Mary Ann Maria Walters, wife of Thomas Ward

Mary Ann Maria Walters (1820-1874) FamilySearch.org

Name: Mary Ann Maria Walters

Born: 1820 in Epsom, Surrey, England

Died: 25 Dec 1874 in Battersea, Surrey, England

Parents: Francis Walters and Mary Price

Married: 5 Aug 1838 in Mortlake, Surrey, England to

Husband: Thomas Ward

Relationship to: E Ward: 3rd Great-Grandparents

1. Thomas Ward (1813-1879) & Mary Ann Maria Walters
2. Thomas James Ward (1843-1892) & Sarah Hannah Lucy Courtneidge
3. Alfred John Ward (1883-1953) & Margaret T Styles
4. James Joseph Ward (1920-2000) & Mildred Geneva Butcher
5. R Ward
6. E Ward

Mary Ann Maria Walters was born in the parish of Epsom in Surrey, the daughter of Francis Walters and Mary. She had two full siblings: James Francis Walters, who migrated to Wales for work in the mining industry before joining the Mormon church and immigrating to the Territory of Utah, USA in 1864, and Eleanor Walters, who married James Brewer and stayed in Mortlake and surrounding areas her entire life. I could find no trace of her father Francis Walters after Eleanor Walters’s baptism in Epsom, Surrey on 15 Feb 1824,1and very little information about him in general. I did find records records matching his details in the British Army Regimental Registers of Canada.2,3 Francis Waters [Walters] was from Epsom. At 18, he stood 5 feet 4 inches tall, with pale skin and grey eyes. He enlisted as a private in the 2nd Battalion of the 12th Foot. The title of the record set referenced is a tad misleading. He never went to Canada, as the 2nd Battalion served in England and Ireland from 1812-1819. The timing works out for this to be him, as his service expired on 3 May 1819, and Mary Ann Maria Walters was born in 1820.

Mary Price 1 gen des chart

Mary Ann Maria Walters’s mother Mary married a man named William Greening on 26 Oct 1824. They had five children in Mortlake: William Richard Greening (1827-1881), Elizabeth Greening (1830-1839), Richard Greening (1833-1834), Henry Greening (1835-1837) and Maria Greening (1838-1838). In this 1824 marriage record she was listed as a spinster and her surname Price.4 I am not sure if Price was her maiden name and she and Francis Walters never actually married, or if she had had another husband with the last name Price between Francis Walters and William Greening. That would be a lot of husbands in a short period of time, so I am leaning toward the former explanation.

Children of Francis Walters and Mary Price

1. Mary Ann Maria Walters

Born: abt 1820 in Epsom, Surrey, England
Died: 25 Dec 18745 in Battersea, Surrey, England.
Married: Thomas Ward (son of James) on 5 Aug 1838 in Mortlake, Surrey, England.6Had issue. He was born abt 1813 near Witney, Oxfordshire, England7 and died on 10 Dec 1879 in Battersea, Surrey, England.8 Had issue. See the Descendants of Thomas Ward and Mary Walters here: Descendants of Thomas Ward and Mary Ann Maria Walters

2. James Francis Walters

Born: 22 Jan 18219 in Epsom, Surrey, England
Died: 5 Jul 190210 in Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA.
Married: Susannah Cooper on 29 Dec 1845 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England.11,12 Had issue.

3. Eleanor Walters

Born: bef 15 Feb 1824 in Epsom, Surrey, England1
Died: 8 Jul 1892 in Twickenham, Middlesex.13
Married: James Brewer on 7 Jul 1840 in Mortlake, Surrey.32 Had issue.

Children of William Greening and Mary Price, married 29 Oct 1824 at Lambeth St Mary4

4. William Richard Greening

Born: bef 29 Jul 1827 in Mortlake, Surrey, England15
Died: 26 Oct 1881 in Mortlake.14
Married: Margaret Donovan on 20 Nov 1854 in Hammersmith, Middlesex, England.15Had issue.

5. Elizabeth Greening

Born: before 13 Jun 1830 in Mortlake, Surrey, England16
Died: 5 May 1839 in Mortlake.17

6. Richard Greening

Born: before 7 Apr 1833 in Mortlake, Surrey, England18
Died: before 1 Jun 1834 in Mortlake. Buried by Coroner’s Warrant.19

7. Henry Greening

Born: before 28 Jun 1835 in Mortlake, Surrey, England20
Died: 25 Jul 1837 in Mortlake.21

8. Maria Greening

Born: 9 Aug 1838 in Mortlake, Surrey, England22
Died: 23 Aug 1838 in Mortlake.23 She was baptized the same day.24

9 Aug 1838, Maria Greening daughter of William Greening, Labourer, and Mary Greening formerly Price, Mortlake

Tragically, Richard, Henry and Maria Greening all died as infants. There was a coroner’s inquest for Henry Greening’s death but I do not think the records survive. Elizabeth Greening made it to age ten before she died in May of 1839.17 This was two months before the birth of Thomas Ward and Mary Walters’s first child was born on 13 Jul 1839.25 They named her Elizabeth. The Greening children were all buried here in the Mortlake Churchyard in unmarked graves. Space was limited, and tombstones with a reserved burial plot were a luxury.

Birth certificates are shown below for Elizabeth Ward,25 James William Ward,26 Thomas Joseph Ward,27 Joseph William Ward,28 Ellen Mary Ward,29 and Mary Ann Maria Ward.30 Mary Ward alternates between the use of Walters/Waters and Greening for her former surname. This would make sense if William Greening was her step-father from the age of four. She may have used the name in her daily life. However, the surname of her birth father, Walters, would have been her legal name.

Birth Certificates for children of Thomas Ward and Mary Ann Maria Walters. 

13 Jul 1839 – Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Ward, labourer and Mary Ward formerly Waters, Mortlake
18 Apr 1841 – Joseph William son of Thomas Ward, labourer and Mary Ward formerly Greening, Mortlake
9 Jan 1843 – Thomas Joseph son of Thomas Ward, maltster and Mary Ward formerly Greening, Strand on the Green
27 Mar 1845 – Joseph William son of Thomas Ward, maltsman and Mary Ward formerly Walters, Strand on the Green
2 Apr 1847 – Ellen Mary daughter of Thomas Ward, maltsman and Mary Ward formerly Green, Strand on the Green
10 Jul 1849 – Mary Ann Maria daughter of Thomas Ward, labourer and Mary Ann Ward formerly Waters, Ham

In 1841 William Greening, wife Mary and son William were living on Mortlake High Street with James Brewer and his wife Eleanor (Walters) Brewer in the same household.31 Eleanor used the surname Greening as a witness in Thomas Ward and Mary Walters’s wedding,6 but she used the surname Walters when she married James Brewer.32

1841 England Census

Mortlake High Street, Surrey

William Greening – 53, ag lab
Mary Greening – 40
William Greening – 14
James Brewer – 20, ag lab
Elanor Brewer – 15

I could not find a death record for Mary (Price) Greening, Mary Ann Maria’s mother, but she does not appear in the 1851 Census where William Greening, widower, is living with his son William Greening.33

1851 England Census

Queens Head Alley, Mortlake, Surrey

William Greening – 72, lab garden grounds, b. Powerstock, Dorset
William Greening – 25, son, lab garden grounds

Reference Notes


  1. St. Martin of Tours, Epsom, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, Eleanor of Francis and Mary Walters, Labourer, baptized 15 Feb 1823, p. 106, no. 846, reference 3031/2; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513539?h=90232f : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking. 
  2. “Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900,” Francis Waters, age 18 from Epsom, Surrey, enlisted 4 May 1812, discharged 5 May 1819; 2 digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513551?h=400f54 : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 12 Foot; Piece Number: 335; Piece Title: 12 Foot, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England. 
  3. “Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900,” Francis Waters, 12th Foot Soldiers, 1814-1818, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/8015009?h=7bfd9d : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 12 Foot; Piece Number: 334; Piece Title: 12 Foot,The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England. 
  4. Church of St. Mary, Lambeth, Surrey, Parish Registers, William Greening & Maria Price, married 26 Oct 1824, p. 248, no. 742; digital images, “London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1837,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/8015345?h=337a5d : accessed 9 Jul 2016), Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives, London. 
  5. England, death certificate for Mary Ann Ward, died 25 Dec 1874, registered Oct-Dec 1874, Wandsworth, vol. 1d, p. 444, Battersea, Surrey. 
  6. England, marriage certificate for Thomas Ward and Mary Ann Maria Waters, married 5 Aug 1838, registered Jul-Sep 1838, Richmond, vol. 4, p. 411, no. 14, Mortlake, Surrey; General Register Office, Southport. 
  7. “1871 England Census,” Thomas Ward family, no. 242, 7 Mendip Rd, St. John’s, Battersea, Registration District: Wandsworth, County of Surrey, Class: RG10; Piece: 701; Folio: 79; Page: 49; GSU roll: 823340; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513529?h=66c1bb : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing :Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871 held atThe National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England. 
  8. England, death certificate for Thomas Ward, died 10 Dec 1879, registered Oct-Dec 1879, Wandsworth, vol. 1d, p. 476, Battersea, Surrey. 
  9. St. Martin of Tours, Epsom, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, James son of Francis and Mary Walters, Labourer, baptized 4 Feb 1821, p. 77, no. 609, reference 3031/2; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513561?h=146e57 : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking. 
  10. “Find A Grave Index,”James Francis Walters, 1902; Burial, Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States of America, Elysian Burial Gardens; database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVG4-LGHC : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: record ID 114063975, Find a Grave (http://www.findagrave.com/ ). 
  11. St Peter’s Church, Wolverhampton, Register of Marriages, James Walters of Bilson, miner, son of F. Walters, gardener to Susannah Cooper dau of T Cooper, miner, married 29 Dec 1845, p. 78, no. 155, reference no. D1157/1/1/49; digital images, “Staffordshire Marriages,” FindmyPast (http://www.findmypast.com/ : accessed 9 Jul 2016). 
  12. “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,”James Walters and Susannah Cooper, 29 Dec 1845; database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N6CJ-26M : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: St. Peter, Wolverhampton, Stafford, England, reference 78; FHL microfilm 1,040,904. 
  13. Saint Mary the Virgin,Twickenham, Richmond Upon Thames, Middlesex, Register of Burials (Bishop’s Transcripts), Eleanor Brewer age 63, 4. Staten Gardens, buried 14 Jul 1892, p. 185, no. 1497, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513581?h=c37a36 : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives, London. 
  14. “England and Wales Death Registration Index,” William Greening age 42, registered Oct-Dec 1881, Richmond, Surrey, vol. 2a, p. 196, line no. 257, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2JD2-9ML : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Death, Richmond (Surrey), Surrey, England, General Register Office, Southport. 
  15. “England Marriages, 1538–1973 ,”William Richard Greening and Margaret Donavan, 20 Nov 1853; database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NNLQ-GZ3 : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: St. Paul, Hammersmith, Middlesex, England, reference it 1, p 6, no 11; FHL microfilm 1,966,291. 
  16. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, Elizabeth of William and Mary Greening, Labourer, baptized 13 Jun 1830, p. 154, no. 1228, reference no. 2397/1/4; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513600?h=670791 : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  17. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Burials, Elizabeth Greening age 10, buried 10 May 1839, p. 188, no. 1498, reference no. 2397/1/28; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513606?h=c5400a : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  18. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, Richard of William and Maria Greening, Labourer, baptized 7 Apr 1833, p. 186, no. 1488, reference no. 2397/1/4; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513727?h=b0854e : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  19. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Burials, Richard son of William and Mary Greening, buried 1 Jun 1834, p. 145, no. 1154, reference no. 2397/1/28; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513611?h=345838 : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  20. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, Henry of William and Mary Greening, Labourer, baptized 28 Jun 1835, p. 16, no. 1666, reference no. 2397/1/5; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513732?h=27863f : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  21. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Burials, Henry Greening age 2, buried 27 Jul 1837, p. 172, no. 1375, reference no. 2397/1/28; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513750?h=8a406f : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  22. England, birth certificate for Maria Greening, born 9 Aug 1838, registered Jul-Sep 1838, Richmond, vol. 4, p. 382, Mortlake, Surrey; General Register Office, Southport. 
  23. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Burials, Maria Greening age 0 daughter of William & Mary Greening, buried 30 Aug 1838, p. 181, no. 1447, reference no. 2397/1/28; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513760?h=901c97 : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  24. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Baptisms, Maria of William and Mary Greening, Labourer, baptized 23 Aug 1838, p. 47, no. 1907, reference no. 2397/1/5; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513761?h=2a8536 : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  25. England, birth certificate for Elizabeth Ward, born 13 Jul 1839, registered Jul-Sep 1839, Richmond, vol. 2, p. 338, Mortlake, Surrey; General Register Office, Southport. 
  26. England, birth certificate for James William Ward, born 18 Apr 1841, registered Apr-Jun 1841, Richmond, vol. 4, p. 362, Mortlake, Surrey; General Register Office, Southport. 
  27. England, birth certificate for Thomas Joseph Ward, born 9 Jan 1843, registered Jan-Mar 1843, Brentford, vol. 3, p. 12, no. 336, Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, Middlesex; General Register Office, Southport. 
  28. England, birth certificate for Joseph William Ward, born 27 Mar 1845, registered Apr-Jun 1845, Brentford, vol. 3, p. 14, Chiswick, Middlesex; General Register Office, Southport. 
  29. England, birth certificate for Ellen Mary Ward, born 2 Apr 1847, registered Apr-Jun 1847, Brentford, vol. 3, p. 17, Chiswick, Middlesex; General Register Office, Southport. 
  30. England, birth certificate for Mary Ann Maria Ward, born 10 Jun 1849, registered Jul-Aug 1849, Kingston, vol. 4, p. 202, Ham, Surrey; General Register Office, Southport. 
  31. “1841 England Census,” William Greening and James Brewer family, Class: HO107; Piece: 1062; Book: 2; Civil Parish: Mortlake; County: Surrey; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 10; Page: 11-12; Line: 25, 1; GSU roll: 474656; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9514079?h=8af0ba : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841 held at The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.
  32. St. Mary the Virgin, Mortlake, Surrey, Register of Marriages, James Brewer & Eleanor Waters, married 7 Jul 1840, p. 17, no. 34, reference no. 2397/1/18; digital images, “Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms 1813-1912,” Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9513586?h=ffe3db : accessed 9 Jul 2016), citing: original Church of England parish registers deposited at the Surrey History Centre, Woking.
  33. “1851 England Census,” William Greening family, no. 63, Queens Head Alley, Mortlake, Registration District: Richmond, County of Surrey, Class: HO107; Piece: 1605; Folio: 377; Page: 15; GSU roll:193504; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/sharing/9516514?h=3ad302 : accessed 9 Jul 2016); citing: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851 held atThe National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England. 

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