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Emily Snelgrove Griffiths

Yesterday, I wrote about Mary Ann Snelgrove Hedley.  Emily was her sister. Emily married John Griffiths on 14 Nov 1875 at St James, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England.  On the 1881 census they were listed as having three children: John age 4, Alice age 2, and William age 6 months. The 1891 census only listed 4 children, John age 13, Alice 12, William age 10, and Sophie E age 1. 

Since there was a 9-year gap between William’s birth around 1881, and Sophie born about 1890, the best way to find the births of the missing children is to use the General Register Online indexes, because you can search using mother’s maiden name. 

I started by selecting 1883 +- 2 years, surname at birth Griffiths, Sex Male, Mother’s Maiden name Snelgrove.  There were no entries.  I then changed the sex to female, and this time there were two births:


Name:                                                                                        Mother’s Maiden Surname: 

GRIFFITHS, ELIZABETH                                                       SNELGROVE  

GRO Reference: 1882  D Quarter in ISLINGTON  Volume 01B  Page 366

GRIFFITHS, HARRIET                                                           SNELGROVE  

GRO Reference: 1884  S Quarter in LONDON CITY  Volume 01C  Page 16

I then selected 1888 +- 2 years, and left everything else the same.  This brought up another two births

Name:                                                                                        Mother’s Maiden Surname: 

GRIFFITHS, EMMA  MARY                                                   SNELGROVE  

GRO Reference: 1888  M Quarter in HOLBORN  Volume 01B  Page 727

GRIFFITHS, SOPHIE  EMILY                                                SNELGROVE  

GRO Reference: 1889  D Quarter in HOLBORN  Volume 01B  Page 693

I then changed the sex to male, and there was one more birth:

Name:                                                                                        Mother’s Maiden Surname: 

GRIFFITHS, HENRY                                                               SNELGROVE  

GRO Reference: 1886  J Quarter in LONDON CITY  Volume 01C  Page 16

The next thing to do was to try and find deaths for Elizabeth, Harriet, Emma, and Henry.  To do this, I used FreeBMD, and searched for one child at a time – I entered

Surname Griffiths

First name(s) Elizabeth

Death age/DOB 1882

Date range Mar 1882 to Dec 1891

Since the family lived in different registration district over this period, I needed to limit to the likely counties – Greater London, London, and Middlesex.

There was just the one entry:

Deaths Sep 1883

GRIFFITHS  Elizabeth  0  Holborn  1b 405

I repeated the process for the other children. Harriet died in 1887, Henry also died in 1887, and Emma died in 1888.