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Finding the parents of Charlotte Holloway

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Charlotte (Holloway) Lowe (1834-) was the daughter of widow Sarah Holloway who later married John Denton (1808-). Trying to work out who was her father, and also identify her mother's maiden name. She was born in Egham, Surrey, and later married in the same place. Charlotte's husband was also a native of Egham so it seems likely that her mother and father also came from there and the 1851 census[1] shows mother Sarah's birth place to have been Staines, Middlesex, only two or three kilometres from Egham. Her mother was a widow when Charlotte was born which I thought meant that her father had to have died in 1833 or 1834 but actually it may be that her mother Sarah was widowed earlier than that and Charlotte was born out of wedlock.

Referring to the notes below, the Frederick Holloway who appears as a fifteen year old in the household of John and Sarah Denton in the 1841 census[2] matches Frederick, son of Charles and Sarah, bapt. 25 Jan 1824.[3] The birth records of Thomas and Frederick list Charles as a blacksmith. The absence of Thomas, Sarah and George from the household does not refute this. Thomas was living out of home as an apprentice(?) baker and the other two were old enough to expect them to have their own families by then rather than living with a step-father. The absence of any William Holloway born around 1821, older brother to Frederick is a problem, however. No record of the birth of William Holloway born any near Egham and within a few years of 1821 has been found.

A candidate has been found for the marriage: Charles Holloway married Sara Topping at Stanwell[4] on 21 Jul 1811[5]. This is seven or eight kilometres away from Egham. Sarah Topping was born in Staines, Middlesex (just as the 1851 census states) on 08 Jan 1792 (two or three years earlier than suggested by census records)[6]. She was the daughter of George and Sarah Topping. Children of George and Sarah (casting a somewhat wider net than the details below that include Egham only) include:

If we compare these with the Denton household in the 1841 census we find a match for William and Frederick. The dates don't match very closely but we know that dates for the 1841 census are very rough. The 1851 census[7] gives better dates for John and Sarah, although by that time all of Charles Holloway's children had left home.

Charles Holloway died in 1828 and was buried 14 Feb of that year[8]. This means that if he was Sarah's husband then Charlotte was born some six years after her mother was widowed and some 17 months before her marriage to John Denton. Her father then, remains uncertain, although there's a fair chance that it was John Denton, who may have been initially more ready to join her mother in bed than to take on a substantial step-family.

Update: just found the death registration for Charlotte Holloway-Denton-Lowe that lists her father as John Denton and her mother as Mary Topping[9]. The given name doesn't match everything else we've uncovered, but the surname of Topping is thus independently confirmed.

Holloways in Egham 1770-1850

Collated from results of a FamilySearch query https://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/results?keywordsplace=egham%2c%20surrey%2c%20england&keywordsplace_proximity=0&sourcecountry=great%20britain&lastname=holloway&lastname_variants=true&eventyear=1810&eventyear_offset=40&sid=999. Only those records that specifically mention Egham are shown. There are some marriage index entries omitted that refer to Windsor without mentioning Egham and that don't give a clear indication to the name of the spouse.

NameBorn/Bapt.FatherMotherMarriedMarried toDied/buriedTradeNote
Georgec1758 03 Oct 1826 Surrey burials
Sarahc1758 01 Jul 1819 Surrey burials
Charles c1767 17 Nov 1820 Surrey Burials
1820 Index To Death Duty Registers 1796-1903
William 17 Dec 1786 George HollowaySarah Baptism
Charles19 Oct 1788George HollowaySarah Baptism
c1788 24 Feb 1828 Surrey Burials
George27 Feb 1791George HollowaySarah Baptism
George18 Aug 1793George HollowaySarah Baptism
23 Feb 1794 Burial
Sarah16 Mar 1796George HollowaySarah Baptism
Anne26 Feb 1797George HollowaySarah Baptism
George08 Nov 1801George HollowaySarah Baptism
Johnc1791JaneSmith1841 census
c1791 1848Burial records
Janec1791John Holloway1841 census
c1792 1850 Surrey Burials
John20 Jan 1811John HollowayJane Baptism
William29 Nov 1812John HolowayJane Baptism
23 Dec 1812 Burial
Elizabeth10 Oct 1813John HollowayJane Baptism
Sarah29 Oct 1815John HollowayJane Baptism
1846 Burial
Charlesc1816 Blacksmith 1841 census
Ann09 Nov 1817John HollowayJane Baptism
c1821 F.S.1841 census
Josephc1821John HollowayJaneSmith1841 census
25 Dec 1819John HollowayJane Baptism
Henry09 Dec 1821John HollowayJane Baptism
Jane26 Oct 1823John HollowayJane Baptism
Janec1826John HollowayJane 1841 census
George22 Jan 1826John HollowayJane Baptism
1826 1841 census (Errand boy)
Emmac1829John HollowayJane 1841 census
26 Apr 1829John HollowayJane Baptism
Jobc1831John HollowayJane 1841 census
18 Dec 1831John HollowayJane Baptism
Benjc1805 Caroline Painter1841 census
Carolinec1813 Benj Holloway Dress maker1841 census
Sarah Dc1801 John Denton 1841 census
Williamc1821 Sarah D 1841 census
Frederickc1826 Sarah D 1841 census
Charlotte09 Mar 1834 Sarah D Baptism
1834step John Denton Sarah D 1841 census
Mary Dentonc1837John Denton Sarah D 1841 census
Johnc1811 Mary? Ann? Blacksmith1841 census
Mary(?)c1806 John Holloway 1841 census
John 24 Aug 1834John HollowayAnn Baptism
Louisa13 Nov 1836John HollowayAnn Baptism
Jane17 May 1840John HollowayAnn Baptism
George10 Aug 1817Charles HollowaySarah Baptism
Sarah16 May 1819Charles HollowaySarah Baptism
Thomas25 Jan 1824 Charles HollowaySarah Baptism
23 Aug 1846Martha Barratt Labourer Marriage
c1823 Ap. Baker1841 census
Frederick25 Jan 1824Charles HollowaySarah Baptism
Thomas Charles22 Nov 1846Thomas HollowayMartha Baptism
1847 Burial
William26 Mar 1848Thomas HollowayMartha Baptism
Emily03 Nov 1850Thomas HollowayMartha Barrett Baptism
Sarah Elizabeth27 Jun 1847William HollowayElizabeth Smith Baptism
William Charles08 Apr 1849William HollowayElizabeth Smith Baptism
William06 Feb 1814George HolowayElizabeth Baptism
Aylett 13 Jul 1824Elizabeth Finch Aylett from Essex - West Ham; married by licence
Elizabeth 02 Sep 1836Charles Hunter Surrey Marriages (Banns), witnesses James Halsey, Ann Halsey
Francis 14 Oct 1799Mary Black Surrey Marriages
George deceased (?John)(?Jane) 07 Feb 1847Martha Brooker ShoemakerMarriage; w Charles Holloway, James Dodd.
Henry 18 Nov 1826Esther North Marriage; w Robert Wye, Francis Eddington
Henryc1822 M.S.1841 census
Louisa 28 Mar 1830James Saw Surrey Marriages, w Henry Jane, Elizth Saw
Lucy 08 Jan 1806 Burial
Ann 06 Jun 1785 Burial
Elizabeth 06 Jun 1785 Burial
Mary Q4, 1844 Burial

(M.S. and F.S. signify male servant and female servant respectively.)


  1. 1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census, High Street, Egham, Windsor, Surrey, England, household of John Denton. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBC/1851/0000121022 accessed 25 Oct 2020
  2. 1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census High Street, Egham, Windsor, Surrey, England, Archive reference HO107 Piece number 1074 Book number 10 Folio number 34 Page number 23. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBC/1841/0006640725 accessed 25 Oct 2020.
  3. Surrey Baptisms 1813-1830, Frederick Holloway son of Charles Holloway, blacksmith and his wife Sarah, 25 Jan 1824. Archive: Surrey History Centre ref EG/3/1 Page 118. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=PRS%2FSURREY%2FBAP%2F0573422 accessed 24 Oct 2020.
  4. England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850. Charles Holloway and Sara Topping at Stanwell, London. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBPRS%2FM%2F752979524%2F2 accessed 25 Oct 2020.
  5. Greater London Marriage Index, Sarah Toping and Chas Holloway at Stanwell, Middlesex. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBPRS%2FM%2F219055881%2F3 25 Oct 2020
  6. Middlesex Baptisms, Sara Topping, 08 Jan 1792, Staines. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBPRS%2FB%2F907052534%2F1 accessed 25 Oct 2020
  7. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBC%2F1851%2F0000121021
  8. National Burial Index For England & Wales, Charles Holloway, 40 years old, buried 14 Feb 1828 at Egham, Surrey. https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBPR%2FD%2FNBI06535764 accessed 24 Oct 2020
  9. Queensland Government Death Registration 1882/B/14952 https://www.familyhistory.bdm.qld.gov.au/details/ee1c1c72961c99787fec806fb28bd4a319d96db139042cc318673f9cb6f61daf : 13 May 2021.

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