Hannah was born to William Spencer and Diana Simpson in 1843, in Moor Town, Yorkshire, England. She was baptized on February 12, 1843, at St Matthew parish in Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, England. Hannah was the second eldest of four children – one boy and three girls. In 1851, Hannah lived with her aunt and uncle, Ann and John Otty. It is unknown why Hannah did not live with her parents and three siblings. In 1851, her parents lived with her father’s mother, also named Hannah. Sadly, sometime after the 1851 census was taken, Hannah’s father died. William was only 33 and Hannah was only 8 years old. Over the years, Hannah’s mother remarried three more times, giving Hannah four half-siblings. In 1861, at the age of 18, Hannah was a servant in the William S. Walker household. Hannah married Edwin Wilson on August 12, 1865. Hannah was 22 and Edwin was 24 years old. Together they had four children – three boys and one girl. Sadly their third child, Alfred died in infancy. In 1881, Hannah died, leaving behind her widowed husband and three young children.
BORN: 6 January 1843, Moor Town, Yorkshire, Leeds, England
BAPTISM: 12 February 1843, St Matthew, Chapel Allerton, Yorkshire, England
MARRIAGE: 12 August 1865, St Peter, Yorkshire, England
DEATH: 1881, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, England
In 1851, Hannah was 8 years old and lived on Cow Lane in Selby with her uncle and aunt, John and Ann Otty. John was a gardener who employed one boy. It is unknown why Hannah was not living with her own family.
Synopsis of the Otty household in 1851
John Otty / 54 / Gardener employing 1 boy
Ann / 49 / Wife
Hannah / 8 / Niece
Source: Class: HO107; Piece: 2351; Folio: 331; Page: 4; GSU roll: 87611-87612.
In 1861, Hannah was a servant in the household of William S. Walker and his wife Ann. William, age 57, was a retired merchant and wife Ann was 68 years old. Hannah was 18 years old. They lived at Spenceley Bldg in Headingly, Yorkshire.
Synopsis of the Hannah’s abode in 1861
William S. Walker / Head / 57 / Retired Merchant
Ann / Wife / 68 /
Hannah Spencer / Servant / 18 /
Source: Class: RG 9; Piece: 3374; Folio: 54; Page: 5; GSU roll: 543122.
On March 16, 1864, Hannah Spencer and Edwin Wilson were witnesses at the marriage of Dorcas Child and Thomas Spencer. Dorcas was Edwin’s aunt and Thomas was Hannah’s older brother.
On August 12, 1865, Hannah Spencer married Edwin Wilson. Hannah Spencer was age 22 and a spinster. She lived in Chapeltown. Her father was William Spencer, a farmer. Edwin was a bachelor, age 24, and a mason. He lived at Lilac Terrace. His father was John Wilson, a clothier. Edwin and Hannah were married at the Parish Church in the Parish of Leeds in the presence of John Clayton and Ann Otty Spencer. Ann Otty Spencer was Hannah’s younger sister. Edwin and Hannah both signed their names on the marriage bann. Note: Edwin’s name is listed as Edward and he signed his name Edward. Source: West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
In 1867, Edwin and Hannah had their first child, William Edwin
On March 12, 1868, Edwin and Hannah had their second child, Annie.
On March 2, 1871, Alfred was born to Edwin and Hannah.
In 1871 Hannah was 28 years old and Edwin was 31 years old. Edwin worked as a stone mason. They had three children: William Edwin age 4; Annie age 3; Alfred 1 month. Also with the family was Rachel Midgley, Hannah’s half-sister. The family lived at 7 School St. in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
Synopsis of the Wilson household in 1871
Edwin Wilson / Head / 31 / Stone Mason
Hannah / Wife / 28
William E. / Son / 4
Annie / Daughter / 3
Alfred / Son / 1 month
Rachel Midgley / Sister / 11
Source: Class: RG10; Piece: 4574; Folio: 69; Page: 19; GSU roll: 847251.
In 1873, Edwin and Hannah’s third child, Alfred died. Alfred was only two years old.
In 1875 Harry Spencer, was born to Edwin and Hannah.
In 1881, Hannah was 38 years old and her husband Edwin was 41 years old. Edwin worked as a stone mason. Their children William Edwin, Annie and Harry Spencer were ages 14, 13 and 6. The family lived on Church Lane in Chapel Allerton, Leeds
Synopsis of the Wilson household in 1881
Edwin Wilson / Head / 41 / Stone Mason
Hannah / Wife / 38
William E. / Son / 14
Annie / Daughter / 13
Harry Spencer / Son / 6
Source: 1881 England Census
In 1881, Hannah died. She was only 38 years old. She left Edwin a widower with three children ages 14, 13 and 6.
Baptism Source: West Yorkshire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910
1851 Source: Class: HO107; Piece: 2351; Folio: 331; Page: 4; GSU roll: 87611-87612.
1861 Source: Class: RG 9; Piece: 3374; Folio: 54; Page: 5; GSU roll: 543122.
Marriage Source: West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935
1871 Source: 1871 England Census Class: RG10; Piece: 4574; Folio: 69; Page: 19; GSU roll: 847251.
1881 Source: 1881 England Census Class:RG11; Piece:4541; Folio:7; Page:7; GSU roll:1342093.
Death Source: West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985
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