Catharine Eliza Warner
This is my other totally unknown great-grandmother. My father’s side of the family was a complete mystery to us until we started on this family history journey and his mother’s side of the family was even more of a mystery than his father’s. I hope this French portrait of Madame Alfred Sensier by Jean-François Millet stands in for Catherine, who was, like most of our (and probably everybody else’s) ancestors, an ‘ordinary’ woman. But there are tragedies and triumphs in even the most ordinary of lives, and I hope that her story will interest you. Indeed one thing that family history teaches you is that nobody is ‘ordinary’.
Catherine was a Londoner and her story takes us from one side of the river to the other and back again. Interestingly most of her life was filled with women - she had no brothers and only one son that survived, but, of course there were fathers and husbands to compensate. It must however make a difference if your children and siblings are predominantly of one sex. Her father died young, and her mother remarried, which also must have had an impact on her life and her choices - not that there probably were many because, if you are from the lower orders your choices are limited. Truth to tell I do not currently have an idea of the nature of Catherine - maybe writing her story will clarify her for me.
Her birth certificate has her name as Catharine, but it is most often written as Catherine. At her marriage she signs her name ‘Catherine’.
Catharine Eliza Warner
b 20 May, 1848 in Christchurch Parish, Southwark
m John James Magee 23 September, 1866, Southwark
d 1933, Camberwell
Ann Elizabeth (1867-1868)
Catherine Eliza (1869-?)
John James (1870-?)
Henry Thomas (1877-1877)
Maud(e) Beatrice (1884-1925)
Census - 1851-1911
Maude’s birth certificate
Some of the children’s baptism records
From the Greek, meaning ‘pure’, although the Greek version begins with a K. Eternally popular throughout history - it still is.
Katherine, Catherine, Caterina, Katerine, Ekaterina, Karen, Catrin
Kate, Katie, Cathy, Cathie, Cat
An abbreviation of Elizabeth which is Hebrew meaning ‘God is satisfied’ Eliza is one of those old-fashioned names that has undergone a revival.
Elizabeth, Elissa, Ella
Ellie, Liza, Liz, Lizzie