Ernest was baptised at Chesterton in Cambridgeshire in 1875 the son of Richard and Jane Gawthrop. At the time of the 1881 census the family were living at 15 Mill St, Cambridge, in the parish of St Andrew the Lesser. At that time Richard was described as an unemployed carpenter aged 35 and born in Histon, Cambridgeshire. Jane was 33, a dressmaker, born in Swavesy, Cambridgeshire. The couple had three children at this time - Horace I. Gawthrop, aged 9, Harold F. Gawthrop aged 6, and Ernest W. Gawthrop aged 4. From the age given in the census we get a date of birth for Richard of 1844/45, and there are infact two Richard Gawthrops born in Histon during this period. However one of these died in childhood, leaving just Richard, son of James and Sarah Gawthrop, baptised at Histon on Feb 15th 1846.
At the time of Richard's birth, James Gawthrop was described as a labourer. The family are to be found at the time of the 1851 census living at 72 Impington rd, Histon, Cambs when John was described again as an ag. Lab. However by the time of the 1861 census his fortunes seem to have changed somewhat for he is then a publican/butcher. By 1871 he is described as a Butcher and Farmer (of 20 acres, employing 2 men), and by 1881 a Farmer/brewer (employing two men and a boy). Infact John took over the licence of the Barley Mow public house in Histon in 1859, and was publican there for 41 years until his death in 1900. After his death his son Frederick briefly took over the licence, untilthe death of his wife three years later. John Gawthrop is buried in the Histon rd Cemetary in Cambridge, where an MI tellls us that he died on October 23 1900. Charlotte his wiofe is buried alongside him, having died on June 12th 1872. The copuple had been married on 21st January 1845 at Histon, Johns home parish. Charlotte (her maiden name was Mansfield) came from nearby Swavesy.
John had been baptised at Histon on December 9th 1821, the son of Richard Gawthrop and Sarah (nee Crane), who had married three years earlier, also at Histon, on 13th OCtober 1818. At the time of the 1851 census the couple were living at 76 Church End in Histon, when John was described as an Ag. Labourer.
Richard, in turn was baptised on September 7th 1789 in Histon, the son of Richard Gawthrop and Elizabeth (Ratford), who had married two years earlier at Histon on 10th April 1787. Richard Gawthrop, Senior died at Histon and was buried on Jan 14th 1836. His wife Elizabeth had been buried there on 12th March 1813.
Richard, Senior was the son of John Gawthrop and Sarah ( nee Archer), baptised at Histon on Sep 22nd 1754. John was the village Blacksmith and had married Sarah on 19th October 1751. However the marriage was short lived for John was buried at Histon on Jan 11th 1756. Subsequent to his death, his widow Sarah lived with Johns younger brother, Richard and had three illegitimate children by him. One of these was my own Gawthrop ancestor. However this union was also relatively short-lived as in 1763 Richard was transported to the American penal colonies for Grand Larceny. At his death in 1756, John left a will.
John Gawthrop was baptised at Histon on June 2nd 1729, the eldest son of Richard Gawthrop and Mary (nee Gigner). His father Richard was the village Blacksmith. His mother, Mary, first married John Edwards, also a blacksmith at Histon, at St Sepulchre, Cambridge on January 17th 1722 . However John Edwards died a year later, and Mary remarried, to John Galterup (later spelt Gawthrop) at Holy Trinity, Cambridge on August 10th 1728. John Gawthrop died and was buried at Histon on April 1st 1744, also leaving a will. Following his death Mary married for a third time, to John Marsh at Histon on October 9th 1746, before her own death the following January.
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