Charles & Ann Newnes of Crudgington

Charles Newnes was the sixth child of William and Martha and was christened in High Ercall on 6 November 1766. He appears to have lived all his life in Crudgington and earned his living as a shoemaker.

When he was about 26 he married Ann Worley in High Ercall on 18 September 1792. This marriage was witnessed by Robert Leighton, Allan Clarke and John Pagett. They had ten children christened in Waters Upton (which is nearer than High Ercall although in the next parish) and one who was buried in High Ercall (presumably died at birth or shortly after):

Sarah

11 Nov 1792

John

21 Jun 1795

Martha

12 Nov 1797

William

18 Nov 1800

Thomas

6 Oct 1803

Charles

17 Jun 1806

Ann

20 Jun 1808

Mary

buried

20 August 1811

Eliza

29 Oct 1812

Emma

25 Oct 1818

George

25 Dec 1818

At the time of the 1841 census Charles and Ann were living in Crudgington with their youngest son George, and both Charles and George were shoemakers.

Ann died in 1847 and by 1851 Charles had retired; his son George, now married, was still living in the same house and had, presumably, taken over his father’s business.

Charles died in 1854, probably aged 87.

Of their children:

  • John appears to have married Ann Kendrick in 1815 and had at least 3 children:

    Sarah

    1816

    George

    1819

    John

    1821

  • William probably married Mary Gough in Wellington on 28 June 1824. They had four children, all christened in Kinnersley:

    Ann

    3 Oct 1824

    John

    5 Feb 1826

    Thomas

    23 Sep 1827

    George

    6 Dec 1829

    In 1841 their son George was a servant on the farm of John and Ann Adams in Kinnersley, but the rest of the family are not in the village. John was a servant in the house of Charles Juckes in Rowton.

  • Thomas married Mary Hollis in Wellington on 23 May 1825 and they had thirteen children:

    John

    9 Oct 1825

    Eyton upon the Weald Moors

    Anne

    1827

    Eyton upon the Weald Moors

    William

    15 Nov 1829

    Eyton upon the Weald Moors

    Thomas

    7 Aug 1831

    Waters Upton

    Charles

    22 Jun 1834

    High Ercall

    Emma

    2 Aug 1835

    High Ercall

    Robert

    8 Oct 1837

    High Ercall

    Mary

    18 Sep 1839

    High Ercall

    Sarah

    20 Feb 1841

    High Ercall

    Benjamin

    26 Jun 1842

    High Ercall

    Elizabeth

    24 Nov 1844

    High Ercall

    Charlotte

    20 Dec 1846

    High Ercall

    George

    15 Apr 1849

    High Ercall

    He appears to have started his married life in Eyton upon the Weald Moors and then moved back to Crudgington round about 1830.

    In 1841 he was living in Crudgington with Mary and two of their children, Emma and Robert, and his occupation was given as shoemaker (the same as his father and his brother George). Four of their children are known to have been elsewhere; John, Anna and Thomas on the Shakeshaft's farm in Sleap, and William on the Mathews' farm in Crudgington.

    By 1851 Thomas had given up shoemaking and was an agricultural labourer. They then had seven of their children at home; William and Thomas, who were both agricultural labourers, Emma, who was described as 'daughter at home', Benjamin, scholar, Elizabeth, Charlotte and George.

    In 1861 Thomas and Mary still had sons Thomas and Robert living with them and working as agricultural labourers, and their youngest son George. Charlotte was a House servant at the Taylor's farm in Ellerdine. There was a Benjamin working as a carter and living on the Brooks' farm in Osbaston who was probably Thomas and Mary's son.

    By 1871 Thomas' wife had died and his son, Benjamin, had moved in with his wife and two young children, Thomas and Mary.

    Thomas died in 1874, aged 70.

  • Charles had obviously met his future wife, Mary Millington, by 1831 as on 31 January they were both witnesses at the marriage of John Millington, presumably Mary's brother, and Mary Kibble in High Ercall parish church. Charles and Mary were themselves married in Shrewsbury on 2 February 1835. They had five children, all christened in High Ercall:

    Robert

    14 Feb 1836

    Benjamin

    23 Jun 1841

    Alfred

    28 Apr 1844

    John

    26 Sep 1847

    William

    8 Sep 1850

    In 1841 Charles and Mary were living in Crudgington with their two children, Robert and Benjamin, and apparently Mary's parents, Joseph and Margaret. Charles earned his living as a bricklayer. In 1851 Charles and Mary only had their three youngest sons, Alfred 6, John 3, and William 7 months, living with them and in 1861 Alfred, who was an apprentice bricklayer, and William, who was a carter. By 1871 all their children had left home. Charles and Mary were still living in Crudgington in 1881 but appear to have died by 1891.

  • George became a shoemaker, like his father, on 2 June 1846 he married Mary Gregory in High Ercall and they are known to have had nine children.