The daughters of William Joynes Godwin
Mary Ann, Miriam, Ruth, Eva
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William had five children. The first four were girls who left home as expected when they came of age, though two of them were later to return to Quenington. They are discussed below, Mary Ann, Miriam, Ruth and Eva. The fifth child was a boy who would remain in the village and take over the family business after his father's death. Harold Joynes is discussed in a separate article herein.
Mary married a man whose occupation in education took him to various locations, including Oxford, London and Leamington Spa. She died in Birmingham at the age of 45. Mary had children, but with the information available and their very common surname (Jones) it has not been possible to follow their progress. After her death her husband came to Quenington and married Mary's youngest sister Eva.
Miriam at first settled in Quenington after marriage, her husband perhaps working for the Godwin company. But they soon left, and set up in business in South Cerney, Cirencester, where they remained until their deaths. There was one known daughter, who remained unmarried.
Ruth left home in her teens and married a seedsman who lived in Fairford. When he died, and also the brother, who was in business with him,, Ruth assisted her sister Eva in running the business but soon returned to Quenington, where she lived as a widow for the rest of her life. There were two children, one son and one daughter, both of whom lived in Quenington.
Eva had left home by the age of 21, when she was at Fairford at the home/business of a seedsman, whose brother was the husband of her sister Ruth. When the two brothers died Eva seems to have taken over the running of the business, helped by Ruth. Eva married the widower of her sister Mary and they later went to live in Quenington. Following the death of her husband Eva remained in Quenington. There are no known children.
Mary was born in Windrush in 1866, a year or two before the family moved to Quenington. She was then at home in Quenington until at least 1891, and in 1893 married Martin Jones locally. He had been born in Nursling, Hampshire, son of a market gardener, but in 1881 aged 16, was at home as an apprentice carpenter (ten years earlier he had been in Somerset at the home of an uncle who was himself a carpenter). He seems to have given up the trade, and perhaps manual work, for after his marriage he was working as a 'manual training instructor' for local education authorities, which seems to have taken him and his family to various locations; much later he would be listed as a school-teacher. They were in Oxford in 1896, Clapton, London 1898-1901 and Leamington Spa in April 1911. There were three daughters, one born in each location.
Later in 1911 Mary died in Birmingham at the age of 45. It is not known whether her body was brought
back to Quenington, but Martin certainly came, presumably with the children. When he married Mary's younger sister, Eva,
the following year (see below) his address was Woodside in Quenington and his occupation school-teacher. He and Eva would
later come to live in the village. See under Eva below. It has not yet been possible to trace the progress of Mary's children,
as there are very many with their names in central records.
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Miriam was born in Quenington in 1869 and lived at home until at least 1881. The next record is of her marriage locally (registered in Cirencester) in 1894 to Henry Fleetwood. He was born in 1868 in Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, son of a carpenter, and he himself would become a carpenter. In 1891 he had left home and was lodging in Swindon at the home of a wheelwright.
A year after their marriage, in late 1895, Miriam was in Farnham, Surrey, where daughter Dorothy Ruth, was born. But they were back in Quenington by 1901, when Henry was working as a builder's foreman, perhaps at the Godwin business. In December 1906 they moved to South Cerney, near Cirencester, where Henry may have set up his own business for in 1911 he was a builder and constructor, and an employer.
They remained in South Cerney. After World War 1 they were registered voters there until at least 1937; in 1939 Henry was a retired builder, still probably in South Cerney. .
He died there in 1946, Miriam died in 1959, aged 90, at a different
address in the same village. Henry left an estate of some £1200, Miriam some £3250. There was a daughter Dorothy Ruth who
died unmarried in Cheltenham in 1985 at the age of 89.
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The lives of the two last sisters were intertwined in the context of a seedsman's business in Fairford run by two brothers, Charles and Allan Baker. Ruth married Allan, the younger brother, and after his early death it would appear that she lived at the Fairford address together with Charles, and also her sister Eva. Allan and Charles both died the early years of the twentieth century, after which Eva seems to have run the business briefly, assisted by Ruth. Both later returned to Quenington and lived there for the rest of their lives.
Ruth was born in in Quenington in 1872 and left home in her teens. In 1891 she was lodging in Cirencester, working as a millinary assistant. Six years later she married Allan Baker, who was assisting in running the seed business at Milton Street in Fairford. Her residence at the time is not certain. In the autumn of 1900 she gave birth to daughter Lucy in Quenington and she was still there, or perhaps there again in April 1901, even though her husband was at his Fairford address. However, she was in Fairford in 1902 for the birth of son Allan.
Husband Allan died in 1902. Perhaps she remained at Fairford, for in 1911, after the death of brother-in-law Charles she was at the Fairford address assisting sister Eva in running the business. This may not have lasted more than a year or two. (see under Eva, below).
Nothing is known about the war years, though in 1919 Ruth was still living in Fairford, a householder at an unknown address. She had returned to Quenington by 1920 and would remain there. She was at an unknown address between the wars and at a Godwin house at Woodside after the second war. She died in 1947 at the age of 74 and lies in Quenington cemetery. She left an estate of just over £900, probate granted to her two children.
Ruth’s oldest child, Lucy, did not marry, lived with her mother at Woodside while her mother was still alive and at an unknown address thereafter. She died in 1994 at the age of 94. She must be the "Miss Baker", remembered by a resident of the time as a schoolteacher at Farmor's school in Fairford.
Ruth's son Allan also remained in Quenington, living with wife Gertrude in one of the Godwin cottages at Woodside. His occupations in 1939 and 1947 are compatible with working in the Godwin factory. He died in 1951 at the age of 49, leaving an estate of just under £1000. There was
probably a daughter Ruth. His wife Gertrude continued to live in the village, died in 1979 at the age of 77.
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Eva was born in Quenington in 1880. In 1901 she was at the house in Fairford where the two Baker brothers were running the seed business (see under Ruth above). The younger brother was the husband of her sister Ruth. She may have remained at the address with her sister and Charles Baker, for after Charles died in 1909 she was apparently running the business with the assistance of Ruth in 1911. This may not have lasted, for when she was married the following year she is shown as without occupation, and there is no record of the business in the 1914 Kelly Business directory.
In 1912 Eva married Martin Jones, the widower of her oldest sister Mary, see above. He had come to Quenington after Mary's death and was living at Woodside. The marriage took place at a registry office "by certificate", probably in Cirencester, the witnesses were Eva's father and step-mother. Eva was still living at the Milton Steet address in Fairford. Martin had had children by his first wife, but nothing is known about these. On the wedding documentation Martin is described as a schoolteacher, which is compatible with his occupation when he was married to Mary. However, in 1917, when father-in-law William Godwin died, Martin, one of those awarded probate for the estate, was described as a carpenter. Was he now working for the Godwin company?
Martin and Eva are then lost until 1926 when they reappear in Quenington, living at Woodside, but Martin only briefly, for he died the following year at address Copse View, perhaps a Woodside house. Eva continued living at Woodside until the war, at Copse View after the war and later in Mawley Road. In 1939 an Arthur S Buxton was also registered at Eva's house. He was a mechanical engineer,foreman, presumably working at the Godwin factory. Nothing more is yet known of him. Eva died in 1982 at the age of 102. There were probably no children.
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15th February 2020