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Jane Whiting 1868-1921

Parents:     Jesse Whiting and Ellen Smith

Born:          1868(1)

Baptised:   ?

Married:      William Hickford in 2nd Quarter 1892 in the Risbridge district.(2)  

Children:    None
Died:            June 1921 in the Risbridge district. Buried on 7th June 1921 at Haverhill Cemetery.(3,4)
 
Bio:             Jane appears on the 1871 census in Burton End, Haverhill, with her parents and siblings. On the next census in 1881 she is still at home, but is now working as a nurse maid. Jane does not seem to be on the 1891 census, but the next year there is a record of the marriage of a Jane Whiting to a William Hickford in the Risbridge district. The 1901 census shows them living together at 7 Spring Cottages, Haverhill. William Hickford is a horse-keeper on a farm, and Jane is a coat machinist at a factory.
Was this Jane the daughter of Jesse and Ellen? The age is correct, but William Hickford's wife was born in Withersfield. Jane Whiting's birthplace is Haverhill on the 1871 and 1881 censuses. We do know from censuses, however, that Withersfield was the birthplace of Joseph, the next child born to Jesse and Ellen. So there was a Withersfield connection from around the time when Jane was born. The evidence is only circumstantial, but given that Jane is not a particularly common Whiting name I have not found any other individuals that the wife of William Hickford is likely to be.
We see William and Jane living at Hall Field, Sturmer, on the 1911 census. Their occupations remain the same and as is the case on the previous census, they have no children.
It seems that Jane died in 1921 in the Risbridge district,(3) and was buried at Haverhill Cemetery.(4) William died in 1943 and was buried there too.(5)
 
Sources:     

(1) Birth Register. 1st Quarter 1868, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 407
(2) Marriage Register. 2nd Quarter 1892, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 981
(3) Death Register. 2nd Quarter 1921, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 751