Anna Alderton

#65383, b. 1859, d. December 1963

Individual's Timeline

Birth1859Anna Alderton
Death of Mother8 February 1890Sarah Newton1
Marriage of Daughter20 April 1910Alice Constance Alderton
19391939Anna Alderton2
Death RegDecember 1963Anna Alderton3

Primary events

Census details

  • She appeared on the census taken on the night of 7th April 1861, living in Great Cressingham, Norfolk, England in the household of her mother, Sarah Newton. She was 2 years old.
  • She appeared on the census taken on the night of 2nd April 1871, living in Great Cressingham, England in the household of her parents, Robert Alderton and Sarah Newton. She was 12 years old.
  • In 1891 in Lambeth Anna Alderton was included in the household of John J P HITCHFIELD, an elderly widowed retired Naval Captain and 5 of his children. Anna is the only domestic servant.
  • In 1901 in Lewisham, London Anna Alderton was included in the household of John J P HITCHFIELD, an elderly widowed retired Naval Captain and 2 of his adult daughters. Anna is the only domestic servant, and she was with the same family 10 years previous.
  • In 1911 in Lewisham, London Anna Alderton was included in the household of John J P HITCHFIELD, an elderly widowed retired Naval Captain and 1 of his daughters. The same family as 20 years previous. Anna is still unmarried, and is the housekeeper.
  • She was listed in the 1939 Registration in UK - address shown as The Ferns, Watford R.D., Hertfordshire, England. As Annie E ALDERTON born 1859, and Alice C BIRD, mother and daughter. Mother was incapacitiated.2
Some aspects of Anna Alderton's life. These 2 ladies are cousins; our common ancestors are Michael and Elizabeth YULL .

Anna Elizabeth ALDERTON was born in Cressingham in 1859.

She was at home with her parents for 1861 and 1871 census.

I know she is NOT the woman in the Norfolk Workhouse in 1881. I think she is the Ann E ALDERTON (Middle initial transcribed as C, but could just as easily be E when you look closely at the census form).

She is the only servant to Harriet ALLEN a widow, who is living with her married daughter Catherine REYNOLDS and her husband John (a medical man who is not practicing).

Anna became pregnant a couple of months after the census. Her daughter Alice Constance ALDERTON was born 5th March 1882.

By 1891 Anna was the housekeeper to a retired widowed Naval Captain, a job she was still in in 1911. In 1891 there were 5 children (youngest 10), with only 1 left in 1911.

The illegitimate daughter Alice was schooled in Great Cressingham 1887-1895, where her 'parent' was listed as her mother Anna. Anna was in London for most of this time.

For the 1891 and 1901 census Alice was living with her grandfather and sundry aunts/uncles ALDERTON in Great Cressingham.

In 1910 she married William BIRD in Islington. The marriage is listed in Ancestry, and I must be on my last day with Ancestry as I was able to get the certificate.

The groom (William BIRD) was from Norfolk, and the bride gave a London address - 5 Lucas Street, Islington. She said her father was Arthur ALDERTON a deceased carpenter, but I believe this is untrue. I was rather hoping that an ALDERTON would be a witness, but no such luck.

Taking all the info to hand, I believe I have the correct story here....

In 1911 Alice is with her Father in law and her husband in Grimstone Norfolk. There were no children yet.

I think there were 2 children born to Alice and William, both in Freebridge Lynn. Dorothy A M BIRD 1911 and Margery A BIRD 1914. There are too many BIRD women born around this time to follow up looking for marriages etc. I can say neither died young in Freebridge Lynn.

The next time these 2 turn up in the records is 1939. There are a couple of discrepancies which I may be able to clear up once I get a look at the 1939 rego papers.

In 1939 they are the only 2 registered as part of the BIRD family in Watford. The transcription reads - As Annie E ALDERTON born 1889, and Alice C BIRD. Annie's name is slightly wrong, and her date of birth us 30 years out, but as they are together with the names ALDERTON and BIRD, I am pretty sure.

And now for why I went to all this trouble......

These 2 ladies died within a few months of each other in Watford 1963. Alice BIRD was 80, and her mother was ------ 104.

By the numbers in the index, the daughter died just before her mother.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Anna is most likely the Anna E ALDERTON who died in Watford, Hertfordshire in 1963 - aged 104!!!!! I believe she was registered in Swaffam as Anna Elizabeth Mar qtr 1859. Certainly no other registrations in the area at this time that include the name Anna as a given name..

Child of Anna Alderton


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI),      Norfolk
    Place     Great Cressingham
    Church     St Michael
    RegisterNumber     589
    BurialDate     12 Feb 1890
    Forename     Sarah
    Surname     ALDERTON
    Age     58
    Abode     Great Cressingham
    FileNumber     26297.
  2. Find my past web sites, online or, BirdHousehold Watford R.D., Hertfordshire, England
         First name(s)      Last name(s)      Birth year
         Annie E      Alderton      1889
    Alice C Bird is also on this record.
  3. Find my past web sites, online or, First name(s)      ANNA E
    Last name      ALDERTON
    Gender      Female
    Birth day      -
    Birth month      -
    Birth year      1859
    Age      104
    Death quarter      4
    Death year      1963
    District      WATFORD
    County      Hertfordshire
    Volume      4B
    Page      274
    Country      England
    Record set      England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
    Category      Life Events (BDMs)
    Subcategory      Deaths & burials
    Collections from      United Kingdom.
  4. Find my past web sites, online or, First name(s)      Alice
    Last name      Alderton
    Birth year      1882
    Birth date      02 Mar 1882
    Event year      1887
    School name      Great Cressingham National/Church Of England Vc School
    Town      Great Cressingham
    County      Norfolk
    Country      England
    Parent name(s)      Anna Alderton
    Book type      Admissions
    Archive reference      C_ED60_4
    Folio / page no.      -
    Archive      Norfolk Record Office
    Record set      National School Admission Registers & Log-books 1870-1914
    Category      Education & work
    Subcategory      Schools & education
    Collections from      United Kingdom.