Alan March’s Family History
This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back many generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Alan’s as (1)(1)
JOSEPH NEWMAN and ELIZABETH HAYNES (5)
JOSEPH NEWMAN was christened in Bourn, Cambridgeshire, on 30 July 1843. His parents were James Newman and Mary Anne Triplow.
He was evidently a late child of this marriage. His parents were in their mid-40s when he was born. He was the youngest child.
Bourn is a village 8 miles west of Cambridge.
We find Joseph again in the 1851 census. He is 8 years old and living with his parents, his brothers John (20) and James (16) and his 14-year-old sister Lydia. He also had two other older sisters, Caroline and Ann.
Joseph’s father was a cooper, making barrels, and both his brothers were agricultural labourers. Lydia was still at school, though many other girls of her age were out at work. This suggests the family were not amongst the poorest. Joseph too was a scholar. Until 1866 boys were taught in the church tower and girls in a nearby cottage.
Joseph’s father died in the third quarter of 1857, when Joseph was 14. By the 1861 census, Joseph was living in the village with his widowed mother and his sister Lydia. At 18 he is working as a gardener’s labourer. He might have been employed at Bourn Hall, which must have had a number of outside staff. Queen Victoria once visited it. It is now an IVF clinic. Or it might have been at the vicarage, where Elizabeth worked.
ELIZABETH HAYNES or HAINES was the same age. She was christened in Bourn on the 29 October 1843. She was the daughter of William Haines and Elizabeth. Her father was an agricultural labourer.
At the 1851 census, 7-year-old Elizabeth is living in Caxton Road, Bourn, with her parents, her brothers George (21) and James (14), both of them agricultural labourers like their father.
Elizabeth went to work as a nursemaid in the vicarage at Bourn, where the young vicar’s wife had just had her first baby. She is there, with other live-in servants, in the 1861 census.
1861 Census. The Vicarage, Bourn.
John Dowell Ridout Head Mar 42 Vicar of Bourn Gloucestershire, Newland
Alicia Maria Ridout Wife Mar 26 Clergyman’s wife Gloucs, Westbury on Trim
Alice Maud Ridout Daur 6 mo Bourn
Frances Harris Servant Un 64 Housekeeper Cardigans, Colys
Margaret Hunter Servant Un 37 House Maid Middx, St Pancras
Elizabeth Haynes Servant Un 17 Nurse Maid Bourn
Henry Hopper Servant Un 19 Man Servant Cambs, Granchester
Her parents were still alive and living in the village.
Joseph Newman married Elizabeth Haynes in the parish church of Bourn on Christmas Day 1866. Marriages quite often took place on Christmas Day, because it was a holiday.
They set up home in Cambridge, where 9 daughters and 4 sons were born.
They were living at Union St for the births of their first two daughters. Mary Elizabeth was baptised at St Paul’s on 29 Sep 1867 and Annie on 27 Dec 1868.
By the time of the next birth, they had moved to Sturton St. Frances Mahala was baptised at St Paul’s on 24 April 1870. Mahala was quite a popular name in Cambridgeshire in the 19th century. It is a form of Mahalath, who was the daughter of Ishmael and the wife of Esau.
In the 1871 census the family were living at 157 Sturton St. The enumerator gives Annie’s name as Anne, and she remains Anne in subsequent records. He has reversed the order of Frances’s names.
1871 Census. 157 Sturton Street, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head mar 28 Gardener Cambs, Bourn
Elizabeth Newman Wife mar 27 Do Do
Mary E Newman Daur 3 Scholar Do Cambridge
Anne Newman Daur 2 Do Do
Seven more children followed. Margaret was baptised at St Paul’s on 26 May 1872, Alice Burton on 25 Oct 1874.
William James was born in the first quarter of 1876. He appears not to have been baptised then. Nor was Arthur, born in the third quarter of 1877. But William must have fallen dangerously ill. He was privately baptised on 29 Sept 1878. In an emergency this could be done by a layperson, and later ratified in church. William evidently survived. He was received into the church at St Paul’s on 20 Oct 1878 and Arthur was baptised the same day. Clearly, their parents did not want to risk the same thing happening to him.
Emma was baptised on 19 Oct 1879 , but at St Barnabas, not St Paul’s.
Charles was born in January 1881. We have found no record of a baptism for him.
By 1881 they were occupying two houses, 29 and 31Sturton Street. The extra space was needed to accommodate their large number of children.
1881 Census. 29 & 31 Sturton Street, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head Mar 38 Gardener Bourn
Elizabeth Newman Wife Mar 37 Bourn
Mary E Newman Daur Unm 13 Scholar Cambridge
Anne Newman Daur Unm 12 Scholar Cambridge
Frances M Newman Daur Unm 11 Scholar Cambridge
Margaret Newman Daur Unm 9 Scholar Cambridge
Alice Burton Newman Daur Unm 6 Scholar Cambridge
William J Newman Son Unm 5 Scholar Cambridge
Arthur Newman Son Unm 3 Scholar Cambridge
Emma Newman Daur Unm 1 Cambridge
Charles Newman Son Unm 3 mo Cambridge
Margaret died later that year, aged 9. She was buried on 19 Jul 1881.
Maud Susanna was born in the first quarter of 1883. No baptism has been found for her.
By the time the next child was born, the family had moved to Terrace Lane. Herbert George was born in 1886 and baptised at St Paul’s on 22 Dec.
He was followed by Olive Lilian, baptised on 7 Dec 1887. Olive lived only 9 months. She was buried at St Paul’s on 17.Dec 1887.
Herbert was buried there on 10 Sep 1889, aged two.
Mabel was born on 12 Jul 1900 and baptised at St Paul’s on 1 Nov.
In the 1891 census they had moved to Fitzroy Street. Anne, Frances and Alice have left home. Margaret has died. But Mary, at 23, and two of the teenage boys are not, as might have been expected, out at work, but kept at home. They are listed as employed, with the word “Dom” (Domestic) against them. It is not clear what their work was.
1891 Census. 23 Fitzroy Street, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head m 48 Gardener Bourn, Cambs
Elizth Newman W m 47 Bourn, Cambs
Mary E Newman D un 23 Keep at home / Dom Cambridge
Wm James Newman S 15 Keep at home / Dom Cambridge
Arthur Newman S 13 Keep at home / Dom Cambridge
Emma Newman D 11 Cambridge
Charles Newman S 10 Cambridge
Maude S Newman D 9 Cambridge
Mable Newman D 9 months Cambridge
Yet another child, Frank, was born two years later. He was at St Paul’s on 12 May 1900. By then, the family had move to Bentinck Street, in Newtown, to the south of the city centre.
They were there for the 1901 census.
1901 Census. 1 Bentinck Street, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head M 58 Gardener Worker Cambs, Bourn
Elizabeth Newman Wife M 57 Cambs, Bourn
Maud S Newman Daur S 18 Assists at home Cambridge
Mabel Newman Daur 10 Cambridge
Frank Newman Son 8 Cambridge
James’s designation as a Worker means that he was employed to work as a gardener, and not in business on his own account, as he was later.
Even though there are only 2 young children at home, Maud is still helping Elizabeth, instead of finding work outside the home. It may be that bearing 14 children had left Elizabeth in poor health.
They are still in Bentinck Street for the 1911 census, but at no.2.
1911 Census. 2 Bentinck St, Newtown, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head 68 Married Jobing Gardener, Own Account Bourn, Cambs
Elizabeth Newman Wife 67 Married Bourn, Cambs
Anne Salisbury Daughter 41 Widdow Cambridge
Maud Newman Daughter 28 Single At home Cambridge
Jessie Salisbury Granddaughter 18 Single Tailoress, Worker Cambridge
Percy Salisbury Grandson 10 School Cambridge
Anne Salisbury is their second child. She married Frederick Salisbury and had four children by him. He died in 1905, aged 37. Jessie is her second child and Percy her youngest. Jessie may have been working for the same firm as her father.
The couple say that they have had 14 children, of whom 11 are still alive.
In 1921, they are still at 2 Bentinck Street. With them are their daughter Maud, the tenth of their eleven children, her husband, Bertie Lofts, and the Lofts’ two children. Their grandson Percy Salisbury, who was with them in the 1911 census, is still living with them, and now out at work.
1921 Census. 2 Bentinck St, Cambridge.
Joseph Newman Head 77y 10m Married Cambs, Bourn
Retired Gardener Own Account
Elizabeth Newman Wife 76y 11 m Married Cambs, Bourn
Bertie Lofts Son-in-law 36y 10m Married Cambs, Girton
Washer Miss Montgomery, Wellbrook Laundry, Girton
Maud Lofts Daughter 38y 5m Married Cambridge
Barbara Lofts Granddaughter 4y 9m Cambridge
Isla Lofts Granddaughter 2y 10m Cambridge
Percy Salisbury Grandson 20y 9m Single Cambridge
Grocer’s Assistant Messrs Mathews & Sons Ltd, Trinity St, Cambridge.
Joseph died two years later. He was buried at St Paul’s, Cambridge, on 23 Feb 1923, aged 79
Elizabeth died seven months later. She too was buried at St Paul’s, on 4 Sep 1923, aged 79.
Their eighth child Emma married Charlie Cox of Cromer.
NEXT GENERATION: 4. COX-NEWMMAN
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