Do these names mean anything to you?

An appeal for family information

By Debbie Brookes

My great-great grandfather was Enoch Browning, described in various census returns as a bargeman from Saul. Enoch was born to James and Elizabeth Browning (formerly Meredith) in Saul on 7 th January 1852 and spent his adult life working  on the Trow the Severn. He was still serving on her in 1906 as his death certificate records a death by misadventure on 25 Sept that year when he was found lying dead alongside the Severn on the tow path near Chilton Trinity with a gash to his head.    


I would be interested to hear if anyone has any information about the Severn or even Enoch himself. Also another line of enquiry is that, according to Census returns of the same period, a whole host of related family members lived/worked at a place called Baldwin’s. Does that mean anything? 

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This page was added by Iris Capps on 03/08/2011.
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Lea Court farm, (Mrs Ena Bearman) lies alongside Baldwin’s brook, John and Lesley Bearman's house on the opposite of the road is known as Baldwin’s House. On either side of the road between the two houses there were several cottages at one time, there are photos of these which I have seen, I think that Mrs Bearman has some. The stretch of road I am referring to is by the elver station (built on site of some of the cottages) at Epney.

By Sheila Ashby
On 07/08/2011

There is a photograph of Severn in Severn Traders: Colin Green: p 83

By Iris Capps
On 07/08/2011

The mention of Baldwin's is interesting and I wonder if there's any link with Baldwin's ironworks (known to be in Worcestershire and Staffordshire)? I have members of the Summerhill family moving from Frampton to Saul in about 1786, and then from Saul to Tipton (Staffordshire) in about 1824. I have a Stephen Summerhill working as a "melter' (presumably at the brass works) in Saul in 1822 and, as he was working for Baldwin's in Wilden, Worcestershire by 1841, I wonder if there were any premises linked to Baldwin's in Saul?

By Tracey
On 05/12/2011

Hi Debbie My aunt's father, Henry Browning, was born in Epney in about 1880. In 1901 he was a crew member on The Epney Lass and ten years later on the Mary & Elizabeth at which time he had a family living in Penarth, Wales. I wondered if you have come across Henry in your research as I cannot find a record of his birth. I am sorry I have no information about Enoch for you. Kind regards Maureen Bull

By Maureen Bull
On 06/06/2012

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