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Ellen WINDEATT, née GAIN (?1832-?),

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 Robert F. = (1)married 1854 Hellen NAYLOR               = (2) married 1885 Ellen GAIN 
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Robert J.   James E.   Mary Ann  Frederick C.  Tom     Ellen     Ernest Robert


We don't know much about Ellen GAIN, other than she married Robert Froom WINDEATT in 1885 when they were both about 55 years of age. 

He had previously been married to another Ellen, (NAYLOR), who had died three years earlier.  There is no evidence to suggest that Robert and the second Ellen had even met each other before his first wife died but it is interesting that she had had an illegitimate son in 1869, whom she named Ernest Robert, and who, on her marriage, took on the surname WINDEATT.  It is also interesting that Robert Froom and his first wife had their last child in 1868 (although she was still quite young, only 37).  This could, of course, be entirely coincidental.

From the census reports and the Marriage Certificate, it would seem that Ellen GAIN was born in Sussex in about 1831 or 1832 and her father was a coachman called William GAIN and she had a much younger sister, Elizabeth.

Here she is working as a dressmaker and living at 18 Camden Street with her son and one old couple.

1871 Census (taken 2nd April) © Crown Copyright

NameRelStatusAge OccupationWhere Born
Ellen GainLodger U39Dressmaker Battle, Sussex
Ernest R. GainSon  12 mo. Scholar Surrey, Camberwell

1881 Census (taken 3rd April 1881) © Crown Copyright

Ten years later she is still living in Camden Street but this time in a house with one other lodger (Sarah Lewis) and a small family (The Edwards)

NameRelStatusAge OccupationWhere Born
Ellen GainHead U48Dressmaker Battle, Sussex
?Robert GainSon  12   Surrey, Newington

1891 Census

Her new husband died only a couple of years after the marriage so in 1891, she was now a widow and living with her sister and her son, who has now been legitimised by her marriage.  They are at 18 Camden Street, in the parish of St. Mary's,  Newington together with four other people in three households. 

NameRelStatusAge OccupationEmploymentWhere Born
Ellen WindeattHead Wid58Dressmaker Neither employed nor employee Battle, Sussex
Ernest R WindeattSon S21 Jeweller's Assistant Gold Employed Camberwell, London
Elizabeth GainSister S45 Domestic Servant   St. Leonards on Sea, Sussex

1901 Census

She was still alive in 1901 and, living with her sister at 18 Morcambe Street,  Stoke Newington, in a house shared with three other single-person households.

NameRel StatusAge OccupationEmploymentWorking at homeWhere Born
Ellen WindeattHead Wid68Dressmaker own accountat Home Battle, Sussex
Elizabeth GainSister S59 Domestic Servant     St. Leonards on Sea, Sussex

Her son, Ernest Robert WINDEATT, has left home by 1901.


This page has been updated (February 2009) thanks to information received from a descendant, Frances Lees, and another kind correspondent.  If you have any further information on this family please leave a message on the Message Board.

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