William Collins' family
When William married Elizabeth in 1858, neither of them could write and so they both signed the marriage register with a X.
William Collins' mark at his marriage
Elizabeth Trimmer's mark at her marriage
In 1881, the family lived at 79 Freelands Buildings in the St Maurice area of Winchester. Freelands Buildings were probably located in Middle Brook Street. At this time, William's worked as a sawyer, although ten years later, he gave his occupation as a labourer.
A sawyer was a workman whose business it is to saw timber especially in a saw-pit. Saw-pits are arrangements for sawing large pieces of timber by two men using a long two-handled saw.
William Collins' 1881 census entry
According to the 1891 census, the family were living at 79 Middle Brook Street the same street as the Bulpit family. The Bulpits lived at number 26 Middle Brook Street.
William Collins' 1891 census entry
In about 1887, Edwin married Elizabeth Bulpit and they set up home three doors away at number 76.
Edwin Collins' 1891 census entry
A few doors further alone the street at number 72, lived Ann Collins, a 78 year old widow. It is quite likely that this lady was William's mother. Between Ann's and Edwin's houses lived yet another Collins family at number 74. Again, it is likely that the head of this family, Alfred, is related to William.
Ann Collins' 1891 census entry
As you can see from the map below, Middle Brook Street is close to the heart of Winchester near the cathedral.
Area around Middle Brook Street, 1890's
15 Jan 2000 - 1881 census RG11 1232 folio 114 page 4
15 Jan 2000 - 1891 census RG12 937 folios 86,87 pages 44,45,46
6 May 2000 - St Maurice parish records: baptisms 1825-1833
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