The Hemsworth Family - Sheffield 1901

Alonzo and Mary Ann Hemsworths' Family

My great grandparents Alonzo and Mary Ann had a total of ten children, six sons and four daughters. The 1901 Census Extracts (PRO Ref 13/4355 - page35) gives the following information - they were all living at 67 SHERRINGTON ROAD, SHEFFIELD at the time the Census was taken

SURNAME FORENAME Age Status Rel Occupation Place of Birth County of Birth
HEMSWORTH Alonzo 1856 44 Head Married Coach Body Maker (Wood) Gainsborough Lincolnshire
HEMSWORTH Mary A 1857  43 Wife Married   Alderney Channel Isl
HEMSWORTH Frederick 19.9.1881 -  19 Son Single Coach Body Maker (Wood) Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Harry 1881  19 Son Single Coach Body Maker (Wood) Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Mary A 1883   17 Daughter Single   Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Gertrude 1886  -   14 Daughter Single Dressmaker Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Alonzo 1889 -  12 Son Single   Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH George 1891 -  10  Son Single   Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Oscar 1893 - 7 Daughter Single   Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Constance 1898 -  2 Daughter Single   Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Sydney (1900  8mnths Son Single   Sheffield Yorkshire

The eldest daughter THIRZA had left home and married since the last Census was conducted in 1891. She married a JAMES HERBERT WILLMORE  - they appear on the 1901 Census as a married couple. James was three years older than his wife and was employed as a Silversmith. Both James and Thirza were born in Sheffield. The GRO reference of their marriage is vol9c page 669 in the December quarter of 1900. The aforementioned census shows that the couple were living at 31 Harefield Road, Sheffield ((PRO Ref 13/4352 Folio 14 page20schedule110 )

The GRO reference for Sydney is vol9c page479 in the September quarter of 1900

The GRO reference for Oscar is vol9c page437 in the June quarter of 1893

The GRO reference for George is vol9c page417 in the March quarter of 1891

The GRO reference for Alonzo is vol9c page368 in the March quarter of 1889

The GRO reference for Mary Ann is vol9c page347 in the December quarter of 1883

The two eldest sons the twins Fred and Harry look as though they followed the same trade as their father Alonzo. The GRO reference for Fred and Harry's birth incidentally is Volume 9c Page345 in the December quarter of 1881.

SURNAME FORENAME Age Status Rel Occupation Place of Birth County of Birth
HEMSWORTH Alonzo 1856 54 Head Married Motor Body Builder Gainsborough Lincolnshire
HEMSWORTH Mary Ann 1857  53 Wife Married   Alderney Channel Is
HEMSWORTH Alonzo 1889 -  22 Son Single Motor Engineer Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH George 1891 -  20  Son Single Cycle Enameller Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Oscar 1893 - 17 Daughter Single Motor Body Builder Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Constance 1898 -  12 Daughter Single School Sheffield Yorkshire
HEMSWORTH Sydney (1900  10 Son Single School Sheffield Yorkshire

In the autumn of 2012 I came across the following photograph. It is dated 18th July 1906 which was a Wednesday. It shows Alonzo and Mary Ann on the beach with another couple and three children. Unfortunately I do not know who the other five people are, nor do I know the location. A guess would be the east coast of Yorkshire south of Scarborough. It is a rather magnificent sandcastle!

       

In 1911 the family are still living at  67 SHERRINGTON ROAD, SHEFFIELD. Four of Alonzo and Polly's family had left in the intervening period. But five remained. The most interesting fact that is revealed by the census is the changes the family had to make with regard to their occupations. In 1901 the family were involved in the coach building trade - Coach Body Maker (Wood) - But by 1911 they had become involved in the building of motor bodies. More crucially, they had become workers rather than employers (with the exception of George who seems to have taken over the cycle enamelling part of the business). It is an indication of the rapid progress that was being made with regard to the introduction of motorised transport and the demise of horse drawn conveyances.

The Burgess Rolls (Register of Electors) for the Wolstenholm Polling District of Sharrow in 1921 show that the family were no longer living there. (The occupants were a George and Jane Gilberthorpe GREGORY)

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