George William Underwood, 18191890 (age 71 years)

Name
George William Underwood
Occupation

The person who took the census got confused and got the places of birth wrong for the two children. It was William George Underwood who was born in Gloucester, and Ann Maria Underwood who was born in Bridgwater.

Occupation

(George William Underwood was born at Atworth, Wiltshire in 1819)

Note

George William Underwood 1819–1890

George William Underwood was baptised at Atworth, Wiltshire on 30 May 1819 under just the first name of George Underwood.

His parents were John Underwood born in 1794 and Ann Underwood (nee Stone) who married at Atworth in 1813 (at that time Atworth was part of the parish of Bradford on Avon).

As he was baptised with the single name of George, it is possible that he took on the second name of William in memory of his younger brother who was born in 1813. There is no proof of this as yet as the date of death of his younger brother is unknown.

George William Underwood appears to have lived all his adult life in the South West of England, mostly in Dursley, Gloucestershire, and usually just used his first name of George.

He married three times

He married Maria Lane in Gloucester in 1840 and they had four children

Children with Maria Lane

  1. William George Underwood, b.1841 Gloucester Union
  2. Ann Maria Underwood, b.1844 Bridgwater Union
  3. John James Underwood b.1849 d.1849 Gloucester Union
  4. Fanny Underwood b.1850 d.1850 Gloucester Union

Maria Lane died in 1850, and a year later in 1851 he married Matilda Curtis in Dursley Parish Church on 9 March 1851. The Bans of Marriage describe them both as residents of the parish. The Parish Marriage Register give Matilda Curtis' father as William Curtis, and the witnesses in the Register are William Curtis and Sarah Curtis. It is probable that Sarah Curtis was the step mother of Matilda Curtis, as subsequent census returns estimate Matilda Curtis date of birth as 1832 whilst her 'mother's' age is estimated as 1821 which is only 11 years earlier.

Children with Matilda Curtis

  1. George Thomas Underwood, b.1852 Gloucester
  2. John Henry Underwood, b.1853 Gloucester
  3. Orlando Underwood, b.1856 Clifton, Gloucestershire
  4. Octavious Underwood, b.1857 Dursley, Gloucestershire
  5. Rosa Matilda Underwood, b.1860 Dursley, Gloucestershire
  6. Sarah Charlotte Eugene Underwood b.1862 Dursly, Gloucestershire
  7. Florence Jane Underwood b.1863 Dursly, Gloucestershire
  8. Eliza Kate Underwood b.1865 Dursly, Gloucestershire
  9. Alice Curtis Underwood b.1867 Dursly, Gloucestershir
  10. Arthur Underwood b.1869 Dursley, Gloucestershire
  11. Laura Mary Underwood b.1871 Dursley, Gloucestershire

Matilda Curtis died aged 41 at Dursley in 1873, and in 1881 he married Sarah Curtis, the step-mother of his second wife. They had no children.

At the time of the 1841 census he was working as an agricultural labourer and he and his first wife were living with two elderly widows. They had four children together but two of those children died the same year in which they were born, John James Underwood in 1849 and Fanny Underwood in 1850. Maria Lane herself died in the Gloucester Workhouse in 1850.

The Dursley Census of 1851 shows him living with his new wife, together with the two remaining children from his first marriage, William George Underwood born in 1841, and Ann Maria Underwood born in 1844. His occupation is given as a train driver.

Subsequent census records in 1861, 1871, and 1881 show him remaining in the same location, and in the same job as a train driver. Some children were never shown on the census returns as they were born and died between a census.

By the time of the 1881 Census, his his mother in law and father in law were living with him and his surviving children at Dursley. His father in law die in 1881 and George William Underwood then married for a third time to his mother in law, Sara Curtis, the step-mother of his late wife who was the same age as he was.

He died at Dursley, Gloucestershire in 1890.

REFERENCES

1819 Birth Atworth Chapel, Bradford, Wiltshire Baptism Register 1819 George Underwood Baptised 30 May Parents: John and Ann Underwood, Abode: Atworth, Labourer

1840 Marriage (First Marriage) UK Marriage Index 1840 Gloucester, volume 11, page 467 Underwood George William Lane Maria

Hempstead Parish Church Bans 1st Bans – Sun Sept 6th 1840 2nd Bans – Sun Sept 13th 1840 3rd Bans – Sun Sept 20th 1840

Hempstead Parish Church Register 4 October 1840 George William Underwood, of full age, bachelor, labourer. Residence: Sudbrook in the hamlet of Little Worth. Father’s name: John Underwood (farmer or foreman – hard to read) Maria Lane, minor, spinster. Residence: Sudbrook in the hamlet of Little Worth. Father’s name: John Lane.

1841 UK Census Parish of Bradford, Wiltshire

  • Ann Stone, aged 95, widow, born Wiltshire.
  • Miriam May, aged 75, widow, born Wiltshire.
  • George Underwood, aged 20, Agricultural Labourer, born Wiltshire.
  • Maria Underwood, aged 15, born Wiltshire.

1851 Marriage (Second Marriage) UK Marriage index 1851 Dursley, Jan-Mar, vol 11, page 349 Underwood George Curtis Matilda,

Dursley Parish Church 1851 9 March George Underwood, of age, Widower, Engineer, Residence Dursley, Father Deceased Matilda Curtis, minor, Spinster, - , Residence Dursley, Father, William Curtis, Labourer Witnesses: William Curtis and Sarah Curtis

1851 UK Census HO107Piece1962Folio323Page27 Barton St Mary, Lower Barton:

  • George Underwood, Head, married, aged 32, Engine Driver, born Atworth, Wiltshire.
  • Matilda Underwood, Wife, aged 20, born Bath.
  • William George Underwood, Son, aged 9, Scholar, born Bridgwater, Somerset.
  • Ann Maria Underwood, Daughter, aged 7, Scholar, born Gloucester.

In the above census, the person taking the census got confused and got the places of birth wrong for the two children. It was William George Underwood who was born in Gloucester, and Ann Maria Underwood who was born in Bridgwater.

1861 UK Census Parish of Dursley. Railway House:

  • George Underwood, Head, married, aged 42, Railway Engine Driver, born Atworth, Wiltshire.
  • Matilda Underwood, Wife, Married, aged 29, born Bath, Somerset.
  • Annie Maria Underwood, Daughter, unmarried, aged 17, Rope Maker, born Bridgwater, Somerset.
  • George Underwood, Son, aged 9, Scholar, born Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
  • John H Underwood, Son, aged 7, Scholar, born Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
  • Orlando Underwood, Son, aged 5, Scholar, born Bristol, Gloucestershire.
  • Octavius Underwood, Son, aged 2, scholar, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.
  • Rosa Matilda Underwood, Daughter, aged 1, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.

1871 UK Census RG10Piece2494Folio9Page9 44 Lower Mills, Dursley

  • George Underwood, Head, married, 51, Railway engine driver, born Atworth, Wiltshire.
  • Matilda Underwood, wife, married, 39, born Bath, Somerset.
  • George Underwood, Son, unmarried, 19, Gardener, born Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
  • Octavious Underwood, Son, 13, scholar, born Dursley Gloucestershire.
  • Rosa Underwood, Daughter, 11, scholar, born Dursley Gloucestershire.
  • Eugene Underwood, daughter, 9, scholar, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.
  • Kate Underwood, daughter, 5, scholar, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.
  • Alice Underwood, daughter, 3, scholar, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.
  • Arthur Underwood, son, aged 1, born Dursley, Gloucestershire.
  • ... Underwood, daughter, 3 weeks, born Dursley, Gloucestershire

1881 UK Census Parish of Dursley.
House: Lower Mills.

  • George Underwood, head, widower, 60, born: 1821 Atworth, Wiltshire. Engine Driver.
  • Rosa M Underwood, daughter, single, 21, born: 1860, Dursley. Invalid.
  • Eliza K Underwood, daughter, single, 15, born: 1866, Dursley. Dressmaker.
  • Alice C Underwood, daughter, single, 13, born: 1868, Dursley. Scholar.
  • Arthur Underwood, son, single, 11, born: 1870, Dursley. Scholar.
  • Laura M Underwood, daughter, single, 10, born: 1871, Dursley.
  • Sarah Curtis, mother in law, married, 60, born: 1821, Wick, Glouc. Houskeeper.
  • William Curtis, father in law, married, 71, born:1810, Dursley

1881 Marriage (Third Marriage) UK Marriage index 1881 Chipping Sodbury, Gloucesteshire, Oct-Dec, vol 6a, page 405 Underwood, George Curtis, Sarah

Marshfield Parish Church, Gloucestershire Banns Register 1881 George Underwood, Widower in the Parish of Dursley Sarah Curtis, Widow of this Parish Sunday 25 September Sunday 2 October Sunday 9 October

Marshfield Parish Church, Gloucestershire Marriage Register 13 October 1881 George Underwood, age 62, Widower, Locomotive Engine Driver, Residence: Dursley. Father: John Underwood, Labourer Sarah Curtis, aged 60, Widow, Residence: Marshfield. Father: William Owen, Labourer

1890 Death UK Death Index 1890 Apr-June Dursley, Gloucestershire, volume 6a, page 210 Underwood George William Aged 70

POSSIBLE CONFUSIONS

The above GEORGE Underwood was born at ATWORTH, Wiltshire, and his parents JOHN Underwood and ANN Underwood (nee Stone) were married at ATWORTH in 1813.

He is NOT the GEORGE Underwood born at POTTERNE, Wiltshire, whose parents JOHN and ANN Underwood were married at POTTERNE in 1810.

The two George Underwood's are listed at different places in both the 1841 and the 1851 census.

At the 1841 UK Census George Underwood from ATWORTH is listed living with his wife.
The George Underwood from POTTERNE is listed still living with his parents.

At the 1861 UK Census George Underwood from ATWORTH is listed with his wife and children. The George Underwood from POTTERNE is still listed with his parents.

POSSIBLE CONFUSIONS

*Atford, Wiltshire and Atworth, Wiltshire are the same place!

For clarity and continuity reasons, the word Atworth is prefered.

The following information is taken from the home page of the Atworth Village Website http://www.atworth.org.uk/

The famous mapmaker and cartographer John Speed (1552 - 1629) shows Atworth on his maps of Wiltshire, but it is named as "Atford". Later, in 1773, the mapmakers Andrews and Dury, published a map of Wiltshire in which Atworth appeared as both "Atford" and as "Attworth".

The "At" component of the name has been associated with the word "oat", which may imply a role in the service of grain markets of the time.

When or where there may have been a ford in the village seems not be known at present.

By the time the Ordnance Survey produced its first maps in the early 19th century, the village was almost exclusively referred to as "Atworth".

George William Underwood 1819–1890

Family with parents
father
17941824
Birth: 1794
Death: 1824Atworth, Wiltshire, England
mother
Death:
Marriage
Marriage: January 21, 1813Bradford, Wiltshire, England
10 months
elder brother
1813
Baptism: November 7, 1813Atford, Bradford, Wiltshire, England
Death:
6 years
himself
18191890
Birth: 1819Atworth, Wiltshire, England
Death: 1890Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
5 years
younger brother
1823
Christening: June 15, 1823Atworth, Wiltshire, England
Death:
Family with Maria Lane
himself
18191890
Birth: 1819Atworth, Wiltshire, England
Death: 1890Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
wife
18231850
Birth: 1823Wiltshire, England
Death: 1850Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Marriage
Marriage: 1840Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
21 months
son
18411925
Birth: September 23, 1841Gloucester Union, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1925Islington, London, England
3 years
daughter
18441915
Birth: 1844Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Death: 1915Stockton on Tees, Durham, England
6 years
son
18491849
Birth: 1849Gloucester Union, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1849Gloucester Union, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
2 years
daughter
18501850
Birth: 1850Gloucester Union, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1850Gloucester Union, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Family with Matilda Curtis
himself
18191890
Birth: 1819Atworth, Wiltshire, England
Death: 1890Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
wife
18311873
Birth: 1831Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1873Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Marriage
Marriage: March 9, 1851Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
22 months
son
18521925
Birth: 1852Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1925St Pancras, London, England
2 years
son
18531907
Birth: 1853Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1907Islington, London, England
3 years
son
18551924
Birth: December 19, 1855Bristol, England
Death: 1924St Pancras, London, England
22 months
son
18571934
Birth: October 19, 1857Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1934Basford, Derbyshire, England
2 years
daughter
18591938
Birth: 1859Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1938Stroud, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
3 years
daughter
18621880
Birth: January 9, 1862Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Burial: September 7, 1880Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
2 years
daughter
18631868
Birth: 1863Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1868Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
3 years
daughter
1865
Birth: July 4, 1865Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death:
2 years
daughter
1867
Birth: July 29, 1867Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death:
3 years
son
18691906
Birth: 1869Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1906Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, England
2 years
daughter
1871
Birth: March 13, 1871Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death:
Family with Sarah Owen
himself
18191890
Birth: 1819Atworth, Wiltshire, England
Death: 1890Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
wife
1821
Birth: 1821Wick, Bristol, England
Death:
Marriage
Marriage: 1881Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, England
William Curtis + Sarah Owen
father-in-law
18091881
Birth: between 1809 and 1816Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: 1881Dursley, Gloucestershire, England
wife
1821
Birth: 1821Wick, Bristol, England
Death:
Marriage
Marriage: April 16, 1838Dursley, Gloucestershire, England