Frank Count

Frank Count (1850 - 1895)

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Frank Count
Born in Newmarket, Suffolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in St Mary's Church, Tickhill, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Wombwell, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Frank Count was born in Suffolk, England.

Frank Count was born at 4pm on 07 Nov 1850 at Market Place, Newmarket St Mary's, Suffolk.[1] [2] A time on a birth certificate often indicates that a person is a twin, but there is no evidence that Frank was a twin. He was the son of Charles Count, a tailor and his wife Emma Adams. There does not seem to be a record of Frank being christened at St. Mary's Church, Newmarket although his brothers and sisters were christened there. His siblings were Charles (1842 - 1843), Joseph (1844), Rose (1849-1852), Arthur (1853-1927) and John (1856-1866). John may have been disabled as he is listed as dumb in the 1861 census. Back in the 1850s the main street through Newmarket was the county boundary between Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. All Saints Church was on the Cambridgeshire side, St Mary's Church on the Suffolk side. It appears that the Count family lived on the Suffolk side, as they rarely appear in the records of All Saints Church.

The 1851 census for Newmarket St Mary's is missing, so there is no record of Frank with his parents.

In 1861, at the time of the census, 10 year old Frank is one of five stable boy in the service of William Arnull, a training groom, of Bury Road, Newmarket All Saints. At the same stables his brother Joseph (17) is also a stable boy. [3]

There does not appear to be any record of him in the 1871 census.

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, December 4th 1872 gives an account of an incident that Frank Count witnessed that year in Tickhill, Yorkshire.[4]

ATTEMPTING TO SHOOT AT TICKHILL - Leeds Town Hall (Before Mr. Baron Piggott.) - WILLIAM MIDDLETON, 29, chimney-sweep, was indicted for feloniously attempting to shoot William Wearing, with intent to do grievous bodily harm, at Tickhill, on the 13th of August last. - Mr Lockwood prosecuted; the prisoner was undefended. - Prosecutor is a police constable stationed at Tickhill, near Doncaster, and as he was on duty in Westgate on the night of the day mentioned, and passing the Mill-stone Inn, he heard a disturbance and entered. On opening the door the landlord requested him to remove the prisoner, who had been creating a disturbance, and he accordingly requested him to leave. Prisoner did so, but before he went away he exclaimed that he should like to give "Soldier Glaspie a thrashing." At one o'clock next morning, prosecutor and a young man named Frank Count were standing taking in Castlegate, when they observed prisoner coming along singing. He walked past them five or six yards and then turned round, stepped into the middle of the road and presented a gun, which he carried, at prosecutor. Prosecutor ran at him to prevent him firing, and when he was about half a yard from him the cap of the gun exploded but not the shot. He seized him and wrestled the gun from him, and the prisoner then exclaimed, "Oh, Mister; is that you? I thought it was soldier Glaspie!" On removing him to Doncaster and searching him he found a quantity of powder and shot upon him. He was under the influence of drink at the time. - Prisoner made a lengthy statement to the jury in defence. He said that some months previously Soldier Glaspie had borrowed a coat from him and not returned it, and on meeting him on the night in question in the public-house he asked hime to pay for it. They had some angry words, and meanwhile the constable asked him to leave. When he got home it struck him that he had promised to shoot crows for a person, and he determined to do so that night. He therefore took his gun and set off. As he was walking along Castlegate and approaching the officer and Count, as it turned out, he thought one of them was Glaspie, and he walked towards him, carrying the gun in the "advance." The constable thereupon sprang upon him and seized the gun, but the cap did not explode; in fact it was an exploded one which he had place upon the nipple some time previously to keep the dust out of it. he had no intention of firing at the prosecutor nor yet at Glaspie, his object being to remind the latter that ha had promised to pay him for the coat. - The jury found the prisoner not guilty, and he was discharged.

On Christmas Day 1873 Frank married Fanny Spencer at St Mary's Church, Tickhill, Yorkshire. Frank's occupation is given as Stud Groom on the marriage entry in Tickhill parish registers.[5][6]

By 1881 Frank and Fanny were at 20 George Street, Wombwell, Yorkshire with their two children, George (3) and Charles (8 months). They also had two boarders, Joseph and Kate Finley. Frank was now a coal miner.[7]

By 1891, now at 21 George Street, Wombwell were, Frank, still a miner, and Fanny (42) with sons George (14), Charles (11), Frank (8), and John (4) and daughters Mary (5), and Rose (1 month). Also there was a boarder Lot Woodcock. As the house had only 4 rooms it must have been quite a squeeze.[8]

Sadly in 1892 daughter Rose, whose real name was Charlotte died.[9]

Frank died on 17 November 1895 and is buried in Wombwell Cemetery.[10][11][12]



  1. Birth Certificate
  2. General Register Office index (Births) - COUNT, FRANK     ADAMS  GRO Reference: 1850  D Quarter in THE NEWMARKET UNION  Volume 14  Page 111 .GRO Online Birth Indexes
  3. UK census 1861 - 45 Berry Road, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
  4. The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Wednesday, December 4th 1872
  5. Tickhill Parish records (Doncaster Archives)
  6. - Yorkshire Marriages Transcription
  7. UK census 1881 - 20 George Street, Wombwell, Yorkshire
  8. UK census 1891 - 21 George Street, Wombwell, Yorkshire
  9. General Register Office index (Deaths) - COUNT, CHARLOTTE 1 Order GRO Reference: 1892 J Quarter in BARNSLEY UNION Volume 09C Page 136 .GRO Online Death Indexes
  10. "England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007," database, FamilySearch ( : 31 December 2014), Frank Count, 1895; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Death, Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  11. General Register Office index (Deaths) - COUNT, FRANK 45 Order GRO Reference: 1895 D Quarter in BARNSLEY Volume 09C Page 164 .GRO Online Death Indexes
  12. Wombwell Burial records.

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