Thomas Eaton in Staffordshire Thomas Eaton in Staffordshire, England (1776/77)


Thomas Eaton, Staffordshire, England (1776/7)
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Descendants of Thomas Eaton

Generation No. 1



1. THOMAS1 EATON married MARY (EATON).

Notes for THOMAS EATON:

Whichever of the two individuals babtized as Thomas Eaton in Staffordshire in 1776/77 proves to be my ancestor, I can be sure that his parents are called Thomas and Mary! It's quite traditional to name the firstborn son after his father, but the Cheddleton couple's Thomas was babtized some ten years after their marriage. This was the only likely match found on IGI index, but there is also another marriage listed on IGI - an identical record exept that the bride is ANN Bloor!

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IGI Baptism Record Cheadle Staffordshire 21.04.1776 Thomas Eaton (Heaton) Parents: Thomas Eaton, Mary Eaton
IGI Baptism Record: Kingsley, Staffordshire 06.04.1777 Thomas Eaton Parents Thomas Eaton Mary Eaton

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IGI Marriage Record: Chedderton Staffordshire 16.07.1766 Thomas Eaton & Mary Bloor
IGI Marriage Record: Chedderton, Staffordshire 16.07.1766 Thomas Eaton & Ann Bloor

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Notes for MARY (EATON):

Name derived from IGI record of Birth Of Thomas Heaton


Child of THOMAS EATON and MARY (EATON) is:

2. i. THOMAS2 EATON, b. Abt. 1776, Cheadle Staffs (1851 Census); d. 10 May 1853, Trinity St, Chester.

 

Generation No. 2


2. THOMAS2 EATON (THOMAS1) was born Abt. 1776 in Cheadle Staffs (1851 Census), and died 10 May 1853 in Trinity St, Chester. He married JANE BAGSHAW 19 September 1811 in Trinity, Chester. She was born Abt. 1786 in Chester (Source BUR Cert), and died 9 April 1844 in Linenhall St, Trinity Parish, Chester.

Notes for THOMAS EATON:

Born in Cheadle, Staffordshire, concrete information from the 1851 Census. The IGI Index has produced two possible Baptisms for Thomas, the first I feel is the most likely, [but only just] as the Baptism took place in Cheadle, therefore an exact match to Thomas's place of birth as stated on the 1851 Census. Also the parents' Chrisian names, Thomas and Mary, are the same names given to Thomas's firstborn Twins. However, the second candidate also has parents called Thomas & Mary; this baptism took place in Kingsley Staffs, which is only about two miles from Cheadle. It's going to be difficult to be sure which is the right event. More evidence needs to be found. Refer to the 'Eaton Country' map in Thomas's Scrapbook.

Thomas moved to Chester sometime before marrying Jane Bagshaw there on 19th November, 1811. Cheadle is not far from the Caldon Canal, which connects with the Trent & Mersey Canal, which would have been a convenient way to travel to Chester.

Thomas was literate; there is a very good signature on his Banns Certificate.

At the time of the Baptism of their first Sibs., twins, Mary & Thomas, in May 1813, they were living at Dodd's Entry, Trinity, Chester.

By July 1815, they had moved to Northop where John was baptized. They were back in Chester again by the time the next known Sib. Ann was baptized in December 1822, although Ann could have been born in Northop, as she was two years and 8 months old before she was baptized! Therefore they could have spent up to seven years living in Northop; Where I now suspect that wife Jane originated. They were living in Crook St, Chester at the time of the birth of the last known sib., my ancestor William. But Thomas's wife Jane died at Linenhall St. (Could this have been a Hospital rather than an address?)

1851 Census BORN CHEADLE STAFFS living at 50 Trinity St, a widower for some 11 years, but apparently still working (A general Labourer), looked after by unmarried daughter Ann, aged 30. Son William, still at home until his first marriage in Jan 1853, just months before Thomas's death due to senility & exhaustion age 77, in May 1853. On 1861 Census, 50 Trinity Street was a Public House. What happened to Ann?

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IGI Baptism Record: Cheadle, Staffordshire 21.04.1776 Thomas Eaton (Heaton) Parents Thomas Eaton Mary Eaton

IGI Baptism Record: Kingsley, Staffordshire 06.04.1777 Thomas Eaton Parents: Thomas Eaton, Mary Eaton

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1851 Census (0060) 49 Trinity St, Chester
Thomas Eaton Head Widower 74 General Labourer Born Stafford, Cheadle
Ann Eaton Dau S 30 At Home Born Cheshire Chester

William Eaton Son S 25 Groom Born Cheshire Chester

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00620 Burial Entry, Holy Trinity, Chester 13.05.1853 Thomas Eaton Trinity Street, 77 years
00621 Death Certificate [Certified Copy 30.07.1999] 10.05.1853 Thomas Eaton Formerly a Horse keeper Trinity Street, 77 years. Cause of Death, Senility & exhaustion. Informant Jane Hall Present at the death. Stone St.

More About THOMAS EATON:

Christening: 6 April 1777, Kingsley Staffs (IGI Record)
Occupation: 1813, Ostler, Chester.

Notes for JANE BAGSHAW:

All Chester BAP Records Now Searched .Marriage Cert States "Both Of This Parish", But HE Has Proved To Be From Staffs! Maybe she Likewise was not "O.T.P". Last Chance Saloon, Find her on 1841 Census!

IGI Produced a J.B.,BAP. 08.07.1787, At Churh Eaton, Staffs, (On the Shropshire Union Canal) Which Is 25m from Cheadle. Also a Marriage for her Parents, Edward & Mary @ Church Eaton. All Docs filed in C71

Is it Possible that they came to Chester together from Staffordshire, Maybe by Canal, Then Married?

Another Possibility is that she came from Halkyn or Northop, where there are many "Bagshaws" (I have a record of a Jane B. BAP Jul 10, 1789. A three year Discerepancy based on her stated age on her Death.

A further BAP found at Halkyn "10.07.1784 Jane Bagshaw John & Ann, Halkyn" a two year discrepancy. (No nearer matches found at Halkyn).

Photocopy Burial Entry, Holy Trinity, Chester 13.04.1844 Jane Eaton Linen Hall Street 58 Years
Death Certificate (Certified Copy 30.07.1999) 09.04.1844 Jane Eaton 58 years Wife of Thomas Eaton Labourer cause Decline Informant Ann Frazer

More About JANE BAGSHAW:

Burial: 13 April 1844, Holy Trinity, Chester

More About THOMAS EATON and JANE BAGSHAW:

Marriage: 19 September 1811, Trinity, Chester

Children of THOMAS EATON and JANE BAGSHAW are:

i. MARY3 EATON, b. Abt. May 1813, (Twin) Dodds Entry, Trinity, Chester (C50).

Notes for MARY EATON:
Twin of Thomas. See Thomas's Notes
No possible Marriage match in Merrils for Cheshire
the only remotely Possible sighting in 1881 census, but I suspect that this is not she.

Institution: "Runcorn Union Workhouse"
Census Place: Dutton, Cheshire, England
Mary EATON U 65 F Runcorn, Cheshire, England
Occ: Charwoman

More About MARY EATON:

Christening: 26 May 1813, Holy Trinity

ii. THOMAS EATON, b. Abt. May 1813, (Twin) Dodds Entry, Trinity, Chester (C50); m. ELLEN COOPER, 12 October 1833, St Oswalds, Chester.

Notes for THOMAS EATON:

Twin of Mary. I Need more evidence to to firmly connect the twins to Thomas & Jane. I have searched the Trinity Bap. records from 1813 1874 no other siblings found in the 13 year period between the twins' and William's baptism.There remains some doubt as to whether, or not there were 2 couples named Thomas & Jane Eaton. IGI records confirm parentage (Added to C50 file) Mother shown as Jane Bagshaw, although original Trinity birth entry States parents as Thomas and Jane Eaton. From where did IGI get the name Bagshaw???

I now know that the Family spent some time living in Northop, where the second known sib John was Baptized in 1815. Could the twins have been born somewhere other than Chester?

More About THOMAS EATON:

Christening: 26 May 1813, Holy Trinity
Occupation: 1833, Gardener

Notes for ELLEN COOPER:

Could this be Ellen on 1881 Census? No Birth Match found on IGI for MARTHA Houlbrook nee EATON or for Ellen Eaton nee Cooper

Dwelling: Wood Farm
Census Place: Worthenbury, Flint, Wales
Source: FHL Film 1342325 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 5511 Folio 21 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Jonathan HOULBROOK M 45 M Little Budworth, Cheshire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Farmer (of 161 Acres) Employing 2 Men & 2 Boys
Martha HOULBROOK M 42 F Cotton, Shropshire, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Farmer's Wife
Ellen EATON W 68 F Cholmondeley, Cheshire, England
Rel: Mother-in-Law
Occ: Annuitant
Mary HARRIS U 24 F Shocklach, Cheshire, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: General Serv (Domestic)
Mary WILLIAMS U 19 F Shocklach, Cheshire, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: General Serv (Domestic)
James JONES U 19 M Worthenbury, Flint, Wales
Rel: Serv
Occ: Farm Serv Indoor
Thomas JONES U 18 M Worthenbury, Flint, Wales
Rel: Serv
Occ: Farm Serv (Indoor)

Marriage Notes for THOMAS EATON and ELLEN COOPER:

I am Reasonably happy about this being the Wedding of Thomas, the date & place are right, and also as we have "Ann Eaton" Sister as a Witness.

ST. OSWALD'S CHESTER. MARRIAGE. 12.10.1833

Between Thomas Eaton, Batchelor Of this Parish, Gardener, and Ellen Cooper, Spinster Of this Parish, By Banns
(Both Signed) Witnesses, Edwin Cooper & Ann Eaton.

More About THOMAS EATON and ELLEN COOPER:

Marriage: 12 October 1833, St Oswalds, Chester

iii. JOHN EATON, b. Abt. July 1815, Northop.

Notes for JOHN EATON:

BAP @ Northop 24/189 16.07.1815 John son of Thomas & Jane EATON, Northop Hostlers (Note IGI gives Mother's name as ANN all other details correct, but aditionally stating D.O.B as 14.07.1815)

I was quite amazed to find this 'extra' Sib of Thomas & Jane whilst scanning my indexed records for something completely different, as they say! It strengthens my theory that Jane hailed from the Northop area where there are many 'Bagshaws' living.

SEARCH FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT JOHN EATON.

So far concrete evidence regarding John has been illusive. Below is a synopsis of circumstancial evidence so far found, or not found!

Not found on 1881 census.

Appearing in "Memoir of the Flintshire Yeomanry Cavalry 1838" (See Hel Achau No/59.

Commencement of Service 04.02.1831(My John Eaton would only be 16). Pt. John Eaton of Chester. End of Service, 15.11.1834.

A possible Marriage (at about 19 years old) .St Michael's p68 203 mf125/2 31/12/1834. John Eaton B. Sawyer OTP He Marked. Ann Eaton, S OTP. She Signed By Banns Witnesses William Eaton (m) Mary Hughes m (C55) ( Low likelyhood.Witness, only one in the frame is brother William, who was only 12 at the time)

A possible Marriage (at about 32 years old). Chester St. Oswalds, by Banns, 26.12.1847.John Eaton, (Sailor) of age. Father Thomas Eaton, Labourer of St Oswalds P. Married Frances Hart. (Ref MF108/5 p228)

1891 Census, 3 Wrenches Court, Duke St Chester (From John Peterson)
Elizabeth Ruffell Head Wid Age 87
Emma Eaton Lodger Wid Age 60 Seamstress (Maybe at 16 years senior to John, too od to be his widow)

SEARCH OF CHESHIRE BMD & IGI APRIL 2003

* DEATH 1896 John Eaton Aged 80 (born abt 1816) Wallasey. WAL/34/30

* 1839 Marriage John Eaton to Elizabeth Kelly, Chester St. John CE13/1/189 (John aged abt 24)

* 1841 Marriage John Eaton to Mary Hulse Over, St Chad 141/1/67 (John aged abt 26)

* 1844 Marriage John Eaton to Francis Hart Chester St Oswalds CE15/1/47 (John aged abt 29)

* 1845 Marriage John Eaton to Elizabeth Beeston Stockport St Mary ST16/5/54 (John aged abt 30)

* 1845 Marriage John Eaton to Harriet Birch Birkenhead St Mary BK8/1/278 (John aged abt 30)

1848 Marriage John Eaton to Hannah Pownall Chester St Mary CE/4/2/355 (John aged abt 33)
STARRED ITEMS NOT FOUND ON IGI.

IGI Marriage John Eaton to Esther Ley. 09 APR 1834 St Oswald, Chester (NOTE ended IGI exact name search in 1834 at No 2400) )

More About JOHN EATON:
Baptism: 16 July 1815, Northop p.c

iv. ANN EATON, b. 8 February 1820, Crook Street, Chester. or possibly Northop.

Notes for ANN EATON:

Bap Entry, Holy Trinity Chester, From MF.21/1.
No. 946/119. 25.12.1822. Anne, d/o Thomas & Jane Eaton, Crook St, Porter. Born 8/2/1820.

Getting on for a three year gap between her birth & Bap. Maybe she was born in Northop before the family returned to Chester

Not found on 1881 Census,

1851 Census (0060) 49 Trinity St, Chester
Thomas Eaton Head Widower General Labourer Born Stafford, Cheadle
Ann Eaton Dau S At Home Born Cheshire Chester
William Eaton Son S Groom Born Cheshire Chester

More About ANN EATON:

Christening: 8 December 1822, Trinity, Chester

3. v. WILLIAM EATON, b. 31 January 1826, Crook St, Chester (C47); d. 19 February 1871, Chester R.I.



Generation No. 3

3. WILLIAM3 EATON (THOMAS2, THOMAS1) was born 31 January 1826 in Crook St, Chester (C47), and died 19 February 1871 in Chester R.I.. He married (1) ELIZABETH JONES 18 January 1853 in (First Marriage) St Oswalds Chester, daughter of JOHN JONES. She was born 1833. He married (2) SARAH RUFFELL 18 September 1862 in (Second Marriage) Holy Trinity, Chester, daughter of HENRY RUFFELL and ELIZABETH BOSSEEN. She was born 1836, and died Bef. 1881.

Notes for WILLIAM EATON:

Born in Crook Street, Chester. Married his first wife Elizabeth Jones in 1853. she had died by the 1861 Census, when we find William and three year old son Frederic William lodging with the family of Henry Egerton Ruffell at Booths Entry, whose daughter Sarah was to become his second wife the following year; However she was not living at Booths Entry at the time of the census .

He Married Sarah Ruffell in September 1862. The address for both Parties given as Commonhall "fr." The witnesses at their wedding, John & Sarah Moulton, I am sure the name Moulton has come up before, to do with Park Street? At the time of Arthur's Birth, 1865, the family Adress was 'Lecture Hall Buildings, Pepper St. By the time Alfred was born in 1868, the family had moved to 25 Park St.

William was definitely literate his signature on both of his wedding certificates show a confident consistant and skillful hand. yet he never seems to have had a job that made use of this gift.

Died at age 44 in 1871, leaving Sarah his wife, age 34, with a young family to raise in abject poverty (In receipt of Parish Relief) the youngest child, my Grandmother, not yet born. At the time of the 1871 census ,a slight discrepancy arises with his age. His Death Certificate states his age as 44, but if we have correctly traced his birth record, he was 46. at the time of his death.

Bap Entry, Holy Trinity Chester, From MF.21/1.
No. 1298. 26.02.1826. William, s/o Thomas & Jane Eaton, Crook St, Hosler. Born 31.01/1826.

1851 Census (0060) 49 Trinity St, Chester
Thomas Eaton Head Widower General Labourer Born Stafford, Cheadle
Ann Eaton Dau S At Home Born Cheshire Chester
William Eaton Son S Groom Born Cheshire Chester

More About WILLIAM EATON:
Christening: 26 February 1826, Holy Trinity, Chester
Occupation: 1851, Groom

Notes for ELIZABETH JONES:

More About WILLIAM EATON and ELIZABETH JONES:
Marriage: 18 January 1853, (First Marriage) St Oswalds Chester

Notes for SARAH RUFFELL:

Sarah is not mentioned in the 1851 Census at Eastgate Row

I have a large black bible in my posession which belonged to my father, it has on the flyleaf the following legend ' Sarah Jane Eaton a Gift from her Mother' written in a beautiful copperplate hand. This cannot be Sarah's handwriting, as she wa sprobably dead by the time of the 1881 census The same hand has recorded on the page provided in most Victorian family bibles the names and dates of birth of Sarah and her three brothers ,together with the death in 1887 of Alfred. by which time we assume Sarah was dead, as she did not appear on the 1881 Census. so the handwriting is not hers! Could it be Grandmother Elizabeth (Boseen's] hand? Her Daughter Sarah's own death is recorded in a different hand, in pencil. I dont recognise this handwriting, but I am sure it is not my Fathers.
1881 Census
Dwelling: 5 Grosvenor Court
Census Place: Chester St Michael, Cheshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341851 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3556 Folio 123 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Elizabeth RUFFELL W 76 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: House Holder
George EATON U 18 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Cork Cutters Apprentice
Alfred EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice (Gen Shop Boy)
Sarah J. EATON 10 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grand Daur
Occ: Scholar
Arthur EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice

More About SARAH RUFFELL:

Christening: 4 September 1836, St Johns Chester

Marriage Notes for WILLIAM EATON and SARAH RUFFELL:

William's Second Marriage

More About WILLIAM EATON and SARAH RUFFELL:

Marriage: 18 September 1862, (Second Marriage) Holy Trinity, Chester

Child of WILLIAM EATON and ELIZABETH JONES is:

i. FREDERIC WILLIAM4 EATON, b. Abt. 1858.

Notes for FREDERIC WILLIAM EATON:

We first know of Frederic from his appearance on the 1861 Census. Dwelling

Could this be William on 1881 Census? Dwelling 12 Horse Shoe Cloister New Windsor, Berkshire, England

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability

George Job (Sir) ELVEY Head W Male 65 Canterbury, Kent, England Knight Mus Dr Oxon
Ellen Maud ELVEY Daur U Female 20 Windsor, Berkshire, England
Augusta C. HOGG Serv U Female 34 Southampton, Hampshire, England Cook Domestic Servant
Louisa WOODWARD Serv U Female 34 Pinner, Middlesex, England Housemaid Servant
Albertina C. LONGHURST Serv U Female 19 Ascot, Berkshire, England Housemaid Servant

Frederick Wm. EATON Serv U Male 24 Chester Coachman Servant

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Children of WILLIAM EATON and SARAH RUFFELL are:
ii. GEORGE HENRY4 EATON, b. 2 November 1863; m. ANN JANE CALVERT, 15 October 1891, St. Marks Witton (Blackburn); b. 1862.

Notes for GEORGE HENRY EATON:

At the time of the 1881 Census, He was living at 5, Grosvenor Court, Age 19, both parents now dead, grandmother Elizabeth Ruffell is the head of the houshold. George had started an apprenticeship as a Cork Cutter, and on future cerificates 1891-Cork Cutter.1892 & 1893, Cork Maker (Jouneyman) abd in 1895 Cork Sorter, Who were his employers in Chester & Blackburn?

George moved from Chester to the Blackburn area some time betwen the 1881 Census, and his Marriage in October 1891 He was married from 41 Selbourne St. 83 Redlam appears to be the family home of his wife, Jane Calvert.

After 1895, but before March 1901 he had radically changed his occupation, after being in the cork trade since he was a boy, he became a self employed pork butcher, at 69 Johnson Street, the family living over the shop. At the time of William's death in 0ct 1917, The family were living two doors away at 65 Johnson St.

1881 Census

Dwelling: 5 Grosvenor Court
Census Place: Chester St Michael, Cheshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341851 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3556 Folio 123 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Elizabeth RUFFELL W 76 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: House Holder
George EATON U 18 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Cork Cutters Apprentice
Alfred EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice (Gen Shop Boy)
Sarah J. EATON 10 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grand Daur
Occ: Scholar
Arthur EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice

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1901 Census
69 Johnston Street Nr (Pine) Apple Inn Blackburn

George Hy Eaton H M 58 Pork Butcher Shopkeeper Own a/c Chester
Ann Jane Eaton W M 39 Leyland Lancs
Elizabeth Eaton D S 8 Blackburn
William E Eaton S S 6 Blackburn

More About GEORGE HENRY EATON:

Occupation: 1881, Cork cutters apprentice, Chester

Notes for ANN JANE CALVERT:

Ann on 1881 Census
Robert CALVERT M 44 M Preston, Lancashire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Tailor
Elleanor CALVERT M 45 F Preston, Lancashire, England
Rel: Wife
Ann Jane CALVERT U 19 F Leyland, Lancashire, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Cotton Mender
Alice L.E. CALVERT 15 F Chorley, Lancashire, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Cotton Mender
Latima CALVERT 13 M Preston, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Charles CALVERT 9 M Preston, Lancashire, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Rebecca CALVERT 7 F Preston, Lancashire, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Scholar

More About ANN JANE CALVERT:

Occupation: Winder

More About GEORGE EATON and ANN CALVERT:

Marriage: 15 October 1891, St. Marks Witton (Blackburn)

iii. ARTHUR EATON, b. 9 June 1865, Lecture Hall Buildings; d. 7 June 1940, 4 Volunteer Street, Chester; m. SARAH ELLEN PRICE, Abt. 1896, Christ Church, Newtown, Chester; b. Abt. 1866, Chester (1901 Census); d. 28 June 1925, 4 Volunteer Street, Chester.

Notes for ARTHUR EATON:

Arthur Eaton, my Great Uncle, was born on 9 June 1865, the second of four children. the family lived at 5, Grosvenor Court, a Tenements building located off Lower Bridge Street, Chester. His father William, whose last known occupation was a 'cab driver' had died in Chester Royal Infirmary on 19 February 1871 when Arthur was five years old, leaving his mother Sarah to bring up four children, the eldest being eight, on Parish relief.

By the time of the 1881 Census Arthur's mother had also died, the orphaned children now being brought up by Elizabeth Ruffel their maternal grandmother, quite a burden for a woman who was 76 years of age.

Arthur was a pupil at Bluecoat School and Hospital, founded in 1700 in the City of Chester. The admissions register informs us that he was nominated by the Rev C.J. Clarke, and admitted as a 'Green Cap' on 02.08.1875. The day boys at the school were known as 'green caps' from the colour of the caps which they wore. The 'boarders' were chosen from the green caps, and wore a distinctive blue uniform. The number of blue coat boys never exeeded forty. George became a blue coat in April 1877, finally leaving on 09.04.1879, not yet fourteen, he was given employment by Catherall & Pritchard, whom I assume were Plumbers. Two years later on the1881 Census, he most certainly was a Plumbers Apprentice, perhaps with 'Catherall & Pritchard'.

After marrying Sarah Price, their first home would seem to have been at 2 Gas Cottages, Cuppin Street, Chester, where their second daughter May was born on 12th May 1899.

Later worked for Chester Waterworks Co & Was a prominent member of the "Oddfellows" and was known to be Grandmaster in 1905

It would seem that he maintained his interest in the Chester Bluecoat School, judging by the photos kindly loaned to me to copy by his Nephew, the late Billie Sleddon Junior. On the 1901 Census, Arthur's occupation was 'gas fitter', the family home was at '74' Trafford Street, Chester. but I have yet to find daughter Florence, who was not at home on Census night. In September 1905, at the time his sister Sarah was 'certified' he was living at number '84'. I have checked both source documents, so I cannot say as to whether or not the family moved, or someone made an error copying out the address on one of the original documents!

Sometime before Arthur was widowed in 1925, the family moved to 20 Albion Street, a property that would appear to have belonged to his wife Sarah. He moved house again after Sarah's death, to number four Volunteer Street, where he died in 1940, he is buried in Chester New Cemetery.

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1881 Census
Dwelling: 5 Grosvenor Court
Census Place: Chester St Michael, Cheshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341851 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3556 Folio 123 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Elizabeth RUFFELL W 76 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: House Holder
George EATON U 18 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Cork Cutters Apprentice
Alfred EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice (Gen Shop Boy)

Sarah J. EATON 10 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grand Daur
Occ: Scholar
Arthur EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice

1901 Census. 74 Trafford Street, Chester.
Arthur Eaton H M 36 Gas Fitter W Chester
Sarah Eaton W M 35 Chester
Mary Eaton D S 1 Chester (Name Incorrect, shold be MAY)
Charles Price (Fath/ Law) W 66 Shoe/Boot Maker H Wrexham (Working at Home)
Ellen Price (Sist/in/law) S 33 Dressmaker W Chester
(Florence Was in Hospital and not at the family home on the night of the 1901 Census. )

More About ARTHUR EATON:

Burial: 'New' Cemetery, Chester
Christening: 2 July 1865, D004
Occupation: 1881, Plumber's appentice

Notes for SARAH ELLEN PRICE:
1901 Census. 74 Trafford Street, Chester.
Arthur Eaton H M 36 Gas Fitter W Chester
Sarah Eaton W M 35 Chester
Mary Eaton D S 1 Chester
Charles Price (Fath/ Law) W 66 Shoe/Boot Maker H Wrexham (Working at Home)
Ellen Price (Sist/in/law) S 33 Dressmaker W Chester

Marriage Notes for ARTHUR EATON and SARAH PRICE:
Arthur Eaton 31 Batchelor, Plumber aged 31, 15 Trafford Street; His father was the late William Frederic Eaton Groom.
Married Sara Ellen Price aged 31 Spinster also of 15 Trafford Street. Her father is Charles Price, Shoemaker.

(Transcribed at CRO from MF 137/2 I omitted to transcribe the exact date, which was about 1896)

More About ARTHUR EATON and SARAH PRICE:
Marriage: Abt. 1896, Christ Church, Newtown, Chester.

iv. ALFRED EATON, b. 23 January 1868, 25 Park Street, Chester; d. 20 August 1887, Chester Infirmary.

Notes for ALFRED EATON:

A silk bookmark & funeral card found in Sarah Jane's bible survive. Great expenditure for a family I knew to be very poor by this time, as Alfred's father had predeceased him.

1881 Census
Dwelling: 5 Grosvenor Court
Census Place: Chester St Michael, Cheshire, England
Source: FHL Film 1341851 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3556 Folio 123 Page 13
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Elizabeth RUFFELL W 76 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Head
Occ: House Holder
George EATON U 18 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Cork Cutters Apprentice
Alfred EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice (Gen Shop Boy)
Sarah J. EATON 10 F Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grand Daur
Occ: Scholar
Arthur EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Plumbers Apprentice

v. SARAH JANE EATON, b. 6 August 1871, Chester; d. 26 April 1912, County Borough Assylum Middlesborough (Ormsby).

Notes for SARAH JANE EATON:

Sarah Jane Eaton, my Grandmother, was born on 6th August 1871, the youngest of four, and the only girl. the family lived at 5, Grosvenor Court, a Tenements building located in Lower Bridge Street, Chester. Her father William whose last known occupation was a 'cab driver' had died in Chester Royal Infirmary some six months before Sarh Jane was born. leaving her mother also named Sarah to bring up four children, the eldest being eight, on Parish relief.

By the time of the 1881 Census Sarah's mother had also died, the orphaned children now being brought up by Elizabeth Ruffell, their maternal grandmother, quite a burden for a woman who was 76 years of age.

Sarah's Brother Alfred died on August 20th 1887 aged only 19 also at Chester Royal Infirmary, A silk bookmark & funeral card found in Sarah Janes bible survive expenditure for a family I knew to be very poor by this time; I wonder who paid for them?

According to records located at Middlesbrough, from about the age of twenty, and for the rest of her life, Sarah suffered from some form of mental illness. From February to August 1890, she was committed to Upton Asylum.

Did Sarah go to the Isle of Man to make a 'new start' after being released from Upton Asylum sometime after August 1890? I need to find her location on the 1891 Census at Chester, or possibly in the Isle of Man. On the 15th of October of that year, Sarah travelled to Blackburn, where she was a witness at her brother George's Wedding at St Mark's Church, Witton. The certified copy of the Marriage Certificate in my possession, does not Indicate as to whether Sarah signed or gave her Mark to the Register. I have since obtained a photocopy of the original Certificate which is duly signed by Sarah with a neat hand.

The 1901 Census which took place on March 31st. finds Sarah working and living at the Bridge Inn, North Quay, Douglas Isle Of Man a small public House Run by a Thomas Kelly from Leicester with his wife; no residents were listed, just Sarah, as a 'Domestic' declaring inaccurately that she was a widow, and the Kelly's infant son. [She probably lied about her marital & mental state because of the stigma attached to both at this time). She must have become pregnant with my father some three months after the after the date of Census, about June 1901. Between the Census, and before dad's Birth on 22nd March 1902, she changed Jobs, moving to what I assume was a private house in Tynwald Street, Douglas. (A friend on a visit to the Isle Of Man checked the 1901 Census for "Henry's" living in Tynwold Street, loking for a possible connection with the phantom middle name of Henry used by Dad, a bit of a long shot I admit; I List some here, a further search of the street could be made on line starting with these names Henry Robinson Age 45. Henry Killey aged 42. Henry Savage 40 Widower at No 20, & others).

Near the time of the birth, she was sent back to Chester for the 'Laying in'. The Poor Law at the time meant that her Parish of origin, I.E. Chester was responsible for all expenses connected with her confinement. My father was born on March 21st 1903 at the Workhouse, Hoole Chester. No father's name on the Certificate, Sarah's occupation was given as 'Domestic Servant of Tynwald Street Douglas Isle of Man; Sarah was the informant, and likewise gave her address as The Workhouse, Hoole Chester.

On May 20th 1905 Sarah gave birth a second time at 57 Hoole Lane, Chester, To my Uncle, William Bernard Eaton, again there was no Father's name on the Certificate, her occupation was a 'domestic servant, her address given as 15, Crypt Court, Commonhall Street, Chester. The informant was one 'Robt C Turner' who was the occupier of 57 Hoole Lane. I imagine that this house was probably a satellite maternity unit to the nearby Workhouse, or alternatively a boarding house. Sarah had both of her sons Baptized by by 'Minister, - F Anderton' as can be seen in the City Hospital Register of Baptisms & Deaths, Numbers 330 & 356, in which no dates of Baptism are recorded

On 21st September 1905, when Bernard was only four months old Sarah Jane was 'certified' as being insane. On this date an 'Order for the Reception of a Pauper Lunatic' was made out to the Superintendent of Middlesbrough Asylum from The Workhouse in the City of Chester. to the effect that Sarah was a pauper in receipt of relief, and a proper person to be taken charge of and detained under care and treatment. The order further explains that there is no Asylum for the City of Chester, hereby directs you [Middlesbrough Asylum] to receive the said Sarah Jane Eaton as a patient. Signed by Robert Lamb, J.P. for the City of Chester. This Reception order was accompanied by a Statement of Particulars, which stated amongst other details that Sarah was 'Single' a Domestic servant, her residence previously to have been the Chester Union Workhouse, Hoole. Her first 'attack' was when she was twenty years old. She had been previously under care as a lunatic for seven months in 1890 in Upton Asylum. The cause of her present 'attack' was supposed as 'confinement', perhaps her condition was triggered by a bout of ante natal depression. At the present time, I have no evidence of any mental illness since her previous attack fifteen years before. She was considered by the reception report to be "violent and a danger to others". Her next of kin was stated as her brother Arthur, 84 Trafford Street, Chester. I have now obtained a copy the medical report which certifies her as a lunatic, it makes very sad and upsetting reading, an extract, here,

"Confined 5 Months ago and has been strange ever since is very violent at intervals & tears up her bedclothes
Has been in the asylum before after confinement for puerperal mania- Said there was a man pursuing her. She is most abusive and obscene in her language - being destructive tearing up her clothes - Has hallucinations talking to imaginary people and seeing visions objects -"

There is no mention of her sons in these documents, or of them ever having been at Marston; one can only imagine her distress at being separated from Charles and William in this way, I personally doubt that Mother and sons ever saw each other again. The full documents are reproduced in Sarah's Scrapbook.

Sarah spent the rest of her life at Middlesbrough County Borough Asylum, where she contracted Pulmonary Tuberculosis, which six years later was the cause of her death at the age of 41 at 7.25pm on April 26th 1912. She was buried at St Cuthbert's Parish Church Marton. My father Charles would have been ten years old, and William Bernard seven at the time of their mother's death. My search for where and by whom the boys were brought up must now continue at Chester, starting with Chester Union Workhouse, Hoole from the time Mother Sarah was committed to Marston in 1905

Enclosed with documents from Middlesborough Record office was a copy of the Superintendent of Middlesbrough Asylum's Report, dated 17th March 1906, "There are 160 patients chargeable to out county unions, the bulk of these being received under the contracts with Counties of Cornwall and Essex and the Cities of Chester and York. The contract with Chester is is for the reception of all the patients of that City, an arrangement which we should be glad to see terminated at as early a date as practicable ; for not only is it a hardship for the chronic patients to be removed so far from their friends, but it is very undesirable that acute cases should have to take the long journey to the Asylum"

I have a large black bible in my possession which came to me from my father, it has on the flyleaf the following legend ' Sarah Jane Eaton a Gift from her Mother' written in a beautiful copperplate hand. The same hand has recorded on the page provided in most Victorian family bibles the names and dates of birth of Sarah and her three brothers, together with the death in 1887 of Alfred, by which time we assume [mother] Sarah was dead, as she did not appear on the 1881 Census, so the handwriting is not hers! Nor Grandmother Elizabeth Ruffell's hand, she 'made her Mark', on Alfred's Death Certificate. Sarah Jane's father, William was definitely literate; his signature on both of his wedding certificates show a confident consistant and skillful hand, but he died before Sarah was born, but her own entry could be in a different hand! I also now know from her brother George's Wedding Certificate that Sarah was literate, with a neat signature, but this does not match any of the handwriting samples referred to above.

Sarah's own death is recorded in a further different hand, in pencil. I don't recognize this handwriting, but I am sure it is not my Fathers.

Unknown Individual who was my paternal grandfather. Possible connections with the Isle Of Man, where my Grandmother Sarah Jane worked as a 'Domestic Servant'. It Is not known if Charles (My Father, or Bernard had the same, or different fathers. The name 'Henry' may or may not be significant, as my father used it as a middle name, although it was not on his birth certificate.

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1881 Census

Dwelling: 5 Grosvenor Court

Census Place: Chester St Michael, Cheshire, England

Source: FHL Film 1341851 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3556 Folio 123 Page 13

Marr Age Sex Birthplace

Elizabeth RUFFELL W 76 F Chester, Cheshire, England

Rel: Head

Occ: House Holder

George EATON U 18 M Chester, Cheshire, England

Rel: Grandson

Occ: Cork Cutters Apprentice

Alfred EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England

Rel: Grandson

Occ: Plumbers Apprentice (Gen Shop Boy)

Sarah J. EATON 10 F Chester, Cheshire, England

Rel: Grand Daur

Occ: Scholar

Arthur EATON U 15 M Chester, Cheshire, England

Rel: Grandson

Occ: Plumbers Apprentice

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1901 Census (Or Lancaster)

116 Onchan I.O.M. Thomas Kelly H M 36 Licensed Victualler Eng Leicester

8-9 North Quay Hannah Kelly W M 23 Eng Salford

(Bridge Inn) Gilbert Kelly S S 1 Douglas

Sarah Eaton W 30 Domestic Servant Eng Cheshire

(Note The parish of 'Onchan' extends to Douglas, where there is to this day on the North Quay, a pub called 'Bridge Inn')
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