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Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

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Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby MoVidger » Mon May 04, 2020 7:26 pm

I’m trying to locate Mary Ann CRANHAM (nee Trussler) in the 1901 census, and would appreciate a fresh pair of eyes, in case she’s been right under my nose. I’ve searched for her on Ancestry, FMP, Family Search, and online newspaper archives.

Here is her timeline relevant to this search:

1857 - born in Ash, Surrey to parents George & Mary Ann Trussler (nee Pullen); she has a twin sister Sarah Ann Trussler (known as “Annie”). Both girls baptised 26 Sept 1857. Birth date unknown.
1878 – daughter Rosanna Trussler born in Ash, Surrey
1880 – daughter Alice Maud Mary Trussler born in Farnham, Surrey
1881 – son Christopher John Cranham born in Aldershot, Hampshire
1884 – daughter Ethel Cranham born in Farnham, Surrey
1887 – daughter Flora Cranham born in Aldershot, Hampshire
1889 – daughter Eliza Cranham born in Aldershot, Hampshire
1891 – son Henry George Cranham born in Aldershot, Hampshire
1887 – marries plasterer John Cranham in Farnham, Surrey
1890 – Mary Ann is charged with being “drunk and disorderly” in Aldershot
1891 census – residing with husband John and children at Little Wellington Street, Aldershot
1900 – death of husband John Cranham in Farnham, Surrey
1901 census – Mary Ann’s whereabouts unknown
1901 census – daughters Ethel Cranham (age 19) and Eliza Cranham (age 13) both living in separate Working Girls (refuge) Homes in Aldershot.
1902 – Mary Ann marries widower Walter James Jones in Islington (marriage record not online)
1911 census – residing with husband Walter at 145 Barnsbury Road, Islington
1926 – Walter James Jones dies in London (St Marylebone Poor Law Union)
1939 – Mary Ann possibly residing at 14 Premier Buildings, Islington (Book Sewer retired)
1947 – dies in Luton, Bedfordshire

Something clearly is afoot with Mary Ann by 1901, considering her two youngest daughters are in Refuge Homes. I’ve searched for Mary Ann using her initials, in case she’s in an institution (e.g. prison, hospital). She doesn’t appear to be in the 1901 census for Farnham Union Workhouse either.

I’m also wondering how she “reappears” and marries in Islington in 1902. There were no Trussler family connections to Islington that I know of until 1906/1907 – when three of her children marry in Islington.

She’s not with the Jones household in 1901 either (5 Half Moon Crescent, Barnsbury). Was there a possibility she was placed as housekeeper with the Jones family after the 1901 census? If so, who arranged the job for Mary Ann so far from home?

The only Aldershot-Islington connection I can see is "Mission Nurse" Jane Goodard/Goddard, who Ethel Cranham is staying with in 1901. If she's actually Mary Jane Goddard (born 1871 Ealing), then she can be found in the 1891 and 1911 census in Islington. She's a "District Sick Nurse" in the latter. Could she have made suitable arrangements for the three Cranham women in Islington?

If anyone can spot Mary Ann Cranham circa 1901 I’d be very grateful for the assistance! :D
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Re: Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby sdup26 » Tue May 05, 2020 5:13 pm

I can't find Mary Ann on the 1901 Census, but there's this entry in the 1901 Electoral Register, Polling District Elstead, Haslemere, Surrey:
Mary Ann Cranham, Allendale, Elstead, Godalming, Dwelling house
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Re: Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby MoVidger » Tue May 05, 2020 5:36 pm

Thanks sdup26 - unfortunately that Mary Ann Cranham (age 63) can be found at that address in the 1901 census. Wrong age and this lady was born in Milford, Surrey.
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Re: Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby MoVidger » Tue May 05, 2020 6:07 pm

Update: I may have found MAC in the 1901 census, but her age is a decade off. If it is her, I've not been able to ascertain yet why she's in Prison. But it would explain why her two youngest daughters are in Refuge Homes in Aldershot.

Name: Mary Cranham
Age: 34
Estimated birth year: abt 1867
Relation to Head: Inmate
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Aldershot, Hampshire, England
Civil Parish: St Faith Within
Ecclesiastical parish: Christchurch
County/Island: Hampshire
Registration district: Winchester
ED, institution, or vessel: The Majestys Prison
Piece: 1083
Folio: 111
Page Number: 2
Household schedule number: 1
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Re: Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby Templ4r » Tue May 05, 2020 7:01 pm

1890, the day after she was released from prison, she was comitted to an asylum..

https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co. ... 9/057/0005

the Asylum.. strange, says she wasn't released until 1921..

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/ ... 1562936800
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Re: Mary Ann Cranham – 1901 census

Postby MoVidger » Tue May 05, 2020 7:33 pm

Thanks Templ4r, but I think that Mary Cranham, mentioned in the Hampshire Chronicle 29 November 1890, is a different woman. There were quite a few Cranham's in the Aldershot area at the time.

My MAC is recorded in a Sept 1890 newspaper blurb for being drunk and disorderly. She had a ding-dong with a neighbour. She had the option of paying a fine or spending 14 days in gaol.
Also, she went on to have two more children in 1891 and 1893, both of whom died young. So I can't see her being the woman who was removed to an asylum in November 1890.

I'm hoping to find a criminal record(s) for the Mary Cranham in prison in 1901. That way I can prove it's MAC. Her husband John had been in prison twice, so that's why I'm leaning towards this woman being the MAC I'm searching for.
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