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Charles Ellwood

1847 - 1918


Father Newman Ellwood
Mother Sarah Gothard
Wife Sarah Marshall
Children Sarah Elizabeth


Charles was born in Hillrow, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, on 14th January 1847, the son of Newman and Sarah (1), and baptised there on 14th March (2). He had two older brothers Jonah and John, and at the census of 1851 they were all living in Hillrow (3). However when he was just six, his father suddenly fell ill (4), and within three days had died from cholera. His mother was (probably) pregnant at the time with his younger sister Elizabeth (5).

Hence, by the time of the next census in 1861, the family had changed somewhat. With eldest brother Jonah having left home by then too, it was just Charles, his mother and John and Elizabeth (6). Ten years later in 1871, the four of them were still living together (7).

Sometime in the 1870s Charles left Haddenham. His reasons and his route north are unknown, but in May 1875 he joined the Way and Works department of the Peak Line as a labourer (20). He had some sort of accident there at Christmas 1879, and was off work for about 10 weeks (20). This may be a reason for a change to less physical work as by the census of 1881 he was lodging in Great Longstone, Derbyshire, and said to be working as a watchman on the railway. He also claimed to be 6 years younger than he really was - the start of a trend in which he would never give his correct age on a census again! (8)

Life soon changed dramatically for Charles. Within a year he had married Sarah Furniss, a widow with 8 children, 8 years his senior (9); and within 6 more months his daughter Sarah Elizabeth was born (10)(18). By the time of the 1891 census, Charles was living with his wife, his daughter, two of his stepdaughters, and a step-grandaughter (11).

His wife died in 1893 (12), and sometime over the next few years Charles moved to Litton Slack, where he and his daughhter were living by 1901 (13). The following year his daughter got married (14), leaving Charles all alone. Sometime ove the next decade he moved to Tideswell, where he lived on Lower Terrace Road (19).

Nothing much is known of Charles' last few years, but he is said to have moved to a cottage in the Pot Market in Tideswell (15), where it seems he may have had a rather lonely last few years, what with his wife dead, and his daughter either dead or at least disappeared in disgrace (16) (which may well have soured relations with his son in law and grandchildren too). In 1908 he was cautioned at work for stopping the 9.40am passenger train to Derby at Matlock by catching coat sleeve in the vacuum brake! (20) He left his employment on the railway in 1915 (20), and died in the workhouse infirmary in Bakewell, on 10th October 1918 (17).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Haddenham states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fourteenth
    of
    January
    1847
    Hillrow
    Haddenham
    Charles Boy Newman
    Ellwood
    Sarah
    Ellwood
    formerly
    Gothard
    Shepherd The mark of
    x
    Sarah Ellwood
    Mother
    Hillrow
    Haddenham
    Tenth
    of
    February
    1847
  2. Parish Register of Holy Trinity, Haddenham contains the following baptism entry from 1847 :
    When baptised
    Childs Christian Name
    Parents Christian Name
    Parents Surname
    Abode
    Quality, Trade or Profession
    Mar
    14
    Charles
    Newman
    &
    Sarah
    Elwood
    Haddenham
    Shepherd
  3. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Hillrow, Haddenham
    Newman Ellwood Head Mar 39 Shepherd Cambs, Boxworth
    Sarah Do Wife Mar 36   Do, Haddenham
    Jonah Ellwood Son   14 Scholar Do, Do
    John Ellwood Son   9 Scholar Do, Do
    Charles Do Son   4 Do Do, Do
  4. Death Certificate from Registration District of Ely states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description
    and residence of informant
    When registered
    Twentry
    first
    November
    1853
    Hilrow
    Haddenham
    Newman
    Ellwood
    Male 42 years Shepherd Cholera
    2 Days
    Exhaustion
    3 Days
    Certified
    The Mark of
    Mary Burton
    present at the Death
    Hilrow
    Haddenham
    Sixteenth
    January
    1893
  5. Elizabeth's exact age is unknown. The day before he died (in November 1853) her father wrote his will which implied that his wife was then pregnant. However Elizabeth was not baptised until 4th February 1856 (according to both IGI and BIVR - I have still to check the original parish register). In the next three censuses, Elizabeths age was given as 9, 18 & 25 respectively, all implying a different date of birth between 1852 and 1856. It seems more than likely she was Newman's daughter, but without seeing her birth certificate, its not certain even that her mother claimed that.
  6. Census of 7th April 1861 reads:
    Place: Hillrow, Haddenham
    Sarah Ellwood Head Widow 45 occupier of land [Haddenham]
    John Son Un 19       "
    Charles  "  " 14       "
    Elizabeth Daur  " 9       "
  7. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Hilrow, Haddenham
    Sarah Elwood Head Widow 57 Late Labs wife [Cambs],[Hilrow]
    John Elwood Son Unm 27 Ag: Lab Do, Do
    Charles Elwood Son Unm 24 Do Do Do, Do
    Elizabeth Elwood Daur Do 18 Dressmaker Do, Do
  8. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Rose Cottage, Great Longctone
    John Bacon Head Mar 53 Railway Labourer Derbyshire, Youlgreve
    Ruth Do Wife Mar 54   Do, Rowland
    Charles Ellwood Lodger Unm 28 Railway Watchman Cambridge, Hillrow
  9. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1882 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Longstone in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    February 13 Charles Ellwood 35 Bachelor Labourer Great Longstone Newman Ellwood
    (Deceased)
    Shepherd
    Sarah Furniss 43 Widow Shopkeeper Great Longstone John Marshall Miner
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after banns
    in the presence of William Eyre, Ann Furniss
  10. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Seventh
    August
    1882
    Great
    Longstone
    Sarah
    Elizabeth
    Girl Charles
    Ellwood
    Sarah
    Ellwood
    late Furniss
    formerly
    Marshall
    Railway
    Watchman
    Sarah
    Ellwood
    Mother
    Great Longstone
    Twenty
    third
    August
    1882
  11. Census of 5th April 1891 (part 1, part 2 reads:
    Place: Main Street, Great Longstone
    Charles Ellwood Head M 46 Railway Watchamn Employed Cambridheshire, Haddem
    Sarah do Wife M 54     Derbyshire, Chesterfield
    Mary A Furness Step Daur S 16 Dressmaker Neither Employer or Employed Derbyshire, Gt, Longstone
    Ethel do do S 13 Scholar   do, do
    Sarah E Ellwood Daur S 8 Do   do, do
    Arnold F Brocklehurst Grand Son S 5 Do   Lancashire, Manchester
  12. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description
    and residence of informant
    When registered
    Thirteenth
    January
    1893
    Great
    Longstone
    RSD
    Sarah
    Ellwood
    Female 56 years Wife of
    Charles
    Ellwood
    a
    Railway
    Watchman
    Phlhisis Exhaustion
    Certified by
    Ed Branson
    [Wrench] M.B.
    C Ellwood
    Widower of deceased
    In attendance
    Great Longstone
    Sixteenth
    January
    1893
  13. Census of 31st March 1901 reads:
    Place: Litton Slack
    Charles Ellwood Head Wid 48 Railway Labourer Worker Derby, Hillrow
    Sarah Ellwood Dau S 18 Cop Winder      "  , Longstone
  14. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1902 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the town of Tideswell in the County of Derby
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    Nov: 24
    1902
    Harry Jackson 21 Bachelor Quarryman Gordon Road George Jackson Plate layer
    Sarah Elizabeth
    Ellwood
    20 Spinster - Litton Charles Ellwood Watchman
    Midland Ry
    Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after banns
    in the presence of Charles Ellwood, Ethel Furniss
  15. Information from living relatives.
  16. See his daughter's page.
  17. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description
    and residence of informant
    When registered
    Tenth
    October
    1918
    Union
    Infirmary
    Bakewell
    Charles
    Ellwood
    Male 70 years Tideswell
    R.D.
    Railway
    Platelayer
    1. Senile debility
    2. Spastic paralysis
    Certified by
    C.W. Evans M.D
    A Atkinson
    Master
    Union Workhouse
    Bakewell
    Twelfth
    October
    1918
  18. Parish Register of St Giles, Great Longstone includes the entry:
    When
    baptized  
    Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parents Name   Abode   Quality, Trade
    or
    Profession  
    Christian Surname
    1882
    Septr 17
    born
    Aug 7
    Sarah
    Elizabeth
    Charles
    &
    Sarah
    Ellwood Great
    Longstone
    Railway
    Watchman
  19. Census of 2rd April 1911 reads:
    Charles Ellwood Head 61 Widower         Railway Labourer Railway Company Worker   Cambridgeshire, Hillrow
    Number of Rooms: 4
    Postal Address: Lowe Terrace Rd, Tideswell
  20. Ledger giving the service history of employees of the Way & Works department of the Peak Line between Buxton and Ambergate. Transcribed by Glynn Waite of the Rowsley Association. Entry reads:
    Surname Forenames D.O.B. Date entered service Home station Marital status Address Notes
    Ellwood Charles 20/5/1853 26/5/1875 Millers Dale Widow Terrace Road, Tideswell Joined as a Labourer. Cautioned for stopping 9.40am passenger train to Derby at Matlock 28.01.1908 by catching coat sleeve in vacuum brake (how did a man from the Way & Works Dept. get involved?). Off work due to accidents 26.12.1879 to 07.03.1880, 28.11.1911 to 30.11.1911, and 04.12.1911 to 19.01.1912. Left the service 15.04.1915 (no reason given).



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