THE VENABLES

MY WELSH ANCESTORS

by JIM PEDERSEN

 

                              

INTRODUCTION                                         

My great x 3 grandfather George Venables was born on 17th November 1814. George was baptised in Gresford. Denbigh the illegitimate son of John Salisbury a 18 year old servant , his mother Jane Venables also a servant was from Alford,Cheshire. The job description, servant, usually meant that they were farm workers.

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DENBIGHSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

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004 george's baptism

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In 1838 George Venables and Sarah Maddocks were married in Hope,Flint,Wales at the parish church pictured below.

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hope parish church

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On his marriage certificate George records John Salisbury as his father.

georges marriage

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My great great grandmother Sarah Venables was born in Higher Kinnerton, Flint,North Wales, in 1839.

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By 1841 the family had moved to Blacon Cheshire,where George got a job as a farm labourer.

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004 blacon census

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In 1842 Sarah's sister Jane was born in Blacon.

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Disaster struck the young family in 1845 when the mother Sarah died of fever aged just 26yrs. George was left on his own to raise two young girls Sarah aged 6 and Jane 4.

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In 1848 George remarried to Elizabeth Scott in St Peters Church. Church Street. Liverpool. They record their address as Burlington Street,Liverpool but George fails to register the name of his father on that marriage certificate.

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George and Elizabeth recorded the same pre-marital address, Burlington Street.Liverpool. It was common practise in that period for a couple to record that they live in the same parish. If the couple lived in different parishes the banns had to be read out in both churches,this meant that the couple had to pay a fee to each parish, registering in the same address avoided this addition fee.   

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In the 1851 census the family are living in Tranmere. The youngest daughter Jane now aged 9yrs,is living with her parents. But Sarah aged 11yrs is missing.

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Sarah appears in the 1851 census,working as a live in servant in Toxteth Park,Liverpool. What is interesting about this situation is that the wife of the house Jane Walker nee Scott is the sister of Sarah's new stepmother.

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1851 toxteth park census

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In 1857 Sarah and her sister Jane were baptised together in St Maryís Church of England in Birkenhead. We can only speculate as to why these two teenage girls were baptised so many years after their birth. It suggests that like a lot of Welsh people the Church of England was not their first choice. It would also suggest that George's new wife may have been a major influence.

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sisters baptism

 

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Fourteen months after Sarah was baptised on 17 May 1857 she gave birth to her first child,Sarah Ann, on 4 August 1858. I have been unable to trace any record of a marriage between Sarah and the father William Henry Bramall .

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The following year 1859, Sarah's sister Jane is married to a Thomas Salisbury in Liverpool. Is this an odd coincidence that her husband has the same surname name as her biological grandfather? I can offer no evidence to prove there was a link but it does make you wonder how they met, with Jane living on the Wirral and Thomas in Walton,Liverpool. Had her father retained contact with his biological father's family ?

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janes marriage

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In 1860 Sarah then aged 21 has a second daughter Emmeline,my great grandmother,who was born in Tynewald Street,Toxteth Park. This street which no longer exists ran off Park Road.

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Within a year the Bramall family had moved to Radcliffe St,Everton as shown here in the 1861 census.

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In 1861 Sarah had a third daughter Florence Jane Salisbury Bramall who was born in 24 Mason Street. Interestingly Sarah created yet another link with the Salisbury family by giving the full married name of her sister as part of this childs Christian names.

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florence birth

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Following the birth of Florence the family moved from Liverpool to Kensington London where Willian Henry had found work. On the 2nd December 1863 William Henry died in Kensington Consumption Hospital.

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william henry death

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Thirteen days later on the 15th December 1863 a fourth child was born, a boy also named William Henry.

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william henry birth

 

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On the 3rd of January 1864 Sarah had her two children Florence and William Henry baptised in St James Church Kensinton .

 

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children baptised

 

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Following the death of her husband Sarah brought her family back to Liverpool. Sadly in 1865 her son William Henry died aged one year. The obituary section of the Liverpool Mercury of October 1865 records his death.

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018 william henry death

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018a lpool mercury oct 1865

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1868 brings further trauma to the family when Sarah's sister Jane Salisbury died of Cellulitis Uteri at 26yrs of age. Her mother Sarah also died at the age of 26yrs of Fever. It difficult to determine the exact nature of death but such terms can be used when gynaecological infection following child birth or miscarriage. Itís estimated that at least 10 women in every thousand died of such complication in the 1850s. The Alice Salisbury,referred to on the certificate,is Janes sister-in-law,she is a school teacher.  

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016 janes death

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In 1881 Sarah has decided that in future she would use the christian name Zara. Her daughter Emmeline my great grandmother had married Francisco De La Santos in 1877 and was living elsewhere. The census records that Zara and her two daughters along with Emmeline's daughter Rapaella Marie De La Santos are living in Plumbe Street,in the Dale Street area.

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018 1881 census

 

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In 1881 Zara's father George Venables died in Birkenhead aged 65 yrs. From Georges second marriage there were three daughters who were half sisters to Zara.

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Also in 1881 Zara's youngest daughter Florence married Simon Ruddy.

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019 florence marriage

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The 1891 census shows Zara and her daughter living at 17 Canning Street. Emmeline's son John De La Santos is also living with his grandmother. The daughter Sarah Ann must have been interviewed by the censor as John is described as a nephew. 

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018a 1881 census

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The 1901 census records that Zara and her daughter Sarah Ann are living in 7 Rice Street. It also records that two of Zara's grandaughters Florence and Maggie Ruddy are also living in the same street.  

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In 1907 Zara died,at her home in Parr Street,of Cerebral Haemorrhage,aged 68yrs. Her daughter Sarah Ann, who had never married was by her side when she died.

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The 1911 census finds Sarah Ann living alone in Edge Hill.

1911 census sarah ann

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ln 1933 Sarah Ann Bramall died aged 75yrs of a heart condition,Myocarditis.

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UPDATED FAMILY TREE.

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