ON: AN INTRODUCTION
GRANDPARENTS - I - MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS - I - MY
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
CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT
WORLD WAR I - I - WORLD WAR II
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born Great Shelford,
Cambridgeshire, June 1851
died Ely, Cambridgeshire 21st October 1913
on the Page family tree
part of the Page family story
married to Alice
father of Arthur
Page and Thomas
and Eliza Wilson
(1851-1913). My Father's Mother's Father's
Father. My Great-Great-Grandfather.
Henry Page moved from the villages south of Cambridge to
Ely, and was essentially responsible for Ely being my
father's home town, and the place where I was born. Henry
had at least thirteen children. Two of his sons were
killed in World War One. Before that, Henry would be sent
to prison for cruelty to his wife and children, and would
die of a stroke in the Ely Workhouse on 21st October
Henry was not born
at the time of the 1851 census. The Page
family were living in High
Street, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire.
His father Robert
is shown as a lime burner.
He was 32. His mother Eliza was also 32.
There were five
children at the time of the 1851 census.
Robert was 9, Sarah was 7, Caroline was
5, John was 4 and Emily was 2. Elizabeth,
1 year old on the 1841 census, no longer
Robert was born in Harston,
Cambridgeshire. His mother Eliza was born
in Stapleford, Cambridgeshire. All the
children were born in Shelford,
Cambridgeshire.The transcript for their
entry is here.
1851: Henry was born in Great
Shelford, Cambridgeshire a few weeks
after the census and baptised on 17th August at
St Mary's church.
Henry was ten years old at
the time of the 1861 census. The Page family were
living in The Street, Great Shelford,
Henry is shown as a scholar.
His father Robert is shown as a lime
burner. He was 42 years old. His mother
Elizabeth was also 42.
Henry was the fifth of
seven children at the time of the 1861 census.
Robert was 20, Sarah was 18, John was 14, Emily
was 12, William was 6 and Elizabeth was 4.
Henry was born in Great
Shelford, Cambridgeshire. Henry's father
Robert was born in Harston, Cambridgeshire. His
mother Elizabeth was born in Stapleford,
Cambridgeshire. His brother Robert was born in
Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire, and all his
other brothers and sisters were born in Great
Shelford, Cambridgeshire.The transcript for their
entry is here.
Henry was twenty
years old at the time of the 1871 census.
He was lodging with the Dare family in Little
Henry is shown as a
stone dresser. Also living in
the same house is Robert Page, also shown
as a stone dresser. His age is given as
24 (if this is Henry's brother Robert,
the age should be 30). The head of the
household was Martha Dare, a widow, shown
as a laundress. Also living in the house
were her two sons Smith and Henry.
Henry was born in Great
Shelford, Cambridgeshire. The
transcript for their entry is here.
There was a major restoration of Ely
Cathedral at this time under the guidance of the
architect George Gilbert Scott. As a stone
dresser it seems likely that it was work on the
cathedral that brought Henry from Little Shelford
to Ely at some time between the 1871 census and
his marriage in Ely in 1873.
1873: Henry married Alice Wiseman in the
Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral on the 5th July.
They both gave their ages as 19 years old. Henry
gave his occupation as a labourer. Henry's given
address was Broad Street, Ely,
and Alice's was New Street, Ely. The witnesses
were Joseph Bird and Mary Ann Appleyard - Mary
Ann was probably an aunt or cousin of Alice.
1874: Henry and Alice were
living in Broad Street, Ely, at
the time of the baptism of their first son Henry
in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral on 4th
1875: Henry and Alice were
living in Annesdale, Ely, at the
time of the baptism of their son William Robert
in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral on 20th June.
Henry and Alice's son Arthur, my
great-grandfather, was born on 31st March. His
birth certificate shows he was born in Annesdale,
Henry was twenty-six years
old at the time of the 1881 census. The Page
family were living in Annesdale, Ely,
Henry is shown as an agricultural
labourer. His wife Alice was also 26
Henry had five children at
the time of the 1881 census. Henry was 7, William
5, Emma 3, Arthur was 2 and John less than 1.
Henry was born in Great
Chesterford, Cambridgeshire. This
appears to be a census-taker's error - in fact,
Henry was born in Great Shelford. Great
Chesterford is in Essex, just over the border.
Henry's wife and children were born in Ely,
Cambridgeshire.The transcript for their entry is here.
the inquest into the death of one Joseph Henry
Bush, who had been drowned in the River Ouse
beside the Waterside district of Ely, evidence
was given by two men named Henry Page and
Thomas Cross... They were standing on the High
Bridge, and saw the deceased sculling up the
river; he seemed to be all right: and for a
minute they crossed the bridge to look up the
river, but on returning to their old spot, they
saw the boat empty: the deceased appeared once on
the surface of the water, and disappeared. Although
Henry Page and Thomas Cross are not uncommon
names in Ely, it is probable that this our Henry.
Like Henry, Thomas Cross is the name of one of my
great-great-grandparents. Thomas was the father
of Sophia Cross who would later marry Henry's son
Arthur. Thomas lived in Broad Street, Henry in
neighbouring Annesdale, and It seems not unlikely
that the two men were friends twenty years before
their children married.
thirty-eight years old at the time of the
1891 census. The Page family were living
in Broad Street, Ely,
Henry is shown as a
labourer. His wife Alice was 36
Henry had seven
children at the time of the 1891 census.
Henry was 16, Arthur was 12, John was 9,
Herbert was 7, Robert was 5, Susan was 3
and Thomas was 10 months.
Henry was born in Shelford,
Cambridgeshire. His wife and all his
children were born in Ely,
Cambridgeshire. The transcript for their
entry is here.
1895: When Henry's daughter Sarah was
baptised at St Peter's on 5th October, the
family's address was given as Newnham
When Henry's daughter Ellen was baptised at St
Peter's on 19th July, the family's address was
given as Willow Walk.
29th March, the Cambridge Independent Press
reported that Henry Page, a labourer of of Willow
Walk in Ely, was charged at Ely Petty Sessions at
the instance of Inspector Dixon of the NSPCC with
cruelly ill-treating his children - Susan
(aged 11), Thomas (aged 9), Charles (aged 7),
Sarah (aged 6) and Nellie (aged 1) by wilfully
and unlawfully neglecting them. Henry
pleaded not guilty. The charge was brought
because he had failed to provide money for the
family despite his £7 payoff for six months with
the Suffolk Militia. Alice had been able to look
after the family while he had been away, but on
his return she had been forced to live apart from
him because he ill-treated her from time to
time and was unkind to the children. He
demanded from her the money she earned as a
charwoman, leaving her with only a few coppers,
and she was unable to provide enough food for the
children. Henry was given an exemplary sentence
of six months with hard labour.
Henry was in prison at the
time of the 1901 census. I have not found him..
He would have been fifty years old. Henry's wife
Alice was forty-four years old at the time of the
1901 census (actually forty-eight). The Page
family were living in Broad Street, Ely,
Alice is shown as a charwoman.
She is described as married, and her
relationship to the head of household is recorded
There were seven children
at home at the time of the 1901 census. John, an
agricultural labourer, was 20, Herbert, an errand
boy, was 18, Susan was 14, Thomas was 10, Charles
was 8, Sarah 6 and Helen 1.
Alice was born in Ely,
Cambridgeshire, as were all the
children. The transcript for their entry is here.
1908: Henry's son Herbert's army
attestation papers give Henry's address as the Queen's
Head, Waterside, Ely (his wife Alice,
also recorded in the papers, was living on Back
Hill at the time).
Henry was sixty-seven years
old at the time of the 1911 census. He was living
in the Workhouse, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Henry is shown as formerly
road labourer. No other members of the
Page family are in the workhouse. The original
census form is here.
His wife Alice was
fifty-six years old at the time of the 1911
census (actually fifty-eight). She was a patient
at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge,
Cambridgeshire. Alice was born in Ely,
Cambridgeshire. The transcript for the
entry is here
and the original image is here.
Three of Henry's five
youngest children are living in a house on Back
Hill, Ely, Cambridgeshire. Susannah
(Susan in 1901) is 24 years old and married to
Robert Easey, a market gardener aged 21. With the
Easeys are living Charles Page, a boat cleaner
aged 18, and Ellen Page (Helen in 1901) who is
11. The transcript for this page
1912: Henry's wife Alice died on the 4th
March at Back Hill, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
This is probably the house where the Easeys and
the younger children are living in 1911, but may
have been the house of her son Arthur and his
wife Sophia, my great-grandparents. She was 57
years old. Her death was notified by her son
Henry of Annesdale, Ely, who was present at the
death. The cause was given as malignant
disease of stomach. Alice is described as
the Wife of Henry Page, general labourer.
1913: On 26th April, Henry's
granddaughter Phyllis Alice Page, my grandmother,
was born at Back Hill, Ely, to his son Arthur and
wife Sophia. Did he ever get to hold her? On the
21st October, Henry died at The
Workhouse, Ely, Cambridgeshire. The
death was notified by the Workhouse matron the
same day, and his age was given as 69 - in fact,
he was 62. The cause of death was arterial
sclerosis and synapse. His occupation is
given as General Labourer of Back Hill. He was buried in Ely
cemetery on 24th October, in plot F954.
On 2nd March, Henry's son Herbert was killed at
St Eloi on the Ypres Salient. On 20th July, his
son Arthur, my great-grandfather, was killed at
Delville Wood in the Battle of the Somme.