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Downes Family Herefordshire/Gloucestershire/Worcestershire
Posted by: Wendy Davis (ID *****1491) Date: August 21, 2009 at 06:24:50
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Looking for information on the Downes family members listed below.

William Downes (born circa 1849 in Herefordshire - possibly Eye).
1871 census shows him working as live-in servant in Yarpole, Herefordshire.
1881 census possibly shows him working as live-in servant in Brecknockshire.
At some point between 1881 and 1891 (possibly pre-1884) he married and had three children (all listed below).
1891 census shows him living in Badsey, Worcestershire with his family and working as a gardener.
1901 census shows him living in Redmarley d'Abitot, Gloucestershire with his family and still working as a gardener.
In the 1911 census he's still living in Redmarley d'Abitot, although his wife has died and his eldest child is missing.
Can find no trace of him after this.

William's wife is listed in the 1891 census as Sarah Ann and she is 10 years younger than him placing her birth year at roughly 1859 and possibly in Ludlow, Worcestershire. I've not been able to narrow her maiden name down beyond 17 possibilities.
She appears in the 1901 census with her family, but has died prior to the 1911 census. Fairly certain her year of death is 1909 in Hampstead, Middlesex - another mystery as to the best of my knowledge her husband and children were not with her.

William H Downes - William and Sarah's eldest child, born circa 1884 in Ludlow, Shropshire and named in the census of 1891 and also 1901 alongside his parents and siblings. In the 1911 census he's missing, possibly having left home. However I can find no trace of him.

Rose Mary Downes - William and Sarah's middle child (and also my direct ascendant). Born circa 1885-6 in Church Stretton, Shropshire and listed in the census of 1891 and also 1901 alongside her parents and siblings. In the 1911 census she is listed living with her widowed father and youngest brother. Her occupation is given as 'at home' and she has a 5-year-old daughter also living with the family. Her marital status is 'single' so it seems she didn't marry the father of her child, and I've not been able to find a name for him. Post-1911 there is no trace of Rose.

John Edward Downes - The youngest of William and Sarah's children, born circa 1889 I think in Shropshire. Named in the censuses of 1891, 1901 and 1911. In the 1911 census he's working as a groom/horse dealer possibly on the same farm that employs his father as a labourer. Post 1911 he, like the rest of his family, is untraceable.

Hilda May Downes (married name Davis) - Rose Mary's daughter, born circa 1906 in either Redmarley d'Abitot or nearby Newent, both Gloucestershire. My paternal grandmother.

Can anyone help me with William Snr's parents, Sarah Ann's maiden name, and what happened to the family after 1911.


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