Person:William Hornet (2)

William Hornet
m. 7 Feb 1824
  1. John Hornet1823 - 1824
  2. Mary Ann HornetAbt 1825 - 1903
  3. John Hornet1827 - 1828
  4. William Hornet1829 -
  5. Maria Hornet1832 - 1906
m. 12 Nov 1854
Facts and Events
Name William Hornet
Gender Male
Birth[1] 25 Jul 1829 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Christening[1] 30 Aug 1829 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Harpenden, Hertfordshire, EnglandCold Harbour
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Harpenden, Hertfordshire, EnglandUpper Top Street
Marriage 12 Nov 1854 Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Englandto Mary Thompson

William Hornet was born on 25th July 1829 at Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire, son of a straw plaiter named Mary Hornet, formerly Swallow, and her husband Joseph Hornet, a labourer. William's father died when he was only three years old. His mother remarried a widower named Francis Warner the year after Joseph's death. The 1841 census finds William living with his mother and stepfather at Coldharbour in Harpenden. By 1851, Francis had died and William was living with his twice-widowed mother and siblings at Upper Top Street in Harpenden. By this time, William was working as an agricultural labourer.

William was married in 1854 to a Mary Thompson, who had had a son called Arthur earlier that year. Arthur's baptism originally had the name William written in the place for the father's name, but this was crossed out, and when Arthur married in 1879 he gave his father's name as "William Horten". It is therefore possible that William was Arthur's father. William and Mary do not appear to have had any further children together.

It is not clear what happened to William, who has yet to be traced after 1854. By 1861 Mary was describing herself as a widow, and she remarried in 1865. However, no death record for William has been found in the area.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Baptisms register, in Church of England. Wheathampstead Parish Registers. (Hertford: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies).
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Wheathamsted in the County of Hertford in the Year 1829
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParent's NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    770Born July 25th Baptized August 30thWill[ia]m son ofJoseph & MaryHornetThe Cherry TreesLaborerJ. Douton, Curate
  2. England. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA): 1841 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class HO107; Piece 441; Book 4; Folio 32; Page 17, 6 Jun 1841.

    Address: Cold Harbour, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
    Francis Warner, male, 45 [1791-6], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Hertfordshire
    Mary Warner, female, 35 [1801-6], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire
    Mary Warner jun., female, 15 [1821-6], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire
    Elizabeth Warner, female, 15 [1821-6], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire
    Susan Warner, female, 5 [1835/6], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire
    Sarah Warner, female, 3 [1837/8], b. Hertfordshire
    William Hornet, male, 10 [1830/1], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire
    Maria Hornet, female, 9 [1831/2], Pl[aiter], b. Hertfordshire

  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 1713; Folio 73; Page 10, 30 Mar 1851.

    Address: Upper Top Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
    Mary Warner, head, widow, female, 46 [1804/5], Pl[aiter], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Susan Warner, dau, unmarried, female, 16 [1834/5], Pl[aiter], b. Harpenden, Hertfordshire
    William Hornet, son, unmarried, male, 21 [1829/30], Ag[ricultural] Lab[ourer], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    Maria Hornet, daur, unmarried, female, 18 [1832/3], Pl[aiter], b. Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire
    William Innance?, lodger, married, male, 41 [1809/10], Carpenter, b. Harpenden, Hertfordshire

  4.   Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    No obvious death for William has been found. William Hornet(t) deaths in England & Wales between 1854 and 1866:
    d. William HORNETT, June Quarter 1859, Hertford Registration District, Volume 3a, page 153, aged 28 [1830/1] - corresponds with the burial at Datchworth 11 May 1859 of William Hornett from Aston, who appears at Aston End there in the 1851 census (HO107/1711/37/17).
    d. William HORNETT, March Quarter 1860, St Albans Registration District, Volume 3a, page 211, aged 2 [1857/8] - a child
    d. William Frederick HORNETT, September Quarter 1860, Lambeth Registration District, Volume 1d, page 174, aged 0 [1859/60] - a baby
    d. William HORNET, June Quarter 1862, St Albans Registration District, Volume 3a, page 182, aged 48 [1813/14] - corresponds with the William Hornet buried 26 Jun 1862 at St Stephen, St Albans, who be found at Park Street in the parish of St Stephen in the 1851 census (HO107/1713/562/20).
    d. William HORNETT, June Quarter 1866, Hertford Registration District, Volume 3a, page 187, aged 66 [1799/1800] - too old. Corresponds to burial at Datchworth 4 Apr 1866.