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 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.
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.
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.
Their youngest child was on the next page
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.
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).