Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Taphophile Tragics - Ellen and Henry Knight
Monument to Ellen and Henry Knight, Bray Parish Cemetery, Holyport, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England.
"In Loving Memory of Ellen the beloved wife of Henry Knight who passed away Jan 14th 1922 aged 77 years - At Rest - Also of Henry Knight who passed away Feb 1st 1928 aged 84 years."
Ellen Knight was born Ellen Davis in Wokingham, Berkshire in 1845 to Henry Davis, a shoe maker and his wife Ellen.
Henry Knight was born in 1844, however his place of birth changes on every record I have found of him and Ellen and I have been unable to locate Henry pre 1871.
Ellen first appears on the 1851 Census aged seven years, living in Braywick, Bray, Berkshire with her parents and siblings, George, Mary Ann, Henry, James, and Emma.
I am having difficulty locating Ellen on the 1861 when she would have been around seventeen years of age, so it is possible that she was in service and her details were recorded incorrectly.
In 1867 Ellen marries Henry Knight, a gardener, in Windsor, Berkshire.
1869 sees the birth of their first child, a daughter, Emma. Closely followed by a son, Henry in 1870.
1871 Census and the small family is living at Ray Park Cottages in Maidenhead Berkshire.
1872 saw the birth of a second daughter, Ellen and 1878 a third daughter Edith. A month before the 1881 Census was taken, Ellen gave birth to her fourth daughter, Clara. The Census records the family as living at 8 North Cottages in North Town, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Ellen's occupation is now listed as a laundress, possibly taking in washing to help support her growing family.
1884 sees the birth of a fifth daughter, Alice, followed by a second son, Edwin in 1888 and a third son, Joseph in 1889.
In 1891 the family has moved to Builders Villa in Bray, Berkshire. Henry Snr's occupation is now listed as a market gardener. The elder daughters Emma and Ellen are listed as assisting their mother in her laundress business, where as Henry Jr is working as a gardener with his father.
Five years later, in 1896, Emma left the family to marry William Swain Norsworthy, a painter and decorator from Maidenhead.
1901 the family has moved to The Briars in Bray, Berkshire. Living next door at 5 Builders Cottages is Henry Jr, now a green grocer, and his sister elder Ellen.
Five years later, in 1906, Clara married Henry Arthur Collins, a dairyman from Fifeld, Berkshire.
In 1908 Henry Jr married his wife Emma, unfortunately I haven't been able to locate a marriage index for Henry and Emma.
1911 and Ellen and Henry have moved to Spencer's Farm in Fifield Berkshire. Living with them are their youngest daughter and son, Alice and Joseph. Joseph is now working as a domestic chauffer.
Edith is now a dress maker is lodging at the house of George Lovegrove at 4 Woodlands Villas, Datchet, Windsor, Berkshire. Edwin is a domestic gardener for a large house in Hawthorn Hill, Maidenhead, Berkshire.
I have been unable to locate Ellen Jr post 1901.
Sadly in 1922 Ellen passed away. Henry followed Ellen to the grave in 1928.