EDWARD BROOMHEAD (1819 - 1892)

On my great grandmothers marriage certificate, her fathers name is given as EDWARD BROOMHEAD and his occupation is given as File Grinder. An investigation of the 1881 Census reveals that there is only one person of that name whose occupation is File Grinder and who is old enough to have an adult daughter.

Taken from the 1881 Census details

Dwelling: Court 2 1 House Brocco St - (Solly Street*) Census Place: Sheffield, York, England      Source: FHL Film 1342123 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4646 Folio 115 Page 10

The confirmation came when a fellow researcher pointed out that my great grandmother MARY SANBY nee BROOMHEAD was transcribed on the 1881 Census as SAMBERY and not SANBY. She lived with her husband EDWIN and two children Clara and Albert in the same house as EDWARD BROOMHEAD, namely Court 2 1 House Brocco St - (Solly Street*). EDWARD BROOMHEAD is my great great grandfather. At the time of the Census, Edward was widowed.  

I have been able to obtain a photo of the housing in Brocco Street Sheffield that was taken circa 1900

In a book "Images of Sheffield 1843 - 1993" there is a photo of Sambourne Square which was near Brocco Street. It was built in 1790 - 1800 and shows the typical back to back housing that blighted Sheffield for many years. The photo was taken in 1910 and the buildings were not demolished until 1927. At no time did the buildings have proper water closets.


A combination of the two photographs give an indication of the conditions that prevailed in nineteenth century Sheffield.

For quite a few years I could not make any progress on this branch of my family tree. But in March 2011, there was a breakthrough. Located the family in the1861 Census when they were listed as "Bromhead" not Broomhead

The family were living in a yard in White Croft in the "Crofts" area of Sheffield (Source Citation: Class: RG9; Piece: 3484; Folio: 87; Page: 30; GSU roll: 54313)

Edward Broomhead - Head - 42 - File Grinder - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Elizabeth Broomhead - Wife - 33 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

John Broomhead - Son - 9 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Thomas Broomhead - Son - 7 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Sophia Broomhead - Daughter - 4 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Mary Broomhead - Daughter - 18months - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Thomas Jenkin - Boarder - 70 - Spring Knife Cutler - Sheffield Yorkshire England

The last entry is interesting - in 1847 there is the following record of a marriage

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page Marriages Mar 1847 Broomhead Edward Rotherham Vol 22 Page 334 Jenkin Elizabeth Rotherham Vol 22 page 334

It is more than possible that Thomas Jenkin was the father of Elizabeth and if that is the case he would be my great great grandfather

Ten years earlier the family only consisted of three members

Edward Broomhead - Head - 28 - File Grinder - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Elizabeth Broomhead - Wife - 25 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Edward Broomhead - Son - 1 - Sheffield Yorkshire England

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 2339; Folio: 808; Page: 36; GSU roll: 87590-87593.

1851 Census

Name: Elizabeth Broomhead
Age: 25 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826
Relation: Wife
Spouse's Name: Edward Broomhead
Gender: F (Female)
Where born: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Civil parish: Sheffield Ecclesiastical parish: Holliscroft County/Island: Yorkshire Country: England
Registration district: Sheffield Sub-registration district: North Sheffield ED, institution, or vessel: 19 Household schedule number: 120 Piece: 2339 Folio: 808 Page Number: 36
Household Members:
Name Age
Edward Broomhead 28
Elizabeth Broomhead 25
Edward Broomhead 1

They were still living in a yard in White Croft. There ages do not tally with the 1861 Census but it is the same family. The other noticeable point is that their eldest son Edward is not living with them in 1861. The obvious inference is that he passed away, but there is the possibility that he had moved away from the family home. I tend to think that he died for there was another son that was called Edward who was born circa 1866.

The earliest record I can find of Edward is the 1841 census

Sarah Broomhead 50
Elizabeth Broomhead 25
John Broomhead 25
Edward Broomhead 20
Eliza Broomhead 20
Ann Broomhead 15
Henry Broomhead 6
Elizabeth Broomhead 9 months

Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece 1335; Book: 12; Civil Parish: Sheffield; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: 28; Folio: 33; Page: 17; Line: 21; GSU roll: 464281.

The age is rounded to five years and so no use can be made of that information.

Thomas Jenkin - Boarder - 70 - Spring Knife Cutler - Sheffield Yorkshire England

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