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Re: George Padfield, Somerset, England
Posted by: Michael Sayers Date: January 08, 2001 at 04:42:10
In Reply to: George Padfield, Somerset, England by Edward Bridle of 136

My wife's maternal grandmother was Agnes Padfield, possibly born between 1870 and 1880.My wife thought that Agnes was Irish but is far from certain. At all events,I have done a little UK research and came across a Padfield family with a Somerset connection. The following are extracts from my note in our family tree:

"Agnes Padfield's Levi grand-daughters .. believed that Agnes was born in Ireland, but (perhaps not surprisingly in view of the widespread destruction of Irish census and other records) no information about her or her husband Alfred Hemmens has yet emerged from Ireland. However, an LDS [Latter Day Saints] search has found a christening record for Agnes Annie Padfield, daughter of Henry Padfield and Elizabeth, christened at Eaton Socon Church, Bedfordshire, England on 26 April 1874, who was of the right age to be Vera Hemmens' mother. An 1881 Great Britain (i.e. excluding Ireland) census search has found what is almost certainly the same family at 81 Roseberry Street, Toxteth Park, Lancashire. That family comprised Henry (34, born Wellon, Somerset ... , Elizabeth (35, born Coldashby, Northamptonshire), George P (11, born Studley, Warwickshire), Agnes A (9, born Ettingshead, Staffordshire), Lizzie (7, born Eaton Lecon, Bedfordshire), Harry (5, born Eaton Lecon) and Emily (1, born Leigh, Lancashire). The census enumerator made several errors in the return: "Wellon" does not exist and should probably be Wellington; Cold Ashby should be two words; "Eaton Lecon" does not exist and almost certainly represents a mis-hearing of Eaton Socon; and the ages and places of birth of Agnes and Lizzie were probably transposed. Possibly this peripatetic family or some members of it subsequently went to Ireland. It may be merely coincidental, but could be more, that by about 1903 the Agnes who is known to have been Vera's mother was living (with Vera) at Luton, also in Bedfordshire, and that by 1930 at the latest she had settled at Harpenden in Hertfordshire, not far from Bedfordshire.

After [Agnes' husband] Alfred Hemmens died Agnes is believed to have married again ... . [Her grand] children visited her annually, they stayed with her at Harpenden (i.e. away from London) during the Munich crisis of September 1938 and ...she stayed at ...at Westgate-on-Sea, where she died."

Does any of this ring a bell with you?

Michael Sayers


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