My Family Tree links to Laindon

Unknown female with John Carter (seated), Frank Carter and Anna Carter (nee Murray) - 1863.

John Mead (my 7x Great Grandfather) was born in Laindon C1694. He married Hanna Peak b. C1695, Laindon.

They had six children:
• Elizabeth (12 November 1720, Basildon)
• Hannah (17 April 1723, Laindon)
• John (17 January 1725, Vange)
• Sarah (17 December 1726, Laindon – 17 December 1727, Laindon)
• Sarah (17 October 1728, Laindon – 13 January 1729, Laindon)
• Lawrence (25 January 1730, Laindon)

John Mead married Elizabeth Harwood on 7 October 1750 in Laindon.

They had two children:
• John (15 March 1751, Laindon)
• James (20 October 1754, Laindon – 1 June 1808, Romford)

James’ wife, Elizabeth, was born in Laindon during 1759.

James Mead and his wife, who had for many years, occupied the Fair House Farm in Basildon, Essex, were returning from Romford Market in a light cart on Wednesday 1 June 1808, when they were overtaken about the 15 milestones by a Gentleman’s Coach with four post horses from Ilford, Essex.

The two drivers, by shouts and strange noises, alarmed poor Mead’s horse to such a degree that, immediately after having crossed a bridge which is there, he took so much to the left of the road that one of the wheels ran for a considerable distance on the causeway, and the cart was at length overturned: just at the moment when the coach was passing by.

The wheels of the coach went over the bodies of the unfortunate couple. The husband was killed on the spot, and his wife survived him only a few hours.

He was found dead in an out building belonging to Mr Matthew Bells farm. He appeared to have been dead for at least a week.

Source Basildon Burial Registers 1808 signed by the Rector – Edward Hodgson

They had seven children:
• James (1 February 1784, Basildon)
• Sarah (C1787, Basildon – 1837, Ramsden Bellhouse)
• Mary (10 May 1789, Basildon)
• George (6 November 1791, Basildon)
• John (20 April 1794, Basildon – 1866, Chelmsford)
• Susannah (12 November 1797, Basildon)
• Thomas (16 September 1801, Basildon)

Sarah married James Murray (1789, Downham – 1840, Ramsden Bellhouse)

They had five children:
• James (1808, Ramsden Bellhouse – 1895, Wanstead)
• William (1813, Ramsden)
• John (1812, Ramsden – 1851, Billericay)
• Moses (1817, Ramsden – 1834, Ramsden)
• Sarah (1837, Ramsden – 1847)

John Murray married Hannah Rebecca Layzell (1 December 1816, Ramsden Bellhouse – 1901, Romford) on 19 November 1835 in Ramsden Bellhouse.

A year after John’s death Hannah re-married in Billericay, and the census records show her living in Dunton (1861) and then Orsett (1871-1891).

John and Hannah had six children:
• Sarah (1837, Laindon – 1847)
• Anna (1839, Laindon – 19 April 1921, Wickford)
• Priscilla (22 January 1842, Laindon – 1914)
• Grace (1845, Laindon)
• John (1848, Laindon)
• Emily (C1849, Laindon)

Anna married John Carter (1836, Runwell – 23 November 1909, Runwell) in Wickford during 1860.

By the time of the 1861 census they were living in Wickford, and on the 1881 census Anna is described as a ‘carpenter and joiners’ wife’. In 1901 their address is given as 114 High Street, Wickford.

John was the brother of Samuel Carter (1839, Runwell – 5 February 1901, Wickford) of S. Carter and Son Funeral Directors.

John and Anna’s oldest child, Frank Carter (1860, Wickford – 15 August 1940) was listed on census records as a ‘sawyer and bricklayer’ and ‘builder and contractor’. He is the father of Silva Carter (11 September 1907, Wickford – 23 November 1996, Wickford), who, with Stan Ward, founded Carter & Ward in 1936.

Halbert Carter (18 December 1875, Wickford – 9 July 1932, Wickford) is my Great Great Grandfather.

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