Miscellaneous  

My maternal ancestry

Relation Married Name Maiden Name Husband Born Married Died
Mother Kate Dorothy PLANK BARTON George PLANK 1910
Brighton, Sussex
1940
Brighton, Sussex
1971
Brighton, Sussex
Grandmother Edith Emily BARTON FOGDEN Henry Robert BARTON 1879
Brighton, Sussex
1900
Steyning, Sussex
1940
Brighton, Sussex
Great-
Grandmother
Sarah Ann FOGDEN OLDING William Edward FOGDEN 1849
Berkley, Somerset
1878
Brighton, Sussex
1934
Brighton, Sussex
2x Great-
Grandmother
Sarah OLDING SLADE John OLDING 1819
Frome, Somerset
1840
Frome, Somerset
1878
Berkley, Somerset
3x Great-
Grandmother
Sarah SLADE CLARK John SLADE 1786
Frome, Somerset
1817
Frome, Somerset
?
4x Great-
Grandmother
Eleanor CLARK HOBBS John CLARK ? 1786
Frome, Somerset
?

 

Kate Dorothy PLANK (nee BARTON)

My mother was one of 7 girls born to Henry Robert BARTON and Edith Emily FOGDEN prior to the first World War.  The first two, Anne Emily & May Alexandra, never married.   Three of the sisters, including my mother, married in 1940.  Unlike during Victorian times the seven BARTON sisters only had six children between them.  Henry survived the first World war where he was a cook and looked after the horses.  He was stationed in France.  He was a labourer who worked for Brighton Corporation most of his working life.  When I was a boy I remember my mother working at a cafe in one of the arches on Brighton's seafront between the Palace Pier and the West Pier.  She enjoyed this job.  Mind you this is probably where I got my aversion to jellied eels!

Edith Emily BARTON (nee FOGDEN)

Edith was one of 6 children born to William Edward FOGDEN and Sarah Ann OLDING.  William was variously described as a waterman (in his younger years) and labourer.  They were both members of the Salvation Army in Brighton (William carried the flag) but, frustratingly, no mention of either can be found in the Army's records.  Edith married Henry Robert BARTON at Steyning Register Office in 1900 - presumably because she was 8 months pregnant and Steyning, while well away from Brighton, was easy to reach by train.  Edith's death certificate in 1940 had the cause of death as "Due to war operations".  On the afternoon of 14th September 1940 she was at the Odeon Cinema in Brighton.  At 3.30 pm there was a German air raid where at least one bomb hit the cinema.  She was one of 2 adults and 4 children who were killed.

Sarah Ann FOGDEN (nee OLDING)

Sarah was one of 9 children born to John OLDING, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah SLADE, at Berkley (near Frome) in Somerset.  In the 1870s, when she was in her 20s, Sarah left Somerset and moved to Brighton.  She was following in the footsteps of her sister, Lucy OLDING, who had made the same journey 5-10 years earlier.  Lucy had married Edmund FOGDEN in 1870.  Sarah then married William Edward FOGDEN, Edmund's son from his first marriage, in 1878.  As mentioned above Sarah & William were both in the Salvation Army but I do not know if they met there or through Sarah's sister.  One of Sarah's brothers also left Somerset.  After a period in the 3rd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards (Wellington barracks in London) Frank OLDING became a domestic coachman in Kensington (London).

Sarah OLDING (nee SLADE)

Sarah was one of 2 children born to John SLADE, a weaver, and Sarah CLARK, at Frome in Somerset.  While SLADE is quite a common name in Somerset I do not know where John's family come from.  Certainly it does not appear to be Frome.  Her brother, John SLADE, was not baptised until the age of 11 by which time his father was dead.  Sarah married John OLDING at Frome in 1840 but they settled and raised their family at Berkley.

Sarah SLADE (nee CLARK)

Sarah was one of at least 5 children born to John CLARK and Eleanor HOBBS at Frome in Somerset between 1786 and 1803.  I do not know anything more about her father's family.  Sarah married John SLADE at Frome in 1817.  I do not know what happened to her after the death of her husband in 1832.

Eleanor CLARK (nee HOBBS)

Eleanor married John CLARK at Frome, Somerset, in 1786.  They raised their family at Frome.  There is the record of the burial of an Elenor CLARK at Frome in 1803.  Could this be her?