Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ethel Waller (nee Faulkner)

A query from my cousin Nicki Ainscough and Uncle John (Ainscough) about my gran's sister Ethel Waller (nee Faulkner).
John inherited a family bible from his aunty Ethel Waller and it has her children listed inside it.
The following has been uncovered online by cousin Nicki and it reveals much about the Parkinson and Foxley family - enjoy reading!

Hi Barbara, Thought you'd be interested in what I've discovered so far... So basically, Uncle John has been given a bible from his Aunty Ethel Waller. The bible was originally presented to 'Harriett Parkinson on leaving Nantwich Christmas 1868'. Inside there's a list of names, which I originally thought was the list of previous owners, but following some research I've now discovered these are actually the names of Harriet's children: - William Henry Foxley (born 16 June 1869) - Mary Emma Foxley (born 29 September 1872) - Elsie Mary Foxley (born 14 December 1881) (NOTE: These names and dates are handwritten into the bible, so assuming they are accurate) My research into them has unearthed the following: - William Henry Foxley died aged 9 in Nantwich. In the 1871 census, William (age 1) is named as the son of Joseph (aged 24 and a Railway Platelayer) and Harriet Foxley (aged 25), living at 241 Wistaston Road, Willerton Heath. Also living with them at the time is John Foxley, aged 7, who appears to be their nephew, but who is listed as a brother later on (see below). - Mary E Foxley is named both in the 1881 and 1891 census' as the daughter of Joseph Meredith and Harriet Foxley. In 1881 they lived, together with Joseph's brother, John M. (aged 17 and an apprentice coach builder) at 32 Eastern Road, Willaston, Wybunbury, Nantwich. This property seems to still exist today (according to google maps). Joseph is listed as a 'Railway Labourman' whilst Mary E. is noted as a 'Scholar'. In 1891, Joseph (age 44), Harriet (age 45), Mary E (age 18) and Elsie (age 9) are now listed as living at 214 Eastern Road. With Joseph returning to the title of Railway Platelayer. - As noted below, Elsie Foxley is noted as the daughter of Joseph and Harriet Foxley in the 1891 census, where she is recorded as being age 9 and a 'scholar'. In the marriage index 1837-1915, Elsie is recorded as marrying James Faulkner in Nantwich in Apr-Jun 1906. As for dear Ethel, the only potential references I've found for her are an Ethel Faulkner. born in Nantwich Oct-Dec 1906 (which is possible, but cutting it fine with the marriage date) and potentially married in 1932 in Macclesfield. I can't find either Ethel, Freda, Elsie or James (Jim) in the 1911 census, which feels odd. So I've used what I've found (i.e. her general year of birth, name, parents name etc, to ask for her birth certificate), so hopefully that will finally solve the mystery. Hope this is of interest to you. Nikki