Woodward, Charles

Collection date: Sept 1909

Area: Gloucestershire


Charles Woodward at Ebrington, Glos (1839-1920?): age 71, 3 songs (FT2384-6) on 10 Sept 1909: Charles Woodward was baptised on 7/7/1839 at Ebrington, 2 miles east of Chipping Campden. He was the third of 5 sons of George Woodward, labourer and his wife Emmeline. They had in fact just lost an infant son (called Charles) who died aged 4 in December 1837 in Ebrington but stoically named the new baby Charles too.

In the 1861 Ebrington census 4 of the 5 sons were agricultural labourers and still at home. On 24/9/1865 Charles married Elizabeth Hyatt at Ilmington church (state registration ref 6d 963). Elizabeth was born in Great Wolford, 9 miles to the south, but her father Thomas Hyatt was a poor labourer and Elizabeth had probably left home to find work. Charles and Elizabeth had no children of their own but had the pleasure of always living near to Charles’s brothers David and Thomas (both bachelors) as well as Charles’s older brother George, sister-in-law Emma and their 4 children. Charles was an agricultural labourer in all censuses except 1901, when at age 61 he was a ‘navvy’ (RG13/2945 f79 p10). It’s probable that Charles died January qr 1920 aged 80 (ref Shipston-on-Stour 6d 1028).

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