Help please? Family Legend – True or False????
It was said that my Great great grandmother Elizabeth Clarke was related in some way to Jesse Watts-Russell of Ilam Hall.
The story goes that a Watts-Russell child ran away with the family Coachman with surname Clarke and eloped. Being “Beneath” the family, the Watts-Russell child was disinherited
I am trying to prove this once and for all as many of my Cousins, Uncles, Aunts have all given me the same story but nothing is proven.
The information I have so far:
Elizabeth Clarke b 28 August 1857 Warwickshire England.
The marriage certificate of Elizabeth Clarke to Walter Mounter.
Married 4 November 1879 in Coventry
Her father is noted as William Clarke – Farm labourer
I do not know her mothers name!!!
She has (I know of) 2 brothers:
William Clarke and Edward Clarke.
Census record possibilities:
William – Head – Ag Labourer
Jane – Wife
Eliza Clarke – 11 yrs from Harbury.
William – 7 yrs
Mary Clarke – Head – Widow
Elizabeth Clarke – 5 yrs – From Lillington
William Clarke – Head – Silver polisher
Elizabeth A – Wife
Elizabeth A – Dau – 4 yrs – From Birmingham
William Clarke – Head – No occupation shown
Matilda May – Wife
Elizabeth - Dau – 13 yrs from Bubbebhall
Edward Clarke – Son – 11 yrs from Bubbenhall
William Clarke – Son – 2 yrs from Bubbenhall.
Elizabeth Clarke – 15 yrs – Domestic servant from Coventry
Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks - Rob