Elizabeth Mitchener was one of Ari’s 4x great-grandmothers. She was born in Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire, in December 1840, in time to be in the 1841 census at five months old. Her father was Charles Mitchener and her mother was Mary Henrietta Smith.
Elizabeth was baptised at St Peter’s church in the village.
By the time of the 1851 census, Elizabeth was ten and attending school in the village, along with her little brother Walter. Her father Charles had died when she was only five, and her mother was working as a laundress. Elizabeth’s older brother Henry was already working as an agricultural labourer at the age of thirteen. Elizabeth’s grandmother, Jane, was also living with the family.
The 1861 census shows Elizabeth after she has left home. She is working as a housemaid in the home of Anne Vincent, at Bishop Morley’s College in Winchester. (The college provided residence for widows of clergymen. Anne had been born Anne Esther Larbalestier in Jersey in 1793, and married Frederick Vincent in 1813.)
In 1863, Elizabeth gave birth to a baby girl who she named Annie. Sadly, Annie died the following year.
On 6 Feb 1869, Elizabeth married John Tarrant at St Peter’s church. The parish record has been transcribed as:
February 6 1869 John TARRANT full Bachelor Labourer Goodworth Clatford father – Henry TARRANT Farmer & Elizabeth MITCHENER full Spinster Goodworth Clatford father – Charles MITCHENER Labourer in the presence of Gabriel WILD & Frances MITCHENER
(Frances was Elizabeth’s older sister, who married Gabriel Wild six years later.)
Elizabeth and John had six children: Edward in 1869, Walter in 1871, Albert in 1874, Elizabeth in 1876, and twins Ellen and Frederick in 1879.
In the 1871 census, the family are living in Goodworth Clatford. Two of Elizabeth’s nieces (Emma and Eliza Mitchener) are living with them.
Elizabeth died on 3 November 1880 from phthisis (tuberculosis). She was only 40.
Her burial took place on the 8th, at St Peter’s. The twins had also died that same year, and Elizabeth’s mother Mary was living with John and the other four children in 1881.
Ari, this is how you are related to Elizabeth: