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George Jacklin: The search for his wife's maiden name

Published: January 28, 2017    Last modified: February 22, 2017

Emily Grace Pearce 1899-1987: Family Tree (edited excerpt)

Yesterday, the weather being particularly cold and inhospitable, I decided to stay indoors, keep warm and organise into some sort of order, my numerous scanned images; this did not get very far.

Soon I came across a scanned image of Aunt Grace's family tree, an edited excerpt of which is shown above, of which I have discussed before in this previous article: Emily Grace Pearce: Jacklin Family Tree

George JACKLIN was a younger brother of my great grandfather Daniel JACKLIN. Looking at my GEDCOM I realised that I had never seriously researched George JACKLIN and his descendants.

According to my research George and Daniel JACKLIN were both born at Whaddon, Cambridgeshire, though depending on the source, my ancestors born at Whaddon often migrate to Orwell and vice versa. The villages are nearby and seem to be used in parish records and various censuses, by my ancestors, interchangeably!

Over the last few years on-line publicly accessible databases have grown enormously so I thought I would be able to establish births and marriages quite quickly, and possibly, though with more difficulty, deaths.

Well one of the problems with this family tree is that it consists mainly of forenames, and in some cases, shortened familiar names; this was going to be my downfall.

I had in my GEDCOM the surname of GLOVER as being the likely maiden name of George JACKLIN's wife. I had not made a note of the source but it most likely came from a quick search of FreeBMD.

Now the problem with GLOVER is that it conflicts with the information cited in Aunt Grace's family tree. Aunt Grace has written "George m. ? Jeanette Barker". Does the question mark indicate she is not certain regards the first name 'Jeanette': does it indicate other first names, or does it indicate she is not certain about the whole name?

I searched on various forms of Jeanette, a not so common first name, without result. I substituted BARBER for BARKER but could only come back with a Emily BAXTER - George JACKLIN or Emily GLOVER - George JACKLIN marriage as being remotely possible, matching dates and locations. In fact I tried every permutation I could think of; still no result. Eventually I decided to concentrate on George's children.

This becomes much easier of course, once one passes the September quarter of 1912, when birth registrations record the mother's maiden name.

So following Aunt Grace's tree I quickly established the year and district of birth for all the names that Aunt Grace listed. Many of these descendants will still be alive so I will not document them publicly. The descendants known to have passed away, I will document here:

George JACKLIN had three children:

Ada JACKLIN married Thomas HOWELLS and had 1 child.
William JACKLIN married Rosa F BROTHERS and had 2 children.
Emily JACKLIN married William HOWLETT and as far as I can establish did not have children.

I successfully traced all subsequent generations and will add them to my GEDCOM, though of course there could well be other children that have yet to be transcribed. Aunt Grace does record the passing of Lilian, William and Emily.

I then returned to the problem of George's wife's maiden name. I moved on to parish records and censuses and eventually made what I thought could be a vital breakthrough: I discovered a christening for one William George Daniel JACKLIN at the Church of Saint Mark, Enfield, Middlesex on the 2nd of June 1895.The father's name being George JACKLIN and the mother's name Agnes Emily Janette JACKLIN. The first mention of a 'Jeanette' that all my searches had found.

I then checked the England and Wales Census 1901:

FHJ Ref: 044
Census: England and Wales Census 1901
Household: George Jacklin

SURNAMEFIRST NAME(S)RELSTATUSSEXAGEOCCUPATIONWHERE BORNREMARKS
JacklinGeorgeHeadMarriedMale34Royston, Hertfordshire
JacklinAgnes I EWifeMarriedFemale34Whittenden, Essex
JacklinAgnes H EDaughterFemale7Enfield, Middlesex
JacklinWilliam GeorgeSonMale6Enfield, Middlesex
JacklinMary ADaughterFemale3Enfield, Middlesex
JacklinEmily M ADaughterFemale1Enfield, Middlesex

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Having found the name 'Agnes Emily Janette JACKLIN' the 1901 census shows Agnes I E JACKLIN though the substitution of 'I' for the 'J' could be a transcription error.

Having gleaned all this information and a quite distinct series of forenames one would assume I would quickly arrive at George's wife's maiden name; this was not to be. Even after further research, I could not establish beyond reasonable doubt Agnes Emily JACKLIN's maiden name.

Several members of the JACKLIN dynasty of Orwell and Whaddon, Cambridgeshire, did relocate to the Edmonton and Enfield districts of Middlesex as mentioned in this previous article: Hannah Jacklin and the unknown grandfather

The districts of Enfield and Edmonton are what I would expect. Several JACKLIN's born at Whaddon or Orwell are sometimes documented as being from nearby Royston, Hertfordshire (a town that in the past has changed County several times).

The names, particularly the forenames, provide the greatest curiosity:

Aunt Grace documents 'Lill' and 'Lilian' yet my searches found Rosa F BROTHERS, neither of the Agnes' seems to use their first name and following a few more searches, even George JACKLIN's birth place becomes somewhat of a mystery. More research required!

There will be several updates to this article; of that I am certain.

Notes:
Looking again at my Aunt Grace's family tree, I noticed, in another branch of the tree, the surname Glover: Ivy GLOVER married Cyril Gordon PEARCE, a nephew of George JACKLIN 1865-1944 during 1929. Cyril Gordon PEARCE 1907-Deceased was the 4th child of Emily PEARCE (née Emily JACKLIN 1871-1951) and Henry PEARCE 1881-1993 (my gg aunt and uncle) and the brother of Aunt Grace who produced this family tree.

The family tree shows Cyril Gordon remarried in 1941 but gives no clues to the reason. Looking at my notes I found a death in 1934 in the Cambridgshire area, for one Ivy PEARCE aged 29 years. Curiously I have her date of passing as the 3rd of January 1934, a burial place of Whaddon, Cambridgshire, and a note indicating she died of TB. For whatever reason I have not recorded the source of this information. I cannot for the life of me remember how or where I came across this information.

Emily Grace Pearce 1899-1987 and Rosalie Faith Pearce 1902-1958

Published: October 10, 2010    Last modified: January 12, 2017

Emily Grace Pearce 1899-1987
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Emily Grace Pearce 1899-Deceased

Daniel JACKLIN 1842-1897 and Lydia PEARCE 1843-1922 married on Christmas Eve, 1864 at Orwell, Cambridgeshire. This marriage produced 5 children:

  1. Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 my great grandfather
  2. George JACKLIN 1866-Deceased
  3. Jabez JACKLIN 1868-Deceased
  4. Emily JACKLIN 1871-1951
  5. Hannah JACKLIN 1874-1934

Emily JACKLIN 1871-1951 married Henry PEARCE 1881-1933 in 1899 at Royston which borders on the counties of Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. This marriage produced 3 children:

  1. Emily Grace PEARCE 1899-1987
  2. Rosalie Faith PEARCE 1902-1958
  3. Harry Stanley PEARCE 1904-Deceased

Though I do not remember having met either Emily Grace known to the family as Aunt Grace or Rosalie Faith known as Aunt Rose, my mother remembers visiting Aunt Grace at her home in Whaddon.

Questioning my mother about the sisters I was able to glean the following:
Emily Grace PEARCE 1899-1987 was an undergraduate at Jesus College Cambridge and later the headmistress at Pontefract and District Girls School, Pontefract, Yorkshire which closed I think in the 1950's. Here is a link to an article about the school: Memories of Pontefract and District Girls School.
Rosalie Faith PEARCE 1902-1958 was a teacher and possibly headmistress at Whaddon Church of England School, Whaddon, Cambridgeshire. This closed I think in the 1930's and eventually became the village hall.

I have not been able to substantiate any of these claims despite much searching of various websites.

Neither sister ever married and Aunt Grace eventually retired from teaching and retired to a large house on the edge of Whaddon village. I know less about Aunt Rose so it would be really nice if someone that remembers the sisters would contact me through this site.

I have yet to determine when and where the two sisters passed away but Aunt Grace was certainly alive in 1981. I probably need to speak with my late father's sister, since she probably had the most contact with Grace and Rose.

Updates:
2012-02-13 I recently came across this article on the Meldreth History website.

"Miss R Pearce (teacher) is to be congratulated on the excellence of this performance, being a “past master” in the handling of puppets." - The Herts and Cambs Reporter and Royston Crow

Meldreth is a village close to Orwell and Whaddon.

Emily Grace Pearce: Jacklin Family Tree

Published: October 8, 2010    Last modified: February 5, 2017
Jacklin Family Tree Daniel Jacklin 1842-1897 and Lydia Jacklin (née Lydia Pearce) 1843-1922

Jacklin Family Tree
Daniel Jacklin 1842-1897 and Lydia Jacklin (née Lydia Pearce) 1843-1922

In March 2010 my mother decided to sell the family home of 40 years and move into a more manageable apartment. The result of this decision was of course the obligatory emptying of the attic and other nooks and crannies. During this process many artefacts and documents that had not seen the light of day for many a year were unearthed then passed to me for safe keeping.

Several weeks later I was sorting through an old cardboard suitcase that contained many of the smaller items including numerous envelopes containing correspondence and newspaper clippings. I eventually came across an envelope containing a single sheet of folded paper. On unfolding the paper I realised someone had sketched a family tree showing JACKLIN line descendants beginning with my great great grandparents Daniel JACKLIN 1842-1897 and Lydia Jacklin (née Lydia PEARCE) 1843-1922 and ending at 1981, the date I believe the document was created. Notes detailing those that were known to have passed away and the whereabouts of some of the living had been added.

This family tree had been sketched out with blue ink on paper and posted to my parents in 1981. I am fairly certain of the date since the postmark is clearly legible and the document has been folded to fit the length of the envelope. Though very few dates and surnames are available it may prove invaluable in researching branches of our family tree.

I mentioned this to my mother and she confirmed that the document had been created by Emily Grace PEARCE 1899-1987 otherwise known as Aunt Grace from Whaddon, Cambridgeshire.

Daniel and Lydia JACKLIN had 5 children:

Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953
George JACKLIN 1866-Deceased
Jabez JACKLIN 1868-Deceased
Emily JACKLIN 1871-1951
Hannah JACKLIN 1874-1934

Daniel was born at Orwell. George, Jabez, Emily and Hannah were born at Whaddon.

I have scanned the document and added it to my gallery though to preserve the privacy of known living people I have intentionally only provided a thumbnail of the original image. Anyone wishing to see the full size document should contact me using my contact form.

Parish Church of Saint Andrew, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Published: October 20, 2005    Last modified: January 17, 2017

Parish Church of Saint Andrew, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Parish Church of Saint Andrew, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

In March of this year during a few days staying at Barton Mills, Suffolk we made a fleeting visit to Wimpole Hall, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire.

Standing within the grounds of Wimpole Hall is the Parish Church of Saint Andrew, which though being very close to the hall, is totally independent of both Wimpole Hall and the National Trust which administers the Hall.

The www.wimpole.info web site provides a valuable archive of Wimpole, Orwell and nearby villages.

This site provides a transcript of www.wimpole.info/marriages_1800.htm "The Registers for the Parish of Wimpole, Cambridgeshire" and contains several references to JACKLIN.

This extract shows a reference to a Daniel JACKLIN being a witness to the marriage of Stephen JACKLIN and Jane WHITBY.

4 December 1858
JACKLIN Stephen, of Whaddon, bachelor, labourer, son of John, labourer
WHITBY Jane, spinster, servant, daughter of John, labourer
Witnesses: Daniel JACKLIN and Elizabeth WRIGHT

I thought this might be my gg grandfather Daniel JACKLIN 1842-1897. He would have been 16 years old in 1858; too young to be a marriage witness?

More likely this was Daniel JACKLIN who eventually married Elizabeth WRIGHT at Bassingbourn on 18th April 1863.

Both were descendants of James JACKLIN 1767-1836 and Ann HOWES 1775-1851.

Updates:
2010-10-15 The domain at www.wimpole.info seems to have expired so I have deactivated the links.

2016-11-01 I have added a link to the nearby village of Orwell, where many of the JACKLIN's originated.

2016-11-01 I came across this wonderful site: The Parishes of Arrington, Croydon, Orwell and Wimpole: Local History

"Between 1999 and 2006 I set up and maintained a number of local history websites for Arrington, Croydon, Orwell and Wimpole - four ancient parishes located in South Cambridgeshire, some seven miles west of the university city of Cambridge. For various reasons (mainly employment) the sites gradually died and the domains eventually lapsed. Seven years on and I have been challenged to get the information back out online. Retirement and the discovery of an old pre-USB back-up disc have negated my long (and completely plausible) list of excuses - so here once again are several hundred original web pages, frozen in all their pre-2006 pre-broadband glory! Enjoy the minimal graphics, iffy designs, dodgy navigation and the largely pre-CSS coding." - Steve [September 2013]

Wimpole Hall, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Published: May 20, 2005    Last modified: February 4, 2017
Wimpole Hall, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Wimpole Hall
Wimpole, Cambridgeshire

Earlier in the year we spent a few days vacation near Cambridge, England. During our stay we passed an afternoon at Wimpole Hall, a National Trust property, though due to time constraints we were only able to view the house and garden.

Wimpole is just a few miles from Whaddon and Orwell, the villages where my JACKLIN ancestors originate.

The Coprolite Industry

Published: May 20, 2005    Last modified: November 28, 2016

The England and Wales Census 1871 records the occupation of my gg grandfather Daniel JACKLIN 1842-1897 as 'coprolite labourer'. During this period of the 19th century the Coprolite industry provided plenty of work for the villages such as Orwell and Whaddon, south-west of Cambridge, England.

Updates:
2015-03-08 The original link is broken; here is an alternative at Wikipedia.

Rookery Farm, Crayke, North Yorkshire

Published: May 17, 2005    Last modified: January 17, 2017

Intrigued by the England and Wales Census 1881 record showing Daniel Jacklin 1862-1953 living in Crayke, North Yorkshire and going with my hunch that 'Rookery House' or 'Rookery Farm' might provide a clue, I Googled 'rookery house crayke'. I was amazed to find this in the 'Family Quest' section of 'The Dalesman' magazine:

EARNSHAW, request for information.

The information provided in this request matches the information from 1881 Census records. Though I have no evidence of any family link to the EARNSHAWs or WRIGHTs, it is still very satisfying to discover a few more tie-ins.

So why did the teenage Daniel Jacklin 1862-1953 move north from Orwell, Cambridgeshire and and find employment at Rookery Farm in North Yorkshire?

Notes:
In November 2004 we spent a few days in a holiday cottage on the edge of the North York Moors at Cropton near Pickering. Cropton is situated about 20 miles north-east of Crayke, and due to the fact I took the scenic route through the vale of York, we passed through many of the beautiful villages to be found in this region. This is a most beautiful part of England, agricultural and mainly undeveloped.

Daniel Jacklin, Crayke, North Yorkshire

Published: May 17, 2005    Last modified: November 20, 2016

According to GENUKI, the Bulmer's Directory of 1890 records, under the trade of 'farmer', one John WRIGHT living at 'Rookery House', Crayke, North Yorkshire.

The England and Wales Census 1881 records John and Ellen WRIGHT living as in-laws with Richard and Ann EARNSHAW:

FHJ Ref: 033
Census: England and Wales Census 1881
Place: Crayke, North Yorkshire, England
Household: Richard Earnshaw

SURNAMEFIRST NAME(S)RELSTATUSSEXAGEOCCUPATIONWHERE BORNREMARKS
EarnshawRichardHeadMarriedMale70Farmer of 62 AcresCoxwold, Yorkshire
EarnshawAnnWifeMarriedFemale74Oulstone, Yorkshire
WrightJohnSon In LawMarriedMale40Farm Labourer (Indoor)Crayke, Yorkshire
WrightEllenDaughterMarriedFemale39Farm Labourer (Indoor) WifeCrayke, Yorkshire
WrightJohn EGrandsonUMale15Farm Labourer (Indoor)Crayke, Yorkshire
WrightTomGrandsonMale8ScholarCrayke, Yorkshire
WrightFredGrandsonMale6ScholarCrayke, Yorkshire
WrightJane EGranddaughterFemale4Crayke, Yorkshire
WrightAnn EGranddaughterFemale1Crayke, Yorkshire
Jacklen *DanielServant UMale18Farm Labourer (Indoor)Orwell, Cambridgeshire
Note: For Jacklen read Jacklin

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Is this the farm where Daniel JACKLIN 1862-1953 was living and working?