Hannah Cowley is my great-great grandmother. I have written about her before but this will be a round-up of what I know about her.
Hannah Cowley, daughter of Thomas Cowley was born about 1826 in Donnington, Gloucestershire. No mother is listed in the 1841 census. Hannah had a brother, Thomas, seven years younger than her.
Hannah married Charles Pugh 13 May 1850 at the King Sutton's Northampton Parish Church. In the 1851 census she is listed as Hannah Pugh, married woman and daughter in the home of Thomas Cowley in Donnington, Gloucestershire. She has a baby Mary Ann, 6 months, born in Donnington. Ten years later, she and her two children are living in the Maugersbury Workhouse: Mary 11 born at Donnington and Emily 10 months born at Maugersbury Workhouse. Hannah is listed as a pauper.
Hannah married William Clifford 7 October 1865 in the Baptist Chapel of Stow on the Wold. Their witnesses were Richard James, deputy Register and Sarah James. Both Hannah and William are listed as living in Lower Swell when they got married. Hannah was 39 years old.
no. 192 Seventh day of October 1865 William Clifford age 40 years, widower, labourer residence Lower Swell, father Daniel Clifford, Mason to Hannah Pugh, age 39 years, widow, residence Lower Swell, father Thomas Cowley, labourerIn 1871, Hannah is married to William Clifford with Emily, listed as aged 11 as Emily Clifford, and another child, Sarah, aged 6, and born in Stow on the Wold.) Purchase of a birth registration may answer the question whether William and Hannah had a child before their marriage.
Both made their mark; their witnesses were Richard James, Deputy Registrar and Sarah James, both made their mark.
How did Hannah and William meet? They would most likely have met while Hannah and Mary Ann were living with Hannah's father, as they lived in the same area. The question still remains how did they get together to marry? William's first wife had died. Charles Pugh is also deceased.
In 1881 and 1891, Hannah and William are living in Broadwell. William died about 1895. After his death, at some point moved to Stow on the Wold and lived with her daughter, Sarah, and her family
Hannah died 7 March 1903 in Stow on the Wold.
General Register Office Pugh-Cowley Marriage Registration
General Register Office Pugh - Clifford English Marriage Registration
1861 Census of England, Gloucestershire, Maugersbury, Stow-on-the-Wold, Maugersbury Workhouse, entry for Hannah Pugh, Mary Ann and Emily Pugh,
1871 Census of England, Gloucestershire, Donnington, William Clifford household, RG10; Piece: 2655; Folio: 97; Page: 21; GSU roll: 835329.
1881 Census of England, Gloucestershire, Broadwell, William Clifford household, RG11; Piece: 2563; Folio: 84; Page: 18; GSU roll: 1341618.
1891 Census of England, Gloucestershire, Broadwell RG12; Piece: 2038; Folio: 71; Page: 12; GSU Roll: 6097148.
1901 Census of England, Gloucestershire, Stow on the Wold, George Taylor household, RG13; Piece: 2454; Folio: 29; Page: 50
General Register Office Stow on the Wold Death registration for Hannah Clifford registered 7 March 1903
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