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Showing posts with label Oxfordshire. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Oxfordshire. Show all posts

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Samuel Blazey and Elizabeth Wiggins

Buttercross in Witney, Oxfordshire
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Samuel Blazey (born 1836), second son of Francis Stephen Blazey and Hannah Minns, brother of Francis Robert Blazey and my 2x great-grandmother, Hannah Blazey, married Elizabeth Wiggins, in 1864, in Witney, Oxfordshire.

There's an Elizabeth Wiggins or Wiggens, born in Witney in the Q3 of 1837, who I believe this is and, if so, her mother's maiden name was also Wiggens, so, as Jane Austen might put it, she's someone's "natural daughter". 

Samuel and Elizabeth had four children: 
  1. Alice Hannah Blazey born 6 Feb 1865 in Witney, Oxfordshire, bap. 5 Jun 1878 at Holy Trinity church, Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk
  2. Francis Blazey, bap. 18 Oct 1867 in Drayton, Norfolk
  3. Alfred Blazey, born 8 Oct 1869, bap. 26 May 1870 in Drayton, Norfolk
  4. Elizabeth Eliza Blazey, born 8 Jan and bap. 8 Mar 1874, in Worcester
In 1861, Samuel had been living with his brother Francis at at 2, St Pauls Street, Blockhouse, Worcester. In 1871, it appears that Samuel Blazey (35), his wife (34) and son (3) were living in Oak Street, St Martin At Oak, Norwich.

Then Elizabeth Blazey, age estimated to 30, died, also in the 1st quarter of 1874 and was buried on 18 Jan 1874, at St. Paul's Parish, Worcester.

In 1881, the family was dispersed: Samuel Blazey, widowed, Fireman on Railway, was living at 3, Duke Street, Heigham, Norwich with his widowed mother. Son Alfred (11) was living with them. Alice Blazey (17) was a General Servant in the household of Joseph Clayden, Lodging house keeper at 16, Westbourne Place, St George Hanover Square; Francis (13), was living with his Aunt and Uncle, Joseph and Eliza Tiff (Samuel Blazey's sister Eliza) at 9, Union Terrace, Kensington, London, where he was Shop boy to greengrocer. While Elizabeth Eliza (7), was living with John and Hannah Versey, originally from Devon, in Worcester, where she was described as their Adopted Daughter.

But in 1891, Samuel (49) and his daughter, Elizabeth (17), are living with the widowed Hannah (78) at 19 Manchester Street, Norwich. In 1901, Samuel (57) is living there with just his mother, Hannah (90). Haven't found him since.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Francis Robert Blazey and Maria Andrews and Louisa Susan Stanley and Elenora Matilda Audrice

View over the Blockhouse area of Worcester
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Francis Robert Blazey, son of Francis Stephen Blazey and Hannah Minns and elder brother of my 2x great-grandmother, Hannah Blazey, born in Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk in 1833, was thrice-married and well-travelled. 

Francis Robert Blazey had four children with his three wives: 
  1. Francis Charles Blazey born 1860, died 1864 (with Maria Andrews)
  2. Alice Maud Stanley Blazey born on 21 Dec 1875 and baptised on 31 Jan 1876, in Dinapore, India. (with Louisa Stanley)
  3. Constance Ellen Blazey born in 1890, in Islington (with Elenora Audrice)
  4. Harry Robert Blazey born 1899 in Islington  (with Elenora Audrice)
Francis married Maria Andrews, in Oxfordshire, in 1859 and, in 1861, living at 2, St Pauls Street, Blockhouse, Worcester, were Francis Robert Blazey (27) Fireman, with wife Maria (20) Dressmaker and their son, Francis Charles (1) and Samuel Blazey (19), Francis Robert's younger brother.

Son, Francis Charles Blazey, died in Witney, Oxfordshire, in 1864, aged 4.

The next record we find is for Maria Andrews Blazey, wife of F. R. Blazey, Driver E.I.R. (East Indian Railway Company), who died from Cancer on 4 Sep 1873, aged 32y 7m, and was buried on 5 Sep 1873 at Dinapore, Bengal, India. 

Dinapore was a British garrison town in the 19th century, now called Danapur, it's about 10km NW of Patna, and 500km NW of Calcutta (now Kolkata).

Map of the East Indian Railway, 1863

The following year, on 9 Apr 1874, also in Dinapore, Francis Robert Blazey, who by then will have been 41, married Louisa Susan Stanley, daughter of Augustus George and Eliza Jemima Stanley. Louisa, who was then just 16, was born on 21 May 1857 and baptised on 25 Jun 1857, at Poona (now Pune), India. 

Louisa's siblings: Morgan Stanley and Rosina Gelstow Stanley were born in Allahabad in 1859 and 1860, respectively, and Mary Augusta Stanley was born in Mirzapur in 1863. Brother, Augustus George Stanley, born 1862, died aged 3, from "Convulsions" on 6 Jun was buried on 7 Jun 1865, in Cawnpore (now Kanpur), famous for the 1857 Siege of Cawnpore. On the burial record, Augustus George Stanley's occupation is given as Tehsildar (A tehsildar is a tax officer accompanied by revenue inspectors, though I shall forever equate him to Joseph Sedley, the collector of Boggley Wollah in Vanity Fair.)

Louisa's mother, Eliza Jemima Stanley, had died on 3 Sep 1867, aged 29, and was buried the next day, in Cawnpore. Under cause of death: "Uncontrollable vomiting for Hepatic congestion brought on by hard drinking." Augustus George Stanley returned to England and on 28 Sep 1868, married Caroline Frost in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, where they were living in 1871.

Alice Maud Stanley Blazey, daughter of Francis Robert Blazey and Louisa Susan Stanley, was born on 21 Dec 1875 and baptised on 31 Jan 1876, in Dinapore. 

Both the marriage record for Francis and Louisa and the baptism record for Alice Maud Stanley Blazey give their residence as Khagoul (now Khagaul).

Louisa Susan Blazey appears in the Gro Marine Death Indices in 1884, having died, aged 27, at sea. Was she on her way back to England with her husband? 

In 1885, Francis Robert Blazey married Elenora Matilda Audrice in Kensington and their daughter, Constance Ellen Blazey was born, in 1890, in Islington.

The former Swan Inn, The Common, Chipperfield, Kings Langley

In 1891, at The Swan Inn, The Common, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire we find Francis R Blazey (57) now a Publican, wife, unaccountably listed as Margaret M (30), Alice Maud Blazey (15), Constance Blazey (0), Elizabeth Stiles (28) and Elenor E Stiles (1) Visitors and Maud Millers (9) Stepdaughter. 

In 1901, at 31, Sinclair Gardens, Hammersmith, are Francis R Blazey (68) Retired Engineer, Norah Blazey (39), Constance E Blazey (10), Harry R Blazey (2), daughter Alice Maud Trevail (25) - Alice had married Herbert Fleming Trevail in 1898 - Winifred S Trevail (0) Granddaughter, Katherine Pye (56) Boarder, Thomas R Cox (24) Boarder, Nellie Kent (19) General Domestic Servant, Margaret Bennet (56) Visitor and Kate Eames (47) Visitor - Sick nurse.

Norah Blazey died in London in 1909, age estimated as 45.

Despite all this detail, I've been unable to find out what happened to Francis Robert Blazey next, although he doesn't appear on the 1911 census.

Sinclair Gardens, London W14
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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.