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Reuben EDWARDS
Chandelier maker of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Ancestors
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Unknown EDWARDS
~1754 - ~1804
John EDWARDS
~1795 - 1844
Millwright of Warwickshire
 
Reuben EDWARDS
1836 - ~1908
Chandelier maker of Birmingham, Warwickshire
 
Joseph REYNOLDS
~1714 - bur.1775
Carpet weaver of Upper Arley, Bewdley, Worcestershire
Richard REYNOLDS
bap.1772 - 1852
Agricultural labourer of Upper Arley, Bewdley, Worcestershire
 
John UNDERHILL
~1691 - bur.1788
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
Susannah UNDERHILL
bap.1729 - bur.1773
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
 
Anne PADDY
~1695 - bur.1732
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
Sarah REYNOLDS
1807 - ~1884
Confectioner of Kinlet, Shropshire
 
Elizabeth FOULK
~1770 - ~1836
of Oldbury, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Spouses and Descendants
Generations
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Reuben EDWARDS
1836 - ~1908
Chandelier maker of Birmingham, Warwickshire
  m. Mary Ann NEWEY (~1839 - ~1900)
  m. Emma FISHER (~1843 - ~1907)
 
John EDWARDS
~1859 - ~1915
Errand boy of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Henry EDWARDS
~1861 - ~1916
of Kimberworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire
Eliza EDWARDS
~1863 - ~1917
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Reuben EDWARDS
~1865 - ~1918
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Ellen EDWARDS
~1868 - ~1920
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Walter C EDWARDS
1871 - ~1921
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Arthur EDWARDS
1873 - ~1878
of Aston juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire
Ralph E EDWARDS
~1875 - ~1925
of Warwick, Warwickshire
Narrative and Notes

In 1851 Reubin was a gun percussioner. A gun percussioner received the gun with the gunlocks inletted in place, but without hammers. He then chose and fitted suitable hammers with the correct "throw" so that the hammer nose fell neatly and squarely onto the nipple (Percussion) or striker (Centre fire). He then passed the gun back for engraving. The hammers could not be fitted to the gunlock by the gunlock maker, as he would not know what the "throw" was going to be. The "throw" is the distance from the centre of the pivot of the hammer to the centre of the nipple or striker.

He married Mary Ann NEWEY in March 1859 at Saint George, Birmingham (Mar 1859 B'Ham 6d/38) and they had at least four children: John, Henry, Eliza and Reuben. It appears that Mary Ann died between 1865 and 1866.

In 1861 he and Mary Ann were living in Kimberworth in Yorkshire. He was working as a chandalier maker.

In 1866 Reuben married Emma WILCOX at Saint George, Birmingham (Jun 1866 B'Ham 6d/67) and had a further three children (Ellen, Walter C and Arthur). Emma also had an earlier child named Thomas.

By 1881 he had either died or divorced, as his wife appears to have remarried to William Hill and is living with Ellen, Walter C and Ralph E Edwards. There is a Reuben Edwards recorded in 1881 as being a widower and working as a manufacturer's clerk in Birmingham.

Timeline
Personal Family World
Date
Age*
Event
Place
24 Sep 1836
0
Birth 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
7 Jun 1841
4
Census 
Unett Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire
5 Mar 1843
6
Baptism 
St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, Warwickshire
7 Sep 1844
7
Death of father John EDWARDS 
1 Court, New Summer Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire
30 Mar 1851
15
query Caution: Recorded age does not match calculated age (14).
Census 
47 Summer Lane, Birmingham, Warwickshire
20 Nov 1853
17
Marriage of sister Sophia EDWARDS and John ASH 
St Peter And St Paul's Church, Aston, Warwickshire, England
27 Aug 1854
17
Marriage of sister Matilda EDWARDS and Edwin EDDINGTON 
St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
13 Mar 1859
22
Marriage to wife Mary Ann NEWEY 
Saint George, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
btw 1859 and 1860
23
Birth of son John EDWARDS 
10 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
7 Apr 1861
24
Census 
11 
Clough Terrace, Kimberworth, Yorkshire
7 Apr 1861
24
Occupation: Chandelier maker 
12 
 
btw 1861 and 1862
25
Birth of son Henry EDWARDS 
Kimberworth, Rotherham, Yorkshire
9 Nov 1862
26
Marriage of wife's husband Thomas WILCOX and Emma FISHER 
13 
Aston juxta Birmingham, Warwickshire
24 Nov 1863
27
Death of sister Sophia EDWARDS 
Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
btw 1863 and 1864
27
Birth of daughter Eliza EDWARDS 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
btw 1865 and 1866
29
Birth of son Reuben EDWARDS 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
29 Apr 1866
29
Marriage to wife Emma FISHER 
14 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
10 Nov 1867
31
Marriage of brother Enoch EDWARDS and Emelia 'Emily' PARKER 
15 
St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire
btw 1868 and 1869
32
Birth of daughter Ellen EDWARDS 
16 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Jan 1871
34
Birth of son Walter C EDWARDS 
17 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
2 Apr 1871
32
query Caution: Recorded age does not match calculated age (34).
Census 
18 
5 Springfield Street West, Ladywood, Birmingham, Warwickshire
1 Dec 1873
37
Birth of son Arthur EDWARDS 
 
btw 1875 and 1876
39
Birth of son Ralph E EDWARDS 
19 
Warwick, Warwickshire
bef 1881
45
Death of son Arthur EDWARDS 
 
3 Apr 1881
45
query Caution: Recorded age does not match calculated age (44).
Census 
20 
197 King Edwards St, Birmingham, , Warwickshire, England
20 Dec 1897
61
Marriage of brother Enoch EDWARDS and Florence Ethel HEDGES 
21 
Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire
btw 1911 and 1912
75
Death of brother Enoch EDWARDS 
Canada
Documented age, Calculated age, Estimated age
Citations
1 - Birmingham,St Chad's Cathedral, Parish Records
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1843

When born - When baptized - Person baptized - Father - Mother - - Godfather - Godmother - Mini[ster]

Sep 24th 1836 - March 5th - Reubhen Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

Sep 15th 1838 - March 5th - Stephen Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

Novr 10th 1840 - March 5th - Andrew Enoch Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

2 - UK 1841 Census - 7th June 1841

Note: Ages of adults were often rounded down to nearest 5 years. For example, a recorded age of 25 implies an age of between 25 and 29.

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John Edwards - 40 - Millwright - Y

Sarah Edwards - 35 - - Y

Mariah Edwards - 13 - - Y

Sophia Edwards - 12 - - Y

Matilda Edwards - 9 - - Y

[?? Linsi/Louise, a female] Edwards - 7 - - Y

Rhubin Edwards - 4 - - Y

Stephen Edwards - 3 - - Y

Enock Edwards - 6m - - Y

3 - Birmingham,St Chad's Cathedral, Parish Records
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1843

When born - When baptized - Person baptized - Father - Mother - - Godfather - Godmother - Mini[ster]

Sep 24th 1836 - March 5th - Reubhen Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

Sep 15th 1838 - March 5th - Stephen Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

Novr 10th 1840 - March 5th - Andrew Enoch Edwards - John - Sarah Reynolds - conj[ugal] - - Susannah Grants - John M[?]

4 - John Edwards 1844

Superintendent Registrar's District - Birmingham

Registrar's District - Saint George Birmingham

1844 DEATHS in the District of Saint George Brmingham in the County of Warwick

No - When Died - Name and Surname - Sex - Age - Rank or Profession - Cause of No - Death - Signature, Descrption, and Residence of Informant - When Registered - Signature

177 - Seventh of September 1844 at 1 Court New Summer Street - John Edwards - Male - 49 years - Mill Wright and Engineer - Consumption - X the mark of Sarah Edwards Widow present at the Death 1 Court New Summer St - Twelfth of September 1844 - Thomas Sansom Registrar

5 - UK 1851 Census - 30th March 1851
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Sarah EDWARDS - Head - W - 39 - F - Mangler - NK-Shr

Matilda EDWARDS - Daur - U - 19 - F - Dress Maker - Birmingham-War

Reubin EDWARDS - Son - U - 15 - M - Gun Percussioner - Birmingham-War

Stephen EDWARDS - Son - - 13 - M - Gun Percussioner - Birmingham-War

Enoch EDWARDS - Son - - 11- M - Errand Boy - Birmingham-War

6 - Ash - Edwards 1853

1953 Marriage Solemnized at St Peter & St Paul's Church in the Parish of Aston in the County of Warwick

No - When married - Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of Marriage - Father's Name and Surname - Rank or Profession of Father

124 - November 20th

John Ash - 33 - Widower - Gun Finisher - Duddeston - John Ash - Optician

Sophia Edwards - 24 - Spinster - - Duddeston - John Edwards - Machinist

Married in the Parish Church of Aston according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Geo Peake Vicar

This marriage was solemnized between us John Ash, Sophia Edwards in the Presence of us Edwin Eddington, Matilda

7 - Edwards - Eddington 1854

1854 Marriage solemnized at the St Phillips Church in the Parish of Birmingham in the County of Warwick

No: 191

When married - August 27th

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

Elwin Eddington - 22 - Bachelor - Painter - Church Street - William Eddington - Painter

Matilda Edwards - 21 - Spinster - - Bread Street - John Edwards - Engineer

Married in the Parish Church of St Phillip's according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me Charles Heath Lecturer

This marriage was solemnized between us: Elwin Eddington, Matilda Edwards in the Presence of us, Sarah Edwards, X the mark of Herritage

8 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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REUBEN EDWARDS

Male

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Marriages:

Spouse: MARY ANN NEWEY

Marriage: 13 MAR 1859 Saint George, Birmingham, Warwick, England

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Source Information:

Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:

M041781 1830 - 1875 0588402-4 Film NONE

Sheet: 00

9 - Birmingham St Georges

1859 Marriage solemnized at St George's Church in the Parish of St George Birmingham in the County of Warwick

198 - 13th March 1859

Reuben Edwards - 22 - Bachelor - Chandelier Maker - Great Russell Street - John Edwards - Millwirght

Mary Ann Newey - 21 - Spinster - - GReat Russell Street - Charles Newey - Shoe Maker

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me Robert Stephenson Curate

This marriage was solemnized between us

Reuben Edwards

The Mark X Mary Ann Newey

in the presence of

Henry Case

The Mark of X Elizabeth Newey

10 - UK 1861 Census - 7th April 1861

Reuben Edwards - Head - Mar - 24 - Candalier Maker - Warwickshire, Birmingham

Mary Ann Edwards - Wife - Mar - 21 - - Warwickshire, Birmingham

John Edwards - Son - - 1 - - Warwickshire, Birmingham

11 - UK 1861 Census - 7th April 1861
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Reuben Edwards - Head - Mar - 24 - Chandalier maker - Warwickshire Birmingham

Mary Ann Edwards - Wife - Mar - 21 - - Warwickshire Birmingham

John Edwards - Son - - 1 - - Warwickshire Birmingham

12 - UK 1861 Census - 7th April 1861
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Reuben Edwards - Head - Mar - 24 - Chandalier maker - Warwickshire Birmingham

Mary Ann Edwards - Wife - Mar - 21 - - Warwickshire Birmingham

John Edwards - Son - - 1 - - Warwickshire Birmingham

13 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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Author: LDS. Publishing Info: This information has been reproduced with explicit permission of LDS

First name(s) Thomas

Last name Wilcox

Name note -

Marriage year 1862

Marriage date 09 Nov 1862

Marriage place Aston Juxta Birmingham

Spouse's first name(s) Emma

Spouse's last name Fisher

Spouse's age -

County Warwickshire

Country England

Record set England Marriages 1538-1973

14 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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Author: LDS. Publishing Info: This information has been reproduced with explicit permission of LDS

First name(s) Reuben

Last name Edwards

Name note -

Marriage year 1866

Marriage date 29 Apr 1866

Marriage place Birmingham

Spouse's first name(s) Emma

Spouse's last name Wilcox

Spouse's age -

County Warwickshire

Country England

Record set England Marriages 1538-1973

15 - Edwards - Parker

1867 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Birmingham in the County of Warwick

No: 83

When married - November 10th

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

Enoch Edwards - 24 - Bachelor - Button tool maker - Church Street - John Edwards - Millwright

Emelia Parker - 24 - Spinster - - Colmore Row - Edward Parker - Jeweller

Married in the Parish Church of St Phillip's according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me Wm Easer, Rector

This marriage was solemnized between us: Enoch Edwards, Emelia Parker in the Presence of us, Matilda Eddington, Elwin Eddington

16 - UK 1881 Census - 3rd April 1881

William Hill - Head - Mar - 43 - Brass Caster - Worcester Selly Oak

Emma Hill - Wife - Mar - 38 - Dress Maker - Warwick, Birmingham

Thomas I Wilcox - Son - Unm - 15 - Gun Smith - Warwick, Birmingham

Ellen Edwards - Daur - - 12 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Walter C Edwards - Son - -- 10 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Ralph E Edwards - Son - 5 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

17 - UK 1881 Census - 3rd April 1881

William Hill - Head - Mar - 43 - Brass Caster - Worcester Selly Oak

Emma Hill - Wife - Mar - 38 - Dress Maker - Warwick, Birmingham

Thomas I Wilcox - Son - Unm - 15 - Gun Smith - Warwick, Birmingham

Ellen Edwards - Daur - - 12 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Walter C Edwards - Son - -- 10 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Ralph E Edwards - Son - 5 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

18 - UK 1871 Census - 2nd April 1871
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Reuben Edwards - Head - Mar - 32 - Chandilier maker - Warwickshire Birmm

Emma Edwards - Wife - Mar - 28 - Dress maker - Warwickshire Birmm

John Edwards - Son - - 11 - Errands Boy - Warwickshire Birmm

Henry Edwards - Son - Unm - 9 - Scholar - Yorkshire Kimberworth

Eliza Edwards - Daughter - - 7 - Scholar - Warwickshire Birmm

Reuben Edwards - Son - - 5 - Scholar - Warwickshire Birmm

Ellen Edwards - Daughter - - 2 - - Warwickshire Birmm

Walter C Edwards - Son - - 3m - - Warwickshire Birmm

Thomas Willcox - Adopted son - - 5 - - Warwickshire Birmm

19 - UK 1881 Census - 3rd April 1881

William Hill - Head - Mar - 43 - Brass Caster - Worcester Selly Oak

Emma Hill - Wife - Mar - 38 - Dress Maker - Warwick, Birmingham

Thomas I Wilcox - Son - Unm - 15 - Gun Smith - Warwick, Birmingham

Ellen Edwards - Daur - - 12 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Walter C Edwards - Son - -- 10 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

Ralph E Edwards - Son - 5 - Scholar - Warwick, Birmingham

20 - UK 1881 Census - 3rd April 1881
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Reuben EDWARDS Head W Male 45 Birmingham Manufacturers Clerk

Ann HICKEN House Keeper W Female 50 Aston, Warwick, England Housekeeper (Dom)

21 - Edwards - Hedges 1897

1897 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Erdington in the County of Warwick

189 - Twentieth December 1897

Enoch Edwards - 57 - Widower - Licensed Victualler - Short Heath Road Erdington - John Edwards (deceased) - Mill Wright

Florence Ethel Hedges - 21 - Spinster - - 122 St Mark's Road, Ladwood, Birmingham - Albert Hedges - Surgeon (Retired)

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by License by me F S Swindell MA, Vicar

This marriage was solemnized between us Enoch Edwards, Florence Ethel Hedges

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