74 – Louise’s Family, Oh Henry

Let’s continue our look at Louise’s Jervis family, this time two generations of Henrys:

  • Henry Jervis (1G)    b. 1848  m. Rosa McDonald
  • Henry Jervis (2G)    b. 1819 m. Ann Millington

Nibbles Note:

Bio info is excerpted from Celia Cotton’s Jarvis/Jervis family studies. See full studies on her website at bhsproject.co.uk/x_jarvis.shtml

Henry Jervis and Rosa McDonald (1G)

Henry Jervis (1848-1881)

Henry Jervis was born in 1848 in Knutton, Staffordshire to Henry and Ann Jervis.

Just three years later, the 1851 census shows Henry, 3, and his siblings Thomas, 8, and Ann, 5, living with their mother Ann in Knutton.

By 1861, Ann and the children moved to Market Drayton, a village west of Knutton. The census shows Henry, 12, living with his mother Ann, a widow.

Rosa McDonald (1846-1916)

Rosa McDonald was born in 1846 in County Mayo, Ireland. Her parents were John and Sarah McDonald.

Marriage and Children

Henry Jervis, 27, and Rosa McDonald, 29, were married May 18, 1875 at St. Margaret’s Church, Wolstanton.

Marriage – Henry Jervis and Rosa McDonald – Wolstanton – 1875

Henry and Rosa had three children.


Henry was a blacksmith.

In 1871, as a 23-year-old blacksmith, Henry was lodging with James Tait, also a blacksmith, in Hanley Staffordshire.

In the 1881, the family was living at 3 Shelton Old Road, Stoke on Trent. Henry was a blacksmith, unemployed. Also listed were Rosa, 35, and the children Sarah, 5, Harry, 4, and John, 2.

Henry and Rosa Jervis family – 1881 Census

Henry’s Later Life

In 1881, Henry died. He was 33. He was buried October 29, 1881, at the church of St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke on Trent.

Rosa’s Later Life

Rosa became a widow at age 35. In 1891 the family was living at 43 Vale Street, Stoke on Trent.  This is two streets south of Shelton Old Road, the earlier family address from 1881.

Rosa was a small shopkeeper. The two sons (Harry, 13, and John, 11) were errand boys. Sarah Ann, 15, was working in the potteries as a “Potters Transferrers Paper Cutter.” The area around Stoke was famous for porcelain and pottery, any many of the residents worked in the potteries.

In 1901, Rosa, 58, was running a lodging house at 43 Vale Street. Her two eldest children were at home, Sarah Ann, 25, still working in the potteries and Harry, 23, was a cab driver.

In 1911, Rosa was a shopkeeper at 42 Registry Street. Son Harry was living with her and was a carter. Several boarders also lived at the address.

Rosa, 73, died January 1, 1916.

Henry Jervis and Ann Millington (2G)

Henry Jervis (1819-1859)

Henry was baptized in February 1819, the son of Thomas and Anne Jervis of Maerway Lane. He was baptised with his brother George, but it’s thought that George was a few years older, being born around 1816.

Baptism – Henry and George Jervis – Maer – 1819

In 1841, at around age 20, Henry was working as a servant for William Jones at Park Farm in Madeley.

Ann Millington (1823-1892)

Ann Millington was born in 1823 in Audlem, Cheshire. Her father was Samuel Millington.

The 1841 census shows Ann Millington, 18, working as a female servant for farmer Thomas Jackson at Stony Fields Farm, Wolstanton.

Marriage and Children

Henry Jervis and Ann Millington, married October 17, 1843 at St. Leonard’s Church in Woore, Shropshire. Both were from Aston (Maerway Lane).

Marriage – Henry Jervis and Ann Millington – Woore – 1843

Henry and Ann had four children.


In January 1851, Henry was convicted of stealing beef from a butcher shop, and also arraigned on stealing two fowl and a rabbit from a neighbor.

He was sentenced to be “transported for seven years.” That meant he would be sent to Australia and imprisoned there. Pretty serious stuff.

Henry’s imprisonment left Ann with three young children. The 1851 census shows her living in Knutton as head of household, with her children Henry, 3, Thomas, 8, and Ann, 5. Also living in the household was a boarder, an unmarried mother named Elizabeth Young and her baby.

Henry’s Later Life

Henry wasn’t sent to Australia. After short stay in Stafford Prison, Henry was in Wakefield Prison until 8 Mar 1852 and then was transferred to Portland Prison, Dorset.

It seems likely Henry was released after serving under four years of his sentence and presumably returned home.

Henry died in 1859, age 40.

Burial – Henry Jervis – Drayton – 1859

Ann’s Later Life

Henry’s death left his wife with three children to support, ages from 11 to 16. The 1861 census finds Ann at the address given on her husband’s prison records, Frog Lane, Drayton. She was taking in laundry and had two boarders to supplement her income.

In 1871, Ann is living at 104 Froglane in Market Drayton, next to the police station. She is a housekeeper. There are four children living in the house, listed as a nursery.

In October 1871, Ann re-married to Enoch Hendley. Enoch and Ann continued to live at Little Drayton, at Sunhill Road in 1881 and then on Shrewsbury Road by 1891.

Ann, 66, died in November 1892 and was buried on the 20th at Little Drayton.

Burial – Ann Millington Jervis Hendley – Little Drayton – 1892

Nibbles Extra Credit

The Potteries

Stoke on Trent is made up of six distinct towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton – collectively known as “The Potteries”. Since the 1700s, Stoke has been world famous for its pottery, china, porcelain.

Hundreds of companies produced all kinds of pottery, from tableware and decorative pieces to industrial items. It’s home to Wedgwood, Minton, Spode, and more. By the late 1700s North Staffordshire was the largest producer of ceramics in Britain.

Grave of Josiah Wedgwood, St. Peter Ad Vincula

Recall that Henry Jervis (3G) was buried at the church of St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke on Trent. He had some famous neighbors there – families of Josiah Wedgwood and Josiah Spode.

The Times

Nibbles Extra Credit

Meet Louise (Part 3)

So you and George married. What then?

I then moved into TV, and radio, which didn’t take me away  for long periods. Very different working in TV and radio – different techniques to master. But I missed the closeness of an audience behind the footlights. Yes, there were still footlights!

After 14 months, along came Timothy Robin Jervis Longworth, and 15 months later, Nicholas Roger Simon Longworth!

What about George’s job?

George’s job took us from England to South Wales, where eventually we became ‘adopted Welsh.’ To begin with, my career took a hit. But then I bumped into a television director I knew, and I found myself appearing  in a long running TV series where I played the only non-Welsh character.

George had always loved sports and had always been a rugby afficionado – we might have been adopted Welsh, but never when Wales was playing England. He carried on playing rugby  each weekend, until Anno Domini forced him to hang up his boots and pick up a golf club, as well as squash and tennis racquets.

You did a lot of genealogy

From an early age, my grandmother regaled me with stories of her childhood, and this instilled in me a burning curiosity about my ancestors.

Later I spent many a long hour at St. Catherine’s House in London, lugging great tomes off the shelves, researching each family surname. The only resource online for a long time was pretty much the website of the Latter Day Saints, whose records, I have to say, were invaluable.

I have folders, boxes and binders by the score – but by the time you and Celia started your amazing research into the Jervis family– a lot of it has become superfluous because of the internet.

What about recent years?

I became involved with the ladies of the Llanishen Cancer Research Campaign Committee. Wonderful women. We had great times – putting on monthly events from coffee mornings to large affairs in an enormous hangar-size barn with themes ranging from ‘Circus’ and ‘Arabian Nights’ to ‘Hollywood’.

Great fun.

In the last 10 years  I have been trying my hand at writing – joining a Writers’ group called ‘The Penthusiasts.’ Never thought I would end up writing verse.  I knew that my cousin Edith Mackonochie (whose mother was a Jervis – sister to my father) wrote lovely poetry. What I didn’t know was that my grandfather John Jervis and his wife Edith used to write poetry together. Sadly, none of it seems to have survived.

Louise, give us a few words to live by

As for me – like my husband George, I feel very strongly about equality in all its manifestations, the plight of the planet, of refugees and the homeless. Educational opportunities for all, kindness to animals and insects as well as people;  learning to put yourself in the other guy’s moccasins,  endless cups of tea – and – oh yes – chocolate !!!!!


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