Person:Ada Singleton (5)

Ada Jane Singleton
m. 12 Jan 1846
  1. Samuel Singleton1846 -
  2. William Bonser Singleton1848 - 1849
  3. Mary Elizabeth Singleton1850 - 1932
  4. William Singleton1852 - 1925
  5. Bonser Singleton1854 - 1934
  6. James Singleton1857 - 1928
  7. Richard Singleton1859 - 1949
  8. Annie Singleton1862 - 1946
  9. Frederick Singleton1864 -
  10. Ada Jane Singleton1871 - 1959
m. 31 Mar 1902
  1. John Robert Cox1903 - 1977
  2. Arthur Edward Cox1905 - 2002
  3. Elsie Elizabeth Cox1907 - 1997
Facts and Events
Name Ada Jane Singleton
Gender Female
Birth[1] 14 Aug 1871 Allington, Lincolnshire, England
Census[2] 3 Apr 1881 Bainton, Northamptonshire, England
Census[3] 5 Apr 1891 Bainton, Northamptonshire, England
Census[4] 31 Mar 1901 Bainton, Northamptonshire, England
Marriage 31 Mar 1902 Farnborough, Kent, Englandto John Henry Cox
Census[5] 2 Apr 1911 Hyde, Bedfordshire, England56 West Hyde
Death[7] 6 Aug 1959 West Hyde, Hyde, Bedfordshire, England58 Flint Hyde
Burial[6] 11 Aug 1959 East Hyde, Hyde, Bedfordshire, England

Early life

Ada Jane Singleton was born in the village of Allington, Lincolnshire on 14th August 1871. She was the youngest child of a couple called Robert Singleton and Eliza Worth Bonser. Robert Singleton was a coachman and groom, who appears to have worked at various big houses. Eliza was 45 when Ada was born, and there was a gap of six years between Ada and her closest sibling in age. Shortly after Ada's birth the family moved to Aston on Trent in Derbyshire, presumably for Robert's work. Whilst living there, when Ada was just fourteen months old, her mother Eliza died, aged 46.

By the 1881 census, Robert and his youngest two daughters, Annie and Ada, had left Aston and moved to Bainton in Northamptonshire. The rest of Robert's children had left home by this time. Ada was about 25 years younger than her eldest brother, and probably had little contact with her eldest siblings. Ada lived in Bainton with her father in Bainton for at least 20 years, and worked as a housekeeper there as a young woman. Between at least 1891 and 1901 Ada appears to have lived alone with her father.

Marriage and move to Luton Hoo

In 1901, Robert Singleton died, aged 83. Ada went to live with her sister Annie, who had married a florist and moved to Kent. Ada presumably already knew John Henry Cox from Barnack, the neighbouring village to Bainton. She married John Henry over a hundred miles from Barnack and Bainton at Farnborough in Kent, less than a year after Robert's death. Perhaps Ada felt unable to marry whilst she had her father to care for. When they married, John Henry was 31 and Ada Jane 30. They returned to Barnack, where their eldest son, John Robert Cox, was born in 1903.

At Barnack, John Henry Cox was a gardener at Burghley House, working under head gardener Arthur William Metcalfe. In 1904, Metcalfe was appointed head gardener at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire. He brought John Henry to work with him at Luton Hoo. Therefore in 1904 John Henry, Ada Jane and their baby son John Robert moved from Barnack (where John Henry's family had been for over two centuries) to the Luton Hoo estate. They initially lived at South Lodge, where their son Arthur Edward was born in 1905, then moved to the little village of West Hyde which belonged to the estate, where their daughter Elsie Elizabeth was born in 1907. Both Arthur Edward and Elsie Elizabeth were baptised at St Nicholas church in the nearby town of Harpenden.

At West Hyde, the family lived at No.56 West Hyde. Like most of the houses at West Hyde, it belonged to the Hoo estate. Every six months Lady Wernher, the mistress of Luton Hoo, would visit each cottage to inspect it. This was something of a red letter day for the tenants, as everything had to be dust-free and squeaky clean. When the house was put onto mains electricity an electric oven was installed, but Ada refused to use it[8].

Later life

John Henry died in 1955, aged 84. After his death, the Hoo transferred Ada a short distance up the road to 58 Flint Hyde. Apparently this house also had an electric stove, which Ada did consent to use, but still insisted on cooking vegetables on the fire[8]. On 22nd July 1956, Ada wrote her will, leaving all the money in her post office savings account to her daughter Elsie Elizabeth and the rest of her estate to be split equally between her two sons, John Robert and Arthur Edward. The will was witnessed by Ada's two daughters-in-law.

Ada died at 58 Flint Hyde on 6th August 1959, eight days short of what would have been her 88th birthday. She was buried at Holy Trinity Church at East Hyde.

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  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    1871 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Bennington in the Counties of Lincoln and Nottingham
    No.When and where bornName, if anySexName and surname of fatherName, surname and maiden name of motherOccupation of fatherSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    56Fourteenth August 1871
    Ada JaneGirlRobert SingletonEliza Singleton formerly BonserCoachmanEliza Singleton
    Eighth September 1871E. Kinington, Registrar

    This birth has been linked to the Ada Jane Singleton who married John Robert Cox on the basis that their marriage certificate gives her father's name as Robert Singleton, coachman. Also, the address Ada was living at when she married was home to Annie Floyd formerly Singleton, who gave her place of birth as Allington. The only census in which Ada appears after her marriage is 1911, in which she gave her place of birth as Aston, Derbyshire, which is clearly not the same as Allington, Lincolnshire. However, this is considered a mistake, which can be easily explained, as the family left Allington shortly after Ada's birth and moved to Aston, where Ada's mother died in 1872, when Ada was still only a baby.

  2. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 3194; Folio 67; Page 16, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: Bainton, Northamptonshire
    Robert Singleton, head, widower, male, 61 [1819/20], Coachman Dom[estic] Serv[ant], b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Annie Singleton, daughter, unmarried, female, 18 [1862/3], Housekeeper, b. Allington, Lincolnshire
    Ada Singleton, daughter, female, 9 [1871/2], Scholar, b. Allington, Lincolnshire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 2554; Folio 58; Page 12, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.

    Address: Bainton, Northamptonshire
    4 rooms occupied
    Robert Singleton, head, widower, male, 71 [1819/20], Assisting Gardener, employed, b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Ada J. Singleton, daughter, single, female, 19 [1871/2], Housekeeper, employed, b. Allington, Lincolnshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 3022; Folio 56; Page 5, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.

    Address: Bainton, Northamptonshire
    4 rooms occupied
    Robert Singleton, head, widower, male, 81 [1819/20], Retired Coachman, b. Foston, Lincolnshire
    Ada Singleton, daughter, single, female, 29 [1871/2], House Keeper (Domestic), Working at Home, b. Allington, Lincolnshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 9025; Schedule 128, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Address: No. 56 West Hyde N[ea]r Luton, Bedfordshire
    5 rooms occupied
    John Henry Cox, head, male, 40 [1870/1], married, Gardener (Domestic), worker, b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Ada Jane Cox, wife, female, 39 [1871/2], married 9 years, 3 children, all still living, b. Aston, Derbyshire
    John Robert Cox, son, male, 8 [1902/3], b. Barnack, Northamptonshire
    Arthur Edward Cox, son, male, 5 [1905/6], b. Hyde, Bedfordshire
    Elsie Elizabeth Cox, daughter, female, 3 [1907/8], b. Hyde, Bedfordshire

  6. Church of England. East Hyde Parish Registers, Primary quality.

    of 58 Flint Hyde

  7. Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice England. Calendar of the grants of probate and letters of administration made in the Principal Registry: and in the several district registries of Her Majesty's Court of Probate. (London, United Kingdom: HMSO, 1858-Present), 11 Sep 1959, Primary quality.

    This is the last Will and Testament of me Ada Jane Cox of 58 Flint Hyde Nr Luton Bedfordshire in the County of Bedfordshire made this Twenty Second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and Fifty-Six

    I HEREBY revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore. I appoint
    to be my Executor , and direct that all my Debts and Funeral Expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

    I GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto My daughter Elsie Elizabeth Cox, all the
    savings in my Post Office Savings Bank Book. The rest of my possessions I bequeath between my two sons, namely John Robert Cox of 29 Neville Road Luton Bedfordshire and Arthur Edward Cox of 15 Clifton Road Luton Bedfordshire

    Signed by the said TESTATOR in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at h request, in h presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
    Ada Jane Cox
    Bethia Cox, 29 Neville Road Luton
    Dorothy May Cox, 15 Clifton Road, Luton Beds

    In the High Court of Justice The Principal Probate Registry

    BE IT KNOWN that ADA JANE COX of 58 Flint Hyde near Luton Bedfordshire widow died there on the 6th day of August 1959 AND BE IT FURTHER KNOWN that at the date hereunder written the last Will and Testament (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) of the said deceased was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of the High Court of Justice and that Administration of all the estate which by law devolves to and vests in the personal representative of the said deceased was granted by the aforesaid Court to JOHN ROBERT COX of 29 Neville Road Luton aforesaid Material Handler Motor Works son of deceased one of the Executors named in the said Will Power reserved to the other Executor
    And it is hereby certified that an Inland Revenue affidavit has been delivered wherein it is shown that the gross value of the said estate in Great Britain
    (exclusive of what the said deceased may have been possessed of or entitled to as a trustee and not beneficially) amounts to £274:5:2

    Dated the 11th day of September 1959 C.H. Fosker Registrar
    Extracted by the acting Executor

  8. 8.0 8.1 Letter to author from Ada's granddaughter, 17 May 2011