BENNETT, Walkern, late 19th century

2001

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Walkern

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.

Michael Bennett (bennett123 @t xtra.co.nz) of Waipawa, New Zealand says "My Grandfather (Percy BENNETT) was a police constable, born on May 14th 1890 in Walkern according to London Metropolitan Police records. He married Beatrice Mary LOWE at Walkern on July 19th 1911, (also from Met. Records). I have gleaned much information on earlier Bennetts but cannot quite make the link up. A Mr. Beadle, of Walkern, has helped me considerably by mail, and it seems that Percy's father worked for Wrights Brewery as a dray driver in which occupation he was killed by his own dray running him over."

You do not say which, if any of the relevant records you have looked for, but the relevant parish registers and census for Walkern have been microfilmed and are available to order at any LDS Family History Centre. I think the nearest to you is at Omahu Main Road, Fernhill, Hastings, Hawke's Bay Phone: 06 879 9320. - see familysearch for details.

If they were Church of England both the christening and marriage could be examined, and if you have the film you can easily search for other members of the family. In addition there is an excellent chance that the 1891 census returns shows your Percy Bennett at home in Walkern with his parents and any siblings - and this may establish the links (if any) with the Bennett family living at Clay End, Walkern, at the time of the 1881 census, which I detail below in case you haven't seen them.

James BENNETT

M

43

M

Ardley, Herts

Head

Ag Lab

Maria BENNETT

M

39

F

Buntingford, Herts

Wife

 

Eliza E. BENNETT

M

22

F

Ardley, Herts

Daur

 

Walter C. BENNETT

M

20

M

Ardley, Herts

Son

Groom

Joanna BENNETT

U

18

F

Ardley, Herts

Daur

Domestic Serv

Arthur W. BENNETT

15

M

Ardley, Herts

Son

Ag Lab

David L. BENNETT

10

M

Ardley, Herts

Son

Scholar

Bessie M. BENNETT

6

F

Ardley, Herts

Daur

Scholar

Emily F. BENNETT

4

F

Ardley, Herts

Daur

Scholar

Infant BENNETT

1 w

F

Ardley, Herts

G Daur

 

Ann R. RAND

U

24

F

Therfield, Herts

Visitor

Domestic Serv

You mention Wright's Brewery - and in the 1882 Kelly's Directory for Hertfordshire it has an entry Samuel Wright (exors of) brewer & maltster of Walkern - and Samuel is also listed in the 1850 Directory as a maltster & farmer. If Percy's father was a dray driver perhaps he was Walter Bennett - who was a groom in 1881.

As you know the dates and places of Percy Bennett's birth and marriage it should be very straightforward to purchase his birth and marriage certificate which will provide excellent additional information including confirming his father's name. You might also find in useful to have a look at a guide to English Genealogy - for instance from the Society of Genealogists online bookshop.

It is also worth commenting that the police were moved around from place to place (basically to avoid them being developing strong ties with the locals) and if Percy was married in the same place as he was born my guess is that he didn't become a police constable until after he married.

See also BENNETT, Walkern, circa 1895