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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Francis Stephen Blazey and Hannah Minns

St. Bartholomew's Tower, Heigham
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Graham Hardy - geograph.org.uk/p/182191

Francis Stephen Blazey married Hannah Minns, daughter of Robert Marsh Minns and Mary Kett, on 28 Apr 1832 at this now lost church of St Bartholomew's, in Heigham, Norwich, NorfolkFrancis Stephen Blazy (or Blazey), born 26 Dec 1810, was baptised on 30 Dec 1810 at the church of St Martin at Oak, Norwich. He was the son of Susanna Blazy and the baptism record makes it clear he was 'illegitimate born'. (Francis' mother married a John Maycock, also at St Martin at Oak, the following year, on 17 Jul 1811, but there is no indication that Francis ever took this stepfather's name, so I do not think this was his natural father.) 

Francis and Hannah too appear to have used a microwave for gestation:
  1. Harriet Blazy, baptised 8 May 1832 at St Martin at Oak (see note below)
  2. Francis Robert Blazey born 1 Aug, bap. 4 Aug 1833 at St Martin at Oak
  3. Samuel Blazey born 13 Jul 1836, bap. 17 Jul 1836 at St Martin at Oak
  4. Harriet Blazey born 11 Jan 1839, bap. 13 Jan 1839 at St Martin at Oak
  5. Hannah Blazey born 17 Jun 1845, bap. 17 Oct 1860 at St Bartholomew's
  6. Elizabeth Blazey born 1847, bap. 17 Oct 1860 at St Bartholomew's
  7. Eliza Blazey born 1851, bap. 21 Oct 1863 at St Bartholomew's
  8. William Blazey born 7 Nov 1853, bap. 17 Nov 1867 at Holy Trinity
  9. Alice Blazey born 6 Nov 1858. bap. 2 Oct 1867 at Holy Trinity
The first child isn't seen on any records again: Harriet born in 1832 doesn't appear on the 1841 census, whereas the Harriet born in 1839 does, with Francis, born in 1833, listed as the oldest child. However, there is no record of a burial for a Harriet. There is, however, a record of a burial of a Hannah Blazey at St Bartholomew's, on 10 Jun 1832, aged 1 month. It is easy to imagine confusion under such circumstances and I'm sure this relates to this child. 

The baptisms for the first seven children list Francis' occupation as a Dyer. On the baptisms of William and Alice, he is described as a Labourer. One wonders what happened for him to give up a skilled trade to take up unskilled work.

Holy Trinity church, Heigham, was built in the 1860's and the parish records begin in 1867, so they were among the first to use this new church. 

In 1841, incorrectly listed as Blazeby, the family is living at Union Square, Heigham - this address is given on daughter Hannah's birth certificate in 1845 too - with Francis (30), Hannah (25), Francis (8), Sam (5) and Harriet (2).

Unable to find them on the 1851 census, we catch up with them again in 1861, in Chapel Street, Heigham, with Francis (50), Labourer, Hannah (48), Elizabeth (14), Eliza (10), William (7), Alice (3) and Mary A Wright (22), dressmaker, who is listed as a niece. As relationships on the census are expressed in relation to the head of the family, she could be expected to be Francis' niece (probably half blood), which suggests that his mother had further offspring. 

Daughter Hannah (16) in 1861, had already left home and was employed as a General Servant to Anne Clifford (78), Widow, and her unmarried daughter, Elizabeth Clifford (48), teacher, at Earlham Road Terrace, Heigham, Norwich. 

Today Earlham Road is part of the so-called Golden Triangle in Norwich, "The Golden Triangle's terraces house professionals, families and many students from the nearby University of East Anglia; its friendly atmosphere has resulted in the Golden Triangle being dubbed the Norwich version of London's Notting Hill."

Earlham Road, Norwich
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Stephen McKay - geograph.org.uk/p/1207379

By 1871, Francis Blazey (60), Hannah (57), with just the two youngest, William (17) and Alice (13) still at home, were living at 16 Globe St, Heigham. In 1872, still in Globe Street, Francis Blazey is listed on the Norfolk Register of Electors. 

Francis Blazey died, aged 62, in 1873. 

In 1881, the widowed Hannah (67), is living at 3, Duke Street, Norwich Heigham, with son Samuel (35), himself widowed, Sam's son Alfred (11) and daughter Hannah's two children, Walter White (11) and Laura White (10). 

In 1891, Samuel (49) and his daughter, Elizabeth (17), are still living with the widowed Hannah (78) in Manchester Street, Norwich, where in 1901, Hannah (90) and Samuel (57), still reside.

Hannah Blazey (née Minns) died, aged 91, in 1903.

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