The family of Charles Wombwell and Melinda Barker

Charles Wombwell was my father's grandfather and was not, as far as I can see, known as George despite my father insisting that this was so! Mind you, he appears to have died about 30 years before my father was born.

At present, most of the information I have directly on Charles comes from census returns across the period from 1841 to 1871.

At the time of the 1841 Census Charles was 8 years old and living in Langley at Lower Green with his parents John and Sarah, and brothers William, Arthur and John.

Ten years later, in 1851, he was now aged 17, working as an agricultural labourer, still living in Langley at Water Wick, Lower Green with his parents and brothers William, Arthur, John and David. This could be at the same address as ten years earlier, simply a refinement of the address.

On 29th May 1855 Charles married Melinda Barker at Langley Parish Church.

By the time of the 1861 census he was still working as an agricultural labourer, by now aged 28. At census date he was lodging at the Bull Public House with two of his children, Charles and Maria. Another son, David, was with his grandparents, while his wife Melinda was at her father's address with the four day old James.

Ten years on, in 1871, he was still listed as an agricultural labourer, by now aged 37 and living at Butts Green, Langley with Melinda and their eight children.

Neither Charles nor Melinda are present at the time of the 1881 Census; I believe they both died some time earlier. By now the family had become fragmented and I have only so far been able to follow up some of the strands. Interestingly, in the GRO death index there is a record of a "Belinda" Wombwell having died during this period.

An aside - on his son George's marriage certificate, Charles' occupation is shewn as 'builder', although I have, as yet, no other evidence to substantiate this. It is known that some family members moved into building at a slightly later date.

Charles Wombwell                 (78)              (1834- ) 
m       Melinda Barker           (79)              (1834- )   
    |-Charles Wombwell           (274)                  (1855- )
    |-David Wombwell             (275)                  (1858- )
    |-Maria Wombwell             (276)                  (1859- )
    |-James Henry Wombwell       (80)                   (1861-1936) 
    |-George David Wombwell      (39)                   (1863-1946)    
    |-Elizabeth Wombwell         (82)                   (1865- ) 
    |-Eliza Wombwell             (81)                   (1867- )
    |-Caleb Wombwell             (83)                   (1868- )

If you have found any errors, or if you can provide me with further information, I will be pleased to hear from you. Either way you can contact me on Email

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