Monday, 12 April 2021

William White and Ann Francis

House opposite the church in Mattishall, Norfolk

William White, son of Jacob White and Rose Bunkall, married Anne Francis, daughter of William Francis and Sarah Homes, at All Saints' Church, Mattishall, Norfolk on 7 May 1826. Records indicate they had eight children: 

  1. Mariann White baptised 8 Oct 1826 in Mattishall
  2. Anne White baptised 23 Oct 1831 in Mattishall 
  3. William White (born 1834) baptised 26 Jun 1836 in Mattishall
  4. Sarah White baptised 26 Jun 1836 in Mattishall
  5. Elizabeth White baptised 27 May 1838 in Mattishall
  6. Hannah White baptised 23 Aug 1840 in Mattishall
  7. Maria White baptised 31 Jul 1842 in Mattishall
  8. Walter White, born 16 Nov 1845 in Thorpe 

In 1841, William (35) and Anne (35) - another one 'adjusting' her age down to her husband's - are living 'Near the Church, Mattishall' - in a house undoubtedly nowhere near as fine as the one above although they could have done with the space - with children: Mariann - listed as Mary - (14), Ann (9), William (7), Sarah (5), Elizabeth (3) and Hannah (0), as well as an Ann Clark (55).

By 1851, they had moved to Thorpe Road, St Andrew Thorpe with William (44), a gardener by profession, Anne (47), Ann (19), William (17), who has also become employed as a gardener, Hannah (10), Maria (8) and Walter (5).

And in 1861, in Red Lion Hill, Thorpe with William (54), gardener, Anne (54) and just Hannah (26), Maria (18) and Walter (15) still at home. In 1871, William White (64), gardener, and Anne White (68) are living in Thorpe Street, Thorpe St Andrew. Living with them is granddaughter, Mary Ann Watson (13). 

William White died just 16 days after the census was taken, aged 64, on 18 April 1871 and was buried at the Rosary Cemetery, Norwich.
16 Oct 1871: The will of William White late of Thorpe St. Andrew in the County of Norfolk, Gardener, who died 18 April 1871 at Thorpe St. Andrew was proved at Norwich by Francis Anthony Martyn of the City of Norwich Upholsterer one of the Executors. 

Effects under £100. 

Francis Anthony Martyn was William's son-in-law, married to daughter, Ann. 

In 1881, Ann White (78), widow, is living with her daughter Ann Martin (sic) (49), also now widowed, in Lothian Street, Norwich. Ann White died in 1889, aged 86 and is buried with her husband at the Rosary Cemetery.

Headstone for William White and Ann Francis in need of support (left) Plot D3/578

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