In 1849, Mary Ann Manuel was married to Richard Penn of the umbrella making dynasty mentioned before.
Mary Ann was born in Poplar, East London in 1830 but her father came from Dorset. He appears to have been one of the many thousands of people who left rural areas and went to London to seek their fortunes. He was Joseph Manuel who was born in Steeple, Dorset in 1793.
By 1824 he had re-located to Bethnal Green, East London where he married Mary Ann's mother, Kezia Trenchard, in St. Matthew's Church.
By 1841 Joseph and Kezia had three children (George, Mary and Kezia) and they lived in Jubilee Street, Stepney, East London. Joseph was employed as a warehouseman.
In 1861, Joseph and Kezia were living in the home of their son George who by this time had married and had four children of his own. Joseph was now employed, along with George, in the London Docks.
Whether Joseph ever went home to Steeple, Dorset is an unknown. Today, Steeple is a tiny hamlet with a population of less than 100, a few miles from Swanage in Dorset. Known locally as 'Stiple' the church, ironically, has no steeple although it claims to be an originator of the stars and stripes of the American flag. A stone panel at Steeple carries the initials of Edward Lawrence, who died in 1616. They are identical with those on the signet ring of George Washington, the first President, and in both cases derive from the marriage of Edmund Lawrence of Creech Grange and Agnes de Wessington in 1390.
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