Henry & Mary Newns

Henry Newns at his son's wedding in 1946
Henry Albert Newns - 1946

Henry Albert Newns was the second son of William, a methodist minister, and Louisa and was born in Basset Street, Cambourne, Cornwall on 8 December 1881.

In 1901 Henry was a grocer's assistant boarding with grocer Ernest Barnett at 26 Park Avenue, Oswestry, Shropshire.

This portrait is from a group photograph taken at his son Eric's wedding in 1946.

Mary Ellen Scott, illegitimate daughter of Ellen Scott, was born in Bury on 26 December 1883, and was adopted by George and Sarah Pearson who lived in Urmston, Lancashire. In 1901 she was a servant in Urmston and recorded as Nellie Pearson.

Henry married Mary in the Edge Lane Wesleyan Chapel, Stretford, on 26 July 1905, by which time Henry was a grocer living at 76a Railway Road, Urmston (Manchester). Mary gave her address as 30 Victoria Street, Urmston, which is where the Pearsons then lived. Henry worked as a grocer in Urmston until about 1911 when he became a clerk for a construction company. At the 1911 census he was shown as a timekeeper for a firm of Steel Construction Engineers, and they were living at 16 Augusta Street in Pendleton. They were said to have lived for a while at Ellesmere Port. Then from about 1916 they lived in Liverpool where he worked for the Co-operative Society Grocers. Their children were:

George Eric

26 Nov 1911

16 Augusta Street, Pendleton, Salford


2 Feb 1923

7 Methuen Street, Wavertree, L'pool

Electoral Rolls show that 16 Augusta Street was the home of William George Newns, Henry's elder brother.

From some time in the 1930’s the family lived at 53 Zig Zag Road, West Derby, Liverpool

Mary died of cancer of the gall bladder and liver on 1 February 1946, following which Henry went to stay with his sister Louisa for a while. Administration of Mary’s estate, valued at £282 19s 8d, was granted to Henry.

Henry then met Florence Ilsley, a 54-year-old spinster from Anfield, and they were married at Norris Green Mission on 11 August 1948.

Henry died of colon cancer in Walton Hospital on 17 November 1949 aged 68.

Florence Ilsley/Newns married again in 1956 to John Tauson. He died in 1963, aged 79, and a street directory of Liverpool shows that in 1966 she was still living at 53 Zig Zag Road. Florence died in 1980, aged about 86.

Of Henry's and Mary's children:

  • Eric, as George was later known, became a teacher and married Belinda Parry in 1946.
  • Dora Newns at her brother's wedding in 1946
    Dora Newns - 1946

    Dora attended Blackburn House Grammar School from September 1933 (her fees were paid for by her brother who had newly qualified as a teacher). Following matriculation Dora left school to work in the offices of Liverpool Tramways.

    When Eric returned to England at the end of the war Dora had gone to live in London. The photograph was taken at Eric's wedding in 1946.

    She became a teacher and in 1951 was living at 65 Granville Road NW6. She married David Lloyd Jones (of 63 Albert Bridge Road SW11) on 24 March 1951. They had no children.

    Dora Jones, widow of Crawley, Sussex, died on 25th December 1988.

    In her will she left her house in Crawley to two cousins, Terry and Nigel Jones, with bequests to their wives and children. There were also bequests to the Methodist Homes for the Aged, the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The remainder of her estate went to Terry Jones.