Frances Elizabeth Clewes

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 17/05/2021

Frances Elizabeth Clews



Frances was born on the 10th December 1848 in Warwickshire she was baptised on the 1st January 1849 in Nuneaton the daughter of Henry and Arabella Emma Clews (nee Mulliss) who married on the 17th September 1845 in Nuneaton.

Henry was born c1818, he was baptised on the 10th August 1818 in Nuneaton the son of John and Frances Clews (nee Ridgway) who were married on the 30th October 1809 in Nuneaton.

Arabella was born c1822, she was baptised on the 26th December 1822 at St Phillip’s Birmingham Warwickshire the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Mulliss (nee Bostock) who were married on the 6th June 1821 at St Phillip’s Birmingham Warwickshire.

Henry and Arabella also had a son, William Henry born on the 5th January 1851, baptised 30th January 1851 in Nuneaton.

In 1851 the family were living in Church Street Nuneaton and Henry was working as a Post Master

William Henry died aged 16 months on the 3rd May 1852.

When Frances was six years old her mother passed away, she was buried on the 13th April 1855 in Nuneaton. Her father remarried in 1856 in Ashby Parva Leicestershire his 2nd wife was Frances Catharine Wagstaff ((nee Cooper) a widow with at least two children, Thomas born c1848 and Hollis born c1851, 1st husband Thomas Wagstaff , married 28th January 1846 in Birmingham).

Henry and Frances had two sons Henry Cooper born 15th April 1857 and John Charles born 3rd October 1858 both boys were born in Nuneaton.

The 1861 census records Henry (42) as a Hotel Keeper living in Bridge Street Nuneaston with Frances (40), Hollis Wagstaff (10) (son of Frances), Frances Clews (12), Henry Cooper (3) and John Charles (2). Also recorded in the household were three servants and a lodger. Thomas Wagstaff (13) was recorded as an Apprentice Pupil Teacher, living in Stoke Warwickshire.

Frances Catherine died aged 44 on the 13th April 1865 in Nuneaton. Henry died aged 52 on the 27th October 1870 in Nuneaton.

The 1871 census records Frances (22), as a Governess, visiting at the “Mermaid” Warwick Road Worcestershire. The 1881 census records her as a Schoolmistress in the Belper Union Workhouse Duffield Derbyshire.

The 1891 census records Frances as a School Teacher, visiting a Julius and Elizabeth Russell and family at 15 Springfield Road Wimbledon Surrey.

Frances died on the 19th January 1892 (age recorded at death as 39).  She died of acute bronchitus.

She was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 21st January.        

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