Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jane Castings - The Castings Family in England (NON FICTION)

In my main story about Jane Castings I wondered what happened to her family in England after she was transported in 1846.

Well on researching it seems that life deteriorated dramatically for her family. 

Her daughter Sarah cannot be located on any census with her family after 1841 (1), when she was only four years old.  There is a Sarah Castings listed on the Death Records for 1847 which if her, means she died aged ten, one year after her mother left (2).

William the oldest boy was tried at Leicester on 26 June 1848 and convicted of
larceny. (3) He was sent to the Isle of Wight and later transported to Van Diemen's Land.

Jane's husband Henry Castings does not appear to be in the 1851 Census (4), but
two of their children – Emma (12yo) and Hiram (7yo) are listed as pauper
scholars in the Leicester Union Workhouse. 

Emma Castings was seventeen years old when she gave birth to a daughter Mary Jane in 1857 (5) and twenty two in 1860 when she married Henry Bland an Elastic Web Weaver, in Leicester (6). They had four more daughters and two sons - Elizabeth (1863),  Sarah Ann (1866),  Clara (1868),  Henrietta(1869), Harry (1873) and Thomas (1876).  All of these children went from being scholars to gaining employment according to the England, Wales & Scotland Census taken between 1861 and 1901.

By 1861 their father Henry was also in the Leicester workhouse (7) and stayed
there until his death in 1892 (8).

Family myth says that the youngest Hiram Castings emigrated to USA possibly around the late 1800s and had a family over there. 
This is yet to be researched.

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REFERENCES:

(1) Family Search, England and Wales Census 1841, Index. Sarah Castings, St
Margaret, Leicester, Leicestershire, England (accessed 22 February 2015)

(2) Find My Past, England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007 Transcription, Leicester,
Leicestershire , Vol 15 p.72, Sarah Castings Death 4th Quarter 1847. (accessed
22 February 2015)

(3) TAHO, CON33/1/106, Image 64, Convict Conduct Record, Police No 23274,
William Castings Aboukir 1851/2

(4) Find My Past, England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription 1851, Union
Workhouse, St Margaret, Leicester, Leicestershire, England. William and Emma
Castings (accessed 22 February 2015)

(5) Find My Past, England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription 1861, 7
Brutnall St, The Newarke, Leicester, Leicestershire, England. Henry and Emma
Bland (wife) and Mary J Bland Daughter (4yo, scholar, birth year
1857) (accessed 22 February 2015)

(6) Family Search, England and Wales Marriage Registration Index 1837-2005,
Leicester, Leicestershire, England, GRO Southport England, Vol 7a, p.277 Line
no. 9. Marriage Emma Castings and Henry Bland July-Aug-Sep 1860
(accessed 22 February 2015)

(7) Find My Past, England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription 1861, Union
Workhouse, St Margaret, Leicester, Leicestershire, England. Henry Castings
(Widower, 48yo, woodturner). (accessed 22 February 2015)

(8) England and Wales Death Registration Index 183702007, Leicester,
Leicestershire, England, GRO Office, Southport England, Vol 7A, p.130, Line no.
38. Death Henry Castings (81yo) Jul-Aug-Sep 1892 (accessed 21 February
2015)

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