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The following individuals or families are proving difficult to solve and in some cases has brought my research to a temporary halt.  Click on the "Show details" link to see the full details or on the name links to see the information I have about the individuals or families.

If you have any information about any of them please contact me.   Any information you may have, however limited, could be extremely helpful.  It is surprising how the smallest clue can open up new avenues of research.  Thank you.


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Martha Enever Does anyone know what happened to Martha after 1881? Show details

Martha Enever was the daughter of Abraham Enever and Ann Newman and was born in late 1867/early 1868 in the Croydon area of Surrey. In 1881 she was at school in Anerley Road, Penge, Surrey but no trace has been found of her after this. Back to top

ETON MANOR BOYS' CLUB Does anyone have any family members who were members of this club?  Show details
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Eton Manor Boys' Club takes its name from Eton College, which from the 1880s had run a Christian Mission to raise living standards in the Hackney Wick area of the East End of London and the Manor Farm bought in 1912 to build a new sporting clubhouse. An Ennever was a member and we would like to share our experiences with anyone who may have had a link to the club. Back to top

EN03VER Does anyone have any more information about this car registration plate?   Show details
EN03VER car registration seen in Nottingham in 2014
EN03VER car registration seen in Nottingham in 2014


Spotted in Northampton in November 2014 we're wondering if this is merely a coincidence or maybe it belongs to an Enever family member?

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any more information.  Back to top

Charles Williams & Susan Inever.  Does anyone have any more information about his family?   Show details

Charles and Susan married in 1835 in the Parish Church, St Giles and All Saints, Orsett, Essex when Susan was recorded as Susan Enever. Susan had had an illegitimate daughter in 1834, Emma Ennever who is recorded as Emma Williams in the 1851 census. Charles and Susan appear t have at least 2 children together, Sarah and Charles Thomas. The family can be found in censuses up to 1851/1861 but nothing is known of the 3 children (Emma Ennever or Willaims), Sarah Williams bc1838 or Charles Thomas Williams born 28th September 1839.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may be researching the family and who may have any more information.  Back to top
Henry Richard Devine.  Does anyone have any more information about his family?   Show details

Henry Devine was born in 1864 in Whitechapel or Bethnal Green, then Middlesex, now the East End of London. When he married in 1891 to Selina Jane Tyrrell nee Holder he recorded his father as deceased although we have strong evidence to show he was still alive. Henry later changed his surname to Gardner using the christian names of Richard and Henry.

It is possible that his father, Henry Devine (or Henry Richard Devine as he is recorded in 1891), had married for a second time as there is a 10 year gap between the children found in censuses although his wife's details remain very consistent throughout. Henry Devine's occupation also changes from gun maker to labourer suggesting a deterioration in the family's fortunes.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may be researching the family and who may be able to throw any light on these events.  Back to top
Sir Isaac Thomas Williams.  Does anyone have any information about Sir Isaac's Rolls Royce?   Show details
Rolls Royce 25/30 originally owned by Sir Isaac Thomas Williams
Rolls Royce 25/30 originally owned by Sir Isaac Thomas Williams


In 1937 Sir Isaac purchased a new Rolls Royce 25/30 from the Car Mart Ltd, Park Lane, London. At the time Sir Isaac lived at Oakdene, St Peter's Road, St Margarets, Middlesex.  He kept the car for a few years before it was sold to Lt Col Launcelot Henry Beaumont Burlton and after a few more years the car was sold again and ended up in Illinois, USA.

In the early 1990s the car was purchased in a dismantled state and has now been restored to its former glory in the UK. Unfortunately, the original registration documents and registration number have been lost and without such evidence the DVLA are unable to re-issue its original registration number. If anyone has any photographs or documents which may indicate the original registration number of the vehicle please could you contact me and I will pass the details on to the new owners.   Back to top

James Gibbons & Jessie or Jesse Hackett.  Does anyone have any more information about this family?   Show details

James Gibbons and Jessie Hackett married in Shoreditch, London in October 1873 in Bethnal Green then in Middlesex but no trace can be found of the family after that.  See also Joseph Richard Hackett, Jessie's brother, below.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may be researching the family.  Back to top
Joseph Richard Hackett & Ann Elisabeth Brown or Ann Elizabeth Harman.  Does anyone have any more information about these families?   Show details

Joseph Richard Hackett can be found in the 1871 census at 9 Ropemaker Street, St Giles without Cripplegate, City of London with his 'wife' Ann and their 3 children.  Some doubt exists about the identify of Joseph's 'wife' as no marriage can be found until 1883 in Bethnal Green when he married Ann Llewellyn nee Brown and was recorded as a bachelor.  Ann's first husband was John Llewellyn whom she had married in 1862 also in St Giles without Cripplegate.  See also Jessie Hackett, Joseph's sister, above.

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John Wheeler & Mary Enever & Elizabeth Dickes  Does anyone have any more information about these families?   Show details

John and Mary married in Brighton, Sussex (then known as Brighthelmstone) and we can find 4 children before John re-married in 1850 as a widower.  No matching death for Mary can be found and the children are, with one exception, difficult to trace.  It is thought that Mary was the daughter of James Enever and Susanna Whiffin and was born in Dagenham, Essex but we cannot yet prove this.  The lack of a detah registration is puzzling because the family all stayed in Brighton until the early 1860s.

John Wheeler and Elizabeth Dickes had 5 children but again we lose track of the entire family after 1861.  Is it possible that they emigrated?

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the family.  Back to top
May Mirriable Enever, David George Wilson & Annie Enever   Does anyone have any more information about the family?   Show details

May Mirriable Enever was born to Annie Enever in 1899 at Kelvedon Hatch, Essex with no father's name being recorded on her birth registration.  Annie married David George Wilson in 1900 and they were living in South Weald, Essex in 1901 while May was living with her grandparents at Kelvedon Common.  It is also possible that May's middle name, while recorded as Mirriable, could also have been spelt Marable or Maryable.

After 1901 I can find no trace o f David and Annie and while May was still with her grandparents in 1911 there are no obvious marriages or deaths for her in the UK. Is it possible that the family reunited and emigrated or that May married using her natural father's name?

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the family.  Back to top
Frances Enever and Joseph James Ash & Alfred George Ash   Does anyone have any more information about the families?   Show details

Frances Enever married Joseph James Ash in Forest Gate, Essex in December 1896 and they had a son, Arthur E Ash, in about July 1900.  Frances then married again, using her maiden name, to Joseph's half brother, Alfred George Ash, in December 1904.  Bizarrely, this marriage took place on the anniversary of her first marriage, on the 21st December, to Joseph.  Just five days later Joseph James Ash then married Annie Blanche Bell, both marriages being bigamous with Joseph and Frances being recorded as bachelor and spinster respectively on their second marriages.  There were two children then born to Alfred George Ash & Frances, Albert William Ash and Alfred Gordon Ash.

To further complicate the relationships Joseph James Ash’s father, also Joseph Ash, had married Matilda Bunton in 1877 and both were previously married. I’m sure Matilda had married John Whittaker in Bethnal Green in 1869 and that Joseph Ash had married a Hannah Whittaker.  Coincidence?  Well possibly, but although I haven't found all the evidence I believe we will find a link between John & Hannah Whittaker.

It also seems possible that Ash is not the original family name as Joseph Ash, who married Hannah Whittaker and Matilda Bunton, consistently records his birthplace as Bethnal Green after his marriages but there’s no trace of him, nor of his father, before then and no matching birth registration can be found for Joseph. See also 'Interesting family marriages'.

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Howard Thomas James & Louisa Kate Newman Rigglesford Does anyone have any information about the family after 1901?   Show details

Howard Thomas James (aka Thomas) married Louisa Kate Newman Riggelsford (aka Louisa Newman) in St Marylebone, London in 1892 and three children can be found in the 1901 census when the family were living in Wood Green, the birthplace of the children.   Howard was the son of John James and Eliza Ann Ennever and Louisa was the daughter of George Newman Rigglesford, a family who dropped the Rigglesford name and became known as Newman.  I am unable to find the family in the 1911 census nor any later marriages for the children so it seems possible that they may have emigrated.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the family.Back to top
Arthur George Dawson & Kate White Leslie Does anyone know if there are any living relations or if a portrait of Arthur's grandfather, George Ennever aka George Morris still exists?   Show details

Arthur George Dawson was the son of James Dawson and Ann (Annie) Ennever, Ann being the daughter of the infamous George Ennever (aka Morris) and Mary Anne Walton. George was transported to NSW in 1816 for handling forged money and he died in 1842 returning from a holiday in England to Australia and in his will he left a family portrait to his wife to bequeath as she felt fit. When Mary Anne died in 1866 she left the picture to the eldest living child, Ann who had married James Dawson in Sydney NSW in 1847.

James and Ann lost two children in infancy in the early 1850s and returned a few years later to the UK, where they had both been born. Their son, Arthur George Dawson, was born at 35 Acacia Avenue, Marylebone in 1856 and became a book publisher and later a journalist. He married in his early 50s to Kate White Leslie in 1908 and there is no trace of any children. I am assuming that if the portrait came back to the UK with them it may have been bequeathed in their will/s and so I am trying to trace anyone who may be able to throw any light as to whether the picture still exists. Back to top
Elizabeth Snedden Weeks Does anyone have any information about Elizabeth's family?  Show details

Elizabeth Snedden Weeks married Ronald Enever in 1942 in Uxbridge, Middlesex and was recorded as aged 22.  Her father was William Weeks, a council worker and with an unusual middle name it should have proved simple to find more about Elizabeth's family.  There are, however, no matching birth records in England so is it possible that Elizabeth was born abroad? Back to top
Ruskin Bond (also known as Owen Ruskin Bond) is a celebrated living Indian author. Can anyone offer any corrections as some of the information published about his family appears to be inaccurate.  Show details

Ruskin's family are the 3rd or 4th generation of the family in India.  His paternal grandfather emigrated to India in the 1880s and his maternal great grandfather emigrated about 1870.  The Life and Works of Ruskin Bond by Meena G. Khorana contains much family history although some questions and probable inaccuracies remain:

  1. Herbert William Bond, Ruskin's grandfather, married Gloriana Enever in India in 1894 and according to Khorana was born in Islington, London in 1863, was an apprentice to a London grocer and enlisted in the Scottish Rifles.  Most of this information is found in his Army service record I can find no matching birth or christening nor any trace of Herbert or his father, Frederick, in censuses, however.
  2. Khorana's book records Ruskin Bond's grandmother, Gloriana Enever, as a German orphan.  We know, however, that while her mother died when Gloriana was only five (probably as a result of childbirth) that her father was alive and was in India until she was nearly twenty.  Despite this, it appears she was brought up by a Colonel Lesley on an indigo estate in Motihari, Bihar.  Gloriana was the daughter of an Englishman, Cornelius Enever.
  3. The book identifies five children born to Herbert and Gloriana although seven can be identified.  There may have been others as there are gaps between 1898 & 1902 and 1903 & 1908.
  4. Ruskin's aunt, Alma Eveline Bond, was born in India in 1903 and died, according to Khorana, in an air raid in Manchester at the beginning of WW2.  Alma had married a Stanley Gordon Nuttall in 1922 in India but there is no matching death of an Alma Nuttall or Enever in the Manchester area at the time of WW2.
In statements attributed to Bond he also refers to an aunt in Jersey and to an aunt Mabel, who had a Persian cat and I have been unable to identify these family members yet.  Source: blog

More about Ruskin's work can be found here.    Back to top

Joseph Enever (also known as Joe Enever) was transported to Australia in 1838.  Does anyone have any information about him after his arrival? Show details

Joseph, or Joe, Enever was charged with stealing a horse and was sentenced to transportation to New South Wales where he arrived in February 1838.  No further trace has been found of him although there was a death in New South Wales in 1840 of a Sarah Enever, who was probably his wife.

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Does anyone recognise this location, thought to be Melbourne, Australia in the early 20th century?  Show details
Unidentified location
Unidentified location


The Ennever and Appleton families emigrated to Australia in the 1850s and 1860s and it is possible that this photograph is of a descendant of theirs. The families went on to found the well-known Sydney confectionery business of Ennever and Appleton.

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Various family wills contain references to names I am trying to trace to see if they could be family members.
Names of interest include Arnold Gent, Edith Mogridge, Louisa Mary Pipkin, Edward Brown, William Child, Henry Haddan, Henry Smith Syer, Harry Alexander Robinson, Caroline Collinson, Reginald Thomas Oliver, John Douglas West, Arthur Keen & Hilda May Stephens.   Show details

Person mentioned: In the will of: Notes
Arnold Gent, rating officer
Sarah Enever nee Clements, wife of Arthur John Enever
Sarah died 13/10/1933 at 18 New Windsor Street, Uxbridge
Edith Mogridge, spinster
Sydney died 15/9/1941 at 196 Balfour Road, Ilford
Annie Pilcher, spinster
Jane Enever nee Brown, wife of Thomas Enever
Jane died 11/6/1927 at 36 Walmer Road, Plumstead
Charles Goodwin, retired plumber
Ann Elizabeth Ennever, may also have been known as Ann Elizabeth Enever
Ann died 29/3/1895 and lived in Romford. She was the daughter of George Ennever and Ann Corbald
Louisa Pipkin
Mary Hannah Ennever nee Smith, mother of Herbert below
Mary Hannah died 9/3/1923 at 4 Rose Cottages, Rainham, Essex
Louisa Mary Pipkin, spinster
Herbert Alfred Ennever (see also Louisa Pipkin above)
Herbert died 16/12/1926 at 13 Oak Avenue, Enfield and had been boarding with Louisa in 1911.
Edward Brown & William Child
Catherine Enever nee Suckling, wife of Joseph Enever
Catherine died 1/11/1871 at 6 Parry Palce Plumstead
Henry Haddan
Harriet Enever nee Robins, wife of John Enever
Harriet died 23/6/1867 in Loughton and Henry was an accountant at 16 Walbrook in the City of London
Henry Smith Syer
Emma Enever nee Brown, widow of John Enever
Emma died 30/1/1905 at 14 Railway Place, Plumstead.
Harry Alexander Robinson, tram driver
Lilian Caroline Ennever nee Robinson, widow of Edward William Enever
Lilian died 26/9/1911 at 9 Poulett Road, East Ham and Harry was probably a family member.
Caroline Collinson, widow Horace Tustin Enever Horace died in October 1951 at Rolvendon Hill, Rolvendon, Kent
Reginald Thomas Oliver, professional fireman Abram Enever Abram died in Prittlewell, Essex on 10/2/1951
William Cecil Law, school groundsman Emily Ellen Enever nee Law, widow of George Daniel Enever Emily died 26/3/1955 at Hillingdon Hospital and it assumed that William is a brother or nephew.
John Douglas West, coachbuilder & Arthur Keen, butcher Horace Enever Horace died on 19/10/1964 in the Hillingdon Hospital. His home address was 43 Lancaster Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex.
Hilda May Stephens Gertrude Alice Maria Enever, possibly nee Hart, widow of Thomas Enever. Gertrude died 3/6/1966 in Bussage, Stroud.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have information about any of these people, particularly if they are family members of yours.Back to top
Sarah Riley, Rebecca Riley & Elizabeth Riley of Navestock, Essex   Does anyone have any information about these Riley girls?  Show details

Sarah Riley was born about 1810 in Navestock and married William Porter and their son Jesse married Fanny Enever in 1861 at Kelvedon Hatch. Fanny Enever was the daughter of John Enever and Rebecca Riley, Rebecca having been born in Essex about 1816. Elizabeth was also born in Navestock about 1816 and married Thomas Enever, Fanny's uncle, in 1834 in Navestock. It seems probable that the Riley girls are connected.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the Rileys or may be researching the Riley family of Navestock.   Back to top

Stuart Mill Bristow  Does anyone have any information about what happened to Stuart?  Show details

Stuart Mill Bristow was the son of William L V Bristow and Fanny White and was born in Swansea, Wales in 1870. His mother, Fanny White, married Alexander Enever after divorce from her first husband, William, and Stuart's elder brother later became known as Enever-Bristow. William married in 1890 in Battersea but there is no trace of Stuart after 1881 when he was in Islington, London with his mother. Fanny died just three years later so it is possible that Stuart was adopted.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Stuart.   Back to top

William Holland Williams and Eliza Enever  Does anyone have any information about this family after 1851?  Show details

William Holland Williams and Eliza Enever married in Kent in 1837 and had at least four children, two born in Isleworth, Middlesex and two born in Grays, Essex.  Like her sister, Mary Ann Enever and Mary's husband Peter Hagger (see below), no trace of the family can be found after 1851  Their four children are Edward Williams, Eliza Williams, David Williams and John Willimas are were born from about 1838 to 1850..

Williams is not the easiest name to research, although Williams's middle name is distinctive, so I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about this family.   Back to top
John Coker and Frances Elizabeth Rayner  Is anyone researching Coker families of Essex?  Show details

John Coker, who was the eldest son of John Coker and Charlotte Enever, and Frances Elizabeth (Fanny) Rayner had six children that I know of, although their marriage has not been found.  John and Frances can be traced in censuses until 1901 when they are both in their 50s.  Some of the children, all born in Orsett, Essex from 1867 to about 1887, can also be traced until the turn of the century although I lose track of some before then.  John's younger sister, Emma Coker, who was also born in Orsett wais living in Grays Thurrock in 1881, aged 28, but no further trace has been found of Emma.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the family or may be researching Coker families.   Back to top
Peter Haggar and Mary Ann nee Enever  Has anyone any information about the family after 1851?  Show details

Peter Haggar (also spelt as Peter Hagger) married Mary Ann Enever in Grays, Essex in 1839 having previously been married, although it is not known to whom.  They had at least three children who can be found with their parents in the 1841 and 1851 censuses but all trace of the family is lost after this.  The three children known are Eliza Ann Hagger, Peter David Henry Hagger and Harriet Hagger.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about the family or may be researching Hagger/Haggars..   Back to top
Elizabeth Anquetil nee Enever  Has anyone any information about Elizabeth after Charles's death?  Show details

Elizabeth Enever married Charles Anquetil in 1842 and it appears that Charles died just a year later.  Elizabeth can be found in a business partnership with her nephew in 1852 as grocers and tea dealers but apart from this there is no trace of her after Charles's death.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Elizabeth.   Back to top
William Enever & Charlotte Claxon  Has anyone any information about the family after 1901?  Show details

William Enever and Charlotte Claxon married in 1895 in the Billericay district of Essex and in the 1901 census they are living in South Weald, Essex with their son, Arthur Enever.  I have been unable to find any trace of the family after 1901, however.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about William & Charlotte and Arthur.   Back to top
Charles Burgess & Sarah Anne Enever  Has anyone any information about the family after 1861?  Show details

Charles Burgess and Sarah Anne Enever married in 1854 in the West Ham area of Essex and in the census they are living in the High Street, South Weald, Sarah's birthplace with their two children, Sarah Burgess and John Burgess.  I have been unable to find any trace of the family after 1861, however.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Charles & Sarah and their children.   Back to top
Thomas Hutchings & Elizabeth Enever  Has anyone any information about the family after their marriage in 1841?  Show details

Thomas Hutchings and Elizabeth Enever married in 1841 at the Church of St Thomas, Stepney which is now in London but then in Middlesex but I have been unable to find any trace of them after this. Elizabeth was the daughter of two Enevers, William and Sarah who married in 1815.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Thomas & Elizabeth or any descendants.   Back to top
Henry Jackson & Lily Enever  Has anyone any information about the family after their marriage in 1900?  Show details

Henry Jackson & Lily Enever married in 1900 at the Register Office in Islington, London. Henry had been married previously and it is claimed that Lily, born Rosina Enever, had married the 'Tichborne Claimant' although no record of any marriage has been found. The Tichborne Claimant is the story of a man thought to have been lost at sea and who returned to claim the Tichborne baronetcy but was found guilty of impersonation and perjury and sentenced to 14 years penal servitude after one of the longest legal trials in UK history. This story can be found in detail here.

After the Claimant died in 1898 Lily married Henry Jackson, a fish salesman and it is reported that Lily died soon afterwards but while I can locate the family in Islington in 1901 I have been unable to find any later evidence of the Jackson family or Lily's demise.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Henry Jacksonm and Lily Enever, or any descendants.   Back to top

Frederick John Saville & Margaret Barnard   Has anyone any information about the family after 1911?  Show details

Frederick John Saville and Margaret Barnard married in 1888 in the West Ham area and had two children, Jessie Kate & Ethel Mabel.  Jessie Kate died aged 5 and Ethel can be found living with her grandmother, Ellen Barnard nee Enever, in 1911.  Frederick appears to have remarried in about 1900  and had a son, Horace Saville, born 1900/01.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Margaret Barnard and her daughter, Ethel Mabel Saville, born 1891 in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.   Back to top

William Enever and Fanny Chinnery   Has anyone any information about the family after 1891?  Show details

William Enever and Fanny Chinnery married in 1891 in Bermondsey, south London but cannot be traced after this and neither has Fanny been found in earlier censuses.

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Samuel Crebbin & Charlotte Maud Furlong   Has anyone any information about the family after 1901?  Show details

Samuel Crebbin and Charlotte Maud Furlong married in 1892 in Bromley (Bromley by Bow) London and in the 1901 census have five children, Christine, Charles Gordon, Kathleen, Elsa and Gwendolen Elizabeth. Charlotte is the granddaughter of Mary Enever who had married John Furlong in 1834.  I can find no trace of the family in the 1911 census nor later marriages or deaths so it seems possible the family emigrated.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about this Crebbin family.   Back to top

Daniel May & Jane Enever   Has anyone any information about the young family after their marriage in 1853?  Show details

Daniel May and Jane Enever married in Paddington in 1853 when Jane was just sixteen years old.  Daniel's family, Charles May a butcher and his wife Catharine, appear to be living at 42 North Audley Street, St George Hanover Square in 1851 although Daniel is not present and I can find no trace of them after their marriage.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about Daniel and Jane.   Back to top

Edward Blacknell Attwood and Emma Sophia Simmons  Has anyone any information about the family after their marriage in 1900?  Show details

Edward was the son of William Henry Attwood and Hannah Enever and he married Emma in 1900 in Battersea, London.  They can be found in the 1901 census living at 60 Gibbon Road, Camberwell, London although I have found no trace of them after this.

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John Charles Enever and Martha Jane Brookson  Has anyone any information about the family in the early 20th century?  Show details

John married Martha in the Croydon area (probably Merton) in 1892 and they can be found subsequently with three children, Grace Florence G Enever, Elsie Enever and John Edward Enever although I have found no trace of any subsequent marriages for the children.

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May Nellie Mirams  Has anyone any information about May or her family?  Show details

May Nellie Mirams was born in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey in about 1910, the daughter of John Edward Mirams and Mary Nellie Enever. She is with her parents in Kingston-on-Thames in 1911 while no further trace can be found.

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Harry Kisby Hayes & Edith Maud Enever.  Has anyone any information about Harry & Edith Maud (or Maude) after their marriage?  Show details

Harry Kisby Hayes and Edith Maud Enever married in 1902 in the Wandsworth district of London but I have been unable to trace them in the 1911 censuses or as having emigrated.

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Joseph James A Ash & Frances Enever and William A Griffiths & Louisa Adelaide Enever.  Has anyone any information about Joseph & Frances after their marriage?  Show details

Joseph and Frances married in 1896 in the West Ham district of East London/Essex but I have been unable to trace them in either the 1901 or 1911 censuses or as having emigrated. Their son, Arthur E Ash, who was born in 1900 in Leytonstone, Essex can be found in 1901 living with his grandparents.  Similarly, Frances's sister, Louisa Adelaide Enever married William A Griffiths in 1910 in West Ham and I have been unable to trace them after their marriage.

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The "London" Enevers (descendants of George Enever & Ann)  Has anyone any information about the history of this branch?  Show details

This group of Enevers are first seen in the mid-19th century and are generally umbrella- or whip-makers living in London.  No marriage has been found for Henry Enever and Jane Julia Magnus nor has a birth registration been found for Julia.  Little is currently known of Henry's father, George, and what is known is misleading.  He and his wife Ann are believed to have had at least two children although the birthdate of George is uncertain.  His son, William, was born in about 1823/4 while in 1861 he is recorded as 19 years younger than his wife, at just 40 years of age.  The family cannot be found in most censuses and their origin is unclear.

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Jesse Carter and Emily Alice Enever.  Has anyone any information about Jesse Carter & Emily Alice Enever after their marriage?  Show details

Jesse Carter and Emily Alice Enever married in 1891 in the Parish church of St Saviour, Nottingham when Jesse was identified as a sailor although I haven't been able to locate them after their marriage or service records for Jesse.

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George Humphrey and Clara Grace Enever.  Has anyone any information about George & Clara Grace after 1901?  Show details

George Humphrey and Clara Grace Enever married in 1890 in the West Ham district of London./Essex and two children, George and Kate, were born in the 1890s in West Ham but I haven't been able to locate them after 1901.

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John Henry Williams and Charlotte Enever.  Has anyone any information about John & Charlotte's family after 1911?  Show details

John Henry Williams and Charlotte Enever married in 1883 at the Church of Holy Trinity in Dalston, London and are known to have had ten children as they can be found in censuses until 1911.  Some of the family apparently later emigrated to India and a granddaughter, Naomi Elsie Williams, who was born in India but returned to the UK, was awarded the M.B.E. in 1980.

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Daniel John Callaghan & Jessie Maud Enever.   Has anyone any information about Daniel & Jessie after their marriage in 1909?  Show details

Daniel John Callaghan and Jessie Maud Enever were married in 1909 in the West Ham area of London/Essex borders but I have been unable to trace them in the 1911 census or any children.

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Evan Powell and family.   Has anyone any information about Evan Powell and Eleanor nee Enever's daughters?  Show details

Evan Powell was born in Ruland, Radnor, Wales in about 1822 and married Eleanor Enever in 1848 in Erith, Kent.  According to Eleanor's mother's will there were probably four children, James, Mary Emily, Ellen or Eleanor and Sarah Anna.  Evan and his son are known to have emigrated to Australia where their families can be traced but it is not known if Eleanor and their three daughters also emigrated or if they did and later returned to the UK. Eleanor is believed to have died in the 1860s so it is possible that her daughters could have been adopted.

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Charles Preston Askey.   Has anyone any information about him after 1898 and know whether he emigrated to the USA?  Show details

Charles Preston Askey was born in 1872/3 in Bethnal Green, the son of Samuel Alpha Askey & Martha nee Neal, and married in the Plymouth district of Devon in 1898 and may therefore have been in the Navy.  There is a record of a Charles Preston Askey becoming a naturalised US citizen in the 1920s and I assume this is the same Charles.  I think he can then be found in San Francisco in 1930 with presumably a second wife, Minnie, but I haven't located him in other US censuses, the 1901 UK census or in an emigration record.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information or may be researching this family. Back to top

Edward Greenhill & Matilda Enever.   Has anyone worked out who their 13 children were?  Show details

Edward and Matilda married in 1857 and according to the 1911 census had 13 children together, although only 6 survived until then.  The family can be found in every census from 1861 to 1911 but appear to change the names and birth years of several of their children.

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William Ingham & Sarah Jane Enever.   Where did the couple go after their marriage?   Show details

William and Sarah Jane married in Islington, London in 1869, a second marriage for William.  William was a Boot Rivetter by trade and the couple moved to Nottingham, presumably for work-related reasons, and can be found there in 1871 but I have been unable to find any further trace of the family.

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Edward Charles House & Elizabeth T Parr (c1868-1900).   I am trying to discover more about Elizabeth Parr & her family.   Show details

Elizabeth Parr is recorded in the 1871 census as the daughter of William Parr & Elizabeth nee Wells when the family were living in Opic Street, Everton, Lancashire. There is a considerable gap between the birth of Elizabeth T Parr, as she is recorded in a census, and her elder sister, also Elizabeth Parr, who was born in Hamilton Street, Deptford Kent in October 1859 and is with the family in Bow, London in 1861. This suggests that the elder Elizabeth would have died between 1861 and 1867/8 although no death registration has been found, nor oddly has a birth registration for the younger Elizabeth.

The mystery deepens as when Elizabeth married Edward Charles House in 1888 her father was given as William Parr, a brush maker.  William Parr had been consistently recorded as a coppersmith throughout his life and would have been alive at the time of the marriage.  There seems little doubt, however, as to the relationship between Elizabeth and William & Elizabeth Parr nee Wells as Edward Charles House, known as Charles, is living with several members of the family at 1 Priory Street, Bromley St Leonard, London in 1901, shortly after Elizabeth, his wife, had died.  I have so far been unable to locate any of the House family in the 1911 census although four children are known: Frances Eleanor House b1891, Edward Charles House b1893, Henry House b1895/6 and Thomas House b1898/9.

It is possible that Elizabeth was "adopted" by William & Elizabeth because she named William Parr as her father on her marriage but with the wrong occupation.

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Sidney Land Luker (1890-1952).   I am trying to discover the relationship between Sidney Land Luker & Annie Luker Morris.   Show details

Sidney Land Luker is recorded in the Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB) as a distinguished civil engineer and town planner and that he married a distant cousin, Annie Luker Morris.  Annie Morris is descended from George Ennever aka George Morris who was transported to Australia in 1817 for handling forged notes.  His story is told in more detail here.

The name 'Luker', however, hadn't appeared in the Ennever/Morris family before Annie and may be connected to Annie Sophia McCrohan who married Charles Secundus Ducker Morris in 1888.

I would like to be able to prove the relationship between Sidney and Annie and would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information or may be researching the Luker family. Back to top

George Horace Westwood.   I am trying to trace George after 1901.   Show details

George Horace Westwood was born in 1887 in Poplar, London, the son of James Westwood and Alice Jane Ennever, who had married in 1878.  George's two elder siblings, Frederick James & Louisa Maud can be traced through their marriages but I lose track of George after the 1901 census

There is a marriage of a Horace George Westwood to Mary Jane Jones in 1907 and Horace's father is recorded as George Westwood, believed to be George James Westwood, an engineer.  This is also the occupation of James Westwood, George Horace's father, but it seems that there are two very similar families living in London at the same tiime.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information or may be researching the Westwood families. Back to top

Thomas White and Louisa Brown's family.   I am trying to trace some members of the family around the turn of the 20th century, also Thomas's half-brother, Andrew Robert Gemmill.   Show details

Thomas White married Louisa Brown in Islington, London in 1877 when he was a soldier.  Their first child, Laura White, was born in Aldershot and Beatrice, Frederick and George Thomas were all then born in India.  A further 7 children are recorded with four, at least, having been born back in Islington.

At the time of the 1901 census the family, including seven children, are at 97 Georges Road, Islington with only Beatrice White missing.  By 1911 Thomas had died and Louisa is at 25 Rhodes Street, Islington but with just two children, George and Ada.  The census indicates that nine of the twelve children are still living while only three have been successfully located.

Thomas's mother, Eliza Mary Ann Ennever, had first married Thomas Gemmill in 1835 and they had a son Andrew Robert Gemmill in 1837 but after 1841 I can no further trace of Andrew. Her second marriage was to Charles Henry White, Thomas White's father, in 1841.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information or may be researching these families. Back to top

Thomas Richard Owen and Ruth Susannah Bowers.   I am trying to trace the family after their marriage in 1886.   Show details

Thomas Richard Owen and Ruth Susannah Bowers married in Bromley St Leonard, Middlesex (London) in 1886 but no further trace has been found of them since. 

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Henry Edward Stevens and Mary Ann Boyton.   I am trying to trace the family after their marriage in 1845 and also other Boyton family members.   Show details

Henry Edward Stevens and Mary Ann Boyton married in St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey in 1845 but no further trace has been found of them after then.  At the time of their marriage both were living in Great Guildford Street, Southwark when Henry was a Grocer and his father, William Stevens, was a Stone Mason. Mary Ann Boyton was the daughter of Thomas Boyton, who appears to have witnessed the marriage but died the following year in Grays, Essex.  Mary Ann's elder sister, Elizabeth Boyton, can be found in the 1841 census but no trace can be found of her after this date nor can Joseph Boyton, her younger brother, be located after 1871 when he is living at 2 Coppins Cottages, Dagenham, Essex. and the same applies to William Boyton, another brother, after 1861.

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George Smith and Eliza Ennever.   I am trying to trace the family after their marriage in 1844.   Show details

George Smith and Eliza Ennever married in Whitechapel, Middlesex in 1844 but no further trace has been found of them.  At the time of their marriage both were living in Lambeth Street, Whirechapel and George was a Police Officer although we don't know his age.  His father was recorded as a John Smith, a shoe maker and Eliza Ennever was born in Rainham, Essex in 1811 to Joseph Ennever and Mary Anne Jacobs.

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Francis Grant and Eliza Ennever.   I am trying to trace the family after 1841/51.   Show details

Eliza Ennever and Francis Grant married in Bromley, Middlesex in 1832 and two children were christened there in 1833 and 1834, Edmund Francis Grant and Eliza Grant.  The family appear to move back to Eliza's home town, Rainham in Essex, before 1841 but neither Francis nor Eliza has been found.  Edmund is still in Rainham in 1851 but there is no trace of the rest of the family nor of Edmund in later years.

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Ivy Ennever, also known as Ivy Schwerin, was born to Augustus Bonaventure Joseph Ennever and Phoebe Schwerin in Brixton in 1914.   I am trying to trace Ivy after her birth.   Show details

Augustus was married to Marie Caroline (May) Hill in 1904 and they had three children and by 1911 the family can be found living in Birmingham although Marie and the three children were soon to emigrate to Canada. Whether this prompted Augustus's relationship with Phoebe Schwerin, an actress, or was as a result of it is unclear but Ivy Ennever, also known as Ivy Schwerin, was born in 1914 although no trace has been found of her since.

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George Renecle married two Brooman girls in the 1880s   I am trying to discover if they are related.   Show details

George Renecle married Jane Brooman in 1871 and Eliza Brooman in 1886 following the death of Jane.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who is researching the Renecle or the Brooman families. Back to top

Charles Hubbard (1835/6-?) & Eliza Bowers (1830/1-?)   I am trying to discover what happened to Charles & Eliza after their marriage in 1856.   Show details

Charles Hubbard and Eliza Bowers married in Bethnal Green, London in 1856 and although I can't find them in the 1861 census they do appear in 1871 living next door to Eliza's parents, William Bowers & Susanna nee Ennever at 139 New North Road, Shoreditch in London.  No further trace has been found of them after this, however.  It is possible that the family may have emigrated or changed their name as Eliza's two younger brothers, Thomas Bowers and John Bowers, haven't been traced after 1861.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information about what may have happened to Charles & Eliza. Back to top

Samuel Lacey and his son, Samuel Lacy   I am trying to trace the 2 Samuels after 1901.  Show details

Samuel Lacey was born about 1878 in Walworth, London and married Charlotte Ennever (known as Lottie or Dottie) in 1898 and their son, Samuel, was born in 1898/9 in Camberwell. The spelling of their surname is recorded as both Lacey and Lacy.  In 1901 the family is together in Scarsdale Road, Camberwell while in 1911 Charlotte is living with her parents, recorded as married, while there is no trace of either Samuel.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any information about what may have happened to either Samuel Lacey or Samuel Lacy, his son. Back to top

John Woods and Jane Barnes   I am trying to trace John & Jane after their marriage in 1856.  Show details

John and Jane married in the Parish Church of Tilney All Saints in Norfolk in 1856 and although this was a rural farming community from which few people ever travelled far no further trace can be found of them.  Interestingly, the marriage certificate records John as living in Tilney although no earlier trace of him, or his father William Woods, can be found.  Jane is the daughter of Robert Barnes who appears to have lived in Tilney All Saints throughout almost all of his farming life.

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Richard Ansell and John Ansell   I am trying to clarify some contradictory information about the Ansell family and the "disappearance" of Eliza Amelia Ansell nee Ennever.  Show details

Henry Richard Ansell married Eliza Amelia Ennever in 1888 and in the 1901 census Henry is recorded as married but living with his mother, Elizabeth Ansell nee Roberts, at 54 Gill Street, Limehouse and Eliza is not present. Henry's father & uncle, John & Richard Ansell, had married Roberts sisters in 1859 and 1861.  John Ansell marrying Elizabeth Roberts and Richard marrying her sister, Emma Roberts, about two years later.  In trying to solve the "disappearance" of Eliza, other information has further confused the history of the Ansells:

  1. John William Ansell b1859 is apparently recorded in the 1861 census as the child of Richard Ansell & Elizabeth.  It is assumed this should be John Ansell, although the age is right for Richard & not for John!  There is, however, no trace of John elsewhere in the census.
  2. In 1861 Elizabeth Roberts' parents are living at the same 37 Northey Street, Limehouse address as "John" and Elizabeth above and Emma, who was to marry Richard a week later is also there.  If the assumption about Richard & John's names being recorded incorrectly by the enumerator is correct then Richard is not present.  On his wedding day, just a week after the census, both parties gave their addresses as being in George Street, in the parish of Stepney, although at different numbers in the street.  Both the Ansell families can be found at the 37 Northey Street address in 1871 suggesting that they had all been living there in 1861.
  3. Meanwhile, searches for both Eliza and her husband, Henry, and their son, William Henry Ansell, who was born in 1889 have not produced any information about their whereabouts since 1891/1901. To add to the complication Eliza Amelia Ennever had also been known as Eliza Amelia Hannaway (see here).

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James Bailes and Caroline Brailsford Smetham (1848-?) and Charles William Shepherd and Jane Louisa Smetham (1846-?)   I am trying to find both James and Caroline and Charles and Jane after their marriages.  Show details

James and Caroline were married in New Windsor, Berkshire on 18th May 1874 although no further trace has been found of them.  It is possible that James had joined the army as there was a barracks of the First Battalion Grenadier Guards in New Windsor, although at the time of his marriage he was a servant.  Caroline is the daughter of Charles John Smetham and was born in Brompton, then in Middlesex, and had no known family connections to Berkshire.

Jane Louisa Smetham was Caroline's elder sister and married Charles William Shepherd in Kensington in 1868 and they have two children by 1871 although I can find no trace of the couple after this.  It seems possible that the two couples may have emigrated.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about these Bailes, Shepherd or Smetham families. Back to top

Children of Joseph William Morris (1830-1901) and Emily Phipps (1826/7-1901)   I am trying to discover if there are any living descendants of this family.  Show details

Joseph and Emily had at least five children all born in Bath, Somerset, most of whom can be traced until 1901 and it seems probable that the family have no living descendants.  Four of the children appear not to have married having concentrated on their careers:

  1. Ada Emily Morris b1857 had not married by the age of 43 so a family seems unlikely
  2. John William Morris b1858 became a vicar in the 1880s but I lose track of him after 1891
  3. Minnie Lucy Morris b1863 was a teacher and had not married by 1901
  4. Herbert R Morris b1866 can be traced until 1881 but I lose track of him after that.  It is possible that he emigrated to Canada as a Herbert R Morris born in England c1866 can be found in the North West Territories, in Eastern Assiniboia, in the 1901 census.
  5. Henry Seton Morris b1869 was a well-known architect and it is almost certain that he had a son, Noel Ennever Seton Morris (also known as Noel Seton-Morris) who was born in Burma but although he married it is not known if there were any children.

It is probable that Harry Rashleigh Morris b1864, also in Bath, was another child but he died in infancy. John Rashleigh Phipps was Emily's father's name.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have any information about this or any related families.  Back to top

William Shelton (c1853-?) and Lucy Whitehead (c1853-?)   I am trying to establish the relationship between William and Lucy, and Frank and William Freeman.  Show details

Thomas Freeman married Ruth Hutchinson in 1873 and they had 6 children, all born in or close to Denaby, Yorkshire.  In 1901 Thomas appears to be living apart from his wife, who is at 91 Doncaster Road, with 2 of their children, Arthur Freeman and Lucy Freeman while Thomas is lodging at 56 Doncaster Road (I believe Doncaster Road was previously Pitt Row). 2 other children, Frank Freeman and William Freeman, are living in South Kirkby, Yorkshire with William Shelton and Lucy (nee Whitehead) and are recorded as their nephews.  Lucy unusually had been born in America.

It is unclear to me how these families are related and I would be interested to hear from anyone researching the Shelton, Whitehead, Hutchinson or Freeman families or who may have any relevant information.  Back to top
Henrietta Eliza Bedlow (1835/5-?)   I am trying to trace Henrietta after 1881 and also Charles Baker (possibly Backer).  Show details

Henrietta was born in Rayleigh, Essex in about 1834/5 and married William Livermore in 1851, having at least 5 children with him.  William died in 1869 and Henrietta married David Such in 1870 six years after Henrietta's brother, Thomas John Bedlow, had married David's sister, Phoebe Such.  I believe David & Henrietta had one daughter, Mary Annie Such who appears in the 1881 census with Henrietta and "husband", Charles Backer.

There is a marriage recorded in 1876 of a Henrietta Eliza Such to either William Chambers or James Cole but no marriage to a Charles Backer, who is probably Charles Baker, born in Walmer, Kent in about 1838. No trace can be found of Charles in 1861 or 1871 nor of the family in later years.

Is anyone researching the Baker (Backer), Bedlow, Livermore or Such families or have any relevant information please? Back to top
George Hussey (1869/70-?) and Frances Ennever (1854-?)   I am trying to trace the families before and after their wedding in 1893.  Show details

George married Frances in Bermondsey, London in 1893, George being recorded as 23 years old and Frances considerably older, at 38.  They had both been living in St James Road, Bermondsey at the time of their wedding but no trace of them can then be found after their wedding either as emigrants or in the 1901 or 1911 censuses. 

George Hussey's father is recorded as George Hussey, a gardener, but the family have not been located in any censuses before the marriage and while the addresses given at their marriage in 1893 were family addresses neither George nor Frances were living there in 1891.  George gave 217 St James Road, Bermondsey as his address, which was the home of Frances's sister, Caroline and her family, while Frances gave 195 St James Road as her address, the home of another sister, Eliza and her niece.  Frances is also missing in both the 1881 and 1891 censuses.  It seems possible that George & Frances changed their name or that Hussey was not George's real name but as so little is known about him, it is impossible to be certain.

Is anyone researching the Hussey family or have any relevant information please? Back to top
Is anyone researching Ilkeston, Derbyshire families of the mid-nineteenth century?   I am trying to piece together more information on the Aldred, Beardsley, Bostock, Butler, Henshaw, Hutchinson, Potter, Sisson, Smith, Street and Tilson families of Ilkeston.  Show details

All of these families lived in Ilkeston, Derbyshire for many years, most were coal miners and there are a number of marriages between the families.  Among many unanswered questions I have the following specific queries:

  • in the 1841 census Samuel, Mary, Isaac and Aaron Alfred are recorded with Joseph Aldred and Ann while in 1851 they appear as the children of Samuel Aldred and Louisa
  • did Isaiah Smith and his family emigrate, possibly to America, as there is no trace of them in England after 1881?
  • did Thomas White Street and his family emigrate, possibly to America, as there is no trace of them either in England after 1881? Thomas is recorded by Annie, his wife, as being in America in the 1881 census, along with the husband of their neighbour, Hannah Jackson.
  • is James Beardsley any relation to Isaiah Smith and Rachael Hutchinson?  He is lodging with them in Attercliffe cum Darnall, Yorkshire in 1861 and all were born in Ilkeston.

Is anyone researching any of these Ilkeston families and would be willing to share information please? Back to top

Annie Eliza Collins (1863-?)   I am trying to trace Annie after 1871.  Show details

Annie Eliza Collins was born in the Bristol area of Gloucestershire in 1863, the daughter of Robert Lyde Collins and Emma Elizabeth Bull, who had married in 1862.  Robert died only a year after Annie's birth and Emma remarried in 1873 to Eli Phippin or Phippen. I have been unable to trace a marriage for Annie nor locate her with any certainty in later censuses.

Is anyone researching the Phippin or Phippen or the Collins families from the Bristol area or have any relevant information please? Back to top
James Such and Mary Ann Ennever and family  I am trying to trace more of the families of James and Mary Ann's children.  Show details

James was born in Nevendon, Essex in about 1833 and married Mary Ann in 1853 in Woolwich, Kent and they had 12 children that I know of. I have been able to trace several of their families and have the following questions remaining:

  • where is Kezia Mary Ann Such between 1861 and 1891?
  • Ernest George Such married Florence Birch and I have found 3 children born before 1901, Ernest Dudley Such, Ethel Gladys Such & Cyril James Such.  Does anyone have any information about their families or know if they had other children?
  • I think Arthur Thomas Such married Charlotte Drew in 1893 having had a daughter Netta Maud Such in 1891 but I lose trace of the family in 1901and although Netta married Arthur George Dusgate in 1919 it is possible that she had siblings I am unaware of
  • Ethel Maud Such married Harry Baker in 1899 but I'm unaware if they had a family

Is anyone researching the Such or related families or have any relevant information please? Back to top
Samuel Clement Marsh & Maria Ennever  I am trying to trace the families of Samuel & Maria's children.  Show details

Samuel Clement Marsh was born about 1838 in Bermondsey, Surrey and married Maria Ennever in 1868.  I know of six children of the marriage and lose trace of the family after the 1881 census and although there seems to be no trace of the family in the 1891 census I believe the family stayed in the South London area. The children are:

  • Rosa Marsh who I think married Thomas William Britton
  • Edith Elizabeth Marsh who may have married Robert Dyer
  • George Marsh who married Florence Esther Kell
  • Alice Marsh
  • Walter Marsh
  • Harry Marsh who married Clara Griffin

Is anyone researching the Marsh or associated families or have any relevant information please? Back to top
Elizabeth Mary Ennever  I am trying to trace the children of Elizabeth Mary Ennever.  Show details

Elizabeth was born in Old Street, Finsbury, London in 1835 and in 1853 married George Henry Emm who died in 1858, the same year that their son, Joseph John Emm, was born.  Elizabeth then married Edward Henry Allen in 1862 with whom she had 5 children that we know of.  Of her 6 children the following is known:

  • Joseph John Emm (1858-?) is in the St Pancras area in 1871 but nothing is known since
  • Frederick William Allen (1864-?) married Hannah Coward in 1888 and can be found in censuses until 1901 although no children of the marriage have been identified
  • Eliza Ann Allen (1866-?) can only be traced in the 1871 census, aged four
  • William Allen (c1868-?) can only be traced until the 1881 census, aged twelve
  • Walter John Allen (c1872-?) similarly can only be traced until 1881 in Croydon
  • Mary Selina Allen (1875-1948) married George Garlick in 1898 and details of their family is fairly well documented

Is anyone researching the Emm or Allen families or have any information that may be helpful please? Back to top
Boggiss or Boggis family  I am trying to trace the descendants of James Boggiss and Jane Ennever who lived in Mile End, London in the second half of the 19th century.  Show details

James Boggiss married Jane Ennever in February 1852 in St Clement Danes in London having been born in Shenfield, Essex while his father, Robert Boggiss, had apparently been born in Felsham, Suffolk.  James and Jane had 11 children between 1852 and 1872, several of whom died in infancy.  I am currently unable to reliably trace Ann Boggiss b1854 after 1861, Elizabeth Boggiss b1864/5 after 1881, William Boggiss b1866 after 1881, Samuel Boggiss b1868 also after 1881, Joseph Boggiss b1870 after 1891 and Jane Boggiss b1872 also after 1891.

George Lewis Boggis, born 1863, can be found with Emma Matilda nee Hamshere and their two children in 1891 but cannot be traced until 1911, when George appears to turn up alone in a lodging house in the Whitechapel Road, London.  There is no trace of his wife (the 1911 census records him as married) nor his children.

I believe that Robert Burgess Boggiss born in 1856/57 emigrated to Australia in about 1876 with his bride, Jane Brown, so it is possible other members of the family also emigrated.

Is anyone researching the Boggiss or Boggis families or have any information that may be helpful please? Back to top
Robert Long and his family  I am seeking information about the Long family who lived in Bale, Norfolk in the mid-19th century.  Show details

Robert Long had an interesting (well, very unusual) family in that his 4 daughters, Mary Ann Long, Elizabeth Long, Ellen Long and Margaret Long, seem to have had no fewer than 13 or 14 illegitimate children between them.  And this when living in a small country village of less than 300 people (230ish in 1851) where there were probably only about 20-30 main families in the village and just about everybody would have known everybody else. Mary Ann Long married John Page in 1858, Ellen Long married William Southgate in 1866 and I think Margaret Long married William James Powle Smith in 1865 and as far as I know Elizabeth did not marry.  Were any fathers identified when these children married by any chance?

It is an unpalatable conclusion but the number of illegitimate children by all four of Robert Long's daughters does suggest that incest or some form of prostitution will have been involved.  Fortunately, all Robert's children and grandchildren are no longer with us so the truth behind this unusual family will almost certainly never be known for certain.

Is anyone researching the Long families of Bale, Norfolk or have any other information that may be helpful please? Back to top
Smith & Tilson Family  I am seeking any information about the Smith and Tilson and other families who lived in Cotmanhay, Ilkeston, Derbyshire in the mid-19th century.  Show details

Hannah Tilson (1811-?) is my third great grandmother and was living in Cotmanhay, Ilkeston in the mid 19th century.  She married Isaiah Beecroft in 1831 and 2 children can be found in censuses, Joseph Beecroft born 1838/9 and Sarah Ann Beacroft born 3rd December 1840 and it appears that Isaiah may have died before June 1841 because no trace has been found in a later census has been found although neither has his death registration.  I understand from a fellow researcher that no father's name is recorded for either child so it seems likely that Isaiah was not in fact their father.

Hannah can then be found living with William Smith, as his wife, in 1851 onwards and they had a son, Henry, born in Cotmanhay in 1843 but no trace can be found of Henry in censuses until his marriage to Ruth Hutchinson in 1865.  Strange!

Is anyone researching the Tilson/Bamford or Bampton or Baympton/Clower or Clowes/Beecroft or Beacroft or Hutchinson families or have any other information that may be helpful please? Back to top
Ann Crowley (1802/3-?)   I am seeking any information about the ancestors of Ann Crowley, my third great grandmother, who married John Cory in Northamptonshire in 1824.  Show details

Ann Crowley (possibly Ann Crawley or Ann Croley) married John Cory in Milton Malsor, also known as Middleton Malzor, in January 1824.  On Ann's 2nd marriage, to Thomas Bushell in 1839, her father is recorded as a William Croley of Milton.  Her mother is believed to have been Martha but her birth name is unknown, however.

Ann had seven children with John Cory and at least two with Thomas Bushell, who were both registered as Bushill. Emma Cory Bushill was a child of the 2nd marriage and she married an Edwin Wilmott or Edwin Willmott in the Birmingham area in 1857 but I lose all trace of this family after 1861, when they are in High Engen Street with two children, both seemingly also called Edwin..

Is anyone researching the Crowley/Croley/Crawley, Bushell/Bushill or Wilmott/Willmott families or have any other information that may be helpful please? Back to top
Joseph Edward Lensh and Eliza Symes  Joseph Edward Lensh married Eliza Symes in 1873 but no trace can be found of them after 1891.   Show details

Joseph Edward was born as Joseph Edward Lynch but many of the family changed their name to Lensh and it was by this name that he married in 1873. Eliza Symes was the daughter of John Symes, an engineer, and both she and Joseph can be traced in censuses in the St Pancras area of London before their marriage but after that they appear to change their name again, this time to Dench.  Joseph is with Eliza in 1881 in St Pancras with two children while in 1891 he appears with an Ophelia and five children, most of whom appear to have been registered as Dench.  See also the Lynch to Lench to Dench surname change here. The children can be traced as follows:

  1. Joseph Edward Lensh b St Pancras 1874, living in St Pancras in 1881 but no further trace
  2. William Lensh b St Pancras about 1880, registration not found.  Living with his parents and Joseph in 1881 and with Joseph & "Ophelia" in Islington in 1891
  3. Agnes Eleanor Dench b St Pancras 1881 and living with the family in Islington in 1891.  I believe she married in Islington in 1909 indicating that the family remained in the area.
  4. Lilian Dench b St Pancras about 1883, registration not found.  Living with the family in Islington in 1891.  No trace after 1891.
  5. Rosina Dench b St Pancras 1885 and living with the family in Islington in 1891. I believe she married in St Pancras in 1908.
  6. Henry James Dench b Islington 1889 and living with the family in Islington in 1891.  No further trace.

There are other possible family links to a Symes or Simes family (see David Simes below) as well as a family story of a Lily Symes or Simes falling in love with an Aide de Comp in Bermuda and falling pregnant with his child on two occasions while visiting him.

It seems likely that Eliza Symes also had an illegitimate child as there is an Eliza, aged 3, living with her and her father in 1871 but as we haven't located Eliza in later censuses it is not known what happened to Eliza Symes junior, born c1868.

Is anyone researching the Symes or the Lensh, Lynch or Dench families or have any relevant information that may help solve any of these outstanding questions please?   Back to top

Henry Ennever and his families  Henry Ennever married Martha Emmeline Bloomfield, who died in 1884 10 years after the marriage, and Henry then lived with Mary Ann Griffin (nee Franklin) having 1 or 2 children with her.   Show details

Alice Maud Griffin's birth certificate records her father as Thomas Griffin, Mary Ann (nee) Franklin's husband at the time and it was Mary Ann that registered the birth which took place at the General Lying in Hospital, Lambeth, London in 1884.  Although the official records will never support this, the family, however, are certain that Henry Ennever was her father.

In the 1881 census Mary Ann Griffin (nee Franklin) is living with her husband, Thomas, in Bermondsey with their child, Thomas John b1880.  They had married in 1875.  No trace has yet been found of Thomas Griffin and Thomas junior in the 1891 census.

In the 1891 census Henry Ennever is living with Mary Ann together with 6 children, Mary Ann being recorded as his wife.  The children are:
  1. Florence aged 17 (born 1874 to Henry Ennever & Martha Bloomfield)
  2. Eleanor aged 15 (born 1875 to Henry Ennever & Martha Bloomfield)
  3. Lottie or Dottie aged 14 (Charlotte, born 1876/7 to Henry Ennever & Martha Bloomfield but no birth registration has been found)
  4. Alice aged 12 (born 1878/9 to Henry Ennever & Martha Bloomfield)
  5. George aged 10 (born 1880/1 to Henry Ennever & Martha Bloomfield)
  6. Martha aged 6 (believed to be Alice Maud “Griffin”)
This particular Ennever family has a history of confusing family historians and census enumerators alike about their names and relationships.  Henry’s grandparents had criminal records and Henry himself is recorded as Thomas in the 1871 census either deliberately by his parents or as an error by the enumerator (see also 1901 census information below).  Interestingly, Henry Ennever’s father married an Elizabeth Mary Griffin, although no link has yet been established to Thomas.

The 1901 census records Henry Ennever (Thomas has been deleted and Henry instated) and his wife, Mary and the following children:
  1. Francis (female, aged 27, assistant to father)
  2. Mary (aged 27, assistant to father)
  3. George (aged 20, assistant to father)
  4. “M” (female, aged 17, assistant to father
Francis is thought to Florence (see 1891) and Mary is probably Eleanor Emmeline, born 1875 while “M” is believed to be Alice Maud, also known as Martha and another element of the confusion.  Florence was born Florence Harriet Bloomfield in March 1874, two months before Henry and Martha Bloomfield were married but no father’s name or occupation are recorded on her birth certificate.  The very short period between her birth and Henry and Martha’s marriage is a clear indication that Henry was the father but, seemingly to add to the confusion, Florence is recorded as a boarder with the family in 1881!

Alice Maud Griffin’s marriage to Calvin Rumsey in 1904 then further confuses matters by recording her father as a Harry Griffin, a fishmonger (Thomas’s surname and Henry's occupation) while her 2nd marriage to Thomas Justice in 1928 records that her father is Henry Ennever, fishmonger.

The following questions remain:
  • was Henry the natural father of Alice Maud Griffin?
  • what happened to Thomas Griffin and his son, also Thomas, after 1881?
  • what happened to Florence Harriet Ennever/Bloomfield after 1901


Does anyone have any relevant information that may help solve any of these outstanding questions? Back to top
Common or Commons families  Jane Ennever married two Commons brothers having 11 children between 1879 and 1900 but little is known of the children & their families.   Show details

Jane Ennever was the daughter of Charles Ennever and she married James Edward Common in 1884 after the birth of their 3 children.  James died later in 1884 and Jane then illegally married James's eldest brother Simon Robert Common (known as Robert) in 1885 in Mile End, London having a further 8 children with him.  The children of Jane Ennever with the Commons brothers were:

First 3 with James Edward Common and the next 8 with Simon:
  1. Ann Elizabeth (Annie) Commons b1879
  2. Mary Ann (Polly) Common b1881
  3. Sophia Commons b1883
  4. Robert James Commons b1885
  5. Charles Samuel Commons b1888
  6. John Henry Commons b1/5/1890
  7. Louisa Jane Commons b1/5/1890 d1892
  8. Arthur William Commons b1893
  9. Florence Rosina Commons b1895
  10. Joseph Commons b1898
  11. James Maurice Commons b1900
Is anyone researching the Common/Commons family or have any information about Jane Ennever's children and their descendants please?  Back to top
David Andrew Meldrum (1946-)  If anyone knows the whereabouts of David Andrew Meldrum, who was adopted in about 1947, please could you let him know that his family would like to make contact with him.  Show details

Stanley Arthur Meldrum married May Florence Ennever in 1929 and after May's death in 1946 and Stanley's second marriage to Dorothy Harris in 1947 their three sons were placed in care homes or in David's case, adopted at about 6 months of age.  It seems likely that David will now be known under a new name but we don't know what that might be.

David's two brothers, Michael and Roger, who were then aged about 12 and 8 respectively, would like him to know that they would like to make contact with him.   Back to top
Cyril Edwin Rudge also known as Cyril Edwin Beadle (1885-?) and Annie Maria Sherwood (1873-?)   Are there any living descendants of the family?  Show details

Cyril Rudge married Annie Maria Sherwood in the Wandsworth district of London in 1910 and there was an apparently only daughter, Gladys Muriel Rudge, born in 1911.  Information about his family's name change from Beadle to Rudge can be found here.

Is anyone researching this family or have any relevant information about Cyril Edwin Rudge (or Beadle), Annie Maria Sherwood or information about their daughter please?   Back to top
Mrs Russell Robertson (?-?)   Who is Mrs Russell Robertson (possibly Mrs Florence Robertson)?  Show details

Basil Ranaldson Lawson (1878-1951) died in Vancouver, BC, Canada in October 1951 having emigrated from England in about 1905 and in his obituary a Mrs Russell Robertson of Vancouver is mentioned as a cousin of his.  It is possible her christian name is Flo and that she is from the Oldacres side of the family.

Question answered.  Thank you Nadine!  Mrs Robertson can be found here.   Back to top
Emily Bowers (1863/4-?)   Who is Emily's grandmother & what happened to her brother?  Show details

Alfred Weston and Emily Bowers married on the 21st March 1881 in Homerton, Middlesex. At the time both Emily's parents were dead and the marriage certificate records that Emily's grandmother was present. Although she is not named it seems probable that she is the Emily Bowers who witnessed the marriage with Alfred Weston's father as both bride and groom were under age. Interestingly, the bride and groom both gave 21 Crozier Terrace as their residence which the priest has recorded as a false address.

I have been unable to identify the grandmother on the certificate because Emily's paternal grandmother was Susanna Bowers nee Inever but had died about 2 years earlier. Her brother, William Bowers, married a Mary Ann (nee Davis) in 1880 but having been born about 1859 Mary Ann would not have been nearly old enough to have been the elusive grandmother. William and Mary Ann appear to be in Bethnal Green in 1881 but no trace can be found of them after that.


Is anyone researching these families or have any relevant information about William and Mary Ann after 1881 or the elusive Mary A Bowers please?   Back to top
Elizabeth Tadman (1832-1884)   Who is Sarah Tadman and what happened to her?  Show details

Elizabeth Tadman is the eldest child of Thomas Tadman and Ann Parkinson and was born in Bermondsey in 1832.  She has been located reliably in all censuses with the exception of 1861.  In 1871 she was living with John Wicker at 71 Edward Street, Mile End Old Town, whom she never married.  In 1881 she is living with Charles Ennever at 15 Westover Street, also in Mile End, who she married shortly before her death in 1884.  There are children from both relationships and also possibly an earlier one.

There is an unmarried Elizabeth Tadman living with a one-year old daughter, Sarah Tadman, at 6 Brook Street, Stepney in 1861 when she is recorded as deaf and a Fruit Shop Keeper but no trace of Sarah's birth registration has been found nor of a marriage nor any other census records.   It is assumed that this is Elizabeth Tadman but does anyone know for sure or what happened to Sarah?   Back to top
William Joseph Ennever (1803-1885)   What happened to the children from his first marriage?  Show details

William started the family piano manufacturing business which continued until the early 1900s.  He married Jane King in 1824 and they had 7 children that we know of, Jane herself dying in 1838.  William re-married in 1840 and is found in the 1841 census at a Regent's Park address with his new wife, but no children.  Of the 7 children, we know that William Joseph (b 1829/30), Catherine Ann (b 1834) and Jane (b 1834) had survived into the 20th century and while William has been found in all censuses except 1841, Catherine Ann is found at school in the 1851 census but then not until 1891 in St Pancras, Jane is missing from 1841 to 1861 and little is known of the other 4 children. 

It is possible that several of the children may have been in France during some of this time.  Any information related to any of the children or documents or information about the piano manufacturing business would be of great interest.  There is a short history of the pianoforte business here Back to top
William Hill (1845/6-?) and Hannah Stead (1847/8-1881)  Why did they travel to, and return so quickly from, the USA and who are Hannah's parents?  Show details

William was born in Birkenshaw, Yorkshire in 1845 with a strong coal mining background and is recorded as marrying Hannah Stead, who was born in Colton or Carlton, Yorkshire.  Their first child, Frank Joseph, my great grandfather, was born in Illinois, USA in approx 1870.  While it was not uncommon for families to emigrate to the USA this family unusually returned to the UK before 1873 when their second child, Charles Hill, was born.  Their marriage registration has now been found in St Louis, Missouri, but it does not identify Hannah's father and therefore her birth registration has yet to be found.  Hannah died aged just 33 in August 1881 about the same time as her 6th child, Martha Hill, was born.

Does anyone have any clues as to who Hannah's parents were, why William and Hannah returned so quickly from the USA or have any other relevant information please?  Back to top
Joseph Hill (1818/9-?) and Martha Ibbotson (1824/5-?)  Where are they and their families in 1841, just before the marriage?  Show details

Joseph Hill is William Hill's father (see above) and married Martha Ibbotson in Hartshead in 1842 and they both gave Clifton as their residence.  Subsequent censuses record Halton, Yorkshire as Joseph's birthplace and Thornton or Dewsbury as Martha's birthplace.  No trace can be found of either Joseph or Martha, nor of either of their fathers (Francis Hill, a farmer, or Jonathan Ibbotson, a miner) in the 1841 census .

Is anyone else researching these families or have any other relevant information please?  Back to top

Mary Stothart Ennever (1840-1933)  Who was the real father of Mary Stothart's 8 children?  Where is Mary and her family in 1881 and what name were they using?   Show details

I'm certain we have now solved this mystery but would love to hear from anyone with any other information. Follow the remarkable story here.  We are still searching for Mary and her children in the 1881 census as no trace has been found of them either as Ennever or Collins. They appear to have moved out of the house they shared with Henry Collins and his wife because Albert Alfred Ennever was born in Spring Street, Bow in 1879 but they are not this address in the 1881 census.

Does anyone have any idea where they are in 1881 or may be researching related families?  Back to top
Joseph Ennever (1768-1816) and George   Are they one and the same person?  Show details

Parish registers record Joseph and his wife, Mary Anne or Mary, as the parents of Mary Ann Ennever b1794 in Rainham, Sarah b1795 and Elizabeth b1798, both in Hornchurch, and then Catharine and 3 other children all born in Hornchurch between 1805 and 1811.  The registers also record the christenings of 3 other Ennever children between 1800 and 1803, again in Hornchurch, born to a George Ennever and wife Mary.  These include John Ennever, born 1800 and Elizabeth born 1798.

The gap in christenings of Joseph & Mary's children between 1800 and 1803 is unusual because children were born both before and after that date and searches in all the surrounding parishes have failed to identify any other christenings.  The christenings of George and Mary all fit very neatly into the gap and there are no known christenings before or after that date nor can we find any records of George & Mary in the area either before or after these christenings. 

John Ennever's Will appoints Thomas Boyton, who married an Elizabeth Ennever, as an executor.   Elizabeth's christening in 1798 identifies Joseph as her father.

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Ennever family branches  How do these branches link up?   Show details

On our web site the following are the main branches of the Ennever, Enever and Ennevor and related families and while there are at least three of us researching various parts of the families in some detail we haven't yet been able to find links between all of them:
  • Branch 1 The "Essex" Ennevers is a large group of Ennevers originating in Essex and dating back to the mid-16th century, many of whom later moved to London during the Victorian period of industrialisation.  This branch includes John Ennever, who divorced his wife by Act of Parliament in 1753, the pianoforte makers, the founder of the Pelman Institute and Pelmanism, W J Ennever and many of the name change Ennevers we have identified (including Ennever to Hannaway).  This branch also includes most of the American Ennevers.

    The "Somerset" Ennevers & "Essex3" Enevers is a combination of Somerset Ennevers and Essex Enevers, which because of interlinking marriages has 3 "heads". The Somerset branch includes the infamous Joseph Ennever, who was executed for passing forged bank notes, and a successful branch of the family descended from Joseph's brother George, who was transported to Australia, also for passing forged notes.  It includes a branch of the family who changed their names to Eniver early in the 20th century.  These two branches are linked by the marriage of William Thomas Enever to Margaret Penfold.

    The "Essex3" Enevers is a group of Essex/Hertfordshire/Middlesex Enevers who were living in the Stanford Rivers and Waltham Holy Cross areas of Essex/Hertfordshire from the 17th century and later in Loughton, Essex and North London (then Middlesex).   They include branches who later emigrated to the USA and Canada and it includes a marriage between Enevers, hence this branch has two "Essex" Enever "heads". Also included is a branch which emigrated to Queensland, Australia in the late 19th century and a link to Branch 9 is also likely (see below). This branch has a link to Sir Winston Churchill by the marriage of his cousin, Lionel Leslie, to Barbara Enever.

  • It is thought that the Essex and Somerset Ennever branches are descended from the same family line but rather bizarrely they are linked by the marriage of Alfred Richard Britten and Emma Enever. Alfred was the nephew of Samuel Langwith and Mary Ann Britten, while Samuel's brother, Charles, whose spouse was Sarah Jane Parker/Langwith (also known as Henrietta Thomers Jane Parker) who married into the Essex Ennevers.

    The "Essex1" Enevers is a group of Essex Enevers, born in South Weald, and almost certainly descended from the "main" Essex branch.  The second and later generations of this branch moved to various parts of the UK including London, Uxbridge (Middlesex), Buckinghamshire & Nottinghamshire and one branch emigrated to Australia and includes links to the infamous Edward 'Ned' Kelly. I have traced this Essex branch back to the late 18th century but more work remains to be done to discover earlier generations. They are linked to the main "Essex" Ennevers by the marriage of Herbert Burton to Aileen Rainbird in 1925. Herbert is descended from William Enever and Aileen is linked to the "Essex1" Enever branch by the marriage of her great aunt, Ellen Rainbird to Robert Ennever, who emigrated with their family to Australia in 1862.

    The Suffolk Enefers are probably descended from one of the Essex branches of the family but are linked by the marriage in 1943 of Peggy Pamment, who is descended from John Enever of the Essex3 Enevers, to Philip Victor Deeks who is descended from the Suffolk Enefers.

    You can see a diagram of these connections below:

    Key Somerset Ennevers   Key Essex3 Enevers   Key Essex Ennevers   Key Essex1 Enevers   Key Suffolk Enefers  
    JE Jonathan Ennever RI Roger Innivere WE3 William Enever RE1 Robert Enever WE4 William Enefer
    EME Elizabeth Mary Ennever AW Anne Wood MAB Mary Ann Britten RE2 Robert Ennever PMP Peggy M Pamment
    EHA Edward Henry Allen JE1 John Enever SL Samuel Langwith ER Ellen Rainbird PVD Philip Victor Deeks
    MSA Mary Selina Allen LE Lionel Enever EL Edmund Langwith DR Daniel Rainbird
    GG George Garlick JE2 John Enever CL Charles Langwith AR Aileen Rainbird
    JPG Jessie Patricia Garlick WE1 William Enever SJP Sarah Jane Parker FE Fanny Enever
    AP Alfred Penfold AB Agnes Braggens JSL Jane Sarah Langwith HB Herbert Burton
    MS Mary Streatfield JE3 John Enever JHM John Henry Moralee
    JCK1 John Cowley Knott WE2 William Enever CHM Charles Harvey Moralee
    PP Priscilla Penfold WE3 William Enever DFE Dorothy Frances Ennever
    MP Margaret Penfold RB Robert Britten
    JPK James Penfold Knott JH Jane Hebburn
    JCK2 John Cowley Knott TB Thomas Britten
    EER Ellen Elizabeth Roberts
    WTE William Thomas Enever
    EE Emma Enever
    ARB Alfred Richard Britten
    JI John Innever
    FI Francis Innever
    SE Sarah Enever


  • Branch 2 The "East End" Ennevers is from the East End of London and is almost certainly linked to the "Essex" branch and includes the well-documented bigamous marriages, several branches of the family now living in Australia and the family who changed their names from Ennever to Collins to reflect the name of their natural father as well as a family making a late spelling change to Enever.

  • Branch 3 The "Jamaican" Ennevers and Ennevors is a Jamaican Ennever and Ennevor family group some of whom arrived back in the UK in the 1950s while others emigrated to the USA, Canada and Switzerland.  Because of the close links between the port of Bristol and Jamaica it is probable that this family group is descended from one of the two branches of Somerset Ennevers, with Joseph Ennever being a likely candidate. The first generation Jamaicans are all given Christian names used within his family and he disappears from the Bath area.

  • Branch 4 The "New York" Ennevers is an American group descended from a John Ennever who was born in New York in about 1813/4. At the moment his ancestry and date of arrival in the USA are unknown.

  • Branch 5 The "Somerset2" Ennevers is a second group of Somerset Ennevers who are undoubtedly connected to the previous Somerset family.  The earliest known members of the two branches were both born in Walcot, near Bath, in Somerset but so far we have been unable to confirm the connection.

  • Branch 6 The "Essex2" Ennevers is a second group of Essex Ennevers, born in and around Upminster, and almost certainly connected to the "main" Essex branch above.

  • Branch 7 The "Essex2" Enevers is also a group of Essex Enevers and almost certainly connected to the "main" Essex branch above.  They include a branch which emigrated to Australia in the late 19th century and a link to Branch 2 ('Essex 3' Enevers) is possible (see below). More work remains to be done on the detailed ancestry of this branch.

  • Branch 8 The "Essex4" Enevers is another group of Essex/Middlesex Enevers and again almost certainly connected to the "main" Essex branch above.  They were living in Barnet and later North London (then Middlesex) in the early 19th century. They include several families who emigrated to Western Australia in the late 19th century. Again, more work remains to be done on the detailed ancestry of this branch.

  • Branch 9 The "Essex5" Enevers is another branch of Essex Enevers and again almost certainly connected to the "main" Essex branch above.  They descend from Edward Enever born c1796 in Essex, who had 10 children although his parents and place of birth are currently unknown. It is thought that there are living descendants although no living Enevers are known.

There are interesting links between some of these branches in that:

  1. Frederick Ennever and Thomas White were both living at 11B Grove Street, Islington at the time of the 1891 survey.  Frederick is descended from the "Somerset" branch of the Ennevers while Thomas was the son of Eliza Mary Ann Ennever's second marriage, to Charles Henry White, Eliza being descended from the "Essex" Ennevers.  The census suggests that they were living separately, albeit in the same house, although it is hard to imagine that they did not discuss the fact that Thomas's mother had the same surname as Frederick, who was sharing the house.

  2. Two Enever families are living in the same district near Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in the early 1900s. Thomas William Enever and his family and Charles Edward Augustus Enever and his family were all in the district of Bulimba. Although they appear to come from different branches of the Enever family it is possible that they are related as they both emigrated in the mid-1880s and can later be found living a very short distance from each other.

  3. Similarly, two apparently unconnected Enever branches are both living in Wavell Heights in Queensland in the 1960s. Phillip Enever and George John Lettsome Enever are descended from the 'Essex2 Enevers' and the main Ennever branch and their respective families also both emigrated to Australia in the 1880s.

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Charles Green Appleton and family (1794-?)  Where is the family after 1851?   Show details

Charles Green Appleton married Ann Barbara Sutherland in Norwich in 1818 and they had twelve children between 1819 and 1840.  The family can be found in the 1841 census in Barrack Street, Norwich and while the whereabouts of the two eldest sons, James Sutherland and Charles Green, is known there is virtually no trace of any other member of the family after the 1851 census.  Both James and Charles emigrated to Australia in about 1853 and it is possible that others emigrated also, although no records have yet been found.  The exception is John Green Appleton who can be traced in England until 1901, having married Jane Videan in 1864.

nb other interesting stories about the Appletons can be found in the History section!

Is anyone else researching the Appleton family and may have any relevant information?  Back to top
David Simes (?) (1892/3-?)  What is his given name and is there a birth registration?   Show details

Two children are staying with Eliza (Lily) Ennever in 1891 and 1901 and while one is named David in 1901, the 1891 census shows what appears to be a different name and one that I have been unable to decipher.  To add to the mystery, no relevant birth registration has been found either as Simes or Limes.  They may or may not be relevant to the Ennever family but I am keen to discover their background, if possible.  The image below was taken from the 1891 census in Blatchington Road, Hove, Sussex.

1891 census

Can anyone decipher the enumerator's name for Master Simes or know anything about a David Noonan Simes, who married Ellen Slattery, please?   Back to top
Robert John Ennever and family (1803/4-1867)  Where is his family from 1841 onwards?  Show details

Robert was born in Hornchurch in 1803/4 and was first married to Francis Ann Gahagan in 1825.  There were four known children of whom only two can be reliably traced.
  1. Frederick was born in 1827 in the St Marylebone area and no further trace has been found of him.
  2. Frances Ann was born in 1829 and while she can be found from 1850 onwards there is no trace of her before then.
  3. Mary Ann was born in 1831 also in the St Marylebone area.  She has now been located in Australia, where she died in 1893.
  4. Maria Ennever was born in 1832 and can be found marrying Oriani Grandi or Grandy in 1862 but no other trace in any census has been found of her or her husband or daughter, Maria, who is thought to be an only child. It seems possible they may have been using another name.  Maria Grandi (nee Ennever) died in 1885 but again the death of her husband, Oriano, cannot be found. 
After Frances Ann's death in 1838 Robert married Emma Fish, the widow of a Thomas French.  As far as we know there are no children from Robert's marriage to Emma but Thomas French and Emma had a son called Thomas who can be found with his grandfather, John Fish, in 1841. Neither Robert nor Emma, have been located, however.

Robert emigrated to Australia and died there in 1867 but it is not clear whether Emma or any his children travelled with him.

Does anyone have any other information about this family or are researching the Grandi family please?   Back to top
James Grady and his family (1813/4-?)  Where is this family after 1861 and what names are on the children's birth registrations?  And is there another name change associated with this family?  Show details

James Grady was born in Ireland in about 1813/14 and can be found in the England 1851 and 1861 censuses, with his wife Hannah or Anna and their seven children.  Thomas Grady, the eldest child, was born in about 1836/7 in Lambeth while the other six were born in Wapping, according to census returns.  Strangely, no birth registrations can be found for this area of London for any of the children (James, William, John, Hannah, Michael or Mary Ann). The family cannot be found in the 1841 census either!

James Grady, the second child, also married a Hannah or Honora, nee Driscoll, in St George in the East in 1862 having lived next door to her in Wapping.  Their fourth child was Ellen, born in 1870, but Hannah's maiden name was given as Anderson, not Driscoll, on her birth certificate while she was recorded as Driscoll on their second child, Joseph Grady's, birth certificate.  This may simply be an error by the registrar but as Ellen later married John William Ennever, who initiated their family's name change to Hannaway, it may just be possible there is another name change confusing matters.

None of the Grady family, James nor Hannah nor the children, can be found in the 1891 or 1901 censuses with the exception of Ellen who is with her husband in 1901.

Does anyone have any other information about this family that may help to clear up these questions?  Back to top
Henrietta Naomi Jane Parker (1869/70-?)  What is her correct name and where is she before her marriage to John Henry Moralee? Show details

Henrietta married John Henry Moralee in 1889 in Boston, Lincolnshire and gave the name Henrietta Thomers Jane Parker although she is always known as Jane in censuses and is recorded as Henrietta Naomi Jane Parker on Charles Henry Moralee's birth certificate in 1910.  Her birthplace is recorded as South Hornsey, London/Middlesex but her birth registration has not yet been located nor can she be found in the 1871 or 1881 censuses.

Does anyone have any other information about this family that may help to clear up these questions?  Back to top
Thomas Parducci and family (1816/17-?)  Where is the family after 1861? Show details

Thomas Parducci and an Elizabeth Ann Pommeroy (to be confirmed as her maiden name) had about 8 children between 1843 and 1861 of whom only one can be reliably traced after 1861.  This is their son, also a Thomas Parducci (1847-1892), who married Mary Illingworth shortly before his death in 1892, having had 7 children together.  No trace can be found of his parents or any of the other children in the 1871, 1881 or 1891 censuses.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of any members of this Parducci family after 1861?   Back to top
George Bloomfield (1815/6-?)  Where is George and his father, also George Bloomfield, in 1841? Show details

George Bloomfield's daughter Martha Emeline Bloomfield who was born in 1852 married Henry Ennever in 1874.  George married Elizabeth Burch at Bramford, Suffolk in 1842 and both parties are recorded as living in Bramford.  Elizabeth's family can be found in the 1841 census but there is no trace of either George Bloomfield.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of any members of this Bloomfield family in 1841?   Back to top
Priscilla Ann Sturgeon (1830/1-?)  Where is Priscilla and her family in 1841 and who were her husband's parents?  Show details

Priscilla Ann was the daughter of John Sturgeon and Priscilla Ann  (maiden name unknown although could be Rudkin) and was born about 1830 probably in Brentwood, Essex.  She had at least 2 siblings, John Rudkin Sturgeon and Harriet and all three were christened in Brentwood.  She married George Collins in St Bartholomew's Church, Bethnal Green in 1848 but no trace of the family can be found in 1841.  There is a George Collins in North Street, Bethnal Green in the 1841 census, aged 11, although no parents or siblings appear to be nearby.

Does anyone know more about this Sturgeon family or their whereabouts in 1841 or George Collins and his family?   Back to top
Amelia Currie (1846/7-1900)  Where is Amelia in 1851?  Show details

Amelia Currie is Eleanor Emmeline Ennever's mother-in-law having married Frederick Butt in 1870. Her marriage certificate identifies her father as a Matthew Currie, a Carman, but no trace can be found of Matthew or Amelia in censuses in 1851 nor Matthew in 1841.  Amelia can first be found as a 13 year-old servant in the house of George Fall at 6 Stanford Road, Fulham in 1861.  She consistently records her birthplace as Camden Town but no birth registration has yet been found.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Matthew or Amelia in 1851 or the details of either Matthew's or Amelia's birth registration?   Back to top
Charles Ennever and family (1828-1908)  Where are Charles's children after about 1881?  Show details

I think most of Charles's complicated life and the mysteries surrounding it have now been solved with the help of Jane Mills & Molly Craven. 

Charles Ennever's first spouse was Amelia Frances Herring with whom he had 3 children, two of them dying in infancy. The third child, Elizabeth, can be traced until 1871 after which no further trace is found.  No marriage has been found for Charles and Amelia, either.

Charles's second spouse was Elizabeth Jane Seyler, again with no marriage having been found, with whom he had 3 children between 1858 and 1863.  Elizabeth Jane Seyler had previously been married to James Martin Clark, with whom she had at least two children, Henry and James. 

Elizabeth died in 1863 shortly after giving birth to Amelia Annie Ennever and Charles then lived with Elizabeth Tadman until her death in 1884 and they had a son, Charles (Wag) Ennever/Tadman who later changed his name to Tadman and went on to found the long-established funeral directors of A&C Tadman.  After Elizabeth Tadman's death Charles married Mary Ann Parker in 1889 and they adopted a Charles Price as their son.

Charles Ennever therefore had had four spouses, marrying two of them, fathering 7 children, 4 of whom died young and one of which we can find no trace of after 1871. Charles outlived all his spouses dying in 1917 aged about 81.  One of his children, Jane Ennever, also married the brother of her deceased husband, a marriage which was illegal at the time. His third spouse, Elizabeth Tadman had another two spouses and both Elizabeth Seyler and Mary Ann Parker a further one each, all of these earlier marriages also producing children!

Does anyone know the later whereabouts of Elizabeth Ennever born 1854 or Charles Price, born 1877/78 or have any other information please?  Back to top
Sarah Jane Watson (1845-1915?)  Where is Sarah Jane in 1851 and 1861 and her mother, Mary Watson, from 1841?  Show details

Sarah Jane watson was born to Mary Watson in the Wisbeach (or Wisbech) Union Workhouse in 1845.  No father's name nor occupation was listed on her birth certificate.  No trace of Sarah Jane or her mother, Mary Watson, can be found in any census from 1841 to 1861.

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Sarah Jane or Mary in 1841-1861?  Back to top
Philip Timms (or Tymbs) (born c1800)  Where is Philip in 1851? Show details

Philip is recorded as marrying Sarah Bazley in 1840 and the family can be found in Greatworth, Northamptonshire in 1841, when Philip was a stone mason.  In 1851 Sarah is recorded as having her "husband in prison" and in 1861 appears to be widowed.  This family is almost certainly connected to Flora Thompson (nee Timms), the authoress.

Does anyone have any further information about this family, Philip's parents or his whereabouts in 1851?   Back to top
Henry Elsom (1857/8-?)  Who is Henry's father? Show details

Henry Elsom's marriage to Lydia Maria Patten in 1886 records his father as Henry Elsom (deceased), a waiter, but no such family can be found in earlier census records.  After his marriage, he can be located reliably and his birthplace is recorded as Bethnal Green or Hackney.  It seems likely that Henry born c1857/8 is to be found in Norfolk Terrace, West Ham in 1861 with father, James and mother Matilda Anne George.  The birthplace is recorded as Bethnal Green and his father is a Railway Guard, Henry's occupation from the time of his marriage onwards.

Is anyone else researching the Elsom and Patten families and have any information about Henry and his father's identity?   Back to top
Frank Pook (1847-?)  Where are Frank Pook and his brother-in-law, Thomas King Clothier, after their marriages in 1876? Show details

Thomas King Clothier and his sister Ruth Clothier married Jane Pook and Frank Pook respectively, also siblings, but we lose track of both Thomas and Frank after their marriages which took place in early 1876.  A family tree lodged at Somerset House indicates that Thomas Clothier emigrated to the USA in May 1876 but it is unclear whether his wife travelled with him as she is back with her parents in Culmstock, Devon by 1881.  It is also just possible that Thomas had returned to the UK as there is no record of him in the US 1880 census.

In 1884 Ruth applied for their son, Harry Pook, to go to The Princess Alice Orphanage in Sutton Coldfield stating that she was a widow with two children and unable to support them and saying that her husband had died 11th March 1879 of broken blood vessels, but no death certificate can be found.  Is it possible that Frank had emigrated after the birth of his children and did Jane travel with her husband to the USA?

If you are researching the Clothier or Pook families or may have any relevant information I would be delighted to hear from you.   Back to top
Edward Henry Allen (1836/7-?) and his family   Where is the family after 1881?   Show details

Edward Henry Allen, son of William Allen, married Elizabeth Mary Ennever in 1862.  They can be found with 5 children until 1881 when Edward is living in Ely Road, Croydon with 4 of the children while Elizabeth appears to be in service a short distance away in Beulah Road.  In 1891 Edward is in the Croydon Union Workhouse Infirmary and is recorded as married but there is no trace of Elizabeth or several of the children. Of the five children, Frederick William Allen married Hannah Coward in 1888, Eliza Ann Allen married Frederick Gibbs and Mary Selina Allen married George Garlick and these families can be traced until 1901.  There is no further trace of William Allen or Walter John Allen after 1881.

Is anyone else researching the Allen family or have any information please?  Back to top


If you are researching any of these Ennever or related families and may have some relevant information I would be delighted to hear from you.  You can contact me by clicking on the author link below. Thank you.

Author:  Barry Ennever

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