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 Ancestry.com, so I downloaded her baptism record.
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).
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.
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.