52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #49 Susan Pain Christmas

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week the theme was Holidays. What ancestor do the holidays put you in mind of?

The only ancestors I personally knew were my parents, so when I think of holidays, they are the ones that come to mind.  Since I have already written 3 posts about my mum, and 1 about my dad, I decided therefore to search my family tree for someone with the surname Christmas.

Susan Pain Christmas was christened 10 March 1844 in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, England1.  She was the daughter of James Christmas and Ann Pain.

Susan first appears on the 1851 England Census, with her grandfather Benjamin Cristmas at Steeple Morden2. Benjamin was 82 years old.   I wondered why Susan was with her grandfather, and not her parents, so I decided to search the Steeple Morden parish records for more information about the family.

James and Ann had one other child, Elizabeth Pain Christmas, who was christened 12 October 1845 at Steeple Morden.  She was buried 31 July 1846, age 10 months.  It appears that Ann also died in 1846, as there is a burial entry for Ann Christmas, age 40 on 6 April 1846.

A marriage entry has not yet been found to confirm this, but it appears James remarried to an Elizabeth Pain, as there is a burial record which shows:

1853 Apr 28 Pain Elizabeth otp 42 [in margin – the second wife of James Christmas see no 416].

There is also a baptism entry in 1850 for Thomas Pain Christmas, on 16 April at Steeple Morden. His parents were James and Elizabeth.

The 1851 Census shows James Christmas age 45, Elizabeth Christmas age 40 and son Thomas Christmas age 11 months living in Steeple Morden3.

On the 1861 England Census, Susan was with her father James at Steeple Morden4.  She was age 17.

Susan married William Parrish (Parish) on 16 July 1868 at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire5.  The marriage record shows: marriage solemnized in the licensed school by lic.  The witnesses were Samuel Miller and Jane Miller. William was a carpenter.

William Parish was christened 1 October 1843 in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire6.  He was the son of John Parish and Sarah Pearman.

On the 1871 Census, Susan and her husband William Parish were still living in Steeple Morden, with two children, William age 1 and John age 3 months7.  James Christmas, age 60, was also with them. Although listed as a boarder, he was probably Susan’s father.

The 1871 census was taken on 2 April.  Susan died the following month, on 24 May 1871, and was buried 27 May 1871 at Steeple Morden8.  She was only 27 years old.

My connection to William and Susan is fairly distant: William’s father John Parish was the son of William Parish and Mary Farnham.  William was the son of John Parish and Judith Warboys. Judith was the daughter of Edward Warboys and Judith Leete.  I am descended from two of Judith’s siblings – her brother Simeon married Elizabeth Fossey, and her sister Mary married Tempest Sell.  Simeon Leete and Elizabeth Fossey’s eldest daughter Edith Leete married Tempest Sell and Mary Leete’s son Simeon.

Simeon Sell and Edith Leete had a son Tempest Sell who married Sarah Docwra.  After Sarah died, her sister Jane had a baseborn child, and Tempest Sell was named as the father. That son was named Alfred.

Alfred came to Australia, where he married Mary Scott.  Their son Harry Docwra was my great grandfather.

Sources of information

  1. Cambridgeshire Family History Society, St Mary Guilden Morden, St Peter & St Paul Steeple Morden, CD-ROM Database (Girton, Cambridgshire, UK: Cambridgeshire Family History Society, n.d.), baptism entry for Susan Pain Christmas 10 Mar 1844; Steeple Morden Parish Registers.
  2. 1851 census of England, Steeple Morden, folio 579, page 11, Susan Cristmas, age 7; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au(http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015); citing PRO HO 107/1707.
  3. 1851 census of England, Steeple Morden, folio 591, page 4, James Cristmas, age 45; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au(http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015); citing PRO HO 107/1707.
  4. 1861 census of England, Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, folio 42, page 6, Susan Christmass, age 17; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com.au(http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015); citing PRO RG 9/813.
  5. Cambridgeshire Family History Society, St Mary Guilden Morden, St Peter & St Paul Steeple Morden, CD-ROM Database (Girton, Cambridgshire, UK: Cambridgeshire Family History Society, n.d.), marriage of William Parrish and Susan Christmas 16 Jul 1868; Steeple Morden Parish Registers.
  6. Cambridgeshire Family History Society, St Mary Guilden Morden, St Peter & St Paul Steeple Morden, CD-ROM Database (Girton, Cambridgshire, UK: Cambridgeshire Family History Society, n.d.), baptism entry for William Parish 1 Oct 1843; Steeple Morden Parish Registers.
  7. 1871 census of England, Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, folio 54, page 7, Susan Parish, age 26; digital images, ancestry.com, ancestry.com(http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 8 Dec 2015); citing PRO RG 10/1359.
  8. Cambridgeshire Family History Society, St Mary Guilden Morden, St Peter & St Paul Steeple Morden, CD-ROM Database (Girton, Cambridgshire, UK: Cambridgeshire Family History Society, n.d.), burial entry for Susan Parrish 27 May 1871; Steeple Morden Parish Regsters.

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