LIFE GOES ON: AN INTRODUCTION

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THE SIXTEEN FAMILIES

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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

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George Herbert Waters
born Halstow, Kent, January 1849
died Wilmington, Kent, 19 May 1911

on the Knott family tree
part of the
Waters family story

married to Mary Ann Harrall

Father of Mary Anne Waters

son of
Thomas Waters
and
Mary Vokes



George Herbert Waters
(1849-1911). My Father's Father's Mother's Father. My Great-Great-Grandfather.


    Lower Halstow Creek Lower Halstow little font, big cover

1849: George Herbert Waters was born in Lower Halstow, Kent. He was baptised (and recorded as George Albert) at St Margaret's church on 4th February, the son of Thomas and Mary Waters. Thomas's occupation was shown as a labourer.

   
 


1851 census:

George was two years old at the time of the 1851 census. The Waters family were living at Lower Halstow, Kent.

George's father Thomas is shown as a labourer. He was 50 years old. George's mother Mary was 40.

George was the third of three children. Thomas was 13 and Frances was 2.

George was born at Halstow, Kent, as was his sister Frances. His father Thomas was born in Newington, Kent, as was George's brother Thomas. His mother was born in Borden, Kent. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
 


1861 census:

George was twelve years old at the time of the 1861 census. He is recorded as George Herbert. The Waters family were living at Lower Halstow, Kent.

George's father Thomas is shown as an agricultural labourer aged 61. His mother Mary was 50.

George was the only child living at home.

George was born at Halstow, Kent. His father Thomas was born in Newington Kent. His mother was born in Borden, Kent. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
 


1871 census:

I have not been able to find George on the 1871 census. On October 15th, less than six months after the census, he would marry Mary Ann Harrall in Newington, Kent. Here is their marriage certificate. One year later, his eldest daughter Mary Anne, my great-grandmother, would be born in Llanferres in Denbighshire, as would her sister the following year. By 1881, George is back in Kent, so where is he in April 1871?

His parents, Thomas and Mary, were living in Church Lane, Newington, Kent. This is the parish where George would be married. Thomas was 75 and his wife Mary was 63. The transcript for their entry is here. Living next door was Kate Waters, possibly Thomas's younger sister. George's older brother Thomas Jr was also living in Newington, with his wife Jane and 1 year old daughter Emma.

There are a couple of possibilities for George, the strongest of which is a 21 year old George Waters living at the Queen Anne Inn, Maidstone, Kent. His birthplace is recorded as Northfleet, Kent, but this may be an enumerators' error, because he has simply used ditto marks to the entry above. He is shown as a labourer, and then bracketed with a number of others as Privates, West Kent Militia training. However, by October George would describe himself as an engineer, and in 1872 as an engine driver.

Curiously, there is a James H Waters aged 21 and living in The Street, Little Halstow, Kent, where George was in 1861 and 1871. He is the right age. However, he is a lodger in the Holloway household, as is his younger sister Emily, and so I think this must be a cousin of George.

 
 

Newington
1871:
George Waters married Mary Ann Harrall at St Mary's church, Newington, Kent on the 15th October. He gave his occupation as engineer. The fathers of the couple, Thomas Waters and John Harrell, were both described as labourers. The witnesses were R Croucher and Emily Elliott. George marked the register with a cross - that is to say, he was illiterate. Nobody else signed the register, which was filled in entirely by the minister.
Here is their marriage certificate.


1872: George's first child, my great-grandmother Mary Anne Waters was born on the 11th of August at Tyn y Cornel, Llanferres, Ruthin, Denbighshire. Tyn y Cornel means 'House at the Corner'. Her father's name is given as George Waters, and her mother's as Mary Ann Waters, formerly Harrall. Her mother was the informant, and her address shows that she was born at home. Her father's occupation is given as engine driver, which may explain what the family was doing so far from home in Kent. The second child, Beatrice, would also be born in north Wales. Mary Anne's mother signed the register with a cross - that is, she was also illiterate, and could not write her own name. The birth was registered on the 25th of September 1872.


 
   
 


1881 census:

George was thirty-two years old at the time of the 1881 census. The Waters family were living at 23 Upper Brents, Preston-next-Faversham, Kent. The road still exists, and is today part of Faversham town centre.

George is shown as a brickfield engine driver. His wife Mary Ann was also 32.

George had two children. Mary Ann (sic) was 8 and Beatrice was 7.

George was born at Halstow, Kent. His wife Mary Ann was also born in Kent, at Higham. Mary Anne and Beatrice are shown as being born in North Wales. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
   
 


Bryants Terrace
1891 census:
George was forty-one years old at the time of the 1891 census. The Waters family were living at 7 Bryants Terrace, Strood, Kent.

George is shown as an engine driver. His wife Mary Ann is 39 (probably, both were 41).

George had two children: Mary Anne was 18, Beatrice was 17.

George was born at Higham, Kent, as was his wife Mary Ann. Mary Anne and Beatrice are shown as being born in North Wales. George is born at Halstow in other census data. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
   
 

1901 census:

George was forty-nine years old at the time of the 1901 census (actually 51). The Waters were living at 24a (Horse & Jockey) Old Park Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

George is shown as a steam roller driver, but the family were living in a beer house - by 1911 they would be running one. His wife Mary Ann was 50.

George had no children living at home, but staying with them on the night of the census was their grand-daughter, Daisy Mary Knott, daughter of George's son William, and my great-aunt. She was 7 years old.

George was born at Lower Halstow, Kent. His wife Mary Ann was born at Higham in Kent. Daisy Mary was born at Strood in Kent. The transcript for their entry is here.

It isn't clear from this entry if George,Mary Ann and Daisy are just lodging at the Old Park Road address, perhaps merely staying overnight, or if they are, in fact, living there. However, the 1902 Kelly's directory for Hertfordshire shows George Waters, beer retailer, Old Park Road, Hitchin. So it seems that George and Mary Ann are running a pub, but they do not feature in the 1899 directory or the 1908 directory. The 1902 directory also does not record the name of the pub.

 
   
   
 


1911 census:

George was sixty-one years old at the time of the 1911 census. The Waters family were living at the One Bell, Common Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent.

George is shown as a beer house keeper. His wife Mary Ann was 60.

Still living in the household was my great-aunt Daisy Mary Knott, their grand-daughter. She is now 18 years old and is shown as a barmaid assisting in business.

George was born at Lower Halstow, Kent. His wife Mary Ann was born at Higham in Kent. Daisy Mary was born at Strood in Kent. The transcript for their entry is here.

 
   
     
Wilmington churchyard
1911:
On the 19th May, a few weeks after the 1911 census, George Waters was dead, at the age of 61. His death is recorded in the Dartford registration district in the 2nd quarter. He was buried in Wilmington churchyard on 24th May. His name is recorded as George Herbert Waters (he was baptised George Albert).There seems to be no surviving headstone in Wilmington churchyard, and a headstone for George Waters was not mentioned in the 1921 survey of memorial inscriptions by Leland Duncan. On the 10th of June the probate of his will, which gave his address as the One Bell, Wilmington, left 135 13s to his wife Mary Ann, about 10,000 in today's money.

1914: George's widow Mary Ann died of cancer at 96 Temple Street, Strood, Rochester, on 27th November. Her age was given as 65. She died in the house of her son-in-law William and her daughter Mary Ann Knott, my great-grandparents. My grandfather Joe Knott, who also lived in the house, was six years old. Although the Waters had run beer houses since at least 1901, Mary Ann was described as the widow of George Herbert Waters, an engine driver at engineering works.

 

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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LIFE GOES ON