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Family of James HEARD and Edith Jane HANNAFORD

Husband: James HEARD (1871-1956)
Wife: Edith Jane HANNAFORD (1879-1953)
Children: William James HEARD (1906- )
Marriage Q2 1906 Totnes, Devon, England

Husband: James HEARD

Name: James HEARD1
Sex: Male
Father: Daniel HEARD (c. 1826-1892)
Mother: Eliza WRIGHT (1829-1912)
Birth 23 Dec 1871 Crediton , Devon, England
Tolleys, Crediton
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 9) Crediton , Devon, England2
Blafdon Place
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 18) Newton Abbot, Devon, England3
132 Queen Street, Newton Abbot
James was lodging with Ernest partridge and his family. There were other GWR workers also lodging there. The house was across the road from the railway station, an important railway centre in Devon.
Occupation 5 Apr 1891 (age 18) Fireman; Newton Abbot, Devon, England3
James is a fireman with the GWR based at Newton Abbot. He was first employed as an engine cleaner in Exeter, Then trained and promoted to shunter at Newton Abbot in December 1890. He ran an engine off the lines, was re-examined and found to be not up to the required standard and made a cleaner again. He was discharged from the GWR in March 93.
Enlistment 11 Oct 1894 (age 22)
James joined the Royal Navy and served until 1919, initially signing on for 12 years and in 1906 for a further period that included the First War.
Occupation 1910 (age 38-39) Stoker, Royal Navy
Recorded as a stoker at the time of son William's baptism. James served as a RN Stoker until 1919, when he transferred to the RNVR.
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 36) Dartmouth, Devon, England4
10 Clarene Street
Occupation 2 Apr 1911 (age 39) Stoker, Royal Navy; Dartmouth, Devon, England4
Industry or Service with which worker is connected: Royal Navy
Death 28 Dec 1956 (age 85) Dartmouth, Devon, England

Wife: Edith Jane HANNAFORD

Name: Edith Jane HANNAFORD
Sex: Female
Father: William HANNAFORD (c. 1848- )
Mother: Mary J COLE (1850- )
Birth 1879 Dartmouth, Devon, England
Occupation Cook Domestic
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 32) Dartmouth, Devon, England4
10 Clarene Street
Death 14 Feb 1953 (age 73-74) Dartmouth, Devon, England

Child 1: William James HEARD

Name: William James HEARD
Sex: Male
Spouse: Kate Evelyn HANNAFORD (1909- )
Birth Q3 1906 Dartmouth, Devon, England
Baptism 1 Sep 1910 (age 3-4) Dartmouth, Devon, England
Clarence Street
Baptised at St Saviours
Census 2 Apr 1911 (age 5) Dartmouth, Devon, England4
10 Clarene Street
Occupation 2 Apr 1911 (age 4) School; Dartmouth, Devon, England4
Enlisted (Military) 30 Apr 1926 (age 19) Devonport, Devon, England
He signed on for 12 years, and served initially on HMS Vivid as Stoker second class, and joined HMS Lowestoft on 23 November 1926. He was made Stpoker 2nd Class on 29 April 1927, still on HMS Lowestoft.
Census 29 Sep 1939 (age 32-33) Plymouth, Devon, England5
Haystone Place
Occupation 1939 (age 32-33) RN Stoker?
Not legible in 1939 Register

Note on Husband: James HEARD

In 1881 James is with the family at Blagdon.


In 1894 he seems to have joined the Royal Navy. In his naval records his date of birth is given as 24 December 1872, in Crediton, Devon. His birth is registered as 23rd December 1871. As there was no James Heard registered for the RN dob, and no Heard registered in Crediton except this James it is reasonable to assume that he gave the incorrect dob when he signed up.


1"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
2"Census 1881 Crediton, Devon, England RG11/2230 Folio 15 Page 8 (Daniel Heard)".
Text From Source: Name Related Cond Age Occupation Birth Place
Daniel Heard Head Mar 58 Carrier Sandford, Devon, England
Eliza Heard Wife Mar 52 Sandford, Devon, England
Annie Maria Wright Budd 22 Dressmaker Crediton , Devon, England
Thomas Heard Son Unm 10 Scholar Linscombe - Sandford, Devon, England
James Heard Son Unm 9 Scholar Crediton , Devon, England
Bessie Heard Dau Unm 6 Scholar Crediton , Devon, England
Emily Heard Dau Unm 4 Scholar Crediton , Devon, England
RG11/2230 Folio 15 Page 8. Cit. Date: 3 April 1881. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
3"Census 1891 Newton Abbot, Devon, England RG12/1701FDolio 30 Page 12 (James Heard)".
Text From Source: Name Related Cond Age Occupation Birth Place
James Heard Head S 18 Fireman Crediton , Devon, England
RG12/1701FDolio 30 Page 12. Cit. Date: 5 April 1891. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4"Census 1911 Dartmouth, Devon, England RG14/12816 RG78/737 RD273 SD3 ED6 SN330 (William Heard)" (RG14/12816 RG78/737 RD273 SD3 ED6 SN330).
Text From Source: Name,Relation,Sex,Age,Married,Years,Chd Born,Chd Living,Chd Died,Occupation,Industry,Employ Status,At Home,Where Born,Nationality,Infirmity
James Heard,Head,M,36,M,6,1,1,0,Stoker, Royal Navy,Royal Navy,,,Crediton, Devon, England,,
Edith Jane Heard,Wife,F,32,M,,,,,,,,,Dartmouth, Devon, England,,
William James Heard,Son,M,5,S,,,,,School,,,,Dartmouth, Devon, England,,
William Hannaford,Boarder,M,66,W,,,,,Labourer, General,,,,Stoke Fleming, Devon, England,,
5"Census 1939 Plymouth, Devon, England 1939 Register (William James Heard)" (1939 Register).
Text From Source: Name of person,Status,Gender,Birthdate,Condition,Occupation,Comments
William James Heard,,M,11 Aug 1906,M,,Stoker RN
Kate Evelyn Heard,,F,6 Dec 1909,M,Unpaid domestic,