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Family of Elisha ROOKS and Ellen SHEARS

Husband: Elisha ROOKS (1837-bef1901)
Wife: Ellen SHEARS (1841- )
Children: Reginald ROOKS (1874- )
Ada ROOKS (1879-1944)
Marriage Q3 1862 Tiverton, Devon, England1

Husband: Elisha ROOKS

Name: Elisha ROOKS2
Sex: Male
Father: George ROOKS (c. 1790-1858)
Mother: Ann BLACKMORE (c. 1793- )
Birth 28 Jul 1837 Tiverton, Devon, England
Baptism 27 Aug 1837 (age 0)
Occupation Sailor
Death bef 1901 (age 63-64)

Wife: Ellen SHEARS

Name: Ellen SHEARS2
Sex: Female
Father: John SHEARS (1813-1859)
Mother: Ann UNKNOWN (c. 1813- )
Birth 1841 Tiverton, Devon, England
Occupation Wheel Winder, Laundress, Daily Housekeeper
Census 1851 (age 10) Tiverton, Devon, England
Ellen is clearly working at the Lace Factory

Child 1: Reginald ROOKS

Name: Reginald ROOKS2
Sex: Male
Birth 1874 Bedminster - Bristol, Gloucestershire, England

Child 2: Ada ROOKS

Name: Ada ROOKS2
Sex: Female
Spouse: Frederick Lewis WRIGHT (1880-1946)
Birth 14 Jan 1879 Tiverton, Devon, England3
Occupation Silk worker at Heathcoats at age 12
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 32) Heavitree - Exeter, Devon, England4
200 Pinhoe Road, Heavitree
Death 19 Aug 1944 (age 65) Exeter, Devon, England
Burial 24 Aug 1944 Higher Cemtery Heavitree - Exeter, Devon, England

Note on Husband: Elisha ROOKS

Elisha is a bit of a mystery. I can trace no death.


At 1861 census was an AB seaman on board HMS Caesar, a 91 gun wooden screw ship-of-the-line under Capt Thomas Henry Mason. At the time of the census it was on station in the Med, and we know from the log it was moored off Corfu.

Note on Wife: Ellen SHEARS

In 1881 Ellen and the children are lodging at 19 West Exe S.E Side, Tiverton, in a house full of garment workers of various kinds, presumably from Heathcoats.By 1891, both Ellen's children are working in the Silk/Lace industry, the family are still living in a room at 19 Westexe SE Side, By 1901 Ada, her brother and her mother Ellen are living with Ellen's mother Ann Crocombe at 15 Seymour Terrace, Westexe, Tiverton, and both children are described as silk lace workers - he a dyer, she a finisher.In 1911 Ellen is living alone at 1 The Retreat, Gold Street, Tiverton, described as "formerly housekeeper"


1"GRO". Tiverton 5b 767. Cit. Date: Q3 1862.
2"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009
3"GRO". Tiverton 5b 445. Cit. Date: Q1 1879.
4"Census 1911 Heavitree - Exeter, Devon, England RG14/12607 RG78/725 RD270 SD4 ED2 SN213 (Frederick Wright)".
Text From Source: Name Related Cond Age Occupation Birth Place
Frederick Lewis Wright Head Mar 31 House Painter Crediton , Devon, England
Ada Wright Wife Mar 32 Tiverton, Devon, England
Ellen Mary Wright Dau Unm 2 Exeter,Devon, England
RG14/12607 RG78/725 RD270 SD4 ED2 SN213. Cit. Date: 2 April 1911. Assessment: Secondary evidence.