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Family 1: William Hawken and Mary Anne Spurrell

William Hawken 1844 born in Poughill is the son of William and Margaret Hawken in Poughill.  He is the grandson of William and Jenny Charles from Week St Mary. He becomes a coastguard and naturally travels around. In 1871 he marries Mary Anne Spurrell in Stoke Damerel.

She is a Devonport girl born in 1846. Her father was Samuel 1808-1851 from Stoke Damerel where he was a shoemaker. Mary Anne's mother was Mary Ann Brooking who was born in 1801 in Stoke Climsland. David Brooking 1887 (below) is named after his maternal grandmother - there is a Brooking Society for those interested in this branch.

In 1881 they are in East Budleigh working as a coastguard but move to Wales by 1885. In the 1901 census, he is described as Principal Boatman, HM Customs. Mary Anne dies in 1914. William dies in 1922 in Haverfordwest. They are buried in Thornton Cemetery, Milford Haven.

  • son John Samuel Frederick 1874 born in Stoke Damerel. He went to Greenwich College on a scholarship and later in life owned a small fleet of trawlers, the last of which was sold in the 1950s when the fishing industry in Milford Haven declined. In 1897, Fred was a ships' painter - he saw a nine year old boy, Frank Pettit, fall 20 feet into Milford dock. Despite having heavy working attire, he dived in and hauled an unconscious boy out of the water. He was awarded a Royal Humane Society's medal for this act of conspicuous bravery.

    In 1909 he marries Frances Llewellin Davies [1871-1961]. He dies at 12 Shakespeare Avenue, Haverfordwest in 1957. Samuel and Frances are buried in Thornton Cemetery, Milford Haven.

    • son William David 1911 born in Haverfordwest. In 1939 he marries Iris Beatrice James at St Katherine's, Haverfordwest but dies in 1948 also at 12 Shakespeare Avenue, Haverfordwest and is buried in Thornton Cemetery, Milford Haven. Iris remarries in 1951 to Ivor Evans

      • son Roger F 1940 born in Steynton, just outside Milford Haven. He marries Anne Millar in 1969 - Family 1 Yorkshire

    • daughter Frances Mary 1917 probably born in Milford Haven but lived all her later life in Haverfordwest. She worked in London as a hair stylist at one of the salons in Bond Street before she marries William Gwyther Thomas in 1938. They had two sons: William David, who married Zandra, lives in Haverfordwest with two daughters. The younger son, Russell Frederick, lives in Farnham and has a son. Frances Mary died in 1993

  • daughter Ada 1875 born in Stoke Damerel. In 1901 in Bristol she is working as a servant and shop assistant at 8 Mall, Bristol. She is living with retired builder, James Baker, and his wife and son, Alfred. Alfred runs the shop - a provision merchant. She marries Alfred (16 years older than herself) later that year in Bristol and they have two sons, Alfred Leslie (1902) and Leonard York (1903). In 1911, they are still in the Mall, Bristol and they run a dairy business. Ada dies in 1939, a widow by then, and leaves £2183

  • daughter Emily Maria 1877 born in Greystones, WIcklow in Ireland. In 1911, she worked as a domestic servant, living with her retired parent in Haverfordwest. Unmarried, she died in Haverfordwest in 1941 and is buried in Thornton Cemetery, Milford Haven.

  • son William Richard 1879 born in Greystone in Ireland. He dies very young in 1887 in Haverfordwest

  • son Edmund Leslie 1880 born in Budleigh Salterton but soon moves to Milford Haven where his occupation in 1901and 1911 is fishpacker. In 1915, he was a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. [The RGA was part of the Royal Artillery Regiment which had three sections - Horse Artillery, Field Artillery and Garrison Artillery. The latter were the heavy guns stationed well behind the lines.] He is in France from 1916 and is wounded (possibly a broken collar bone) in 1917. He is discharged in 1919.

    In 1921 he marries Elizabeth Amy Griffiths [1894-1973] in Pembroke. There is no record of any children. He dies in 1969 in Carmarthen.

  • son Leonard Henry 1885 born in Haverfordwest. Known as Henry for the 1901 census when he was a painter. His granddaughter, Janice, writes that he was always known as Len. He led a very interesting life, being a painter of both full size ships at Milford Haven and beautiful landscapes. He was also a stone mason and architect and designed some of the interiors for the Odeon cinemas in the 20s and 30s. He married Frances Alice Morgan in 1912 in Haverfordwest. Frances Alice was always Alice. Very beautiful (and rather vain!) and considered the most beautiful of the five Morgan sisters, she and her formidable sisters held the licence for the Carmarthen Arms pub in Haverfordwest.and

    Leonard died In Haverfordwest in 1962.

    Leonard and Alice

    • son Leonard W. Charles 1913 born in Haverfordwest. He married Jessie Baggott in Hereford in 1958. Without children, they live in Haverfordwest.

      Brothers Leonard and Leslie

    • son Les [Thomas Leslie] 1920 born in Haverfordwest. Les joined the Welch Regiment in 1939, later being transferred to the Durham Light Infantry. He was posted overseas for most of the war, receiving the Africa Star, having spent time in the desert campaigns. He also received the Italy Star, having been on the Sicily landings, and the 1939-1945 Star and Medal.

      He landed on D-Day on Gold Beach, and was later posted missing in action, to be found wounded. He did not receive the France Star as he was shipped home after 13 days and you had to be there fourteen days to qualify. Les was patched up and sent back tp Palestine.

      He often told a story about being on parade when he first enlisted and being asked what his name was by the CSM. "Uglow, Sergeant". The reply was "Oh, you glow do you lad? Well you'll go out like a ruddy light when I've finished with you!"

      He returned to Haverfordwest after the war, and his father found him a job at Milford Docks as a ship's painter, which is what appears on the marriage certificate. He had met his wife, May [Mavis] Winter , in York and they were married there on a cold and snowing day in 1947. As her maiden name was Winter, the registrar remarked that it was most appropriate! His father soon used his pretty influential Masonic connections to get Leslie a job at T. P. Hughes in Haverfordwest, where he worked for the rest of his life until the store in the High St closed. He was the buyer in the furniture department and became assistant manager.

      May dies in 1978 and Les in 1983.

      Leslie and Alice

      • daughter Janice E 1948 born in Haverfordwest. She marries Neil Morley in Haverfordwest in 1969. They have a son, Christopher Graeme born 1974. Divorced, Janice married Andrew Still in 1996


  • son David Brooking 1887 born in Haverfordwest. In 1901 and 1911 he is in Milford Haven with his parents. He dies in Fylde in 1955
  • John was working as a butcher in Swansea in 1858 - Slaters Commercial Directory
  • John was working as a watchmaker in Swansea in 1858 - Slaters Commercial Directory

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