On 16th December 1849 my husband's great-great-grandparents, Richard Penn and Mary Ann Manuel, were married in the parish church of St George in the East, Stepney, London.
Richard was the oldest son of Richard and Ann Penn and at the time of his marriage he was aged sixteen years. Mary Ann was two years older and the marriage certificate records them as being "minors".
Richard and his father were umbrella makers and the family lived in Watney Street, Stepney, East London.
Mary Ann was the second child of Joseph and Kezia Manuel who were both born in Dorset in the 1790s. They moved to London and in 1841 lived in Jubilee Street, Stepney. Joseph was employed as a warehouseman. By the time of the marriage, the Manuels also lived in Watney Street and Joseph was employed as a Foreman in the London Docks.
Two years after the marriage, in 1851, Richard and Mary Ann lived with Richard's parents and his grandfather, also an umbrella maker, in Whitecross Street in the St. Giles, Cripplegate area of the City of London.
Richard and Mary Ann had two children. Their daughter, Kezia, was born in 1851 and their son, another Richard, was born three years later.
By 1861 Richard and Ann had moved to live at Higham Hill Common in Walthamstow and their grandchildren, Kezia and Richard, lived with them. My attempts to track Richard and Mary Ann have so far proved inconclusive and my speculation is that they both died and their children were brought up by the grandparents.
The parish church of St George in the East where Richard and Mary Ann were married is a beautiful Hawksmoor church that some how survived the London Blitz. Check out my blog at Writing a Family History: Parish Churches for some more photographs.
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