The KING sisters
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The two brothers, Corelli and Fredolph(Alf) WINDEATT married two sisters, Hettie and Bella KING. Until recently we didn't know much about Bella and Hettie except for the intriguing fact that they were born in Texas but had apparently come to Weston Super Mare from Newport. Thanks to a a kind contact, we now know a lot more - see below.
Charles A.=Sarah HAWKINS (married 1830) | ________________|____________________________________seven other brothers and sisters | | 1892 Corelli WINDEATT = Bella KING 1896 Fredolph(Alf) WINDEATT=Hettie KING | | 18681947 18681964 1871?1955 | | L L
Hettie and Bella's father: BARNET KING
Much of the information that follows is secondary, compiled from census transcriptions, the FreeCen BMD index, information received and a website about the KING family.
- Link to a page about the KING family from Poland, Germany, Wales and Galveston, Texas.
According to this information, Hettie and Bella KING were the daughters of Barnett KING. Barnett KING was born c.1833 in Bristol but his parents were Moses King (b. Poland in c.1787) and Ann King (b. Poland c.1794). It is fairly certain they were Jewish, given their birthplaces, names and information passed down the family. It would appear that they had "married out" and they appear to have often adopted English names although official records seem to swing backwards and forwards between the different versions of their first names (e.g. Henrietta/Hynda, Selina/Selma, Mary/Myriam).
Here is a transcription of the 1851 census with Barnett KING, aged 17, living as a lodger with his older sister Myriam BLOOM. Myriam had married Abraham BLOOM in Merthyr Tydfil in the March quarter of 1850 [GRO: Merthyr Tydfil, 26 579]. She was born c. 1831 in Bristol and, apparently, went on to have nine children.
Barnet must have been fond of his little niece, Hynda because he later called one of his daughters after her (Henrietta/Hynda). In 1851 , they were all living in the High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales, apparently in a house to themselves. Young Barnett was working as a Glazier, probably apprenticed to his brother-in-law.
|Abraham BLOOM||Head||M||23||Painter & Glazier||Glamorgan, Merthyr|
|Mariam BLOOM||Wife||M||19||Milliner||Somerset, Bristol|
|Hynda BLOOM||Daughter||4 mnths||Glamorgan, Merthyr|
|Barnett KING||Lodger||U||17||Glazier||Somerset Bristol|
According to the KING website above, Barnet KING was described as a painter in 1860 but a few years later he must have moved to Texas, USA, because he married his first wife (Selina/Selma) NEWMAN there in Jan 1865 in Harris, Texas, USA. She was born in Germany and they went on to have five children in Galveston, Texas before moving back to Wales sometime between 1871 when Ettie (Henrietta/Hynda) was born and 1873 when Selina/Selma was born in Newport, Monmouthshire. Possibly he came home to be near his aging mother, Ann, who died in Newport a few years later (1876 according to the King website page above).
1881 Census (taken 3rd April 1881) © Crown Copyright
Barnett and Selina/Selma had two more children in Newport (Selina/Selma and Alexander) and here they are in the 1881 Census living at 50 Commercial St., Newport, Monmouth, Wales [RG11/5262/78/9/]. Barnett is now a Picture Frame Maker and his two elder children are following the same profession.
Barnett's wife died (probably in 1886, aged 39) and he married again, very quickly by the look of it, also in 1886, to a Rose Maud GRIFFITHS and they went on to have several more children (see the KING website linked above).
Here are Bella and Ettie again in 1891 living with their father and stepmother and stepbrother and stepsister at 82 Corne Street in the St. Paul's District of Newport, Monmouthshire, in a house to themselves. Barnett has now moved on from picture framing to picture dealing. One would imagine that the children were helping in their father's shop but family oral history has it that they were working in a 'wet fish shop'. The census reports that they were all 'English' speakers. There was an Ironmonger on one side and an Innkeeper on the other.
|Barnett KING||Head||M||56||Picture Dealer||Bristol|
|Rosa M. KING||Wife||M||30||Newport Mon|
|?Allen M||Son||S||25||Picture Dealer||U.S. America|
|Isabela F. KING||Daur||S||21||Ass. Shop||U.S. America|
|Henrietta KING||Daur||S||19||-||U.S. America|
|Selma KING||Daur||S||17||Newport Mon|
|Alexander KING||Son||S||15||Apprentice Shop||Newport Mon|
|Ethel M KING||Daur||8||Scholar||Newport Mon|
|Isac Leon KING||Son||1||Newport Mon|
Bella KING (c.1868-1964)
It was only one year after the 1891census that Bella (Isabela Florence KING) married Corelli WINDEATT in Weston Super Mare [GRO: Axbridge 5c 849]. How did they meet? Did she come to Weston or did he go to Newport? He had not long been back from a trip to the United States (see biography in the Dancing Times).
Family history, however, relates that Alf, his brother, who married Bella's sister Hettie, met her through playing Rugby Football - there were links between the clubs in Newport and Weston.
- Here is a link to a page about Corelli WINDEATT, who was a famous Dance Band Leader in his day
- and a more specific link to information about Corelli and Bella's marriage and children.
Bella lived to a ripe old age, 94, as did her sister (see below) - information received from a kind correspondent. She died in 'Middlesex South' in 1964.
Hettie KING (c.1872-1968
Hettie, whose name is given variously as Henrietta or Hynda (see explanation above) married Alf WINDEATT, her brother-in-law, in Hammersmith, London, in 1896. Both her sister and brother-in-law attended the wedding as witnesses and Hettie gave her father's name as Barnett KING, tobacconist.
- Here is a link to a page about Fredolph (aka Fredalph, Frederick Alfred, Alf) WINDEATT, who worked in his brother's band.
- and a more specific link to information about Alf and Hettie's marriage and children.
Hettie/Hynda lived to a ripe old age, 97, as did her sister (see above) - information received from a kind correspondent. She died in Richmond upon Thames in 1968.
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