52 Ancestors – Dina/Dinah Townend

30 May

Dinah Townend is my GGGG Grandmother daughter of Titus Townend and Mary Ambler. I have found out a couple of new things about her recently, she seems to be calling for me to add her to the blog, so here is her story.

Dinah was born in 1785 in Skelmanthorp, she is described as a bobbin winder on the 1841, 1851 and 1861 censuses. She remained unmarried throughout her life but in 1841 is living with daughter Jane (another unmarried mother) and Grandsons Henry and Sam (my GG Grandfather), in 1851 Dinah is still living with Henry and also with a son William, aged 42. In 1861 she is still working as a bobbin winder and is living with her 22 year old Grandson Henry, who is a coal miner.

Dinah had three children William born 1807 a fancy weaver who remains unmarried then Jane born 1818 who eventually married George Senior and had several more children. I only discovered her third child recently, son William is lodging with a Mary Shaw in 1871, records show that Mary was illegitimate and a Townend prior to marriage, I have found records of Dinah having a daughter Mary baptised in 1826 although according to all the censuses Mary was born in 1822  (which seems more likely given Dinah’s age) and makes it likely she shares the same father as Jane and simply got baptised when she was four. I think William must be from an earlier relationship.

Just recently I discovered a record of a Dina Townend in the West Riding House of Correction for “not performing her contract”, she was sentenced for one month and her conduct in prison was good; we also get her description, 5ft 5 (tall for then), grey eyes, brown hair and fresh complexion. I am sure it is her as there are no other Dina or Dinah Townends or Townsends (seem interchangeable) in the area.

Prison record Dinah Townend

Dinah Townend in West Riding House of Correction

Perhaps the fresh complexion was a sign of good health because she lived until the ripe old age of 82 (approximately) and died in 1867.

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Posted by on May 30, 2014 in genealogy, family history


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