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Martha Ann (Williams) Neal (1841 - 1921)

Martha Ann Neal formerly Williams
Born in Wroxton, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1865 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, Englandmap
Died in Middlesex, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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Biography

Martha's birth was registered in the district of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England in the September quarter of 1841[1] to George Williams[2] and Mary Ann Jones[3]. The census records note Martha's birthplace as Wroxton, Oxfordshire. Martha was the youngest of four sisters.

WROXTON In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wroxton like this:

WROXTON, a parish, with Balscott chapelry, in Banbury district, Oxford; 3¾ miles WNW of Banbury r. station. It has a post-office under Banbury. Acres, 2,350. Real property, £5,643. Pop., 751. Houses, 171. W. Abbey is the seat of Col. North; was built in 1618 by Sir W. Pope; occupies the site of an Augustinian priory, founded in the time of Henry III by M. Belet, and given at the dissolution to Sir T. Pope; retains some arches and other parts of the ancient priory; presents the appearance of a fine Tudor manor-house : and contains a valuable collection of family portraits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value £137. Patron, Col. North. The church is later English. There are a chapel of ease in Balscott, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, two national schools, and charities £33.

On 30 March, 1851, the Census[4] records her father as a farmer of 90 acres on Neals Rd, Stuchbury, Northamptonshire. The household members were as follows -

Name..............................Age
George Williams............45
Mary A. Williams............41
Elisabeth Williams.........18
Martha A Williams...........9
Amelia Williams...............4
Jemima Williams..............2 Mo
Louisa Cooknall..............15


On 7 April, 1861, the Census[5] records the household to be living in Wardington, Northamptonshire. It appears that Martha's parents were living at different addresses. Her mother is shown to be a retired farmer. The household members as follows -

Name...................................Age
Mary Ann Williams...............51
Martha Ann Williams...........19
Martha Susannah Neal.......18


Martha married Edwin Neal during Quarter 4 1865 in the district of Banbury, Oxfordshire.[6]


Frederick George Neal[7] was born to Martha and Edwin in the September quarter, 1869[8] in Brackley, Northamptonshire.


On 2 April 1871, the England Census[9] the household is recorded as still living in Stuchbury, Northamptonshire. Martha's husband, Edwin, was a farmer on 324 acres jointly occupied with Thomas Neal (presumed to be a relative). Those living in the farmhouse were:

Name..........................Age
Edwin Neal.................29
Martha A Neal...........29
Frederick G. Neal.........1


William Thomas Neal[10] was born to Martha and Edwin in the December quarter, 1874[11][12] in Brackley, Northamptonshire.


Edwin Haddy Neal[13] was born to Martha and Edwin in the September quarter, 1877[14] in Brackley, Northamptonshire.


Minnie Florence Belle Neal[15] was born to Martha and Edwin in the March quarter, 1876[16] in Brackley, Northamptonshire.[17]


On 3 April, 1881, the Census[18] records the family living on Neals Farm (320 acres) with Edwin (Martha's husband) employing 8 men and 2 boys. The farm was located in Stuchbury, Northamptonshire on Neals Rd. The household members were -

Name..........................Age
Edwin Neal..................39
Martha A. Neal...........39
Frederick G. Neal.......11
William T. Neal.............6
Edwin H. Neal...............5
Minnie F. Neal..............3
Mary A. Keen..............17


Martha's husband, Edwin, died in the March quarter of 1886[19][20] in Brackley, Northamptonshire.[21] Apart from the death index there is no other record that might have a notation as to why Edwin died at such a young age. As a prominent employer in the area, one might expect there is a historic record existent that would provide information about Edwin's cause of death. One can surmise it was work-related.


On 5 April, 1891, the Census[22] records Martha as widowed, working as a farmer and machinist. The household were living in Sulgrave, Northamptonshire. Those living in the house were -

Name..............................Age
Martha Ann Neal..............49
Minnie Florence Neal.....13
Arthur Cook Neal .............2
Ellen Wade........................15
Mark Vickers.....................15


On 2 April, 1911, the Census[23] records Martha as widowed and Minnie as a Trained Private Nurse. They were living at 31 Creighton Road, Kilburn NW, Willesden, Middlesex. The census records the household members as follows -

Name..............................Age
Martha Ann Neel.............69
Minnie Florence Neel.....33


Martha died (age 79) in Willesden, Middlesex, England in the March quarter, 1921[24]

Research Notes

Williams-283|Martha Ann - Preliminary Research guide for project:

1. 16 May, 2020 - FreeBDM birth search, Mar 1841-Dec 1842, mothers maiden name: jones, county: all, No result, (refer 'FreeBDM birth.JPG')

2. 16 May, 2020 - GRO birth search, 1842 +/- 2 yrs, GRO Reference: 1841 S Quarter in BANBURY UNION Volume 16 Page 21, (refer 'GRO birth.JPG')

3. 16 May, 2020 - FamilySearch birth search, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008", Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep, Registration Year: 1841, (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2NSB-6JG)

4. 16 May, 2020 - FamilySearch Martha Ann Williams, Banbury Oxfordshire, 1841, mother's last name: Jones, 5 results,
(https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?q.givenName=martha%20ann&q.givenName.exact=on&q.surname=williams&q.surname.exact=on&q.birthLikePlace=Banbury%2C%20Oxfordshire&q.birthLikeDate.from=1841&q.birthLikeDate.to=1841&q.motherSurname=jones&count=50&offset=0&m.defaultFacets=on&m.queryRequireDefault=on&m.facetNestCollectionInCategory=on)

5. 17 May, 2020 - Ancestry.com Martha Ann Williams, Banbury Oxfordshire, 1841, mother's last name: Jones, 31 results, (https://www.ancestry.com/search/?name=martha+ann_williams&birth=1841_banbury-oxfordshire-england-united+kingdom_86777&birth_x=0-0-0&count=50&gender=f&location=3257.3250&mother=_jones&name_x=1_1&priority=english)

6. 17 May, 2020 - FreeBDM marriage, Surname: Williams, Given Name: Martha Ann, District: Banbury, Volume: 3a, Page: 1328, (https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/information.pl?scan=1&r=39881989:1841&d=bmd_1588661647)

7. 17 May, 2020 - FreeBDM marriage, Surname: Neal, Given Name: Edwin, District: Banbury, Volume: 3a, Page: 1328, (https://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl)

8. 17 May, 2020 - FreeBDM death, Surname: Neal, Given Name: Martha A, 6 results, (refer 'bdm death.JPG')

9. 17 May, 2020 - FamilySearch 1871 Census, Martha A Neal, (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VFV8-6W6)

10. 17 May, 2020 - FamilySearch 1861 Census, Martha A Neal, [NB: Martha Susannah Neal (18) is listed as a visitor. Could she be the sister of Edwin Neals whom Martha Ann married?] (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7LP-876)

11. 17 May, 2020 - FamilySearch Person, (https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/L8HB-FKX)

Research purposed to discover additional life detail from 1891-1921
21 - 22 May, 2020 - In an effort to garner more information to give a better picture of the final 3 decades of Martha's life, fruitless searches (using multiple search options) of the following sites were undertaken:

Billion Graves
FindAGrave
FamilySearch
Geneanet
Ancestry
GRO
FreeReg parish registers
National archives, census records
FreeCEN
Google
Newspapers.com Obituary Index, 1800s-current
MyHeritage
Newspapers.com
Several hours were spent unsuccessfully searching directories

Researching Edwin Neal's death in local history records could be a worthwhile exercise.

Sources

  1. England & Wales General Register Office, GRO Online Index - Birth https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content: accessed 16 May, 2020), database entry for JONES, MARTHA ANN. (Mother's maiden surname: JONES) GRO Reference: 1841 S Quarter in BANBURY UNION Volume 16 Page 21
  2. George Williams
  3. Mary Ann (Jones) Williams
  4. "1851 England Census" [database on-line]. Free Ancestry Image. Ancestry.com. Entry for Martha A Williams, (accessed 20 May 2020); citing Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Piece: 1733 Folio: 450 Page Number: 1
  5. "1861 England Census" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Free Ancestry Image. Entry for Martha Ann Williams, (accessed 20 May 2020); citing 1861 England Census - and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Piece: 920 Folio: 87 Page Number: 1
  6. "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," [database on-line], FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DW7-HR1: 13 December 2014) ; from "England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005," database, findmypast : 2012; citing 1865, quarter 4, vol. 3A, p. 1328, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  7. Frederick George Neal
  8. GRO Reference: 1869 S Quarter in BRACKLEY Volume 03B Page 7, mother's maiden name WILLIAMS
  9. "1871 England Census" [database on-line]. Martha A Neal discovered in 1871 England Census - Free Ancestry Image. Entry for Martha A Neal, (accessed 20 May 2020); citing The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 1469; Folio: 74; Page: 13; GSU roll: 838791
  10. William Neal
  11. GRO Reference: 1874 D Quarter in Volume 03B Page 11, mother's maiden name WILLIAMS
  12. "England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. William Thomas Neal discovered in England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 - (accessed 21 May 2020). FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
  13. Edwin Neal
  14. GRO Reference: 1877 S Quarter in BRACKLEY Volume 03B Page 7, mother's maiden name WILLIAMS
  15. Minnie Florence Neal
  16. GRO Reference: 1876 M Quarter in BRACKLEY Volume 03B Page 9, mother's maiden name WILLIAMS
  17. "England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007". findmypast.com. [online database]. (accessed 21 May 2020) Volume: 3B Page: 6
  18. "1881 England Census" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Martha A. Neal discovered in 1881 England Census - Free Ancestry Image. Entry for Martha A Neal, (accessed 16 May 2020); citing Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Piece: 1533 Folio: 65 Page Number: 9
  19. GRO Reference: 1886 M Quarter in BRACKLEY Volume 03B Page 6
  20. FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. [1]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
  21. "England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007". FindMyPast.com. [online database]. Edwin Nea. (accessed 21 May 2020)
  22. "1891 England Census" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Martha Ann Neal discovered in 1891 England Census - Free Ancestry Image. Entry for Martha A Neal, (accessed 21 May 2020); citing The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 1186; Folio: 88; Page: 4; GSU roll: 6096296
  23. "1911 England Census" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Martha Ann Neel discovered in the 1911 England Census - Free Ancestry Image. Entry for Martha Ann Neel, (accessed 21 May 2020); citing Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Class: RG14; Piece: 7004; Schedule Number: 578
  24. "England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007" [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Entry for Martha A Neal, death, Q1 1921 (accessed 20 May, 2020); citing General Register Office; United Kingdom; Volume: 3a; Page: 312
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