This page covers families in the maternal line of John's grandfather William MARIS. They were employed predominantly in the shoe trade and many of them lived in the Barnwell area of Cambridge. The narrative starts with John's third great grandfather Robert SPENCE.
Little is yet known about Robert SPENCE or his wife Elizabeth EATON except that they married at All Hallows, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in June 1795.
John was baptised at Cheese Lane Independent Chapel in Wellingborough in December 1795. In 1818, he married Rebecca MODEN in Cambridge where he worked as a shoemaker until his death in 1874. John & Rebecca had eleven children only one of which is known to have died in childhood. Following Rebecca's death in 1864 at their home in Walnut Tree Lane, John lived in the house of William Topping Large, shoemaker, of Crispin Street, St Andrew the Less.
It is not yet known whether John had any siblings.
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Ann was the tenth child of John & Rebecca. She was born at Sun Street, Cambridge in 1842 and had moved to Kingsthorpe, Northampton by the time of her marriage to John's Great Grandfather John MARIS in 1868. Ann died at their home in Adelaide Street, Northampton in 1914.
Of Ann's siblings, John (1820) died in 1831. Sophia (1829) worked as a shoe binder and was living with her father in Crispin Street in 1871 and had a seven year old daughter Rebecca, who was probably illegitimate. Following her father's death, she moved to lodgings in East Road, Cambridge and worked as a charwoman until her death in 1899.
Robert William (1827) married Maria WADSWORTH and worked as a shoemaker from various addresses in the parish of St Andrew the Less throughout his life. No children are known. William (1829) married Elizabeth, probably in Northampton where William worked as a shoemaker and the first four of their seven children were born. The other three children were born in Cambridge where the family lived at Staffordshire Street. By 1891, William's occupation was described as "Manager of Boot Establishment". By 1901, William and Elizabeth were living with their daughter Maud and her family in Chesterton where William worked as a leather cutter.
Joseph (1831) married Jane POWELL in Northampton in 1852. They had six children of which the last three were born in London where Joseph worked as a shoemaker. Edward (1836) married Ann GURNEY and had five children. He worked as a shoemaker in Cambridge throughout his life. George (1838) married Susannah PARISH and worked as a shoemaker in Cambridge. They had four children. Susan (1845) married Alfred ODELL who worked as a general dealer in Cambridge. They had eight children.
Page last modified: 3 February 2017