Robert was baptized at Wick, Worcestershire in May 1816, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Turvey. Hannah was born c1815, also in Wick.
In 1841 Robert was living with his parents and three younger siblings in Wick and Hannah was with her father Edward Wheeler and his mother, 90 years old Martha Phipps. (Widow Martha Wheele rhad married Joseph Phipps at Wick in 1768)
Hannah and Robert went to the city of Worcester to be married. The marriage certificate of 14th March 1842 from GRO southport shows the marriage to have been solomnised at St Helen's parish church, but there are no signatures, other than that of the rector, F H Wilding. Research at Worcester Record Office established that there were no marriages recorded at St Helen's between 6th March and 20th March 1842, but, the marriage register from the nearby St Alban's parish church has an identical entry on 14th March 1842 for the marriage of Robert and Hannah; they both marked the register and the marriage was witnessed by F. Fletcher and Mary Fletcher (who both witnessed a lot of marriages). This appears to be a major clerical error in that the register copy submitted to the Registrar General does not match the church register.
The unsigned marriage certificate of Robert and Hannah.
Both St Alban's and St Helen's are in Fish Street, the address both Robert & Hannah gave as their residence. St Helen's is on the corner of High Street, now part of the parish of All Saints and St Albans is about 200 yards to the west at the junction of Fish Street and Deansway. Mediaeval Worcester had ten churches, the earliest being where St Helen's is now. By the time of the Second World War, St Helen's church had ceased to be used for worship and was put to various uses until, in 1956, it became the County Record Office. Only very recently has it been used again for worship. St Alban's is a tiny building, but the only one of Worcester's churches to retain its mediaeval external appearance. It is now used as a day centre for homeless people.
Two views of St Alban's church (Magg Day Centre) from Deansway, the left hand photo shows the western end of Fish Street, also known as Little Fish Street.
Looking east along Fish Street. I don't know exactly where Robert and Hannah lived, but these houses are certainly old and St Helen's church occupies most of the other side of the road.
|Reconstruction of part of mediaeval Worcester by Worcester City Museums showing St Helen's in the centre and St Alban's at the bottom left. The little row of cottages to the right of St Alban's would be Fish Street, with St Albans to the west and St Helen's to the right.|
However, Robert & Hannah didn't stay in Worcester for long. By the time the eldest daughter was born they were back in Wick, where Robert was a market gardener. They had six daughters baptized at Wick, but in 1871 they were in Wyre Piddle, Fladbury parish (although Robert was also with his widowed mother in Wick!) and by 1881 they were in Bricklehampton near Pershore Worcs. They both died at Bricklehampton; Robert in February 1893 and Hannah in February 1895.
Known children of Robert and Hannah: