Oh! The Bastard!

It always pays to recheck databases for your family for new content.  Because sometimes you come across a doozy!  In this case, an errant husband and clues to finding further family.

Let’s start at what we knew.

Emma King, my 3xgt-grandmother, with her husband Charles Baker was my first immigrant ancestor, arriving in New Zealand in 1851 on the Duke of Bronte.  Her parents proved easy to find because her father had the rather unique name of James Goodman King.  James was the son of George King and his wife Ann.  He married Charlotte Clarke in 1805 and had Emma and 4 other children between 1810 and 1823.  James died in 1857. (And they shouldn’t be confused with the other James and Charlotte King having children around the same time!)

Unusually, I hadn’t been able to find James and Emma in the 1841 or 1851 census.  I was about to find out why.

A search in Ancestry pulled up a new document in their dataset “London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1698-1930″ .  It was a “settlement paper” from 19 July 1843.  Here’s what it says (sorry for some of the bad transcribing):

Charlotte King of No 3 Sarah Place (near Mr Patients Wharf) Kingsland Road touching the place of the last legal settlement of her son Frederick Wm Daniel King who is ill (5 Ivy Lane).

Saith that she is 59 years of age was married to James Goodman King in the Church of St Bride Fleet Street London in Feb 1804 about 39 years ago and ? ? a son the above names Frederick Wm Daniel who was born on 18 January 1816 in a house then No 25 John Row in the parish of St Luke Middlesex that her sd son has not been an apprentice or a yearly servant nor has he done any art (?) to her knowledge wherely to gain a settlement in his own right.  That about 1809 her said husband took    [it stops there]

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Husband King went away 14 years ago with a woman named [left blank – damn!]

That woman has a daughter living near Edmonton

Husband is entitled to an annuity of £50 payable by a Wm Daniel a farmer Grazier on Butter Factor(?) in Staffordshire left him by the will of his uncle Shave.

St Lukes found him 12 yrs ago.  King was a bankrupt 24 years ago.  Mr ? was attorney

That explains a lot! Mostly why I can’t find James and Charlotte together in the census.  And it does suggest there might be some half cousins out there somewhere….

For Charlotte to be reliant on the parish for support must have been a huge come down in life.  On the 1823 baptism entries for 3 of their children, James is listed as a “Gentleman”.  Auction ads for his bankruptcy in 1819 show more than 1 property being put under the hammer.

And very sadly, young Frederick died the following year.  He left a wife Elizabeth Hannah nee Drury and 3 young boys.

Hence the title.

Uncle Shave

However, the titbit about James’ annuity led to a new avenue of investigation – Uncle Shave.  This would perhaps explain James’ brother’s name George Shave King.

So I started looking through the wills of people with the surname Shave.  (Sounds unusual, but when there are lots of them in the same place…)  I was looking for a bequest to a nephew with the name King.

And I found one, although not mentioning James.  Instead, Thomas Shave of Holbrook and Ipswich in Sussex, who died in 1805, leaves a bequest to his “late wife’s half-sister Ann, wife of George King”.  Bingo!

But he doesn’t name his wife.

But from his will, we learn:

  • his wife predeceased him
  • his wife had a half-sister
  • his wife had a nephew named William Daniel

Remind me again where that annuity was coming from?

But William Daniel could be a sister’s son, so Daniel may not be his wife’s maiden name.  And Ann may be a half-sister through either parent.

More questions than answers!

So I try to find Thomas Shave’s late wife.  I find a burial in 1801 in Holbrook for a Frances Shave but not enough info to say this is his wife.  But onto marriages because you never know what might turn up.  But we’re in the second half of the 1700s by now so the option is always nothing.

I find a Thomas Shave marrying a Frances Daniel – sounds almost too good to be true.  And I am instantly dubious – the marriage is in Coventry – a VERY long way from Holbrook.  And then I find a Marriage License Bond Allegation (you used to pay money for a marriage license to ensure that both parties were legally able to marry) for a Thomas Shave of Ipswich and a Frances Daniel of Coventry.  A William Daniel is the witness.

Some answers!

From here details are a bit sketchy.  I have found, but cannot conclusively prove, a William Daniel of Great Packington in Warwickshire who:

  • married Hannah Masters in 1741 and had:
    • Frances (Mrs Shave)
    • John (father of William)
    • William (died young)

Hannah died in 1747, days after son William

  • William then married a Mary, not in Great Packington and has:
    • Ann (Mrs King) in 1750

This matches the facts, but I haven’t found any further documents to prove any connections.  And it does raise the question of how did Ann get from Great Packington to London?


One thought on “Oh! The Bastard!

  1. Ian Bowie

    Great stuff, Sarah. Now I’ve got scandals on both sides of my family!

    I have your message re DNA from Ancestry but cannot work out how to respond to you via Ancestry (I’m a bit out of practice with it). Our address is ibbowie@bigpond.net.au and I’d like to discuss AncestryDNA a bit further with you.


    Ian Bowie

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