Charles Parkhouse married Mary Ann Heard 5 February 1860 in Taunton St James. Nine months
later, on 2 September 1860, Mary Ann died of a uterine haemorrhage after
giving birth to a female child, Elizabeth Ann, on the 2 August 1860. The
child survived to maturity and in 1881 was living, unmarried, with her
maternal grandparents in Luxborough Somerset.
On 27 August 1863,
Charles Parkhouse married again. His bride was Sarah Dominey. The ceremony
took place in the parish church of Thurlbear Somerset where their first
child, Emily, was christened in July 1864. By the time their second child,
William, was born they had moved to Puriton, Somerset, where all remaining
8 children were born and where they they remained for the rest of their
lives. They are buried , a few yards from their cottage, in Puriton
In June of 1891, the
26 year old Emily Parkhouse married a merchant seaman, James Hunter, a Canadian. They must have spent some time in Canada because their first
child, Gladys, was born there in about 1896. However their first son,
David, a year younger, was born in Puriton where Emily and James, now a
“stationary engine driver” were still living in 1901 with those two
children and a third child, one year old Edmund (Eddie).
Their last child, Rose,
was born after 1901. They subsequently moved to Ogmore Vale in Glamorgan
where they died, James in 1944, Emily in 1956. I remember calling on Emily
with my father and shaking her very arthritic hand. Other than that I have
only a memory of how her back garden rose so steeply behind the house.
It's strange to think (in the 21st century) that I shook hands with
someone who was born as long ago as 1864.
At the end of the nineteenth century there was a drift of population from the West Country
to South Wales due to the greater employment opportunities there, based on
coal. William Parkhouse, the second child of Charles and Sarah, appears to
have been the first of my paternal family to have followed the trend. He
married Emily Baker in Bridgend, Glamorgan, in the December of 1890. The
1901 census reveals that he was a coal miner in the parish of Llandyfodwg
Glamorgan. This is north of Bridgend and could well be Ogmore Vale, to
where Emily later moved.
The 1901 census also reveals that they had spent some time back in Puriton,
Somerset in the previous few years. The same trend was followed by
William’s siblings, Alfred James Parkhouse, my grandfather, and his sister
Rose, who moved to Aberkenfig and Nantymoel respectively.
Rose Cottage, Puriton, Somerset, in 1971. This is where Charles and
Sarah Parkhouse used to live.
Behind this group can be seen Rose Cottage, Puriton. Date: about 1906
Rose Cottage can be seen behind this group, taken 1904