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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameSpiers, Alfred
Date of Birth1844
Location/CommunitySouthrop
NotesBirth / baptism
Worcestershire, Pershore, 1843, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 18, p 424, Alfred Spiers [Defford is in the Pershore Registration District].

Defford, Worcestershire, 1844 [AB]

Marriage
Worcestershire, Worcester, 1870, Oct, Nov, Dec, Vol. 6c, p. 471, Alfred Spier married Constance Reece.

c. 1870 [AB]

Death / burial
Gloucestershire, Northleach, 1928, Jul, Aug, Sep, Vol. 6a, p 357, age, 84.

Lechlade, 8 September, 1928, aged 84 [AB]

Alfred Williams / others notes
Literate [AB]

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15/9/28 p.2

DEATH OF MR ALFRED SPIERS

On Saturday morning, the 9th inst., Mr Alfred Spiers died at The Swan, Southrop, the home of his daughter and son-in-law Mr and Mrs George Newman, with whom he had resided for the last 19 years. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at the parish church, Lechlade . . . The burial took place in the same grave as his wife, who died 19 years ago.

Details of mourners and floral tributes

Mr Spiers was a native of Defford, Worcestershire, and came to this town about 52 years ago as agent for the G.W.R. He lived for a short time in St Johns Street, then in the Fairford Road for 10 years. He then became licensee of the Swan for five years, and later of the Crown for 18 years, retiring on the death of his wife and daughter, Edith, in 1909. In politics he was a staunch Conservative, and by his occupation and urbanity he was well-known by everyone in the town. He leaves a family of two sons, two daughters, and a step-daughter to mourn his loss.

My particular thanks to Dr. C J Bearman who researched a number of Gloucestershire singers as part of the Singing Landscape Project, 2008 - 2010 with whose kind permission this obituary is reproduced.
Census InformationCensus 1911
Listed as Alfred Spiers, place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire, c. 1844, age, 65; address, Swan Inn, Southrop, near Lechlade, Gloucestershire; occupation, private means; widower; living in the household of his son in law, George Newman, age, 34; place of birth, Southrop, Gloucestershire; occupation, inn keeper; his wife, Emma C., age, 33; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, assistant in the business; their son, Alfred G., age, 6; their son, Albert E., age, 4; place of birth both siblings, Southrop; Alfreds son, Alfred M., age, 31; place of birth, Lechlade, occupation, assistant in the business; also, Florence Stevens, age, 18; place of birth, Southrop; occuaption, general servant, domestic; boarder, Edward Bishop, age, 35; place of birth, Malmesbury, Wiltshire; occupation, carpenter.

Census 1901
Place of birth, Lechlade [Defford], Gloucestershire [Worcestershire]; c, 1846; Age, 55; address, Crown Inn, High Street North, Lechlade; occupation, coal merchant; living with, wife, Constance, age, 54; place of birth, Lechlade [Defford]; occupation, pub inn keeper; daughter, Edith A., age, 27; son, Alfred M., age, 25; occupation, carpenter; son, Albert E., age, 23; occupation, carpenter and wheelwright; place of birth all siblings, Lechlade; also, Mary Cook, age, 20; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, general servant, domestic; boarder, James Smart, age, 33; place of birth not known; occupation, stud groom; boarder, Thomas Hurch, age, 22; place of birth, not known; occupation, under stud groom; boarder, John Meagan, age, 29; place of birth, not known; occupation, valet, domestic; boarder, William Leach, age, 20; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, under stud groom; boarder, Frederick Edwards, age, 27; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, assistant tailor; boarder, Frank Harding, age, 32; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, builders clerk; boarder, Robert Barkham, age, 19; place of birth, Lechlade; occupation, stone mason.

Census 1891
Alfred Spiers is not present, the implication in the occupation of Alfred M. is that he is visiting his mother at Defford. Place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; c. 1844; Age, 47; address, Woodmancote, Defford; occupation, licensed victualler, pub; visiting mother, Ann, age, 77, place of birth, Broughton, Worcestershire; also, Rose, Nash, age, 15; place of birth, Tibberton, Gloucestershire; occupation, general servant, domestic. Then there is Constance Spiers, place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; address, Crown Inn, High Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire; occupation, inn keeper; married; living with, daughter, Edith A., age, 19; place of birth, Kempsey, Worcestershire; son, Alfred M., age, 16; place of birth, Kempsey; occupation, assistant to father in hotel; son, Albert E., place of birth, Witney, Oxfordshire; occupation, carpenters apprentice; daughter, Emma C., age, 12; place of birth, Lechlade; scholar; daughter, Amy B., age, 8; place of birth, Lechlade; also, lodger, John Smith, age, 60; place of birth, Leafield, Oxfordshire; occupation, wheelwright; lodger, Harry Lewis, age, 46; place of birth, Widford, Essex; occupation, musical instrument maker; widower; lodger, Philip H. Whitfield, age, 46; place of birth, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire; occupation, farmer.

Census 1881
Place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; c. 1842; Age, 39; address, Licenced beer house, outdoor, High Street South, Lechlade, Gloucestershire; occupation, railway agent, carrier; living with, wife, Constance, age, 42; place of birth, Defford; daughter in law, Fanny C. Reece, age, 22; place of birth, Upton on Severn, Gloucestershire; daughter, Edith Ann, age, 9; place of birth, Kempsey, Worcestershire; scholar; son, Alfred E., age, 7; place of birth, Kempsey; son, Albert W. [N.], place of birth, Witney, Oxfordshire; age, 3; daughter, Edwina C., age, 3; place of birth, Lechlade, Gloucestershire.

Census 1871
Listed as Alfred Spires. Place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; c. 1845; Age, 26; address, Draycott, Kempsey, Worcestershire; occupation, farmer, of 7 acres; living with, wife, Constance, age, 31; place of birth, Defford; also, cousins, Annie Brotheridge, age, 17; place of birth, Halton?, Worcestershire; Charles Brotheridge, age, 12; Amy Brotheridge, age, 10; place of birth all siblings, except Annie, Ashchurch, Worcestershire.

Census 1861
Listed as Alfred Spino. Place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; c. 1845; Age, 16; address, Station Road, Tewkesbury, Worcestershire; occupation, accountant; lodger, living in the household of William Price, age, 31; place of birth, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire; occupation, grocer.

Census 1851
Place of birth, Defford, Worcestershire; c. 1844; Age, 7; address, Woodmancote, Defford; scholar; living with, father, Michael, age, 36; place of birth, Defford, occupation, sawyer; mother, Ann, age, 38; place of birth, Drakes Broughton, Worcestershire; brother, William, age 10; scholar; brother, John, age, 8; James Michael, age, 5; scholar; brother, Joseph, age, 3; place of birth all siblings, Defford; aso, uncle, Henry Spiers, age, 31; place of birth, Hallow?, Worcstershire; occupation, ?.
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