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Picken of Blakenall or Wolverhampton
Posted by: Michele Riley (ID *****3552) Date: August 04, 2009 at 12:52:04
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Hello -

I'm tracing my husband's ancestor, Thomas Henningham (also Hevingham.)

Thomas (b. 1839) and his sister (b. 1837) were both listed as "Nurse Child" in the 1841 and 1851 census records. I know that the term suggests either an illegitimate, unwanted, foundling or very poor child and that the foster family may or may not have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of their fosterling. I think in this case Thomas and Fanny were placed with relatives, and well-to-do ones at that.

They lived in the household of Thomas Picken of Tettenhall Wood.

1851 Census Tettenhall Wood near Wolverhampton, Staffordshire:
Thomas Picken 46 Locksmith Blakenall, Staff
Hannah Picken 47 Laundress Tamworth, Warwickshire
Ann 9 Tettanhall, Staff
Arthur 4 ""
Sarah Hannah 2 ""
Fanny Henningham 13 Scholar Stafford, Staff
Thomas Henningham 11 ""

I already know that the Picken and Heveningham (pronounced Henningham) families are related but please would anyone respond that may have more information as to names and places? As far as I know, the Heveninghams and Picken families were what we might class as quality. Mrs Picken, listed above, was born in Warwickshire, and since the Heveninghams had strong ties to Staffordshire at that time, I firmly believe that the connection is with the Picken family somehow and not with Hannah Unknown.

Fanny Henningham became a Ladies Companion in London as late as 1891 and died a spinster. Thomas never rose above Grocery Porter. I have Thomas' marriage certificate and there's a dash for the father's name. He named one of his sons Arthur so he probably didn't hate them.

Thank you for your time.

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