Sunday, 20 June 2021

Elizabeth Eliza Blazey and William Harman Howes

St. John the Theologian, Norwich
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Graham Hardy - geograph.org.uk/p/160332
St. John's at the junction of Ber Street and Finkelgate in 
Norwich is historically known as St. John Sepulchre.

Elizabeth Eliza Blazey, daughter of Samuel Blazey and Elizabeth Wiggins, married William Harman Howes (born 15 Jul 1874), son of John Robert Howes and Martha Burrows Woodhouse, on 2 Sep 1895 at St John Sepulchre, Norwich. Both gave their address as, 3 Butchers Arms Yard, Ber St. Witnesses were William Walter Tillett and Martha Elizabeth Hunt, the groom's sister.

William and Elizabeth had three children:
  1. William Harman Howes born 14 Dec 1895
  2. Alice May Howes born 31 Oct 1899, bap. 16 Mar 1910 at Holy Trinity
  3. Maggie Dorothy Howes born 4 Apr 1910, bap. 1 Jun 1910 at Holy Trinity
In 1901, Elizabeth Howes (27) - no sign of her husband - is living at 15, Manchester Street, Heigham, Norwich, with William (5) and Alice (1).

Before 1911, William Howes (37), Elizabeth (37), William (15), Alice (11) and Maggie (0), had moved to 19 Manchester St, Norwich, where her father and grandmother had lived. Alice May Howes was born at this address.

And in 1939, still living at 19 Manchester Street, Norwich, Norfolk, are William Howes, Builder's Labourer Retired and wife Elizabeth.

William Harman Howes died on 27 Nov 1944, aged 70, at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, St Stephen's Road, Norwich, Norfolk. 

Eliza Elizabeth Howes (née Blazey) died, aged 78, from Cerebral thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, on 19 Jan 1951 at 60 Suffolk Street, Norwich, Norfolk.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Walter White and Florence Mary Parsonage

Percy Road / Roxwell Road, W14
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Mike Quinn - geograph.org.uk/p/890015

Walter White, son of Walter White and Hannah Blazey and brother of Laura Elizabeth White, married Florence Mary Parsonage, daughter of Edward Parsonage to Eleanor Agnes Crosbie, in the first quarter of 1898, in Kensington. Edward Parsonage, from Wem, Shropshire, was a Builder's Foreman. Florence, born 18 Aug 1875, was baptised, on 20 Feb 1876, in Hammersmith.

Walter and Florence had four children:

  1. Dorothy Eleanor White born 1899 in West Ham
  2. Elsie Ivy White born 1902 in West Ham
  3. Walter Edward White born 1905 in Brentford
  4. Pansy Alice White born 27 Sep 1908 in SteyningWest Sussex

In 1911, Walter White (42) Conductor motor bus, wife Florence Mary (35), Dorothy Eleanor (12), Elsie Ivy (9), Walter Edward (5) and Pansy Alice (2), were living at 30 Percy Road W, Hammersmith. Percy Road is in Shepherd's Bush in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

In 1939, Florence Mary White, widow, was living with her now married daughter, Pansy A Pearson, at 5 Lansbury AvenueFeltham, Middlesex. There was a death of a Walter White, aged 64, in Kensington in 1934, that most likely relates. Florence Mary White, died in Middlesex South, on 2 Feb 1951, aged 75, leaving £6 19s (£225 today), to Pansy Alice Pearson, married woman.

Alfred Blazey and Margaret Jane Webb

St Peter's Church, St.Peter's Square, Hammersmith
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Peter Trimming - geograph.org.uk/p/1790156

Alfred Blazey, the second son of Samuel Blazey and Elizabeth Wiggins, married Margaret Jane Webb (who was born in 1877 in Battersea, London), early in 1901, at St Peter's ChurchSt Peter's SquareHammersmith

At the time of the 1901 census, Alfred Blazey (32) Unemployed, and wife Margaret (24) were living at 15, Standish Road, Hammersmith.

Then, probably unsurprisingly if opportunities for them were thin on the ground in the UK, on 1 Nov 1906, Alfred and Margaret Blazey embarked, in Liverpool, on the RMS Empress of Britain, bound for Quebec, Canada.

Alfred and Margaret Blazey next surface, on the 1911 Census of Canada, in Red DeerAlberta, described as settlers. That same year, they have a son, Frank Blazey, but since Canadian birth records are not available online, I can't go any further with that, nor currently, discover if they had other children.

Margaret Blazey (52) Housewife, sails, again from Liverpool to Quebec, this time on the SS Letitia, on 19 Oct 1929, giving 10 Piggot Street, Limehouse, London as her last address in the UK. She appears to have been travelling alone.

Memorial for Alfred Blazey and Margaret Jane Webb

Alfred Blazey, Painter and Decorator, of 99 Barton Avenue, Toronto, died, aged 63, on 24 Aug 1933 and was buried, on 26 Aug 1933 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Cause of death was given as Carcinoma of Stomach (Stomach cancer) with Endocarditis as a contributing factor. 

Margaret Blazey (née Webb) lived until 1962, when she will have been 85.

The death notice in The Toronto Star in 1974 the for their son Frank Blazey, mentions brothers, Art Reed, Creston, B.C. and Ernie Reed, Red Deer, Alberta and a cousin, Ernest Blazey, all of whom [for now] are complete mysteries.

PS: It really is a small world

Alfred Blazey's brother, Francis Blazey - both of them related to me as cousins of my paternal grandmother -  had ended up in the very next street to where various members of my maternal grandfather's family had lived in London's East End, which was surprising enough given that - so we thought - the two sides of my family came from very different parts of the UK and Ireland. 

That Alfred's - my paternal grandmother's cousin - final address should be little more than a ten minute drive from where my maternal grandfather's grandfather, Dan Tompson, had lived and died only nine years earlier, is astonishing. 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Francis Blazey and Amy Rosa Joslin

Regent's Canal, Bow Common
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Pierre Terre - geograph.org.uk/p/129062

Francis Blazey, elder son of Samuel Blazey and Elizabeth Wiggins, married Amy Rosa Joslin (born 5 Feb 1865 in Kensington), daughter of Robert Hurrell Joslin from Chelmsford, Essex and Ann Graver from Hemsby, Norfolk, in 1892, at the church of St Paul's, Bow Common. Clearly not the current, 20th Century brutalist incarnation, but the previous church that was largely destroyed in the Second World War, and therefore demolished in the 1950s.

Francis and Amy had six children, all born in St George in the East

  1. Hilda Alice Eleanor Blazey born 1892 (died 1894, aged 1)
  2. Rosalie Hilda Blazey born 7 May 1895 (see below)
  3. Alfred Hurrell Blazey born 28 Jul 1898, bap. 14 Aug 1898 at the church of St George in the East, in Cannon Street Road, Stepney.
  4. William Francis Blazey born 1902 
  5. Dorothy Alice Blazey born 1904 (died 1904, aged 0)
  6. Ida Winifred Blazey born 1907 
Their address at the time of Alfred's baptism was given as 35 Tarling Street, St George in the East and Francis Blazey's occupation as Dock Labourer.

In 1901, living in 35, Tillman Street, St George in the East, are Francis Blazey (33) Labourer (civil service), Amy (33), Rosalie (5) and Alfred (2).

By 1911, they have moved to 22 Upper Chapman StSt George in the East. Francis Blazey (44) described as "Leading Man Of Labourers", with wife Amy (44), Rosalie (16), Alfred (13), William (10) and Ida (4). 

Frances Blazey of 22 Chapman Street, E1, died, on 18 Apr 1938, aged 70. He left £313 9s 7d (worth £21,610 today) to his widow, Amy Rosa Blazey.

In 1939, Amy was living with her now married daughter, Ida Jarvis, at 30 Warren Road, Merton, Surrey. Amy died, in Surrey, in 1941, aged 75.

Rosalie Hilda Blazey of 4 Queensbridge DriveHerne Bay, Kent died, on 2 Jul 1981, aged 86. She had never married. 

Joseph Tiff and Eliza Blazey

Lane leading to a farm in Badby, Northamptonshire
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Ian Rob - geograph.org.uk/p/104464

Joseph Tiff and Eliza Blazey married, in 1876, in Kensington, London. Eliza, born 1851, was the daughter of Francis Stephen Blazey and Hannah Minns and younger sister of Francis Robert BlazeySamuel Blazey and my 2x great-grandmother, Hannah Blazey. Joseph, who was the son of John Tiff or Tift and Ann Watkins, was baptised on 6 Dec 1846, in Badby, Northamptonshire.

In 1861, Joseph (14), one of 7 siblings still at home in Badby, like his father was employed as an Agricultural Labourer. His elder brother, Thomas, was a blacksmith. By 1871, Joseph (24) servant unemployed, was lodging with a William Potter from Suffolk, at Adam St, Marylebone, London.

In 1881, Joseph Tiff (32) Green grocer and his wife Eliza (31) are living at 9, Union Terrace, Kensington, London with Francis Blazey (13) - Eliza's bother Samuel's eldest son - employed as their Shop boy.

And in 1891, still at Union Terrace, Kensington, are Joseph Tiff (42) Green grocer, Eliza (40), with four of their nephews: Frances Blazey (25) now a Dock Labourer; Walter White (21) Shop Porter (Hannah's son); Alfred Blazey (21) - Samuel's younger son - also a Dock Labourer and Joseph Tiff (11) from Badby, Northamptonshire, clearly the son of one of Joseph's brothers.

This couple don't appear to have had children of their own, but played an important role in the lives of their nephews.

There is a record showing that Joseph Tiff died, aged 46, in 1894.