Person:William Edwards (223)

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William Edwards
m. 18 Sep 1830
  1. Eliza Edwards1831 - 1905
  2. Fanny Edwards1832 - 1923
  3. George Edwards1835 - 1897
  4. John Edwards1837 - 1909
  5. James Edwards1840 - 1862
  6. Henry Edwards1842 - 1842
  7. Alfred Edwards1843 - 1895
  8. Sarah Ann Edwards1845 - 1914
  9. William Edwards1848 - 1933
  • HWilliam Edwards1848 - 1933
  • WFanny Grant1841 - 1925
m. 20 Jan 1872
  1. Albert Edwards1872 - 1935
  2. Fred Edwards1873 - 1956
  3. William Edwards1875 - 1956
  4. Edith Eliza Edwards1875 - 1886
  5. John Edwards1877 - 1897
  6. Annie Edwards1878 - 1923
  7. Theresa Edwards1880 - 1958
  8. Lily Edwards1881 - 1971
  9. Louise Edwards1883 - 1955
  10. Alfred Edwards1884 - 1919
Facts and Events
Name William Edwards
Gender Male
Birth[1] 4 Jul 1848 Sidlesham, Sussex, England
Christening[2] 13 Aug 1848 Sidlesham, Sussex, EnglandSt Mary
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Sidlesham, Sussex, EnglandChalder House
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 Sidlesham, Sussex, EnglandChalder
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 Sidlesham, Sussex, EnglandChalder
Marriage 20 Jan 1872 Sidlesham, Sussex, Englandto Fanny Grant
Census[6] 3 Apr 1881 Pagham, Sussex, EnglandPagham hamlet
Census[7] 5 Apr 1891 Pagham, Sussex, EnglandPagham hamlet
Census[8] 31 Mar 1901 North Mundham, Sussex, England2 South View, Runcton
Census[9] 2 Apr 1911 North Mundham, Sussex, EnglandRuncton
Death[10] 22 Oct 1933 Littlehampton, Sussex, England46 Queen Street


Childhood

William Edwards was born on 4th July 1848 at Sidlesham in Sussex, son of a charwoman named Sarah Ann Edwards, formerly Hammond, and her husband John Edwards, an agricultural labourer. William was the youngest of their nine children; indeed, he became an uncle when he was less than a year old when his eldest sister had a baby. When William was born his maternal grandparents were still alive and living nearby at Lagness.

The 1851 census finds William living with his parents, siblings and niece at Chalder, a small farming hamlet in Sidlesham parish. William's maternal grandmother died in 1858 and his maternal grandfather died in 1860.

William and Fanny.
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William and Fanny.
William and his parents and siblings stayed at Chalder throughout William's childhood, appearing there in both the 1861 and 1871 censuses too, with young William working as an agricultural labourer.

Adulthood

On 20th January 1872, aged 23, William married a dressmaker named Fanny Grant. She was also from Sidlesham and nearly seven years older than him, being 30 when they married. Two months after their marriage, William's father John died.

William and Fanny had a son named Albert later in 1872, then Fred in 1873, then twins named Edith Eliza and William in 1875, all born at Sidlesham. At the time of William and Fanny's marriage he had still been working simply as an agricultural labourer, but from the baptism of the twins onwards he worked as a traction engine driver.

William and Fanny (seated), with some of their children and granddaughter, probably at their daughter Theresa's marriage in 1908.
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William and Fanny (seated), with some of their children and granddaughter, probably at their daughter Theresa's marriage in 1908.
Some time between 1875 and 1877 William and Fanny moved to the neighbouring village of Pagham. At Pagham they had a further six children: John in 1877, Annie in 1878, Theresa in 1880, Lily in 1881, Louise in 1883 and Alfred in 1884. In 1886, one of the twins, Edith, died at the age of ten.

William's eldest son Albert married in 1895, and William became a grandfather in March 1896, aged 47. Later in 1896 William's son John joined the Navy, but he was invalided out just under a year later with phthsis (tuberculosis) and died in 1897, aged 20, being buried at Pagham.

In his shed.
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In his shed.
By 1901 William and Fanny had left Pagham and moved to the nearby hamlet of Runcton in North Mundham parish. William's mother Sarah died in 1903. William and Fanny were still at Runcton in 1911, and were looking after their granddaughter Ivy Briggs, their daughter Annie's daughter. William's eldest three sons Albert, Fred and William all went to work on the railways, particularly the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. William's daughters Annie and Theresa both went into domestic service before marrying, whilst his daughter Lily worked as a cook and never married. His daughter Louise also never married and worked as a dressmaker from home.

William's youngest son, Alfred, also went into domestic service, moving to London and working as a footman then becoming a valet, ending up at Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire. Postcards from Alfred to his parents written in 1908 give their address as "Tumble Bay" or "Tumble Bay Cottage" in Runcton. Alfred married the cook at Brodsworth and they had two sons, but then Alfred died of tuberculosis aged 34 in 1919.

William's daughter Annie died aged 44 in 1923 in London, leaving her husband James Briggs with four surviving children to look after, but then James died less than a year later. It seems that at least one of Annie's daughters came to Sussex to live with William's daughter Theresa and her husband George Miller, who do not appear to have had any children of their own.

Fanny died at Runcton on 4th March 1925, aged 83. She and William had been married for 53 years. After her death William left Runcton and went to live with his two unmarried daughters Louise and Lily at 46 Queen Street in the town of Littlehampton, a few miles to the east. He outlived Fanny by eight years and died on 22nd October 1933, aged 85. He had outlived four of his ten children, had seventeen grandchildren (although one had died young) and was also a great grandfather by the time of his death.

References
  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT Westhampnett Union
    1842 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Manhood in the County of Sussex
    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
    273Fourth of July 1848WilliamBoyJohn EdwardsSarah Edwards formerly HammondLabourerThe Mark X of Sarah Edwards
    Mother
    Sidlesham
    Twelfth of July 1848James Randall, Registrar

    This birth has been linked to the William Edwards who married Fanny Grant on the basis that their marriage certificate gives William's father's name as John Edwards, labourer, whilst in the censuses after their marriage William consistently gave his birthplace as Sidlesham with an age suggesting he was born around 1848.

  2. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Sidlesham (Sussex). Parish registers of Sidlesham, 1566-1901. (Chichester: West Sussex County Council).
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Sidlesham in the County of Sussex in the Year 1848
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParents' NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    1180August 13thWilliamJohn & SarahEdwardsSidleshamLabourerWilliam Bruton, Curate
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1851 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class HO107; Piece 1652; Folio 82; Page 7, 30 Mar 1851.

    Address: Chalder House, Sidlesham, Sussex
    John Edwards, head, married, male, 56 [1894/5], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Sarah Edwards, wife, married, female, 43 [1807/8], b. Pagham, Sussex
    George Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 16 [1834/5], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    John Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 13 [1837/8], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    James Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 11 [1839/40], Farm Laborer, b. Northmundham, Sussex
    Alfred Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 8 [1842/3], At Home, b. Northmundham, Sussex
    Sarah Edwards, daughter, unmarried, female, 6 [1844/5], At Home, b. Northmundham, Sussex
    William Edwards, son, married, 3 [1847/8], b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Elizabeth Edwards, granddaughter, female, 2 [1848/9], b. Wt Hampnett, Sussex

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1861 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG9; Piece 617; Folio 73; Page 20, 7 Apr 1861.

    Address: Chalder, Sidlesham, Sussex
    John Edwards, head, married, male, 67 [1793/4], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Sarah A. Edwards, wife, married, female, 52 [1808/9], Wife of Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    George Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 26 [1834/5], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    John Edwards, son, male, 24 [1836/7], Farm Laborer, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Alfred Edwards, son, male, 16 [1844/5], Farm Laborer, b. Mundham, Sussex
    Sarah Edwards, daughter, female, 15 [1845/6], Farm Laborer, b. Mundham, Sussex
    William Edwards, son, male, 12 [1848/9], Farm Laborer, b. Sidlesham, Sussex

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1871 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG10; Piece 1111; Folio 64; Page 3, 2 Apr 1871.

    Address: Chalder, Sidlesham, Sussex
    John Edwards, head, married, male, 72 [1798/9], Agricultural Labourer ["Supported by Parish" crossed out], b. Pagham, Sussex
    Sarah A. Edwards, wife, married, female, 62 [1808/9], Charwoman, b. Pagham, Sussex
    George Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 36 [1834/5], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Pagham, Sussex
    John Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 34 [1836/7], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Pagham, Sussex
    Sarah A. Edwards, daughter, unmarried, female, 25 [1845/6], b. Mundham, Sussex
    William Edwards, son, unmarried, male, 22 [1848/9], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Mary A. Edwards, granddaughter, female, 1 [1869/70], b. Sidlesham, Sussex

  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 1123; Folio 98; Page 10, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: Pagham hamlet, Pagham, Sussex
    William Edwards, head, married, male, 34 [1846/7], Engine Driver (Ag[ricultura]l), b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Fanny Edwards, wife, married, female, 40 [1840/1], b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Albert Edwards, son, male, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Fred Edwards, son, male, 7 [1873/4], Scholar, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    William Edwards, son, male, 5 [1875/6], Scholar, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Eliza Edwards, daughter, female, 5 [1875/6], Scholar, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    John Edwards, son, male, 3 [1877/8], b. Pagham, Sussex
    Ann Edwards, daughter, female, 2 [1878/9], b. Pagham, Sussex
    Theresa Edwards, daughter, female, 11 mo [1880], b. Pagham, Sussex

  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1891 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG12; Piece 841; Folio 96; Page 8, 5 Apr 1891.

    Address: Pagham Hamlet, Pagham, Sussex
    4 rooms occupied
    William Edwards, head, married, male, 42 [1848/9], Traction Engine Driver, employed, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Fanny Edwards, wife, married, female, 48 [1842/3], b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    William Edwards, son, single, male, 15 [1875/6], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    John Edwards, son, male, 13 [1877/8], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Thersa Edwards, daughter, female, 10 [1880/1], Scholar, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Lily Edwards, daughter, female, 9 [1881/2], Scholar, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Louise Edwards, daughter, female, 8 [1882/3], Scholar, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Alfred Edwards, son, male, 6 [1884/5], Scholar, b. Pagham, Sussex

  8. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1901 Census Schedules: also for the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG13; Piece 967; Folio 42; Page 5, 31 Mar 1901.

    Address: South View (2), Runcton hamlet, Northmundham, Sussex
    5 or more rooms occupied
    William Edwards, head, married, male, 52 [1848/9], Agr[icultura]l Engine driver, worker, b. Chichester, Sussex
    Fanny Edwards, wife, married, female, 57 [1843/4], b. Chichester, Sussex

  9. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1911 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG14; Piece 5386; Schedule 41, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: Runcton, North Mundham, Sussex
    6 rooms occupied
    William Edwards, head, male, 63 [1847/8], married, Traction Engine Driver, worker, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Fanny Edwards, wife, female, 69 [1841/2], married 40 years, 10 children born, 8 still living, b. Sidlesham, Sussex
    Louise Edwards, daughter, female, 26 [1884/5], Single, Dressmaker, own account, working at Home, b. Pagham, Sussex
    Ivy Briggs, visitor, female, 6 [1904/5], b. London

    William's signature from the 1911 census.
  10. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).
    Registration District East Preston
    1933 DEATH in the Sub-district of Littlehampton in the County of West Sussex
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    30Twenty second October 1933
    46 Queen Street, Littlehampton U.D.
    William EdwardsMale85 yearslate a Traction Engine Driver1a. Senile degeneration of Heart Muscle
    No P.M.
    Certified by H. Sydney Smith M.B.
    L. Edwards
    Daughter
    Present at the death
    46 Queen Street, Littlehampton
    Twenty third October 1933H.G. Harding, Registrar

    The informant L. Edwards could be either of William's daughters Lily and Louise, both of whom lived at 46 Queen Street with him.