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Edwin Albert Victor 1886-1831 and Sarah Maddern: from Cornwall to South Wales

Photo of altar of Paul Parish Church

Paul Parish Church

Edwin was the youngest of eight children of fisherman Bernard Victor and his wife Alice (nee Rowe).   He was born on 21 July and baptised on 7 October 1886 in Paul Church, 10 minutes up the hill from Mousehole, Cornwall where he was born and grew up.

By the time Edwin was 14 in 1881 he was apprenticed to a carpenter there. He was at the time living home with his parents, oldest brother Gamaliel and also Benjamin, his ‘next brother up’.

Edwin obviously didn’t hang around as he was also married before he was 21, in April 1887. His wife, Sarah Maddern, also came from a large family, being the fifth of eight children, and the daughter of fishmonger John Maddern and his wife Mary.

That summer they had their first child, daughter Agnes Louise, and in March 1891 a son, named Bernard for his grandfather, who had died six months previously in summer 1890. He had been only a month old when the April 1891 census was taken. At that time Edwin was working as a carpenter in Mousehole.

There is a large gap in age between the birth of Bernard and the next child I’ve found, Albert Edwin. Albert was born in spring 1897 and the Paul burial records list a nine-month old Albert Edwin being buried in Paul cemetery in March 1898. After checking out options I think the probability is that it’s ‘their’ Albert.

The 1911 census tells me that altogether Edwin and Sarah had had six children by that time, two had died. I’m wondering whether one of those children was born in-between Bernard and Albert, but I haven’t even been able to find any baptism records for Agnes, Bernard and Albert in Paul.  Maybe the family were poor, maybe they couldn’t be doing with the church or fell out with someone there, who knows? But there are very good and thorough records available for that parish and I find having hardly any records for a family’s children very unusual.

The next child I have evidence for was named Albert Cecil and arrived in early 1899, still in Mousehole.  However, soon after that the family upped and moved to Devonport [Plymouth] in Devon. The March 1901 census finds Edwin, Sarah, Agnes, Bernard and Cecil in Elliot Street, Devonport, with Edwin working as a carpenter on extension.

Their daughter Emily was born in late 1903 in Devonport,

By April 1911 the family had moved on again, this time to Bay Street in Swansea, Glamorgan, in Wales. Edwin was still working as a carpenter, doing shuttering. Agnes and Bernard were both still single, Agnes working as a domestic servant and Bernard as a carter for a corn merchant at a mill.

In 1914 Bernard married a Welsh girl called Jennet Davies.  Sadly they only had 8 years together as Jennet died in summer 1922.  He re-married in 1924, to a younger woman called Ivy Irene Harcourt, the daughter of a dock labourer. As we’re now well within the 20th century I don’t know his story but I know he died in Bridgend, Glamorganshire, in 1970; Ivy lived on until 1987.

Albert Cecil – I think he may have used the Cecil more than the Albert – married a girl called Mary A Davies in 1923. He lived until 1972; he was still in Glamorganshire when he died. Mary had died before him in 1960.

Edwin himself died in early 1931.

He and Sarah’s oldest child Agnes died in 1932, aged only 45; she hadn’t married; maybe she hadn’t met anyone or maybe World War One snatched her sweetheart.

Sarah died the following spring in 1933 aged 30, in the Neath registration district of Glamorganshire.

© Lynne Black, 4 October 2015.
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3 thoughts on “Edwin Albert Victor 1886-1831 and Sarah Maddern: from Cornwall to South Wales

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