Descendants of Thomas Mudford (about 1570 - ?)
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Esther Mudford (1799 - 1876) - daughter of George Mudford (1776 - 1848) - son of Robert Mudford (1751- ?) - son of John Mudford (abt 1710-1753) - assumed son of John Mudford (1687-1753) - son of Thomas Mudford (1663-1732?) - son of John Mudford (about 1630- about 1677?) - assumed son of John Mudford (1605- ?) - son of Thomas Mudford (about 1570 - ?)
Esther Mudford is a direct ancestors of Bill Burgar, the author of this work.
She was born on 13 Sep 1799 in Limehouse, Middlesex.47 She was baptized on 29 Sep 1799 in Limehouse, Middlesex.47 The baptism Register States:
Esther Wetherilt, aged 75 years, died on the Twentieth of February 1876 in Camberwell Infirmary. She was the widow of Richard Wetherilt, Baker of Camberwell. Cause of death was decay, bronchitis, dropsy. The Informant was Jane Trevett, daughter, of 11 Diamond Street, Camberwell, who was in attendance at the death. She made her mark rather than signed the register. The death was registered in the sub-district of Camberwell, in the District of Camberwell.
(Wetherilt was the surname of Esther's second husband)
Her first marriage was to William Eden, who was a sailor in the Royal Navy. They were married on 5 July 1819 in St Dunstans, Stepney, London.56 The Marriage Register of St Dunstan in the East, Stepney, London has the entry:
Esther Mudford, Spinster, and William Eden, Bachelor, both of the Hamlet of Poplar, were married on 5/7/1819. Each signed with a cross.
It is presumed that Ann Mudford is a sister, but we have not found her in the baptism registers.
Although they were married in 1819, the first recorded child was born in 1827. Were there other children or was William Eden away at sea for a long period?
They had the following children:
Sometime in the early 1830s, either Esther's husband, William Eden, died, or they separated.
Esther (Mudford) Eden then formed a relationship with Richard Wetherilt, who was 13 years her junior. We can not find a marriage, but the first child was born in 1837. It is thus presumed that they met in about 1836.121
Esther Mudford and Richard Wetherilt had three children.
Esther (Mudford) Wetherilt appears with her family in the 1841 to 18761 Census returns.
In 1841, William (Eden) Wetherilt, Esther's son by her previous marriage, is living with her and Richard Wetherilt.
After Richard Wetherilt died in 1857, Esther appears in the 1861 Census living with her daughter Mary Ann and her grandson George Wetherilt, aged 1 year. In 1871 she is still living with her now married daughter Mary (although the details in the Census are not completely correct).
Interestingly she is said to be born in Portsmouth, so perhaps the Mudford Family were there prior to moving to London.
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