Oscar ARDRON I (1876 - 1956)

Father: Henry Ardron I (1835 - 1921)
Mother: Emma Turner


Tree extract starting with common ancestor to me:

My 1st cousin 4 times removed was born at Swinton in 1876. (Based on age and place of birth on 1881 Census) This agrees with a GRO index entry. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 697 Mar 1876 A-J)

1876 Invention of the telephone by A G Bell

1879 Britain fights the Zulu war in South Africa

On the 1881 Census (3 April) Oscar was aged 5, living with his parents at 70 Charles Street, Swinton. (PRO ref RG11 piece 4682 folio 115 pg 34)

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 15, a scholar, living with his parents at 70 Charles Street, Swinton. (PRO ref RG12 piece 3855 folio 126 pg 48)

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

He was marred Charlotte Wadsworth on 9 January 1899 at the Parish Church of Wath on Dearne in the County of York after Banns. He was aged 22 a bachelor and a tram-man of Winifred Road. His father was a retired miner. Charlotte was aged 19 and a spinster. Her father was John Wadsworth, a labourer. Witnesses were Edwin Bonnell Ardron and Martha Wadsworth. (GRO cert MXB153369 + GRO ref Rotherham 9c 739 Mar 1899)

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) Oscar was listed as head of household for 16 Littlemoor Road, Wath on Dearne:
a) Oscar Ardron, head, married, 25, coal miner and hewer, worker, Swinton Yorks
b) Charlotte Ardron, wife, married, 22, Wath on Dearne Yorks
c) Alfred Ardron, son, single, 1, Wathe on Dearne Yorks
(PRO ref RG13 piece 4400 folio 69 page 33) - shown as ARDION on Ancestry.co.uk index

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) Oscar was listed as head of household for 1 Winnifred(?) Road, Wath [on Dearne]:

a) Oscar Ardron, head, 36, married (12 years), miner hewer, worker, Swinton Yorkshire

b) Charlotte Ardron, wife, 31, married (12 years), Wath on Dearne Yorkshire

c) Alfred Ardron, son, 11, scholar

d) Mabel Ardron, daughter, 4

e) Ada Brown, niece, 16, single, helper in house, Wath on Dearne
The record shows Charlotte having had a total of 2 children born alive in present marriage, 2 still living and 0 having died.
The property consisted of 5 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
1944 Butler Education Act - framework for new free comprehensive secondary education for all
1947 on 1 January Britain's coal industry is nationalised

1948 National Health Service established

1948 on 29 July the Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London

1952 Death of King George VI, succeeded by Queen Elizabeth II
1954 Rationing resulting from ends

1955 on 22 September commercial television starts with the first ITV broadcast

Oscar died in 1956 aged 80. (GRO ref Don Valley 2b 394 Sep 1956 - [aged] 80)

Charlotte WADSWORTH (1880 -)
She was born in 1880, daughter of John Wadsworth and Mary. (Based on age at marriage + parents on 1881 + 1891 Census)

On the 1881 Census (3 April) Charlotte was aged 1, living with her parents (John, a coal miner (43), Mary (42)), 3 sisters (Elizabeth (18), Eliza Ann (12), Lucy (8)) and 1 brother (Henry (6)) at 56 Church Street, Wath upon Dearne. (PRO ref RG11 piece 4681 folio 59 page 10)

On the 1891 Census (5 April) she was aged 11, living with her parents (John, a colliery worker (51), Mary (49)) and 2 brothers (William (17), Tom (9)) at 57 Doncaster Road, Wath upon Dearne. (PRO ref RG12 piece 3854 folio 56 page 55)

Did Charlotte die in 1957 aged 77? She would have been born in 1880. (GRO ref Don Valley 2b 441 Jun 1957 - [aged] 77)


1) Alfred Ardron I (1900 - 1966)

2) Mabel Ardron I (1907 -)
My 2nd cousin 3 times removed was born in 1907. (1911 Census) This agrees with a GRO birth index entry. (GRO ref Doncaster 9c 914 Mar 1907)

On the 1911 Census (2 April) she was aged 4, living with her parents at 1 Winnifred(?) Road, Wath [on Dearne]. (PRO ref RG14 ??)

3) Stanley Ardron (1913 - 1914)
My 2nd cousin 3 times removed was born on 17 November 1913 and then baptised on 18 February 1914. His father was a miner and of 53 William Street, Swinton. (APR + GRO ref Rotherham 9c 1660 Mar 1914 - Wadsworth)

He died soon afterwards in 1914. (GRO ref Rotherham 9c 886 Sep 1914 - [aged] 0)