I have made a small update to the Bolton (Bakers) Clan which reflects a rather sad story.
I recently had an email from Liz Hensor, who is researching her Hensor ancestors. She had spotted that an Elizabeth Hensor married Peter Warburton, a son of Henry, the earliest known ancestor of the clan. She wanted to know more about her.
I had found 7 children of Peter and Elizabeth, though in the 1911 census she claims to have had ten, five of whom had died. The curious thing was that she had declared her maiden name as Hensor on only three of them, and as Rostron on the other four. I had also discovered that there was no registration of an Elizabeth Hensor being born around 1846 in Bolton, where her census entries indicated she was born (though Liz did find a baptism, and burial of one who was never registered). There is however a registration of an Elizabeth Rostron, with mother’s maiden name also Rostron, suggesting she was illegitimate.
It is quite clear from the census entries that there is only one Elizabeth. I did wonder if she knew who her father was, and he was a Hensor, and commented on the clan tree accordingly. Now was the time to have another look.
The solution arrived when I found the marriage in 1854 of a Mary Rostron, and William Henson. Henson turns out to be an incorrect transcription. I matched the marriage to the 1861 census entry for William and Mary Hensor, plus their children, including a 15 year old Elizabeth born in Bolton, and a younger daughter also born before Mary married. William is actually Liz Hensor’s 4x great uncle.
I was also able to find the birth registrations of her other three children, and found that in total she used Hensor five times, and Rostron five times as her maiden name. I can only guess why she kept changing her maiden name but I suspect it was related to the trauma of losing half her children in infancy.
It seems she quite happily adopted her step father’s name and used it on her marriage record, and on the registration of her first three children. However, by the time the fourth was born she had already lost two sons, and her daughter died shortly after, and was possibly already sickly. Maybe she was trying to change her luck. As it happened her fourth child, a son called Peter, also died aged 2, but then her luck changed and only one other daughter died in childhood. She continued to use Rostron for all her subsequent children, except for the first child born after Peter’s death, and the only one of the ten who was not registered at Stockport, but at Bolton.