This is the story of John and Priscilla Baker nee Coombs.
John is my 2nd great grandfather (maternal) and is the son of James Fredrick and Ann Marie Baker nee Brookes and the grandson of John and Esther Baker nee Bayliss.
Priscilla is my 2nd great grandmother (maternal) and is the daughter of William and Emma Coombes nee Evans.
Born just a year apart, in 1886 and 1887 respectively, John and Priscilla had different childhoods. John was born in Fazeley, Staffordshire, was one of thirteen children and to parents married for forty-four years.
Priscilla was born in Foleshill, Warwickshire. She was one of ten children and her parents were married for twenty years before Priscilla's father died as a barge master.
All Saint's Parish Church (Church of England), was rebuilt in the late 19th century of Runcorn stone in the Decorated style. The church has a square bell tower from the original Church thought to date from 1450 which houses the Town Clock (1817), and a peal of eight bells, which are rung for Morning Services and for special occasions. The church has several fine stained glass windows; of particular note the north aisle window is a rare example of the work of Mr. H. Clarke depicting St Peter, St Paul, St Luke and St John.
At the age of fourteen, in 1901 Priscilla left school to be a cotton mill worker, whereas at the age of nineteen, in 1909 John signed up for the Royal Regiment Artillery.
This is a similar greeting from that time period.
Aged twenty-two and twenty-one in 1909, they were married in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
By 1911, there family showed up in the census.
My maternal great grandmother, Daisy was born this year.
Sadly, John was killed in WWI in 1915 when Lily May was five and Daisy was four.
In 1919, Priscilla married Harry Silverster Hill. They were married for over thirty-five years until Priscilla passed away aged sixty-four in 1951.
I'm still searching to see if Priscilla and Harry had any children.