52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 32: Youngest
The challenge for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks for Week 32 is Youngest. I knew immediately who I wanted to pick, my new nephew, but I do not give details or post pictures of my children or other people’s children on the internet. So, instead, I had to come up with something else. The challenge suggestions were the youngest child in the family, a young one interested in your research, or the newest document you have found. I had found an idea I could write about!
Week 32 – Youngest
You may recall way back in Week 4 of this Challenge that I wrote about my great-great-grandparents Jonah and Henney Walker in Week 4 – Invite to Dinner. In that article I spoke about the difficulties I have had finding anything out about Henney and that she had died between the 1861 and 1871 England Census. I knew her death had to of been late in that decade as she had a number of children between those dates, the latest being Harriet in 1870. This narrowed my search down to 1870-1871.
I had trouble sourcing the marriage certificate as all searches never showed a Henney marrying a Jonah Walker. I bit the bullet and ordered his marriage certificate and realised at this time that she was coded on the indexes as Henry. That started me on a search for her using Henry Walker as her name. I came across a record that fit the search parameters so I bit the bullet and ordered the document. I was right! I finally had the information about Henney’s death – I had crashed through the brick wall at last.
Henny Walker died on 13 March 1871 in Bilston Street, Willenhall. I finally have one of the many answers for this family – I am still missing death records for a number of their children, but I am on the right track. I was surprised (and I admit disappointed) when her cause of death came up “Unknown” as I love reading the reasons people have died, especially so young. I have seen one death certificate with “died from eating sand” so sometimes they are quite interesting.