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Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:47 pm

Elizabeth STEWARD(T) was the daughter of William STEWARD(T) and Elizabeth (formerly CONN, née EDE). She was born 15 May 1812 in Hornchurch and baptised on 14 Jun 1812 in the local church. Unfortunately she then disappears from the records. I have tried to search for an early death on SEAX, but have not been lucky, though given the nature of the records, I could easily have missed an entry. As always any help gratefully received.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby sdup26 » Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:08 pm

I wonder about this marriage, mainly because of the surname of witness Mary:
Marriage 31.5.1830
John Brett, of this parish (St Peter & Paul, Dagenham) to Elizabeth Steward. Witnesses, Benjamin Brett and Mary Conn.
They seem to be living in Hornchurch in 1841. John is a shopkeeper b c1801, and Elizabeth b c1811.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:07 am

Yes, I can see why you wonder. Mary CONN was born in 1804, so would have been single and aged 26 in 1830. All of which fits.

I have, however, found John and Elizabeth BRETT in the 1851 and 1861 censuses, which give a little more info than the 1841. In 1851, they are still living in Hornchurch. John is reported to have been born in Hornchurch, but Elizabeth in Walthamstow. This is no mistake, as in 1861 they are now living in Billericay, but their birthplaces remain Hornchurch and Walthamstow.

To local inhabitants, there is a distinct difference between Hornchurch and Walthamstow, even more so back in the 1850s.

So reluctantly, I think this is not our Elizabeth. Unless the couple in the census returns are a different couple to the one who married in 1830. Unfortunately, I can't find any children, so that we can check the mother's maiden name.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:14 am

Having checked some more, there is another wedding. John Goodall BRETT married Elizabeth LILLEY on 05 May 1831 in Walthamstow. This is the couple in the census returns, as there is a James LILLEY (60) in the 1841 return, presumably the bride's father. And an Ann LILLEY listed as a sister-in-law in the 1851 return.

So the Elizabeth who married in 1830 could be our girl. The problem being that I can find no reference to them after the 1830 marriage. Indeed, I can't even find the marriage you reported on Ancestry, FMP or FS. Where did you find it?
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby sdup26 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:05 pm

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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:12 am

Found it. Many thanks.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:38 pm

I have been re-visiting this recently and have found a few interesting snippets.

First of all it appears that there were two John BRETTs from Hornchurch: John who married Elizabeth STEWARD in 1830 and John GOODALL who married Elizabeth LILLEY in 1831.

John Goodall BRETT was a linen draper and can be found in various census returns. John BRETT would appear to be a labourer. Searches reveal the following:

John BRETT m Elizabeth STEWARD 0n 31 May 1830 @ Dagenham
John BRETT b 01 May 1831
bap 05 Jun 1831 @ Hornchurch, son of John (labourer) & Elizabeth
bur aged 4m on 01 Sep 1831 @ Hornchurch.
Elizabeth BRETT (aged 19) buried 01 Jul 1831 @ Hornchurch.

Given that Elizabeth STEWARD was born and baptised in 1812, the burial in 1831 could easily be her, possibly due to complications from the birth of her son John. I cannot find another baptism for this couple.

Any suggestions, as to how to proceed to confirm the above?
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby ianbee » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:08 pm

A marriage at All Hallows, Barking, in London, might be relevant.
13 January 1833, John Brett, widower, and Eliza Ann Tanner, widow.
Like the Dagenham marriage it was witnessed by a Benjamin Brett.

John Brett son of John and Eliza Ann was baptized at Hornchurch in December 1833. Father a Publican. That might perhaps have something to do with Eliza's first husband, Isaac Tanner, having ended up as a publican in Hornchurch.
A later baptism in Romford, 24 Nov 1839, of a daughter, Esther. Parents John and Eliza Ann Brett. Father a Labourer.
Eliza Brett is in Hornchurch in 1841 with children, and Tanners about. But don't know what happened to John.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby SDV » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:24 am

ianbee - that marriage certainly fits with Elizabeth having died in 1831.

I wonder what is the significance of John not being with his new family in 1841. Has he died? Done a runner? Did you manage to find Eliza in 1851?

ADD. I found the 1851 census return, where Eliza is recorded as a widow, confirming that John BRETT had died, presumably sometime between the birth of Esther in 1839 and the census in 1851.

I have not, however, found Eliza in 1861. Nor have I found either of their deaths/burials. The nearest I can find is one for John in Q3 1840 in Billericay and one for Eliza in Q3 1856 in Maldon.
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Re: Elizabeth STEWARD

Postby ianbee » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:46 pm

There's a newspaper report in March 1840 in Essex of an election for a child to the Parent's Society Schools, Brixton.
One of the three candidates was Mary Ann Tanner, 10, daughter of Isaac Tanner, late of the King's Head Inn, Hornchurch, who died 10 October 1831. Nominated by Mr. Henry Tanner.
Mary came last, with only 5 votes.
So perhaps something had happened to John Brett around then.

But the only burial I can see in 1840 is a John Brett in North Benfleet, 7 June, age 36.

Eliza Ann Brett is about in 1871. Living in Willesborough, Kent, with her married daughter Ellen May, wife of Samuel Richard May.
Age 68, born Essex Sheering.
Piece 961 folio 104 page 23.
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