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 Farmer's Daughter from Carharrack

Biography

Angelina Hales (1861-1948) 

Carharrack, Cornwall (1861)
Angelina Hales was born on 29 August 1861 in Carharrack, Gwennap, Cornwall. She was the second daughter of Elisha Hales, a 37-year-old innkeeper and Selina Hales (née Sampson), 29, both of whom were Gwennap-born. Elizabeth Jenking, sister, 39, and her 2-month-old son, Thomas Jenking, were cohabiting with Elisha and Selina. Elisha's address is only shown in the census for that year as 'Carharrack'. A live-in servant was helping to run the household.1

Farm at Mingoose (1871)
By 1871, Elisha ales had given up his job as a publican to become a farmer, and had moved the family to Mingoose Farm, St Agnes, where he was farming 50 acres. His nine-year-old "Annie", as she was recorded then in the 1871 England Census, was a scholar with two brothers and a sister. They were John, a fifteen-year-old "unmarried farmer's son", and five-year-old Thomas H., who were born in Kenwyn and St. Agnes, respectively. Annie's elder sister, Emily, was born in Gwennap in about 1852.2

Mingoose (1881)
In 1881, Annie was 19 and living with her parents on the farm at Mingoose, along with John (25) and Thomas (15). Between 1871 and 1881, her father had acquired a further 15 acres of land, and so it can safely be assumed that John, Thomas and Annie were helping their father run his expanding farm. Angelina's grandmother, Joanna Sampson, a 75-year-old farmer's widow, had moved in with her daughter's family. Emily, by then 29, was no longer at home, and had most probably married.3

Angelina's family quit farming (1891)
By 1891, Annie, who was first recorded in the England Census as "Angelina", was still living with her parents aged 29 and single. Her grandmother had passed away before 1891, as she is not shown in the census record. Angelina's father had given up farming by then and had moved the family back into part of Carharrack village again, and was working as an assurance agent at the age of 66. Her brothers had flown the nest and had not moved to separate accommodation elsewhere in the village. It is assumed they had quit farming to join the Army or had married and moved away. The Hales shared their home with a boarder, Charles H. Rouse, 30, who was from Worcester and a clerk in holy orders.4

Family moves to Penzance (1901)
Angelina's father, Elisha Hales, died sometime between 1891 and 1901, as he does not appear in the 1901 England Census. Her mother, Selina Hales, by then 70, had become head of the household which had moved 23 miles from Carharrack village to 1 Norton Terrace, Penzance, in a house half a mile from the sea.5

Marries Wesleyan lay preacher (1910)
Angelina's family had very probably been regular worshippers at the Wesleyan chapel in Carharrack. Indeed, with a name like 'Elisha', it is hard not to imagine a God-fearing Methodist. So it is hardly surprising to find that Angelina had got married in Holyhead, Wales, in 1910, aged 49, to a 52-year-old Englishman who worked as a railway clerk with a sideline as a Wesleyan chapel preacher, namely: Walter 'Parsons' Thomas. It was Angelina's first and Walter's second marriage. It is thought that the couple almost certainly met through the Wesleyan chapel.

English Wesleyan Chapel, Holyhead (1910)
Angelina Hales (49) and Walter Parsons Thomas (52) were married in the English Wesleyan Chapel in Longford Road, Holyhead, on 29 December 1910, six years after Walter's first wife, Margaret Ann, had passed away. Angelina's father was not there to give her away, as the marriage certificate shows that he had already passed away. It is not known whether Angelina's mother, Selina, attended the wedding; in any case, as it is doubtful whether she would have undertaken such a long journey from Cornwall to Anglesey as a 79-year-old.

Rites and ceremonies
The marriage was solemnised according to the rites and ceremonies of the Wesleyan Methodists, was officiated by Charles H. Brown, a Wesleyan Minister, and witnessed by J. Hale and S. Jones. Angelina's pre-marriage address was Min-Y-Don6, Holyhead, and Walter's was 85 King's Road, Holyhead. Walter Parsons Thomas's father was not present either; he too had passed away by then.7

Zimapan Villa (1921-1930)
Angelina Thomas and Walter Parsons Thomas moved to Cornwall in 1921 and bought Zimapan Villa from Amelia Penrose. Angelina was returning to the area in which she had spent almost 50 years of her life, and where she had grown up. Walter sold the house, which they always referred to as Zimapan, in 1930 and moved back to Holyhead. For further details and photos of their time in Cornwall, see Zimapan 1921-1930.

Holyhead (post-1930)
Angelina and Walter Thomas were still very much alive in 1934, when members of the Thomas family assembled for a photograph in the back garden of a house in London Road, Holyhead. The photograph, which Inez Grace Thomas says was taken by Walter Parsons Thomas, shows Angelina Thomas in the center of the photograph wearing a white coat with a black collar (overdressed). Indeed, the older women all seemed to be wearing long sleeves, while the younger women in the family wore sleeveless, summer dresses. All the men, bar one, wore a shirt, tie and jacket as was the custom in those days. 

Thomas family, London Rd, Holyhead, 1933

Thomas family photo ca. 1933
 
Back row (l-r):

Walter David Thomas; Margaret Parry Reynolds; Susanah G. Thomas (aka Auntie Sue or 'Cissie'); Rev. Jim K. Calvert (aka Uncle Jim), Methodist minister; Harold Calvert (son of JKC)8, Auntie Ada (Uncle George's wife), standing in front of Harold. George Owen Thomas (Uncle George), far right back, leaning on a push mower.

Middle row (l-r):
William Evans Thomas (IGT's father); Angelina Thomas, (née Hales, aka 'Grancie').

Front row (l-r):
Inez Grace Thomas (± 17); Eileen Calvert (JKC's daughter).
 
Angelina Hales died in 1948. 

Footnotes
1. 1861 England Census.
2. 1871 England Census.
3. 1881 England Census.
4. 1891 England Census.
5. 1901 England Census.
6. A guest house in the centre of Holyhead.
7. Marriage certificate.
8. Thought to have committed suicide.