Mixed Marriages

Registered at birth as Hester Frances, Esther SHERGOLD is the grandmother of Vena Beatrice SMALL, wife of Corporal Robert HARRISON (Saturday’s post). The area around Wilton in Wiltshire was a hotbed of Shergolds in the 19th century.

In 1861 Hester is seven years old and described in the census as “daughter of Housekeeper”. Her widowed mother, Ann, has two other children with her in the household of John TRIGLE, an agricultural labourer and a widower.

The GRO Births Index entry for Tom Shergold (1846) gives his mother’s maiden surname as THORN; for younger sister Sarah Ann (1851) it is THORNE. Hester’s mother is not named in the GRO Index. This is usually an indication that the child is illegitimate.

The search for Ann’s dead husband brought these two marriages –

John Trigle had three motherless children in the house kept by Ann Shergold in 1861 and the Births Index affirms that his wife’s maiden name was Everett.

The first sight I had of Emanuel Shergold was on the FamilySearch Tree.

This Emanuel died in 1859, Charlotte fifteen years later. “Just Jane” in the screenshot is Charlotte’s daughter by an unknown father, born before marriage to Emanuel and, I suspect, unwisely married off to stepbrother James because she is described in the 1851 census (HO107 Piece 1848 f.115 p.15) as Emanuel’s “daughter in law”.

The Emanuel who married Ann in 1846 died towards the end of the following year, when his son Tom was about a year old.

And yes, dear reader, John Trigle married his housekeeper in 1864. In 1881 they are enumerated in Church Street, Stapleford. John, 58, works the fields and Ann takes in laundry. The 1891 census indicates that Ann has ceased work but John labours on at the given age of only 66.

Ann’s youngest child made her way to London and in 1880 (as Esther) married Gilbert SMALL, a policeman, in Camberwell. They had eleven children. Second daughter Lydia Vina (or Vena) did not offer her maiden name when registering the birth of Viena Beatrice Small in the first quarter of 1905, or give the father’s name when the child was baptised (as Vena Beatrick in transcription) at Charlton Near Dover, Kent (19 January).

“Beatrice V Small” married Robert Harrison in Scarborough in 1931 and in 1950, three years after Robert’s death, “Vena B” married Cyril HARDWICK in Filey St Oswald’s. This stone marks her grave in the churchyard…

In loving memory of VENA BEATRICE, dearly loved wife of CYRIL HARDWICK

and a dear mother, fell asleep 16th March 1976 aged 71.

‘Gone from our home

but not from our hearts’

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A Passage to America

Mistaken Mary Ann Hemington (Thursday’s post) had a younger brother, John Thomas. He was two years younger but made an honest woman of Caroline JACKSON two years before Mary Ann married.

John worked as a Printer and he impressed 12 copies of his genetic code upon Caroline between 1861 and 1883. The first child, Caroline Amelia, didn’t complete her first year. The second, Caroline Alice, married in 1880 but an initial search failed to find a record of her death, or that of her husband, James Glascott EVERETT.

The next three children also reached adulthood and married – John Thomas jnr., Alice Elizabeth and Rosina – and all died in their south London heartland. (It is the descendants of Rosina and Sidney Gauntlett STEPHENS who  make the connection to the Filey/Skipsea COLLEY families.)

John Thomas senior, the printer, died on Christmas Day 1891, aged 50. (The death registration gives “49”.)

In 1921 the death of a Caroline Ann Hemington is registered in Hackney. She was eighty-years-old.  Caroline Jackson was Hackney-born – but in the second half of 1843. I wasn’t sure if this old lady was John the Printer’s widow.

I opened the blue hints for Caroline Jackson on the Shared Tree, and two of the three were death/burial records for her second-born daughter, “Caroline EVERET” in Chicago, Illinois – “Ethnicity American”. (The very specific birthdate is four years wide of the mark.)

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I turned to Find My Past and after entering a few of John and Caroline’s children was rewarded with a hint to examine another contributor’s Tree. This indicated that James Everet and Caroline Alice Hemington emigrated to the United States about 1888. On 19 June 1893, Caroline’s younger brothers, Edward (then 16) and Sidney James (11) crossed the Atlantic. Edward became an American citizen on 23 October 1900, and at that year’s census, Sidney and the Everets (with seven children) were listed at different addresses in Ada Street, Englewood.

If the octogenarian Caroline Ann is “our” Caroline, she probably received the sad news of her grandson Ernest Edward Everet’s death in May 1920, aged 27. He is buried in Chicago Mount Hope Cemetery, his mother nearby perhaps.

Caroline Alice (Ellis) has three FamilySearch PIDs. One gives her a husband and one child – Alice Hannah, born in Canada. You will find her with her birth family here. I must arrange some marriages.