Week 40 October Wedding!….50 Ancestors


For this week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks the theme is October! So I pulled up my list of family and scrolled through to find an event in October.

Abraham Reeves & Eliza Smith were married on the 7th of October 1850. Abraham was born in 1828 in Awsworth, Nottinghamshire and was baptised on the 4th of May 1828 at St Peter’s Church in Awsworth. His parents were Thomas Reeve & Elizabeth Limb. Eliza was born in 1831 in Hucknall Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire (now known as Huthwaite) and was baptised on the 19th October 1831 at St Mary Magdalene church, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Her parents were Henry Smith & Sarah Allsop.

They had 9 children including my great, great grandfather Sampson Reeves born 14th November 1867 in Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts.

In the 1881 census, Eliza is the head of the household but still showing as married, living still in Hucknall Huthwaite with her 5 youngest children. Abraham has literally disappeared off of the face of the earth. I have searched high and low for him in the 1881 census without any luck. This one is a big brick wall for me, I know he hasn’t passed away as for one it doesn’t say Eliza is widow and also Abraham reappears in the 1891 census back with Eliza, still living in Hucknall Hutwaite with their 3 youngest children.

They were married for 41 years and sadly later on in 1891, Eliza passes away from “Cancer of Uterus” on the 8th of December. A year later, Abraham gets married again to a Susan Clay. They are living in Calverton in the 1901 census, just the two of them but by the 1911 census Abraham is living with is son Henry and his family. On the 27th of November 1912, Abraham passed away and was buried a few days later at the Hucknall Huthwaite cemetery. He died of Senile Decay.

I am determined to find Abraham in the 1881 census, any ideas? He was a framework knitter. His family are all in Nottinghamshire, I have tried different spelling variants but nothing comes up.

I hope someone can help.



6 thoughts on “Week 40 October Wedding!….50 Ancestors

  1. Sue Eldridge December 26, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    I am trying to research what happened to Edith Warrington – ne Green, born 1895 in Sutton in Ashford, Notts
    She was a colourful character, lived under several aliases, got into a lot of trouble, many court appearances and prison terms
    We can trace her through newspaper reports of her misdemeanors until 1942 and then she disappears.
    Can you help?

    • laurabedz December 27, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      Hi Sue, I will certainly have a look and see what I can find, did you know her and her husband got divorced in 1949? I live not far away from Sutton in Ashfield and their library has a really good local records section so will have a look there when I can get.
      Edith isn’t on my tree but with her dad being from Derbyshire he may be related to my Green Family tree who are also from Derbyshire. How is she related to you?

      • Sue Eldridge December 28, 2015 / 1:23 pm

        It is my cousin who is a Green and is researching his tree. He lives in Kirkby.
        I have become interested in Edith as a person and have all the newspaper reports on her court appearances but she vanishes in 1942:
        Any information you find would be welcome or any that we could give you. I would like to write her life story.
        My cousin’s mother was Dorothy Green and his Grandad was Jack.

      • laurabedz December 30, 2015 / 7:48 pm

        As soon as the festive season is over I will have a look, it sounds like you have lots to go on already, her life story would be an interesting read from the few articles I’ve seen. Happy New Year!

      • Sue Eldridge December 28, 2015 / 3:51 pm

        I am related to the man tracing the Green family tree. He is the grandson of Jack Green married to Ethel Guilor, my great aunt. Their daughter was Dorothy.
        I have become interested in Edith because of her personality and have a lot of newspaper reports about her escapades and aliaseseatresulting in several prison sentences
        She disappeared from the scene in 1942
        Any information you can find would be good
        Or can we help you?…
        I live in Sutton

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