Ernest ARDRON I (1879 - 1943)

Father: Charles Ardron II (1858 -)
Mother: Sarah Jane Bowns


Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:

My 1st cousin 3 times removed was born on 14 June 1879 at Rotherham Road, Rawmarsh. His father was a coal miner. (GRO cert BXBZ611015 + GRO ref Rotherham 9c 615 Sep 1879)

1879 Britain fights the Zulu war in South Africa

On the 1881 Census (3 April) he was aged 1, living with his parents at 30 Rotherham Road, Rawmarsh. (PRO ref RG11 piece 4678 folio 69 page 31)

1883 Married women obtain the right to acquire their own property

1884 The Third Reform Act - voting extended to agricultural workers (triples the electorate)

On the 1891 Census (5 April) he was aged 11, living with his parents at 9 Alma Street, Wombwell, Barnsley. (PRO ref RG12 piece 3778 folio 6 page 5)

1893 Invention of motion pictures by Thomas Edison
1895 Invention of wireless telegraphy by G Marconi

1899-1902 Britain fights the Boer War in South Africa

1901 Death of Queen Victoria, succeeded by King Edward VII

On the 1901 Census (31 March) he was aged 21 and a coal hewer (underground), living with his parents at 9 Alma Street, Wombwell, Barnsley. (PRO ref RG13 piece 4320 folio 52 page 8)

Ernest married Cecilia Haughton on 20 December 1902 at the Parish Church of Wombwell by banns. He was 23, a bachelor and a miner of 9 Alma Street. His father was a miner. Cecilia was aged 28 and a widower of 42 Paul? Street. Her father was Charles George Fowler. [Profession unreadable]. Witnesses were Herbert? Henry Sanders and Nellie Lee [his future sister-in-law]. (GRO cert MXB666148 + GRO ref Barnsley 9c 396 Dec 1902)

After the death of his first wife earlier in the year Ernest married Ellen Saunders on 31 October 1904 in the Parish Church of Wath on Dearne. He was aged 25, a widower and a miner. His father was also a miner. Ellen was aged 23 and a spinster. Her father was George Saunders, a miner. Both Ernest and Ellen were of Wath Wood. Witnesses were William Bowns and Harriet Ann Bowns. (GRO cert MXB097283 + GRO ref Rotherham 9c 1181 Dec 1904)

1908 on 27 April Olympic Games open at White City in London

1908 on 27 October Parliament approves old age pensions (weekly means-tested pension of a maximum of five shillings to all those aged over 70)

1910 Death of King Edward VII, succeeded by King George V

1911 National Insurance Act provides cover against sickness and unemployment


On the 1911 Census (2 April) Ernest was listed as head of household for 5 Fenton Healds Yard, Highgate, Wakefield:

a) Ernest Ardron, head, 32, married (6 years), coal miner hewer, worker, Yorkshire Parkgate

b) Ellen Ardron, wife, 30, married (6 years), Yorkshire Dodworth

c) Mona Evelyn Ardron Perdue, adopted daughter, 11 months, Yorkshire Wombwell

The record shows Harriet having had a total of 0 children born alive in present marriage, 0 still living and 0 having died.
The property consisted of 2 rooms (including kitchen but excluding scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom, warehouse, office or shop if present).

(PRO ref RG14 ??)


1912 on 15 April sinking of the SS Titanic
1913 on 4 June Suffragette Emily Davison is killed by the king's horse

1914-18 The Great War (World War I)
1918 in May a massive flu epidemic reaches Britain and kills more than 200,000 people in Britain and up to 50 million worldwide

1918 All men over 21 and all women over 30 get the vote

1921 in July unemployment reaches a post-war high of 2.5 million

1922 The Irish Free State is established

1927 on 1 January the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is created

1928 Equal Franchise Act - All women are given the same voting rights as men (all over the age of 21)
1928 on 30 September Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

1929 on 24 October the Wall Street Crash sparks the Great Depression

1931 Financial crisis and run on the pound (Britain abandons the gold standard)

1935 in July the first Penguin paperbacks go on sale, costing just 6 pence, bringing literature to the masses

1936 Death of King George V, succeeded by King Edward VIII
1936 Abdication of King Edward VIII in order to marry Wallace Simpson, succeeded by King George VI
1939-45 World War II

He died on 26 September 1943 at 19 Warrengate, Wakefield. He was aged 64 and a coal flewer. The informant was E. Ardron, widow of the deceased of 2 Samuel Road, Wilthorpe, Barnsley. (GRO cert DYA018915 + GRO ref Wakefield 9c 42 Sep 1943 - [aged] 64)

Cecilia HAUGTON (nee FOWLER) (1874 - 1904)
She was born in 1874. (Based on age at marriage + death) Her father was Charles George Fowler. GRO REF??

1881 CENSUS?? AGED 6?

1891 CENSUS?? AGED 16?

1901 CENSUS?? AGED 26?

She had married and been widowed prior to marrying Ernest in 1902. (Based on marriage cert) GRO REF??

Cecilia died early in 1904 aged 30. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 400 Jun 1904 - [aged] 30)

Ellen SAUNDERS (1881 -)
She was born in 1881. (Based on age at marriage) Her father was George Saunders, a miner. GRO REF??

1881 CENSUS?? AGED 1?

1891 CENSUS?? AGED 11?

1901 CENSUS?? AGED 21?


1) Mona Evelyn Ardron Perdue (1910 -)
She was born in 1910.
(Based on 1911 Census)