My great x 3 Grandparents

William Hughes was a printer according to the baptism records of his children.

Maria Close: It is difficult to calculate her age. In the 1841 census she is recorded as being 45
however ages were rounded down to the nearest 5 years for that census so she could be aged
between 45 and 49 years making her date of birth between 1791 and 1796. The 1851 census
shows her age as 52 which would make her date of birth about 1799 which would make her
only 14 years old at the time of her marriage in 1813. Her place of birth is St George Stamford
and a possible baptism is on 19th December 1789 at St George Stamford Lincolnshire,
daughter of
John Close and Elizabeth.

Marriage: Possible marriage 3rd January 1813, St Mary Newington, Surrey. Witnesses were
William Williams and Easter Craig.

Their Children Were:

William Hughes: born about 1814, baptised 8th June 1817, St George Stamford, Lincolnshire.
At the time of the baptisms William senior's occupation is recorded as Journeyman Printer. The
couple are residing at 'North Street, Leading to church'

Harriot Hughes: baptised 23rd February 1817 St George Stamford, Lincolnshire. Married
Robert Millard 22nd November 1849 at St George Middlesex. Witnesses were William Flower
 Maria Caroline Phillips nee Close, daughter of John Close and Harriet Webb, probably
Harriot's cousin as John Close was brother to mother Maria.

James Hughes born 21st July 1829 baptised 6th August 1829 at St John Clerkenwell,
Middlesex. Father printer [poor] of 50 Turnmill Street. Married
Hannah Elizabeth Downes
in 1849.


1841 census: Maria a nurse aged 45 is residing at Gee Street, St Luke with daughter Harriet, a
servant and son 'John' [sic] Neither Maria nor Harriet are born in the county. There is no sign
of William snr or jnr.

1851 census: Maria a widow aged 52 is residing with married son James at 16 Queen Street, St
James Clerkenwell. The residences appears to be a boarding house as several families are
listed as residing there. James, a 21 year old carpenter is married to Ann and has a son
William junior aged 16 months.

A possible death for William is William Hughes died 7th June 1837, aged 49 – poor from

Research Continues...
 William Hughes and Maria Close

- a Printer from Lincolnshire and London -
Last Update 11th March 2011