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SLADE, Chipperfield, Mid 19th Century

January, 2004



Kings Langley


Gail Slade (dardena @t of Buxton, Maine, USA, is looking for information on the parents of George Slade, baptised 1844. She says: I have found a great deal on the George Slade family and thought I would share it with you.

The information below matches pretty much information given on death certificates and obituaries on this side of the pond. The entire family is listed as passengers on the SS Erin. I have found all but one daughter here in the US and want to find the saga of their trip from New York to California. I know they were in Nebraska for a while and George was a partner in the Albion Nursery Company.

Baptism: Chipperfield: George Slade's baptism as 7 Apr 1844, son of James and Hannah Slade. The entry notes his parents live in Chipperfield and James is a "trade labourer".

[Purchasing the birth certificate would give you date and probably a more precise place of birth, and also his mother's maiden name.]

Marriage: George H. Slade married Jane E. Kingham 4th quarter (between Oct-Dec) 1866 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England.

[Purchasing the marriage certificate would confirm George's father, and identify which church/chapel in the Hemel Hempstead registration district George was married in.]

1881 Census: 59 Nevill Road, Stoke Newington, Middlesex:

Name Relation Age Birthplace Occupations
 George SLADE   Head   37   Chipperfield  Railway Clerk 
 Jane SLADE   Wife   38   Abbotts Langley   
 William SLADE   Son   14   Kentish Town, Middlesex  Grocers Assistant 
 Milborne SLADE   Son   10   Stoke Newington, Middlesex  Scholar 
 Ernest SLADE   Son   7   Stoke Newington, Middlesex   Scholar 
 Evelyn SLADE   Daughter   3   Stoke Newington, Middlesex    

Family emigrated to California via SS ERIN  London, England to New York, 11 July, 1883

George, wife Jane Emma, son Melbourne(Milborne), son William S. and son Ernest all died in California. Florence (Fanny) married a Throckmorton in Nebraska and  d. 11 July, 1921, only 18 days after her father in another state!

The only information I have on George's parents is a burial entry for Hannah Slade on 22 Oct, 1845 at age 40 in the Chipperfield registers. It is possible this is our Hannah but I have no proof. IGI and Parish registers have been searched with no result

At the time Chipperfield was part of Kings Langley and separate registers only started in 1838. The Chipperfield registers for the relevant period are not available online at familysearch, but are indexed in the British Vital Records index. A search of the later shows that George was the only child of the couple baptised at Chipperfield. It also shows that two daughters of James and Hannah were baptised in Kings Langley in 1839. While Caroline and Eliza were baptised on the same day it should not be assumed that they were twins.

A search on familysearch for the marriage of James and Hannah shows that a James Slade married Ann Buck at nearby Hemel Hempstead on 17th July 1842 which is probably not relevant. It is therefore essential that you get George's birth certificate to determine his mother's maiden name.

The other thing I would suggest you do at this stage is to look at the 1841 and 1851 censuses for Kings Langley/Chipperfield. (The microfilms will be available on order at your nearest LDS Family History Centre - address on familysearch). The 1841 census should show the family as it was then - but the ages of adults were only recorded in 5 year bands - so will only show approximately how old Hannah was. The 1851 census (assuming James was still living in the area then) will provide more information about James, George, and other family members, and if the burial register entry you have is correct will either show James as a widower or remarried.

You should also try contacting the Kings Langley Local History & Museum Society who may be able to help you.

June, 2005

Gail has provided an update on this line: I was just contacted by an Australian descendant of Fanny Slade, sister to the George mentioned on this page, and have much more information.

James SLADE and Hannah HONOUR were married 29 Nov 1832 at St. Mary Hardwick cum Weedon, Bucks. James is noted as a widower. This was his second marriage, the first being to an Elizabeth WILKENS on 15 Oct 1831 at St. Giles Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks. The Kings Langley register shows that James and Hannah had Fanny and Mary Ann, baptised 15 Dec 1833, Joseph, baptised 17 Sep 1837 [died 8th April 1838] and Caroline and Eliza baptised 22 Dec 1839.

Fanny, our George's sister, died 27 Jun 1893 at Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. She had married William SEABROOK, 30 Sep 1854 at Hemel Hempstead.

We still have nothing further on James SLADE but do have more on the HONOUR line.

A check shows that the Slade family was not living in Chipperfield or the rest of Kings Langley at the time of the 1851 census.

August, 2005

Gail has provided a further update: In the update you mention not finding the Slades in the 1851 census at Chipperfield or Kings Langley. In 1851 James can be found living at Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead with his two surviving daughters, Fanny and Eliza, and one surviving son, George. His wife, Hannah Honour had died in 1847 and I surmise he may have moved to Boxmoor to be closer to family to help care for the children. In 1861 he is living with son George at Chipperfield, and by 1871 George has gone to Stoke Newington, Middlesex, as a married (1866) man with family and James is nowhere to be found. It is probable he died between 1861 and 1871. I am exploring Buckinghamshire for James' heritage. I am fairly convinced that since the 1851 census gives his birthplace as Watford, Herts and the 1861 gives it as Chipperfield his first home was probably in that portion of Watford that became Chipperfield in 1838. I do not know the parishes in that area for that time period but I do know they have been neglected in our search. The other possibility is that James' mother went home to her mother to give birth and he may have been christened in her home church. Since his two wives are from Bucks I am concentrating there. It sure was nice to find a cousin from the same line in Australia, though!

She later emailed: A real quick update on Hannah Honour's death date. She died 18th October 1845 at Kings Langley, age 40, and was buried 22 Oct 1845 at Chipperfield. The Hannah Slade who died in 1847 was wife of John Slade, not James! All this confirmed by copy of certificate and e-discussion with woman at Dacorum Certificates office. The age also fits better with census records.

If you can add to the information given above tell me.

Page updated August 2005