As detailed on the Caldwell home page
was the father of
my gg-grandmother, Emma
. Her mother Alice
, widow of John
, unusually, but helpfully, named him as the
father on Emma's birth certificate. He was lodging with
the family at the time of the 1841
and her twin, Jane
were ten months old. For a while, all I knew about John
came from that single record — that he had been
born outside of Cheshire around 1816, although he may
have rounded his age up or down, and that he was a tailor.
It was a chance reference in the baptisms at Hyde St George
that led me to learn more about the Voce family.
The baptisms concerned all took place on the same day,
Sunday 4 July 1852, for Charlotte,
Mary and Margaret
Voce, daughters of John and
Mary Voce. I hoped this would lead me to more about
John and it did, just not a
lot! Checking the 1851 census, I found Charlotte
and Margaret living with
their grandparents, John and Charlotte Haughton, in the
Werneth area of Hyde, while Mary
was for some reason a six year old lodger with the Holland
family at Cheap Side, also in Hyde. But of their parents
there was no sign.
A check of the marriages showed that John
had married Mary Haughton
at Manchester Cathedral in 1842 and as I failed to find
any further references to the couple, I came to the conclusion
that both must have died before 1851. Mary
Voce died of gastric fever in Hyde in April 1848 and
her death certificate
refers to her as 'wife of John
Voce, tailor' indicating that he was still alive,
but there is no further sign of him beyond that date.
Possibly he left the three girls to be raised by their
grandparents or he too may have died and I have yet to
find the record.
There is a John Voce in Warrington
in the 1871 census and
what appears to be the same man in Warrington
in 1881. In both cases, he is a tailor and has a wife
called Mary born in Ireland, but there are discrepancies
in his given ages and place of birth. Having said that,
there is a John Voce, son of John and Charlotte Voce,
who was baptised in Warrington in August 1816, which would
fit the 1881 census, but really this is guesswork. For
now, that is all I know about John,
but his name lived on, at least for a time.
His middle daughter Mary died
in 1856 aged eleven, but the other two went on to produce
families of their own and in quite a spectacular way in
Charlotte's case. She
gave birth to her eldest daughter, Alice,
at the age of 17, giving John Haughton a great-granddaughter
to record at the 1861 census. By 1871, Charlotte
was still unmarried, but had five children by then. As
yet I have no idea who the father or fathers were, but
lodging with them was one Thomas
Baddesley who would marry
Charlotte later that year at St Paul's Church, Portwood,
Stockport. The couple went on to have a further seven
children, although there may have been more that did not
survive as there is a gap between 1872 and 1876 when no
births are recorded while Charlotte
was otherwise giving birth on almost an annual basis.
Thomas died in 1891,
but Charlotte lived for a further 25 years, dying in 1916.
Margaret went the more
conventional route as far as conception was concerned.
She married Samuel Bennett
at Hyde St George in 1872 and their first recorded child
was Caroline born
in 1877 in Gee Cross, Hyde, as was their son, George,
in 1880. There was then a gap until the birth of Alice
in 1888, although as with Charlotte, there may be children
that did not survive infancy to explain it. By that time,
the family was living in Denton working in the hatting
industry. Samuel died there
in 1922, as did Margaret
in 1924 aged 77.
I have not pursued these families further at this time,
but will do in due course.