Elizabeth BLUNDEN (1838 - 1919) who became Elizabeth Ellis on marriage

Elizabeth Blunden, married name Ellis

This page gives a brief illustrated summary of the life of Elizabeth Blunden whose daughter married into the Cole family of the potteries in White Hart Lane, Tottenham.

Elizabeth Blunden was born on 24 Sep 1838 to Thomas Blunden and Elizabeth (born Rouse) in Burnham on Crouch, Essex, and she was baptised there on 11 Nov 1838. She was given the name of her older sister, Elizabeth, who died as a child before she was born. Her ancestry is shown in the chart at the end of the page.

On 2nd Jun 1861 Elizabeth married John George Ellis at the Parish Church, West Hackney, and the couple went on to have a large family, the eldest of whom became the pottery housewife at the White Hart Lane Pottery. For information on the family's various addresses in Tottenham and their married life see the page on Elizabeth's husband John George Ellis.

The 1881 census shows that Elizabeth's mother, born Elizabeth Rouse, came to live or stay with her daughter's Ellis family in Tottenham. However, her death certificate shows that she died in the Edmonton Union workhouse. The workhouse records are not available for the period, so it is - very disappointingly - impossible to find out why or for how long she was there. For more on the Blunden line see the work of William Utermohlen.

Elizabeth and John George were regular visitors to the pottery house. The photo shows them in the back garden or yard against the background of stacks of flowerpots.

The back garden or yard at the Cole Potteries in Tottenham showing the piles of pots in the background

Back, left to right: Rosa Ellis (then Luetchford); Elizabeth Caroline Ellis (then Cole); unknown; unknown; Florence Maria Bartlett (then Cole). Middle row: Herbert James Claud Cole; unknown; Elizabeth Blunden (then Ellis); James Reedman Cole. Front row, Jim Cole; Ted Cole; Frederick Cyril Luetchford and Florence Edith Cole.

Elizabeth died on 22 February 1919 in Hertford Road, Edmonton, probably at the home of her son Charles.

Her ancestry is shown below.

Tree showing ancestry of Elizabeth Blunden

More photographs of Elizabeth are available free of charge on CD-Rom to anyone with a legitimate interest.)

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