#52Ancestors52Weeks: Week 12: Joined Together

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Joined Together

My two clans, English and Welsh, were joined together forever when my Welsh Great Grandmother Mary Ann Evans married English Great Grandfather George Robinson. 

It is still a mystery to me how these two met; but I think the answer lies in the occupation of George at the time; Railway Inspector. George would have travelled frequently on the British railway and may have gone as far as Wales at some stage. When I looked back at my research for my great grandmother Mary Ann Evans, I had her listed as a house servant in the household of a farmer, John Rees, who owned 345 acres at Longhorne, in Warren, Pembrokeshire, in 1851.

According to Wikipedia, domestic workers perform a variety of household services for an individual or a family, from providing care for children and elderly dependents to cleaning and household maintenance, known as housekeeping. Responsibilities may also include cooking, doing laundry and ironing, food shopping and other household errands. Some domestic workers live within the household where they work.

Mary Ann, aged 17, would live in, as the farm at Warren was at least a day’s journey from her hometown of Haverfordwest. I am not sure if she returned home for weekends.

According to Genuki, a maritime county of SOUTH WALES, Pembrokeshire, is 95 Miles in circumference contains about 420000 acres. They divided it into 7 Hundreds, in which 5 Market Towns, [two of which (viz.) Pembroke & Haverford West sends 2 Members each to Parliament] 45 Parishes & about 4329 Houses.

https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/PEM 

Mary was born in Haverfordwest in 1832 – the first born child of Lettice and David Evans. She was the eldest of seven children, five boys and two girls. 

Here is her pedigree chart:

Here is her family tree:

You will notice that George was five years younger than Mary Ann and died 18 years before she did.

Here is her timeline according to my research on FindMyPast:
Timeline

Born 1832

Mary Evans was born in 1832 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

1841

She was age 10 and the daughter of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1841 UK Census on 6 Jun 1841 at Shut Street in St Mary, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

1859

Mary Evans and George Robinson were married on 5 Jun 1859 in Upper Norwood, All Saints, Surrey, England. (I noticed that Mary Ann Evans was illiterate – only her mark is displayed.)

1861

Mary Evans and George Robinson gave birth to a son. George Edward Robinson was born 16 Feb 1861 in Camberwell St George, Surrey, England. (George Edward was my great Uncle.)

1861

She was age 29 and the wife of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1861 UK Census on 7 Apr 1861 at St James Road in Croydon, Surrey, England.

1865

Mary Evans and George Robinson gave birth to a daughter. Mary Jane Robinson was born 13 Jul 1865 in Croydon, Surrey, England. (Mary Jane was my grandmother.)

1867

Mary Evans and George Robinson gave birth to a son. William Robinson was born 1867 in Walham Green, St John, Middlesex, England. (William was my great Uncle.)

1868

Mary Evans and George Robinson gave birth to a daughter. Elizabeth Ann Robinson was born 1868 in Croydon, Surrey. (Elizabeth Ann was my great Aunt.)

1870

Mary Evans and George Robinson gave birth to a daughter. Edith Mary Robinson was born 1870 in Gloucester. (Edith Mary was my great Aunt.)

1871

She was age 37 and the wife of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1871 UK Census on 2 Apr 1871 at Tate Road Street James Cottages in Croydon, Surrey, England.

1881

She was age 47 and the wife of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1881 UK Census on 3 Apr 1881 at Gloucester Road in Croydon, Surrey, England.

1901

She was age 67 and the wife of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1901 UK Census on 31 Mar 1901 at Gloucester Road in Croydon, Surrey, England.

1911

She was age 78 and the head of the household when they appeared in the 1911 UK Census on 2 Apr 1911 at Gloucester Road in Croydon, Surrey, England. (Her husband George had died in 1908)

1921

She was age 88 and the mother of the head of the household when they appeared in the 1921 UK Census on 19 Jun 1921 at Gloucester Road in Croydon, Surrey, England. I found her last known residence in the 1921 Census, living with her daughter Edith Mary Howells (Robinson) and her son-in-law Charles Howells and her grandson Frank Cutting.

Here is the census:

Died Feb 1926

She died about Feb 1926 at 94 years in Croydon, Surrey, England.

I would like to think that these two great grandparents, George and Mary Ann Robinson are forever joined in death and buried in the same cemetery. However, I must search deeper and further for evidence of their gravestones and their last resting place.

Your thoughts are welcomed here!

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