Matilda Vernum and her first husband John Chick
Matilda Vernum was born 7th April, 1821 [??] and baptised at St Mary Redcliffe on 25th
May, 1823 daughter of
John Vernum and Johanna Jones

John Chick: A probable birth is 8th September 1818, baptised 12th February 1837, St
George Bristol, son of
Samuel Chick and  Ann [IGI beta]

Marriage: Matilda married her first husband John Chick on 14th May, 1839 at St Thomas
Parish Church in Bristol.  John was the son of
Samuel Chick, a cordwainer.  John's
occupation was pipe drawer and he was a bachelor of full age.  Matilda's age is shown as 18.
The address for the couple is Thomas Street which would suggest they lived either with or
near Matilda's parents. The witnesses were Samuel Barber and Ann Cozens Hillier. Matilda
signed her marriage certificate with an X.  Notice of the marriage appeared in the BDM
column of the Bristol Mercury:
May 14 at St Thomas', Mr John Chick of St Phillips to Matilda,
youngest dau [sic] of Mr J Vernum, Brightsmith, Thomas Street

1841 Census:  Matilda in the household of her parents John Vernum and Johanna Jones at
Vernum Court, St Thomas, Bristol. Daughter Johanna Chick aged 1 is also in the household.
Matilda is shown as being of 'independent means'.

I have been unable to find a match for John in the 1841 census.

DEATH: John Chick died about 1841/3 -   Note: NOT death registration December Q 1841
Bristol Vol 11 Page 128 or Dec q 1843,  Bedminster  Vol 11 page 60
 - copies held]

Their Children Were:

CHICK; Jo[h]anna Vernum was born Bristol, June Q 1840 and baptised 24th May 1840 at
St Phillip's and St Jacob's Church Bristol. Johanna married
Moses ROWLAND in 1st
November 1858, Holy Trinity, Abbots Leigh.  

CHICK: Henry Vernum. Born about February 1842 although I have been unable to find a
record of his birth in the GRO index from the June Q 1842 back until Sept  Q 1837 under
the surname CHICK. Baptised 27th March 1842 at St Phillip and St Jacob, Bristol. Henry
died 29th May 1842 at Engine Lane, Parish of Temple [Ref June Q 1842 ref  District Bristol  
Vol 11 Page 142.] Cause of death was convulsions. Henry is shown as the son of John Chick,
smith. The informant, who was also present at the death was Elizabeth Lewis of Court Lane.

CHICK: Thomas ? I have only found one reference to Thomas; that being the 1851 census.
However daughter Johanna is completely missing from that census. After much searching I
have come to the conclusion that 'Thomas' may actually be a census collectors error when
trying to decipher the name 'Johanna' on the family's census sheet. The age given for
Thomas on the census would apply to Johanna. Since I have been unable to find a birth for
Thomas or any other record of him, I feel it is quite possible that this census record is in fact
for Johanna.
Last Update 3rd June 2014