Kezia Parker is my Great Great Grandmother, she was born in Anneseley, Nottinghamshire in 1839. It appears that her mother Sarah, a washer woman was a single mother, although on her marriage certificate Kezia lists a deceased father, William Parker a gardener.
In 1841 she is living with her mother, Grandmother and Uncle Joseph.
Kezia appears twice in the 1851 census, I can only presume there was some confusion as to where she was on that particular night. On one return she is listed with her married sister Martha Osbourne Martha’s husband Luke and their children John, Elizabeth and another Kezia. On another census she appears again with her mother Sarah, Grandmother Kezia and Uncle Joseph but with the addition of younger children, Elizabeth and John, John is Kezia’s brother and I presume Elizabeth is her sister but on the census she is simply listed as Granddaughter to Kezia so I can’t be certain.
In 1861 Kezia now aged 21 has left home and is working as a general servant for a William Hardstaff and his family.
Kezia married George Kenyon on 24th December 1868 at St John’s Church, Sheffield, witnesses were William Hand and Mary Fox.
In 1871 we find Kezia married to George Kenyon and they are parents to one year old Annie and are living in Dinnington, Yorkshire.
Kezia died in 1878 giving birth to her fourth daughter another Kezia, or Auntie Kezzie as my mother remembers her. The other daughters were Ada (who ended up living in London after a period as lady’s maid to Lady Leontine Sassoon in Brighton) and Alice my Great Grandmother.