THE EVANS FAMILY
My husband's Evans family probably originate from Wales (like most Evans') although at this point I am still stuck somewhere in Birkenhead. I have a bit of a brick wall.
The sticking block is Henry Evans who was, according to his marriage certificate of 1894 , the son of William Evans, Gentleman, deseased. Family folklore confirms that Henry was born in Chester and by his age at marriage, born around 1860 give or take a couple of years.
The only likely Henry on the 1881 census is the following:
1 Birkenhead Cliffs/Buildings, Tranmere (RG11/3587/9/17)
Ellen Evans Head Widow age 51 Hawker b Barnhill, Cheshire
Henry son 22 Labourer b Chester "
John son 20 Labourer b Maccelsfield "
Rachel dau 18 Homekeeper b Denbigh, Wales
So far, so good. But looking at the possible births of Henrys on the Cheshire bmd none have both parents William and Ellen. I then searched the 1891 census and found the following:
37 Stanby Street, Tranmere (RG12/2889/77/39)
Ellen Evans head age 66 Earthenware dealer b Barnhill, Cheshire
Henry son 32 General Labourer b Chester
John son 29 General Labourer b Macclesfield
Margaret Pimm grandau 12 b Birkenhead
I was now even more sure that this was the right famly as my mother-in-law remembers stories about the
family selling pots. But now I have a new query; whose daughter is Margaret Pimm? Did Henry and John have an older sister who married a Pimm?
Then by a huge piece of luck, and thanks very much to Irene Birch who found them for me, I know have this Evans family in 1871:
58 Egerton Street Birkenhead (RG 10/3744/158/199)
William EVANS Head 38 Hawker b Chester
Ellen Wife 36? b Chester
Mary dau 15 b Chester
William son 13 b North Wales
Henry son 12 b Chester
John son 11 b Macclesfield
Rachel dau 7 b "Denby" (sic)Wales
I have been able to confirm, at last, that this is the right family, as Ellen's death certificate states that present at death was her son H. Evans living at 20 Seabank Cottages. She died on 28th June, 1895 at 16 Roslyn Street, Tranmere, aged 64. I then found William's death certificate; he died on 26th February, 1873 aged 40 at 58 Egerton Street, Birkenhead! Present at death, however, was not Ellen, but Elizabeth Rogers?
There is a marriage that looks very likely: William Evans, labourer, to Ellen Jones on 7th November, 1854 at St. Alban Church, Bevington, Liverpool. If this is the correct couple then William was the son of Robert Evans, labourer. Ellen was the daughter of John Jones and they were both living in Summer Seat at the time of the marriage.
As for the Pimm connection, I think it comes from the older daughter Mary Evans; a Robert Pimm marrried a Mary Ann Evans in 1882, Wirral. This would have been a couple of years after Margaret's birth and the death of her mother. On the 1881 Census, Robert Pimm was a widower and his probable daughter, Margaret had been adopted and was living at:
28 Brougham St, Tranmere (RG11/ 3585 / 67/18)
George Bebbington head age 36 Porter born Cheshire
Eliza " wife 36 born Wales
Elizabeth Dunn step-dau 13 Gen servant born Birkenhead
Mary " " " 10 born "
Margaret Pimm adopted 1 born Birkenhead
So, she was adopted by George Bebbington and his wife (I have just found a marriage between George Bebbington and Eliza Dunn in 1875 at Our Lady& St. Nicholas & St. Anne, Liverpool). Eliza could have been related to Robert?
So, in 1882, Margaret would have become the step-daughter of Mary Ann nee Evans. But in 1884 Mary Ann Pimm died aged 28 at Birkenhead. Thus, Margaret was motherless again in 1891 and living with her step-grandmother Ellen.
Assuming that I have this right, the family is as follows:
Robert Evans, labourer had at least one son:
William Evans born abt 1833 at Chester
m 7.11.1854 at Liverpool ,St Alban to Ellen Jones (daughter of John Jones)
d 23.2.1873 at Birkenhead aged 40.
William was a hawker or General Dealer and they had the following children:
MaryAnn Evans born 1855/6 at Chester
m 1882 Wirral to Robert Pimm (became step-mother to Margaret Pimm)
d 1884 Birkenhead aged 28
William Evans born 1857/8 North Wales/Chester
Henry Evans born 1859/60 at Chester
m 26.3.1894 at Tranmere to Susannah Peers
John Evans born 1861/2 at Macclesfield (Appear missing from census after 1891).
Rachel Evans born 1864 at Denbigh
I have since been able to confirm this family as they have been found living in a Caravan at Threapwood, Flintshire, Wales
(RG9/4279/113/15) at the time of the 1861 Census. William was a General Dealer. According to this census all his children up to this time were born in Chester.
Henry Evans was a general labourer. He married Susannah Peers, daughter of John Peers and Jane Messon on 26th March, 1894 at Tranmere. They lived, from at least 1895, at 20 Seabank Cottages, Tranmere.
They had two sons:
Charles Ralph Evans b 1902 Tranmere
m 1939 New ferry to Robina Barnes (nee Foster)
William Robert Evans (Iron Driller) b 8.12.1903 Tranmere
m 20.9.1930 Walton to Annie Tyrer
d 16.3.1960 Birkenhead
Charles Evans was the eldest son of Henry and Susannah. He was
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