Thursday, February 21, 2008


I've been doing a bit of digging into Wing brickmaker Lawrence FAULKNER's origins. I was trying to link him back to the earlier Faulkners circa 1800 - while I don't know that there is a connection, I've at least figured out who he was, maybe!

He was a bit of a mystery as he's living with his grandparents George and Jane CHAPPEL in 1881, then just with widowed Jane in 1891 and 1901 (by which stage he's 24). I couldn't find a baptism for him in Wing, or a direct link between the Faulkners and Chappels.

However I suspect he is the Laurance Boyd Faulkner whose birth is in the GRO registers in the September 1876 quarter. From there it is a short hop to further suspect he may be the son of Lawrence Boyd Faulkner and Mary Ann B CHAMBERLAIN who married somewhere in the Birmingham registration district a couple of years earlier. And there is a marriage between a George Chappel and a Jane Chamberlain in the Leighton Buzzard district in 1871. All supposition at this stage of course, but it looks promising!

The question that has me pondering now, is why was Lawrence jnr living with his grandmother? Lawrence snr and wife Mary Ann are still alive and well and living in Walsall Staffordshire in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census (which also advise that Mary Ann was born in Leighton Buzzard while Lawrence was a Londoner), and the couple have further sons who are at home with them.

If there's anyone out there connected to this family, I'd love to hear from you.


Anonymous said...

Hello there,
I am very much connected to this family. We're the Birmingham side. My grandmother was cousin to the Wing Lawrence Boyd Faulkner. Her father William Joseph Faulkner was brother to the Walsall Lawrence Boyd Faulkner. WJ's father was also Lawrence Boyd Faulkner and that's the London connection. The family moved with the gun trade from Enfield to Birmingham. Eldest son of the eldest son always being named Lawrence Boyd. I can go back to 1840. Don't know how LBF who was also one of the principle barge hauliers on the Grand Union came to be in Wing as a child, although Mary Ann Chamberlain (mother) was from Leighton Buzzard. Would love to know how the 'Lawrence Boyd' came to be...

Alex said...

Thanks for posting (and emailing me) - I believe it was Lawrence's son (yes also called Lawrence Boyd Faulkner) who worked on the canals.

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