William Chaplin was my maternal great grandfather. He was born about 1841 in Foleshill and was christened on 26 September 1841 at St Laurence's Church.
William married Frances Elizabeth Flavell, daughter of John Flavell and Mary North, on 25 August 1863 at St Laurence's. Frances was born about 1844 in Foleshill.
They had the following children:
Arthur Edward Chaplin my granddad (1864-1953) Walter John Chaplin was born 1866 and was christened 31 March 1866. Walter died in 1895.
Arthur's place of birth, in 1864, was recorded as Bulkington, Warwickshire, and William was a baker.
The St Laurence's burial records show that Frances Elizabeth was buried on 24 October 1868. The records state that she died in Liverpool and was incorrectly registered under the name Frances Elizabeth Newman. According to the death certificate Frances died from Typhoid fever whilst living at 11 Forrest Street, Liverpool. The informant was John Newman, described as "husband". I have found no record of their marriage and so expect that this was also wrongly recorded. Was she visiting friends or family or had she left William to live with John Newman?
Frances's death is not the only mystery. Both my mother and her brother (Allan Chaplin) told their families that their father, Arthur Edward Chaplin, had been brought up by his grandfather (Edward) and Uncle (Edwin) because his parents had died when he was a boy. However William turns up living with his son on the 1901 Census. Checking back through the 1881 Census finds a William Chaplin of the correct age, and the only one also originating from Foleshill (although this has been wrongly transcribed as Coleshill, working as an Ostler at the Bell Inn, 28 Bilston Street, Wolverhampton. Did Frances's death, or desertion, send him off the rails? Whatever happened father and son were reunited by 1901 when William is living with his son, Arthur Edward in Bedworth. William is described as a baker journeyman and died and was buried at St Laurence's on 15 April 1904, just a few months after Uncle Allan's birth.
Under the terms of a draft Will of Joseph Liggins, dated March 1864, Frances would have inherited 3 houses at Bell Green.