There are three Edmund Greenaways living in or near South Bersted in Sussex at the start of the 19th century, and they are all related. Edmund Greenway, my 3x great grandfather was born in Eastergate in 1801. His brother William had a son Edmund born in Shripney in 1830; and his cousin James had a son Edmund born in Pagham in 1818. Edmund/Edward Greenway/Greenaway born in Shripney in 1830 - a life at seaThe only census that this Edmund appears in is 1841, when he is at home with his parents William and Elizabeth and sister Jane. He went to sea and appears in the Merchant Navy records on FindMyPast, with the birthplace Shripney, which to all intends and purposes is South Bersted, which today passes for Bognor Regis. He first went to sea as a Boy in 1846, and had tickets issued at Portsmouth and Sunderland in that year. There are illegible details of a voyage in 1848, and then apparently no more. However an Edward Greenway born in Bognor in 1830 turns up in later records and this is probably him. This one sailed on the Atrato in 1855 and 1856. The Atrato was an iron side-wheeled paddle steamer launched Tuesday, 26th April 1853 at Caird & Company Greenock for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., and was the world’s largest steamer when built. She entered service between Southampton and the Caribbean. In April 1856 she and two other RMSP ships, La Plata and Tay, attended the Spithead Review to celebrate the end of the Crimean War, so probably Edward/Edmund was on board at the time. The Atrato not only made the news at the time of her construction, but also in 1866/67 when she was in quarantine after passengers and crew had died on board from yellow fever caught in the West Indies.An Edward Greenway appears in the 1871 census living in Southampton at 3 Eldon Street, with his wife Susan. He is 42 years old, and a Mariner born in Shripney, Sussex. All of which points very strongly to the 1830 Edmund. His wife was probably Susan Taylor, born in 1838 in Southampton, and who was to die in 1878 in the same town. In 1879 he married Harriet Georgina Janvrin, born in Jersey in 1851. She outlived him and married again after his death.Another record of him as Edward appears from 1881, when he is listed as a crew member on the steam ship Diana. The Diana was a steam cargo vessel owned by the London & South Western Railway Co., operating out of Southampton. Built for Southampton-Channel Islands-St Malo service, she was the first cross-Channel passenger steamer to be screw propelled instead of by paddles. She was wrecked in fog at Cap La Hague on a voyage from Saint Malo to Southampton in 1895. On the 1891 census as Edward he is a crew member on board the Dora in St. Helier’s Harbour, Jersey, as an AB Seaman aged 60, born Bognor, and married. Dora was built in 1889 for the Southampton-Channel Islands services of the LSWR.So the Edward Greenway who died in Southampton in 1896 is probably him.Edmund Greenaway born in Pagham (or Lagness) in 1818This Edmund was the son of James Greenaway and Elizabeth Woodland who were married on the 10th September 1811 in Selsey. Edmund was baptised on the 25th April 1818 in Pagham, and in 1841 he is still living there with his parents. In 1847 he married Hannah Irish in South Bersted where he was to live out his days. Hannah was 13 years older than him, and 42 when they married, so it’s not really a surprise that they had no children - or at least none that survived to appear on a census. Edmund and Hannah appear on all the censuses from 1851 to 1881, with Hannah being variously recorded as Hannah, Anner and Anna. He appears once as Edwin, but at least they are consistently Greenaway. Hannah died as Anna Greenway in 1883 at the age of 78 and Edmund died in 1886 at 68. I had to carefully list all the variations in name and date because it’s very easy to get this Edmund and his wife confused with those following.Edmund Greenway/ Greenaway / Grinaway born in Eastergate in 1801My 3x great grandfather Edmund Greenway was the son of Thomas Grinaway and Grace Liggett who married on the 10th July 1792 in Yapton. He was baptised on the 16th August 1801 in Eastergate. By 1827 he is living in South Bersted where his first son George was baptised. Frank followed in 1829, Ellen in 1831, Frederick in 1832, Rebecca in 1834, Arthur in 1836, Eliza in 1837, Charlotte in 1840, Alice in 1842 and William in 1844. From the baptism records his wife’s name is Harriet, and from later birth certificates, her maiden name was Cox. So far I have found no record of their marriage, and the census returns don’t help on her place of birth, giving Sussex in 1841, Poole in Dorset in 1851, and South Bersted in 1861.Edmund’s sons George, Frank, Frederick and Arthur all went to sea. The first three as merchant seamen, while Arthur was a Coast Guard based at Tralee in County Kerry, where he married Catherine Donovan and had ten children; by 1881 he was back in Southampton and working as a nurse at the Royal Navy Haslar Hospital. All Edmund’s daughters went to London to work in service, with three of them - Rebecca, Ellen and Charlotte - marrying in Hammersmith in the 1850s. Eliza and Alice both married in Pimlico in 1861 and 1862 respectively. Harriet died in 1861 and surprisingly for the wife of a Labourer her death is announced in the local paper: "On the 28th ult. at Bognor, the wife of Mr Edmund Greenway, after a long and very severe suffering, aged 62." Sussex Agricultural Express, 2nd November 1861. Edmund must have wanted his extended family around Sussex to hear the news. The death certificate, recording her five-year struggle with breast cancer, strangely describes her as the widow of Edmund Greenway; the informant is Ellen Gumbrell, a neighbour in the 1861 census. On the 15th August 1864 Edmund was at St Anne’s church in Limehouse to witness the marriage of his youngest son William to Ellen Daly. William had been living in London with his sister Rebecca Paver and her family since at least 1861.Edmund seems to have re-married, though again I can find no actual trace of the event, and he appears on the 1881 census with a wife whose name is variously spelt at different times as Honnor, Honour, Hannor, Hanner. Annoyingly I can’t find them on the 1871 census at all. I know they were an “item” as on the 22nd April 1867 Honnor Greenaway (née Gregory) gave birth to a daughter Sarah Clementina, whose father is named as Edmund Greenaway. Poor little Sarah Clementina died that same year. But it is immediately apparent that Honnor was a good deal younger than Edmund: he was in his late sixties, she was 40, having been born in Windsor in 1836.Edmund died at the age of 82 on the 15th April 1884 from a strangulated hernia, and the informant is his niece, and the sister of the sea-going Edmund born in 1830, Jane Rishman. Honnor continued to live in South Bersted until her death in 1909.
Murray families: The GreenwaysThe Edmund / Edward Greenways / Greenaways