- Born: Abt 1856, Kelvedon Hatch
- Christened: 5 Oct 1856, Kelvedon Hatch
- Marriage: Esther Beard on 22 Feb 1880 in Great Warley
- Died: 22 Oct 1911, Becontree Heath aged about 55
- Buried: 26 Oct 1911, Crow Lane cemetary, Romford
William is my great grandfather, and is born in Kelvedon Hatch in 1856. In 1861, he is aged 4, living at Kelvedon Farm where his father John is the Farmer.
In 1866, he receives a legacy from his uncle Richard Thomas Lagden of £50, along with siblings Elizabeth Sarah, Margaret, George and Richard Thomas.
In 1871, he is a servant at the Eagle Inn, South Weald, aged 14. Also known as the Spread Eagle. See <a href="http://pubcensus.co.uk/essexpubs/SouthWeald/seagle.aspx">Spread Eagle</a>
The Spread Eagle is the building alongside South Weald church, which is now a private residence. The pub moved across the road about 1878, to what is now the Tower Arms.
The 1881 census shows him with a wife Esther, and his first son William.
The 1891 census shows his age as 32. They are living in Whalebone Lane in 1891 with other Littlechild members John (age 30) & George (age 40) are boarding with them.
The 1901 census shows William as a railway labourer from Kelvedon (Hatch), living at Fowls Cottages, Whalebone Lane, Dagenham. Their lodger at this time (Sydney Andrews) ends up marrying his daughter Rose in 1907
In 1911 living at Whalebone Cottage Whalebone Lane, aged 54, and married 31 years. Seven children of seven survive in 1911.
His burial record at age 54 shows their address as in Whalebone Lane, Becontree Heath
William married Esther Beard, daughter of Josiah Smith Beard and Jane Harvey, on 22 Feb 1880 in Great Warley. (Esther Beard was born in 1860 in Terling or Borham and was buried on 3 Aug 1920 in Crow Lane cemetary, Romford.)
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