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Elizabeth (Wayment) Sparks (1851)

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Elizabeth "Betsy" Sparks [uncertain] formerly Wayment aka Sparkes
Born in Kingston, Cambridgeshire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 1871 in Toft, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdommap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified 7 May 2019 | Created 15 Oct 2017
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Elizabeth Wayment was baptised at Kingston on 9 March 1851, the daughter of John and Sarah Wayment. Her birth was registered in the Caxton district during the March quarter of the same year, as Waymant. [1] [2]

In the 1851 Census, held on 30th March, she was enumerated Betsy Wayment, a month old, born Kingston. [3]

On 30th March, for the 1871 Census, the Wayman family still live in Kingston. Elizabeth is 20, single, with no occupation recorded. Her father, John Wayman, 42, is an Agricultural Labourer, born Kingston. All other members of the family are shown to be born at Caldecote. Elizabeth's mother, Sarah, is 41. Siblings: Robert (18), John (12), Sussana (9), Sabina (6), and Daniel (3). [4]

Later in 1871, at Toft, as Elizabeth Wayman, she married James Sparks. Their fathers were recorded as John Wayman and Stephen Sparks. The marriage was registered in the Caxton district, Cambridgeshire, during the June quarter 1871. [5] [6]

At the time of the 1881 census, the Sparks family lived Morleys Yard, Cambridge St Andrew The Less. Elizabeth, born Kingston, is shown as the 29-year-old wife of James Sparks, 32, a Railway Porter, born Toft. They have four children at home on census night: Stephen (9), Ernest (6), Walter (4) and Beatrice (1). Also spending the night was Elizabeth's brother, John Wayman. [7]

1891: The Sparks family lived at 6 Great Eastern Street, St Andrew The Less, St Andrew, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. James still works as a Railway Porter, was 42, born Toft. Elizabeth is now 40, born Kingston. Children: Stephen (19, Toft) Tramway Conductor, Ernest W. (16, Toft) Fish Manager, Walter (14, Cambridge) Printing Office Employee, and Beatrice (11, Cambridge). Also born at Cambridge since the 1881 census were Leonard C. (8), Lilly M. (3), and an one-week-old unnamed son, Also spending the night was 24-year-old locally born Sarah Ellen, a widowed Nurse. [8]

1911 - Now living 12 Great Eastern Street, Cambridge, James Sparks is 62, Elizabeth 60. There are four young people living with them, all surnamed Sparks. [9]


  1. FreeBMD Births Mar quarter 1851, Elizabeth WAYMANT, Caxton 13 34 1851 BIRTH, GRO scan
  2. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014, Elizabeth Wayment, ); citing Kingston, Cambridge, England, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 2,149,259.
  3. 1851 ENGLAND CENSUS: HO107; Piece: 1758; Folio: 399; Page: 11. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1871", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 April 2019), Elizabeth Wayman in entry for John Wayman, 1871.
  5. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), James Sparks and Elizabeth Wayman, 1871; citing Toft, Cambridge, England, reference 2:3P1PNFN, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,040,559.
  6. FreeBMD 1871 MARRIAGE, June quarter, Elizabeth WAYMAN, Caxton 3b 777 1871 MARRIAGE, GRO scan
  7. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2017), Elizabeth Sparks in household of James Sparks, Cambridge St Andrew The Less, Cambridgeshire, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing p. 29, Piece/Folio 1667/66, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,774,500.
  8. FreeCen transcript 1891 Census, SPARKS family FreeCen Home Page
  9. (viewed index only) Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911. Class: RG14; Piece: 9114; Schedule Number: 283

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