Maria Pearson

(formerly Taylor) (nee Warr)

(1832 - ????)

1832 Birth
Compton, Wolverhampton
1871 Census

The family are living at 5, St. Georges Parade, Wolverhampton.

Maria's husband, John Pearson is age 46. He is running his own business. He is listed as an employer of 'two men and two boys' working as a machine chain maker. All of these employees are within the family unit.

Maria, is age 39.

John had recently married Maria after his first wife died. Maria already had children by her first husband - Taylor - so their new baby, Richard, was born into a large family of half-brothers and sisters.

Children born of the previous marriages of the couple:

  • Henry Pearson - age 18 - chain making with his father.
  • James Pearson - age 16 - chain making with his father.
  • Catherine Pearson - age 10
  • Mary Pearson - age 7
  • John Pearson - age 6
  • John Taylor - age 10 (errand boy)
  • Lucy Taylor - age 5

Child of the couple:

1881 Census

The family are now living at 2, Canal Street, Wolverhampton.

Maria's husband John, age 55, is now listed as a tool broker. The crossed out tool workshop listed on the census may indicate that he had only just stopped making chains and tools. His eldest sons, and step son who were working with him ten years earlier had left home - so dealing in tools rather than making chains (and tools?) would have been a better option now he was in his 50s.

On the census is listed:

Maria - age 48 - wife of the housholder


  • Mary Ann, her step-daughter - age 18
  • Sarah, her steo-daughter - age 14 (could be the stepdaughter Lucy of the previous census, now adopted to be a Pearson?)
  • Richard, son - age 12
  • Alfred, son - age 10
1891 Census

Maria, age 64, and John, age 56 (the ages given have been entered back to front), are living at 14, Westbury Street, Wolverhampton (see map above).

Their son, Arthur (age 18) is the only child still living with them.

John is a coal merchant and Arthur is working as a coal carter.

1901 Census

Maria, age 70, and John, age 75, are providing a home for the family of their son, Arthur. The address is still 14, Westbury Street, Wolverhampton.

John is now given as 'retired' on the census and Maria's name is incorrectly spelt as Marie and the place of her birth is given as Compton, Wolverhampton.

Alfred, age 29, is a plasterer. He is married to Alice, age 25, who was born in Essington.

They have three children living at home:

  • Winifred - age 5
  • Arthur - age 4
  • Charles - age 2
1911 Census

Maria, age 79, is now a widow, and is living with her son, John Taylor and his family in Kings Norton. He was her son by her first marriage.

The family are living at 40, Shirley Road, Cotteridge, Kings Norton.

Her son John is aged 51 years and is working as a blacksmith striker.

His wife, Martha, is age 49.

The children living with them are:

  • Joseph Edward - age 26 - a baker delivery person
  • Amy Ann - age 17 - screw manufacturer - working from home.

Two of their children had died.


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