Inherited Craziness
A place to share all the nuts found on my family tree

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Lewis Jerred and Mary Elizabeth Williams

Angel Hill, Tiverton

The son of John Jerred and Frances Ann Orchard and elder brother to Frances Mary Jerred, Louis Jerred (as he was often listed), born in Silverton, Devon, was actually registered as Lewis Jerrad (sic) in the 2nd quarter of 1863.

In 1871, aged 8, he was with the family in Sowton, but in 1881, Louis Jerred (18) was a Baker's Apprentice to George Hannabus, Master Confectioner, in Angel Hill, Tiverton. (George Hannabus was from Cadbury, Devon, which might have been a good name for a confectionery business ...

Chapel Hill, St Erth
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In 1888, Louis Jerrad (sic) married Mary Elizabeth Williams (born in St Erth, Cornwall), in Christchurch, Hampshire (now Christchurch, Dorset). Most likely, I feel, is that this is Mary Elizabeth, a Domestic, the daughter of John Williams, a Tin Miner, and his wife Honor, living at 2, Greenwich, St Erth, Penzance, Cornwall in 1881. His subsequent change of occupation probably explains the reason why Louis at least was so far from home.

Louis and Mary Elizabeth are elusive in 1891, but their first child had been born the year previously, in Boscombe, historically in Hampshire, but today in Dorset, and by 1901, they've moved back down to the south west to settle at Loddiswell, near Kingsbridge in Devon. There in 1901, listed as Lewis Jerred (36), he's become a Railway Labourer. And the family is growing: 
  1. Ernest J Jerred born 1890 in Boscombe, Hampshire
  2. Arthur Jerred born 1893 in Loddiswell
  3. Ethel M Jerred born 1896 in Loddiswell
  4. Albert W Jerred born 1899 in Loddiswell
  5. Honor Frances Jerred born 1901 in Loddiswell
  6. Violet Mary Jerred born 1904 in Loddiswell
In 1911, still in Loddiswell, and Lewis Jerred (46) is still employed as a Railway Labourer. In 1939, the family are living at 36 Wallingford Road, Kingsbridge. Given the amount of hard work that Lewis and several other of my relatives have put into building and maintaining the railways in the 19th Century, I've now gained a renewed dislike of Richard Beeching and his cuts in the 1960s. The Great Western Railway (GWR) opened the Kingsbridge branch line in 1893 and it was closed in 1963. Lewis Jerred, who had died in 1951, at the age of 88, thankfully, I think, won't have seen the closure. 

Loddiswell railway station opened 1893, now disused and converted to a private dwelling
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