, and was baptised on the 26th November that year:

The first record that Noah appeared on, prior to marrying Emma, was the 1841 census:

Noah was living with his family in Minstead, Hampshire, where his father and two older brothers were agricultural labourers.

Emma, meanwhile, was living with her family in Totton, in the parish of Eling:

Here you can see that Emma was living with her father and siblings, and that her father was the only one contributing to the household.

Noah and Emma were married on the 11th April 1850 in the parish church at Minstead:

From this marriage, there were five children, and they were: Fanny (1852-1865), Henrietta Agnes (1854-1866), Edith Emma (1862-1867), William, my great, great-grandfather (1865-1903), and Charles (1867-1940). As you can see, sadly, the first three children never made it to adulthood. You can read about William in a future blog.

The next record that the family appeared on was the 1851 census:

Noah and Emma were living with Noah’s parents at Flat Water, Minstead, where he was a garden labourer.

In 1859, the Volunteer Force was created, and Noah would have been of an age to join the large Volunteer Force that existed in the area that he was living. It was created due to half of the British Army being garrisoned around the Empire, which left a reduced defence in the British Isles.

On the 12th May 1859, Jonathan Peel, the Secretary of State for War issued a letter to the lieutenants in the counties of England, authorising the formation of volunteer rifle corps and artillery corps in defended coastal towns. The cost of setting up the volunteers had largely been met by public subscription along with assistance from honorary members. With uniforms and equipment reaching the end of their usefulness, it was anticipated that the members would have to pay for the replacements themselves. This would have had a knock on effect with members leaving the force. To prevent this from happening, a government grant was issued at 20 shillings per man, but on the proviso that they had attended the prescribed number of drills in the previous twelve months. Grants were not made to someone who had proved to be inefficient, or their rifle had not been adequately maintained. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Force)

By 1861, the family had moved from the New Forest and into Southampton:

They were living at Cross Road from Northam Road to Wood Mill in the parish of South Stoneham where Noah was a gardener.

The original parish of South Stoneham covered 8,000 acres and extended along the eastern side of the River Itchen by Eastleigh in the north to just above Northam Bridge in the south, and from Swaythling to the outskirts of the original town of Southampton. South Stoneham Poor Law Union was formed on the 25th March 1835 with nine constituent parishes and it was overseen by a board of 16 governors. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Stoneham)

Noah passed away on the 3rd December 1870 in the Bitterne area of Southampton. He was 42 years old, and died of phthisis pulmonalis, and had suffered from it for two years and four months. Phthisis is a Greek word for consumption, and an old term for pulmonary tuberculosis. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis)

We next see Emma on the 1871 census return:

She was living with William and Charles (her two youngest sons) at Star Cottages, 1 Brewery Street, South Stoneham. Emma was in receipt of parish relief, which is the equivalent of receiving benefits. Emma’s parish relief would have been classed as out relief as she was still living at home. If she had been in receipt of in relief, then she would have been a resident of the local workhouse.

Ten years later, Emma, William and Charles had moved to The Common, South Stoneham, and by this time, she had found work and was working as a charwoman. (cleaner):

By this time, both William and Charles were working and contributing to the household.

This is the 1891 census return:

It was just Emma and Charles living at the house, and by that time, they were living at Bitterne Common, where Emma continued to work as a charwoman.

The 1901 census return is the final census that Emma appeared on:

Emma remained at Bitterne Common, where she continued to work as a charwoman. At this stage, she was 75 years old and living on her own.

Emma passed away on the 29th October 1904 at 78 years of age. The cause of her death was: valvular disease, endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart), and mitral ascites (accumulation of fluid).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James Hinvest

The final set of four times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree, are James Hinvest and Caroline Parker. You can see, below, where they are situated in the tree:

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James was born on the 17th July 1796 in the village of Eling, Hampshire. He was the eldest of 10 children born to James and Anne Hinvest (nee Legge). James was baptised on the 18th September in the same year, and this would have more than likely taken place at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Eling.

From the information I have managed to find throughout my research over the years, James appeared to have lived the whole of his life in Eling. This is where he met his wife, Caroline Parker.

Caroline was born on the 10th March 1798 in Eling, and was baptised later on that year on the 6th December. She was the youngest of four children born to Robert and Mary Parker (nee Bricknell):

James and Caroline married on the 30th July 1820 in Eling, and you can see their marriage record below:

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James and Caroline had seven children during their 17 year marriage. Their children were : Alford (1821-), Olive (1822-), Harriet (1825-1893), Emma, my three times great-grandmother (1826-1904), Isaac (1829-), George (1833-1897) and Charles ( (1836-1855).

Sadly, Caroline passed away in 1837, at the young age of 39 years old. Their youngest child was still under the age of two. I don’t have a cause of death as yet, but I will be requesting a copy of the death certificate to find out.

From 1808 to 1857, Chartism existed, which was a working-class movement for political reform in Britain. It was a national protest movement and had strongholds of support in northern England, the East Midlands, Staffordshire, the Black Country and the Valleys of South Wales. Support for Chartism was at its highest in 1816, 1822 and 1848. In 1839, only 18 percent of the male population had the right to vote. William Lovett’s 1838 People’s Charter demanded political reform in England. Six reforms were called for to make the political system more democratic. The movement was often divided over tactics. Most supporters of Chartism were working class and supported the movement’s goals in large public meetings. The working class supporters hoped that their political voice could address their poverty and work conditions. Despite receiving millions of signatures, the government rejected their demands and they ended up being ridiculed in the press. I wonder how this affected James and his sons?

At the time that this was happening, James was living with his family in Totton, in the parish of Eling. You can seen them on the 1841 census return:

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James was the head of the family, and six of his children were living with him. His occupation was an agricultural labourer.

The next record that we see James on is the 1851 census return:

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Again, you can see that James was the head of the family, but this time, you can see that James had married and his wife was called Elizabeth. Two of James’ sons, George and Charles, were still living with them. If you compare the two census returns, it would seem that James and Eliza married between 1841 and 1851, as the 1851 census states that Eliza was James’ wife. Maybe it was recorded this way for appearances, as I was unable to find a marriage record for them between those dates. I did, however, find a marriage record for them for the fourth quarter of 1855 in the New Forest district of Hampshire. Eliza’s surname before she married James was Bessant.

We can see James and Eliza again on the 1861 census return:

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James and Eliza Hinvest were living in Calmore in the parish of Eling. Eliza’s two sons, George and William were living with them. George was an agricultural labourer and William was a scholar (of school age). James and Eliza also had two sons of their own; Henry and James. Henry was also of school age.

The record below is the 1871 census return:

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James and family were still living in Calmore, in the parish of Eling, where he was an agricultural labourer. On the 1871 census return, it’s showing that William’s surname is Hinvest, but if you look at the 1861 census return, his surname was recorded as Bessant. I am assuming that he was recorded under the same surname, so that it looked like they were a complete family. William, Henry and James were all agricultural labourers.

In 1871, Sir John Lubbock, a member of Parliament, and also a social reformer, decided that the British people should have some extra time off work. After bringing in the Bank Holiday Act of 1871,citizens would now enjoy some extra time off work to spend with their families. England, Wales and Northern Ireland were allocated four bank holidays, while Scotland had five. Most of the bank holidays occurred on a Monday, with the August bank holiday being very popular. I wonder how James and his family spent their bank holidays; did they have quality family time together, or were times hard for them and they continued to work?

The final census return that James appeared on was the 1881 census. He was still living with Eliza, but by this time, he was no longer working as he was 85 years of age:

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Eliza Hinvest passed away not long after James, in the first quarter of 1883.

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William Hiscock

William Hiscock and his wife Henrietta Whitehorn were my four times great-grandparents, and you can see them in the family tree below:

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William was the first child born to Hannah Hiscock, and he was born in 1788 in Minstead, and was bapisted on the 25th May that same year:

If you have a look at the line marked “notes” on the above record, it states that William was base-born, and you can also see that his father wasn’t named. Despite searching through Bastardy Orders, at the archives, to try and find out who his father was, I was unable to find a record. It’s left me wondering for a while now, what my surname would have been if Hannah had married William’s father. It would have been more-than-likely that I would have had a different surname, if things had turned out differently. The same would apply to my husband. His four times great-grandfather was William’s younger brother, James. James was also base-born, and I haven’t been able to find a father for him either. If Hannah had married James’ father, then my husband wouldn’t have been a Hiscock either. I wonder what my married name would have been?

Henrietta was born in Minstead in 1788 and was baptised later that year on the 28th December. She was the youngest of six children born to William and Elizabeth Whitehorn (nee Philips). There were quite a lot of Whitehorn families in Minstead around that time, and if you visit the graveyard of All Saints Church, you’ll see a lot of Whitehorn gravestones.

William married Henrietta in Minstead on the 8th June 1812. Below is a copy of their marriage record from FindMyPast:

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Marriage Record of William and Henrietta

William and Henrietta had six children, and they were: Jane (1812-), Joseph (1815-1869), Hannah (1818-1902), William (1822-), Maria (1825-1869) and Noah, my three times great-grandfather (1828-1870).

We next see the Hiscock family on the 1841 census return:

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They were living at Woodside in Minstead. William and Henrietta had their sons, Joseph, William and Noah living with them. You can see that their occupations were agricultural labourers.

At the time the Hiscock family were at work on the farms, they were living under the Corn Laws, which was introduced in 1815, and William would have been 27 years old at this time. It was the end of the French Wars, and corn prices had almost halved, which caused great panic amongst farmers. The Corn Law was meant to provide relief for our domestic farmers. This meant that “the reduction of the price of corn was attributable to the importation of foreign grain”, according to http://www.historyhome.co.uk. A member of the government at that time felt that by doing this, our security would be greater. Even if the price of corn might be cheaper in the end, by cultivation at home, rather than depending on foreign countries for our grain. The law was introduced to stabilise wheat prices at 80/- per quarter. Foreign grain couldn’t be imported until domestic grain reached that price.

Not everyone was in favour of this law as all it did was to protect the expanded grain farms, but failed to solve the problem of high prices. Food prices were subjected to extreme fluctuation, and encouraged people to hoard the corn. People spent the bulk of their earnings on food rather than commodities. The Corn Laws caused a lot of problems for working class people in towns as they were unable to grow their own food. The Law only served to help out the landowners, and as the majority of the Members of Parliament were landowners, the government was unwilling to reconsider a new legislation to help the economy, the poor people or the manufacturers. When the Law was brought in, in 1815, it caused a lot of rioting.

The Corn Law was revised in 1828, when a sliding scale was introduced which allowed foreign corn to be imported duty-free when the domestic price of corn rose to 73/- quarter. This still didn’t really help the poor or the manufacturers.

Over time, anti-Corn Law Leagues appeared challenging the existing laws. By 1846, Prime Minister Robert Peel, fearing a possible uprising, argued for a repeal of the law. On the 15th May 1846, a coalition of Whigs and conservatives repealed the Corn Laws.

It seems like this was turbulent times for the country’s poor people, and I wonder how the Hiscock family faired at the time, as well as other members of their community.

We next see the Hiscock family on the 1851 census return:

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William and Henrietta were living at Flat Water in Minstead with their youngest son, Noah, and his wife, Emma. Both William and Noah were garden labourers.

It was around this time that England was suffering through a major outbreak of cholera. A previous outbreak of cholera in 1832, in London, claimed the lives of 55,000 people. The outbreak that began in England and Wales in 1848, claimed another 52,000 lives. How big of an effect did it have on my ancestor’s lives, and in turn, their community?

When the 1861 census return was carried out, William and Henrietta were living at Street in Minstead:

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You can see that they were living on their own; their children having moved out. It states that William was 73 years of age and that he was still working as an agricultural labourer. They really did work on until later in life, as there were no state pensions. Pensions didn’t start until 1909.

William passed away in the final quarter of 1868 at 80 years of age:

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Henrietta passed away not long after William:

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I will be ordering both of their death certificates so that I can get an accurate date and place of death for them.

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Robert Parker

Robert Parker and his wife, Mary Bricknell are the final set of five times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree. You can see in the diagram below, where they are situated in the family tree:

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So far, I have been unable to find a baptism record for Robert as he wasn’t born in the county of Hampshire. This is confirmed on the 1841 census return, which you will see a bit later. I don’t have a place of birth for him yet, but I may be able to find out where he came from by looking at the original image of his marriage record at the archives. If he wasn’t yet a resident of the parish when he married Mary, then it may state on the record where he came from. Another route to take would be to look at a settlement record for Eling to find out where his previous parish was. Either of these records may, hopefully, provide me with new avenues to search.

Mary’s baptism record shows her surname to be Bricknell, and that she was baptised on the 29th August 1762 in the parish of Portsea St Mary, Hampshire. It states that her father’s name was Isaac:

Robert married Mary Bricknell on the 13th December 1789 in Eling. Here is a copy of their marriage transcription:

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Marriage record of Robert and Mary

As you can see from the Hampshire Marriages Transcription on FindMyPast, it states that Mary’s surname is Brignell. According to The Internet Surname Database (www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Brignell) there are a few variants of this surname, and they are: Brignall, Brignell, Bricknall and Bricknell.

Robert and Mary had four children: Elizabeth (1789-1803), Thomas (1791-1845), Powlet (1793-1864) and Caroline, my four times great-grandmother (1798-1837).

When researching the baptism for great-aunt Elizabeth, I noticed that she was baptised 17 days after her parents were married. This could mean that she was born and baptised within a few days, as her baptism record didn’t state that she was base-born. It would also mean that Mary would have been very heavily pregnant when she got married.

With Eling not being a particularly large place, it makes me wonder whether Robert and Mary Parker knew my other five times great-grandparents, James and Anne Hinvest, as they would have lived in the area around the same time. Did their children play together?

Mary passed away in the third quarter of 1833, and was buried on the 26th September 1833 in Eling:

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The next record that Robert appeared on was the 1841 census return:

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As you can see, Robert was living at a place called Trotts in Eling and his occupation was a Baker. He was living with his son, Thomas, who was a labourer. Robert is fifth from the top on this census return, and if you look at the column to the right of “Baker”, it says “no”. This column asks if the person recorded on the census return was born in the county they were currently living in. This means that he was born outside of Hampshire. If he had still been alive, when the next census return had been carried out, in 1851, it would have provided me with a more accurate location as to his date and place of birth.

Robert passed away in the fourth quarter of 1843, and was buried in Eling on the 24th December 1843:

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This record provides the details required to request a copy of the death certificate. I will be requesting a copy so that I can find a more accurate date and place of death. If he was still living in Eling, then he would have been buried in one of the cemeteries at St Mary the Virgin Church.

When I am next in Eling, I will be visiting both cemeteries to see if I can locate the graves of my grandparents.

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James Hinvest

James Hinvest and his wife Ann(e) (nee Legge) are my next set of five times great-grandparents. When I originally started writing this blog about my family history, James and Ann(e) did not appear in my tree, and this was due to difficulties with their surname. I was quite certain that they would be living in the Eling area of Hampshire, and it turned out that I was right. The reason why I was having so many difficulties was due to the number of name variations in the different records. The variations that I have found so far are: Hinvest, Hinves, Henvis, Hinvess and Henviss. After carrying out the various researches, I was confident that I had the correct family.

James Hinvest was born in 1770 in Eling, Hampshire and was baptised on the 8th July that year:

It states that his father was John Hinvest, but it doesn’t state who his mother was. In the October 2016 edition of Family Tree magazine, there is an article in the Dear Tom section on page 12, column two about why parents may have been absent from their children’s baptisms. It could have been that the mothers were confined to bed for a long period of time after they gave birth to their children. According to the article, the mother was also said ‘to be unclean for 40 days’, and then had to be ‘churched’ before entering a church building. It was also thought that babies were baptised earlier due to high infant mortality rates.

The parish of Eling lies almost five miles to the west of the centre of Southampton. According to http://www.british-history.ac.uk the ancient parish of Eling included the modern parishes of Eling, Netley Marsh, Copythorne, Colbury and Marchwood. These five parishes were formed from Eling in 1894. The modern parish of Eling includes Rumbridge, Totton, Pooksgreen and parts of Hounsdown.

The village of Eling has a church called St Mary the Virgin and originates from the ninth century, possibly as a timber construction. It is thought that it was founded in the reign of King Ethelwulf, who was the father of King Alfred. The entry for Eling in the Domesday Book states that there was a church in existence in the area at that time, but little remains of it due to the nature of its construction.

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Eling

When the Normans arrived, the church was re-built from stone. Due to a church standing in the area for over 900 years, the graveyard is estimated to hold 30,000 burials. There are currently two graveyards, with the newer one situated further down the hill from the church.

Just down the hill from the church is Eling Tide Mill. Although a mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book in Eling, there is no evidence that this current one is connected to it.  The current tide mill had to be re-built about 240 years ago, in the 1770s, due to a storm. This would have been around the time that James was born. Eling Tide Mill is one of two such mills still operating in this country today.

Looking at the baptism record of Anne Legge, there is only one record of this name in Hampshire. According to the Hampshire Baptisms Transcription on FindMyPast, Anne Legge was baptised on the 27th October 1775 in Headley, Hampshire. Her parents were Thomas and Sarah, and in the notes, it states that they were from Frensham. Frensham is in Surrey and is 4.8 miles north-east of Headley. I will need to visit the Hampshire Archives to see if there are any settlement records for the Legge family. Below is a copy of the baptism record:

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The only marriage record that I could find for James and Anne is for a marriage on the 17th November 1794 in the parish of North Stoneham in Hampshire:

This parish is a fair way from James’ home parish of Eling. As this is the only marriage entry that I have found so far, I would like to have a look at the marriage record to see how the bride and groom’s parish has been recorded. This would then direct my research further. The date of the marriage would coincide with when they started their family.

Having researched through the various databases available to me, I was able to find ten children born to James and Ann(e), and they were: James, my four times great-grandfather (1796-1882), Elizabeth (1799-), Sarah (1806-1828), Henry (1808-), Richard (1811-), Thomas (1813-1814), Eliza (1815-1848), George (1817-1818), Hannah (1821), and George (1824-1824). As you can see, three of their children passed away at a very young age.

The next record that James and Ann(e) appeared on was the 1841 census return:

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You can see on this census return that James was 70 years old, and that he was living with his wife, Ann and that she was 60 years old. This would mean that she was born in 1781. The 1841 census return was never very accurate when it came to recording ages, so we can use this date of birth as a rough guideline. If you look below Ann’s name on the census return, you can see that they had their daughter, Hannah, living with them, and that she was 20 years of age.

The next record that James appeared on was the 1851 census return, and you can see the transcription of this from FindMyPast below:

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By 1851, James was a widower and he was living at the New Forest Union Workhouse. His age on this record was showing as 84, which would give a year of birth of 1767, and this fits in within a few years of the baptism record that I found.

According to http://www.workhouse.org.uk, the New Forest Union Workhouse was built in Ashurst in 1836, and it was to accommodate around 200 inmates. The architect was a man called Sampson Kempthorne, and he was the architect of many of the early Union workhouses. After 1930, the workhouse was taken over by Southampton County Council and it became a Public Assistance Institution. After 1948, it joined the National Health Service and became Ashurst Hospital, which provides care for elderly patients.

Hampshire County Archives should, hopefully, have a workhouse admission register for this workhouse, and this should tell me the circumstances of which James was admitted. Being admitted to the workhouse would have been a last resort due to the living conditions, and he would have probably been admitted if his family couldn’t take care of him.

As James was a widower, by the time of the 1851 census, we can assume that his wife, Ann(e), died between 1841 and 1851 as the last record that she appeared on was in 1841. I have only been able to find one death record for that period, and that is for Ann Hinves in September 1846 in the district of Southampton. I am currently in the process of requesting this certificate to make sure that it is the correct person. I’ve found a death record for a James Hinves for the first quarter of 1853 in the New Forest district of Hampshire. I will be requesting this certificate as well to make sure it is the correct person. I will keep you updated in a future blog.

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William Whitehorn

William Whitehorn and his wife Elizabeth Whitehorn, nee Philips are my next set of five times great grandparents. You can see below where they are situated in my family tree:

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William Whitehorn was born in Minstead in 1752, and was the second child born to parents William and Mary. He was baptised  at All Saints Church, Minstead on the 8th August 1752, according to the Hampshire Baptisms Transcription on http://www.findmypast.co.uk.

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William married Elizabeth Philips (1747-1823) at the same village church on the 16th October 1774:

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They had six children together: William (1775-1826), Sarah (1777-1778), John (1779-1802), Mary (1781-1863), Sarah (1784-), and Henrietta, my four times great-grandmother (1788-1869). You can read more about Henrietta in a future blog.

William passed away in May 1808 in Minstead, and was buried, according to the Hampshire Burial Transcriptions on Find My Past, on the 21st May 1808:

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If you have a look on one of my previous blogs, Hunting For Ancestors, you can see that it shows a large number of grave stones for the Whitehorn family in Minstead. I will need to see where these people are situated  within the Whitehorn family tree. At the time of searching the graveyard, I was unable to locate a grave for William.

With regards to William’s wife, Elizabeth, I do not have a lot of information about her at this moment in time. I know that she married William in Minstead in 1774, but I do not have a baptism for her. I will need to take a look at the marriage record at the Hampshire Archives to see if she was from Minstead. If it states that she was from another parish in Hampshire, then I will be able to look for a baptism under that particular parish.

According to Hampshire Burial Transcriptions on http://www.findmypast.co.uk Elizabeth died May 1823, and was buried in Minstead on the 4th May 1823:

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It states that she was aged 76 when she died, so that would give a rough year of birth of 1747. I’ve had a search for Elizabeth Philips/Phillips with a birth year of 1747 -/+ 5 years in Hampshire, and there are a few possibilities, but nothing definite. As mentioned previously, I will take a look at the marriage record first to see where she came from.

Any further updates that I find for Elizabeth will be published in a future blog.

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