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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Henry Page
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 Wiseman

father of Arthur Page, Henry Page, Herbert Page, Robert Page and Thomas Page

son of
Robert Page
and
Eliza Wilson

Henry Page (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 1913.

 


1851 census:

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 appears.

Henry's father 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.


 
 



Great Shelford Henry Page's font

1851:
Henry was born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire a few weeks after the census and baptised on 17th August at St Mary's church.


1861 census:

Henry was ten years old at the time of the 1861 census. The Page family were living in The Street, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire.

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.


 
 


1871 census:

Henry was twenty years old at the time of the 1871 census. He was lodging with the Dare family in Little Shelford, Cambridgeshire.

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.


 
 

1870s: 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 February.


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.


1879:
Arthur Page
Henry and Alice's son Arthur, my great-grandfather, was born on 31st March. His birth certificate shows he was born in Annesdale, Ely.



1881 census:

Annesdale

Henry was twenty-six years old at the time of the 1881 census. The Page family were living in Annesdale, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Henry is shown as an agricultural labourer. His wife Alice was also 26 years old.

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.

1882: At 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.


 
 


1891 census:

Broad Street

Henry was thirty-eight years old at the time of the 1891 census. The Page family were living in Broad Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Henry is shown as a labourer. His wife Alice was 36 years old.

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 Street.

1899: When Henry's daughter Ellen was baptised at St Peter's on 19th July, the family's address was given as Willow Walk.



1901: on 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.

1901 census:

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, Cambridgeshire.

Alice is shown as a charwoman. She is described as married, and her relationship to the head of household is recorded as wife.

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).


 
 

1911 census:

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 is here.

     
 

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.


died in the workhouse Ely Workhouse

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.


1916:
Herbert Page Arthur Page
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.
     
   

 

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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