The Life Of Charlotte Vaughan – 1833-1902

“Remember me in the family tree
My name, my days, my strife;
Then I’ll ride upon the wings of time
And live an endless life.”

–Linda Goetsch

As I fill this tiny corner of the inter-web with my ramblings and the life stories of our ancestors, the true meaning of family, really could not mean more to me than in this chapter of my life.
And as I think ahead to the future generations, l hope that our own history, will be remembered and honoured as we honour and remember the souls who built our foundations.
Our names, other peoples memories of us, legal and social documentation are all we leave behind us, so we have to do our upmost to leave behind the best picture of ourselves as we strive to make the best life possible for ourselves, and for the generations to come.
I sincerely hope that when, all is said and done and I am no longer of this world, that I leave something behind that my descendants will marvel over and that they will be proud to call me their family. That they will know, I did my upmost to not let the past generations be forgotten.
This alone is one reason why, it is so very important for me to document the lives of my ancestors and why my Sister In-Law Sarah, and I, work incredibly hard to bring you, this series, The Life Of ………, through documentation.

Today we travel back through time to visit the life of Charlotte Vaughan, my husbands, paternal, 3rd Great Grandmother.
Before we step back through time, heres a little information about the surname Vaughan.

Vaughan and Vaughn are surnames, originally Welsh, though also used as a form of the Irish surname McMahon. Vaughan derives from the Welsh word bychan, meaning “small”, and so corresponds to the English name Little and the Breton cognate Bihan. The word mutates to Fychan(Welsh: [ˈvəχan]) which literally means “small”, but also “junior” or “younger”. It can also be used as a first name Vaughan (given name).
The Vaughan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vaughan families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,292 Vaughan families living in London. This was about 12% of all the recorded Vaughan’s in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Vaughan families in 1891.

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Vaughan. 8% of Vaughan men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Vaughan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Below are the top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Without further ado I give you,

The Life of Charlotte Vaughan, 1833-1902.

It was the year 1833, King William IV was on the throne, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston was Foreign Secretary, it was the 11th Parliament and Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (Whig) was Prime Minister. The Royal College of Music opened in London with George Grove as first Director, two Clan na Gael dynamite bombs explode in the London Underground, injuring several people. The next day Home Secretary William Vernon Harcourt drafts 300 policemen to guard the Underground and introduces the Explosives Bill, An explosion at the Local Government Board, Charles Street, Mayfair (Westminster) causes over £4,000 worth of damage and some minor injuries to people nearby. A second bomb at The Times newspaper offices in Queen Victoria Street, London did not explode, a rush for treats results in 183 children being asphyxiated in a concert hall in Sunderland which became known as the Victoria Hall disaster and Charlotte Vaughan, was born, to William Vaughan and Mary Vaughan nee Biddlecomb, in Dibden, Hampshire, England.
Dibden is a small village in Hampshire, England, which dates from the Middle Ages. It is dominated by the nearby settlements of Hythe and Dibden Purlieu. It is in the civil parish of Hythe and Dibden. It lies on the eastern edge of the New Forest in a valley, which runs into Southampton Water.

The census gives her birth year and location as, 

1841 Census – 1834 Hampshire
1851, 1861 and 1871 Census – 1834 Dibden.
1881 Census – 1833 Fawley.
1891 and 1901 Census – 1833 Dibden.

Charlotte, was christened on Sunday the 15th of September 1833, at The Parish Church of All Saints, Dibden, Hampshire, England.

The church of All Saints, which was built about 1291, was destroyed in an air raid on 20 June 1940. It was restored and reopened on 2 April 1955 using much of the original material.Buried in the churchyard are members of the Lisle family, Royalists who fought against Monmouth in the Battle of Sedgemoor.

Jumping forward 8 years to 1841, the year that, a fire at the Tower of London destroys its Grand Armoury and caused a quarter of a million pounds worth of damage. The Great Western Railway was completed throughout, between London and Bristol and, the United Kingdom Census was held, the first to record names and approximate ages of every household member and to be administered nationally.
It was taken on the eve of Sunday the 6th June 1841.  It shows that, Charlotte was residing at, Frostland, Fawley, New Forest, Hampshire, England, with her parents, William and Mary and Siblings, Lavinia and William. Her father William was working as a Bricklayer, possibly a junior bricklayer.

Fawley is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England. It is situated in the New Forest on the western shore of the Solent, approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) south of Southampton. Fawley is also the site of Fawley Refinery, operated by ExxonMobil, which is the largest facility of its kind in the United Kingdom. The decommissioned Fawley Power Station is also located less than a mile to the south east of the village.

Jumping forward to 1851, the year, Florence Nightingale‘s father allows her to return to the Institution of Protestant Deaconesses at Kaiserswerth in Germany for 3 months of nurse training, the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in the Crystal Palace, Hyde Park, London is opened by Queen Victoria and the United Kingdom Census 1851 is the first to include detailed ages, date of birth, occupations, and marital status of those listed. The population of the UK is revealed to have reached 21 million. 6.3 million live in cities of 20,000 or more in England and Wales and such cities account for 35% of the total English population. Uniquely, this census also counts attendance at places of religious worship. As part of the legacy of the Great Irish Famine, the population of Ireland has fallen to 6,575,000 – a drop of 1.6 million in ten years.
On Sunday the 30th March 1851, that census was taken, which shows Charlotte, her parents William and Mary, and siblings Levina, William, Eliz, Silva and James residing in the Village of Dibden, Dibden, New Forest, Hampshire, England.
William was still working as a bricklayer. Eliza and Silva were attending school.

The following year, Charlotte married Richard Blake, a 26 year old, Gardener, from Nursling, Southampton, Hampshire, son of Thomas Blake, a Gardener, and Mary Blake nee Rose, at The Parish Church of All Saints, Dibden, Hampshire, on Sunday 25th of July 1852 when she was 19 years old. Their witnesses were William Meslen and Maria Biddlecomb. Their Fathers were named, Thomas Blake, a Gardener and William Vaughan, a Bricklayer.

It wasn’t long until Charlotte was in the family way and in the June Quarter of 1853, she gave birth to her first born son, in the Romsey district of Hampshire. They named him Henry Blake.

The census’s gives his birth location as Nursling, Hampshire.
Henry was christened on the 26th June 1853, at Nursling, Hampshire, which most likely would have been held at, Saint Boniface Church.

Henry went on to marry, Mary Ann Rhoda Powell, daughter of Henry and Mary Ann Powell.

In the June quarter of 1855, Charlotte was once again pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, whom they called Jane Blake. Jane was born in the Romsey district of Hampshire. The census’s give her birth location as Nursling, Hampshire.
Jane was christened on the 24th of June 1855, at Nursling, Hampshire.

A few years later, Charlotte gave birth to their second Daughter, in the Romsey District. They named her, Mary Emily Blake. Mary was born in the July to September quarter of 1857. The census’s give her birth location as Nursling, Hampshire.

A few years later their Son, Robert, was born between the months April and June 1860. Robert was born in the South Stoneham district of Southampton, Hampshire. The census’s give his birth location as Freemantle or Millbrook.
Robert was christened on the 1st July 1860, in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire.

A few short months later, the world welcomed in the year 1861, the year the first steam-powered merry-go-round was recorded, in Bolton, storms damage the Crystal Palace in London and cause the collapse of the steeple of Chichester Cathedral. American Civil War broke out, leading to Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861–1865). The British government resolves to remain neutral in the American Civil War. HMS Warrior, the world’s first ocean-going (all) iron-hulled armoured battleship was completed and commissioned and United Kingdom census was held on Sunday the 7th of April 1861. The population is more than double that of 1801.
The census documents that, Charlotte, her husband Richard and their children, Henry, Jane, Mary Emily and Robert were residing at, Number 4 Posts Front, 2, Winchester Road, Millbrook, South Stoneham, Hampshire, England. Richard was working as a Agricultural Labourer and their oldest Son, Henry was attending school.

Charlotte was soon in the family way again and gave birth to a baby girl in the January to March quarter of 1863, in South Stoneham district of Hampshire. They named her Kate Blake.
The census’s give Kates, birth location as Freemantle, Millbrook and Southampton.
Kate was Christened on Sunday the 19th of April 1863, in Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire.
Kate went on to marry, William Cooper, a Dock Labourer.

On Monday the 2nd of May 1864, while Richard was working as a labourer in a saw mill, Charlotte gave birth to a baby boy, whom they named Albert Blake. Albert was born at Fremantle, Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, England.
Charlotte registered his birth on the 26th May1864. She signed with an X.

Charlotte and Richard, baptised Albert, on the 26th of June 1864, in Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, England.

Baby Albert, heartbreakingly, died on, Monday the 13th of February 1865, at Number 3, Coleman Court, Southampton, Hampshire, when he was 9 months old. He died from, Bronchitis. (two months.)
Charlotte was present and registered his death on, Tuesday the 14th February 1865.

Charlotte, Richard and family, laid Albert to rest on Thursday the 16th of February 1865, at Southampton Old Cemetery, Hill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, in Row N, Block 83, Number 12, internment number 18614.
Albert is buried in a mass grave with 45 other babies, which is located on the left hand side of the main carriageway.

Fast forward to the January to March quarter of 1868, Charlotte and family were residing at, Devonshire Place, Shirley Road, Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, England. Richard is working as a Labourer in a timber yard and Charlotte was heavily pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl on Monday the 14th of December 1867, at their home in, Devonshire Place, Shirley Road, Millbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, England They name her, Edith Blake.
Charlotte registered her birth on the 14th January 1868.
Edith was christened on the 7th June 1898, in Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire.
Edith is my hubby’s 2nd Great Grandmother. I hope to share her life with you at a later date. 

Two short years later, it is possible that Charlotte may have been in the family way again. I found a birth index for a John Blake, born in the January to March quarter of the year 1870. His Mothers maiden name is Vaughan and he was born in South Stoneham. (The right district).

However John doesn’t show up in any census’s and I haven’t been able to find a death index as of yet. Is he their son? If so I wonder what his story is? I have to do a little more digging. (Watch this space.)

It was soon time to celebrate the new year. I wonder what hopes, dreams and resolutions Charlotte had thought about, as the family entered the year 1871.
1871 was the year that, Parliament passed the Bank Holidays Act creating four annual bank holidays (five in Scotland), the first bank holiday was held on Whit Monday. The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria. The Nine Hours Strike began on Tyneside in favour of a shorter working day; employers capitulate after 14 weeks. Princess Louise married John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne,  and of course the census in the United Kingdom, was taken, which was the first to record economic and mental status.
It was taken on, the eve of Sunday the 2nd of April 1871, and shows, Charlotte, Richard and their children, Henry, Jane, Mary Emily, Robert, Kate and Edith, were residing at Queen Street, St Mary’s, Southampton, Hampshire, England. Richard and Henry were working as Labourers.

Between April and June 1874, Charlotte gave birth to a son, whom they named, Alfred George. Alfred was born in the Southampton district of Hampshire. The census’s give his birth location as Southampton.
He was  Christened on the 27th of January 1875 in Southampton.
Alfred went on to marry, Eliza May Cook.

Information gets a bit sparse as we only have the census to go off for a while, sorry. 

Jumping forward a few years to 1881, Victoria was on the thrown, it’s was the 22nd parliament,  William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) was the  Prime Minister. Antagonism between the Salvation Army and supporters of the licensed trade became so great that the Riot Act was read and troops were called in to restore order. Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury, became the Conservative leader in the House of Lords, following the death of Benjamin Disraeli. And of course it was the year of the census in the United Kingdom. It was reported the two-thirds of the population were urbanised, one-seventh live in London.  
The 1881 census, was taken on the eve of Sunday the 3rd of April 1881. It documents that, Charlotte, Richard and their children, Kate, Edith and Alfred George, also their Granddaughter, Lille L Blake, were all residing at Number 1, Osborn Cottage, St Mary’s, Southampton, Hampshire.
Richard was working as a General Labourer, Charlotte, a General Labourer wife and Edith and Alfred were both scholars.
Young Alfred was using his middle name George, as his name.

Jumping forward 10 years, to 1891, Queen Victoria was still monarch, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative) was now Prime Minister. The FA Cup quarter final in English Association football, a goal is deliberately stopped by handball on the goal line. An indirect free kick is awarded, since the penalty kick, proposed the previous year by William McCrum, has not yet been implemented. This event probably changes public opinion on the penalty kick, seen previously as ‘an Irishman’s motion. February was the driest month in the EWP series with an average of only 3.6 millimetres (0.14 in). The Great Blizzard of 1891 in the south and west of England leads to extensive snow drifts and powerful storms off the south coast, with 14 ships sunk and approximately 220 deaths attributed to the weather conditions. Elementary Education Act abolishes fees for primary schooling, and once again it was the year of the census in the United Kingdom. It’s reported that 15.6 million people live in cities of 20,000 or more in England and Wales and cities of 20,000 or more account for 54% of the total English population. The number of Welsh speakers in Wales is recorded for the first time and constitutes 54.4% of the population.
More importantly to us, Charlotte, Richard and their sons, Robert and George aka Alfred George, were residing at, Number 32, Osbourne Terrace, Bridge Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England, on the eve of the census, Sunday the 5th of April 1891. It shows that Richard was a Porters Labourer, Robert was a Labourer and George was a Porter for a Fishmonger.

On Tuesday the 1st of March 1898, Charlottes world was turned upside down, when her husband Richard, died, at Number 32, Bridge Road, Southampton, Hampshire, England.
He died from, Senile Decay and Asthenia.
His daughter In-law Mary Ann Rhoda Blake nee Powell, was present and registered his death on the 2nd March 1898.

Richard was laid to rest at Southampton Old Cemetery, Hill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire on Saturday the 5th of March 1898, in Row N, Block 151, Number 34, interment number 61995.

In the year 1901, Queen Victoria is reported to be seriously ill.
Queen Victoria dies at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, on the 22nd January. She is 81 years old and has served as monarch for nearly 64 years – longer than any other British monarch in history up to this date. Her eldest son, The Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales becomes King, reigning as Edward VII. His son, The Prince George (later George V) becomes Duke of Cornwall and York.
The funeral of Queen Victoria took place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on the 2nd February.

The Factory and Workshop Act raises the minimum working age to twelve years and extended legislation regarding the education of working of children, employee’s meal times, and provision of fire escapes. Edwina Mountbatten, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, née Ashley, daughter of Lord Mount Temple, was born on the 28th November.  Later in life, she inherited the country seat of Broadlands, Hampshire, from her father. She married Louis Mountbatten. The first UK Fingerprint Bureau was established at Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police headquarters in London, by Edward Henry. And we can’t forget The 1901 UK Census was held.  It confirmed the number of people employed in manufacturing is at its highest-ever recorded level and that Charlotte was residing at 4 Russell Court, St Mary, Southampton, Hampshire, England, on the eve of Sunday the 31st of March 1901. She was living off her own means.

Unfortunately Charlotte Blake nee Vaughan life came to an end, on Tuesday the 21st of October 1902, at Southampton Incorporation Infirmary, Shirley, Southampton, Hampshire, England, Charlotte died from Apoplexy, at the age of 70. Jas Hindshaw, the chief resident officer at the Incorporation Infirmary, registered her death on the 22nd October 1902.

Union Infirmary, Shirley Warren – In 1899, the Southampton Guardians decided to erect a separate union infirmary at Chilworth Road (now Tremona Road), Shirley Warren, to the north-west of Southampton. The site chosen was deliberately chosen to be large enough to also accommodate a new workhouse should that ever be required. The new infirmary was designed by AF Gutteridge and the building contractor was H Cawte. The foundation stone was on March 6th, 1900, by Charles Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Guardians. The hospital was opened in 1902.

The hospital design was based on the typical pavilion-plan layout of the period with a administration block at the centre, linked by covered ways with two female pavilion wards at the west and three male wards at the east. The hospital’s location and layout are shown on the 1930s map below.

According to a 1902 report by The Builder:

The administrative department contains accommodation for the committee of management, the medical superintendent, the assistant medical officer, the matron, chaplain, porter, and servants generally, kitchen department, with larders, mess-rooms, &c. Steward’s department with large general store (two storey), nurses’ dining and cloak rooms, matron’s office, store, and sewing room, dispensary, anaesthetic operating-rooms, reception wards, and clothes store for male and female patients.
The ward blocks were two storeys high and could each accommodate sixty patients. The same report in The Builder described the ward blocks as follows:

Each pavilion is provided with two staircases, and wide balconies for convalescents’ use. On the floor of each pavilion offices have been provided as follows :— Ward kitchen, with sink, range, larder, &c., bathroom, lavatory, with station for bath on wheels for patients unable to use bathroom, linen-room, day-room for convalescents, slop-sink room, and the usual sanitary accommodation, the latter being in detached sanitary towers, approached from the main buildings by means of enclosed bridges. The pavilion halls are provided with lifts for food, coal, &c., and they and the corridors are heated by hot-water coils, and the wards with central down draught hot-air ventilating stoves with large open fires. The walls throughout are finished with adamant plastering painted. All corners of rooms, ceilings, and floors are rounded

Charlotte, was laid to rest on, Saturday, the 25th of October 1902, at Southampton Old Cemetery, Hill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, England, in Row N, Block 151, Number 34, Interment Number 70365, with her husband Richard. Their daughter Edith and son Robert were later buried with them.

Charlotte Vaughan 1833-1902
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”


A huge thank you to Bruce for taking the time to find Caroline, Samuel and James burial and for visiting them and photographing them for me. You are one of the good ones and I wish more people had your incredibly kind heart.

I have brought and paid for all certificates throughout,
Please do not download or use them without my permission.
Thank you.

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