Whilst searching for Lily Wren I got sidetracked in looking into the history of census reports that included my grandfather Walter Allery and found I could trace his whereabouts back to 1881.
By 1891 Walter is listed as a tailor and his older sister Rosina and younger sister Jessie are all involved with tailoring. An important trade of the era - ranking second in the top 10 preferred occupations for people with the surname ALLERY in the whole of UK.
- Ag Lab
- Servant General
- Indoor Servant
- Journeyman Tailor
- Tailors Wife
General Servant (Dom)
Attending Board School
Box Maker (Paper)
Detained Under Industrial Schools Acts
Domestic Serv Unemployed
General Serv (Domestic)
Tailoring and all of its associated trades were to feature in the choices made in my family for that era and made a lasting impression on me when I consider my own interests and talents in dressmaking.
By 1901 Walter had married my grandmother Harriet Priscilla and my Dad, Cecil Henry had been born. Tailoring skipped a generation here - my Dad could perform basic tailoring tasks, but preferred working with auto mechanics - but passed on to me. A significant fact in the 1901 census is that my Uncle Joseph (aged 12 at the time) was visiting or living with my grandparents on census night. It is Joseph to whom the tailoring business is bequeathed when my grandfather dies and obviously there was a strong bond between the brothers who were both Master Tailors.
But where did Lily Wren feature in all of this? Who is she? Why is she listed as a daughter to my grandfather Walter in 1911, but never mentioned in any of our family stories. Could she be the child of a friend whom they had adopted? Was the census return incorrect - could she have been a domestic servant? Why is her name Wren? Was she married to a Wren?
Working out her birth date from the 1911 census, in which she is listed as 15 years old, I proceed to search for her in the Ancestry records. But so far can find but one Lily Wren, born in 1896 to the Wrens of Merthyr Tidfil, Wales. Is this another Welsh connection?
University of Glasgow. The following short epitaph for Robert appeared on that page:
Not a lot is known about his private life. He married Lily Georgina Wren (born in 1896 in Merthyr Tydfil) at Warminster in 1915. They had a child, born in Greenwich in 1914, but the marriage was probably short-lived and they were never part of the Lamb family circle. Robert returned to Glasgow after the war and became a schoolteacher. He lived at 262 Crofthill Road. He died of acute appendicitis and peritonitis on 30th December 1946 at the Victoria Infirmary.
Is this my Lily Wren? I now have a middle name and a marriage date, but it does not list the name of their child. Where is the child of Lily Wren?