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Re: Thomas Brazier of Hitchin
Posted by: Robert Walker (ID *****0453) Date: January 21, 2004 at 01:05:03
In Reply to: Thomas Brazier of Hitchin by Robert Walker of 468

Hi Barbara;

Here I am again, as promised. I don't know how much of this you already have but here it is just in case. You never know, someone else might find it useful.

The following details were taken from the 1851 census:

Thomas Brazier born 1813/14 at Hitchin (yes, I got the date wrong in my original posting)married to:
Eliza Little born 1814/15 at Sandridge
Children: William born 1837/38
George born 1838/39
Elizabeth born 1840/41
James born 1845
John (my great-grandfather) born 1 June 1848. There may have been children born after John, of whom I am presently unaware.

All the children were born at Sandridge. John married Charlotte Lunnon at St Peter's, St Albans in February 1867. They stayed in St Albans, moving to Wembley in the 1890's (precise year uncertain) where my grandfather, Herbert Thomas, was born in Turton Road in June 1894. He was the last of 16 children, of whom 15 reached adulthood. John was a brickmaker, although by the time my Grandfather married in 1913, he was describing himself as an "Engineer." I don't know when John died, but it was before my mother was born in 1927. My mother tells me that Charlotte died first, and she died in 1921. John and Charlotte have been described as deeply religious, and founded a mission in Wembley. Charlotte is said to have known the Bible backwards, yet owned a swearing parrot in a huge cage that had to be covered when the vicar called(honest!) My Grandfather used to stay in touch with the St Albans contingent, and it had been a puzzle to my mother as to how the Little family tied in - Grandfather used to mention them - until I discovered Eliza.

James Brazier appears again in the 1901 census as a farm foreman in Carshalton Surrey; from the same census it appears possible that there was another son - Charles - who would have been born around 1855 although I have yet to confirm him as a son of Thomas.

I don't know if these dates tally with your own information. Please bear in mind that census details are sometimes inaccurate - it was common for someone not to know how old they were, and frequently, the enumerator was barely more literate than anyone else(John Brazier signed his name with a cross).

I don't know how much you know about Sandridge; it's not easy to find on a map. However, I've been there, and I think I know the very house the Braziers lived in. If you'd like a few observations on Sandridge or even if you want me to expand on what I've already mentioned, do feel free to drop me an email privately. As you may have already discovered, the Braziers formed a significant part of that tiny little village throughout the 19th century and beyond.

Thanks again for coming back to me, Barbara, and I hope that this helps your own research.

Best wishes
Robert


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