Birth1848, Boreham, Essex
Deathca Feb 1916, Elham district, Kent
General3rd dau., 3rd child. m. Thos Grey & had issue.
FatherRev Henry Brown (1804-1875)
MotherMaria Blomfield (<1814-ca1884)
Spouses
Birthca 1819, Stepney, Middlesex
Deathca Feb 1892, Woolwich district, Kent
GeneralEast India Merchant
Marriageca May 1878, Woolwich district, Kent [3, Their marriage, Q2 of 1878, Woolwich dist, vol 1d, p. 1306]
ChildrenCecil Henry B (ca1879-ca1903)
 Leslie Blomfield (ca1880-)
 Beatrice Isabel E (ca1882-ca1923)
 Noel Blomfield (ca1885-ca1910)
 Eric Balfour (ca1887-ca1917)
Notes for Constance Isabella Brown
I can’t find her death on FreeBMD up to 1910, nor her birth record, though there are lots of ‘Female Brown’ on FreeBMD for 1845-7.

The answer is that she married between 1871 and 1881 and this gives a choice of husbands:

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page

Marriages Jun 1878
Brown Constance Isabella Woolwich 1d 1306
EDWARDS Louisa Catherine Woolwich 1d 1306
Gray Thomas Woolwich 1d 1306
KING William Henry Woolwich 1d 1306
SETFORD William Woolwich 1d 1306

And the 1881 census proves that her husband was Thomas Gray.
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1881 census:

Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Disability Where Born

GRAY, Thomas Head Married M 42 1839 East India Produce Broker Stepney, Middlesex
GRAY, Constance J Wife Married F 33 1848 B?ckham, Essex
GRAY, Henry B Son Single M 2 1879 Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Leslie B Son Single M 0 1881 St Pauls, Kent
BOWDEN, Elizabeth Servant Married F 42 1839 Cook Ser Tiverton, Devon
NESBITT, Jemima Servant Single F 22 1859 Parlour Ser Scotland
HAYWARD, Clarissa Servant Single F 28 1853 Parlour Maid Domes Ser Camberwell, Surrey
NEWMAN, Jane K Servant Single F 21 1860 Nurse Domes Ser Longmastow, Hampshire

RG number: RG11 Piece: 741 Folio: 19 Page: 29

Registration District: Woolwich Sub District: Charlton
EnumerationDistrict: Ecclesiastical Parish:

Civil Parish: Charlton Next Woolwich Municipal Borough:
Address: Arlebar, Charlton Next Woolwich
County: Kent
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In the 1891 census, her birth place was correctly stated as Boreham, Essex and they had one daughter and two sons and three servants, her husband being then an ‘East India Merchant’. Note that neither of their first two children were at home; Henry B reappears as Cyril H B in the 1901 census but Lesley is not seen again in 1891 or 1901, might he have died?

Notice that Thomas Gray is 30 years older than ten years previously in the 1881 census! I cannot identify him in pre-1881 censuses to sort this issue out.

Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Disability Where Born

GRAY, Thomas Head Married M 72 1819 East India Merchant Stepney, Middlesex
GRAY, Constance J Wife Married F 43 1848 Boreham, Essex
GRAY, Beatrice Daughter F 9 1882 Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Noel B Son M 6 1885 Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Eric B Son M 3 1888 Charlton, Kent
RUMSEY, Jewies Servant Single F 55 1836 Cook Burnham, Essex
GRAMSTON, Mary Servant Single F 30 1861 Nurse Crondall, Hampshire
HOCKLEY, Emily Servant Single F 17 1874 Housemaid Greenwich, Kent

RG number: RG12 Piece: 528 Folio: 27 Page: 46

Registration District: Woolwich Sub District: Charlton EnumerationDistrict: 7
Ecclesiastical Parish: St Paul

Civil Parish: Charlton Next Woolwich Municipal Borough:
Address: 16, Victoria Road, Charlton Next Woolwich, Charlton
County: London
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In 1901 she was widowed and living in Lambeth with three sons and one daughter and just one servant.

Name Relation Condition Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Disability Where Born

GRAY, Constance L Head Widow F 53 1848 Boreham, Essex
GRAY, Cyril H B Son Single M 22 1879 Bank Clerk Old Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Beatrice T E Daughter Single F 19 1882 Old Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Noel B Son M 16 1885 Old Charlton, Kent
GRAY, Eric B Son M 13 1888 Old Charlton, Kent
VIRGO, Alice R Servant F 16 1885 (Domestic) Lambeth Brixton

RG number: RG13 Piece: 438 Folio: 49 Page: 39

Registration District: Lambeth Sub District: Norwood EnumerationDistrict: 20
Ecclesiastical Parish: Emmanuel

Civil Parish: Lambeth Municipal Borough:
Address: 66, Rosendale Road, Lambeth
County: London
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In 1911 she solely had a 5 year old grandson in the house with no servants; she wrote that she had been married for 33 years, had 5 children of whom three had died, leaving only two then alive::

Name Relation Condition/ Yrs married Sex Age Birth Year Occupation Where Born

GRAY, Constance Isabella Head Widow F 63 1848 Private Means Boreham Essex
COLES, John Leslie Courting Grandson M 5 1906 Dulwich Surrey

RG number: RG14 Piece: 4751 Reference: RG14PN4751 RG78PN204 RD69 SD3 ED1 SN73

Registration District: Hastings Sub District: St Mary Magdalen EnumerationDistrict: 1
Parish: Hastings

Address: 10 Eversfield Place St Leonards
County: Sussex
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Which of her daughters had produced John L C Coles? Beatrice isable, the only dau.
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Her death:

Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Mar 1916 (>99%)
Gray Constance I 67 Elham 2a 1649
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Last Modified 30 Sep 2015Created 25 May 2017 by Tim Powys-Lybbe