ON: AN INTRODUCTION
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CHRONOLOGY - I - DRAMATIS PERSONAE - I - WHERE PEOPLE CAME FROM - I - CALENDAR
MAP OF ELY - I - MAP OF MEDWAY
CAMBRIDGE AND DISTRICT
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Mary Ann Chapman
died Ely, Cambridgeshire, 1899
on the Page family tree
part of the Cross family story
married to Thomas
mother of Thomas
and Rose Reeve
Mary Ann Chapman (1831-1899).
My Father's Mother's Mother's Father's Mother. My
The Chapmans were an agricultural labouring family from
Ely St Mary, the other half of Ely to the Ely Holy
Trinity of most of my Ely Ancestors. Once married,
though, Mary Annn and her family are fairly easy to trace
thanks to the meticulously-kept Ely Holy Trinity parish
registers of the time. Even so, the 1861 census for Ely
is lost, and at other census times Mary Ann's husband
Thomas seems to have had a somewhat wayward attitude to
the ages of himself, his wife and his children.
Generally, my ancestral Ely families stayed very close to
Holy Trinity parish, but Thomas and Mary Ann present us
with the intriguing detail that two of their children
appear to have been born in London in the 1860s. Did
Thomas take his family there to try and seek a new life?
The family were certainly back in Ely by 1871, and did
not apparently leave it again.
1831: Mary Ann was born in St
Mary's parish, Ely.
Mary Ann (Mary on the census) was
ten years old at the time of the 1841 census. The Chapman
family were living in the house of Sarah Nicholas, a
laundress of Church Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Mary Ann's father Henry Chapman was
40 years old. He also gave his occupation as Agricultural
Labourer. Mary Ann's mother Rose was 35 years old.
There were two other children in
the house on the night of the census. Henry was 15 and
James was 3. Everyone in the household was born in
Mary Ann was
nineteen years old at the time of the
1851 census. Her occupation was recorded
as Laundress. The Chapman family were
living in Church Lane, Ely,
Mary Ann's father
Henry was 50 years old. He is shown as
head of the household and an Agricultural
Labourer. Mary Ann's mother Rose (Rosey
on the census) was 48 years old. Her
occupation was shown as Laundress.
Altogether, there were fourteen people
living in the household. Mary Ann's
siblings were Henry aged 29, James aged
12, Elizabeth aged 8, and Rebecca
Bidwell, listed as a widow, aged 27.
Rebecca's children, Henry and Rose's
grandchildren, were John aged 7, Sarah
aged 4 and Ann aged 3. The others in the
household were widowed brother-in-law
James East aged 27, lodgers Thomas
Chapman aged 32 and Eliza Chapman aged
17, and Mary Ann Nicholas aged 11, who
was a visitor.
Everyone in the
household was born in Ely,
1854: on 20th January, Mary Ann married Thomas
Cross in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral.
The 1861 census returns for
Ely are lost. Mary Ann would have been about
thirty years old at the time of the 1861 census.
Intriguingly, her son Richard, who would be ten
years old on the 1871 census, was born in London,
as was 6 year old Alice. If the family were in
London for the 1861 census though, I have not
Mary Ann was forty
years old at the time of the 1871 census.
The Cross family were living in Water
Side, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Her husband Thomas
was 43. He gave his occupation as
Labourer (Water). There were seven
children in the houshold on the night of
the census.Thomas was 19, Martha was 19
(were she and Thomas twins? but it is
only 17 years since Thomas and Mary Ann
were married, so these and subsequent
ages may not be correct - see entry for
1881), Mary Ann was 16, Emily was 14,
Richard was 10, Alais (Alice) was 6 and
Harriett was 4.
Mary Ann was shown
as born in Ely,
Cambridgeshire, as were her husband and
her children except for Richard and
Alais, who were born in London. The
transcript for their entry is here. Interestingly, the Carter
family lived next door, and in 1881 the
younger Thomas would marry Sarah Carter,
who was 11 at the time of the 1871
The Cross family were
living at New Barnes Road, Ely,
Cambridgeshire at the time of the 1881
census, and their entry is most curious.
Thomas is shown as a
labourer. Thomas and Ann (not Mary Ann) give
their ages as forty - that is to say, Mary Ann
was the same age as she was in 1871! And yet it
is clearly the same family, because the children
have the names in the right order and with the
right birth places - but their ages are equally
odd. Martha is 23 (19 in 1871) Richard is 16 (10
in 1871) Alice is 14 (6 in 1881) and Harriet is
12 (4 in 1871). There is another child, Robert,
All the family were born in
Ely, Cambridgeshire, except for Richard and Alice
who are born in London. This matches the places
given in 1871. The transcript for their entry is here.
Mary Ann (Ann on the
census) was sixty years old at the 1891 census.
The Cross family were living in a cottage on Newnham
Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Her husband Thomas was also
60. He was an agricultural labourer. Two of
Thomas and Mary Ann's children were in the house
on the night of the census, Martha aged 34 and
Robert 17. There is also a grandchild, William
Cross aged 16.
Everyone in the household
was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
February, Mary Ann died at the age of 68. She was buried
in Ely cemetery on 25th February in plot D456. Her age
was given as 65.