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Latest research – Priscilla Slawson

In the last couple of weeks, I have been researching the children of Elizabeth Skempton, to determine whether there were more grandchildren than I had in my family tree. Last week, I focused on Elizabeth’s 6th child, Mary Ann Slawson, so this week, my research will be on the 7th child, Priscilla Slawson.

Priscilla was christened 26 November 1848 at Geddington, Northamptonshire, England.

Priscilla Slawson baptism, “Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912,” database and images, ( : accessed 4 Jan 2017); entry for Priscilla Slawson, 26 Nov 1848, Geddington; Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Bishops Transcripts.

Priscilla appeared with the rest of her family on the 1851 and 1861 censuses.  In 1871 she was a lodger in the household of John Sharper.

Priscilla Slawson 1871 census
1871 census of England, St Margaret, Leicester, Leicestershire, folio 18, page 1, Priscilla Slawson, age 23, birthplace Geddington, Northampsonshire; digital images,, ( : accessed 4 Jan 2017); citing PRO RG 10/3279.

This census showed that Priscilla had an illegitimate daughter, Elizabeth, born about 1870.

A Priscilla Slawson married Charles Perkins in 1879 in the Market Harborough district. Was this our Priscilla, and was this the same Charles who had married Priscilla’s sister Mary Ann?

The 1881 England Census showed the following household of Charles and Priscilla Perkins at Sudborough, Northamptonshire.

Priscilla Perkins 1881 census
1881 census of England, Sudborough, Northamptonshire, folio 9, page 12, Priscilla Perkins, age 36, birthplace Geddington, Northamptonshire, England; digital images, Operations Inc., ( : accessed 4 Jan 2017); citing PRO RG 11/1581.


This showed the children of Charles’ marriage to Mary Ann:

  • Charles age 17
  • Mary Ann age 14
  • Lottie age 9
  • George J. P. age 7
  • Alfred age 5

As well as Priscilla’s illegitimate daughter

  • Elizabeth age 10

Plus 2 additional children:

  • Minnie E. age 2
  • William age 8 months.

The 1891 Census showed Charles and Priscilla still living in Sudborough.

Priscilla Perkins 1891 census
1891 census of England, Sudborough, Northamptonshire, folio 95, page 8, Priscilla Perkins, age 44, birthplace Northants, Geddington; digital images,, ( : accessed 4 Jan 2017); citing PRO RG 12/1220.


Their youngest child was on the next page

Percival Perkins 1891 census
1891 census of England, Sudborough, Northamptonshire, folio 96, page 9, Percival Perkins, age 4, birthplace Northants, Sudborough; digital images,, ( : accessed 4 Jan 2017); citing PRO RG 12/1220.


From these census records, I now had five children for Priscilla:

  • Elizabeth born 1870
  • Minnie born 1879
  • William born 1881
  • Louisa born 1883
  • Percival born 1887

On the 1901 census the following children were with Charles and Priscilla:

  • Alfred age 24
  • Minnie E age 21
  • William age 19
  • Louisa age 17
  • Percival age 14

I haven’t been able to find Priscilla (or Charles) on the 1911 census yet.

Priscilla died 7 March 1920.

Priscilla Perkins probate
Public Record Office, UK, “England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941,” database, (http;// : accessed 4 Jan 2017), entry for Priscilla Perkins, died 7 March 1920; probate date 19 June 1920 London, England.

Her daughter Minnie Ellen Perkins married Arthur Bell Dalby in 1906 (Apr-May-Jun quarter, Newbury district, vol 2c page 546), and her daughter Elizabeth Perkins married Frederick William Trueman in 1917 (Jul-Aug-Sep quarter Newbury district vol 2c page 583).