I am researching a member of the Stacey family who was born in Hampshire around 1846 and lived in Reading about 1881. Places given will generally be the registration district in which the event occurred.

Beginning with a living married couple as a starting point, I have worked back and found ancestors dating to the early 1800s, using the GRO to find a mother’s maiden name (MMN) and FreeBMD to find corresponding marriages. Where there is the possibility of more than one birth or marriage with similar names at similar times, I have checked the families in the censuses to ensure I have the correct lineage. Always confirm data with more than one source.

I have checked the generations back to Thomas  Stacey (b 1889) and for confidentiality I will start with him. The table below is a summary of the result of those searches –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Marr (M) Born (B)

Year

Surname/ MMN

Name

Middle Name

Reg Dist

Stacey

Thomas

H

M

1942

Harwood

Joyce

E

Reading

Stacey

Thomas

H

B

1917

Withers

   

Reading

Stacey

Thomas

 

M

1911

Withers

Jessie

W A

Reading

Stacey

Thomas

 

B

1889

Goodger

   

Reading

Stacey

Uriah

 

M

1876

Goodger

Mary

Ann

Reading

Stacey

Uriah

 

B

1848

Wells

   

Basingstoke

I looked in the 1939 Register for Thomas H Stacey b 1917 and unmarried. I found him living with his parents and siblings at 49 Orts Road, Reading –

Surname

Name

M or F

Birthday

M S W

Occupation

Other

Stacey Snr

Thomas

M

19 Oct 1889

M

Watchman

 

Stacey

Winifred

F

22 Apr 1888

M

Unpaid domestic duties

( 1 )

Stacey

Frederick

M

29 Nov 1912

S

Shop Porter ( Grocery)

 

Stacey

Louisa

F

7 Mar 1915

S

Paper Cutting Machinist

M   Mortimer

Stacey Jnr

Thomas

M

25 Oct 1917

S

??       ( ?? )

 

Stacey

Edith

F

11 Apr 1920

S

Biscuit Packer

( 2 )

CLOSED

           

(1) As Jessie W A at marriage to Thomas. As Jessie Winifred Annie at birth.

(2) I checked Ediths birth (Edith A M b 1920 with MMN Withers), the same as Thomas and therefore the correct family.

I looked in the 1911 census for a Thomas Stacey born around 1889 in the Reading area with a mother called Mary. I found one living at 8 Garrard Street, Reading –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Aldridge

William

Thomas

Head

M

34

Biscuit Manufactory

Reading

Aldridge

Kathleen

Emily

Wife

M

29

(M 6 yrs, 2ch, 2 alive)

Reading

Aldridge

Kathleen

Annie

Daur

 

2

 

Reading

Aldridge

Elsie

Edith May

Daur

 

5 mnth

 

Reading

Stacey

Mary

Ann

Mother in Law

W

54

 

Tilehurst

Stacey

Annie

Emily

Sister in Law

S

25

Biscuit Manufactory

Reading

Stacey

Edith

Mary

Sister in Law

S

23

Biscuit Manufactory

Reading

Stacey

Thomas

 

Brother in Law

S

21

Biscuit Manufactory

Reading

Kathleen Emily Stacey married William Thomas Aldridge in Reading in 1904. I therefore checked the births of the sisters and found Edith Mary b 1887  and Annie b 1886, both with MMN Goodger. This is the correct family. 

Because Mary Ann was listed as a widow, I looked for the death of a Uriah Stacey born about 1848. I found a death for a Uriah aged 63 who died in 1910 in Reading. On the Familysearch website he was aged 63 and was buried on 11th January 1910 in the London Road Cemetery (consecrated) and he had been in the infirmary.

I looked for the birth of Mary Ann Goodger in about 1857 in the Tilehurst/Reading area. I found a Mary Goodger born in Bradfield in 1856 with MMN Wate. This is probably correct as Bradfield  covered the Tilehurst area of Reading.

I found a marriage of a James Goodger to Sarah Waite in Dec. quarter 1855 in Bradfield.

Looking in the 1901 census for a Mary Stacey aged about 44 in the Reading area, I found at 7 Cheltenham Place, Reading –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Stacey

Mary

 

Wife

M

44

 

Tilehurst

Stacey

Emily

A

Daur

 

15

Biscuit Makers Assistant

Reading

Stacey

Edith

 

Daur

 

14

Biscuit Makers Assistant

Reading

Stacey

Tom

 

Son

 

11

 

Reading

Nash

George

 

Boarder

 

38

General Laborer

Abingdon

It appears Mary is married, but I could not find Uriah.

I then searched the 1891 census for a Thomas Stacey born about 1889 with a mother Mary born about 1857 and a father Uriah. I found at 107 Friar Street, Reading –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Thatcher

Walter

 

Son

S

19

Cabinet Maker

Berks, Lower Basildon

Thatcher

Linda

E

Daur

S

17

Shopkeeper

Berks, Lower Basildon

Stacey

Henry

 

Lodger

M

44

Platelayer

Hants, Hartley

Stacey

Mary

 

Lodger

M

34

 

Berks, Tilehurst

Stacey

Kate

 

Lodger

S

9

 

Berks, Reading

Stacey

Annie

 

Lodger

S

5

 

Berks, Reading

Stacey

Edie

 

Lodger

S

3

 

Berks, Reading

Stacey

Thomas

 

Lodger

S

1

 

Berks, Reading

I searched GRO records for MMN of the “lodger children” as a check and found that Catherine, Annie, Edith and Thomas all had a MMN of Goodger. This is the correct family.

So who was Henry? Note that he was born in Hampshire in about 1847 just as Uriah was.

I couldn’t find the birth or death of a Henry that fits and I couldn’t find a Mary marrying a Henry Stacey, or similar, that matches this couple’s details.

I therefore went back to the 1881 census looking for Mary and found at 18 Ball Court, Friar Street, Reading –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Stacey

Henry

 

Head

M

36

Railway Platelayer

Hants, N.K.

Stacey

Mary

 

Wife

M

24

Railway Platelayer’s wife

Berks, Tilehurst

Stacey

Arthur

 

Son

 

3

 

Berks, Reading

Knight

William

 

Lodger

S

24 ?

Carmans laborer

Wilts, Wilsford

Palmer

Alfred

 

Lodger

S

17

Wood sawyer ( Steam )

Berks, Bradfield

 

As a check I looked in GRO records and found Arthur Stacey born in 1878 with his mother’s maiden name as Goodger. This is the correct family, but once again, who is Henry?

Uriah and Mary were married in 1876 so I searched the 1871 census for Uriah and Henry Stacey and I could not find either of them.

I did find Mary’s family Goodger in 1871 and 1861 censuses and she was born in Tilehurst about 1857 so her family fits in nicely.

Back to Stacey. I found Uriah’s birth in 1848 in Basingstoke with MMN as Wells. In Familysearch I found the marriage of William Stacey and Mary Wells in Sherfield on Loddon in 1830.

I therefore searched the 1861 census for Uriah Stacey born about 1848 and found in Hartley Westpall (Hampshire) –

Surname

Name

Mid name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Stacey

William

 

Head

M

57

Ag Lab

Hants, Hartley Westpall

Stacey

Mary

 

Wife

M

51

 

Hants, Sherfield

Stacey

William

 

Son

 

19

Ag Lab 

Hants, Rotherwick

Stacey

John

 

Son

 

14

Carter Boy

Hants, Hartley Westpall

Stacey

Uriah

 

Son

 

12

Carter Boy

Hants, Hartley Westpall

Mary’s birthplace ties in with the marriage at Sherfield.

Going through the 1851 census I also found in Hartley Westpall –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Stacey

William

 

Head

M

46

Ag Lab

Hants, Hartley Westpall

Stacey

Mary

 

Wife

M

40

 

Hants, Sherfield

Stacey

Caroline

     

12

 

Middx, Hendon

Stacey

William

     

11

 

Hants, Rotherwick

Stacey

Thomas

     

9

 

Hants, Rotherwick

Stacey

John

     

5

 

Hants, Hartley Westpall

Stacey

Uriah

     

2

 

Hants, Hartley Westpall

 

Looking at births in the GRO records, all the children have their mother’s maiden name as Wells. Caroline was registered in 1839 in Hendon. William was registered as William Uriah. John was registered as Peter, but christened as John.

In the 1841 census I found in Rotherwick, Light Green (now Lyde Green) –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Born in Hants

Stacey

William

     

40

Ag Lab

Y

Stacey

Mary

     

30

 

Y

Stacey

Arnold

     

10

 

Y

Stacey

Caroline

     

2

 

Y

Stacey

William

     

7 wks

 

Y

Arnold Stacey was christened in 1831 in Hartley Westpall with parents William and Mary.

I now have two families that appear to be the same, but the Head in 1881 and 1891 is not Uriah but Henry. They were both born in Hampshire at about the same time. I think that Henry is Uriah, but why the change in name?

This appeared at first to be a dead end.

However, I also subscribe to the British Newspaper Archive, so I entered ‘Uriah Stacey’ in Reading. Three entries were found in the Berkshire Chronicle but I needed to confirm that they were referring to “my” Stacey family. I did not find another Uriah in the Reading area, there were several Henry references but none had the same occupation as “our” Henry.

An article published 26th June 1864 referred to a theft.

Another article published 29th July 1876 told of maintenance of an illegitimate child of Charlotte Stacey of 9 Easton Place, his ‘brother’s widow’. This looked interesting.

Referring to the 1851 census, if this is the same Uriah, there are three brothers – William born about 1840, Thomas about 1842 and John born about 1846. The only one I could find who may have married a Charlotte was John in 1871 in Bradfield. She was either Charlotte Wheeler or Charlotte Carter – but which one?

I found a death for John Stacey aged 28 registered in 1874 in Reading meaning he would have been born about 1846. This looks promising.

Now to find a possible child born to Charlotte Stacey in about 1876. I located an Ellen Stacey whose birth was registered in the September quarter 1876 but the MMN was left blank. I also found an Ellen Stacey baptised in Reading in 1876 with a mother – Charlotte.

Therefore I looked at the 1881 census for Ellen Stacey aged about 4 and found at 3 Easton Place, Brunswick Street –

Surname

Name

Middle Name

Relation

M S W

Age

Occupation

Birthplace

Maynard

John

 

Head

M

30

 

Berks, Wokingham

Maynard

Charlotte

 

Wife

M

32

 

Berks, Bradfield

Stacey

Mary

A

Step dr

 

6

Scholar

Berks, Reading

Stacey

Ellen

 

Step dr

 

4

Scholar

Berks, Reading

Maynard

Emily

 

Daur

 

2

 

Berks, Reading

 

Looking at the GRO record for the birth of Mary A Stacey I found that the MMN was Wheeler. This also looks promising because John Stacey therefore married Charlotte Wheeler if this is the correct family.

To prove this, I found that Charlotte Stacey married John Maynard in 1878 in Reading. Charlotte therefore only moved a few houses away in Easton Place when she became married.

Uriah appears to be the one from the family I am researching (he is in Reading in 1876) but I still wasn’t certain that he is also Henry.

The third news item was published on 26th May 1883 –

Uriah Stacey of Ball-court, Friar-street, was fined 2s. 6d. for allowing his chimney to catch fire.

This was my last piece of data about Uriah Stacey, and for me it confirms that he is indeed Henry.

Note where Henry was living in the 1881 census, 2 years earlier – Ball Court, Friar Street.

Luckily Uriah’s wayward ways revealed who he claimed to be – I now know who Henry is.

 

Sources

Stacey family

General Register Office (GRO)

FreeBMD

Ancestry

Familysearch

Findmypast (FMP)

British Newspaper Archive 

Berkshire Family History Society

Berkshire Family History Society