Tracing the disparate ancestries of four great families


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Herbert Evanson, grandfather of the clan!

Herbert Evanson grandad of the Birchenough clan

Our hero Herbert was born in 1881. He was the much-loved grandfather of Nancy and all the other Birchenoughs who lived in Price Avenue, Sandbach. The photo, taken at Nancy's wedding, shows grandad Herbert with his daughter Mary (Nancy's mother) on his left and Betty (Nancy's sister) on his right with the two bridesmaida Andrea (Betty's daughter) and Christine (John's niece). Four generations in one picture.

Herbert's father was Samuel Evanson who married Elizabeth Wenlock in 1872 at Wolstanton in Staffordshire. The first of their ten children, Frank, was born the following year.

We can see from Herbert's birth certificate that his mother Elizabeth cannot read nor write. Herbert married Sarah Jones (from Goldenhill in Staffordshire) in 1900, taking Sarah's son Harry Jones as his stepson.

Herbert and Sarah

When Herbert married Sarah Jones on 31 Dec 1900 at St Matthew Church, Haslington, Herbert was earning 17s. 8d. (about one Euro) a week at Crewe railway works. Although Sarah was born in Staffordshire she had lived in Wheelock since she was a small girl.

Herbert worked for Brunner Mond at Malkins Bank as an alkali labourer for 31 years. When the works closed he went to H. J. Lea at Wheelock, where he was employed for 10 years. He retired in about 1940 but still found jobs to do especially with local farmers. Although they have had 12 children, they managed to save enough to buy their own house.

They started their married life at Winterley but after six weeks moved to Far Heath, Haslington, where they lived for eight years. Later they moved to Fountain Cottages at Wheelock Heath. At the time of their Golden Wedding in 1950 the report in the Sandbach Chronicle said they had lived there for 31 years. The article said they had 19 grandchildren, but no great grandchildren...yet. Six of the children attended the celebration at their parents' home on Christmas Day 1950.

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