William Knowles Angel

#28024, b. 1831
  • Father: William Mark Angel b. 16 Aug 1806, d. bt 1851 - 1861
  • Mother: Mary Ann Weavers b. 1806, d. 1 Sep 1850

Individual's Timeline

Birth1831William Knowles Angel
Christening30 August 1831William Knowles Angel1
Marriage23 April 1858William Knowles Angel2,3
Marriage5 May 1879David Hector McEwen2
Deathbetween 1891 and 1901Mary Ann Beevours

Primary events

  • Birth: William Knowles Angel was born in 1831 in Norfolk, England.
  • Christening: He was christened on 30 August 1831 in St Nicholas' Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1
  • Marriage: He married Mary Ann Beevours, daughter of John Beevours and Sarah (?), on Friday, 23 April 1858, when they were 27 years ~&~ 21 years old. William was illiterate, but Mary Ann signed her name. Witnessed by Mary Ann and Benjamin ANGELL. Note that William's parents when he was Chr were William Knowles and Mary Ann ANGEL, and his father's name when he married was also William Knowles ANGEL.2,3
  • (Witness) Marriage: He witnessed the marriage of David Hector McEwen and Margaret Mary Ann Knowles Angel on 5 May 1879 in Great Yarmouth, England.2
  • (Widow) Death: In 1891-1901 William was left a widower by the death of Mary Ann Beevours.

Secondary circumstances

Census details

  • In the census taken on the night of 6th June 1841 William Knowles was included in the household of Benjamin Christopher Knowles Angel in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England along with Elizabeth Weavers. He was aged 10 years.
  • He appeared on the census taken on the night of 30th March 1851, living in Monument Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England in the household of his parents, Benjamin Christopher Knowles Angel and Elizabeth Weavers. He was 20 years old.
  • In the census taken on the night of 7th April 1861, William Knowles was the head of the household and Mary was his wife. The address was Blackfriars Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
  • In 1871 William Knowles Angel may have been found in Brotton when the census was taken. He was unmarried, working as a labourer, and living as a boarder. His name, and date and place of birth match with ours.
  • In the census taken on the night of 3rd April 1881, William Knowles was the head of the household. The address was Row 30, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. In 1871 Margatet's address was Row 30, and her father William K ANGEL was a witness to this marriage, therefore I believe this William ANGEL is the right one. He is with a wife Ann who was said to have been born in Aylsham in 1832. There are 4 lodgers in the house.
  • In the census taken on the night of 5th April 1891, William Knowles was the head of the household and Mary was his wife. The address was Row 73, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. The wife is named Ann, is 57 years aold, and was said to have been born in Ludham. I am not certain this is the same 'wife', but I have not found a marriage nor a death of Mary Ann. However, she was living in a fairly precarious position in 1866!!.
  • William Knowles Angel appeared on the census taken on the night of 31st March 1901, at 4 Angell's Passage, Row 28, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, in the household of Benjamin Joshua Knowles Angel and Ellen Victoria Francham.
Brushes with the LAW

In 1866 the following story appeared in the local newspaper - William ANGELL, a labourer, was charged with assaulting his wife, Mary Ann ANGELL - Defendant lives in Blackfriar's Road, and his wife is his junior by several years. Of late she has excited his jealousy, and on coming home a few evenings previously he thrashed her, and attempted to throw her out of the window. He also threatened to cut her throat and he set fire to her clothes. He was cautioned and fined 10 shillings and costs, or 21 days hard labour.4

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: May have the wrong man, as his father was named as William Knowles ANGELL - However, the details of the couple agree with the description in the newspaper (see Brushes with the Law).

Child of William Knowles Angel and Mary Ann Beevours


  1. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 about William Knowles Angel
    Name:      William Knowles Angel
    Gender:      Male
    Christening Date:      30 Aug 1831
    Christening Place:      Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Father's Name:      William Knowles Angel
    Mother's Name:      Mary Ann."
  2. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, downloaded.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    Yarmouth St Nicholas
    Image 98.
  4. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Publication:Norfolk Chronicle

    Publication date:Saturday 15 September 1866

    Article text:"Sept. 8. William Angell,....