3 January 2010

Wing-ing it

A nice bright, cold day outside so snuggle down and read about my great-grandfather's half-sister. Emma Bigley, daughter of my gt-gt-grandmother (ahem, father unknown) was born today in 1842 in the small town of Chatteris in the Fens. In 1851 she's in the Workhouse at Doddington with my gt-gt-grandparents and her siblings (full and half) and in1860 she marries William Wing back in Chatteris.

She and William went on to have eight children before 1876; they then go missing from the 1881 census - well, I haven't found them yet - and then Emma turns up in Narrow Street, Nottingham, as a widow of 48 yrs, with four children living with her (by then, there is also Ellen, born around the time they go missing). It's interesting to contemplate the fact that Emma has, by this time, lost five members of her immediate family: her husband William (presumably), oldest two sons, both John, and oldest daughters Rebecca & Catherine. The former married James Langham in Nottingham in 1887 and died three years later - in childbirth, I guess, as it was very common.

The Wings are very good at hiding from me as I can only find one of Emma & William's family in the 1901 census - John, their oldest living child - and have had similar results in 1911. Where are they all????

So, in a fit of pique, I'm going to leave them hovering in the Nottingham area and move on to the other anniversary.

Meet Elizabeth Flavel, my first cousin five times removed, who was christened today in 1803 in Landbeach, in Cambs. I was going to wish her Happy Birthday, but then I looked more closely and I saw that I had arbitrarily decided that she was born on the day of her christening. I don't suppose I'll get any closer to her actual birth date as the vicar wasn't kind enough to write it in the register but I'm surprised I made that assumption. So, excuse me while I go back and correct it . . . . . .

Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas & Martha (nee Webb) and married Thomas Wolf in Landbeach in 1822. They then settled down in Girton, a few miles away, and produced eight children before Thomas's death in 1844. Elizabeth lived on in High Street, Girton, until her death in 1890, having played her part in quite a bit of begatting.

Back in April last year I wrote about Frances Wolf who, with her husband John Watson, started a dynasty of 10 children, 33 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Elizabeth was Frances's mother, so we can now start with 8 children before moving the others all down one generation!

Point of interest, which I shall expand on in my next entry: one of Elizabeth's great-grandchildren was Victor Martin Watson who became a very well-known footballer locally and even played for England! Exciting . . . . and I'll tell you about him next time.

More soon.

1 comment:

Sam Culpin said...

Hi Jane

Did you get my e-mail about James CULPIN (tailor and wife beater of old London town) and some possible ID regarding his first wife and ancestors?)

Be great to know your thoughts on my detective work.