|The Wright Family of Redhill and their Family Bible|
|This scan of a family bible and the photo of its writer and her husband, who lived at 8, Ladbroke Cottage, Redhill, as well as other material, was very kindly sent by Mike Smith of Jersey as they form a part of the history of Redhill.|
|The bible and its owner, Lizzie Wright, with her husband Jabez (pictured c1896-8)|
|The entries on the left hand page read: -|
Clara Wright born at ½ past 10 Saturday morning 10th Feb 1866
|The entry on the right hand page reads:|
St Matthew's Mother's Union group. The Rev Henry Brass (far left at the back) was vicar 1862-1904 so the picture must date from between those years. The Rev Brass would have been well known to Lizzie and it was quite posibly he who presented the bible to her.
Mike says: -
The map shows Ladbroke Cottages between Ladbroke Road (made 1860) and the main London-Brighton Railway line. Very close to Redhill town centre they were built by the Redhill and Reigate Cottage Improvement Society at about the same time as the road. Some seem to have been demolished and how they were numbered has not yet been discovered, so which one was Jabez and Lizzie's home is not known.
This is the entry for the first ten cottages from the street directory for 1899. Jabez is shown at no.8. There is also a Miss Wright at no.5. She was probably unrelated to Jabez's family.
(Map, photo and street directory Alan Moore)
|Marriage certificate of Jabez and Lizzie (Jessie)|
|Engine driver Jabez was married to Jessie Taylor at St John's Church, Redhill, by the Rev. Henry Gosse on October 29th 1865. Jabez's father was William Wright, a shoe maker, and Jessie's father was William Taylor, an upholsterer. (Certificate courtesy Mike Smith)|
| Jabez Wright was the son of a shoe maker and lived with a large family in a small worker's cottage at Ratby in Leicestershire. He was still at home at the age of 14 but left soon after (1851 census) to work with one of the railway companies, probably as an engine cleaner, then was a locomotive fireman and later an engine/locomotive driver. He must have been working and living on the railways because he missed out on the next 1861 census. But in 1865 he got Lizzy Taylor pregnant and 5 months later on the 29th October 1865 was married at Redhill Surrey. Here he set up home for the next 20 odd years and had eleven children. They were pretty poor as his daughters left home at the age of 13 or 14 to work as servants, and one was sent to live with his brother William and his wife|
Clara Wright, Lizzie and Jabez's firstborn, married Walter Johnson at the Wandsworth Rrgister Office and had a daughter, Muriel. After the death of Walter Johnson Muriel came to live with Lizzie and Jabez in 1901 while Clara worked as a cook elsewhere. Jabez died August the 12th 1908, leaving a widow and, as far as I know, nine surviving children, and was buried at Manor Park Cemetery on the east side of London.
Clara Wright c1910
|(Certificate courtesy Mike Smith)|
Muriel Johnson, daughter of Clara Wright. She was born in Redhill on 29th September 1897. She moved to Jersey with her mother, Clara, and in 1923 married Ernest Albert Smith. But it turns out that Ernest also came from Redhill as the cutting from a Jersey newspaper testifies. This was at first thought to be a possible reporting error but the marriage certificate for Ernest's parents below shows them as being resident in Redhill at the time of their marriage at Nutfield Parish Church.
Muriel Johnson c1910
(Photo and cutting courtesy Mike Smith)
|(Certificate courtesy Mike Smith)|
|Brief family tree showing those with known Redhill connections in red|
|Mary Reddy (photo courtesy Mike Smith)|
Information regarding John (Jack) Wright (6th child of Lizzie and Jabez)
|Many thanks to Mike Smith who made this addition to the 'Families of Redhill' page possible|
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