Sarah Malvena Bennett
Sarah Malvena Bennett. born at Dudley, Worcester around 1861, was the wife of Caleb Joseph Bradshaw (ca 1861). (She was known by her second name, Melvena). They were the parents of Alice Maud Bradshaw (wife of James William Barnard) who, in turn, were my wife's maternal grandparents.
However, she is subsequently listed as residing with her parents Thomas and Eliza at Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcester, England and then in 1881 at 22 Albert Street, Redditch.
Bennett - in the 1881 Census
BENNETT Birth Year <1833> Birthplace Redditch, Worcester,
England - Age 48
BENNETT M Female 47 Redditch, Worcester, England Needle Wrapper
The above indicates (compare births of Frank and Richard) that the family moved from Redditch to Astwood, between 1865 and 1868.
At some time, Sarah Malvena lived in Dudley, Worcestshire - west of Redditch (either as the place she was born, and raised as a child, or when married). Dudley is in in a detached section of E. Worcestershire, on the Dudley Canal, 8 miles NW. of Birmingham and 122 miles NW. of London. Dudley is situated in the centre of the "Black Country, " at a junction of the Great Western Ry., and has extensive coal mines, iron mines and ironworks, and limestone quarries; it also had glass-works, brass-foundries, and brickworks; tanning, malting, and brewing. Nails were manufactured there. There is an old castle (said to have been founded in the 8th century by a Saxon prince, Dodo or Dud, who gave his name to the town) which was destroyed by fire in 1750, but the keep still remains. The parish of Dudley contains 3,546 acres. It forms a detached part of Worcestershire lying surrounded by the county of Staffordshire.
The children of Sarah Malvena Bennett and Caleb Bradhaw were:
2. William Bradshaw - married Gretchen (Unknown); issue: Carl, Mary, Gillian. (He was older than Alice Maud). The family lived in London, ON - 55 Evergreen Street, around 1916.
3. Hilda Bradshaw - married Henry Bull.
4. Minnie Bradshaw - married Frederick Bryan
5. Frederick Bradshaw - married Madge (Unknown), and subsequently Hilda (Unknown).
6. Norman Bradshaw - married Ethel Thornton