Caroline Brown was born on 19 March 1821 in Colchester, Essex. She was baptised at Helens Lane Meeting House or Stockwell Chapel, Colchester. The entry in the register read - Caroline Brown, Daughter of Wm & Ann Brown, Born in Parish of St Giles, Colchester, March 19, 1821 & Baptised March 25, 1821.
In the 1841 census Caroline was living with her parents, William and Ann Brown, and eight siblings at Lime St, Oldham above Town, Lancashire. Carroline, as her name was spelt, was aged 20 and working as a cotton frame tenter.
Caroline Brown married George Byrom on 1 August 1843 at the Providence Chapel in Oldham, Lancashire. Their marriage certificate recorded George was a bachelor of full age and a mechanic. His father was not named. Caroline was a spinster of full age and working in a factory. Her father was named as William Brown, a shoemaker. At the time of their marriage George was residing at Side of Moor, Oldham and Caroline at Becket Meadow, Oldham. Caroline signed with her mark. Their witnesses were John Joseph Fisher and Betty Lees.
Known children of this couple were Sarah Ann Byrom [born 1844], Caroline Byrom , Mary Ellen Byrom [21 May 1848], Louisa Byrom , Eliza Ann Byrom , George Gough Byrom , Agnes Howe/Stowe Byrom, Emma Jackson Byrom and Richard Dow Byrom [triplets born in 1857] and Benjamin Brown Byrom . The three older children were all born in Oldham and the younger children in Chadderton, Lancashire. Mary's birth certificate states she was born at West Wood, Oldham.
Daughter Louisa was baptised on 10 June 1868 at St John's Church, Chadderton. Her parents were named as George Byrom, a turner, and Caroline Byrom of Middleton Rd.
In the 1851 census the family was living at Middleton Rd, Chadderton. George, aged 30, was still working as a mechanic. Caroline was also aged 30. Sarah was aged 6 and attending school, Caroline was aged 4, Mary was aged 2 and Louisa was aged 7 months. Also living with them was Esther Brown, Caroline's sister, a dressmaker aged 16. Esther's surname is incorrectly shown as Byrom. [HO107/2242 5 Pg 3]
One of the triplets, Agnes Howe Byrom died in infancy [Death Sep Qtr 1857/Oldham 8d 401].
In 1861 the family was still living at Middleton Rd, Chadderton. George, aged 40, was then working as an iron turner. Caroline was aged 40. Daughters Sarah, Caroline and Mary, aged 16, 14 and 12 respectively, were all working as power loom cotton weavers. Louisa, aged 10, Eliza aged 8 and George aged 6 were all attending school. Richard and Emma were aged 3 and Benjamin was aged 1.[RG9/3023 21 Pg 1]
George Byrom died on 6 August 1869 at Middleton Road, Chadderton aged 48 years of dyspepsia, 4 years, and phthisis, 7 months. [Phthisis is another name for tuberculosis.] His death certificate also recorded George's occupation as a machine fitter. The informant was Caroline Byrom of Middleton Road who was present at the death. She signed with her mark.
George was buried on 12 August 1869 at Chadderton Cemetery [G5 109] with his son in law Mark Clayton, first husband of daughter Sarah Ann. Mark had died two years earlier. The burial register further recorded George's address as Middleton Rd, Chadderton and his age as 48 years.
George does not appear to have made a will.
In 1871 the remaining family were still at Middleton Road, Chadderton. Caroline, a widow, was aged 50. Mary, Louisa and Eliza, aged 23, 20 and 18, were working as cotton cardroom operatives. George, aged 16 was working as a teacher. Emma, aged 13, was working as a cotton weaver. Richard, aged 13, and Benjamin, aged 11, were both still attending school. Daughter Sarah Clayton, also a widow, and granddaughter Emma Clayton, aged 4, were also living at home. Sarah, aged 27, was working as a cotton weaver. [RG10 4104 77 Pg 1]
In 1881 the address was shown as 279 Middleton Road, Chadderton. Caroline was aged 60. Daughters Louisa and Emma were both still living at home. Louisa, aged 30, was working as a cotton reeler and Emma, aged 23, as a cotton winder. [RG11/4086 18 Pgs 29 & 30]
Caroline Byrom died on 8 November 1890 at 279 Middleton Rd, Chadderton aged 69 years of cancer of the stomach, 5 months. Her death certificate further recorded she was the widow of George Byrom, an iron turner. The informant was B. Byrom, son, of 4 Taylor St, Chadderton, who was present at the death.
Caroline was buried on 13 November 1890 at Chadderton Cemetery [H5 161], with her son Richard Dow Byrom. The burial register further recorded Caroline's address as Middleton Rd and her age as 69 years.
Caroline does not appear to have made a will.
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