LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER

CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN

CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR

MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT

THE WORKHOUSE

WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II

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    William Huckle Cornwell
born Histon, Cambridgeshire, 24th January 1864
died Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire, 3rd December 1944

on the Cornwell family tree
part of the
Cornwell and Huckle family stories

married to Eliza Mortlock

father of Edmund Stanley Cornwell

son of
William Cornell
and
Frances Huckle




Cornwells, July 1938



William Huckle Cornwell
(1864 -1944). My Mother's Father's Father. My Great-Grandfather.

  William Cornwell Histon

1864: William Huckle Cornwell was born on 24th January at Histon, Cambridgeshire. The birth was notified by his mother Frances, who signed the register with a cross, showing that she was illiterate. William was baptised privately, suggesting that he was not expected to live, and then received into St Andrew's Church, Histon, on the 15th February. Although his parents' surname was given as Cornell on their marriage certificate, and all his elder siblings were registered under the surname Cornell, William's surname is given as Cornwell in the Histon Parish Registers and also on his birth certificate.


 
   
 

1871 Census:

William was seven years old at the time of the 1871 census. The family name is given as 'Cornell'. The Cornell family were living on Bell Lane, Histon, Cambridgeshire.

William's father William is shown as an agricultural labourer, aged 50. His mother Frances was 47.

William was the fifth of six children at the time of the 1871 census: the others were Lucy Hannah (Louisiana on the 1861 census) 18, Elizabeth Jane 14 , Mary Eliza 11, Hannah 9 and Fred Charly 3. Sarah Ann, James and Alfred, who appear on the 1861 census, are no longer at home.

William was born in Histon, Cambridgeshire, as were his father and all the children. His mother Frances was born in Bourn in Cambridgeshire. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
 
 
1881 Census:

William was seventeen years old at the time of the 1881 census. The family name is given as 'Cornell'. The Cornell family were living on Coes Lane, Histon, Cambridgeshire.

William is shown as an agricultural labourer. He was single in 1881. His father William was an agricultural labourer. He was 66 years old. His mother Frances was an agricultural labourer's wife. She was 53.

William was the fourth of five children at the time of the 1881 census: Alfred 25, Elizabeth 23 , Mary Eliza 21 and Frederick 13. Also living in the house was William Cornwell aged 3, described as grandson of William and Frances.

William was born in Histon, Cambridgeshire, as was his father and all the other children. His mother was born in Bourn, Cambridgeshire. The transcript for their entry is here.


Histon
1885: William married Eliza Mortlock on the 22nd March at St Andrew, Histon. They were both 21 years old. The witnesses were John Royal Hounsham and Hannah Cornwell.


 
 


1891 Census:

William was twenty-seven years old at the time of the 1891 census. His birth year is shown as 1864. The family name is recorded as Cornwell for the first time on a census. The Cornwell family were living on High Street, Histon, Cambridgeshire. The road still exists on the outskirts of the city of Cambridge.

William is shown as an agricultural labourer. His wife Eliza is also aged 27.

William had three children at the time of the 1891 census: Charles was 5, Lily was 3 and Walter was 1.

William was born in Histon, Cambridgeshire, and the children were all born in Histon. His wife Eliza was born at Needingworth in Huntingdonshire, today modern Cambridgeshire. The transcript for their entry is here.

Two households away (probably next door), William's mother Frances is shown as a widower, aged 66. Also living with her is her grandson William, described as an agricultural labourer, aged 13. Frances was born in Bourn in Cambridgeshire, and her grandson was born in Histon in Cambridgeshire. The transcript for their entry is
here.

 
 

1901 Census:

William was thirty-eight years old at the time of the 1901 census. His birth year is shown as 1863. The name 'Cornwell' has been recorded as 'Cornell'. This is the only time this happened to William after he married, but may be because the enumerator was a local man who knew William's father's family, who retained the old spelling. The Cornwell family were living on Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridgeshire. Dry Drayton road still exists and is home to one of the largest glasshouses in Cambridgeshire.

William is shown as a bricklayer's labourer. His wife Eliza is aged 37.

William had seven children living at home at the time of the 1901 census: Charles was 15, Lily was 13, Walter was 11, Violet was 9, Catherine was 7, Frances was 5, and Ruth was 1.

William was born in Histon: the children were all born in Histon except for Ruth who was born in Oakington. His wife Eliza was born at Needingworth in Huntingdonshire. The transcript for their entry is here.


 
 


1911 Census:

William was forty-seven years old at the time of the 1911 census. The Cornwell family were living on Dry Drayton Road, Oakington, Cambridgeshire. as they were at the time of the 1901 census. Dry Drayton road still exists.

William is shown as a roadman, and his wife Eliza as a farm labourer, also aged 47. They had been married for 26 years.

William had seven children living at home at the time of the 1911 census: Charles was 25, Walter 21, Violet 18, Frances 15, Ruth 11, William 9 and my grandfather Edmund Stanley 7.

William was born in Histon, Cambridgeshire. The children were also born in Histon except for Ruth, William and Edmund Stanley who were born in Oakington. His wife Eliza was born at Needingworth in Huntingdonshire. The transcript for their entry is here. The page itself is here.


1919: In the years after the war, William worked for Chivers, as did most people in Histon and Oakington. On 31st January 1919, the Cambridge Independent Press recorded that he had been a primary witness to a tragic accident: Stanley Lander, a 12 year old Histon boy, was killed by a steam tractor on which William was the assistant. William reported that at about 5.30pm he was riding on the hind truck going towards Histon. He had walked through the town to keep the boys away and had only just got back up. Near the British Queen public house he felt two bumps and saw something black in the road. He told a man who was riding with him, and then went and told the driver to stop. When he went back he found the deceased on the road. The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.

Boy's Sad Death

1920: At 11.10pm on Friday 20th Sepember 1920, William was caught riding his bicycle without lights in Oakington, and he was fined ten shillings. The incident was reported among a number of similar cases under the heading 'Lighting Offences' in the Cambridge Independent Press.

1929: William's wife Eliza died of a cerebral hemorrhage at their home in Wheeler Street, Oakington, Cambridge, on the 16th February. She was 63 years old. The death was notified by William, who gave his occupation as County Council roadman. At some point after this, William is said by the family to have moved to Cottenham, though I have found no evidence of this.


1944: William Huckle Cornwell died at the age of 80 on 3rd December 1944, while staying with his daughter Lily Shemilt and her husband Thomas at Rough Park Bungalow, Hamstall Ridware near Rugeley in Staffordshire. He was 80 years old. Thomas notified the birth.

My mother tells a story of how, after her grandfather had died, another daughter, Frances, went to the cottage (in Cottenham?) wanting to retrieve a memento. Unable to get in, she smashed a window and took a tea strainer off of the draining board.

 
   

 

LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

MY GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

KNOTT - I - BOWLES - I - WATERS - I - HARRALL - I - PAGE - I - WISEMAN - I - CROSS - I - CARTER

CORNWELL - I - HUCKLE - I - MORTLOCK - I - MANSFIELD - I - REYNOLDS - I - CARTER - I - ANABLE - I - STEARN

CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR

MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
MAP OF CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT

THE WORKHOUSE

WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II

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