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Henry Hingston = Agnes Stephenson

Married 3 March 1877, Edgbaston Cong. Chapel1

Henry Hingston:

Born 19 January 1840, Bigbury2

Baptised 14 February 1840

Died 1924, Cheltenham

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Henry in about 1910

Henry left Devon as a young man and is reputed to have gone to Tasmania. It was said by his grandson TWH that he returned to Devon to try his hand at farming, went broke as an ironmonger in the Seven Dials area of London, and was working as a clerk at Nettlefolds engineering firm in Birmingham at the time of his marriage. Later, probably in the 1890's, he went abroad again, certainly to New Zealand and possibly elsewhere, repeatedly returning home to see his family, before returning to die in 1924. A H Crispin, who himself emigrated to the USA, believed that he had settled in California so he may also have gone there.

He was always hoping to 'make his fortune'; TWH believed that he had squandered one in his youth, and the proceeds from the sale of the Ashford farm in 1891 also disappeared, presumably spent on these expeditions. We should note that TWH could not get the full story, and Henry's inheritance may not have been very great. It is always accepted that the loss of his elder brother, grandfather and father within a short period in his early teens must have been traumatic, and it would have been very difficult for him to run the farms in Devon.

Agnes Stephenson:

Alias Agnes Hingston (3 March 1877)

Born 21 November 1850, Birmingham3

Died 10 December 1904, Harborne4

Buried Harborne Parish Church


Howard Andrew Hingston = Ann(ie) May Watson5 > Family

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Howard as a young child

Married 11 October 1911, Barrow-in-Furness6

Howard Andrew Hingston:

Born 21 September 1877, Smethwick7

Baptised 1 March 1886, St John's East Harborne8

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Howard in about 1910

Died 29 May 1946, Grange-over-Sands

Occupation: Engineering Draughtsman

Howard began work at Tangye's as an office boy at a tender age, and described in the 1901census as a mechanical engineer, in which year he moved to Vickers shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness as an engineering draughtsman. He remained there until he retired in 1943.

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Howard in 1945

Ann(ie) May Watson:

Alias Ann(ie) May Hingston (11 October 1911)

Born 19 December 1883, Ulverston

Died 27 December 1961, Stockport, Manchester

Occupation: nurse

Annie (as she was consistently known throughout her life) was working as a dressmaker at the time of the 1901 census, but was determined to escape the shackles of home life and insisted on training to become a nurse allegedly for that reason. She is said to have shown equal insistance in finding a husband, but she made a success of both and ended her working life running a nursing home at Grange over Sands.

Mary Beatrice Hingston = E Taylor > Family

Mary Beatrice Hingston:

Alias Mary Beatrice Taylor

Born 19 March 1879

Baptised 1 March 1886, St John's East Harborne, Birmingham

Died 1 October 1908, Coventry9

E Taylor:

Died ABT 1909

William Hingston

Born 2 August 188010

Died 29 June 1881

Annie Gertrude Hingston

Alias Annie Gertrude Mitchell

Born 7 May 1882

Baptised 1 March 1886, St John's East Harborne

m Robert Mitchell and had two children.

Known as Gertrude. At the 1901 census she was working as a telegraph operator.

Winifred Hingston

Born 7 April 1885

Baptised 1 March 1886, St John's East Harborne

m. A P Laycock and had two children.

Dorothy Hingston

Born 22 August 1890

m J C Burdett, one daughter.


The family lived at various addresses in Birmingham, mainly in Harborne. At the 1881 census they are at The Hawthorns, 59 Raglan Rd and at the 1901 census at 2 Twyning(?) Rd Edgbaston. By that time Henry was abroad, but the children all still at home. After their mother's death, and with their father abroad, those members of the family still at home moved to Ulverston Lancashire to live with their brother, who supported them until they left home.


1 : Marriage certificate gives Henry as a commercial clerk of Metchley Lane Harborne, and Agnes as living at 12 Brighton Terrace Harborne

2 : letter from Henry in 1902 written on his birthday.

3 : Birth certificate. Address is 10 Islington Row Birmingham

4 : Memorial card

5 : Annie is the form she always used and appears on her marriage certificate.

6 : Marriage certificate. Married at St Paul's Church, Parish of Newbarns and Hawes.

7 : Birth certificate. Address given as Raglan Rd Smethwick

8 : From note by father

9 : Memorial card

10 : Note by Henry

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