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John Charles Stephen Elkins & Alice Gaunt
Great Grandparents
Husband:
  John Charles Stephen Elkins
Born:
  1877
in:
  Oswego County, New York, North America
Christened:
  10 February 1878
in:
  Westbury, Wiltshire
Marriage:
  December 1903
in:
  St Neots, Huntingdonshire
Died:
  12 May 1948
in:
  Stagsten
     
Father:
 
Mother:
 
     
Occupation:
  Gardener in Private Gardens
 
Wife:
 
Alice Gaunt
Born:
  1873
in:
  Eynesbury, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire
Died:
  23 July 1961
in:
  Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
     
Father:
 
Mother:
 
     
Occupation:
  Domestic Servant (prior to marriage)
 

John Charles Stephen Elkins was born in 1877 in Oswego County, New York, America but lived there for only a few months before his parents came back to Wiltshire, England. He was the second of seven children, his older sister Harriet also being born in America. The 1881 census states Harriet was born in North America, Mexico, Oswego County (which is in the state of New York), but unfortunately John's exact birth place is not so clear and the town is very difficult to decipher. It looks like Rattilla or Ratvilla, but I've found no such place in Oswego. Just to make it more confusing, the 1911 census states he was born in Winnipeg, Canada! His father Luke worked as a Labourer in private gardens.

John worked as a Gardener in private gardens all his life. In 1901 he was visiting friends in Leicester, Leicestershire. At some point he must have traveled to Huntingdonshire where he met Alice. They moved around a lot after that from Surrey to Huntingdonshire to Buckinghamshire and finally Bedfordshire.

Alice Gaunt was born in 1873 and was the second of five children. Before marrying she worked as a Parlour Maid. Family rumours hinted that she was quite high up in her career, but census records show differently, although maybe things changed inbetween 1901-03. Her father William worked as a Bricklayer.

(top) John, Louise, Daisy, John,
(bottom) Alice, Kathleen & Helen
John & Alice Elkins
John Elkins
Alice Elkins (nee Gaunt)

Children
John and Alice had six children, my Grandmother being the third. Their first child died very young and seems his birth was never registered. No-one knew about him until a few years back when his death certificate was discovered.

1
Name:
 
John Elkins
M
Born:
 
1904
in:
Unknown
 
Died:
 
1904
in:
Unknown

John died as a very young baby and was never spoken about. The 1911 census shows John and Alice had five children, one of whom had died (their sixth child was born in 1912).

2
Name:
 
Louise Elkins
F
Born:
 
14 March 1905
in:
St Neots, Huntingdonshire
 
Marriage:
 
August 1931
in:
Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
Reginald Burley (1906-1966)
 
Died:
 
28 October 1986
in:
Stagsden, Bedfordshire

Lou and Reg had one child.

  1. Margaret (Peggy) D Burley (b.1932), married Herbert Arthur Wildman.
Reg & Lou's wedding, 1931

3
Name:
 
F
Born:
 
15 October 1906
in:
Englefield Green, Windsor, Surrey
 
Marriage:
 
6 April 1931
in:
Biddenham, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
 
Died:
 
22 November 1972
in:
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Daisy and Cecil, my Grandparents, had two children - see details.

Cecil and Daisy's wedding, 1931

4
Name:
 
John William Elkins
M
Born:
 
19th November 1907
in:
St Neots, Huntingdonshire
 
Marriage:
 
1937
in:
Mulborough, Wiltshire
 
Spouse:
 
Elsie Rose Sloan (1899 - 1978)
 
Died:
 
1976
in:
St Albans, Hertfordshire

John and Elsie never had children.

John and his sister Daisy (my grandma)

5
Name:
 
Helen Lucy Elkins
F
Born:
 
16 October 1909
in:
Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
 
Marriage:
 
20 July 1940
in:
Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
Stanley Laughton (1906-1984)
 
Died:
 
1971
in:
Bedford, Bedfordshire

Helen and Stan had one adopted daughter.

  1. Hazel Laughton (b.1946), married Alan Dennison.
Stan and Helen's wedding, 1940

6
Name:
 
Kathleen Elkins
F
Born:
 
1912
in:
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
 
Marriage:
 
1939
in:
Bedford, Bedfordshire
 
Spouse:
 
Frank William Dowdeswell (1914-2003)
 
Died:
 
1943
in:
Cardington, Bedfordshire

Kathleen sadly died late into her first pregnancy in 1943 aged 30. Frank remarried two years later to Phyllis M Pentecost but always kept in contact.

Kathleen Elkins
Census Information

John Charles Stephen Elkins:

  • 1881: Scholar (age 3) - Son - Beers Mill Cottage, Westbury, Wiltshire
  • 1891: Garden Boy: Private Garden (age 13) - Son - Chalford, Westbury, Wiltshire
  • 1901: Gardener: Domestic (age 24) - Visitor - 239 Milligan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire


Alice Gaunt:

  • 1881: Scholar (age 7) - Daughter - Montague Street, Eynesbury, Huntingdonshire
  • 1891: Cook: Domestic Servant [for Secretary] (age 17) - 31 Blozbury Road, Fulham, London
  • 1901: Parlour Maid: Domestic Servant [for widow Living on Independent Means] (age 27) - The Beacon, Chevening, Kent

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