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Martha Elizabeth Whiting 1874-1956?

Parents:       Frederick Whiting and Sarah Backler (1,2)

Born:            24th May 1874 in Burton End, Haverhill (1,2)

Baptised:     2nd August 1874 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill (1)

Married:        William John Taylor, 22, batchelor, factory operative, of Melbourne Road, Stoney South, son of John Taylor, factory operative (deceased), on 5th April 1896 at All Hallows Church, Tottenham. Witnessed by Frederick Whiting and Annie Dean.(3,4)

Children:      William Taylor b.1898, Florence Taylor b.1900, Ethel Taylor b.1904, Gertrude Taylor b.1908 and James Taylor b.1909

Died:              1956 (6) ?

 
 
Bio:                Martha was born in Burton End in 1874 and appears on the 1881 census as Elizabeth living with her parents and two younger siblings. Her elder brother Stephen had since left home. On the 1891 census, Martha is again known as Elizabeth, and is staying with her grandmother Martha Backler (who she was presumably named after) at 9 Eden Road, where she is working as a machinist.
At some point prior to 1896, Martha must have moved to Edmonton, Middlesex, because it is here where she is residing when she marries her husband-to-be William Taylor, who was a factory operative.
The 1901 census shows William and Elizabeth Taylor living at 79 Howard Road, Barking. William is working as a labourer at a rubber mills, and they have two children, William and Florence. We see from this census that William senior was born in Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire, so being that this was a village near to Haverhill it is entirely possible that they had already met before moving to London. Looking at the records for Castle Camps Congregational Chapel we see that William John was baptised there on 27th July 1873(5), having been born on 6th June that year. His father is John and his mother was Hannah.
 
On the 1911 census we see that Elizabeth and William now have a large family. They are residing at 53 Morley Road, Barking. William is a thread cutter at an India rubber factory. They have a boarder, Bert Nicholls, 23, living with them. He is a wood chopper and sawyer. The eldest two children, William and Florence, are at school. Ethel, Gertrude and James Taylor are at home. The census says that Elizabeth had given birth to 6 children, all of whom survived. This leaves one unaccounted for.
 
I have been unable to trace Martha Elizabeth's date of death or that of her husband so far. There is a Martha E Taylor who died in Edmonton in 1956(6) who could be her, but this has not been confirmed.
 
 
Sources:      (1) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p14 of 37
                        (2) Birth Register. 3rd Quarter 1874, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 453
                        (3) London Metropolitan Archives, All Hallows, Tottenham, Register of marriages, DRO/015/A/01, Item 030
                        (4) Marriage Register. 2nd Quarter 1896, Edmonton District, Volume 3a Page 596
                        (5) CFHS, Transcriptions of the parish registers of Castle Camps, Castle Camps Congregational Baptisms, 1817-1933, p14/33
                        (6) Death Register. 1st Quarter 1956, Edmonton District, Volume 5e Page 422