Saturday, November 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #45 Hannah Dunn


This is my forty-fifth posting for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge

The focus this week is Hannah Dunn, the wife of Charles James. Hannah according to the census records, was born in Beoley, Worcestershire, England. There is a Hannah Dunn baptized in Beoley 12 May 1797. She was the daughter of Sarah Dunn. On 11 September 1815, Hannah married Charles in Exhall, Warwickshire. These two communities are about 30 miles apart.

Charles and Hannah had a large family. Using a combination of census and parish records, I have pieced together the following.

These are the known children.
In the 1841 census they are shown with seven children. William is listed as 25, so he could have been between 25 to 29 years of age. Next was John who was 20 so he could have been between 20 and 24 but the christening took place 13 April 1817. Eliza was 14 [born about 1827]; Sarah was 12 [born about 1829], Ann was 10 [born about 1831], Elizabeth was 6 [born about 1835] and Lucy James 5 [born about 1836]. 

Three not included in the 1841 census but appear in the Familysearch index were:
George baptized 1 March 1819
Hannah baptized 22 April 1821
Charles baptized 2 February 1823

There is a Ruth James baptized with parents listed as George and Hannah James 26 November 1844 also in Exhall, Warwickshire. Is it realistic to think that Hannah had a baby at the age of 47? 

In 1851, when Charles and his wife Elizabeth had another baby, Hannah was there when the enumerator visited. Ten years later, in the household of George, 66 and Hannah, 65, are their daughter, Sarah Davis, a widow and aged 30 and grandson Frederick Davis aged 10 and their daughter Lucy, aged 20. 

George died in 1865. In 1871, Hannah was living alone in a cottage in Exhall and she was receiving parish relief. 

Hannah was buried from the Parish Church on 18 June 1876. 



"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JWX9-MQ1 : accessed 22 Nov 2014), Hannah Dunn, 12 May 1797; citing BEOLEY,WORCESTER,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 846203, 846204.

George James - Hannah Dunn marriage registration  digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancesetry.ca : accessed 7 November 2014);citing Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1098; Document Reference: DR 200.

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NY5C-1YC : accessed 22 Nov 2014), John James, 13 Apr 1817; citing EXHALL AND WIXFORD,WARWICK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 549947, 555435.

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NG1Z-M84 : accessed 22 Nov 2014), George James, 01 Mar 1819; citing EXHALL AND WIXFORD,WARWICK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 549947, 555435.

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NG1C-RXG : accessed 22 Nov 2014), Hannah James, 22 Apr 1821; citing EXHALL AND WIXFORD,WARWICK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 549947, 555435.

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JMFV-K4M : accessed 22 Nov 2014), Charles James, 02 Feb 1823; citing EXHALL AND WIXFORD,WARWICK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 549947, 555435 (image available on Ancestry.ca)

"England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NG1Z-MDC : accessed 22 Nov 2014), Ruth James, 26 Nov 1844; citing EXHALL AND WIXFORD,WARWICK,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 549947, 555435.

1871 Census of England, Class: RG10; Piece: 3213; Folio: 52; Page: 12; GSU roll: 839262. viewed on Ancestry.ca : accessed 22 November 2014

Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl 09000 43; Document Reference: 709/1. viewed on Ancestry.ca 22 November 2014

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