The Wilkes side (1850-1900):
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Again, all of this information was gained from looking at the online available census records, sending off for the marriage certificates, and monumental inscriptions from Castleford cemetery. My great-uncle Jack, my grandad's brother, was able to show me the original birth-certificate of Polly Wilkes (his mother Elsie's sister) which gave me the names of her parents and enabled me to find them in 1901.
Elsie Wilkes was the third child of John Thomas and Eliza Wilkes. She was born on
Her elder brother was John Thomas Wilkes who was born in 1900 in
In 1901 John Thomas was working as a coal miner driver underground living at 68 Walsall Street,
In Castleford cemetery, John Thomas Wilkes' grave says that he died in 1916. He was recorded as a miner (deceased) on the marriage certificate of his daughter Polly Wilkes to William Haigh. Sometime after 1916, Eliza Beatrice Wilkes remarried, becoming Eliza Beatrice White, marrying Jack White. His MI in Castleford cemetery says that he died in 1933, Eliza living until 1954.Prior to 1899, John Thomas Wilkes was living with his parents Samuel and Susannah Wilkes in
The parents of John Thomas Wilkes
His father, Samuel Wilkes was born on
Samuel Wilkes married Susannah Baggott on
Samuel worked as a coal miner between 1871 and 1901, living at
Samuel Wilkes in 1871
Samuel Wilkes in 1881
(Wood Lane, West Bromwich)
Samuel Wilkes in 1891 (GeorgeSt, West Brom)
(this census entry was over two pages)
Samuel Wilkes in 1901 (George St, West Brom)
Samuel stayed and worked in West Bromwich, even after his son John Thomas Wilkes had left to Castleford, presumably to find more coal mining work.