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Latest research – Elizabeth Slawson

In last week’s post, I shared the information I already had for the first three children of Elizabeth Skempton, and also the additional research I did for the fourth child, George Slawson, to determine how many children he had.

This week, I will be looking at Elizabeth’s 5th child, Elizabeth Slawson.

Elizabeth was christened 20 April 1843 at Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.  This information came from the International Genealogical Index.  The parish registers for Northamptonshire are now available on, so I downloaded her baptism record.

Elizabeth Slawson baptism, “Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912,” database and images, ( : accessed 21 Dec 2016); Elizabeth Slawson, 30 April 1843, Brigstock; Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Parish Registers; Reference Numbers: 48P/5.

Elizabeth is listed with the rest of the family on the 1851 Census (the two eldest daughters, Emma and Ann, had left home by this time).

Elizabeth Slawson 1851 census
1851 census of England, West Street, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, folio 483, page 10, Elizabeth Slawson, age 8; digital images,, ( : accessed 13 Sep 2010); citing PRO HO 107/1744.

I couldn’t find an Elizabeth Slawson about the right age on the 1861 census.  Since the family had been indexed under the surname Hanson on the 1851 census, I decided to try using a wild card, using *son in the surname field.  I found an Elizabeth Stanson in St Pancras, Middlesex, age 18, born in Brigstock, Northamptonshire.

Elizabeth Stanson (Slawson?) 1861 census
1861 census of England, 5 Albert St, St Pancras, Middlesex, folio 88, page 2, Elizabeth Stanson (Slawson?) age 18; digital images,, ( : accessed 21 Dec 2016); citing PRO RG 9/94.

Since she was 18 at the time of the 1861 census, it seemed likely that she married between the 1861 and 1871 censuses.  There were 4 possibilities:

Marriages Jun 1863
Slawson           Elizabeth                     Wellingbro      3b       215

Marriages Dec 1863
Slawson           Elizabeth                     Whitchurch     6a       1435

Marriages Jun 1864
Slawson           Elizabeth                     Islington          1b       393

Marriages Dec 1867
SLAWSON      Elizabeth                     Mt. Harbro’     7a       51

Since Islington is in London, I checked for a marriage in the London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 collection, and found that this Elizabeth married Thomas Sulway, and her father was listed as Henry Slawson.  Since Elizabeth’s father George Slawson didn’t die until 1889, it was unlikely that she wouldn’t have known her father’s name, so this didn’t appear to be for our Elizabeth.

I found that the marriage of Elizabeth Slawson in 1863 in Whitchurch was in the England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 collection.  This Elizabeth Slawson married Samuel Humphreys, and her father was listed as Thomas Slawson.

Elizabeth’s sister Priscilla had been married in 1879 at Market Harborough (Mt. Harbro’), so I sent off for this marriage certificate.  The marriage certificate showed that this Elizabeth’s father was John Slawson.

This just left the marriage in 1863 at Wellingborough.  I found a Public Member Tree that showed that this Elizabeth married Thomas Hensman Knibbs, and that she died in 1866 at Hackney, Middlesex.  Thomas then remarried in 1867.   From this information, I found the death and burial records for Elizabeth Knibbs in 1866.  Her age (23) matches that of our Elizabeth Slawson.  I have therefore sent for the marriage certificate, to see who this Elizabeth’s father was.