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Emma POVEY

Female Abt 1823 - 1897  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Emma POVEY 
    Born Abt 1823  Benham, Speen, Newbury, Berkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 77317E0C0D3642DEB1F5F7FB7A7C720EA359 
    Died Mar 1897  Brentford RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • I think the reference (in the 1851 and 1861 censuses, as below) to Benham, Berks is a clue to Emma's parents. One of the families I found in the 1841 census living in Marsh Benham, Speen, Berkshire was that of William and Mary Povey. William's age was shown as 50 and his occupation ag. lab. Mary was shown as 40 and there were 6 children ranging from 15 down to Louisa, aged 2 (see 1861 census below). The name William would tie-in with the the name Emma gave as her father when she married William Semper in 1858.

      1851 census: at 15 Howley Place, Paddington, London, Emma PERVEY (sic) (28, servant, born Benham, Berks) and Harriet PERVEY (sic) (26, servant, born Newbury, Berks) were servants in the home of Mrs J J A GIRDWOOD (53, physician's wife) and her daughters E A (22) and Mary S (20).
      Emma was probably the daughter of William and Mary POVEY who lived in Benham, Speen, Berks at the time of the 1841 census. The identity of Harriet hasn't been established.

      1861 census: at 11 Howley Place, Paddington, Emma POVEY (unmarried), (38, cook, born Benham, Berks) and Louisa POVEY (unmarried, 22, housemaid, born Benham, Berks), were servants with the GIRDWOOD family (as in 1851 as far as Emma is concerned, and despite the fact that Emma had married in 1858).
      Louisa POVEY was probably Emma's sister - she appeared with William and Mary POVEY in the 1841 census, aged 2.

      1871 census: at 20 Richmond Street, St Marylebone, London, Emma SEMPER (head, widow, 68 (sic - should be 48), born Newbury, Berks) and Agnes POVEY (niece, 15, born Newbury, Berks).
      Emma's age is very wrong and I suspect Agnes's age is also wrong. She might have been the Agnes whose birth was registered at Newbury in Q4 1842, in which case her parents would have been John POVEY and Sarah nee WATTS. Agnes appeared in the 1881 census, aged 38, born Speen, Berks, a domestic servant in a boarding house for Dulwich College sudents in High Street, Dulwich, London.

      Emma married John Thomas BROWNE in 1879. They appeared in the:
      1881 census: in High Street, Hanwell, Middlesex (both BROWNE), J.T. (head, married, 76, cordwainer, born Chiswick, Middlesex) and Emma (wife, 60(?), born Speen, Berks).

      1891 census: in High Street, Hanwell, Middlesex (both BROWNE), John T. (head, married, 86, cordwainer, born Chiswick, Middlesex) and Emma (wife, 70, born Newbury, Berks).
      These two names are followed by another entry in the same household, which looks like "volf", widow, 76, born Cripplegate, London.

      John T Browne's death was registered in Q4 1891, and Emma's (as Emma BROWN) in Q1 1897, both at Brentford RD.
    Person ID I60  Thanet (2), Kent
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2019 

    Family 1 William SEMPER,   b. 15 Apr 1834, Bath, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1867, Westminster RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 19 Oct 1858  St Mary's, Marylebone, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • William Semper, full age, servant of 49 Shouldham Street, father Edward Semper, trunk maker. Emma Povey, full age, spinster of 49 Shouldham Street, father William Povey, servant. Both signed. Witnesses George Harbord Gyton and Mary Ann Minter.
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F20  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Thomas BROWNE,   b. Abt 1802, Chiswick, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1891, Brentford RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1879  Parish Church, Hanwell, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Married after banns. John Thomas Brown, 75, widower, postman of Hanwell, father Charles Browne (deceased), shoemaker. Emma Semper (59, widow of Hanwell, father William Povey (deceased), veterinary surgeon. Both signed full names. Witnesses Richard Burnham, Louisa Briant.
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F85  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index, aged 77, Q1 1897 Brentford 3a/38. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S7] London Metropolitan Archives at Ancestry.co.uk, October 2009 and later.

    3. [S3] BMD index, Q4 1879 Brentford 3a/117. (Reliability: 3).