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)
JAMES NEWMAN and MARY ANN TRIPLOW (6)
JAMES NEWMAN was one of the first children of the 19th century. He was christened on 27 February 1800 in the Cambridgeshire village of Bourn.
There is just one caution. James Newman, aged 0, was buried in Bourn on 1 Feb 1801. Normally we would assume this was the same James, but the birth details fit exactly with the information James Newman gives in the 1851 census, and with his age at death.
We have no evidence of a second James Newman, and we do not yet have access to the parish registers, to see if the burial was mistranscribed.
James was the fourth of six children.
He spent the whole of his life in Bourn. This is a village 8 m WSW of Cambridge and 1 m east of the old Roman road of Ermine Street running north from London.
James grew up in a period when the commons of Bourn were being enclosed. There was much rebuilding of tenant cottages and farmhouses across the parish. The principal building material was brick, with thatch or tiled roofs.
James began his working life as a sawyer. He would either have worked in a sawpit, or cut wood resting on trestles.
MARY ANN TRIPLOW was born in Meldreth. This is a village 7 m SE of Bourn.
She was born on 3 Apr 1803 and baptised on 22 May.
1803 May 22 Mary Ann daughter of Joseph and Jane Triplow.
Her mother was Jane Adams.
She was the sixth of twelve children. An elder sister may have died before Mary was born.
In the 1841 census her father is an agricultural labourer.
It would have been hard to feed so many children on his low wages. Nevertheless, there seems to be a low rate of infant mortality in this family.
Meldreth was famous for its fruit production, with many orchards. It was particularly known for its greengages.
Brides are usually married in their home parish. The fact that Mary married in Bourn suggests that she had gone to work there before this.
Marriage. St Helen and St Mary, Bourn, Cambs.
1827 Dec 15 James Newman and Mary Triplow.
Their first child was born the following year.
1828 Nov 23 Ann. Her father’s occupation is given as sawyer.
1831 Apr 30 Joshua
1833 May 12 Caroline
1837 Sep 10 James. Father a sawyer. James junior had been born two years earlier, and only brought for baptism when his younger sister was.
1837 Sep 10 Lydia. Father sawyer.
By the time of the 1841 census, James had changed his occupation to that of cooper. He would have been making casks, barrels, buckets, etc, from wooden staves.
In the 1841 census we find the couple living in the village of Bourn in Cambridgeshire.
James Newman 40 Cooper yes
Mary Newman 35 yes
Ann Newman 11 yes
Joshua Newman 9 yes
Caroline Newman 7 yes
James Newman 5 yes
Lydia Newman 3 yes
Two years later their son Joseph was born. He was their last child.
1843 Jul 30 Joseph Newman.
His father’s occupation is given as labourer, but in the next census he is again a cooper.
1851 Census. Bourn, Caxton
James Newman Head Mar 51 Cooper Cambs, Bourn
Mary Newman Wife Mar 50 Meldreth
Joshua Newman Son Un 20 Ag labourer Bourn
James Newman Son Un 16 Ag labourer Bourn
Lydia Newman Daur 14 Scholar Bourn
Joseph Newman Son 8 Scholar Bourn
James senior was buried in Bourn on 20 Sep 1857, aged 57.
The two youngest children continued to live with their widowed mother.
1861 Census. The Village, Bourn, Caxton
Mary Ann Newman Head Wid 59 Cooper’s Widow Meldreth
Lydia Newman Daur Un 24 Bourn
Joseph Newman Son Un 18 Gardener’s labourer Bourn
Mary did not quite make it to the next census. She was buried in Bourn on 14 Jan 1871, aged 68.
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