Charles Abram

My great great grandfather Charles Abram was born in Rothwell, Northamptonshire on 8 August 1859.   He was the son of Joseph Abram and Ann Cox who were both born in Northamptonshire. Charles’ life can be tracked through census returns.

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1861

The 1861 census shows Charles him living at 4, Lower River Terrace, St Sepulchre, Northampton with his parents. Joseph’s occupation is shown as a shoemaker and Charles  has two sisters, Emma and Harriett.

1881

In 1881 Charles can be found at 12, William Street, Northampton. Aged 22, he is married to Emily and they have a son named Francis G.  Charles is recorded as a shoe finisher and Emily as a shoe fitter.

1891

The Abram family can be found on the 1891 census living at Great Holme Street, Leicester. Charles is aged 31 and his occupation is now recorded as a shoemaker. Along with Francis G, six other children are recorded – Joseph C (my great grandfather), Amelia A, Theresa, William and Albert V.  

1901

In 1901, the family are back in Northampton at 75, Lower Hester Street. Another four children have joined the family – Alfred, Louis, Walter and Kathleen.

1911

Charles can be found on the 1911 census at Station Road, Earl’s Barton, Northamptonshire.  His occupation is a shoe machine operative.  Another three children have joined the family – Rose, Reginald James and violet May.

1939

Charles and Emily can also be found on the 1939 register, living alone at 77 Station Road, Earls Barton.  Charles is recorded as a pensioner and Emily’s occupation is given as unpaid domestic duties.

Eleanor, Rhoda, Elizabeth and Ann

My great grandmother Eleanor Rose  Payne was born on 23 August 1892 in Biggleswade.  She was the daughter of  Charles and Rhoda Payne (nee Brown) who was born in 1860 in Potton, Bedfordshire. Rhoda’s mother was Elizabeth and her mother was Ann. Their lives can be tracked by census returns. 

Note:

  • Bedfordshire County Record Office have advised there were two Rhoda Brown’s born in Stotfold within a year of one another. One was the daughter of Elizabeth, the other the daughter of James.  I believe my family is descended from the daughter of Elizabeth.

1861

The 1861 census shows Ann, a widow, aged 65, living at Queen Street, Stotfold, Biggleswade with her daughter Elizabeth, aged 35 (born 1826), who is unmarried. Elizabeth’s daughter Rhoda is living with them and is less than one year old.  Ann was born in Arlesey, Bedfordshire, Elizabeth and Rhoda were born in Stotfold. 

1871

The 1871 census shows Elizabeth, aged 46 and Rhoda aged 10, at Brook Street, Stotfold, Biggleswade.  Elizabeth’s occupation is a straw plaiter.  

1881

The 1881 census shows Elizabeth, aged 56,  at Meeting Lane, Potton, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England. Her marital status is shown as married, however there is no husband recorded. Elizabeth is working as a char woman. She is living with Rhoda, aged 20, who is working as a domestic servant.

1884

I believe that Rhoda had a daughter called Annie born outside of marriage on 20 June 1884. Rhoda would have been 24 at the time. No details of the father appear on the birth certificate. However Annie appears to be living with Rhoda on the 1901 census and recorded as ‘Annie Paine’.

1891

Rhoda can be found on the 1891 census of Potton, aged 31 and now married to Charles Paine. They have one son called Charles, aged five and a daughter, Ellie, aged two.  Elizabeth Brown can also be found on the 1891 census, at Meeting Lane, Potton, Biggleswade, living with with her granddaughter Annie Brown.

1901

The 1901 census show Rhoda and Charles are still at Horselow Street. The family has grown and now comprises six children – Annie (aged 16), Charles, Nelly (aged 8, born 1893), Minnie, Florence and Bertie. 

1911

The family are still at Horselow Street on the 1911 census but Eleanor Rose is not with them.   

Charles Payne

My great great grandfather Charles Payne was born in Stotfold, Bedfordshire in 1860.  His  life can be tracked by census returns.

Note: Although I use the spelling of Payne on this page, historically the surname can also be spelt Paine and Pain

1891

Charles can be found on the 1891 census living at Horselow Street, Potton, aged 32 and married to my great grandmother Rhoda.  They have one son named Charles, aged five and a daughter, Ellie, aged two.  He is employed as a farm labourer.

1901

The 1901 census show Charles aged 41 and Rhoda are still at Horselow Street. The family has grown and now comprises six children – Annie, Charles, Nelly (aged 8, born 1893), Minnie, Florence and Bertie. Charles is employed as an ordinary agricultural labourer.

1911

The family are still at Horselow Street on the 1911 census, Charles is aged 50. His occupation is given as Gardeners labour.

Frederick Charles William Payne

Frederick Charles William Payne was born on 25 September 1915.  The only son of Ellen Rose Payne. His father is unknown.

Frederick Charles William Payne.

He married my grandmother Ellen Brooker in Biggleswade in 1940. The couple were married by special licence two days before Frederick had to report for military service.

The wedding of Frederick and Ellen.

Wedding announcement for Mr F Payne and Miss E Brooker.

Frederick and Ellen had three children, Pamela Ann and Freda were twins born in 1940 but Freda only lived to be three days old – her death certificate states she was a premature twin born at seven months. My mum was born seven years later on 3 February 1948.

During his time in the military, Frederick was reported missing in action.

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Frederick’s occupation at the time is given as Private Number 198808 Royal Army Service Corps (Butchers Assistant).