Person:Elizabeth Kempson (1)

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Elizabeth Kempson
m. 15 Apr 1867
  1. William George Kempson1867 - 1868
  2. Mary Ann Kempson1869 - 1870
  3. Frederick Kempson1871 - 1954
  4. Elizabeth Kempson1873 - 1961
  5. Clara Kempson1876 - 1960
  6. Ernest Kempson1877 - 1939
  7. Agnes Kempson1880 - 1976
  8. Bertie Kempson1882 - 1925
  9. Minnie Kempson1885 - 1896
  10. Maud Kempson1889 - 1978
m. 25 Mar 1894
  1. Ralph Marshall1895 - 1917
  2. Stanley George Marshall1896 - 1970
  3. Stewart John Marshall1899 - 1966
  4. Elizabeth Cissie Marshall1901 - 1997
  5. George Marshall1904 - 1989
Facts and Events
Name Elizabeth Kempson
Gender Female
Birth[1] 10 Oct 1873 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandPark Lane
Census[2] 3 Apr 1881 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandPark Place
Census[3] 5 Apr 1891 Luton, Bedfordshire, England48 Chobham Street
Marriage 25 Mar 1894 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandSt Mary
to John Marshall
Census[4] 31 Mar 1901 Luton, Bedfordshire, England33 Albert Road
Census[5] 2 Apr 1911 Luton, Bedfordshire, England44 Cambridge Street
Death[6] 17 Jan 1961 Luton, Bedfordshire, England34 Rutland Crescent


Childhood

Elizabeth Kempson was born on 10th October 1873 at Park Lane in Luton, daughter of a plait bleacher and bricklayer named James Kempson and his wife Sarah Ann Smith. The family's surname was occasionally given as Kempster rather than Kempson, with Elizabeth's birth certificate being one such instance. Elizabeth was one of 12 children, although by the time of the 1911 census her mother Sarah reported that five of the twelve children had died.

Elizabeth's early childhood was spent at Park Lane (or Park Place), a narrow lane off Park Square, part of the original staggered crossroads at the centre of Luton. The town's market was held immediately west of Park Square on Market Hill, whilst the parish church of St Mary's was immediately east of Park Square on Church Street.

By the 1891 census the family had moved to the Park Town area, a Victorian suburb of modest terraced houses to the south of the town centre, where they were living at 48 Chobham Street. However, Elizabeth's father James was not at home on census night - he was in St Albans jail. What precisely he had done to be put in jail on that particular occasion is unclear, but he appears to have been arrested several times on suspicion of poaching.

Adulthood

Elizabeth married John Marshall on 25th March 1894 at St Mary's in Luton, aged 20. At the time of their marriage she was living on Essex Street. John lived nearby on Albert Road. After their marriage they moved around a bit to begin with, living at 25 Cowper Street in 1899 and 33 Albert Road in 1901, but by 1903 had settled at 44 Cambridge Street, which was to be Elizabeth's home for almost the rest of her life.[7] The family stayed at 44 Cambridge Street, appearing there in the 1911 census, when they were described as occupying five rooms. Elizabeth's parents were living just across the road on census night at 39 Cambridge Street.

John and Elizabeth had five children together, although their eldest son, Ralph, was killed in action in the First World War in 1917.

Elizabeth and John on their Golden Wedding in 1944
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Elizabeth and John on their Golden Wedding in 1944
John died in 1945, aged 74. Elizabeth outlived him by over fifteen years. She stayed at 44 Cambridge Street until just a year or two before her death.[8]She then went to live with her daughter Cissie at 34 Rutland Crescent, where she died on 17th January 1961 aged 87, having lived to see some of her great grandchildren.
References
  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    No.482, 10 Oct 1873, Park Lane, Luton, Beds
    Elizabeth, girl
    Father: James Kempster, Hat blocker
    Mother: Sarah Ann Kempster formerly Smith
    Informant: X the mark of Sarah Ann Kempster, mother, Park Lane, Luton, Beds
    Registered: 22 Oct 1873

  2. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), RG11/1651/4/2, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: Park Place, Luton, Bedfordshire
    James Kempson, head, married, male, 32 [1848/9], Bleacher plait, b. Chalk Hill Bedfordshire
    Sarah Kempson, wife, married, female, 33 [1847/8], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Frederick Kempson, son, unmarried, male, 10 [1870/1], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Kempson, daughter, female, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Clara Kempson, daughter, female, 6 [1874/5], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Ernest Kempson, son, male, 4 [1876/7], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Agnes Kempson, daughter, female, 1 [1879/80], b. Luton Bedfordshire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, RG12/1273/69/13, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: 48 Chobham Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    Sarah Kempson, head, married, female, 42 [1848/9], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Fred Kempson, son, single, male, 19 [1871/2], Straw Hat Packer, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Kempson, sister, single, female, 17 [1873/4], Straw Hat Sewer, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Clara Kempson, daugher, female, 15 [1875/6], Straw Hat Finisher, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Earnest Kempson, son, male, 14 [1876/7], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Agnes Kempson, daughter, female, 11 [1879/80], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Bertie Kempson, son, male, 9 [1881/2], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Minnie Kempson, daughter, female, 7 [1883/4], Scholar, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Maud Kempson, daughter, female, 2 [1888/9], b. Luton Bedfordshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, RG13/1516/119/3, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: 33 Albert Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    John Marshall, head, married, male, 30 [1870/1], Bricklayer, worker, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Marshall, wife, married, female, 27 [1873/4], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Ralph Marshall, son, single, male, 6 [1894/5], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Stanley George Marshall, son, single, male, 4 [1896/7], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Stewart John Marshall, son, single, male, 2 [1898/9], b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Agnes Kempson, visitor, single, female, 21 [1879/80], Straw hat finisher, worker, b. Luton Bedfordshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, RG14PN8995 RG78PN479 RD178 SD2 ED2 SN230, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Address: 44 Cambridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 rooms occupied
    John Marshall, head, male, 40 [1870/1], married 17 years, 5 children born alive, 5 still living, Straw Trade Blocker, worker, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Elizabeth Marshall, wife, female, 38 [1872/3], married, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Ralph Marshall, son, male, 16 [1894/5], single, Straw Trade Clerk, worker, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Stanley Marshall, son, male, 14 [1896/7], single, Foundry, worker, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Stuart Marshall, son, male, 12 [1898/9], single, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    Cissie Marshall, daugher, female, 9 [1901/2], single, b. Luton Bedfordshire
    George Marshall, son, male, 6 [1904/5], single, b. Luton Bedfordshire

  6. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    REGISTRATION DISTRICT Luton
    1961 DEATH in the Sub-district of Luton in the County of Bedford
    No. 413
    When and where died: Seventeenth January 1961, 34 Rutland Crescent, Luton
    Name: Elizabeth MARSHALL
    Sex: Female
    Age: 87 years [1873/4]
    Occupation: Widow of John Marshall, Hat Blocker
    Cause of death: Ia. Bronchial Pneumonia, c. Acute Bronchitis, II. Senility, Certified by R.F. MacLatchy M.D.
    Informant: E.C. Mead, Daughter, Present at the death, 34 Rutland Crescent, Luton
    When registrered: Seventeenth January 1961
    Registrar: R.H. Pawson, Registrar

  7. The 1903 Kelly's Directory lists J. Marshall at 44 Cambridge Street.
  8. Elizabeth Marshall is listed at 44 Cambridge Street in the electoral rolls for each year up to and including 1959, but a different family is at that address in 1960.