Kenilworth Drury Family  
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Joseph Drury
b.1798     d.1852
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Joseph was the eldest son of Joseph and Ann and was born on 1st. July 1798 (Ref:01). Joseph was a comb maker for the local woollen industry. Kenilworth was the centre of the comb making industry in the Midlands during this period, and records show that there were nine comb makers in the village during 1835, twelve in 1850, but none in 1884. The face of industry was changing rapidly at this time and mechanisation was reshaping industry, forcing these small cottage type industries out of existence. It is almost certain that this industrial upheaval was a contributory factor in the decision of Joseph's father to emigrate to Canada

Joseph's first wife was Edith, born in 1798 (Ref:17). Their date of marriage is not known, nor is her surname or where she came from.

Infant mortality was appallingly high during this period with almost half the deaths of the 1830's being those of children under the age of five. Measles, scarlet fever and pneumonia were among the major killers. Cholera was also a serious threat during the mid-19th. century and there were several outbreaks in and around Kenilworth .......... more

Marriage Details:
Joseph's first wife was Edith, born in 1798 (Ref:17). Their date of marriage is not known, nor is her surname or where she came from.
Children Details:
William c.27/12/1820m.13/04/1846d.03/09/1887
Ann * c.27/09/1826m.n/kd.04/12/1835
Edith c.28/09/1831m.n/kd.n/k
Hannah ** c.16/11/1834m.12/02/1857d.30/01/1871
James *** b.1836m.n/kd.04/07/1838

* b. 1824, christened on 27th. Sept.1826 (Ref:01).We have few details of her, except that she died aged 11 on 4th. Dec. 1835 (Ref:17) / (Ref:30) and is buried in grave 882 in St. Nicholas churchyard, together with her brother, James, and her mother and father (Ref:30)

** b. 16th. November 1834 (Ref:01). She married Charles Henry Gill, a plumber, on 12th. February 1857 when she was 23 years old (Ref:09). She is shown in the 1851 census to be living with her grandmother, Ann Sturley (Drury), in Kenilworth. Hannah was a horse groom at that time. She died on 30th. Jan. 1871 (Ref:16).

*** b. 1836. There is no record of a christening for James who died on 4th.July 1838 (Ref:17) at the age of 1yr.7mt. and is buried in grave 882 (Ref:30).

 
 

 


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