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Showing posts with label Mason. Show all posts

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Thomas Mason and Charlotte Dixon

St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London
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 Believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England, and is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras, although the building itself is largely Victorian.

Thomas Mason, youngest son of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Charlotte Dixon (bap. 29 Dec 1833 in Broxted), daughter of John and Elizabeth Dixon, on 21 Feb 1857 at the parish church of St Mary, Broxted, creating the family's very own Mason–Dixon line (sorry, couldn't resist).

Thomas and Charlotte Mason had at least nine children:
  1. Ellen Mason b. 1857 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 346, bap. 14 Jun 1857 at St Mary, Broxted
  2. Thomas Mason b. 1859 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 329, bap. 11 Dec 1859 at St Mary, Broxted
  3. Isabella Mason b. 1862 J Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 551, bap. 6 May 1862 at St James, Clerkenwell
  4. Evelyn Mason b. 2 May 1864, bap. 22 Jun 1864 at Old St Pancras, died in 1865  M Quarter in PANCRAS  Volume 01B  Page 106
  5. Evelyn Mason b. 18 Dec 1865, reg. 1866 M Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 127, bap. 19 Jan 1866 at Saint Pancras, London
  6. Samuel Mason b. 30 Apr 1868 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 58, bap. 8 Jun 1868 at St Pancras Old Church, Saint Pancras, London
  7. Frederick William Mason b. 9 May 1871 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 77, bap. 14 Jun 1871 at Saint Peter, Saint Pancras, London
  8. Charlotte Elizabeth Mason b. 21 Dec 1873, reg. 1874 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 61, bap. 21 Jan 1874 at Saint Peter, Saint Pancras, London. Died, aged 7, in 1881 J Quarter in HOLBORN.
  9. Edith Millicent Mason b. 1876 S Qtr in HOLBORN Vol 01B Page 659
In 1861, Thomas Mason (27) Dock labourer was living at 6, Thornhill Street, St Marys Islington, Islington, London with Charlotte Mason (26) and their two children to date: Ellen Mason (3) and Thomas Mason (1).

In 1871, living at Speedy Place, St Pancras, London, were Thomas Mason (37) Deputy turncock (as had been his sister's husband, Abraham Shelford), Charlotte Mason (36), Ellen Mason (13) Cartridge Maker; Thomas Mason (11), Isabella Mason (9), Evelyn Mason (5), Samuel Mason (2).

Thomas Mason must have died roughly between 1875 and 1881, but it hasn't been possible to narrow it down within that time frame.

In 1881, Charlotte Mason (47) Widow, Charwoman (unemployed) was living at 27, Green Street, St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars and St George the Martyr, Holborn with son Thomas Mason (21) Labourer; Isabella Mason (19) Florist artificial; Evelyn Mason (15) Domestic servant; Samuel Mason (12), Frederick William Mason (9) and Charlotte Elizabeth Mason (7).

In 1891, Charlotte Mason (57) Charwoman was living in Hastings Street, St Pancras, London, with her three sons: Thomas Mason (31) General labourer; Samuel Mason (22) Ostler and Frederick Mason (19) General labourer.

In 1901, Charlotte Mason, (60ish) was listed as Widow, Charwoman, Mother-in-law, living with William J Uttridge - married to Ellen Mason - at 5, Brantholme Place, St Pancras, along with Samuel Mason (32).

There are no more records that can confidently be attributed to Charlotte and it hasn't yet been possible to identify the relevant record of her death.

In 1911, Samuel Mason (42) was no longer living with the family and was a Porter and Salesman at Gray's InnGray's Inn Road, St Pancras, London. 

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker

St Mary, Broxted
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Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker had been witnesses to the marriage of Daniel Hockley and Sophia Mason at the church of St Mary, Broxted, in 1815 and were themselves married in this same church the following year, on 3 Jan 1816. Witnesses at this wedding were Rebecca Baker and Thomas Baker. 

Of similar ages, one imagines that Samuel Mason and Sophia Mason could have been brother and sister, although I've not been able to confirm this.

What records exist suggest Samuel and Amelia Mason had six children:
  1. Charles Mason b. around 1817
  2. George Mason b. 1818-20 (calculated from age at death)
  3. Richard Mason bap. 2 May 1824 at St Mary, Broxted
  4. Sophia Mason bap. 30 Jul 1826 at St Mary, Broxted
  5. John Mason bap. 27 Oct 1829 at St Mary, Broxted
  6. Thomas Mason bap. 23 May 1833 at St Mary, Broxted
The baptism record for Richard, shows Samuel's occupation as Labourer.

In 1841, Samuel Mason (45) Agricultural Labourer was living at Browns End, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex with Amelia Mason (45), Charles Mason (20), George Mason (20), Richard Mason (17), Sophia Mason (15), John Mason (11) and Thomas Mason (8). The adults' ages being rounded down to the nearest five on this census, I'm assuming that they were listed in descending order of age and that Charles was older than George. 

Samuel Mason died, aged 62, in 1853 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 238 and was buried, on 21 May 1853, at St Mary, Broxted.

So far, I've not been able to find a record of Amelia's death.

Wednesday 27 September 2023

John Mason and Mary Ann Turner

St Mary, Broxted - East end
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John Mason, 4th son and 5th child of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Mary Ann Turner (b. 1839), daughter of Henry Turner and Elizabeth Batty, on 27 Sep 1856 at the parish church of St Mary, Broxted.

John and Mary Ann Mason had thirteen children over 29 years:
  1. Emily Mason b. 1856 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 310, bap. 14 Dec 1856 at St Mary, Broxted
  2. George Mason b. 1859 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 382, bap. 19 Jun 1859 at St Mary, Broxted
  3. Unnamed female Mason b. 1861 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 347
  4. Alice Mason b. 1863 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 383, bap. 9 Aug 1863 at St Mary, Broxted
  5. Harriet Mason b. 1866 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 395, bap. 11 Mar 1866 at St Mary, Broxted
  6. Eliza Mason b. 1868 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 383, bap. 12 Jul 1868 at St Mary, Broxted
  7. Ellen Mason b. 1871 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 381, bap. 10 Sep 1871 at St Mary, Broxted
  8. Mary Susan Mason b. 1874 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 417, bap. 12 Apr 1874 at St Mary, Broxted
  9. Ada Mason b. 1876 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 465, bap. 9 Jul 1876 at St Mary, Broxted
  10. Edith May Mason b. 1879 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 488, bap. 13 Jul 1879 at St Mary, Broxted. Died, aged 1, in 1881 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A  Page 269
  11. Charles Alfred Mason b. 1880 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 487, died in 1880 S Quarter in DUNMOW Vol 04A Page 295
  12. Francis Mason b. 1882 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 546, bap. 12 Mar 1882 at St Mary, Broxted
  13. Alice Sophia Mason b. 1885 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 568, bap. Sophy Mason on 13 Sep 1885 at St Mary, Broxted
The mother's maiden name on all of the birth registrations is TURNER.

In 1871, at 3 Browns End, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex were John Mason (40) Ag Lab with Mary Mason (32), George Mason (12), Alice Mason (7), Harriet Mason (5) and Eliza Mason (3). Emily Mason (14) from Broxted, was working as a Servant to George Leech at the Village Back Street Shop, Little Easton.

In 1881 at (Cottage), Browns End Road, Broxted, Dunmow were John Mason (51) Ag Lab, Mary A Mason (41), George Mason (22), Eliza Mason (12), Ellen Mason (9), Mary S Mason (7), Ada Mason (4) & Edith M Mason (1).

In 1891, still at Browns End, Broxted, were John Mason (62) Agricultural Labourer, Mary Ann Mason (51), Ada Mason (15) Domestic servant out of place, Frank Mason (9) and Sophia Mason (5).

Mary Ann Mason died, aged 62, in 1901 M Quarter in Dunmow.

In 1901, John Mason (72) Widowed Ordinary Agricultural Labourer was still living in a Cottage Browns End, Broxted, Dunmow with son Frank Mason (19) Ag Lab and daughter Sophia Mason (16) 'At home with father'.

John Mason died, aged 80, in 1908 D Quarter in Dunmow.

Monday 17 July 2023

Daniel Hockley and Sophia Mason

St Mary, Broxted - Chancel
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Daniel Hockley, Labourer, married Sophia Mason on 17 Jul 1815 at the parish church in Broxted, Essex. Witnesses were Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker

For now Daniel is the earliest of my Hockley ancestors that I can follow a trail of records to in order to be confident are correct. He was reputedly the son of Daniel Hockley and Sarah Turner - and thus brother of Sally Hockley - but I've found no record of his birth (or baptism) to prove this. There is, however, a listing of a Daniel Hockley, baptised in Broxted on 21 Feb 1790, son of John and Mary Hockley, which looks to be a far more likely candidate. 

Daniel and Sophia had nine children:
  1. George Hockley bap. 1 Oct 1815 in Broxted
  2. Lucy Hockley bap. 26 Oct 1817 (No further records found)
  3. Eliza Hockley bap. 23 Jul 1820 (died, aged 25, and was buried on 7 Jul 1845 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow.)
  4. Mary Hockley bap. 9 May 1824
  5. Tamar Hockley bap. 8 Oct 1826. Tamar as a name: There are three characters in the Bible with this name. 
  6. Sarah Hockley bap. 10 Aug 1828 (buried 14 Sep 1828)
  7. Sophia Hockley bap. 14 Aug 1831
  8. William Hockley bap. 15 Sep 1833
  9. James Hockley bap. 5 Aug 1838
From Lucy onwards, they were baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow.

Youngest child, James, falls within Civil Registration and, the General Register Office record confirms the mother's maiden name as MASON.

In 1841, at Halfway House, Great Dunmow, were Daniel Hockley (50), Sophia (45), George (25), Eliza (20), Tamar (15), Sophia (10), William (8), James (2) and Lucy (0), daughter of Eliza Hockley, Single Woman [1]. Mary Hockley (18ish) was working as a Female Servant in the household of William Piper (30) Chemist & Druggist in High Street, Great Dunmow, Dunmow.

Sophia Hockley died, aged 46 - which suggests a year of birth of 1796 - and was buried, on 23 Oct 1842, at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow.

In 1861, the widowed Daniel Hockley - age wrongly estimated to 62 - was living in the household of son William Hockley (27), married to Charlotte (née Cock) (27), their daughter Sarah C (1) and William's brother, James (23).

Daniel Hockley died in 1868, his age was estimated to 81. Daniel Hockley was buried at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow on 8 Jul 1868.

[1] Lucy Hockley (b. 1841 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 12 Page 77), bap. 5 Mar 1841 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow, daughter of Eliza Hockley, Single Woman. In 1861, Lucy Hockley (20) Domestic Servant was an Inmate of Great Dunmow Union Workhouse. In 1871, Lucy Hockley (30) Domestic Servant was an Inmate of Dunmow Union Workhouse, but, in 1881 Lucy Hockley (36ish) was employed as a Domestic Servant by Charles Cook (70) in Chelmsford Road, Barnston, Dunmow. Lucy Hockley of Dunmow Union Workhouse died, aged 49, and was buried on 22 Nov 1890.

Monday 10 July 2023

George Mason and Enough Hollingsworth (née Barker)

Signpost at The Maltings
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The Maltings Broxted is actually the name of the road.

George Mason, son of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Enough Hollingsworth, around 12-14 years his senior, at St Mary's Church, Broxted on 10 Jul 1847. At first I thought this given name must be a transcription error, but sure enough (pun intended), other records agree. She was born Enough Barker, bap. 9 Dec 1804, daughter of James and Elizabeth Barker, who we can only guess had a lot of children and didn't want more. 

Enough Barker had previously married Thomas Hollingsworth, in Broxted, on 30 Sep 1822, with whom she was living at Broxted Malting in 1841, with seven children between the ages of 0 and 15. Thomas Hollingsworth died, aged 43, and was buried on 9 Mar 1845 at St Mary the Virgin, Broxted. 

George Mason died in 1855 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 214, age at death listed as 37 and he was also buried, at St Mary the Virgin, Broxted, on 9 Dec 1855, when his age was given as 35. 

Enough Mason died the following year, 1856 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Vol 04A Page 207, aged 51, and was buried on 18 Nov 1856 in Broxted.

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Robert Hawkins and Ann Shewbrooks

Richard Huish Homes
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One of Taunton's leading merchants of old, Richard Huish left money for the establishment of homes 'for 13 poor, needy, maimed, impotent and aged men'. The buildings were completed in 1615, the year Huish died; during the nineteenth century, much rebuilding was carried out. 

Robert Hawkins (b. 3 May 1803, bap. 29 May 1803 in Taunton, Somerset), son of Robert Hawkins and Mary Summerhays, married Ann Shewbrooks (bap. 31 Jul 1791, in Taunton), daughter of Edward Shoebrooks and Mary Sparke, at St Mary Magdalene (now Taunton Minster), on 23 May 1824.

Robert and Ann had one daughter:
  1. Mary Hawkins bap. 13 Jul 1828 at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton.
On Mary's baptism, Robert's occupation is listed as Bricklayer and their address given as Paul Street, Taunton.

In 1841, Robert Hawkins (37) Journeyman Mason, Ann Hawkins (49) and Mary Hawkins (12) were living in High Street, Taunton.

In 1851, we find Robert Hawkins (48) Mason and Ann Hawkins (60).

In 1861, at 3 Tailer Court, High Street, are Robert Hawkins (59) Bricklayer and Ann Hawkins (70) Glover (leather).

Ann Hawkins died at 72, in 1862 J Qtr in TAUNTON Vol 05C Page 279.

In 1871, Robert Hawkins (67) Widower, Mason was at Huishs Almshouse.

In 1881, Robert Hawkins (80) Widower, Mason, was still living at Huish Alms Houses (now Huish Homes), 2, Magdalen Street, Taunton.

Robert Hawkins died in 1886 D Quarter in TAUNTON Vol 05C Page 260.

Monday 8 August 2022

Abraham Shelford and Sophia Mason

St James, Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1
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Abraham Shelford (b. 28 May 1823, in Great Easton, Essex), son of William Shelford and Ann Stanes, married Sophia Mason, daughter of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, in the 4th quarter of 1859, in Kensington, London.

Abraham Shelford had previously married Caroline Kitty Collin in the Essex village of Tilty, on 31 Oct 1846, with whom he had a daughter, Mary Ann Shelford, b. 1846 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 12 Page 88, bap. 17 Jan 1847 at St Mary the Virgin, Tilty. However, Caroline Shelford had died, aged just 27, in 1854 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 219 and was buried, on 11 May 1854, at St John & St Giles, Great Easton. Their daughter, Mary Ann Shelford died, at 15, in 1862 M Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 424 and was buried, on 5 May 1862, in Hackney, Middlesex.

Abraham and Sophia added three children:
  1. William Shelford b. 1862 J Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 550, bap. 6 May 1862 at St James, Clerkenwell
  2. Alice Shelford b. 1863 D Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 579, bap. 11 Dec 1863 at St James, Clerkenwell (Nothing after 1881)
  3. Emily Shelford b. 1869 J Quarter in SHOREDITCH Volume 01C Page 155, died in 1870 M Quarter in SHOREDITCH Volume 01C Page 149
In 1861, Abraham Shelford (35) Deputy turncock n r co and Sophia Shelford (34) Deputy turncock's wife - such was the importance of the office - were living at 27, Rodney Street, Clerkenwell, London. Abraham's daughter Mary, listed as 16, was a Domestic servant in the household of William Paton, Upholsterer at 88, Pentonville Road, St James, Clerkenwell.

Turncocks were an official employed to turn on the water for the mains supply. This was done on a schedule: in those times, the water supply was not running all of the time. Abraham Shelford's employer, 'n r co' was undoubtedly the New River Company. The History of the London Water Industry, 1580–1820 (PDF)

In 1871, Abraham Shelford (44) was living at 43 Gifford Street, St Leonard, Shoreditch. On this census, his occupation is listed as Labourer, but I'm not sure I trust its veracity. His place of birth has been written as Great Eastern instead of Great Easton, which they've obviously confused with the SS Great Eastern, because, then someone has added 'At Sea' on the end of it, which is all that got transcribed. :) With him were wife Sarah Shelford (44) from Broxted, Essex and William Shelford (9) and Alice Shelford (7), both born in Pentonville, Middlesex.

In 1881, living at 23, Mary Street, Shoreditch, London, were Abraham Shelford (56) this time his occupation is listed as Waterman, but I'm certain, given his history, that this is as in someone who works for the water company, not the ancient waterways taxi driver. With him were Sarah Shelford (54), William Shelford (19) Carpenter and Alice Shelford (17) Laundress.

Then Sophia Shelford died, aged 56, in 1882 M Quarter in Shoreditch.

In 1891, Abraham Shelford (69) Water turncock, Widower, was living at 69 Tottenham Road, Hackney, London with son, William Shelford (29) Water inspector; Alice Shelford (27) Daughter-in-law and grandchildren: Edith (7), William J (5) and Ernest Shelford (3). (William Shelford married his 1st cousin, Alice Mason, daughter of John Mason and Mary Ann Turner in 1883.)

In 1892, Abraham Shelford married Sarah Maria Wilcox in Hackney. 

Abraham Shelford died, aged 73, in 1897, in Islington, London.

Sarah Maria Shelford remarried, in Bethnal Green, in 1898.