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    Edith Annie Johnson was born on 21st June 1872, Ladbroke Road, Reigate. She was baptised on 8th August 1872 Saint Matthew, Redhill, Surrey.

    I cannot find a census entry for her parents in 1871, can anyone help?
    According to her birth certificate her father Henry Johnson was a plumber.
    Edith's parents were married 16 November 1867 St Saviour, Paddington. Henry's father was Henry Thomas Johnson, Bailiff, and his wife Harriet Godfrey was the daughter of William Godfrey. Did Edith have any siblings? What happened to her parents?

    I think Edith Annie Johnson married Robert William Parker in Quarter 4, Thanet, Kent 1895, and she died Quarter 1, 1940 Thanet Kent.

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Hi
    Have you used the GRO index for births which now gives the mother's maiden name? https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro
    You have to join but it is free. Surprisingly there are quite a few births in the 1872 +/ 2 years with surname Johnson mother's maiden name Godfrey but if just looking at the registration district Reigate (the same as for Edith Annie) there is an Albert Johnson Sept 1/4 1873 then a Mary Ann Elizabeth March 1/4 1875. I can't see any Johnson/Godfrey births in Reigate before Edith's.
    What ages were given for Henry and Harriet on their marriage certificate?
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    From GRO birth registrations

    Mary Ann Elizabeth Johnson, Mar Qtr 1875, Reigate, 2a 152
    Albert Johnson, Sep Qtr 1873, Reigate, 2a 154
    Arthur Johnson, Dec Qtr 1877, Reigate, 2a 155

    All with mother's maiden name Godfrey
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    The best I can find is in 1881 RG11/799 78 p59
    Harriet Hargrave 32, plumbers wife, b Marylebone, Middlesex with children
    Edith 8, Mary A 6 & Arthur 3 all born in Reigate, Surrey.
    I can't find any of them in the Gro Index as yet

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    When Henry Johnson and Harriet Godfrey married their address was 26, Elgin Terrace, witnesses were Mary Eyres and George Heath.

    In 1871 a William Eyres was head of household at 26, Elgin Terrace, Paddington, his wife is Mary born Hemel Hempstead
    RG10; Piece: 13; Folio: 27; Page: 45

    In 1861 William Eyres has a lodger Harry Johnson age 23 (1838), plumber, born Hayes Middlesex
    RG 9; Piece: 85; Folio: 4; Page: 10

    William and Mary Eyres children Jane and James both born Marylebone 1858, and 1856 respectively had MMN HEATH.

    Perhaps the surname Heath is significant but Ive not found a connection yet
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    If you follow Harriet Hargraves from #4 through to 1901 she has with her a grandson transcribed as :
    Rd Wm A Packer age 5 .

    Could this be his birth? If so the MMN matches with Johnson!

    PARKER, ROBERT WILLIAM ARTHUR MMN - JOHNSON
    1896 S Quarter in THANET Volume 02A Page 912

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    Marriages 1895 -Thanet

    Edith Annie Johnson & Robert William Parker.

    1901 census Robert & Edith Parker with Edith M A aged 2 & Herbert E J aged 5 months living in White Hart St, Margate, Kent. Edith aged 28, born Redhill, Surrey

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    HARRIETT
    Last name GODFREY
    Birth year 1847
    Quarter 4
    District Marylebone London
    Volume 1 Page 219

    GRO cross check
    GODFREY, HARRIETT mmn -
    GRO Reference: 1847 D Quarter in MARYLEBONE Volume 01 Page 219

    1851 HO107; Piece: 1490; Folio: 327; Page: 12

    Devonshire Street, Marylebone

    James Varrell 27 Smith Maidenhead
    Mary Ann Varrell 30 Marylebone
    Harriett Godfrey 4 Nurse Child b Marylebone


    1881 as per kathNZ
    RG11; Piece: 799; Folio: 78; Page: 59
    Harriet Hargrave 32
    Edith Hargrave 8
    Mary A. Hargrave 6
    Arthur Hargrave 3
    Mary Varnell 64

    1891
    RG12; Piece: 728; Folio: 97; Page: 19;
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    Edith A Hargrave 1872 b Redhill kitchin maid

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    1861 RG 9 piece 81 folio13 p18

    James & Maryann Vernell with Harriet Vernell aged 14 are living at Devonshire St, Marylebone

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    There is a marriage

    1860 St George Hanover Sq

    James VARNELL bachelor, full age, George Street Smith father George Varnell Smith

    Mary Ann KING spinster George Street Father William King Carpenter

    KING being the surname of the visitor in 1861!

    A James VARNELL died q1 1862 Marylebone

    What is the connection with the Varnell's?

    Why the name Hargrave?

    So who are Harriett Godfrey's parents? Only by purchasing the birth certificate will you now find out! info at post #8

    Probably more qury's than we started out with

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