Note NI01374When he was christened Jan.10,1847 no mention is made of his father. When
his mother married William Spruce his name remained as Bidewell even
though he is referred to as his son in the 1851 Census. [indexing project has Jan 11th which is a Mon. rather than Sun. (# 103250-9) with source film # 1911511]
1871 Census for Wymondham listed as BIDLE age 24, bricklayer, married to
Hannah, age 22 and daughter Ellen, age 1.
1881 Census shows a James Cooke from Garboldisham as a boarder and bricklayer. He must have been some relative since earlier a Helen Cooke was married to Richard Bidewell.
1891 Census living at 93 Damgate Street with wife and two
children, Jemima and John. Age 45, occ. "marine store dealer". Wife
Anna age 42, b. Saxlingham. Jemima 18 yrs, brush woman; John age 14,
Name: John Bidewell
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1899
Age at Death: 49
Registration district: Forehoe
Inferred County: Norfolk
Marriage Cert. sign with X. Witnesses George Dade, Mary Ann Eliz. ??
At time of marriage he is listed as a bricklayer, batchelor, residing in
Saxlingham and no father listed.
John Bidwell was born 1 Dec. 1846 to Harriet Bidewell, at Wymondham, Norfolk. According to the church records he was christened Sunday, January 10, 1847 as "John, son of Harriet Bidwell of Pople Street, Wymondham." This type of entry where no father's name is given was the usual procedure for an illegitimate birth.
The 1851 Census lists other 'Bidwells' on Pople street and since John's name is similarly spelt they were all possible relatives, namely brothers of Harriet and their families. At 142 Pople Street is the following census record:
Spruce, William 29Droverborn Wymondham
Spruce, Harriet 25Wife " "
Bidwell, John 5SON"
Spruce, Elizabeth 2Daughter"
Bidwell, Hannah (W) 59Mother-in-law"
The importance of this record is manifold. The term "son" with a different surname would appear to verify the comments above concerning the church christening record. William Spruce and Harriet Bidewell (Bidwell) were married Christmas Day, 1848 in Wymondham. This record verifies that Harriet Spruce was nee Bidewell. It indicates that James Bidewell is no longer living in 1851.
By the 1871 census Hannah is still living at 142 Pople but William and Harriet are no longer there. It would appear that she owned the home and she is listed as "manager of the house", a widow and 83 years old (she was probably just 82 since she was born Oct. 3, 1791. Also resident at the house was Elizabeth Spruce, her granddaughter, aged 22 and with occupation as a nurse.
John, the son of Harriet, is now married to Hannah (Dade) and living a short way away at Damgate Street. He is listed as John Bidle, 24 years old, married and head of the house with Hannah his wife age 22, and a daughter Ellen, one year old. All are listed as being born at Wymondham (which is not the same in the 1881 census record), and his occupation as that of a bricklayer. His trade was probably learned from an older cousin, John Woodbine, who according to the 1851 census was a bricklayer and stone mason who employed eight helpers.
The 1881 Census again list him, this time as John Bidewell and residing at 72 Damgate Street. His age is given as 35 and occupation as a bricklayer helper. The family now consists of five members: Anna (Hannah) his wife, 30 yrs; Ellen - 11 yrs; Jemima - 8 yrs; and John (William) as 5 yrs. One significant difference from the previous census is that both Anna (sic) and Ellen ar recorded as having been born at Saxlingham (Nethergate).
While there are no further records about John, it is believed that he had a severe alcohol problem and before Hannah died that he had become quite abusive to her. He may have spent his latter years in seclusion probably dying at Wymondham about 1900. According to family members of John William the whole family had very little contact with him.
Sept. 3, 1998
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