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THE NATION & JENKINS OF SOMERSET AND
BRISTOL, ENGLAND
 

CONTENTS

Introduction

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

Meaning Of The Names

William NATION (1783-1855)

Mary NATION (1814-1882)

William NATION (1818-1903)

Sarah NATION (1820-1893)

William Charles GLENDINNING (1848-1928)

Introduction

One of the great benefits of the internet genealogy age is the possibility of making contact with distant cousins. Usually when this happens you might find out a few details about your family that you didn't previously know, but occasionally it can result in a door being unlocked to a wealth of information. That is exactly what happened when I discovered that I am descended from the NATION family of Williton in Somerset. This brought me into contact with PAULA CARR, my fourth cousin twice removed, from whom I have received a vast amount of information about the NATION family. From knowing virtually nothing about the NATIONs all of a sudden I now had cousins in Canada, the United States and New Zealand!

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

While I have been largely responsible for compiling the information about the JENKINS family, the majority of the data relating to the NATION family was provided by PAULA CARR, ROSEMARY NATION and BRIAN CLEAVER, and this website would not have been possible without their assistance. I am also grateful to my cousins PHILIP ABEL, SUE RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE WAXMAN and JANE GAYNER for providing me with information about the descendants of Emma JENKINS, Elizabeth JENKINS, Tom JENKINS and William JENKINS respectively. The photo of William Charles NATION and his family was kindly provided by YVONNE GLENDENNING and HEATHER SMITH. I would also like to thank ANTHONY JENKINS, RITA RAINBIRD and JOANNE HARRINGTON for providing me with extracts from various sources with regard to the derivation of the names "NATION" and "JENKINS". I am also indebted to the members of the Gloucester and Bristol & Somerset Genealogy Mailing Lists. Much of the information on this page has no primary source and while I believe that it is accurate, I cannot take responsibility for any errors or omissions. I will be updating this page regularly as new information comes to light.

Meaning Of The Names

The surname NATION is patronymic in origin, being derived from the given name of the father. PATRICK HANKS & FLAVIA HODGES suggest that NATION comes from the given name NATHAN, which is ultimately derived from the Hebrew name NATAN meaning "given". Thus NATION means "son of Nathan". The name is especially associated with Southwest England and the Midlands, particularly Devon, Somerset and Worcestershire.

According to "Welsh Surnames" by T J MORGAN & PRYS MORGAN and "A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames" by C.W. BARDSLEY, the name JENKINS is simply an Anglicization of the Welsh for "son of John". "John" is "Sion" in Welsh, hence SIONKIN ("kin of Sion") which became SHENKIN, which in turn led to the English corruption JENKINS.


Williton Parish Church
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William NATION (1783-1855)

William NATION was baptised on 11th August 1783 in Williton, Somerset. He was the eldest son of Richard NATION, a millwright, and Sarah BELLAMY. He married Susan REYNOLDS on 25th January 1808 in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Susan was baptised in Southill near Biggleswade on 18th July 1788 and was the daughter of John and Elizabeth REYNOLDS. William and Susan had ten children together - Richard, born 2nd December 1808 in Taunton, Somerset; Elizabeth, born 29th September 1810 in Williton; Joseph, born 21st December 1812 in Williton, Somerset; Mary, born 20th February 1814 in Williton; William, born 18th June 1818 in Williton; Sarah, born 6th March 1820 in Williton; John, born 25th February 1822 in Taunton; James, born 1825 in Taunton, Edward, born 1829 in Frome, and Susan.

It seems that William and Susan later became Baptists.  They were both baptised at the Silver Street Baptist Church in Taunton on 18th May 1823, and their first seven children were all baptised in the same church six days later.  In 1828 the family moved to Frome and joined the Baptist church in Badcox Lane (now Catherine Street). By 1841 the family had moved to Bristol and were living in East Buildings near Sussex Street, as seen here in the census for that year:

East Buildings, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

William NATION aged 55 Millwright Born in County
Susan NATION aged 50 Not born in County
John NATION aged 20 Tailor Born in County
James NATION aged 15 Millwright Born in County
Edward NATION aged 10 Born in County
Edwin JENKINS aged 20 Born in County
Sarah JENKINS aged 20 Born in County
Mary JENKINS aged 1 month Born in County

In 1851 William, Susan and their youngest son Edward were living in Cheese Lane:

Cheese Lane, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

William NATION aged 67 Millwright born Williton, Somerset
Susan NATION wife 64 Bonnet Maker born Broome, Bedfordshire
Edward NATION son 22 Porter born Frome, Somerset
Robert NATION grandson 15 Errand Boy  born Cannington, Somerset

William NATION died on 14th June 1855 at 4 Cheese Lane, Bristol. His widow Susan died at the same address on 14th September 1857. In both cases the cause of death was bronchitis and the informant was their daughter Sarah.

Richard NATION (b. 1808) married Mary Ann MAY on 13th March 1836 in St Mary Magdalene, Taunton. Mary was baptised in Cannington, Somerset on 28th May 1815 and was the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth MAY. Richard and Mary had at least two children together – Robert May, born c. 1837 in Cannington, and William Henry, born c. 1839 in Bristol. This is how the family appears in the 1841 census:

Pomphrey's Court, Christmas Street, St John, Bristol

Richard NATION aged 30 Baker Not Born in County
Mary NATION aged 25 Not Born in County
Robert NATION aged 4 Not Born in County
William NATION aged 2 Born in County

Later censuses show Mary living on her own but she was not described as a widow, suggesting that she and Richard had separated. This is how Mary appears in the 1851 and 1861 censuses:

49 Temple Street, Temple, Bristol (1851)

Mary Ann NATION aged 36 born Cannington, Somerset
William NATION son 11 Scholar born Bristol

Frog Street, Cannington, Somerset (1861)

Harriet TAYLOR widow aged 58 Washerwoman born Over Stowey, Somerset
Mary A. NATION visitor 46 Visitor born Cannington, Somerset

The following entry in the 1861 census probably shows Richard living in the hamlet of Kingswood near Stogumber, Somerset, although his occupation is very different from that shown in 1841:

Kingswood, Stogumber, Somerset

George DUDDRIDGE aged 50 Journeyman Miller born Stogumber, Somerset
Ann DUDDRIDGE wife 56 born St Decumans, Somerset
Lydia DUDDRIDGE daughter 20 House Maid born Stogumber, Somerset
Hannah DUDDRIDGE daughter 18 House Maid born Stogumber, Somerset
Abraham DUDDRIDGE son 14 Scholar born Stogumber, Somerset
Richard NATION visitor 52 Railway Clerk born St Decumans, Somerset

What became of Richard and Mary after 1861 is not yet known, though both their sons enlisted in the armed forces – Robert May NATION served with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers and received the Canada General Service Medal with a clasp for the 1866 Fenian Raid, while William Henry NATION served in the Royal Navy.

Elizabeth NATION (b. 1810) married Thomas Tompkins THOMAS on 22nd December 1840 in The Register Office, Bristol. Thomas was born in Bristol in about 1816 and was the son of Thomas THOMAS, a painter. In 1851 Elizabeth and Thomas were living in Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

Lower Maudlin Street, St James, Bristol

Thomas THOMAS aged 34 Painter Grainer born Bristol
Elizabeth THOMAS wife 36 Straw Bonnet Maker born Williton, Somerset
Emily GLENDENNING niece 9 Scholar born Bristol

The 1861 and 1871 censuses show Elizabeth living in Kingsdown Parade, Bristol without her husband and it is not yet known where Thomas was:

51 Kingsdown Parade, St James & St Paul, Bristol (1861)

Elizabeth THOMAS aged 48 Wife of Thomas Thomas born Williton, Somerset
Thomas JENKINS nephew 8 born St Philips, Bristol
Joseph PALMER lodger 20 Clerk (Slate Merchant) born Reigate, Berkshire

51 Kingsdown Parade, St Matthew, Bristol (1871)

Elizabeth THOMAS aged 60 born Williton, Somerset

By 1881 Elizabeth was reunited with her husband:

51 Back Of Kingsdown Parade, St James & St Paul Out, Bristol

Thomas THOMAS aged 65 House Painter Grainer born Bristol
Elizabeth THOMAS wife 70 born Williton, Somerset

Joseph NATION (b. 1812) married Priscilla Amelia BODY on 4th April 1836 in St Marys, Taunton. She was born in Taunton in about 1813 and was the daughter of John and Mary BODY. In 1841 Joseph was living in Williton with his wife's mother and brother, although Priscilla herself was inexplicably absent:

Chapple, Williton, Somerset

Joseph NATION aged 25 Tailor Born in County
Mary BODY aged 50 Stay Maker Born in County
Philip BODY aged 14 Born in County
Thomas BEVAN aged 20 Carpenter Not Born in County

By 1851 Joseph and Priscilla had moved to Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

Dale Street, St Paul, Bristol

Joseph NATION aged 38 Tailor born Williton, Somerset
Priscilla NATION wife 37 born Taunton, Somerset
Henry LANGTON visitor 24 Tailor born Williton, Somerset
William DOBLE 17 Servant born Williton, Somerset

Joseph and Priscilla subsequently moved to London and were living there in 1861:

1 Robert Street, St George Hanover Square, London

Joseph NATION aged 48 Tailor born Williton, Somerset
Precila NATION wife 47 born Taunton, Somerset

Priscilla NATION (nee BODY) died in London in 1867 aged 54. This is how the widowed Joseph appears in the 1871 and 1881 censuses:

28 Gilbert Street, St George Hanover Square, Westminster, London (1871)

Joseph NATION widower aged 58 Tailor born Williton, Somerset
Mary BODY niece 19 Tailoress born Bermondsey, Surrey
Eliza SHUTTLE lodger widow 77 Monthly Nurse born St George Hanover Square, Middlesex

20 Barrett Street, St Marylebone, London, Middlesex (1881)

Joseph NATION widower aged 68 Tailor born Williton, Somerset
Mary NATION niece 30 Tailoress born Southwark, Surrey

In 1891 Joseph was living in Devizes, Wiltshire:

4 Bridewell Square, St John, Devizes, Wiltshire

Henry SLADE aged 63 Tailor born Dunster, Somerset
Mary Ann SLADE wife 59 Charwoman born Winscombe, Somerset
Joseph NATION visitor 78 Tailor born Willton, Somerset
Mary BURDEN lodger widow 67 Laundress born Devizes, Wiltshire

Joseph NATION died in London in about 1895.

John NATION (b. 1822) married Naomi Rachel Hurn SHILL in Bristol in 1849. She was born in Bedminster, Somerset in about 1828. John and Naomi had at least six children together - Richard, born c. 1850 in Bedminster, died before 1855; Hester, c. 1852 in St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol; Richard, born c. 1855 in St Mary Redcliffe; Leah, born c. 1859 in Bristol; Zilpah Ann, born c. 1864 in Bedminster, and John, born c. 1868 in Bedminster. This is how the family appears in the 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses:

2 Gillards Court, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (1851)

John NATION aged 29 Tailor born Taunton, Somerset
Rachel NATION wife 23 Dressmaker born Bedminster
Richard NATION son 10 months born Bedminster

10 Baynton's Buildings, Bedminster, Bristol (1861)

John NATION aged 39 Journeyman Tailor born Taunton, Somerset
Naomi R. H. NATION wife 33 Formerly Dressmaker born Bedminster, Bristol
Hester NATION daughter 9 Scholar born St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Richard NATION son 6 Scholar born St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Leah NATION daughter 1 born Bristol
Ann SHILL mother-in-law widow 72 Formerly Dressmaker born St George's, Somerset

10 Baynton's Buildings, Bedminster, Bristol (1871)

John NATION aged 49 Tailor born Taunton, Somerset
Rachel NATION wife 44 born Bristol
Hester NATION daughter 19 Seamstress born Bristol
Richard NATION son 16 Pupil Teacher born Bristol
Leah NATION daughter 11 Scholar born Bristol
Z. Ann NATION daughter 6 Scholar born Bristol
John NATION son 3 born Bristol

North W Ter, Smallthorne, Stafford (1881)

John NATION aged 59 Tailor born Taunton, Somerset
Naomi R. NATION wife 54 Dressmaker born Bedminster, Bristol
Richard NATION son 26 Schoolmaster & Local Methodist Preacher born St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Zilpah NATION daughter 16 born Bedminster, Bristol
John NATION son 13 Scholar born Bedminster, Bristol

John NATION died in about 1886 and this is how the widowed Naomi appears in the 1891 and 1901 censuses:

16 North West Terrace, Smallthorne, Staffordshire (1891)

Richard NATION aged 36 Schoolmaster born Bristol
Ellen Eliza NATION wife 28 born Burslem, Staffordshire
Naomi NATION mother widow 63 born Bedminster, Somerset
Zilpah Ann NATION sister 26 born Bedminster, Somerset
John NATION brother 23 Clerk born Bedminster, Somerset

20 North West Terrace, Smallthorne, Staffordshire (1901)

Richard NATION aged 46 Schoolmaster born Bristol
Ellen E. NATION wife 38 Schoolmistress born Burslem, Staffordshire
Richard E. NATION son 3 born Smallthorne, Staffordshire
Naomi R. NATION mother widow 73 born Bedminster, Somerset

Naomi NATION (nee SHILL) died in about 1912.

James Nation (b. 1825) married Mary Ann COLLINS on 21st December 1845 in the Register Office, Bristol. Mary was born in Bristol in about 1825 and was the daughter of William COLLINS. This is how James and Mary appear in the 1851, 1861 and 1881 censuses:

20 Orchard Hill, Greenwich, Kent (1851)

James NATION aged 26 Engineer born Frome, Somerset
Mary A. NATION wife 26 born Bristol

8 Stamford Street, Christ Church, Southwark, Surrey (1861)

James NATION aged 36 Engineer born Taunton, Somerset
Mary Ann NATION wife 36 born Bristol

8 Earlswood Cotte, Greenwich, Kent (1881)

James NATION aged 56 Engineer At Factory (E & M) born Taunton, Somerset
Mary A. NATION wife 56 born Bristol, Gloucester

Mary NATION (1814-1882)

Mary NATION was born on 20th February 1814 in Williton, Somerset and was the daughter of William NATION and Susan REYNOLDS.  She married Samuel GLENDINNING on 12th November 1838 in Taunton, Somerset. He was born in Ottery St Mary, Devon in about 1819 and was the son of James GLENDINNING and Elizabeth LATHROPE. Mary and Samuel had at least four children together - Samuel, born c. 1838 in Taunton; Jane, born c. 1840 in Taunton; Emily, born c. 1843 in Bristol and William Charles, born 22nd March 1848 in John Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bedminster, Bristol.

This is how the family appears in the 1841 census:

Foundry Lane, St James, Taunton, Somerset

Samuel GLENDENNING aged 20 Smith Not Born in County
Mary GLENDENNING aged 25 Not Born in County
Samuel GLENDENNING aged 2 Born in County
Jane GLENDENNING aged 1 Born in County

Samuel GLENDINNING died in 1849 and was buried in Arno's Vale Cemetery, Bristol. In 1851 his widow Mary and three of her children were living in Upper Cheese Lane, Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

Upper Cheese Lane, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

Mary GLENDINNING widow aged 37 Straw Bonnet Maker born Williton, Somerset
Samuel GLENDINNING son 13 Errand Boy born Taunton, Somerset
Jane GLENDINNING daughter 11 Scholar born Taunton, Somerset
William GLENDINNING son 3 Scholar born Bristol

Samuel and Mary's other child Emily (b. 1843) was living with her aunt and uncle Elizabeth and Thomas THOMAS in Lower Maudlin Street in 1851 (see above census extract).

In 1881 Mary GLENDINNING was living with her son William in Byron Place, Bedminster, as seen here in the census for that year:

15 Byron Place, Bedminster, Somerset

William Charles GLENDINNING aged 33 Engine Driver Stationary born Bedminster, Bristol
Martha GLENDINNING wife 28 born Bedminster, Bristol
Joseph William GLENDINNING son 7 Scholar born Bedminster, Bristol
Emily GLENDINNING daughter 5 Scholar born Bedminster, Bristol
Martha GLENDINNING daughter 3 Scholar born Bedminster, Bristol
Harry GLENDINNING son 1 born Bedminster, Bristol
Mary GLENDINNING widow mother 67 Seamstress born Collwinton, Somerset

Mary NATION died on 14th January 1882 at 4 Tower Hill, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol.

Samuel GLENDINNING (born 1838) married Hannah HURLEY on 25th December 1879 in The Register Office, Bristol. Hannah was was born in Fishponds, Gloucestershire in about 1851 and was the daughter of James HURLEY, a seaman. Samuel and Hannah had at least one child together - William James, born about 1881 in Fishponds. In 1881 Samuel and Hannah were living in Redcliffe, Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

2 South Redcliffe, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol

Samuel GLENDINNING aged 42 Labourer born Taunton, Somerset
Hannah GLENDINNING wife 29 born Fishponds, Gloucester
Sarah ALLEN widow 65 born Bristol

Samuel died sometime before 1901, in which year Hannah was living as a widow with her son in Bedminster, Bristol, as seen here in the 1901 census:

112 Whitehouse Lane, St John, Bedminster, Bristol

Hannah GLENDENING widow 44 born Fishponds, Bristol
Walter James GLENDINING son 20 Tobacco Packer born Fishponds, Bristol
William KNIGHT boarder 46

William NATION (1818-1903)

William NATION was born on 18th June 1818 in Williton, Somerset and was the son of William NATION and Susan REYNOLDS. William became an apprentice in the printing trade but, according to his obituary in the Nelson Colonist dated 10th July 1903: "his master in 1838 made up his mind to try his fortune in Australia, and asked his apprentice if he would go with him. With a young fellow's love of adventure young Nation eagerly jumped at the chance." William arrived in Sydney on 16th January 1839 aboard the Alfred. There he married Mary Jenkin HOWE on 29th July 1839. She was born on 27th February 1814 in Coombeflorey, Taunton, Somerset. William and Mary had nine children together - William Charles, born 18th February 1840 in Sydney; Richard Howe, born 8th February 1842 in Sydney; Mary Susan, born 26th November 1843 in Sydney; Eliza Jane, born 1st September 1845 in Sydney; Sarah Ann, born 2nd March 1848; John Joseph, born 5th March 1851 in Sydney; Elizabeth Eleanor, born 4th October 1854 in Sydney; Edward James, born 27th October 1856 in Sydney, and Frederick Howe, born 26th October 1858 in Nelson, New Zealand.

William became the proprieter of the Australian Banner but in 1857 he was asked to set up a newspaper in Nelson, New Zealand as many Nelsonians were not happy with the "politics and arrogance" of the Nelson Examiner. Taking his plant and staff with him he arrived in Nelson on 9th October where he established the Nelson Colonist. Mary Jenkin NATION died on 1st April 1897 in Shannon, New Zealand. William NATION died on 5th July 1903 in Christchurch, New Zealand. His obituary in the Colonist noted that "he was a splendid singer, and for years he acted as precentor for the Presbyterians in Sydney, also in Nelson for a time for the Baptist Church", and that "he was hale and hearty and full of good humor all through his earthly career, and was very popular among all he came in contact with, being one of the jolliest companions a man could wish for."

William Charles NATION (b. 1840) married Sarah Ann WEBLEY on 12th August 1864 in Brrok Street, Nelson, New Zealand. She was born on 10th June 1845 in Longford, Gloucestershire, England. William and Sarah had nine children together - Mary Esther, born 5th July 1865 in Christchurch, New Zealand; Ellen Eliza, born 20th January 1868 in Christchurch; Alice Webley, born 29th January 1869 in Christchurch; Eva Lucy, born 13th November 1870 in Christchurch; Bertha Eleanor, born 12th June 1872 in Christchurch; Charles Cecil, born 24th September 1873 in Christchurch; Jessie Wigram, born 29th March 1875 in Christchurch; Annie Ethel, born 29th March 1877 in Wellington, New Zealand, and Percy William, born 19th August 1881 in Wellington. Sarah Ann NATION (nee WEBLEY) died on 5th September 1923 in Levin, New Zealand. Her husband William Charles NATION died on 29th May 1930, also in Levin, New Zealand.


William Charles NATION Gallery
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Mary Susan NATION (b. 1843) married Jabez Ambrose PACKER on 18th June 1862 in Nelson, New Zealand. Mary died on 26th May 1864.

Eliza Jane NATION (b. 1845) married Joshua WEBLEY on 1st January 1869 in Nelson, New Zealand. He was born on 22nd October 1843 in Gloucestershire, England. Eliza and Joshua had eleven children together - Esther Mary, born 24th April 1870 in Nelson; Frederick Joshua, born 1st July 1871 in Nelson; Maud Nation, born 30th December 1872 in Nelson; Annie Eliza, born 12th July 1874 in Nelson; Elizabeth Ellen, born 8th February 1876 in Nelson; Joseph Nation, born 17th June 1878 in Nelson; Amy Sarah, born 9th July 1880 in Christchurch, New Zealand; Edward Stephen, born 13th July 1882 in Christchurch; Nellie Packer, born 11th October 1884 in Christchurch; William Nation, born 17th December 1886 in Christchurch, and Charles John, born 28th September 1888 in Christchurch.

Joshua WEBLEY died on 25th March 1927 in Christchurch, New Zealand. His wife Eliza Jane WEBLEY (nee NATION) died on 4th July 1928, also in Christchurch.

Sarah Ann NATION (b. 1848) married Stephen PACKER. He was born on 16th August 1844 in Nelson, New Zealand and died on 20th June 1911. Sarah Ann PACKER (nee NATION) died in 1939.

Elizabeth Eleanor NATION (b. 1854) married David James DUFF on 4th February 1880 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was born on 9th February 1859 in Ballynahinch, Ireland. Elizabeth and David had four children together, all born in Wellington - Clara Agnus, born 4th November 1880; Percy Edward, born 25th April 1882; Annie Eleanor, born 15th September 1883, and Cecil Albert, born 12th April 1885. Elizabeth Eleanor DUFF (nee NATION) died on 29th November 1936 in Bulls, New Zealand.

Edward James NATION (b. 1856) married Martha Rebecca RYDER on 25th June 1881 in Wellington, New Zealand.  She was born on 12th October 1861 in Nelson, New Zealand. Edward and Martha had nine children together - William Edward, born 29th June 1882 in Greytown, New Zealand; Maud Muriel Mary, born 2nd April 1884 in Wellington, New Zealand; Harold Henry, born 3rd September 1886 in Wellington; Leslie Ryder, born 20th November 1888; Frederick Restall, born 2nd October 1891; George Howe, born 12th March 1893; Doris Edma, born 4th November 1896; Johnnie, born 11th February 1900, and Nada Naomi, born 13th March 1902. Edward James NATION died on 15th August 1939 in Wellington, New Zealand. His wife Martha Rebecca NATION (nee RYDER) died on 22nd October 1944.

Frederick Howe NATION (b. 1858) married Emily Blanche BARNES on 23rd August 1882 in Wellington, New Zealand. She was born on 6th March 1855 in Dorchester, Dorset, England. Frederick and Emily had two children together, both born in Wellington - Emma Sarah, born 8th December 1883, and Frances Mary, born 25th November 1886. Emily Blanche NATION (nee BARNES) died on 6th September 1939 in Wellington. Her husband Frederick Howe NATION died on 20th February 1953, also in Wellington.

For further information about the New Zealand branch of the NATION family, please visit the Rootsweb page of my fourth cousin twice removed BRIAN CLEAVER.

Sarah NATION (1820-1893)

Sarah NATION was born on 6th March 1820 in Williton, Somerset and was the daughter of William NATION and Susan REYNOLDS. She married Edwin JENKINS on 22nd December 1840 in The Register Office, Bristol. Edwin was born in Watchet, Somerset in about 1818 was the son of Thomas JENKINS, a mariner, and Sarah. Edwin and Sarah had at least nine children together, all born in Bristol - Emma, born  1842; Elizabeth, born 1844; Sarah, born 1850; Louisa, born 26th January 1851 at 12 Broad Plain, St Philip & Jacob; Tom, born 10th December 1852; Ada, born 1855; Rose, born 1858; William, born 19th January 1860 at 19 Penn Street, and Matilda, born 1863.

Edwin JENKINS worked for the printing firm E. S. & A. Robinson when they were based in Redcliffe and was their first lithographer. In 1851 the family was living in Broad Plain, Bristol, as seen here in the census for that year:

Broad Plain, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

Edwin JENKINS aged 32 Printer Pressman born Watchet, Somerset
Sarah JENKINS wife 31 Straw Bonnet Maker born Williton, Somerset
Emma JENKINS daughter 9 Scholar born Bristol
Elizabeth JENKINS daughter 7 Scholar born Bristol
Sarah JENKINS daughter 1 born Bristol
Louisa JENKINS daughter 2 months born Bristol

By 1861 the family had moved to Penn Street:

19 Penn Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol

Edwin JENKINS aged 42 Printer born Watchet, Somerset
Sarah JENKINS wife 41 Bonnet Maker born Williton, Somerset
Emma JENKKINS daughter 19 born Bristol
Elizabeth JENKINS daughter 17 born Bristol
Louisa JENKINS daughter 10 born Bristol
Tom JENKINS son 8 born Bristol
Ada JENKINS daughter 6 born Bristol
Rose JENKINS daughter 3 born Bristol
William JENKINS son 1 born Bristol

Edwin and Sarah had moved to Tower Hill by 1871 and this is where they were also living in 1881 and 1891, as seen here in the censuses for these years:

6 Tower Hill, Castle Precincts, St Peter, Bristol (1871)

Edwin JENKINS aged 52 Stereotypher born Watchet, Somerset
Sarah JENKINS wife 51 born Williton, Somerset
Tom JENKINS son 18 born Bristol
Rose JENKINS daughter 13 Scholar born Bristol
William JENKINS son 11 Scholar born Bristol
Matilda JENKINS daughter 8 Scholar born Bristol

9 Tower Hill (West Side), St Peter, Bristol (1881)

Edwin JENKINS aged 62 Printer Sterotypher born Watchet, Somerset
Sarah JENKINS wife 61 born Williton, Somerset

Rose JENKINS daughter 23 Tailoress born  St Philips, Bristol

William JENKINS son 21 Printer Sterotypher born St Paul, Bristol

Matilda JENKINS daughter 18 Machinist (Tailoress) born St Paul, Bristol

9 Tower Hill, Castle Precincts, St Peter, Bristol (1891)

Edwin JENKINS aged 72 Printer Stereotyper born Watchet, Somerset
Sarah JENKINS wife 71 born Williton, Somerset
Matilda JENKINS daughter 28 born Bristol

Sarah JENKINS (nee NATION) died on 24th September 1893 at 9 Tower Hill, Bristol. Her husband Edwin JENKINS died on 26th March 1897 at 19 Windsor Terrace, Totterdown, Bristol. His death was reported in the Western Daily Press of 31st March 1897.

Emma JENKINS (b. 1842) married Edward Luke Benedict HALL, a brass finisher, on 12th November 1861 in The Register Office, Bristol. Edward was born on 19th December 1841 in John Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol and was the son of Mark Thomas HALL, a printer. Emma and Edward had three children together - Albert Edward, born 15th May 1862 at 5 Barrs Street, St Paul, Bristol; Henry, born 1868 in London, and Annie, born 1870 in London. In 1881 the family was living in Shoreditch, London, as seen here in the census for that year:

39 Westmoreland Place, Shoreditch, London, Middlesex

Edward HALL aged 40 Telegraph Inst Maker born Bristol
Emma HALL wife 39 born Bristol
Albert E. HALL son 18 Toy Merchants Clerk born Bristol
Henry HALL son 13 Scholar born London, Middlesex
Annie HALL daughter 11 Scholar born London, Middlesex

Edward Luke HALL died on 4th December 1884 at 39 Westmoreland Place. This is how his widow Emma appears in 1891 and 1901:

89 Westmoreland Place, Shoreditch, London, Middlesex (1891)

Emma HALL widow aged 49 born Bristol
Henry HALL son 23 Commercial Clerk born St Pancras, London
Annie HALL daughter 21 Fancy Apron Maker born St Luke's, London

89 Westmoreland Place, Shoreditch, London, Middlesex (1901)

Emma HALL widow aged 59 born Bristol

Albert Edward HALL (b. 1862) was the great-grandfather of my fourth cousin once removed Philip ABEL.

Elizabeth JENKINS (b. 1843) married Alfred DONALDSON on 30th August 1864 in The Register Office, Bristol. Alfred was born in Bristol in about 1844 and was the son of Henry DONALDSON and Eliza MILLARD. Elizabeth and Alfred had eight children together, all born in Bristol - Henry Edwin, born 14th March 1865 in 19 Penn Street; Kate, born c. 1867; Frank, born c. 1870; Ada, born c. 1872; Rose, born c. 1874; Alfred, born c. 1876; Walter, born c. 1878, and Thomas, born c. 1882.  This is how the family appears in the 1871 and 1881 censuses:

1 Sevile Court, St James, Bristol (1871)

Alfred DONALDSON aged 27 Painter born Bristol
Elizabeth DONALDSON wife 27 born Bristol
Henry DONALDSON son 6 Scholar born Bristol
Frank DONALDSON son 16 months born Bristol
Walter DONALDSON visitor 18 Footman (Domestic) born Bristol
William KENARD lodger 48 Carpenter born East Harptree, Somerset

3 Dalton Court, St James & St Paul Out, Bristol (1881)

Alfred DONALDSON aged 37 Painter born Bristol
Elizabeth DONALDSON wife 38 born Bristol
Henry Edwin DONALDSON son 16 Shoe Maker born Bristol
Frank DONALDSON son 11 Scholar born Bristol
Ada DONALDSON daughter 9 Scholar born Bristol
Rose DONALDSON daughter 7 Scholar born Bristol
Alfred DONALDSON son 5 Scholar born Bristol
Walter DONALDSON son 2 born Bristol

Alfred DONALDSON died in 1885 and his widow Elizabeth died in 1892. Alfred and Elizabeth were the great-great-grandparents of my fourth cousin once removed, Sue RODRIGUEZ.

Louisa JENKINS (b. 1851) married Henry TOY on 25th December 1870 in The Register Office, Bristol. Henry was born on 18th June 1851 at 24 Twinnell Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bristol and was the son of William TOY and Mary Ann LANE. For more information about Henry and Louisa please see my TOY Family of Devon and Bristol page.

Tom JENKINS (b. 1852) married Mary Ann CADDICK on 22nd December 1873 in the United Methodist Chapel, Portwall Lane, Bristol. Mary was born on 23rd November 1854 in Bristol and was the daughter of Henry Thomas CADDICK and Catherine BROWN. Tom and Mary had eight children together, all born in Bedminster, Bristol - Henry Edwin, born 8th June 1875; Tom, born 2nd December 1877; Ada Florence, born 9th August 1880, died 8th March 1882; Amy Clara, born 7th December 1882; Frederick Albert, born 8th December 1884; Kate Victoria May, born 6th May 1887; Ernest Victor, born 27th August 1890, and Winifred Maggie, born 11th June 1895. Tom followed in his father's footsteps and worked in the printing trade, as seen here in the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses:

42 Windsor Terrace, Bedminster, Bristol (1881)

Thomas JENKINS aged 28 Printer Compositor born Bristol
Mary Ann JENKINS wife 26 born Bristol
Henry E. JENKINS son 5 Scholar born Bristol
Tom JENKINS son 3 born Bristol
Ada Florence JENKINS daughter 8 months born Bristol
Catherine WORGAN mother-in-law widow 53 born Bristol

19 Windsor Terrace, Bedminster, Bristol (1891)

Tom JENKINS aged 38 Compositor born Bedminster
Mary A. JENKINS wife 36 born Bedminster
Henry E. JENKINS son 15 Clerk in Grocer's Shop born Bedminster
Tom JENKINS son 13 Printer born Bedminster
Amy C. JENKINS daughter 8 Scholar born Bedminster
Fred A. JENKINS son 6 Scholar born Bedminster
Kate JENKINS daughter 3 Scholar born Bedminster
Ernest JENKINS son 7 months born Bedminster
Catherine WORGAN mother-in-law widow 63 Laundress born Bedminster

63 Oxford Street, Holy Trinity, Knowle, Bristol (1901)

Tom JENKINS aged 48 Compositor (Printer) born St Philips, Bristol
Mary A. JENKINS wife 46 born Temple, Bristol
Amy JENKINS daughter 18 Stationery Packer born Bedminster, Bristol
Frederick JENKINS son 16 Embosser - Litho born Bedminster, Bristol
Kate JENKINS daughter 13 Cigarette Filler born Bedminster, Bristol
Ernest JENKINS son 10 born Bedminster, Bristol
Winifred JENKINS daughter 5 born Bedminster, Bristol
Catherine JENKINS mother-in-law widow 73 born Bedminster, Bristol

25 Stevens Crescent, Totterdown, Bristol (1911)

Tom JENKINS aged 58 Compositor & Printer born Bristol
Mary JENKINS wife 56 born Bristol
Frederick JENKINS son 26 Stereotypher born Bristol
Kate JENKINS daughter 23 Cigarette Packer born Bristol
Ernest JENKINS son 20 Warehouseman born Bristol
Winnifred JENKINS daughter 15 Dressmaker born Bristol
Amy WILLIAMS boarder 28 born Bristol

Mary Ann JENKINS (nee CADDICK) died on 28th June 1914. Her husband Tom died on 16th March 1928. Their daughter Winifred was the great-grandmother of my cousin Louise WAXMAN.

Rose JENKINS (b. 1858) married Aaron STRIBLING on 17th April 1881 in The Register Office, Bristol. Aaron was born on 2nd June 1853 in Church Street, St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol and was the son of Aaron STRIBLING and Pamela PLAYER. Aaron and Rose had at least two children together - Ivor Edwin, born 17th January 1882 in Bristol, and Minnie Ellen, born 5th April 1890 in Salford, Lancashire. In 1891 the family was living in Salford:

12 Clyde Street, Broughton, Salford, Lancashire

Aaron STRIBLING aged 35 Printer Machineman born Bristol
Rose STRIBLING wife 31 born Bristol
Ivor E. STRIBLING son 9 Scholar born Bristol
Minnie E. STRIBLING daughter 1 born Broughton, Salford
Arthur MOORE boader 20 Machine Feeder born Norwich

William JENKINS (b. 1860) married Emma GWILLIAM on 17th December 1882 in The Register Office, Bristol. Emma was born on 26th April 1863 at 4 Regent Place, Bedminster, Bristol and was the daughter of James GWILLIAM and Ellen STUMP. William and Ellen had eight children together, all born in Bristol - Edwin, born 1884; Ellen, born 6th May 1885; Emma, born 30th August 1887 at 2 Russ Street; George, born 1889; Ivor Henry, born 1892; William, born 1895, and twins Rose and Victor, born 1896. William JENKINS died in Bristol in about 1895 and his widow Emma died on 29th December 1945 at 100 Fishponds Road, Bristol. Their daughter Emma was the grandmother of my third cousin twice removed Jane GAYNER.

William Charles GLENDINNING (1848-1928)

William Charles GLENDINNING was born on 22nd March 1848 in John Street, St Philip & Jacob, Bedminster, Bristol and was the son of Samuel GLENDINNING and Mary NATION. He married Martha BRAY on 22nd December 1872. She was born on 19th May 1852 in Bedminster, Bristol and was the daughter of William and Sarah BRAY. William and Martha had nine children together, all born in Bedminster - Joseph William, born 28th September 1873; Emily Jane, born 23rd February 1876; Martha, born 2nd April 1878; Harry, born 15th February 1880; William Charles, born 19th May 1882, Bedminster; John, born 1st October 1884; Nellie, born 14th November 1887; Frederick, born 23rd April 1889, and Edward, born 23rd February 1891. In 1881 the family was living at 15 Byron Place, Bedminster and William was working as an engine driver (see above census extract).

Martha GLENDINNING (nee BRAY) died on 12th May 1893 in Bristol and her widowed husband subsequently married Olive KNIGHT in Bedminster, Bristol in 1893. Olive was born in London, England in about 1850. William and Olive had four children together - Olive Grace, born 21st November 1894 in Bedminster; Arthur Samuel, born 24th February 1897; Horace Reginald, born 5th August 1899 in Bedminster, and Harold, born 31st May 1905.

William Charles GLENDINNING died on 26th February 1928 in Bristol.

Joseph William GLENDINNING (b. 1873) married Emma WARD in Bedminster in 1895. She was born on 3rd September 1869 in Cannington, Somerset. Joseph and Emma had four children together, all born in Bedminster - Henry, born 25th October 1896; William Charles, born 4th October 1898; Frederick, born 12th August 1901, and Doris Mabel, born 24th July 1904. Joseph William GLENDINNING died on 14th April 1950. His widow Emma GLENDINNING (nee WARD) died in February 1950.

Emily Jane GLENDINNING (b. 1876) married Henry John DREWETT on 11th October 1902 in Horfield, Bristol. He was born in Bedminster in 1877 and was the son of Thomas and Maria DREWETT. Emily and Henry had one daughter together - Kathleen. Emily Jane DREWETT (nee GLENDINNING) died on 13th December 1952.

Harry GLENDINNING (b. 1880) married Florence WOOKEY. She was born on 1883 and was the daughter of Edwin and Florence WOOKEY. Harry and Florence had at least three children together, all born in Bedminster - Kathleen Joyce, born 1922; Harry Edwin, born 1923, and Doris Nellie, born 1925. Tragically Harry, Florence and their three children were killed when their house in Almorah Road, Bedminster was hit by a bomb during a German air raid on 6th June 1941.

William Charles GLENDINNNG (b. 1882) married Ethel PAGET. John GLENDINNG (b. 1884) married Ada SCHOFIELD. Nellie GLENDINNING (b. 1887) married Maurice CRABBE in Bristol in 1914.

Frederick GLENDINNING (b. 1889) immigrated to Canada. On the boat he met Eliza ELLIS who was on her way to Toronto to be a nanny.  She later joined him in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada where they married on 19th April 1913. Eliza was born on 6th February 1883 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England and was the daughter of FREDERICK ELLIS and ELIZA WEBSTER. Frederick and Eliza had two children together - Mary Alethia, born 6th September 1914 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Joan Ellis, born 22nd September 1920 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Eliza GLENDINNING (nee ELLIS) died on 1st June 1963 in Victoria, British Columbia. Her husband Frederick GLENDINNING died on 15th January 1972, also in Victoria. Joan Ellis GLENDINNING is the mother of my fourth cousin twice removed, Paula CARR.

Edward GLENDINNING (b. 1891) immigrated to America and married Anna Margaret SEMAN on 22nd June 1916 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.  She was born on 16th August 1893 in Czechoslovakia. Edward and Anna had ten children together - Ruth Margaret, born 19th September 1918; Barbara Anna, born 26th July 1920; Edna Virginia, born 15th May 1922; Marion Louise, born 12th May 1923; Betty, born 22nd August 1925; Kathleen Thelma, born 30th April 1927; Betty Jane, born 21st January 1928; Helen Joyce, born 29th December 1930; Edward Arthur, born 8th April 1932, and Martha Lee, born 31st August 1934. Edward GLENDINNING died on 24th May 1961 in Detroit, Michigan. His widow Anna GLENDINNING (nee SEMAN) died on 20th April 1970, also in Detroit.

Olive Grace GLENDINNING (b. 1894) married Sydney PRITCHARD. She died on 1st January 1942. Horace Reginald GLENDINNING (b. 1899) married Beatrice PRITCHARD.


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