Rounding Up the Redferns

Following on from my last post about the Redfern branch of my family tree, I thought I’d check what other information I’m missing for them, before moving on.

 For Charles Redfern , my 3x Great Grandfather, I was missing his death and burial. I knew he was still alive in the 1881 census, but I’d failed to find him in 1891. I found his wife, Ann (née Grundy) in 1891 though, listed as a widow, so I knew I was looking for a death for Charles in Burton-on-Trent between 1881 and 1891. I entered these search parameters into FreeBMD and was was very plesed when it threw up only one result. I now have a reference which will enable me to order the death certificate from the GRO.


Ancestry hints had turned up a burial for a Charles Redfern in Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire, his birthplace. The death date and age fit with mine, but it’s always possible that it is a different one, especially if other Redferns had stayed in the Walton area. I was able to solve this when I turned my attention to Ann, his wife.

I’d found Ann in the 1891 census, living with her son, William and his wife Bertha (née Orme) in Lincoln. William was employed as a collector for the local corporation waterworks. Ann is a widow; her birthplace given as Belton, Leicestershire which fits with all the other information I have for her. I couldn’t find her in the 1901 census, so I again searched for a death between 1891 and 1901, in Lincoln.


This search gave two possibilities, both in the same registration quarter, one aged 68, the other 69 and both are on the same page of the index. A search on the indexes at the GRO only gives one result, so I think I’ll just order it & see what turns up! Hopefully the address and the informant will match up with what I have in the 1891 census.

Thanks to Daff on Find My Grave


A further search on Ancestry gave me the burial entry for Ann in Lincoln’s Newport cemetery on the 22nd May 1891 and a link to this specific entry on the Find A Grave site. I was delighted to find a photo of the gravestone here which also records the burial of William and the burial of Charles in Walton-on-Trent! So I now know that the burial for Charles I found previously is the correct one.

So I have a couple of death certificates to order, I’ll go for the PDF versions as they’re the cheaper option. Once they’re here and entered up I shall try and move on to a different branch of the family.

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