Mary Britten

#22141, b. 13 August 1818, d. September 1886

Individual's Timeline

Birth1818Mary Britten
Christening13 August 1818Mary Britten1
Marriage15 May 1837Mary Britten2,3
Marriage of Daughter12 October 1873Kesia Brown4
Death RegJune 1880James Brown5
Death RegSeptember 1886Mary Brown6

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • (Witness) History: Mary Britten witnessed "Hemel Hempstead is a populous and thriving market town in the parish of its name and hundred of Dacorum, 24 miles N.W. from London, 18 W. from Hertford and 6 W. by N. from St. Albans. By the Saxons the town was called Henamsted or Hean Hempsted, signifying 'High Hempsted;' subsequently it obtained the appellation of Hemelam-Steole, from which its present denomination evidently is derived. The town, which consists principally of one street, nearly a mile in length, is situated on the declivity of a hill, near the small rivers Gade and Bourn - within about a mile of the Grand Junction canal, and a mile and a half from the London and Birmingham Railway. The leading manufacture of the place is that of paper, which indeed may be considered its staple; the making of straw plat employs a considerable number of females and children, and several corn mills are in the vicinity. There are some respectable inns, both commercial and posting; among these the 'Bell' and the 'King's Arms' are particularly well regulated establishments. Henry VIII granted to the inhabitants a charter of incorporation, which was renewed by Cromwell: by this charter, still in existence, the government of the town was vested in a jury chosen from among the inhabitants, and a bailiff elected annually. The police regulations of the place are conducted upon the improved metropolitan system, and there is a regular office at Bury Mill End.

    "The charities comprise a general infirmary, erected and partly endowed by Sir John Sebright, Bart; a school of industry, one upon the national system, and another for infants.

    "The country about Hemel Hempstead is hilly, picturesque and in a high state of cultivation; and the appearance of the town, with its handsome church and beautiful lofty spire, on the approach from St. Albans, is eminently imposing. In the immediate vicinity the walks are of a most attractive description.

    "The market (a superior one for corn) is on Thursday; a fair is held on the Thursday week after Whit-Sunday for cattle, and a statute fair on the third Monday in September; and there is a large cattle show or market on Holy Thursday.

    "The entire parish, including the chapelries of Bovingdon and Flaunden, contained, in 1831, 6,037 inhabitants."

    [From Royal National and Commercial Directory and Topography of Herts, Pigot & Co., London, 1839]
  • Occupation: Mary was a straw plaiter.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Brown.
  • Note - illiterate: 1837 Mary was illiterate.

Census details

Children of Mary Britten and James Brown


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C059701 - 1760 - 1812 and C059701 - 1813 - 1877.     
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), M072771      1813 - 1837.
  3. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, County     Hertfordshire
    Place (link for place information)     Redbourn
    Church name     St Mary
    Register type     Unspecified
    Register entry number     305
    Marriage date     15 May 1837
    Groom forename     James
    Groom surname     BROWN
    Groom parish     Redbourn
    Bride forename     Mary
    Bride surname     BRITTAIN
    Bride parish     Redbourn
    Witness     James SLAY
    Witness     Susan SLAY
    Register note     By banns, all made their marks. Third witness Moses Moody who signed.
  4. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records.
  5. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Brown, James aged 66 - H. Hempstead 3a/263.
  6. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Name:      Mary Brown
    Estimated Birth Year:      abt 1818
    Year of Registration:      1886
    Quarter of Registration:      Jul-Aug-Sep
    Age at Death:      68
    District:      Hemel Hempstead
    County:      Hertfordshire
    Volume:      3a
    Page:      317.
  7. Census data as per CD, nearest I can find - Westwick Row, St Michael, Leverstock Green, Hertfordshire.

    Charlotte Brown      16 daughter
    Eliza Brown      12 daughter
    Emma Brown      14 daughter
    James Brown      47 head
    Kezia Brown      10 daughter
    Margarett Brown      18 daughter
    Mary Brown      42 wife
    Susan Brown      1 daughter.
  8. International Genealogical Index (IGI).