Charles Tilbury and Ellen Hawes

From 19th Century Great Marlow,
Buckinghamshire, England

Some of their descendants travelled to Canada


Charles Tilbury & Ellen Hawes (age 86)


  Date & Place of Event People Source & Comments

    Charles TILBURY
father of:
B c.1827, in Ditchfield near Lane End Thomas TILBURY 1851 census, age 24, at Hatches Row, Great Marlow, agricultural labourer
1861 & 1871 censi, “Old Workhouse”, Great Marlow, agricultural labourer
Death – possibly 1873, age 48
M 30 October 1848, in Great Marlow Ann SILVEY Daughter of Thomas SILVEY
Ann’s mother was Mary Ann SILVEY nee CARTER (Mr.D.D., 1851 census)
Witnesses: William SILVEY, Sarah TILBURY (marriage certificate)
Ann may have married Henry HOLLOWAY after Thomas' death (unconfirmed)
    children of Thomas & Ann:  
B 13 April 1850, in Great Marlow Charles 1851 census, age 1 with parents at Hatches Row, Great Marlow
1861 census, age 10 with parents at “Old Workhouse” Great Marlow, farm boy
1871 census, not living at home
B c.1854 Eliza Married Reuben NOTTINGHAM in 1873 and had at least 2 children (census, GRO index)
In 1901 Reuben seems to be married to someone else
Supposition: Eliza died between 1881 and 1901
B c.1857 William May have been living in Hurley Berkshire in 1901, a bricklayer (census)
B c.1863 George 1881, age 18, agricultural labourer (census - at the home of sister Eliza and Reuben)
B c.1868 Annie 1881, age 13, dressmaker (census - at the home of sister Eliza and Reuben)

    Charles TILBURY b. 1850: 1881 census, age 30, Scrubbs Cottages, Harefield, Middlesex, cowman
1891 & 1901 censi, age 40 & 50, Great Marlow, agricultural labourer
M 20 March 1875, in Great Marlow Ellen HAWES Daughter of Thomas HAWES and Mary nee SAUNDERS, (birth certificate), who were all born in Radnage Bucks but moved to Great Marlow c.1859
Witnesses: Reuben NOTTINGHAM and Hester HAWES (marriage certificate)
    children of Charles & Ellen:  
B c. 1876, in Great Marlow Kate Married Albert HILLSDON in 1900 (census, GRO index, family sources)
B c. 1878, in Great Marlow Harry Married Annie
1901: groom
WWI: Royal Army Medical Corps, Private; drowned on 4 May 1917 when the troop transport ship “Transylvania” was torpedoed and sank off Savona, Italy (census, GRO index, CWGC, family sources)
B c. 1880, in Harefield, Middlesex Elizabeth 1901: seems to have been a housemaid for a barrister, then lived in Kensington London; married; (census, GRO index, family sources)
B March qtr 1883, in Hillingdon, Middlesex Arthur 1901: living with parents, agricultural labourer
Bachelor (census, GRO index family sources)
B 1884, in Great Marlow William 1901: errand boy
Married in Marlow (census, GRO index, family sources)
B 1886, in Great Marlow Rose Ellen 1901: age 14, nursemaid at “Blounts” in Marlow
Married (census, GRO index, family sources)
B December qtr 1888, in Great Marlow Albert Earnest Married (census, GRO index, family sources)
B 30 November 1890, in Great Marlow Annie Louise Married in High Wycombe
Emigrated to Canada
Died 8 December 1978 (birth certificate, marriage certificate, census, obituary, family sources)
B c.1895 Alice [--] Married; lived into her 90’s
Alice may not have been her full name (census, family sources)


"SS Transylvania"

Built in 1914 at Scot's Yard on the River Clyde, Scotland; 14,315 t.
Cunard liner designed for 1,379 passengers; transferred to Anchor Line; commanded by Lt. S. Brennell R.N.R.
Requisitoned by the Admiralty, modified to carry 200 officers, plus crew; and 2,860 military personnel.
On 3 May 1917 left Marseilles for Alexandria with an escort of two Japanese destroyers.
At 10.00 a.m. on 4 May off Cape Vado, Italy, the vessel was struck in the port engine-room by a torpedo; the ship diverted towards the shore and it was expected that she would float for about 3 hours. She was hit shortly afterwards by a 2nd torpedo and sank quickly, with the loss of 414 lives. There are memorials at Savona Italy, and Portsmouth UK.

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Family History and Intellectual Property of VW, Canada, October 2003