In this 600th post I’m in the process of trying to get to know a little more about BCN 18686’s maker, Eli Aston.
I’m finding that both the 1901 and 1911 England Census are fascinating reading, slowly the Aston family are coming to life!
Although I’ve not read it for myself as yet Alan Fincher has very kindly provided the following data drawn from the 1901 England Census which lists the following persons resident at 42 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs
Eli Aston, Head, Married, Aged 53, Boat Builder (Employer)
Phoebe Aston, Wife, Married, Aged 47
William Aston, Son, Single, Aged 20, Boat Builder (Worker)
Gertrude Aston, Daughter, Single, Aged 17
Edith Aston, Daughter, Single, Aged 15
Maud Mary Aston, Daughter, Single, Aged 13, Scholar
Ella Aston, Daughter, Aged 12, Scholar
Eli Aston, Son, Aged 9, Scholar
Joseph Aston, Son, Aged 4
All are show as born in Tipton, Staffs
The 1901 Census obviously provides the data closest to 18686’s build-date. However, it’s fascinating to compare this data with that drawn from the 1911 Census which lists the following persons resident at 50 Waterloo Street, Tipton, Staffs (a six room residence):
Eli Aston, Head, Married, Aged 63, Iron Canal BoatBuilder (Employer)
Phoebe Aston, Wife, Married, Aged 57 (it’s sobering to note from the Census record that Phoebe Aston, by 1911 married to Eli Aston for 39 years, had 13 children, 5 of whom had died and 8 surviving)
William Aston – is not recorded as resident in the household by 1911
Isaiah Aston, Son, Widower, Aged 28, Canal Boat Riveter – though not listed as resident in 1901, is recorded in the household in 1911, along with his two children (see below)
Gertrude Aston, Daughter, Single, Aged 27
Edith Aston – is not recorded as resident in the household by 1911
Maud Mary Aston – is not recorded as resident in the household by 1911
Ella Aston, Daughter, Single, Aged 22
Eli Aston, Son, Aged 19, Articled Clerk – auctioneering
Joseph Aston, Son, Aged 14, Canal Boat Rivet Heater
May Aston, Granddaughter, Aged 9, scholar
Horace Aston, Grandson, Aged 9, scholar (Horace’s age has been altered from 7 years to 9 years) – were he and May twins?
Even this level of data provides a vivid picture of the family, and yet there remain so many questions I’d love to find answers to. Not least:
- what happened to William, Edith & Maud Mary?
- what was the circumstance of Isaiah Aston’s return to the family home, did his wife die in childbirth having twins?
- The reason for the move from 42 to 50 Waterloo Street – a larger property?
The journey continues next week…