Edward Austin

Edward Austin.

born 1848 in Napley Heath.

died 1900 in Ince in Makerfield.

married 1873 in Manchester Cathedral.

Alice Caldwell.

born 1854 in Ince in Makerfield.

died 1892 in Ince in Makerfield.

Edward was born in Napley Heath in Staffordshire on the border of Shropshire, he was the fifth child of William and Mary. By 1873 Edward had left Staffordshire and had met and Married Alice Caldwell, the name Colwell is also used on the Lancs BDM. He was married in Manchester but by 1881 he was living in Ince in Makerfield with his wife and family.

1851 Census record

1851 Census records
Name Age Occupation Where Born
William Austin 38 Labourer Muxton
Mary Austin 40 0 Muxton
Ellen Austin 11 Scholar Muxton
William Austin 9 Scholar Muxton
John Austin 7 Scholar Muxton
Henry Austin 5 Scholar Muxton
Edward Austin 3 0 Muxton
James Austin 1 0 Muxton

1861 Census Records

1861 Census records Dwelling : Bye road
Name Age Occupation Where born
William Austin 48 Sone mason Croxton
Mary Austin 49 Dress Maker Pipe Gate
Edward Austin 13 Scholar Mucklestone
James Austin 11 Scholar Mucklestone
Ann Austin 9 Scholar Mucklestone

1871 Census record

Bellaport Rd, Bearstone, Shropshire:
Edward Austin, servant, U, 23, farm serv indoors, b Mucklestone in the house of Ann Tilsley, a 63 yr old widow, farmer.

1881 Census record

1881Census records: Dwelling 193 Belle Green Lane, Ince in Makerfield.
Name Relationship Age Occupation Place of birth
Edward Austin Head 54 Agricultural Labourer Reapley Heath, Staffordshire
Alice Austin Wife 27 0 Ince, Lancashire
William Austin Son 6 Scholar Ince, Lancashire
Elizabeth Austin Daur 2 0 Ince,Lancashire
Thomas Austin Son 1m 0 Ince, Lancashire
Mary Morton Ser 14 General Dom Serv Ince, Lancashire

Note:- Unfortunately there seems to be two mistakes on the above census return, the first is Edward's age and the second is the place of birth.
Both seem close enough to be errors in transcribing, 54 could be 34 and Reapley Heath could well be Napley Heath.

1891 Census Records

1891 Census records Dwelling : 7 Pretticoat Lane, Hindley
Name Relationship Age Occupation Place of birth
Edward Austin Head 43 Ag Lab NK,Staffordshire
Alice Austin Wife 37 0 Ince in Makerfield
William Austin Son 16 0 Ince in Makerfield
Elizabeth C Austin Dau 12 0 Ince in Makerfield
Annie C Austin Dau 8 0 Ince in Makerfield
Thomas C Austin Son 6 0 Ince in Makerfield
Mary C Austin Dau 2 0 Ince in Makerfield

Note:-Again this Census record gives no conclusive proof that this Edward was born in Napley Heath. The place of birth just states NK, which I presume may mean Not Known. The C in the above names is Caldwell, Alice's maiden name !

Edward and Alice's children.

William Austin born 1875 in Ince in Makerfied.
Elizabeth Caldwell Austin. born in 1877 and died the same year. In Ince in Makerfield
Elizabeth Caldwell Austin. born 1879. In Ince in Makerfield. Married Joseph Hitchen in Christ Church Ince in 1897.
Thomas Caldwell Austin. born in 1881 and died in 1882. In Ince in Makerfield.
Annie C Austin born 1883. In Ince in Makerfield.
Thomas Caldwell Austin. born Dec 1884. In Ince in Makerfield.Married Elizabeth Frazer in 1905 at Christ Church Ince.
Mary C Austin. born 1879. In Ince in Makerfield.

Note :- from the records it seems that twice Edward and Alice had children that died young and in both cases they gave the names of these children to the next born child !!


Some census records for Edward and Alice's children.

1901 census has William living as a boarder at 15 Mason Street in Wigan. He is aged 26 single and working as a Collier above ground.

1901 census has Annie living with her uncle William and family (see William Austin) in Bolton.

1901 census has Mary living as a boarder at 146 Manchester Road (Public House) Ince in Makerfield. She is aged 13 and working as a domestic.

Joseph and Elizabeth Hitchen 1901 Census record.

1901 Census records Dwelling 14 George Street, Ince in Makerfield
Name Relation Age Occupation Place of Birth
Joseph Hitchen Head 24 Night Soil Carter Cheshire
Elizabeth Hitchen Wife 23 0 Lancs Ince
Annie Hitchen Daughter 3 mnth 0 Lancs Ince
Thomas C Austin Brother in Law 16 Brewers Carter Lancs Ince
James C Austin Brother in Law 9 0 Lancs Ince

Nice to see Joseph had a good job !!!

Thomas and James seem to have been taken in by his sister Elizabeth and her husband Joseph.

James seems to have been born around the time of his mothers death 1892 ( maybe Alice died in childbirth )

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