Elizabeth Parchment 1862 - 1935



1862.Elizabeth Parchment was born Whitechapel Sep 1862. No baptism record..Parents William Parchment & Charlotte Bennett, Silkweavers..Family was living Pleasant Place in 1861C.

1871C. Elizabeth Parchment aged 8, living with her parents and 2 siblings at 7 East St. Bethnal Green


1874. Her mother, Charlotte, dies, 27/12/1874, aged 42 at 38 Moss St.,Bethnal Green. Have d.c.DP3. She is aged 12 with 2 younger siblings aged just 7 & 5.

1877. Her father, William Parchment, remarries in July, a 25 yr old, but this new stepmother dies by Dec. The family address being 54 Green St, BG.

1881C. Elizabeth Parchment , 18, is working as a general servant in Hackney . Her father & her 2 youngest siblings are living 38 Moss St, BG.

1881. Her father dies 9/8/1881. Siblings Albert & Charlotte now aged 14 & 12.

1882. Elizabeth Parchment married, aged 20, William James Fedden, aged 36, railway porter, on 9/10/1882 in St.Judes, Bethnal Green. He was living at 58 Warley St., she at 19 Pollards Rd. His father, Henry Fedden, was a cooper, hers, William Parchment, deceased, a weaver. Her sister Louisa Parchment, her mark, was one of the witnesses. A Fedden Family Tree exists on Ancestry. William is 16 years older than she is.

Elizabeth & William Fedden had 5 children who survived infancy:

They also had 5 other children who died:

Note. 10 different addresses in 20 years [including the 1891C]. The 10 Baptisms..

1890. 14/9/1890 Lucy Alice Fedden was born at 31, Bonner Street, B.G. Father a railway checker. B.c. in Lynne's book which I have.

1891C. Elizabeth Fedden, 28, living with her husband, William J Fedden 47, railway porter, & 4 children at 30 Bourne Street, Bethnal Green. All born B.G.

1901C. Elizabeth Fedden, 38, living with William Fedden 54, railway porter, & 5 children in 4 rooms at 23 Hamilton Road. Charlotte[Lottie] 17 and Maud 15 were Gum Sorters, and William A. was a Hatter.

1903. Husband ,William James Fedden , died 'Mar' 1903, aged 56: how did Elizabeth cope?

1904. Elizabeth Fedden remarried, aged 45, 3/10/1904 at St.Johns, Bethnal Green, Thomas Samuel Causton, aged 58[actually ~67]. Her address 21 Bruely/Brierly?? Street, B.G.. He was an engine driver, who seemingly could not sign his name. .[born 1837, one of 13 siblings, to William Causton 1806-1862 & Elizabeth Lane 1813-1865]. One of the witnesses was William Fedden, presumably her 20 yr old son. I thought she might have known this Engine Driver through her dead husband's work, but actually she was friends with his 18 year old daughter, Esther Causton, back in 1896, when Esther was a sponsor to her daughter Florence Maud Fedden. .

1911C, Elizabeth Causton, 48, married 7 years, 1 child, 1died, is living in 3 rooms at 53 Median Road Lower Clapton Hackney with husband Thomas Samuel Causton, 73, no occupation,, together with Florance Maud Feddon 9, Lucy Alice Feddon 20, domestic in Feather Mill, ,& Maud Elizabeth Feddon, 25, cook restaurant, her children [I think the 1 child that died was probably Joseph Causton, born & died Mile End Mar 1905, or ,less likely, Albert Frederick Causton, b.Sep 1906 West Ham and died there a year later, aged 1].


Thomas S Causton died Jun 1919, aged 82, Whitechapel.

Elizabeth was living in Hackney in 'Jun' 1934 [see quote below'], and

1935. died , as Elizabeth Causton, in Shoreditch, aged 73, in Dec 1935. Elizabeth was in her 70's when she died and had had cancer and had her breast removed; she also had brittle bones and could not be moved much when in hospital.[info. from Queenie[Alice] Brigden, her granddaughter, 2008]

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. . . .Elizabeth Parchment 1862 with daut. Florrie Fedden 1902. Photo taken~1912. . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Parchment, 1920s?

Quote from the great grandson of Samuel,1823-1885, grandson of Alfred 1862-1934 & son of Theodora 1891, Geoffrey Lewis :" my mother and my grandmother[Alfred's widow] took me with them to visit "Cousin Lizzie" who lived in one of those houses in Hackney of which quite a few survive, with stairs up to the front door and other stairs down to the basement. A lot of them were built about the end of the Victorian Era in what was then still surburban Hackney for the professional classes but a lot of them remained unsold and were given over to multiple occupation. I would guess that Elizabeth[1862] rented a couple of rooms. I think it must have been 1934 and we had gone to tell her of cousin Alfred's death"

Elizabeth's granddaughter, Queenie [nee Alice Parker, daughter of Lucy Fedden] Brigden,1924, remembers her gran: who lived with her youngest daughter Florrie at one stage, but as Florrie's family grew[births 1924-1930] she then went to live with her eldest daughter Lottie, who was always moving: lived in Hoxteth[?] at one stage This was presumably after Elizabeth's second husband, Thomas Samuel Causton, had also died , in 1919. Queenie remembers her grandmother as "Always a very clean smart old lady".


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