Charles Messenger

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 19/02/2020
© Christine Gambles

Charles Messenger



Charles was born in Thatcham Berkshire on the 4th September 1791 and was baptised on the 16th October 1791 in Thatcham. His parents were Thomas & Hannah Messenger (nee Bassett) who were married on the 6th March 1772 at St Mary the Virgin Speen Newbury.

Charles was married by Licence in 1815

Marriage details:

Place: St Nicolas Church Newbury

Date: 20th May 1815

Groom: Charles Messenger of Thatcham

Bride: Mary Liddiard


In 1815 (7th June) Charles and Mary were recorded in Joseph Toomer’s 1815 census of Newbury as follows:

Place: Central Houses, The City, Newbury

Charles Messenger aged 23, married

Mary Messenger aged 23, married

William Liddiard aged 60, married, occupation: Gardener

Mary Liddiard aged 60, married

Jane Liddiard aged 8, child


Charles & Mary had the following children:

Mary Ann born c1816 baptised at St Nicolas Church Newbury 25/8/1816

Hannah Sarah born c1819 baptised in Speen 28/7/1819

Harriett born c1823 baptised in Speen 21/9/1823 Abode: Shaw

Jane born c1827 baptised in Speen 10/6/1827 Abode: Shaw

Thomas Charles baptised in Speen 6/8/1829 Abode Shaw

When their daughter Mary Ann was baptised in 1816 Charles was recorded as a Servant in Husbandry, living in Newbury but by 1841 Charles was an Innkeeper and the family were living in Newbury but by 1841 Charles was an Innkeeper and the family were living in Woodspeen.

 In the 1851 census Charles (62), Mary (60) their daughter Jane (23) and their granddaughter Hannah Fidler (6) (daughter of their daughter Mary Ann) were recorded living in Southampton Terrace Newbury, Charles was recorded on this census as an Annuitant.

Charles Messenger died aged 67 in 1858 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 6th October.



Christine Gambles – 11th February 2020


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