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Wednesday, 4 February 2015


Following my previous post about Percival and Edith, I thought I'd have a quick root around to see what I could find out about her.

From the marriage certificate I knew her father was John William Waby who worked as a gardener.  I started searching the 1901 census to start with and found them in Scothern in Lincolnshire.


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Edith was aged 7 and was living with her parents and siblings; all were born in Scothern except her mother who was from Grantham.  John was a garden labourer which matches with the marriage certificate.  There were eight children altogether in the household, the oldest of which was William W Shepherd aged 15.  He was noted as a son but had a different surname, so it's possible that Elizabeth had been married before and that William was from her first marriage.

By the 1911 census, Edith had left Scothern and was working as a housemaid in the home of George Bromet, a solicitor, in Tadcaster, West Yorkshire.  There was another Waby, Ellen, also working in this household as a parlour maid, she may have been an older sister or other relative.

I wonder how Edith got from Scothern to Nottingham via Tadcaster? Interesting though it is I don't think I will be following this branch of my tree any further because she isn't closely related and a quick search of FreeBMD again (using Richardson & Waby as surnames) suggests that they didn't have children.

But I may change my mind!


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Scothern village sign (Graham Hogg) / CC BY-SA 2.0

2 comments:

Tony Proctor said...

Nice post Caroline. I much prefer narrative to simple family trees. I think the William W. Shepherd was a son born before Elizabeth's marriage to John. Elizabeth's maiden name was Shepherd -- assuming their marriage was the one registered in Lincoln in 1885/Q2/7a/1029 -- and so he must have been illegitimate.

Caroline Cox said...

Thank you for your comment Tony and for the marriage reference. Nice to see they stayed together as a family and didn't 'hide' William.