Theodore John Plantagenet Dougall and Ann Townson were the parents of Annie Dougall, Daryll’s Great-Grandmother, and we feel that there is bit of a story in their marriage.
Theodore’s parents were John Dougall and Ann Brotherton, who were married at the Church of St Peter in the Parish of Newton, in the County of Lancaster, on 3 October, 1851. Theodore was born on 28 October 1853 at 2 Leinster Terrace, Islington, London. By 1881, Ann and Theodore are back in the north-west of England, living at 94 Hulton Street, Salford, with Ann’s sister Lilly Brotherton. Ann is listed as a widow, birthplace Ecclestone, Lancs; Theodore is now 27, and his occupation is given as Printer’s Machinist.
The 1901 census shows Theodore (now calling himself just John), married to Ann, and with two children, Annie aged 18 and Emily aged 17, living at 8 Beaufort Street, Manchester. What was intriguing was that his wife Ann’s age was shown as 63, while John was 49. An additional point of interest was that Ann’s birthplace was shown as Phentinthrow, Wales. We believe that the place name has been transcribed incorrectly, and is probably something more like ‘Pentremerchion’. The age difference made us wonder if Ann really was Daryll’s great-grandmother, or if Theodore/John had been widowed, and had married her to provide care for his two children, as happened quite a lot then. To be sure that Ann was a blood relative, we needed to find the marriage of Theodore/John (we’ll call him John from now on) and Ann, followed by the births of the two children, Annie and Emily.
We traced the marriage, which took place on 28 August 1881, at St John’s Church, in the Parish of Manchester. John is 28 and a Printer, father John Dougall (deceased), a Printer, and Ann is Ann Townson, formerly Jones, 40, a widow, no occupation, father Richard Jones (deceased), a farmer. Their address is given as 14 Quay Street, Manchester, and the witnesses were Walter Southall and Lucy Hughes. Here is a copy of the marriage certificate.
A check of the 1881 census shows that 14 Quay Street was probably a lodging house. Listed there are Ann, her two daughters Jane Ann (17) and Margrett (5) Townson, and 6 male lodgers, two of whom are printers. We are guessing that John was friendly with one or both of the printers, visited them at their lodgings, and fell in love with Ann (or perhaps he was just desperate to get away from Mum and Auntie Lilly!!).
John Dougall and Ann Townson