Ancestors of Adam and Emma Jackson


James BATEMAN-B04FF was born about 1873 in Brandiston, Norfolk. James married 1 Alice BLUNDERFIELD-B04EC about Feb 1901 in Norwich, Norfolk.

James was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 77, Quebec Rd, Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk. He was described as Son-in-Law, aged 27 years, working as a Railway Goods Porter. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 71, Quebec Rd, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 37 years, working as a Railway Porter with the Great Eastern Railway Company.

Alice BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B04EC was born 1 about Oct 1880 in Salhouse, Norfolk. Alice married 2 James BATEMAN-B04FF about Feb 1901 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Alice was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Main Street, Salhouse, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 6 months. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 41, Quebec Rd, Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 9 years. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 77, Quebec Rd, Thorpe, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, married, aged 22 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 71, Quebec Rd, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 31 years. Married for 10 years and given birth to 3 children of which 2 were still living

In the 1911 census, Alice records that she has given birth to 3 children, one of which died.

They had the following children.

  M i
James BATEMAN-B0395 was born about 1907 in Norwich, Norfolk.

James was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 71, Quebec Rd, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk. He was described as Son, aged 3 years.
  F ii
Ruby BATEMAN-B0396 was born about 1909 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Ruby was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 71, Quebec Rd, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, aged 1 year.

Martin James Carver STARLING 1-S0438 was born in 1869 in Ashby Saint Mary, Norfolk. He died in 1913. Martin married 2, 3 Bessie Wilson BLUNDERFIELD-B0430 on 22 May 1899 in Saint Mary, Sisland, Norfolk.

Martin was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 18, Brunswick Road, Norwich, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 41 years, working as a Commercial Clerk,.

Bessie Wilson BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0430 was born 1 on 16 Dec 1876 in Sisland, Norfolk. She died on 24 Apr 1973 in Norwich, Norfolk. Bessie married 2, 3 Martin James Carver STARLING-S0438 on 22 May 1899 in Saint Mary, Sisland, Norfolk.

Bessie was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Sisland, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 4 years, a Scholar. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in White House, Sisland, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, aged 14 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 18, Brunswick Road, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Wife, aged 34 years. Married for 11 years and given birth to 2 children, both still living.

Other marriages:
VARVELL, Albert Edward

The 1911 census confirms that Bessie had two children, both of whom were still living in 1911

They had the following children.

  F i
Hilda May STARLING 1-S0336 was born in 1900 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Hilda was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 18, Brunswick Road, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter, aged 10 years.
  M ii Henry James STARLING-S0337 was born on 19 Feb 1905. He died in Nov 1996.

Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0566 was born about Jul 1821 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 22 Jul 1821 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. He died 2 on 25 Feb 1899 in Beccles, Suffolk. He was buried 3 on 01 Mar 1899 in St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. Thomas married 4, 5 Emma Hannah SHARDELOW-S0521 on 06 Apr 1892 in Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Thomas was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was described as aged 15 to 19 years. He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in 36, Upper Seymour Street, Marylebone, London. He was described as Head of family, unmarried, aged 31 years, working as a Cabinet Maker. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 36, Lonsdale Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Brother, unmarried, aged 39 years, working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 14, Southam Street, Paddington, London. He was described as Son-in-Law, aged 49 years, working as an Estate Agent. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 33, Cambridge Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 59 years, working as a Clerk to London Steam Boat Company. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Rothschild Ward, West London Hospital, Hammersmith. He was described as Patient, Widower aged 69 years, a Commercial Traveller in Soap.

Other marriages:
WATSON, Elizabeth

The London Standard newspaper, dated Wednesday 25th December 1850, contains details of an investigation into recent collisions on the Eastern Counties Railway and includes a list of those injured. One of those listed is Mr Blunderfield, of 36, Upper Seymour Street, Portman Square who sustained a bruised shoulder. Thomas is recorded at this address in the 1851 Census a few months later.

Thomas appears to have had a variety of occupations. In the 1851 Census, he is described as a Cabinet Maker, by 1861 a Carpenter and Joiner. A Bankruptcy Notice in 1864 gives his occupation as a Cheesemonger. A newspaper article in 1867 reports him as the Verger at his local church (although this was probably unpaid and part time). In 1871, he is working as an Estate Agent. In 1881 as a Clerk with the London Steamboat Company and finally in 1891, the Census describes him as a Commercial Traveller in Soap.

His work with the London Steamship Company may have allowed him to travel. There is a Thomas Blunderfield arriving in Sydney on the 2nd June 1882, aboard the 'Egmont' from Rockhampton. He was travelling in Saloon Class rather than Steerage.

Addresses (from the London Electoral Lists)
15, Sotham St, Paddington South (1890, 1891)

Emma Hannah SHARDELOW [Parents]-S0521 was born about Feb 1838 in Thorpe Saint Andrew, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 25 Feb 1838 in the Church of Saint Andrew in Thorpe, Norfolk. She died 2 on 30 Nov 1909 in Beccles, Suffolk. Emma married 3, 4 Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0566 on 06 Apr 1892 in Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Emma was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 12 years, a Scholar. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 30, Lawson Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as a Widow aged 55 years, working as a Draper. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Northgate Street, Beccles, Suffolk. She was described as Fancy Draper.

Other marriages:
CARR, Edward


Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B04EH was born 1 about May 1873 in Burgh Castle, Suffolk. He died 2 on 20 Jun 1958 in Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire. Thomas married 3 Eliza BURR-B04FG about May 1896 in Fulham (RD), London.

Thomas was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was described as nephew aged 8 years, a scholar. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Links Road, Thurlton, Norfolk. He was described as Nephew, aged 18 years, working as a Farmer's Assistant. He worked as Stationer on 15 Oct 1898 in 212 Uxbridge Road. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 53 Warren Road, Croydon, Surrey. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 28 years, working as a Dairy Farmer. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 300, High Street, Lewisham, Middlesex. He was described as Head of Family, married, aged 38 years, working as a Dairyman with the Cypress Dairy Company. His will was probated on 05 Nov 1958 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.

Addresses (from the London Electoral Lists)
212, Uxbridge Rd, Hammersmith (1898)
101, Halton Rd, Islington (1907, 1908)
8, Dunholme Rd, Enfield, Edmonton (1929)

When the Letters of Administration were granted following the death of his wife Eliza in January 1955, Thomas was described as a retired smallholder of Sudbrooke in Lincolnshire.

His home was described as Abinger, Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire when he died in June 1958

Eliza BURR-B04FG was born 1 about Feb 1872 in Waddington, Lincolnshire. She died 2 on 01 Jan 1955 in Sudbrooke, Lincolnshire. Eliza married 3 Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B04EH about May 1896 in Fulham (RD), London.

Eliza was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 53 Warren Road, Croydon, Surrey. She was described as Wife aged 29 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 300, High Street, Lewisham, Middlesex. She was described as Wife aged 39 years. Married for 14 years and given birth to 1 child, still living.

In the 1911 census, Eliza records that she has given birth to one child.

They had the following children.

  F i Lilian Mary BLUNDERFIELD-B0354 was born on 11 Feb 1897.

Henry BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0561 was born on 11 Dec 1831 in Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 15 Jan 1832 in St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He died 2 on 09 Nov 1901 in Hammersmith, London, Middlesex. He was buried on 12 Nov 1901 in Margravine Cemetery, Hammersmith, Middlesex. Henry married 3, 4 Betsy GOLDSMITH-G0519 on 23 Aug 1896 in the Church of St John in Torquay, Devon.

Henry was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. He was described as aged 10 years. He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as Son, unmarried, aged 19 years. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 36, Lonsdale Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 29 years, working as a Carpenter and Joiner. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in 9, Basing Road, Kensington, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 39 years, working as a Carpenter. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in 12 Carthew Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 49 years, working as a Carpenter. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 59 years, working as a Carpenter and Builder. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 69 years, working as a Carpenter and Builder. His will was probated on 12 Aug 1901 in London.

Other marriages:
GILLBEE, Lucy Maria

In March 1887, Henry Blunderfield of 44 Weltje Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex, together with his neighbour and building business partner, filed for bankruptcy.

Addresses (from the London Electoral Lists)
44, Weltje Rd, Hammersmith (1890, 1891, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901)

On the 5th October 1881, Henry Blunderfield, a builder of 12, Carthew Rd, Hammersmith, was initiated into the Freemasons, Royal Commemoration Lodge, Putney.

Betsy GOLDSMITH-G0519 was born 1 about Aug 1849 in Halesworth, Suffolk. She died 2 about Aug 1931 in Poole, Dorset. Betsy married 3, 4 Henry BLUNDERFIELD-B0561 on 23 Aug 1896 in the Church of St John in Torquay, Devon.

Betsy was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Braddon Villa, Braddons Road East, Torquay, Devon. She was described as a Nurse and Domestic Servant.. single and aged 39 years She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 44, Weltje Road, Hammersmith, London. She was described as Wife aged 52 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in 30, Cleveland Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as an Aunt and Widow, aged 61 years, of Private Means.

Marriage Notes:

It appears that Henry, as a widower, perhaps took a holiday in Devon where he met Betsy (who in 1891 was working in Torquay). This explains why the marriage was so far away from London, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The marriage Banns were read at Saint Peter, Hammersmith, Middlesex on the 5th, 12th and 19th July 1896 and a certificate of Banns issued on the 31st July 1896 (see image in B0561 scrapbook).


Joseph BOGGIS-B05ED was born about 1826 in Beccles, Suffolk. He died 1 about Feb 1908 in Loddon (RD), Norfolk. Joseph married Elizabeth BLUNDERFIELD-B0569 on 26 Apr 1853 in St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk.

Joseph was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Marsh Farm, Ellingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 32 years, working as a Farmer of 49 acres, employing 2 men. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Fir Tree Farm, Geldeston, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 43 years, working as a Farmer of 100 acres, employing 2 men and 2 boys. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Gillingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 52 years, working as a Farmer of 400 acres, employing 9 men. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Marsh Road, Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 63 years, working as a Farmer. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Beccles Road, Geldeston, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 73 years and living on own means.

In the 1881 Census, Joseph's birthplace is given as Kirby Cane, Norfolk, on all other occasions it is given as Beccles, Suffolk.

Elizabeth BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0569 was born on 20 Jun 1829 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 19 Jul 1829 in St Mary's Church, Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She died 2 about May 1909 in Loddon (RD), Norfolk. Elizabeth married Joseph BOGGIS-B05ED on 26 Apr 1853 in St Matthias, Thorpe next Haddiscoe, Norfolk.

Elizabeth was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Near The Marshes, Thorpe Next Haddiscoe, Norfolk. She was described as aged 12 years. She was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in 36, Upper Seymour Street, Marylebone, London. She was described as Sister, unmarried, aged 22 years. She was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Marsh Farm, Ellingham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 31 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Fir Tree Farm, Geldeston, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 41 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Gillingham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 50 years. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Marsh Road, Bergh Apton, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 61 years. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Beccles Road, Geldeston, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 71 years.

1851 Census gives her birthplace as Heckingham, Norfolk
1861 Census gives her birthplace as Norton, Norfolk
1871 Census gives her birthplace as Norton, Norfolk
1881 Census gives her birthplace as Thorpe, Norfolk
1891 Census gives her birthplace as Norton Subcourse, Norfolk
1901 Census gives her birthplace as Norton Subcourse, Norfolk

They had the following children.

  M i
Joseph BOGGIS-B04FJ was born about 1853 in Ellingham, Norfolk.

Joseph was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Marsh Farm, Ellingham, Norfolk. He was described as a Farmer's Son aged 7 years. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Beccles Road, Geldeston, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 27 years, working as a Farmer of 292 acres, employing 2 men and 2 boys.
  F ii
Elizabeth BOGGIS-B04FH was born about 1855 in Ellingham, Norfolk.

Elizabeth was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Marsh Farm, Ellingham, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 5 years, a Scholar. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Fir Tree Farm, Geldeston, Norfolk. She was described as a Farmer's Daughter aged 15 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Gillingham, Norfolk. She was described as a Farmer's Daughter, unmarried aged 25 years.

Benjamin SHARDELOW-S0611 was born about 1808 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died 1 on 25 Feb 1863 in Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk. Benjamin married 2, 3 Mary BLUNDERFIELD-B0637 on 27 Dec 1831 in St Olave, Southwark, Surrey.

Benjamin was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 42 years, working as a Master Plumber employing 2 men.

At the time of the 1851 census, Benjamin had a younger unmarried sister Martha (b. abt 1815 in Norton) staying with him.

Mary BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0637 was born on 10 Feb 1808 in Southwark, Surrey. She was christened on 24 Apr 1808 in Saint Olave, Southwark, Surrey. She died 1 on 06 Feb 1871 in Blofield (RD), Norfolk. She was buried 2 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich, Norfolk. Mary married 3, 4 Benjamin SHARDELOW-S0611 on 27 Dec 1831 in St Olave, Southwark, Surrey.

Mary was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 43 years.

They had the following children.

  M i
Benjamin SHARDELOW-S0519 was born about 1832 in Bermondsey, Surrey.

Benjamin was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. He was described as Son aged 18 years, working as a Plumber's Assistant.
  F ii
Mary Anne Rosa SHARDELOW-S0520 was born about Jan 1835 in Thorpe, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 18 Jan 1835 in the Church of Saint Andrew in Thorpe, Norfolk.

Mary was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 16 years, working as an Apprentice Dressmaker.
  F iii Martha SHARDELOW-S0518 was born about Apr 1836. She died on 28 Oct 1930.
  F iv Emma Hannah SHARDELOW-S0521 was born about Feb 1838. She died on 30 Nov 1909.
  F v
Clara Eliza SHARDELOW-S0522 was born on 15 Sep 1849 in Thorpe, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 16 Oct 1849 in the Church of Saint Andrew in Thorpe, Norfolk.

Clara was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Thorpe Road, Thorpe, Norfolk. She was described as Daughter aged 1 year.

Samuel BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0722 was born 2 on 28 Feb 1791 in Norwich, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 29 Apr 1791 in Old Meeting House Independent, Norwich, Norfolk. He died 3 on 10 May 1849 in Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk from Diseased Prostate and Debility. He was buried 4 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich. Samuel married 2, 5 Amelia SYKES-S0725 on 29 Jul 1823 in St Peter's Church, Guestwick, Norfolk.

Samuel was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Tooley Street, Norwich Saint Mary, Norfolk. He was described as a Builder aged 50 years.

In the Norwich Directory of 1842, Samuel Blunderfield of Tooley Street, has several entries:
Alderman of Norwich
Director of Benevolent Association for the Relief of Decayed Tradesmen
Committee Member of The Bible Society
Builder & Carpenter

Referred to in the will of his father Samuel (B0815) dated 11 Apr 1823. Proven 2 Mar 1838

It is interesting to see that at the time of the 1841 Census, Samuel was alone in Norwich, whilst his wife and daughter are in London.

Samuel Blunderfield is listed in the following Norwich Poll Books and Electoral Registers (ie those entitled to vote)
1830 - a Builder of St Mary's Parish, Norwich
1832 - a Freeman of Norwich, Tooley Street, St Mary's Parish, Norwich

Amelia SYKES-S0725 was born about 1798 in Guestwick, Norfolk. She died 1, 2 on 06 Nov 1859 in Newmarket Terrace, Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk. She was buried 3 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich. Amelia married 4, 5 Samuel BLUNDERFIELD-B0722 on 29 Jul 1823 in St Peter's Church, Guestwick, Norfolk.

Amelia was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Little Tower Hill, The Tower Hamlets, London. She was described as aged 40 to 44 years and of Independent Means. She was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Newmarket Terrace, Heigham, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Proprietor of Houses.

Referred to in the will of her husband Samuel (B0722)

They had the following children.

  F i
Amelia Sykes BLUNDERFIELD-B0638 was born on 08 Jun 1824 in Norwich, Norfolk. She was christened on 29 Jul 1824 in Old Meeting House-Independent, Norwich, Norfolk. She died on 04 Nov 1824 in Norwich, Norfolk. She was buried on 11 Nov 1824 in St Clements Independent Church, Norwich, Norfolk.
  F ii Emily Sykes BLUNDERFIELD-B0639 was born on 29 Jul 1825. She died on 21 Oct 1893.

Robert Clifton FOREMAN 1-F0607 was born about 1822 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He died 2 on 11 Jun 1865 in Brighton, Sussex. He was buried 3 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich. Robert married 4, 5 Emily Sykes BLUNDERFIELD-B0639 on 08 May 1849 in Heigham, Norfolk.

Robert was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Carlton Colville, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 28 years, working as a Physician (Edinburgh).

Robert qualified as a Physician M.D., L.R.C.S. at Edinburgh in 1847.

At the time of his marriage, Robert was described as the Resident Physician at Park-House Asylum, Highgate.

Emily Sykes BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0639 was born 1 on 29 Jul 1825 in Norwich, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 24 Aug 1825 in Old Meeting House-Independent, Norwich, Norfolk. She died 2 on 21 Oct 1893 in Streatham, London. She was buried 3 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich. Emily married 1, 4 Robert Clifton FOREMAN-F0607 on 08 May 1849 in Heigham, Norfolk.

Emily was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Little Tower Hill, The Tower Hamlets, London. She was described as aged 15 to 19 years. She was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Carlton Colville, Suffolk. She was described as Wife aged 25 years.

Referred to in the will of her father Samuel (B0722)
Emily was living in Brighton when Letters of Administration, following her mother's death, were granted in December 1859.

They had the following children.

  F i Ellen Mary Blunderfield FOREMAN-F0522 was born about Aug 1851. She died in 1914.
  M ii
Samuel Blunderfield FOREMAN 1-F0523 was born 2 about Feb 1854 in Mutford RD, Suffolk. He died 3, 4 on 16 Oct 1893 in Streatham, London from Pleuro-Pneumonia. He was buried 5 in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich.

Samuel did not marry.

Benjamin Charles BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0520 was born 2 on 08 Feb 1844 in Loddon, Norfolk. He was christened 3 on 31 Mar 1844 in the Wesleyan Chapel in Bungay, Suffolk. He died 4 on 10 Aug 1907 in Adelaide, South Australia from being run over by a train. He was buried 5 on 12 Aug 1907 in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Benjamin married Sarah Ann FLORANCE-F0521 on 01 Jun 1904 in Residence of Rev W A Potts, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Benjamin was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as a Farmer's Son aged 7 years. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as a Farmer's Son aged 17 years. He was counted in a census on 07 Apr 1871 in Yoxford Road, Kelsale, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 27 years, working as a Farmer of 210 acres employing 7 labourers. He worked as an Advertising Agent on 07 Jan 1903 in Plympton, South Australia.

Other marriages:
FARROW, Mary Anne

In March 1880, Benjamin Charles Blunderfield, described as a Farmer of Gisleham in Suffolk, filed for Bankruptcy (see Document Archive). This was no doubt the reason for a 'fresh start' in another country.

According to the statement given by Benjamin's son, George Farrow Blunderfield, at the inquest into the Trawool Tragedy, he stated that he had gone to S Africa with his parents when he was 11 and that they lived there for 3 years. This means that they must have left England around 1882 and arrived in Australia around 1885. They initially lived in Plympton, SA.

Whilst his wife and children were living in Southwold at the time of the 1881 census, there is no trace of Benjamin anywhere in England. He had already gone out to South Africa.

On the 3rd of July 1880, the steamer 'Balmoral Castle', arrived in Cape Town, a passenger with the surnmame Blunderfield is listed as bound for Natal and continued to Durban a few days later, probably aboard the steamer 'Venice'.

His wife Mary Anne and their seven surviving children (Henrietta, Francis, George, Jessie, Alice, Beatric and Stephen) left Plymouth on the 13th May 1882 aboard the steamer 'German' and arrived Durban to join Benjamin, almost a month later, on the 12th June.

The family moved to Australia around 1885. Details of their journey have not yet been found.

In the South Australian Police Gazette index for 1895 there is the following entry:
Stealing in Dwellings, etc. Blunderfield, Benjamin C. page 70

There is a Mr B Blunderfield (aged 63) who described himself as a Dealer, departing Southampton on the 18th October 1902 aboard the steamer 'Galeka' bound for Cape Town. This was about a year after his first wife had died in Australia.

He must have returned to Australia though. In the South Australian Police Gazette index for 1904 there is the following entry:
Stealing in Dwellings, etc. Blunderfield, Benjamin C. page 91

ADELAIDE ADVERTISER - 1907, Monday 12th August
A RAILWAY FATALITY -  BODY IN A CATTLE PIT.
At 6.48 a.m. on Saturday the police were informed that the dead body of a man was lying in a cattle-pit near the Hilton railway station crossing. The unfortunate man had evidently been knocked down by a passing train. Constables Crowe and Brady at once proceeded to the scene with the police ambulance. Near the Hilton railway-station crossing they found the body of a man badly mutilated. It was cold and was lying under the line in the cattle pit on the south side of the Hilton railway line crossing. The body has been identified as that of Benjamin Charles Blunderfield, a former resident of Halifax Street, Adelaide. An inquest will be held to-day.

Sarah Ann FLORANCE-F0521 was born in 1849. She died 1, 2 on 26 Jan 1916 in Adelaide, South Australia. She was buried 3 on 28 Jan 1916 in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Sarah married Benjamin Charles BLUNDERFIELD-B0520 on 01 Jun 1904 in Residence of Rev W A Potts, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Sarah was the daughter of George Edward Florance and the widow of Thomas Townsend who she married around 1875.

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