Notes on Mrs Elsie Hammond, nee Burton
Father, Arnold Burton
Not born in Witham but came to Rivenhall as child to Hoo Hall cottage. His brother was born in Rivenhall. Worked in station maltings (later Hugh Baird) at first (including 1897 according to baptism register above). But then worked on railway and drove the van, 40 years, i.e. from age 30 to 70. Lived up Church Street. Died at 82 at Harold Wood.
Mother, Emily Elizabeth Burton (nee Caton)
Nee Emily Elizabeth Caton. Her father moved a lot for farm work. When she (Emily) was young they were in Hatfield Peverel at Whitelands farm and she went to Hatfield school. They were in a pair of cottages of which one was in Hatfield and one in Terling. She came to Witham in service, e.g. at Abrey’s or Gardner’s at 22, 24 or 26 Newland Street (not there in 1891 census). Died at 78.
Brothers and sisters
Six. Two brothers on railway.
Chipping Hill infants, Church Street, from three till seven.
Maldon Road, Board School. Left at 13; allowed to if perfect record for a year.
Baptised and married St Nicolas church (Anglican) but went to Sunday School at Congregational; mother changed to that for small reason.
Pinkham’s glove factory (1 Chipping Hill) from age of 13 to 24. Helped organise a strike for higher wages. For part of time when to Chelmsford as supervisor in a Pinkham’s factory there.
26 December 1924.
Cecil Hammond. Born July 1898. From Suffolk. Came to Witham after coming out of the army after the First World War. Was working as a shunter on the railway in Stowmarket and then got moved here.
Brought up Chipping Hill terrace, 100-134 Church Street; during that time moved within the terrace to slightly bigger house.
1924 on, after marriage, at 4 Rickstones Road, new bungalow built for them, they bought it. Then sold it.
Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, about 2 years, when moved there from Witham for work.
Rooms at Totham while Mr H working in Maldon.
1932-c.1962, rented house in Easton Road from Mr Mondy.
c.1952, bought 13 Chalks Road from Mr Mondy. Couldn’t move into it for ten years till Mrs Kidd, who was living in it, died aged 98.
Later, 11 Birch Close, bungalow adapted for Mrs Hammond’s arthritis.
Son and daughter. Son was John Hammond of 36 St Nicholas Road (died c 2004)
Extracts from relevant documents.
RG 10/1696, f.115, p.19, schedules 28 and 29, Pointwell Lane, Little Coggeshall
George Burton Head Mar 41 Coachman born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Eleanor Burton Wife Mar 41 born Essex, Great Tey
George Burton Son Unm 15 Groom born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Ellen Jane Burton Dau Unm 13 born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Henry Burton Son 6 born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Alice May Burton Dau 4 born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Samuel Burton Head Widr 73 Agricultural labourer born Essex, Little Coggeshall
RG 11/1808, f.52, p.19, schedule 105, Gate House, Rivenhall [next schedule is Hoo Hall]
George Burton Head Mar 51 Groom and gardener born Essex, Little Coggeshall
Maria Burton Wife Mar 41 born Suffolk, Rushmere
Arnold Burton Son 7 Scholar born Essex, Layer Breton
Cordy Burton Son 2 born Essex, Rivenhall
Alice Burton Dau 14 Scholar born Essex, Little Coggeshall
RG 12/1425, f.57, p.23, schedule 143, 10 The Terrace, Church Street, Witham
George Burton Head M 61 Gardener born Essex, Coggeshall
Maria Burton Wife M 51 born Suffolk, Rushmere
Arnold Burton Son S 17 Agricultural labourer born Essex, Layer Breton
Cordy[?] Burton Son 12 Agricultural labourer born Essex, Rivenhall
Catons in censuses
RG 10/1495, f.68, p.23, schedule 148, Witham [location not given, next to Rail Cottage]
William Caton Head M 49 Farm labourer born Essex, Wimbish
Eliza Caton Wife M 51 born Essex, Saling
Joseph Caton Lodger M 25 Farm labourer born Essex, Shalford
Jane Caton Lodger M 26 born Essex, Wigborough
RG 11/1809, f.142, p.17, schedule 85, Whitelands Cottages
Joseph Caton Head Mar 34 Agric lab born Essex, Shalford
Jane[?] Caton Wife Mar 35 born Essex, Wigborough
Emily Caton Dau 9 Scholar born Essex, Lt Braxted
Alice Caton Dau 5 Schoilar born Essex, Terling
Albert Caton Son 3 born Essex, Hatfield Peverel
Percy Caton Son 1 born Essex, Hatfield Peverel
[the only Catons in Witham – the ones Joseph and Jane were lodging with in 1871]
RG 12/1425, f.26, p.21, schedule 130, Maldon Road, Witham
William Caton Head M 67 Cowman born Essex, Wimbish
Eliza Caton Wife M 72 born Essex, Gt Saling
Frederick W Caton Grandson S 18 Assistant gardener Domestic born Essex, Gt Braxted
RG 12/1424, f.48, p.22, schedule 162, Ford Farm, Rivenhall
Emily Caton Servt S 19 General domestic servant born Essex, Gt Braxted
with Thomas Speakman, farmer, and family, and a governess
Marriage certificate, 1896
31 October 1896, at St Nicolas church, Witham.
Arnold Burton aged 22, bachelor, labourer, of Witham, son of George Burton, gardener
Emily Elizabeth Caton aged 24, spinster, of Witham, daughter of Joseph Caton, labourer
5 December 1897 Edith Emily Arnold and Emily Elizabeth Burton Chipping Hill Maltster labourer
15 April 1900 Elsie Agnes[?] Ditto Burton Chipping Hill Stableman
12 January 1902 Albert William Ditto Ditto Witham Carman
Register ends 1907. In any case, they switched to the Congregationalists at some stage.
1901 census returns (RG 13/1725, folio 59, page 9, schedule 59, Church Street)
Arnold Burton Head Mar 27 Railway carter (worker) born Essex, Layer Breton
Emily E Burton Wife Mar 29 born Essex, Little Braxted
Edith E Burton Dau 3 born Essex, Witham
Elsie A Burton Dau 1 born Essex, Witham