George Mead   1780- 1852


Likely a Susannh born to George & Elizabeth in 1811.

1780. . Christened 2/04/1780 in Gt. Dunmow (ERO), parents, Thomas Mead & Sarah Pitts who married 26 Oct 1773 .

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1807. George Mead [ of St. Mary's Gt.Dunmow] marries 31/07/1807 Elizabeth Jesper, [ of Great Easton] b.1784 in Great Easton


I wonder why this document includes the words 'with no impediment called'?

George Mead was an Agricultural Labourer on baptism record of son George in 1815, of Louisa in 1818, of son Thomas in 1821, of son James in 1824, in Census of 1841, on 1845 d.c. of his wife and on his own d.c.

1808. 24/9/1808 Mary Mead baptised to George & Elizabeth in G.D. - D/P 11/1/4. She is not with the family on 1841C, but her illegimate daut., Jane Mead, born 1838 is on it & living with her grandparents. Have Jane's b.c. BM1 and the birth has been registered by Elizabeth Mead, grandmother.

1811. Susannah Mead was baptised to them 31/3/1811. Register blurred but seems to say this

1812 -1814. Seemingly no other baptisms to George & Elizabeth in G.D.

1815. 12/11/1815 George Mead baptised in G.D., father labourer to George & Elizabeth. - D/P 11/1/7, image 12. [Possibility that there could have been 2 George & Elizabeth couples giving birth at this time??]. Again not with the family on 1841C, but ~26 by then.

1816. Charlotte Mead born. No baptism found [maybe baptised back in Great Easton] but she appears on 1841C, so most likely a child of George & Elizabeth, but could be a niece?. A Charlotte Mead was baptised to a John & Mary in 1813, & another to John & Sarah 10/9/1815! And there is a death of a Charlotte Mead, aged 46, in August 1861 in Star Lane ,G.D., who could be this Charlotte- never married. Indeed this Charlotte, unmarried, 43, is living as a boarder with John & Mary Tyler on Star Hill, G.D. in the 1861C just before her death , ref.'Sep' 1861 Dunmow 4a.222. Have this d.c. DM3 but it does not give her father. Might the Church Burial record give it? No, just buried on 15/8/1861, aged 46

1818.1/11/1818 Louisa Mead baptised in G.D., father labourer, to George & Elizabeth -D/P 11/1/7, image 23.

1821 Census Return for G.D. May 28 1821. This gives a George Mead, 41-50, [ if born 1780, actually 41 in 1821] with a male child 5-10[ fits George 1815], a female 31-40[ fits wife Elizabeth, 1784], 2 females 11-15[ fits Mary 1808 & possibly Susannah?], a female 5-10 [could just fit Charlotte] and a female <5[ fits Louisa]. Other Meads in this census fit George's parents, Thomas,1748, & Sarah, and an Uncle George,1756, brother of Thomas.

1821. 29/7/1821 Thomas Mead baptised in G.D., father labourer, to George & Elizabeth. - D/P 11/1/7, image 35

1824.18/1/1824, James Mead baptised in G.D., father labourer, to George & Elizabeth . D/P 11/1/7, image 45

1827. A John Mead baptised 30/4/1827 to George & Mary Mead - image 59 . Then a Jonathan Mead baptised 9/9/1827 to George & Mary Mead [ who had a Joseph in 1821 & a George in 1823]- image 60. So is this a recording mistake and one of these was to George & Elizabeth? I would think so.

James certainly has a brother 'John' on 1861C. It is seemingly irrelevant which of John & Jonathan belonged to George & Elizabeth, But likely the John, as called this in 1841C & in 1861C, and only appears as John athan in 1871C.

1833. Great Dunmow Poor Rates give a George Mead in a cottage of value £2.15s & a tenement in Braintree Road of like value on which to pay rates. It is likely that this is our George as all his children have just been born in Dunmow, and Braintree Road is where he dies in 1852.

1840. Louisa Mead marries."Dec" , ref.12.157, actually 10/10/1840 , to James Branch (I  had paired the other 3 couples, on the marriage entry, off). She is 21, he 37, labourer. Her father George Mead, his William Branch, both labourers. Witnesses are Charlotte Mead, her sister, and Isaac ?Nunney?. All sign with their mark. I cannot find any reference to Louisa Branch in 1841 or 1861 C.. A James Branch, 35, labourer, is in Chelmsford Gaol in 1841C

1841 Census. Living in East Street, Gt. Dunmow.  All born Essex. (Great Dunmow District 4, p8 of 13). Where was East Street?

George  Mead  61   Ag. Lab
Elizabeth  54  
Charlotte  24  


John  12  
Jane  2  



Note that the above Jane was illegitimate grand-daughter born to Mary Mead, on 3 Nov 1838 ( have b.c. BM1 ). Mary then aged 30.

Son, Thomas Mead, 1821, is missing from this: he was a servant to the clergyman at Little Easton Rectory

1845. Elizabeth [nee Jesper] , 60, buried, Mar 9 in G.D.. D/P 11/1/10. Died 3/03/1845, G.D., wife of George Mead labourer, of Acute Bronchitis, Sarah Archer was informant. Have d.c DM1. Copy of her d.c. on her page.

Looked up this Sarah Archer in 1841C but could not find her: a Sarah could have married an Archer 1841-1845.

1850. Church Rates Book. Give a George Mead with a cottage at Ford with value of £2. Could possibly be George 1815, but more likely George 35[-39] , in 1841C, living at Ford with wife Mary & children John 13, James 9, Jane 4 & Susan 8mths.: think this George , seemingly born ~1805, is far too old to be 'our' George's son.

1851 Census. Does not exist for their area.

1852. 4/09/1852, George Mead, age 75, labourer, dies of Apoplexy at Braintree Road, Great Dunmow. Informant was John Mead of the same address, presumably his son, 1827-8. Age here would suggest 1777 birth! Have d.c. DM2. Buried 11/9/1852, age 75, G.D. - D/P 11/1/10. I reckon he was likely born ~ late 1779

1857. Church Rate Book. Gives a George with a cottage, value £2. Could possibly be George 1815 - same value as in 1850 book..

1861 Census.  No mention of George or Elizabeth. Therefore concluded that they have died. The above 1845 d.c. for Elizabeth revealed that George was still alive in 1845 and so I then got the likely 1852 d.c. for George to corroborate his age of 61 in 1841C.; there is a discrepancy of 3 years.

1861. 11/08/1861 Charlotte Mead, 46, Domestic Servant, dies of paralysis, G.D. Informant Mary Prior, Star Lane G.D. . This would indicate a birth in 1815. She would be the Charlotte living as a boarder with John & Mary Tyler, Star Hill on 1861C day: Mary Prior is living next door but one to her in 1861C. Have d.c. DM3. I cannot prove that she is indeed the daughter ~1815 of George & Elizabeth, as other Charlotte Meads were born around the same time.

Summary for life of George Mead . Occupation: Labourer, recorded 1815 till death. Born and had children in Great Dunmow but married 1807 in Great Easton, home village of his wife.

Thomas Mead 1748

Children of George Mead.


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