Monthly Archives: February 2015


Thomas BRENNAN was born in about 1863 in Sunderland, Durham, the son of Peter and Ann (née WRIGHTSON).

On the 1871 Census, Thomas was living at 37 High Southwick with his parents, older sisters Margaret, Maria and Ann, and younger brothers Robert and Peter.

By 1881, Thomas’s father has died, and Ann, Thomas, Robert and Peter have moved to 11 Double Row in Hylton, Durham.

Thomas married Georgi(a)na HARRISON in Gateshead in 1884.

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

Ilkeston is a town within the Borough of Erewash, in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the River Erewash, from which the local borough takes its name. Its population at the 2001 census was 37,550. Its major industries were traditionally coal mining, iron working and lace making / textiles, but these have all but disappeared in the last few decades.

The town is close to both Derby and Nottingham and is near to the M1 motorway. Although Ilkeston lies within Derbyshire, it is closer to Nottingham than it is to Derby. The eastern boundary of Ilkeston is only two miles from Nottingham’s western edge. Ilkeston is considered by the Office for National Statistics to be part of the Nottingham Urban Area.

Sheffield, Yorkshire

Sheffield (i/ˈʃɛfiːld/) is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 551,800 (2011 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.

Paulina GREEN

Paulina GREEN was born in 1849 at Sheffield Union Workhouse, the daughter of Thomas aka John* GREEN and Sarah (née O’LOUGHLIN, later PIKE).

On the 1851 Census, Thomas and Sarah were listed at Spring Street in Sheffield, with Sarah’s two sons Joseph and William Pike, Paulina’s older sister Sarah, two lodgers, James and Jane Broadhurst, and a child named Sarah Plumpton who is listed as granddaughter to the head of the household.

By 1861, Sarah has apparently died – Thomas remarried to a Naomi O’BRIEN the previous year – and the family are living at Maltravers Road in Sheffield.  Joseph is now listed as a Green, Sarah is not with her father but there is also an 8yr old son of Thomas called James, and a 40yr old boarder named Matthew Green who is possibly a brother of Thomas’s.

Paulina married John CHAMBERS in 1870 in Sheffield.

* Paulina’s father’s name is given as Thomas across all censuses, but he is named as John on her marriage certificate.


John CHAMBERS was born in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, in about 1849. He was the son of the rather wonderfully named Thomas Mordecai Sherwin Chambers and Charlotte (née SMITH, poor girl!).

He is featured on the 1851 census as the youngest child with three SMITH lodgers, who I believe to be Charlotte’s brother, sister-in-law and nephew, and his older sisters Sabina and Mary.

In the 1861 he is still living with his parents in Ilkeston, along with his sister Mary and 4 younger siblings – Hannah, Thomas, Samuel and William.

He married Paulina GREEN in 1870 in Sheffield. In 1871 the newly married couple were living in what looks to me like Hayle (or Hazle?) Road in Attercliffe-cum-Darnall and  their first child John Thomas arrived the following year.

By 1881, John and Paulina had moved to Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and were living at 112 Potter Street.

In 1891, they were back in Yorkshire, at West Bank in Hoyland.

By 1901, they were still in Hoyland, on Broad Street, where they remained in 1911, at number 3, which went on to be the home of their grandson (Mary Ethel’s son) Albert Lodge. I didn’t know this at the time, but after Albert died, the wake took place at 3 Broad Street.

Tonna, Glamorgan

Tonna (Welsh: Tonnau) is the name of a village and a coterminous electoral ward and community in Neath Port Talbot, Wales, located to the north-east of Neath town, of which it is effectively a suburb. Once mainly agricultural fields, the name derives from the archaic Welsh tonnau, meaning grassland and not, as is sometimes assumed, the modern Welsh for “waves”. Some areas of pasture remain.