My great grandmother FLORENCE SHIRT nee WOOD was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Wood nee Speed. As I noted at the time, Joseph was unusual in as much as his birthplace is in Essex, or to be more precise Brentwood. This is a first on my maternal grandmother's side of the family as nearly everyone I've located to date was born in or near Sheffield.

I was not particularly hopeful of finding much more out about Joseph's origins, but after some research I believe that I have located the family in the 1871 UK Census - RG10/1657 page 201 - Ingrave Essex

George WOOD Married 42 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Agricultural Labourer
Eliza WOOD Married 42 Female Shenfield,Essex,England  
Charlotte WOOD Daughter 13 Female Ingrave,Essex,England  
Joseph WOOD Son 10 Male Shenfield,Essex,England Farm Boy
Henry WOOD Son 7 Male Mountnessing,Essex,England Scholar
Walter WOOD Son 5 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Scholar

The reason why I am more or less certain it is the right family is as a result of the 1881 Census. Joseph was living at 38 Sarah Street Sheffield at the time with his wife and young daughter. However his parents are still registered as living in Ingrave, Essex. - with a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Census Place Ingrave, Essex, England
Family History Library Film   1341423
Public Records Office Ref   RG11
Piece / Folio   1757 / 61
Page Number   12


George WOOD Married 52 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Cowman
Eliza WOOD Married 52 Female Shenfield,Essex,England  
Elizabeth WOOD Daughter 30 Female Ingrave,Essex,England Domestic Servant
Walter WOOD Son 15 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Cowman
Frederick J WOOD Grandson 6 Male Ingrave,Essex,Englan Scholar
William H A WOOD Grandson 1 Male Fulham Middlesex,England  
Elizabeth WOOD Granddaughter 1month Female Billericay Essex  

I have still to check the 1891 Census for Ingrave, Essex, England. But I have checked the Census for 1861 and found these details of George and Eliza's family. The address given on the form is

Cottages by Wyatts Green, District Ongar, Bobbingworth Parish Blackmore Administrative County Essex

George WOOD Married 32 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Agricultural Labourer
Eliza WOOD Married 32 Female Shenfield,Essex,England  
Elizabeth WOOD Daughter 12 Female Ingrave,Essex,England Scholar
John WOOD Son 10 Male Ingrave,Essex,England Scholar
"Sarah" WOOD Daughter 7 Female Ingrave,Essex,England Scholar
Mary Ann WOOD Daughter 4 Female Ingrave,Essex,England Scholar
Charlotte WOOD Daughter 2 Female Ingrave,Essex,England  
Joseph G WOOD Son 3mth Son Shenfield,Essex,Englandd

The 1891 Census has the following
Name Eliza Wood
Age 62 Estimated Year of Birth 1829
Relationship to Head of Household Wife Occupation
Address Rectory Road District Billericay, Brentwood Parish Ingrave Administrative County Essex Birth Place Brentwood Birth County Essex

Living with them were their grandchildren. George is still an Agricultural Labourer

GEORGE and ELIZA WOOD are my great great great grandparents. I know very little about the couple - the FREEBMD states that George and Eliza were married in 1848

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages Sep 1848  Dow Eliza   Billericay 12 11 Wood George              Billericay 12 11 

George died in Billericay district of Essex in 1899 and Eliza the following year

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