Frank Benjamin WINDEATT, Plasterer and Double Bass Player - 1864-1933
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More | | Frank Benjamin WINDEATT()= Elizabeth FIELD (married 1887]) |____________________________________________________________________ | | | | | Gertrude b.1888 Lilian b.1890 Gwendoline b.1892 Edith Mary,b.1894 Frederick b.1895
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Birth and Early Life 1864-
Frank Benjamin Windeatt was born in the June quarter of 1864 [Newton Abbot 5b 115]. He was the second son of of a large family and so he had lots of brothers and sisters. Charles Allen WINDEATT, his father, was first a jeweller but then turned musician, bandleader and music teacher.
Frank Benjamin and his older brother, Charles junior, went into the Building Trade like many others in this Horrabridge tree. Frank became a plasterer which was also the profession followed by his grandfather and great grandfather.
His next closest sibling, Elizabeth, became a dressmaker, but almost all the younger children became professional musicians and played in their father's or brother's bands and orchestras. One of his younger brothers, Corelli, was an infant prodigy on the violin and grew up to play at lots of local and London social events. However, Frank was also a musician if, albeit, an amateur one, and his name appears as a double-bass player on two Programme covers of concerts in Weston-Super-Mare in 1888.
1887: MARRIAGE to Elizabeth FIELD & birth of several children.
Frank married Elizabeth FIELD in the Axbridge Register Office District in the March quarter of 1887 [GRO 5c 790]. The probably had the following children:
- Gertrude Lottie WINDEATT b. Axbridge, 5c, 512, June qtr 1888
- Lilian, aged 1 on 1891 census
- Gwendoline, b. Weston Super Mare, March 10th 1892 (see note below)
- Edith Mary WINDEATT, b. Axbridge, 5c 465 Dec qtr 1894
- Frederick b. ?1895
Thanks to a kind contact we now know have a transcript of one of Frank and Elizabeth's daughters', Gwendoline, (see her birth certificate below).
Birth in the Sub-district of Weston Super Mare in the Registration District of Axbridge in the County of SomersetREAD FIRST
|When & Where||Name||Sex||Name and Surname of Father||Name, surname and maiden surname of mother||Occupation of father||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered|
|10th March 1892
1 Waterloo Crescent, Weston-super-Mare
|Gwendoline Sarah||girl||Frank Benjamin WINDEATT||Elizabeth WINDEATT formerly FIELDS||Plasterer||E. WINDEATT
1 Waterloo Crescent, Weston-super-Mare
|23rd April 1892|
Because her mother died when she was only four, Gwendoline probably spent some time being looked after by other relatives. In 1901, she was living with her father's younger brother: Fredolph and his wife Hettie and their children and in 1911 she was living with another brother of her father's, Corelli Windeatt, (the then famous dance band leader) and she was working as an assistant in a Music Dealer's shop.
- Link to 1901 Census transcription listing Gwendoline living with Fred and Hettie
- Link to 1911 Census Trranscription listing Gwendoline living with Corelli and Isabelle
Thanks to a kind correspondent we now know that she went on to marry a Gilbert Marshall THORN. We believe that the eldest son of the family (Charles John William WINDEATT) also married a THORNE so it's possible that Gwendoline married the relative of another aunt.
1891 CensusLiving at 7 Prospect Place, Weston Super Mare [RG12/1921/]
|Frank WINDEATT||Head||M||26||Plasterer & Mason||Devon, Teignmouth*|
|Elizabeth WINDEATT||Wife||M||26||"||? ? Wilts|
|Gertrude WINDEATT||Daur||S||3||"||Weston S. Mare|
|Lillian WINDEATT||Daur||S||1||"||Weston S. Mare|
|Hettie FIELD||Visitor||S||15||Servant Domestic||Charlton, Wilts|
|Harry KING||Lodger||M||28||Labourer||Somerset ?|
|Clara KING||Wife||M||?40||Violinist||Somerset, ?Weston|
|Dora KING||Daur||S||7||Scholar||Somerset, ?Weston|
|Harry KING||Son||S||5||Scholar||Somerset, ?Weston|
|Winifred S. KING||Daur||S||4||Scholar||Somerset, ?Weston|
They were living in a house to themselves - just as well given the number of people there. Hettie FIELD is probably Elizabeth's sister (and perhaps helping out with the children between jobs). Their lodgers, the KINGs, are possibly relatives of Frank's sisters-in-law: Bella and Hettie KING.
- Link to a page about the KING family
1896 - His wife dies aged only 31
In the winter of 1896, Elizabeth WINDEATT, née FIELD, died during a premature labour (she probably also had TB[*]. This is sad. She left several motherless children. Unusually, Frank doesn't appear to have remarried[**] but went to live with his own mother and elder spinster sister, who, presumably, looked after the children between them.
Death in the Sub-district of Weston-super-Mare in the County of SomersetREAD FIRST
|When & Where||Name||Sex||Age||Occupation||Cause of Death||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered|
|14th Dec 1896
1 Waterloo Crescent, Weston super-Mare, U.D.
|Elizabeth WINDEATT||Female||31 years||Wife of Frank Benjamin WINDEATT
Certified by A.L. Webb
Widower of deceased
1 Waterloo Crescent, Weston super-Mare,
|16th December 1896|
Frank lived on until 1933 (Axbridge), aged 69 and there do not appear to be any records of a remarriage.
By 1901 Frank and his five now motherless children had moved back to live with his mother and three single sisters at Grove Place, Weston Super Mare.
In 1911 two of Frank's daughters were living in Kingston upon Thames with their uncle Corelli WINDEATT. Gwendoline is working at a Music Shop/Dealers but Lillian does not appear to be employed.
There are living descendants of Frank and Elizabeth. Please get in touch if you can add to or correct any of the information above.
* PHTHISIS: A medical term used to describe a wasting disease -
** REMARRIAGE: Just about every other widower I can think of in this extensive Horrabridge tree, married again very soon after his wife's death. I assume they needed someone to look after the children and that it was probably often arranged by relatives. Possibly, Frank didn't have such an urgent need because his mother and sister were available to look after the children.