Possible further details of the children of Jane Madge and James Elston.

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Jane Madge and James Elston(e) had at least ten children.


I believe James Elston originally married a Eliza. (Possibly Colesworthy - July-September 1839 Exeter Vol 10 Page 107). James had at least one child by his first wife, George born in Crediton and baptised 23 February 1840. For the 1841 census James, aged 23 and a Shoemaker, and Eliza, aged 30, were recorded in Park Street, Crediton along with baby George aged 1. There were two additional children in the household, William Herbert aged 9 and Mary Herbert aged 5. At this moment in time their relationship to James or Eliza, if any, is unknown. It would seem that Eliza passed away the following year, probably in Crediton in the January-March quarter of 1842 (Crediton Vol 10 Page 59).

James Elston born about 1847, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of a James Elston to a James and Jane Elston - baptised 25 December 1847, Crediton.

For the 1861 census James was recorded in the family household aged 12, a Shoemaker, born in Crediton.

It is possible that James Elston married Emma Smith in St Thomas, Exeter in the January-March quarter of 1871 (St Thomas Vol 5b Page 90)

For the census of 1871 this couple were listed in Park Street, Crediton. James Elston was recorded as aged 24, a Cordwainer, born in Crediton, and Emma Elston was also recorded as aged 24, but born in Plymouth.

For the census of 1881 the couple were listed in 9 Union Street, Bridgwater, Somerset. James Elston was recorded as aged 35, a Boot and Shoe Maker, born in Crediton, and Emma Elston was recorded as aged 34, born in Plymouth. Included in the houshold were their 5 children, Rhoda Elston aged 9 born in Crediton, Amelia Elston aged 6 born in Highbridge, Somerset, Flory Elston aged 4, Fred Elston aged 3 and Jessie Elston aged 1 all born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

For the census of 1891 the couple were again listed in Bridgwater, now at 39 Union St. James Elston was recorded as aged 43, a Boot Maker, born in Crediton, and Emma Elston was recorded as aged 43, again born in Plymouth. Included in the houshold were 4 children, Fred Elston aged 13, Jessie Elston aged 11, Henry Elston aged 9, and Charles Elston aged 5, all born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

For the census of 1901 the couple were listed in 38 Union Street, Bridgwater, Somerset. James Elston was recorded as aged 54, a Boot Maker, born in Crediton, and Emma Elston was recorded as aged 54, born in Plymouth. Included in the houshold were 2 children, Fred Elston aged 23, a Tile Maker, and Charles Elston aged 15, a Printer, both identified as born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Emma Elston would seem to have died aged 55 in Bridgwater in the October-December quarter of 1902. (Bridgwater Vol 5c Page 226).

For the census of 1911 James Elston was listed in 50 West Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, a dwelling with 6 rooms. James Elston was recorded as aged 61, a Shoe Maker, born in Crediton, and he has a new wife recorded in the household, to whom he had been married for 7 years, Mary Elston, aged 43, born in Bridgwater, Somerset. (Probably Mary Isaacs who he had married in Bridgwater in the January-March quarter of 1904. (Bridgwater Vol 5c Page 522)). Included in the houshold was his son Charlie Elston aged 24, a Brakesman on a Steam Roller, identified as born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

There is a record in the BMD Index of the death of a James Elston in Bridgwater aged 68 in the January-March quarter of 1916 which would seem likely to be this James Elston. (Bridgwater Vol 5c Page 478).

Emma Elston born about 1849, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of an Emma Elston to a James and Jane Elston - baptised 25 December 1847, Crediton.

For the 1871 census Emma was recorded in the family household, aged 23, a Boot Fitter, born in Crediton.

It is possible that Emma Elston married Thomas Sparks in Okehampton in the July to September quarter of 1871 (Okehampton Vol 5b Page 656).

For the census of 1881 this couple were listed at 54-60 Butchers Hill, Todmorden in Yorkshire with Thomas Sparks recorded as aged 32, a Lodging House Proprietor, born in High Bickington, Devon, and Emma Sparks recorded as aged 32, born in Crediton. Included in the household were their two children, James T. Sparks aged 8, and Charles Henry Sparks aged 4, both listed as born in Todmorden, Lancashire. (Despite the census record claiming Todmorden and Walsden, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding).) There would seem to have been 30 Lodgers in the household and the premises seems to have included more than a single house, as suggested by the address.

For the census of 1891 the family were again listed in Todmorden, now at 48, 50, 52 & 54 Knowlwood Road, with Thomas Sparks recorded as a Lodging House Keeper and Grocer, aged 42 and Emma Sparks as aged 41. Included in the household were four children, James T. Sparks aged 18, Charles Henry Sparks aged 14, John William Sparks aged 8, and Henrietta Florence Sparks aged 6, both listed as born in Todmorden, Lancashire. There would seem to have been 62 Lodgers in the household and as before the premises seems to have included more than a single house, as suggested by the address. It may be significant that the next door premisies was the Black Horse Inn.

Sadly Henrietta Florence Sparks, their daughter, died on 2nd June 1893 aged 8, and was buried in the Christ Church graveyard, Todmorden.

For the census of 1901 the couple were still resident in in 68 Knowlwood Road, Todmorden. Thomas Sparks was recorded as aged 54, a Shop and Lodging House Keeper, and Emma Sparks aged 52, both born in Devonshire. There would seem to have been 86 Lodgers in the household and although the number was given as simply 68, the next household recorded was was 110 Knowlwood Road, again suggesting that as before the premises seems to have included more than a single house.

Emma Sparks died in Todmorden died 22 January 1904 aged 54 years. (Jan-Mar 1904 - Todmorden Vol 9a Page 180), and was buried on 26 January in the Christ Church graveyard, Todmorden.

For the census of 1911 Thomas Sparks was still resident in in at 68 Knowlwood Road, Todmorden, identified as a dwelling with 6 rooms. Thomas was identified by his initials T. R. Sparks aged 64, a Shop and Lodging House Keeper, born in High Bickington, Devon, and he has a new wife recorded in the household, to whom he had been married for 5 years, Elizabeth Sparks, aged 66, Assisting in the Business, born in Lancashire. (Probably Elizabeth Deakin who married Thomas Richard Sparks in the Oct-Dec 1905 in Salford Lancashire (Salford Vol 8d Page 40)). Included in the houshold was his son Charlie aged 24, a Brakesman on a Steam Roller, identified as born in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Thomas Richard Sparks died 16 August 1917 aged 70 and was buried in the Christ Church graveyard, Todmorden, along side his wife and daughter. (Jul-Sep 1917 - Todmorden Vol 9a Page 248). There is a headstone commemorating the couple and their daughter in the graveyard.

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John Elston born about 1851, Crediton.

There is a record of the baptism of a John Elston to a James and Jane Elston - baptised 28 September 1851, Crediton.

As there is a second John born to the couple in 1867\1868 it is assumed this John died between the census of 1861 where John is recorded aged 8, and the birth of the second John in 1867\1868.

Charles Elston born about 1854, Crediton.

No baptism found.

For the 1871 census Charles was recorded in the family household aged 17, a Labourer, born in Crediton.

It is possible that Charles Elston married Mary Ann Tucker in Crediton in the October to December quarter of 1876 (Crediton Vol 5b Page 787).

For the census of 1881 this couple were listed in Halwell, Devon with Charles Elston listed as aged 26 employed as a Plate Layer - Railway and May A. Elston aged 26 both born in Crediton. Included in the household were their two children, William H. Elston aged 3 and Ellen Elston aged 1 again both born in Crediton.

For the census of 1891 the couple were again listed in Halwell, at Station Cottage with Charles Elston recorded as aged 36, still employed as a Platelayer and Mary Ann Elston aged 36, although Mary Ann's place of birth is now given as Shobrooke, Devon. There were now 7 of their children included in the household. Along with the children from the 1881 census William Henry Elston aged 13 and Ellen Elston, aged 11, both born in Crediton, were Jane Elston aged 9, Emma Elston aged 7, Elizabeth Elston aged 5, John Elston aged 3 and James Thomas Elston aged 1, all recorded as born in Halwill, Devon.

For the census of 1901 the family were listed in West Down, near Ilfracombe. Charles Elston was recorded as aged 47 is now employed as a Foreman Plate Layer and May A. Elston was recorded as aged 46, with place of birth again given as Shobrooke, Devon. 5 of their children included in the household. William Henry Elston aged 23, Emma Elston aged 17, John Elston aged 13, James T. Elston aged 11, and an addition from the previous census, Edith M. Elston aged 9, again born in Halwill, Devonshire.

For the census of 1911 the family were listed in Knowle, Braunton with the dwelling identified as having 5 rooms. Charles Elston was recorded as aged 57 employed as a Plate Layer for the London and South West Railway, born in Crediton, and May A. Elston was recorded as aged 56, with her place of birth also given as Crediton. The couple were identified as having been marred for 34 years and having had 8 children, 7 of whom were stiil alive. 4 of their children were included in the household, Jane Hill aged 29, John Elston aged 23 a Plate Layer for the London and South West Railway like his father, James Thomas Elston aged 21 a Horseman on a farm, and Edith May Elston aged 19, all born in Halwill, Devonshire. Jane the elder daughter had married in the last year and her husband Frank Hill, aged 23 a Farm Labourer, born in Dunsford, Devon, was also included in the household.

There is a record of the death of a Mary A. Elston aged 63 in the BMD Index in the October-December quarter of 1917 which would seem likely to be this Mary Ann Elston, the wife of Charles. (Barnstaple Vol 5b Page 509).

There is a record of the death of a Charles Elston aged 76 in the BMD Index in the January-March quarter of 1930 which would seem likely to be this Charles Elston. (Barnstaple Vol 5b Page 570).

Betsy Elston born about 1856, Crediton.

No baptism found.

In the family home recorded as aged 4, born in Crediton, for the census of 1861. Nothing more currently known.

Mary Ann Elston born about 1861, Crediton.

No baptism found.

In the family home recorded as aged 9, born in Crediton, for the census of 1871. Nothing more currently known.

Eliza Elston born about 1864, Crediton.

No baptism found.

In the family home recorded as aged 6, born in Crediton, for the census of 1871. Nothing more currently known.

Lavinia Elston born about 1866, Crediton.

No baptism found.

For the 1881 census Lavinia was recorded in the family household aged 18, a Housekeeper, born in Crediton.

It is possible that Lavinia Elston married James Lang in Exeter in the July to September quarter of 1887 (Exeter Vol 5b Page 170).

For the census of 1891 this couple were listed in Exeter, in Paris Street, St. Sidwell with James Lang listed as aged 24 employed as a Dressmaker and Lavinia Lang aged 24 both born in Devonshire. Included in their household were their two children, Florence Lang aged 3 and James Henry Lang aged under a year. Also incuded were Arthur Oldridge a 23 year old Lodger, Lucy Steer, a 19 year old Visitor, Emma Elston a 6 year old Niece, and Frank Lang a 7 year old Nephew, all of whom were born in Devonshire.

For the census of 1901 the family were again isted in Exeter, in Paris Street, St. Sidwell. James Lang was recorded as aged 37, a City Council Carter, born in Pocombe, Devon. and Lavinia Lang was recorded as aged 36, born in Crediton. Included in the household along with Forence Lang now aged 13 and James now aged 11 were a further 4 children, Eva Lang aged 7, William Lang aged 5, Frederick Lang aged 3, and Sidney Lang aged 1, all born in Exeter. There was one boarder also included in the household a Robert Pike, aged 22 born in Crediton.

There is a record of the death of a James Lang aged 38 in the BMD Index in the April-June quarter of 1904 which would seem likely to be this James Lang. (Exeter Vol 5b Page 49).

For the census of 1911 the family were isted in Exeter, now in 3 Warren Place, with the dwelling identified as having 5 rooms. The widowed Lavinia Lang was recorded as aged 42, a Lodging House Keeper, born in Crediton. She was identified as having been married for 24 years and having had 6 children, ll of whom had survived. All 6 children were recorded in her household Forence Lavinia Lang aged 23, a Theatre Attendant, James Henry Lang aged 20, a Council Employee, Eva Mable Lang aged 19, a Lace Mender, William John Lang aged 16, an Errand Boy, Frederick George Lang aged 13, and Sidney Thomas Lang aged 11, all born in Exeter and the two younger boys identified as scholars.

There is a record of the death of a Lavinia Lang aged 56 in the BMD Index in the April-June quarter of 1922 which would seem likely to be this Lavinia Lang. (Exeter Vol 5b Page 96).

John Elston born about 1867, Crediton.

No baptism found.

For the 1881 census John was recorded in the family household aged 14, a Shoemaker, born in Crediton

For the census of 1891 there is a record of what may be this John Elston lodging in the house of William Jordan and his wife Ann, in Chapel Street, Holsworthy, Devon.

It is possible that John Elston married Bessie Burridge in Exeter in the October to December quarter of 1894 (Exeter Vol 5b Page 206).

For the census of 1901 this couple were listed in Sidmouth, Devon, with John Elston recorded as aged 31, a Railway Engine Driver, born in Crediton, and Bessie Elston as aged 29, born in Heavitree, Devon. Included in the household was Elsie Pollard a 2 year old Niece born in Birmingham, and William Rowe, a 19 year old boarder, born in Taunton, Somersetshire. (I suspect Elise was the daughter of Annie Louisa Burridge and George Charles S Pollard married in the October to December quarter of 1893 in Exeter. (Exeter Vol 5b Page 234).

For the 1911 census the couple were resident in Holsworthy, at 5 Railway Cottages, with the dwelling identified as having 4 rooms. John Elston was recorded as 42, born in Crediton, and Bessie Elston as aged 40, born in Heavitree, Devon. The duration of the couple's marriage etc. were not listed. They have a J Elise Elston in their household recorded as Niece aged 12 and born in Birmingham. I would suspect was one and the same as the Elsie Pollard recorded as Niece aged 2, born in Birmingham in the previous census.

Henry Elston born 1871, Crediton.

No baptism found.

For the 1891 census Henry was recorded in the family household as Harry, aged 20, a Butcher, born in Crediton.

For the 1901 census what is almost certainly Henry Elston was recorded resident in East Street, Crediton, aged 30, born in Crediton, and working as a Butcher. Included in the household is a Rhoda Elston, listed as his wife, aged 29, born in Crediton, and one daughter Eva Elston aged 5, and two sons, Albert Elston aged 2 and Charles Elston aged 1, all born in Crediton. However I cannot find any record of any appropriate marriage.

For the census of 1911 the couple were still in Crediton at 43 East Street, with the dwelling identified as having 5 rooms. Henry Elston was recorded as aged 41, a Butcher, and Rhoda Elston was recorded as aged 41, Assisting in the Business, with both born in Crediton. The couple were identified as married for 21 years and having had 10 children 7 of whom were still living. Incled in the household were the 7 children - Eva Elston aged 14, Albert Elston aged 12, Charles Elston aged 11, Florence Elston aged 10, Gladys Elston aged 5, Ivy Elston aged 4, and Gwendoline Elston aged 2, all born in Crediton.

There is an interesting snippet from the Devon Heritage website in the RECOLLECTIONS OF CREDITON'S PAST by ERNEST VIGERS, Part 3 - At the bottom of Church Hill was a butcher's shop run by Ainey (Henry) Elston and his wife. Unfortunately they would occasionally have an unholy row and their shouting at each other attracted onlookers. It was said that they would throw joints of meat at each other and sometimes a piece would land in the street and be taken away, I never saw this, as I did not stay long as I found their rows rather frightening. This is backed up by more than a few reports in the Wetsren Times of one or other of the couple ending up in front of the bench charged with disorderly conduct of one form or another!