Showing posts with label Heigham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Heigham. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Robert Marsh Minns and Mary Kett

Ruins of St Bartholomew, Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk

Robert Marsh Minns (b. 1776), son of David Minns and Hannah Marsh, married Mary Kett on 19 Oct 1801 at St Bartholomew's, the Parish Church for Heigham, Norfolk. Mary Kett, baptised here at St Bartholomew's on 1 Oct 1780, was the daughter of Hannah Kett and, just in case there was any doubt whatsoever, the record of Mary's baptism states that she was 'Baseborn' - of illegitimate birth. 

Robert and Mary also wasted no time in starting a family:
  1. Robert Marsh Minns, born 1 Apr 1802, bap. 4 Apr 1802
  2. Mary Ann Minns, born 17 Jan 1805, bap. 20 Jan 1805
  3. John Minns, born and baptised 19 Jul 1807
  4. Ann Minns, born 14 Sep 1810, bap. 16 Sep 1810
  5. Hannah Minns, bap. 24 Jan 1813
  6. David Minns, born 22 Jun 1815, bap. 25 Jun 1815
  7. Elizabeth Minns, born and baptised 29 Mar 1818
  8. Harriot Minns, born and baptised 15 Feb 1824
Several of the baptism records, which all took place at St Bartholomew's, Heigham, list Robert's occupation as Husbandman

In 1829, Mary Minns (née Kett) died, aged 49. She was buried on 17 Jun 1829 in the churchyard at St Bartholomew's, Heigham. The church was destroyed by German bombs on April 27, 1942. The graveyard of St. Bartholomew was grassed over in the 1950s. No trace of any grave remains.

St Mary's churchyard Hellesdon
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Evelyn Simak
 geograph.org.uk/p/850775
Presumably in need of a housekeeper and someone to care for the younger children, Robert remarried Ann Clark, widow, on 13 Nov 1831, also at St Bartholomew's, Heigham. 

In 1841, Robert Minns (55), wife Ann (55) and Robert's two youngest daughters, Elizabeth (20) and Harriet (15) were living at Upper Heigham. 

Robert Marsh Minns, of Heigham, died in 1865, aged 88, and was buried on 31 Jan 1865 in the churchyard of St Mary, Hellesdon (where his grandparents had married and his mother was baptised). 

Saturday, 10 April 2021

David Minns and Hannah Marsh

St Remigius Church, Hethersett, Norfolk

David Minns, son of John Minns and his wife Elizabeth, baptised 5 Sep 1755 in Hethersett, Norfolk, married Hannah Marsh, daughter of Robert Marsh and Hannah Piggin from Hellesdon, Norfolk. The pair married, on 20 Feb 1775, in the parish of Newington St Mary - or Newington-Butts, a parish, in the the hundred of Brixton and of the county of Surrey, 1¾ mile (S.) from London. 

Hannah was only 16 at the time of the marriage. Is that why they travelled to London to marry, where they wouldn't be known, I wonder? 

Nevertheless, this pair of my 5th great-grandparents appear to then set up home in Hethersett, where their first child was baptised.
  1. Robert Marsh Minns bap. 19 Nov 1776 in Hethersett
  2. Hannah Minns bap. 12 Mar 1792 in Heigham
  3. David Minns, born 19 Jan 1799, bap. 20 Jan 1799 in Heigham
However, they had moved to Heigham, on the west side of Norwich by the time their daughter Hannah was baptised. With such a large gap between them, there may well have been other children, but I've found no records for any others.

David Minns died in 1835 and was buried at St Martin at Oak, Norwich.

There is a Hannah Minns of the right vintage lodging in the household of James and Elizabeth Morrison, not far away in Cross Lane, St George Colegate, Norfolk, in 1841. And a death of Hannah Minns (86) in Norwich in 1843.

St Martin at Oak, Norwich
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Evelyn Simak - geograph.org.uk/p/2101742

If you're related to any of the people written about, I'm guessing you'll recognise them from the surnames. If you are, do please get in touch.