Charles Prewett was baptised on November 17th 1817, the son of James Prewett, a coachman and his wife, Hester nee Shepherd. Read about James and Hester. The 1841 census shows Charles started his working life as a tailor. Charles was still a tailor and living with his parents in the 1851 census. Charles’s first wife was called Emma Bevan. Read about his early life
Emma Prewett died in the December quarter 1861 and Charles re-married in Clifton area in 1864 to Maria Williams. Maria was the daughter of Charles Hopton who was shown as a labourer at the time of their marriage but had also been a beerhouse keeper.
Maria had been married in 1850 to Frederick Williams, a pensioner and the son of George Williams, innkeeper. Frederick had died aged only 35. His death at that time obviously caused caused some gossip and Charles Prewett was a witness at the inquest. Read about Maria and Frederick Williams.
The 1867 rate book and the 1871 census Charles and Maria were living in the house which later became known as number 16 Upper Bath Road with young Charles, then aged 11. Charles was now described as a tailor. Charles (senior) died aged 63 and was buried on 31st December 1880. At the time of the 1881 Census, Maria was living alone in number 16, but on 7th November 1881 she married for a third time, this time her husband was Reuben Greenman, an army pensioner and the son of Richard Greenman a labourer and his wife Sarah.
Of Charles’s children:
Charles Ernest continued to live in Thornbury. Read about Charles and Elizabeth Prewett
Florence – never married. In the 1891 census Florence was a draper’s assistant visiting Henry John Row, a coal merchant’s clerk and his family in Stroud. In the 1901 Census she was working as a clerk and living with a cousin, Fanny E. Wise who was a single lady working as an upholstress and living at 6 Grove Road, Redland. This house later became the home of Florence’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth, the widow of her brother, Charles Ernest. Florence died in Bristol in 1922 aged 68.
Ada Emma – in 1871 she was living with her her uncle, James Bevan, and his wife, Elizabeth at 7 Pullins Green. We understand that she married George Chambers, a musician, in Bath Registry Office in 1880.