The Ada Puzzle #2

Keen to put Frederick Herbert Horrabin’s gravestone on the Shared Tree, I created a second Ada WHEATLEY today. After marrying the couple and giving them six children, I noticed that the ensuing Blue Hints included a page image of the Crookes Parish Church marriage register.

This was all the evidence I needed to separate the other Ada Wheatley from George Henry. (He is “Meatley” in the FamilySearch transcription, understandably, but look at Ada’s signature.)

I have not yet found the parents of the Ada who married Henry APPLEYARD, but looking more closely at census returns for both Wheatley families shows that they lived in Sheffield within two miles of each other – and the Horrabins.

My fingers are crossed that the Findmypast contributor I messaged will have a solution to the puzzle, but you can see the Horrabin stone as a Memory here.

Path 145 · Long Lane

The Ada Puzzle #1

I made the case on Monday that the Ada who married Henry APPLEYARD was not the daughter of George Henry WHEATLEY and Hannah COLLIS. In the three censuses 1891 to 1911 her calculated birth year is 1866 or 1867 and her birthplace is given as Sheffield. A search for Ada Wheatley in Free BMD, widening the date range  a little to between 1864 and 1868, gives the following return –

There is only one Ada Wheatley born in Sheffield. She is with her parents, George and Hannah, in Nether Hallam, Ecclesall Bierlow, on the census nights of 1871, 1881 and 1891. (Ecclesall Bierlow Registration District was abolished in 1935, becoming part of Sheffield and Chesterfield.) In the September Quarter of 1891 she married Frederick Herbert Horrabin. So, which of the other girls in the above list married Henry Appleyard? Perhaps none of them did. Several hours of searching databases hasn’t made any appear to be a likely candidate. Taking the date, geographical proximity to Sheffield and the absence of a middle name into account, only the Nottingham born daughter of shoemaker Thomas John seems worthy of further investigation. Aged four in 1871, she is with her parents and younger brother Arthur in Stafford. Ten years later an Ada of the right sort of age is an inmate in the Nottingham Workhouse. Alas, her birthplace is given as Sunderland (in County Durham) and is therefore not on the Free BMD list above.

I have made a table showing what I know about the two Misses Ada Wheatley so far, indicating sources and FamilySearch IDs.

 I have messaged someone with a Find My Past connection to Puzzling Ada. Between us we may be able to solve the mystery.

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Hint, Hint

In What Happened to Ada? (15 July), I said that in 1881 she was living with her parents in  Daniel Hill, Sheffield, aged 13. Over the next ten years, her brothers Joe, Clifford, and Lawrence left home, leaving just Ada, 23, and Clara, 21, to be enumerated with their parents, George Henry and Hannah nee COLLIS, in April 1891. Five months later, Ada married Frederick Herbert HORRABIN.

But wait…

This Ada has just one source attached to her details page, the 1887 christening record for her firstborn, Ernest.

Blue Hints on FamilySearch are only as helpful as their triggers allow. There are three for Ada – the census returns for 1871, 1881 and 1891 and, as you would expect, all place her with parents George Henry and Hannah Collis.

Henry Appleyard has hints for the same censuses but, as you can see above, he married in 1885. He is with his parents, Joseph and Ann, in 1871 and 1881 and with Ada in 1891.

Annie is their second child. On this census night, Ernest is with his paternal grandparents in Nottingham Street, Brightside (RG12 3831/117 Page 13).

Here is the Ada who married Frederick Herbert Horrabin in 1891 –

Taking the hints confirms that we are dealing with two women called Ada Wheatley, seemingly born in Sheffield in the same year. But only one, the daughter of George and Hannah, appears in the GRO Births Index.

WHEATLEY, Ada, Mother’s Maiden Surname: COLLIS. GRO Reference: 1867 D Quarter in ECCLESALL BIERLOW Volume 09C Page 286.

The search for the other Ada’s birth family continues.

Abstract 76 · Grasses

From the new path along Short Hedge