Person:Elizabeth Ward (78)

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Elizabeth Turner Ward
  1. Elizabeth Turner Ward1833 - 1906
  • HThomas Cox1832 - 1884
  • WElizabeth Turner Ward1833 - 1906
m. 1 Jul 1861
  1. William Cox1862 -
  2. Elizabeth Ann Cox1865 - 1930
  3. Thomas Cox1867 -
  4. John Henry Cox1870 - 1955
  5. Arthur Cox1873 - 1877
  6. Catherine Cox1875 -
  7. Martha Cox1878 - 1965
Facts and Events
Name Elizabeth Turner Ward
Gender Female
Christening[1] 22 Dec 1833 Heckington, Lincolnshire, EnglandSt Andrew
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Great Hale, Lincolnshire, EnglandSouth Street
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Great Hale, Lincolnshire, EnglandSouth Street
Marriage 1 Jul 1861 Great Hale, Lincolnshire, Englandto Thomas Cox
Census[4] 2 Apr 1871 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England
Census[5] 3 Apr 1881 Barnack, Northamptonshire, EnglandBack Lane
Census[6] 5 Apr 1891 Barnack, Northamptonshire, EnglandMain Street
Census[7] 31 Mar 1901 Barnack, Northamptonshire, EnglandMain Street
Death[8] 14 Feb 1906 Barnack, Northamptonshire, England
Burial[9] 17 Feb 1906 Barnack, Northamptonshire, EnglandSt John the Baptist

Childhood

Elizabeth Turner Ward was baptised on 22nd December 1833 at Heckington in Lincolnshire, although it is worth noting that she consistently gave her place of birth as the neighbouring parish of Great Hale, which is where her mother was from. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Ward and a farmer named Edward Turner from Heckington. Her parents were not married and she was given her father's surname as a middle name. She herself never used the middle name; it does not appear on her marriage certificate or any of the censuses. However, it does appear on her death and burial records, showing that her children knew of it. How much contact she had with her father's family is unclear - although probably not much given that Edward later married and had another daughter called Elizabeth.

Elizabeth's mother married in 1836, when Elizabeth was two years old, to a shepherd named Robert Walton who thus became Elizabeth's stepfather. She would have six half-siblings from her mother's marriage.

Elizabeth is named in her great-grandfather John Allam's will, written in 1835 when Elizabeth was less than two years old. He owned several properties in Great Hale, including a windmill, and left one of the cottages to Elizabeth's mother, to be passed on to Elizabeth after her mother's death. John Allam died in 1841, when Elizabeth was six years old.

In the 1841 census, Elizabeth was living in Great Hale with her mother, stepfather and half-siblings. Elizabeth's maternal grandparents Luke and Ann Ward also lived in the village. Elizabeth's grandfather Luke Ward died in 1844. By 1851 Elizabeth and her half-brother Luke Walton were living with their uncle Luke Ward and grandmother Ann Ward at South Street in Great Hale. Elizabeth's grandmother Ann Ward died in 1857.

Adulthood

In 1861, Elizabeth married Thomas Cox, a wheelwright from Barnack in Northamptonshire. How they met is unclear, given that it is 30 miles between Great Hale and Barnack. The couple moved to Barnack, where they lived with Thomas's widowed mother, Catherine, apparently at the house now called Ragstone Cottage, 2 Station Road. They had seven children, but one died when he was only four years old.

The 1881 census finds Elizabeth and Thomas still at Ragstone Cottage, with Thomas by this time described as a 'master wheelwright'. Just over three years later however, Thomas died at the County Lunatic Asylum. He was 52. There is a certain poignancy in the inscription Elizabeth had put on his grave in Barnack churchyard: "We cannot Lord Thy purpose see, but all is well that's done by Thee."

Back in Great Hale Elizabeth's mother died in 1889.

After Thomas's death, Elizabeth was supported by her sons William and John Henry. She died on 14th February 1906 at Barnack, aged 72.

References
  1. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Heckington (Lincolnshire). Parish registers, 1559-1968. (Lincoln, England: Lincoln Archives Office, 1993), Primary quality.
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Heckington in the County of Lincoln in the Year 1833
    When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParents NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    Dec[embe]r 22nd No.1182Elizabeth Turner illegitimate d[aughte]r ofElizabethWardHeckingtonSingle womanCha[rle]s De la Cour, Vicar
    and the reputed father
    EdwardTurnerHeckingtonFarmer

    This baptism has been linked to the Elizabeth Ward who married Thomas Cox on the basis of the middle name Turner which appears on the adult Elizabeth's death and burial records. Whilst after her marriage Elizabeth consistently gave her place of birth as Great Hale, Heckington immediately adjoins Great Hale. No father's name is given on Elizabeth's marriage certificate, suggesting she was illegitimate. Two of the witnesses to Elizabeth's marriage were a Luke and Ann Walton, who appear to have been half siblings to the Elizabeth baptised in 1833.

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 619; Book 4; Folio 12; Page 18, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.

    Address: South Street, Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Robert Walton, male, 25 [1811-16], Ag lab, b. Lincolnshire
    Elizabeth Walton, female, 25 [1811-16], b. Lincolnshire
    Joseph Walton, male, 3 [1837/8], b. Lincolnshire
    Luke Walton, male, 2 [1838/9], b. Lincolnshire
    Ann Walton, female, 7 months [1840], b. Lincolnshire
    ~
    Elizabeth Ward, female, 5 [1835/6], b. Lincolnshire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 2101; Folio 244; Page 10, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.

    Address: South Street, Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Luke Ward, head, married, male, 34 [1816/7], Carpenter Master employing 1 man and 1 apprentice, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Mary Ward, wife, married, female, 29 [1821/2], Carpenters Wife, b. South Kyme, Lincolnshire
    Ann Ward, daughter, unmarried, female, 5mo [1850], Carpenters Daur, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Ann Ward, mother, widow, female, 62 [1788/9], Annuitant, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Rebecca Ward, sister, unmarried, female, 24 [1826/7], Carpenters Daur, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Elizabeth Ward, niece, unmarried, female, 17 [1833/4], b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    William Fletcher, lodger, unmarried, male, 23 [1827/8], Carpenter (Journeyman), b. South Kyme, Lincolnshire
    William Housley, apprentice, unmarried, male, 19 [1831/2], Carpenters Apprentice, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    Luke Walton, nephew, unmarried, male, 10 [1840/1], Errand Boy, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 3310; Folio 58; Page 25, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: Cottage, Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Thomas Cox, head, married, male, 39 [1831/2], Wheelwright & Cottager, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Elizabeth Cox, wife, married, female, 37 [1833/4], b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    William Cox, son, male, 8 [1862/3], Scholar, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Elizabeth A. Cox, daughter, female, 6 [1864/5], Scholar, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Thomas Cox, son, male, 4 [1866/7], Scholar, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    John H. Cox, son, male, 9m [1870], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Catharine Cox, mother, widow, female, 67 [1803/4], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire

  5. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 3194; Folio 38; Page 5, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: Back Lane, Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Thomas Cox, head, married, male, 48 [1832/3], Wheel-wright Mast Emp 1 man, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Elizabeth Cox, wife, married, female, 46 [1834/5], Wheel-wt's wife, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    William Cox, son, unmarried, male, 18 [1862/3], Wheel-wt's son, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Thomas Cox, son, male, 14 [1866/7], Butcher's boy, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    John H. Cox, son, male, 10 [1870/1], Scholar, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Catherine Cox, daughter, female, 6 [1874/5], Scholar, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Martha Cox, daughter, female, 2 [1878/9], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire

  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 2554; Folio 34; Page 6, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: Main Street, Barnack, Northamptonshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    Elizabeth Cox, head, widow, female, 57 [1833/4], Supported by sons, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    William Cox, son, single, male, 29 [1861/2], Agric Lab, employed, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    John H. Cox, son, single, male, 20 [1870/1], Agric Lab, employed, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Martha Cox, daughter, female, 12 [1878/9], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire

  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 3022; Folio 36; Page 8, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: Main Street, Barnack, Northamptonshire
    5 or more rooms occupied
    Elizabeth Cox, head, widow, female, 67 [1833/4], Supported by sons, b. Great Hale, Lincolnshire
    William Cox, son, single, male, 38 [1862/3], Labourer (Carpenter's), b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    John H. Cox, son, single, male, 30 [1870/1], Labourer (Gardener's), b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Martha Cox, daughter, single, female, 22 [1878/9], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire

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

    1906 DEATH in the Sub-district of Barnack in the Counties of Northampton, Rutland, Lincoln & Huntingdon
    No. 243
    When died: 14 Feb 1906
    Where died: Barnack Northe. R.D.
    Name: Elizabeth Turner Cox
    Sex: Female
    Age: 72 years
    Occupation: Widow of Thomas Cox a Wheelwright (Master)
    Cause of death: Senile decay, Bronchitis, Certified
    Informant: T. Cox, son, In attendance, Walcot Gardens, Southorpe
    Registered: 14 Feb 1906

  9. Burials register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Barnack (Northamptonshire). Parish registers, 1695-1974. (Northampton: Northamptonshire County Record Office), Primary quality.

    No. 732 / 17 Feb 1906 / Elizabeth Turner Cox / Barnack / 72 [1833/4]

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