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Silas was the son of George and Mary Ann Waddingham. George Waddingham was born in Lincolnshire, the son of Johnson and Frances Waddingham and probably christened in Wickenby on 10 Mary 1848. Mary Ann was also was born in Lincolnshire at Heckington in about 1851. There is a record of a marriage between a George Waddingham and Mary Ann Pond in Nettleham, Lincolnshire, in 1869. The widowed Mary Ann completed the 1911 Census as head of household; she had been married for 31 years and had had ten children of whom only six were still alive at the time of the census. Ten children were named on the census between 1871 and 1911: Elizabeth (b. 1871 Burslem Staffordshire, birth registered A/M/J Wolstanton), John William (b. 1873 Burslem Staffordshire, birth registered A/M/J Wolstanton), Amos (b. 1874 Hanley Staffordshire, birth registered O/N/D Stoke on Trent, Hannah (b.1876 Hanley Staffordshire, birth registered O/N/D Stoke on Trent, d. 1882 Nottingham aged 5, death registered J/F/M), James (b. 1878 Lincoln, birth registered A/M/J, d. 1882 Nottingham aged 3, death registered J/F/M), Paul (b. 1880 Waddington Lincolnshire), James (b. 1882 Wilford, birth registered A/M/J Nottingham), Silas (Cyrus b.1884 Wilford, birth registered A/M/J Nottingham), Hamlet (b. abt 1886 Nottingham) and Beatrice (b. 1888 Nottingham, birth registered J/F/M Basford). The deaths of only three of these children, Hannah (b. 1876, d. 1882), James (b. 1878, d. 1882) and Amos (b. 1874, d. 1910), have so far been traced before 1911. In 1871 George (25), a labourer, and Mary Ann (20), together with their two-day old daughter, Elizabeth, were boarders in the household of Hannah Freeman (5) a widow, at 20 Elder Road, Burslem, Staffordshire. Two more children (Amos and Hannah) were born while George and Mary were living in Staffordshire but by 1881 they were living at 2 Eleanor Street, Lincoln. They now had six children; Elizabeth (10), John William (8), Amos (6), Hannah (4), James (2) and Paul (10 months). George was now working as a bricklayer. George and Mary had moved to Nottingham by the time of the 1891 Census when they were living at 93 Briar Street, Meadows. At home on the night of the census were their children Amos (16) a coal miner, Paul (10), James (8), Silas (7), Hamlet (5) and Beatrice (3). Also in the household was the eldest child, Elizabeth Homer (20) together with her husband Joseph Homer and their young son Percy Claud (1 b. 1890 A/M/J). Elizabeth and Joseph had married in 1889 (marriage registered J/A/S Basford). She was working as a Swiss embroidery maker while her husband was a miller. George and Mary had a boarder living with them, Annie Hallam (19) who, like Elizabeth, was a Swiss embroidery maker. Silas' older brother Amos married Jane Twells in 1891 (marriage registered J/A/S Basford). It would seem that Amos then joined the Army as there is a record of an Amos Waddingham on the Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Soldier Service records 1760-1920 - 'Amos Waddingham age 18 b. abt 1874 Wilford Notts (sic), service year start 1892, Sherwood Foresters (3572).' Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls: A Waddingham India 1897-1898 2nd Bn N&D (3527). Entitled to India Medal 1895 with claps inscribed Punjab Frontier 1897-8, Malakand 1897, Samana 1897 and Tirah 1897-8. In 1901 Amos' wife, Jane, was living at 1a Upper Eldon Street, Sneinton, with her parents Thomas Twells (46), a hawker on his own account, and Charlotte Twells (45) a lace clipper. Jane (26) had three children, Amos (9) - Amos Thomas Waddingham b. 1891 (registered O/N/D Basford) who died aged 13 in 1905 (registered A/M/J Nottingham) - John (Joseph) Henry (8, b. 1893) and Charlotte Caroline (3). Jane and her children were listed as boarders. Her parents also had another boarder in the house, Eliza Wakefield (21), married, who was a lace clipper. Amos Waddingham died aged 35 in 1910 (registered J/F/M Nottingham) and in 1911 his widow Jane was living at 35 Hawthorne Street, Meadows. She declared on the census that she had been married for 19 years and had had eight children of whom only seven were still living. In the household on the night of the census were her widowed father, Thomas Twells (56), and her seven children Joseph Henry (18) a miner/pony driver, Charlotte (13), Beatrice (8), Laura (7), Samuel (5), Amos (3) and Henry (1). George and Mary were still living at 93 Briar Street in 1901 when five children were in the family home on the night of the census; Paul (20 a railway stoker, James - called 'Ben' on the census form - (20) a coal miner, Silas (17) a coal miner, Hamlet (15) a page boy 'domestic', and Beatrice (13). Also in the household was a boarder, Albert Bonser (17) a coal miner hewer. There is a record on the UK Military Deserters 1812-1927 of a 'Jas. Waddingham aged 18 b. abt 1882. Wilford Nottingham, desertion date 27 October 1900, desertion place Preston. Publication date 6 November 1900.6378 N. Lancs. Regt.' Might this explain the change of name on the census the following year? Elizabeth and Joseph Homer have not yet been traced on the 1901 or 1911 census and they may have emigrated to America as there is a record of an Eliza Homer, female age 23 (b. abt 1871) on the passenger list of SS Bothnia sailing from Liverpool on 20 September 1894 to Boston USA. Also, a Percy C Homer is listed on the 1910 US Federal Census and his name is on a US WW1 Draft Registration Card 1917-1918. Hamlet Waddingham has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census and it is possible that he too emigrated to America as there is a record of a Hamlet Waddingham on the 1910 US Federal Census and his name is on a US WW1 Draft Registration Card 1917-1918. Silas' father, George, died before the 1911 Census. His widowed mother, Mary (58), was still at the family home at 93 Briar Street in 1911 and was now the head of the household; she was working as a charwoman. Also in the home was her widowed daughter, Beatrice Hartshorne (23). Beatrice had married Ambrose Earl Hartshorne (b. abt 1877 Bridgend Glamorgan) in 1908 (marriage registered J/A/S Basford); he had died aged 32 in 1909 (death registered J/F/M Nottingham). Beatrice was not in work but was described as providing 'help at home' Also in the house were two boarders, Lucy Botham (27), a single woman who worked as a laundress, and her young son, Leslie Botham (3). Silas' older brother Paul Waddingham (30), an engine driver, had married Laura Alice nee King (30 b. Waddington, Lincolnshire) in 1904 (marriage registered O/N/D Basford) and in 1911 they were living at 44 Newcastle Road, Meadows, with their four children, George (5), Stanley (3), Kathleen (2) and Arthur (6 months). Another brother, James Waddingham, married Annie Louisa nee Blake in 1905 (marriage registered J/A/S Nottingham). In 1911 they were living at 12 Lloyd street, Sherwood; James was a coal miner/hewer. Silas Waddingham married Ada Wood on 1 September 1906 in Wilford. By the time he joined the Army in 1914 they had four sons; Frank Edward (b. 19 January 1907), Ernest Claude (b. 26 July 1909), Leonard Hamlet (b. 5 May 1911) and James (b. 17 March 1914). However, they later had two more children; Ruby (b. 1 October 1915) and Arthur (b. 31 January 1919). In 1911 Silas (27) and Ada (26) were living at 11 Mayfield Terrace, Curtis Street, Nottingham, with their two sons, Frank (4) and Claud (1). Silas and his family were still living at 11 Mayfield Terrace when he attested in 1914. Silas' daughter Ruby married Charles T Rogers in 1936 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham); she died aged 61 in 1977 (death registered September, Nottingham). Arthur married Maud Gale in 1944 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham); he died aged 72 in 1991 (death registered January, Nottingham).
He was a miner (hewer) in 1901 and worked as a collier above ground in 1911.
A Short Service Attestation for Silas Waddingham archived under the British Army WW1 Pension Records 1914-1920 shows that he attested on 9 September 1914 at the age of 30years 174days. He gave his occupation as labourer. He joined the Army Service Corps (13190) but was discharged on 20 November 1914 under Para 392 iii c KR, as 'not likely to become an efficient soldier.' The cause of the objection was that he had a disordered action of the heart and suffered from chronic bronchitis; Silas was just 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighed only 111lbs but had worked as a miner as a young man. He served for only 73 days.
Silas Waddingham's birth was not registered although his marriage to Amy Wood was recorded at Nottingham J/A/S/1906. No record of Silas' death has been traced in the civilian BMD index. However the birth of Cyrus Waddingham was registered at Nottingham A/M/J/1884 making him the same age cited for Silas on later census data. No census records for Cyrus Waddingham have been traced so it seems likely that Silas and Cyrus were the same person. However, Cyrus Waddingham died at Nottingham aged 65 J/F/M/1950 and the St Saviour's memorial was unveiled in 1921. No military records for Cyrus Waddingham have been traced but a Short Service Attestation exists for Silas Waddingham under the British Army WW1 Pension Records 1914-1920 (see military history above). No reasonable explanations for these enigmas can currently be offered. David Nunn
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