AYRES, Barkway, 19th Century

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PLEASE NOTE: When this question was asked the amount of information available online was very restricted and the only census available (on a CD) was the 1881 census. The answer given below should be carefully checked using the additional information now readily available online.

On 9 April 2001 Bert & Betty Brown (babe @t bettanet.net.au) of South Australia asked the ENG-HERTFORDSHIRE-L "We have an elusive great aunt that we could do with some help on if it is possible please. Annie AYRES was born in about 1880 as far as we can find out in Barkway and was married to Daniel BROWN in 1902 in Royston in what we think was the Oct/Dec quarter."


Cottages in Barkway
From "A Pilgrimage in Hertfordshire"

The 1881 census CD shows an Anne AYRES as a member of the following household living in one of a number of High Street Cottages in Barkway

William

WHYMAN

59

Head

Farm Labr

Barkway

Betsy

WHYMAN

44

Wife

 

Barkway

Anne

AYRES

1

G Daur

 

Barkway

 

The British Vital Records Index CD shows that Annie AYRES was christened at Barkway on 11 April 1880, the illegitimate daughter of Emma AYRES and also shows that William WHYMAN (widower and son of Francis WHYMAN) only married Betsy AYRES (widow) at Barkway on 15th October 1876. The CD also shows that a William AYRES (father Thomas AYRES) married Betsey CAMP (mother Ann CAMP) at Barkway on 24 November 1860.

A return to the 1881 census shows that a 19 year old Emma AYRES as a servant in the High Street, Barkway, who was presumably Annie's mother.

James

BALDING

83

Head, Widower

Formerly General Practitioner M.R.C.S. & L.S.A

Upwell, Norfolk

Margaret

BALDING

44

Daur

Housekeeper

Barkway

Albert

BALDING

41

Son

Land Agent & Surveyor

Barkway

John Johnson

BALDING

39

Son

Brewer

Barkway

Octavia

BALDING

37

Daur

 

Barkway

Emma

AYRES

19

Servant

Domestic Servant

Barkway

Jane Esther

MCGOWAN

15

Servant

Domestic Housemaid

Islington, Middlesex


It is possible that the elusiveness of your Great Aunt Annie origins was because the family chose to forget that she was the illegitimate daughter of Emma AYRES who in turn was the daughter of Betsey AYRES nee CAMP who in turn was the illegitimate daughter of Ann CAMP.