Simmons, EMMA 1 2

Birth Name Simmons, EMMA
Gender female
Age at Death 47 years


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1853 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England 1881 Census 3a
Marriage 1877-08-13 Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England James Gurney 4a
Event Note

Specific date in julesi; quarter in Marriage Registration; own FT: children Annie, Ethel, Rose, James, George, Joseph

Residence 1881 Tring, Berkhamstead Registration District, Hertfordshire, England Lower Dunsley St 3b
Event Note

1881 Census  of England:
Gurney: James 34, Emma 28, and Amelia 1,  living at Lower Dunsley St, Tring, Herts, all born in Tring.
James is a General Labourer, Emma a Straw Plaiter. This is consistent with later Censuses. In addition Edward T Gurney 16, General Labourer, is living there as "Nephew".
The dwelling is a semi-detached [my term] as it shares a wall with the neighbors: Henry 57 and Anna 46 Bain/d. He is a Chelsea Pensioner and General Labourer born Cathargh (?) Yorkshire, and she in Tring.

[No mention of Amelia in family records - died young? Actually Hannah/Annie?]

Residence 1891 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 2 Ballard Building 5a
Event Note

1891 Census  of England:
Gurney:  James 42, Emma 38, Hannah 11,  James 8, George 5, Joseph 6 months.  
Occupation: James (Snr): General Labourer.
Born: All - Tring, Herts, except Joseph, born in Watford, Herts.
It is a stand-alone dwelling - 2 Ballard Building, St Mary's, Watford.

They have six lodgers: Rafe Smith 25, General Labourer, and William and Ann Young and  their three children.

Findmypast transcription adds "Wells Yard" - have queried.

Files: 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg and 1891EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg.

Note: An overseas researcher, Julie Simmons, with Gurney family links say that Ballards Building was “One of the worst slums in the town, over crowded.” and resultingly unhealthy. When we see that James and Emma have six lodgers it lends weight to the suggestion. [“julesi” in the Simmons Family Tree – and . See also article: from which the map is sourced.] - SJL

Death 1900 Watford, Hertfordshire, England    
Event Note

FreeBMD. England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915, Apr-May-Jun 1900

Death before 1901      
Event Note

"Both Emma? and James died young, leaving their daughter Annie to raise the family". In GFV1

There is a likely death registration for James in September 1898, and Julie Simmons says July 1898 (and may have a certificate) - see Note for 1891 Census. Emma not in 1901 Census. - SJL


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Simmons, UNKNOWN
    Brother     Simmons, Tom
    Brother     Simmons, James
    Sister     Simmons, Charlotte
         Simmons, EMMA 1853 1900
    Sister     Simmons, ??Keziah??
    Sibling     Simmons, ??others


Family of Gurney, JAMES and Simmons, EMMA

Married Husband Gurney, JAMES ( * 1847 + 1892 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Gurney, ?Ethel
Gurney, ?Rose
Gurney, Hannah/Annie1880
Gurney, James1882-05-10
Gurney, GEORGE1885-05-031968-03-17
Gurney, Joseph1890-03-16

Source References

  1. Vera (Gurney) Stuart via E J Leader: Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. Vera (Gurney) Stuart copied by S J Leader: Gurney Family by Vera Stuart
  3. UK Government: 1881 Census of England
      • Page: Tring/St Peter & St Paul/ pg 3; 1881EnglandCensusForHannahGurney.jpg
      • Page: Tring/St Peter & St Paul/ pg 3; 1881EnglandCensusForHannahGurney.jpg
  4. Family Search: England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
      • Page:; James Gurney, 'England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005'.htm
  5. 1891 Census of England
      • Page: Herts/Watford/St Marys/pg13; 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg