On Thursday, in the first installment of Troublesome Tranters, I introduced the brick wall of Harriet Tranter. The second installment in the series is to create a timeline of significant events in Harriet’s life.
The life of Harriet that I know of, is a short one and there are events that I’m not sure even belong to ‘my’ Harriet. I will, however, include them in the timeline but clearly mark which ones are not certain.
23 July 1827
Harriet was baptised at St Mary’s Church in Abergavenny. Her parents were given as Thomas and Margaret Tranter. Her father’s occupation was that of a labourer. The family lived on Cross Street, Abergavenny.
Harriet’s sister, Jane, was born. I can not confirm this because I can find no baptism record for Jane. She is known from the 1841 census.
9 September 1833
Harriet’s sister, Rebecca, was baptised at St Mary’s Church. The family were living on Mill Street, Abergavenny.
12 October 1833
Harriet’s sister, Rebecca, was buried at St Mary’s.
6 December 1834
Harriet’s sister, Charlotte, was baptised at St Mary’s. The family were living on Cross Street again.
4 October 1837
Harriet’s brother, William, was baptised at St Mary’s. The family were living on Mill Street again.
13 June 1838
Harriet’s brother, William, was buried at St Mary’s. His cause of death was whooping cough and the family were living at Mill Street.
24 July 1839
Harriet’s brother, John, was baptised at St Mary’s. The family were living on Cross Street again.
13 April 1840
Harriet’s oldest sister, Mary Ann, was buried at St Mary’s. Her cause of death was Typhus fever and her residence at her time of death was Union, Cross Street.
6 June 1841
The 1841 census of Cross Street includes the Tranter family. Thomas, a 33 year old labourer, his wife, Margaret (aged 40) and their children: Hariett (14), Jane (11), Charlotte (5) and John (2).
1 May 1843
Harriet’s sister, Sarah, was baptised at St Marys. The family were still living on Cross Street.
12 July 1844
Harriet’s sister, Sarah, was buried at St Marys. The cause of her death was convulsions and they lived on Cross Street.
22 August 1846
A report in the Monmouthshire Merlin newspaper of a Harriet Tranter being charged with ‘being an idle and disorderly person in Abergavenny’. (I am not certain if this is ‘my’ Harriet.)
An entry of an 18-year-old Harriet Tranter in the England and Wales Criminal Registers. She was found ‘not guilty’ of ‘larceny from the person’. (I am not certain if this is ‘my’ Harriet.)
Sep – Dec 1847
A possible marriage in Abergavenny to either John Jones, Rees Phillips or John Edmunds. (I am waiting for the marriage certificate.)
30 March 1851
The 1851 census finds Harriet’s family living on Byfield Lane, Abergavenny. Harriet is the only living child of Thomas and Margaret that does not live with them. Thomas is a 58 year old general labourer, his wife Margaret is 54. The three children are: Jane (16), Charlotte (14) and John (12).
1 February 1855
Harriet’s father, Thomas, was buried at St Mary’s. He lived on Tudor Street and died from pneumonia.
28 January 1857
Harriet’s mother, Margaret, was buried at St Mary’s. Her residence was Mill Street and cause of death was phtithis.
For now, I’ve kept the timeline relatively simple… I will probably come back to it throughout the next few weeks to fill in some details and elaborate further.