Timeline

Some key historical and family dates. Includes marriages of 3 x great grandparents (3 missing, + 2 illegit lines).

1807    John Watts marries Eleanor Cook, Skeyton.
1809    John Harper Smith marries Lydia Bacchus, Norwich.

1817        Victoria born.

1826    James Howes marries Ann Lane, Besthorpe.
1831    David Griffiths marries Grace James, Merthyr Tydfil.

1834       Poor Law unions created.

1834    Mark Barcoe Carter marries Mary Ann Revell, Kimberley.
1835    John Cutlock marries Charlotte Plunkett, Norwich.
1836    Possible marriage of William Watkins to Elizabeth, Llandefalley South.

1836       First police force in Norwich.
1837       Victoria becomes queen.
1840       Victoria married Prince Albert. Start of Cunard Line steamships to America.
1841       Great Western Railway built.
1844       Norwich has railway to Yarmouth, 1849 to London.

1842    David Rees marries Hannah Francis, Cadoxton.
1845    Charles Vickery marries Mary Harris, Seavington St Mary.
1846    Robert Osborne marries Mary Ann Dawe, Merriott.

1846-49  Repeal of Corn Laws.
1850        Master/Mate Mariners Certificates start.

1850       William Sibley marries Honor Garland, Beaminster.
1850s      Osborne brothers to Australia.
1852 – 58   Birth of great-grandparents, Howes side.
1859        Levy Watkins in Merthyr Tydfil by now.
1860s       Bush Houses built, Rhondda.

1850-70   Somerset railways built.
1861        Prince Albert died.
1861-65   American Civil War.
1862        USA’s Homestead Act, 160 acres for citizens tilling for 5 years.
1866        First transatlantic telegraph cable laid.
1870        Education Act – elementary education for all (England, Wales).

1872          Robert Jeary/Jane Watts arrive in Seward, Nebraska.
1873          Henry Neal emigrates to Ontario, Canada.
1869 – 1878   Birth of great grandparents, Watkins side.
1881          Osborne family arrived in Rhondda, and Watkins have moved here from Merthyr.
1879 – 1883 Griffiths branches arrive in Wilkes-Barre, USA.
1888 – 1897   Birth of grandparents.
1890/93    Frederick Watts, Emma Watts emigrate to USA (separately).
1894     William Cullum and family arrive in south east London. Alice Neal emigrates to Canada.
1897 approx    Robert and Mary Neal emigrate to Manitoba, Canada.

1899-1902    Boer War
22nd Jan 1901   Victoria dies

1904        Death of Laura Curtis (nee Neal).
1905         Clydach Vale mining disaster (33 killed).
1910-11     Cambrian Colliery dispute, Tonypandy riots.

1912         Launch and sinking of Titanic.
1914-18    World War One

1916/19  Marriage of grandparents.
1919     Howes family follows uncle William to south east London.
early 1940s Watkins family arrives in New Cross.

1952         Elizabeth II becomes queen. Major London smog leads to deaths and an eventual clean-up.

1953/54 May family to New Zealand.
1969    Bush Houses demolished

Also see

Ancestry has a useful timeline: Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800s

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