Parents and family
Birth assumed to be about 1797 and near Great Canfield, Essex, on the basis of his Christening.
Christened on 15 Oct 1797 at Great Canfield, Essex.
Childhood and education
Unknown before marriage.
On 26 NOV 1821 one Witham EASTER married Sarah Maria CASS in Wanstead, Essex, England. I take this to be Witham's marriage.
1823 their daughter Sarah Maria EASTER was born. Sarah married Charles
James ARNOLD on 20 Aug 1842, Christ Church, Marylebone. She died
on 5 Feb 1911 in Long Gully, Victoria, Australia.
About 1824 their daughter Mary Ann EASTER was born.
On 21 Jan 1827 a daughter Phoebe EASTER was Christened by Witham and Sarah EASTER at St Mary's, Walthamstow, Essex
On the 1841 Census he is listed at Wood Street Walthamstow, at which time the family comprised:
- Witham EASTER, 45, Ag Lab, born in county
- Mary EASTER, 24, , born in county
- Phoebe EASTER, 13, , born in county
- James EASTER, 5, , born in county
- William EASTER, 3, , born in county
- Elizabeth EASTER, 1 [a blot makes it look like 7], , born in county
- Mary EASTER, 17, F[emale].S[ervant]., born in county
It is as yet unclear whether the elder Mary EASTER was a daughter or a second wife.
Last Will and Testament
In the March quarter of 1848 there is a registration in
West Ham district for the death of a William EASTER (Vol 12, pg 222).
This may represent a
transcription error, as there are no other likely candidates. Then in
Dec Quarter 1849 one Mary EASTER married Henry
(the marriage registeration would seem to be in Poplar, Vol 2, pg
On the 1851 Census Henry and Mary are listed in Wansted with several
EASTER children shown as Henry's sons and daughters in law (I have come
across other older records where stepchildren are referred to in this
manner). The eldest, James, William and Elizabeth, equate reasonably well to Witham's children of
the same names, as listed in the 1841 census.
- Henry ROBINSON, Head, married, 29, Ostler, Essex, Chigwell,
Mary ROBINSON, wife, married, 30, Charwoman, Essex, Walthamstow
James EASTER, son in law, 14, Labourer, Essex, Walthamstow
William EASTER, son in law, 12, Ag Labourer, Essex, Chingford
Elizabeth EASTER, daur in law, 10, Middlesex, Clapton
John EASTER, son in law, age 9, scholar, Essex, Walthamstow
Harriet EASTER, daur in law, age 5, Essex, Barkingside
Charles EASTER, son in law, age 3, Essex, Wanstead
the age of the youngest son and the date of the marriage it appears
that Mary was a second wife and that Witham died in 1848 or 1849,
following which his wife re-married.
Descendants and notable relations
To be continued...