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Charles Frederick DOWNEY

Male 1865 - 1933  (~ 67 years)


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  • Name Charles Frederick DOWNEY 
    Born Mar 1865  Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 18F82791BC1E49C79AC3424890EFA6B977A5 
    Died 11 Feb 1933  Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • 1901 census: at 4 Crowland Yard, Haverhill, Clara DOWNEY (head, married, 33, born Doncaster, Yorkshire), George DOWNEY* (12, born Nexborough [Mexborough], Yorkshire, Frederick DOWNEY (8, born Crowle, Lincs), Florence A DOWNEY (6, born Selby, Yorkshire), Clara M DOWNEY (3, born Haverhill, Suffolk) and Alfred E DOWNEY (6 months, born Haverhill, Suffolk).
      * this was George Henry BALDING, Clara's son by her first husband - see her Notes.
      Clara's husband has not been found.
      Very close by (on the same census page) at 9 Crowland Road were James DOWNEY (41, bricklayers labourer, born Melford, Suffolk), Anna DOWNEY (43, born Diss, Norfolk), Richard J DOWNEY (17, hairweaver, born Melford, Suffolk), Willie J DOWNEY (13, manual water carrier (?), born Lincoln, Lincs), Annie DOWNEY (12, born Lincoln, Lincs), Ada DOWNEY (7, born Crowle, Lincs), Mabel DOWNEY (5, born Haverhill, Suffolk) and Alice M (1?, born Haverhill, Suffolk).

      It seems highly likely that James DOWNEY was Clara DOWNEY's brother-in-law - see the Notes for James's supposed father, William DOWNEY for census notes. It seems likely that Clara's husband was James's younger brother Frederick DOWNEY. A possible chain of events is as follows:
      1. James and Frederick were born and raised in Long Melford, Suffolk, which is about 12 miles from Haverhill.
      2. James married, probably Annie Maria MURRAY in Q1 1882 in the Sudbury Registration District (which covers Long Melford). Their first child was born in Long Melford.
      3. Some time between 1882 and 1888 (when James's second son was born), James moved to Crowle, Lincolnshire.
      4. Frederick was still living in Long Melford with his widowed mother at the time of the 1891 census but probably married Clara Emma WESTERN (born Doncaster Q3 1868) in Q4 1891 in the Thorne Registration District, which covers Crowle, Lincs.
      5. So by the end of 1891 both James and Frederick were probably living in Crowle, Lincs.
      6. At some point in the 1890s both James and Frederick moved with their families to Haverhill and stayed there at least until the time of the 1901 census.

      The above leaves two unanswered questions:
      - where was Clara DOWNEY's husband when the 1901 census was taken? (He had reappeared by the 1911 census).
      - why do we think that Clara's husband's name was Charles Frederick DOWNEY? The notes above suggest he was plain Frederick DOWNEY and when Clara was buried in Haverhill aged 44 on 20 April 1912 she was 'wife of Frederick'. If we have the right birth registration, the name was Charles Frederick. There was a burial in Haverhill on 16 February 1933 of Charles Frederick DOWNEY, age 68 and it's not clear whether or not this was Clara's husband. On balance, the name name was probably Charles Frederick, with 'Charles' not being used much of the time.

      1911 census: at 9 Crowland Road, Haverhill, Suffolk (4 rooms), Frederick (head, 45, married, labourer, born Long Melford, Suffolk), Clara (wife, 43, married 20 years, 7 children all living, born Doncaster, Yorkshire), Frederick (son, 17, single, errand boy, born Crowle, Lincolnshire), Florence Agnes (daughter, 15, single, tailoress, born Selby, Yorkshire), Clara Mildred (daughter, 13, born Haverhill, Suffolk), Alfred Earnets (son, 10, born Haverhill, Suffolk), Annie Elizabeth (daughter, 7, born Haverhill, Suffolk), Harry James (son, 5, born Haverhill, Suffolk) and Arthur (son, 2, born Haverhill, Suffolk).
      Form signed Mr F Downey.
    Person ID I429  Great Horkesley, Essex
    Last Modified 26 Oct 2017 

    Father William DOWNEY,   b. Bef 16 Apr 1826, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1887, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Matilda EVERETT,   b. Abt 1828, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1892, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married Jun 1847  Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Clara Emma WESTERN,   b. Sep 1868, Doncaster, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1912, Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married Dec 1891  Thorne RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Frederick DOWNEY,   b. Between Mar and Sep 1893, Crowle, Lincs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Florence Agnes DOWNEY,   b. 12 May 1895, Selby, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1987, Newmarket RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     3. Clara Mildred DOWNEY
     4. Alfred Ernest DOWNEY,   b. 20 Sep 1900, Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1975, 68 Summerfield Road, Dunbar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     5. Annie Elizabeth DOWNEY,   b. 28 Jul 1903, Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 2000, Henley RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     6. Harry James DOWNEY,   b. 22 Feb 1905, Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 2001, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     7. Arthur DOWNEY,   b. 7 Sep 1908, Haverhill, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1992, Braintree RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     8. Ellen DOWNEY,   b. 1912,   d. 1912  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F46  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1865 - Long Melford, Suffolk Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Feb 1933 - Haverhill, Suffolk Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S178] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      as Charles Frederick Q1 1865 Sudbury 4a/463.

    2. [S45] Clara Stewart (Reliability: 3).
      Clara has a photograph of the grave in Haverhill. It shows CFD's age at death as 68, implying he was born in 1865.

    3. [S178] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q2 1847 Sudbury 12/674.

    4. [S178] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      marriage of Frederick Downey and Clara Weston (sic) Q4 1891 Thorne 9c/1300.