Mary KITCHING was born out of wedlock.
This is the only source I have found that names her mother as Charlotte. She usually goes by Esther.
In 1841, mother and child are together in the household of Esther’s parents, John and Martha née HINDSON. The first Victorian census was cavalier with ages and didn’t give relationships or birthplaces. Jumping to conclusions is unwise. Mary is at the bottom of the household list with her “twin brother” Samuel.
Samuel’s birth was registered in the third quarter of the year.
The FamilySearch Tree represents the household thus:-
In Martha’s past, there are six other children. At her death on 18 February 1857, aged 59, the Malton Messenger said –
She was followed to the grave by 12 of her own children (9 sons and 3 daughters) 9 of whom were married, besides a large number of friends by whom she was much respected.
In “fourth daughter” Mary’s future, two husbands and the births of twelve children await.
She married Joseph SNOWDEN in 1857, three months after Martha’s death, and named her father in the marriage register.
“Blackburn” is a strange occupation. You are right if you guess it to be a clerical error for “blacksmith”.
When registering the births of her first six children, Mary gave her maiden surname as Kitching. For the seventh –
And for her second child with Christopher POSTILL –
Mary was 65-years-old when Christopher junior died at twenty-one. He left a son, another Christopher, who was caught in the 1939 Register’s net, thirty-five, unmarried and living in Scarborough with his Aunt Marion, her husband William DEVONSHIRE and their son Leslie. Christopher’s occupation is given as “Café & Speed Boat Proprietor”. That sounds rather racy – something to do with his genetic inheritance, perhaps.
But no, Francis GREENLEY made an honest woman of Esther a couple of years after Mary’s birth. Their first child stayed with the grandparents – and the couple went on to provide Mary with nine full brothers and sisters. Find them on the Shared Tree.
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