Sophia Tredwell (1814-1873)

Sophia (my gt.gt.grandmother) born in 1814 first married Thomas Bourne in 1833 in Hadzor and had 3 children. Thomas possibly brother to Joseph Bourne who married Sophia`s younger sister Mary – see below).

Elizabeth (b. 1833) Cannot find her in 1841 but  in 1851  is a visitor aged 17 with her cousin Helen Ruth Tredwell aged 3 at Knights Hill, Surrey. Elizabeth married Henry Worton Elliott a metal manufacturer in 1855 and had 4 children, 1. Elizabeth Helen (b. 1857 m. 1890 Percy John Beauchamp Payne). Elizabeth and Percy had one daughter Elizabeth Margaret who in 1918 married Henry Wilkes  – they had a daughter Faith.  2.  Henry John (b. 1859 m. 1883 Annette Elizabeth Mary Barnett). Henry and Annette had 7 children: Henry Ernest, Lorna Elizabeth, Edward Lawrence, Arthur Cedric (possibly lived in Queensland, Australia 1930/36), Richard Derrick, Philip and William. 3. Alice Maud (b. 1861 m. 1894 Francis McLure Payne) and Margaret Isabel (b. 1863 m. 1891 Charles Walters)4. Margaret and Charles had 3 sons, Charles, Edgar and Kenneth.  Henry  Snr acted as executor to the Wills of Elizabeth`s uncles John and Thomas.

Joseph (civil engineer) married (1) Henrietta Newman.  In 1851 Joseph is at school in Whalley, Lancs. Joseph and Henrietta had 5 children – Edith Anne,  Francis John married his cousin Kate Bourne in 1897, Francis was a student engineer in 1881, later enlisted in 1914 and served as a Captain. He was a Quartermaster in WW1. It is recorded that he retired from the Army on retirement pay, with a rank of Hon. Lt. Colonel.  He and Kate lived at Town  House, Brindle.  Eunice Sophia, Henrietta (both Edith and Henrietta died 1871), Joseph Guy. Wife Henrietta died 1873 age 34. Joseph married (2) Mary – one child William and lived for many years on the Isle of Wight. In 1881  Francis and Eunice are visiting elsewhere on the island. 

From Graces Guide

‘1893 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH BOURNE was born on the 5th of August, 1836, and commenced his engineering career at the early age of fifteen as a pupil in the Locomotive Works of the Great Western Railway Company at Swindon.

After the expiration of his five years’ apprenticeship he was occupied from 1854 to 1856 on the construction of the South Wales Railway, now part of the Great Western system.

He was then engaged for two years as an Outdoor Locomotive Superintendent on the Great Western Railway, the service of which Company he resigned in 1858 to accept the post of manager to Tredwell’s Railway Works at Gloucester, since extinct. After remaining with that firm about three years, he was occupied from 1861 to 1864 as assistant manager at the Hednesford Colliery in Staffordshire.

In June, 1864, Mr. Bourne was appointed Resident Engineer, Locomotive Superintendent and General Manager of the Isle of Wight Railway, a line 12 miles in length from Ryde to Ventnor. The duties of that post, which he held for twenty-one years, map be said to have occupied the most important part of his life.

On leaving the service of the Isle of Wight Railway Company in the summer of 1885, Mr. Bourne took up his residence at Stafford, where he remained for about three years.

Between 1877 and 1883 he was lessee of the Britannia Works, Birkenhead, in which he carried on the business of the extinct firm of James Taylor and Co.

In the autumn of 1892 he left Birkenhead for Wylde Green in Warwickshire, where he died on the 2nd of July, 1893, in the fifty-seventh year of his age.

Mr. Bourne was a man of high honour and a marked sense of rectitude, and whatever work he undertook was conscientiously and carefully performed. He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 6th of December, 1870, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Member, and on the 6th of February, 1883, was transferred to the class of Member.`

The source for the above is The Institution of Civil Engineers.

Sarah died an infant.

In 1841 Sophia is in Reigate with her brothers Thomas and John, but her husband Thomas is at home with his son Joseph age 4 and Thomas`s brothers George and Joseph and his son in Droitwich.

It is possible Thomas died in 1842 in Droitwich.

Sophia then married Francis Pigg  in 1843.  Francis was 6 years younger than his wife and on their marriage certificate he is an Accounts Clerk.  Sophia and Francis had 3 more children.  In 1851 Sophia, Francis (now Piggott and a farmer with 150 acres) and Eliza, John and Mary Sophia  are in Mill Hill, Hendon. In 1861 Francis, now a proprietor of a coal mine, is living in Cannock with Sophia and Eliza.  John is at school in Cheltenham and Mary Sophia at school in Claines, Worcs.

Eliza (my gt.grandmother)  (b. 1844 – d.1918) (Francis is a ‘Gentleman’ on birth certificate)

John (b. 1845 – d. 1919)

Mary Sophia (b. 1847

For information on this family please click the Francis Pigg Link.