Subsequent research revealed that he had been a baker or confectioner, had become bankrupt in 1848, and died in 1858. Ancestry suggested a few hints today which seem to have filled in this gap, and possibly explained how Emma Hewes and her family came to be living in Oxford.
Henry appears in the 1841 census1 in the household of Elizabeth Braggs:
High Street, Colchester, Essex, England
Elizabeth Braggs, Female, 35, Confectioner, Not Essex
Matilda Simpson, Female, 15, ?, Essex
Henry Hewes, Male, 20, Baker, Essex
Elias Taylor, Male, 15, Baker, Not Essex
Sarah Pullin, Female, 15, ?, Not Essex
Elizabeth is probably the wife of William Braggs, who appears in Pigot’s directory of 1823-24, and whose death is recorded in Colchester in 1850.
Henry, of full age, bachelor, baker, son of Stephen Hewes, marries Emma Griggs, of full age, spinster, daughter of John Griggs, at Holy Trinity, Colchester, Essex, England on 19 May 1844.2
Henry William Hewes is listed as both a confection and a baker and flour dealer in White’s Directory of Essex in 18483.
Henry is listed in the household of Catherine Horn, in Oxford, in the 1851 census6.
Household at 15 Corn Market St, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Catherine Horn, Head, W, F, 61, Confectioner employing 4 men and 1 boy, Oxford
John Horn, Son, U, M, 32, Hatter, Oxford
Edward Horn, Son, U, M, 30, Confectioner, Oxford
Mary M. Horn, Daughter, U, F, 26, Assistant, Oxford
William H. Horn, Son, U, M, 20, Cook, Oxford
Thomas R. Bolton, Grand Son, U, M, 21, Surgeons Assistant, Oxford
Elizabeth Millson, Serv., U, F, 23, House Servant, Berks. Staniford
Henry Hewes, Serv., Mar, M, 29, Confectioner, Essex Colchester
John Phillips, Serv., U, M, 26, Baker, Oxon. Barton
Charles Fox, Serv., U, M, 20, Baker, Oxon. Aston.
More details of 15 Corn Market St, Oxford
It is possible that Henry found work in Oxford as a solution to his financial difficulties, or to establish a new reputation. His wife Emma, and their four children, are living with her mother, Margaret, at Eld Lane, Colchester, in the 1851 census. Presumably Henry has recently moved to Oxford, and Emma and the children at some point after March 1851 follow him to Oxford. This explains Emma’s presence in Oxford in the 1861 census.
The death on “June 20, in London, aged 40 years, Mr. Henry Hewes, late of 4 Head Street, Colchester, baker” is reported in The Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for the Eastern Counties 2 Jul 1858.
- “England and Wales Census, 1841,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQ2F-PYB : 6 March 2021), Henry Hewes in household of Elizabeth Braggs, Harwich St Nicholas, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from “1841 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
- Marriage of Henry Hewes to Emma Griggs, 19-May-1844, Holy Trinity Parish Church, Colchester, Essex, England, UK General Register Office.
- “The Jurist vol XII Part II 1848” page 318 – http://books.google.com.au/books?id=SkowAAAAIAAJ
- “The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent”, 17 Aug 1850
- “England and Wales Census, 1851,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SGX9-21G : 9 November 2019), Henry Hewes, St Michael, Oxfordshire, England; citing St Michael, Oxfordshire, England, p. 2, from “1851 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.