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Family Search of Vera Mitchell (Nee Clarke) from Leicester


Help please
Trying to trace Maternal Side of family but can find nothing before my late mother.
Info I have so far. Vera Mitchell (Nee Clarke) from Leicester 6 Nov 1916 - 5 Nov 2005 My mother married Joseph Mitchell circa 1953/4
Vera's Parents Names (My grandparents ) Names not known believed to have lived in Uppingham Rd area
Siblings Percy Clarke used to work for Leicester Ambulance Service Wife name was Ivy
George Clarke
Nora(h) Clarke (maiden name) did marry. spouse /children not known
Dolly Clarke (maiden name) did marry. spouse / children not known
Vera had 3 children from previous marriage (previous married surname was March.)
Children were Anthony (Anton) March, Rosita March (maiden name ) and Stephanie Linda who was adopted by my father Joseph. Rosita and Anton were not adopted.
I was the only child of the marriage of Vera to Joseph.
All the above relates to Leicester including areas of Uppingham Road, Highfields, Evington, Thurnby Hill Scraptoft
Would be grateful of any information especially my grand parents (Vera's parents ) names
Many Thanks Derek Mitchell
Do you have your parents marriage certificate or the certificate to Vera's first marriage? If filled out correctly it should have her father's name and occupation on it.

Marriages Sep quarter 1954
Clarke Vera - spouse Mitchell -- Leicester 3a 1890
Mitchell Joseph - spouse Clarke -- Leicester 3a 1890
March Vera - spouse Mitchell -- Leicester 3a 1890

Below is one of the entries for the marriage with a side comment noted.
Marriages Sep 1954
Mitchell Joseph - spouse Mitchell Leicester 3a 1890 RFowler
#COMMENT Entry reads Mitchell or Manch or Clarke for spouse name
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Thanks for info , but I have neither birth certificates or marriage certificates of Vera (my mother) or my father (Joseph)' The only information I have is from what I remember as a very young boy (4-5 year old - I am now 70!) and from what I was told by my half sister and mum when she was alive.
will investigate this Percy - have hit 3 dead ends with other possibilities but this one does seem more hopeful . I think my uncle Percy was a few years older than my mother ( so 5 years difference does seem hopeful) Thanks D
Name: Herman Clarke
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 19 Feb 1907
Event Place: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Event Place (Original): Leicestershire,England,Leicester, St Saviour
Residence Place: 23 Shenton St
***: Male
Age: 23
Religion: Anglican
Father's Name: Eli Clarke
Spouse's Name: Florence James
Spouse's Residence Place: 23 Shenton St
Spouse's Age: 23
Spouse's Father's Name: William James
Page Number: 138
Record Number: GBPRS/LEICS/MAR/00287806/1
1911 uk census

Name: Herman Clarke
Event Place: Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
County: Leicestershire
Parish: Leicester
Sub-District: North East Leicester
Sub-District Number: 2
District Number: 407
Enumeration District: 33
Registration District: Leicester
Age: 27
Marital Status: Married
Marital Status (Original): MARRIED
Industry: BUILDING
Number in Family: 4
Birth Year (Estimated): 1884
Birthplace: Countesthorpe, Leicestershire
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Schedule Type: 338
Page Number: 1
Registration Number: RG14
Piece/Folio: 677
Affiliate Record Identifier: GBC/1911/RG14/19250/0677/1
Household Role *** Age Birthplace
Herman Clarke Head Male 27 Countesthorpe, Leicestershire
Florence Clarke Wife Female 27 Leicester, Leicestershire
William Reginald Clarke Son Male 3 Leicester, Leicestershire
Nora Winefred Clarke Daughter Female 1 Leicester Glenfield, Leicestershire
I don't have full access so the index is all i can get.

1939 register

Herman Clarke 1883
Florence Clarke and 2 more people are on this record

207 Uppingham Road, Leicester

Appears to be a son and his family at the same address

William R Clarke 1907
Elizabeth Clarke and 3 more people are on this record
2 more people who are officially closed
1939 register

Vera Mitchell (March)
Leicester C.B.
151 Wicklow Drive, Leicester
Alfred March is also on this record
1 more person who is officially closed
Thank you for being so helpful . One or two of the names are ringing some long distant bells (Wicklow drive, Uppingham Road and I vaguely recall the name Reg possibly William Reginald). I think Alfred March might be Vera's first husband. You are certainly getting a lot further than I am so thank you once again. Derek
Thank you for being so helpful . One or two of the names are ringing some long distant bells (Wicklow drive, Uppingham Road and I vaguely recall the name Reg possibly William Reginald). I think Alfred March might be Vera's first husband. You are certainly getting a lot further than I am so thank you once again. Derek

Your very welcome
Anton R March b Oct qtr 1943 Leicester mm = Clarke Vol 7a page 403
Anton on 2003-2010 census for 18 Cranesbill road Les 1TA
married July qtr 1964 to Susan A Everitt – Leicester Vol 3a page 1823

Conrad R L March b Jan qtr 1946 Leicester – mm Clarke Vol 7a page 403 - died 1946

Rosita J March b Jan qtr 1939 Leicester – mm Clarke Vol 7a page399
married Jan qtr 1955 Pontypridd Glamorganshire to Brian J Love

Stephanie L March b April qtr 1947 Leicester – mm Clarke Vol 3a page 1204
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I think Alfred March might be Vera's first husband.

Name: Alfred March
Event Type: Marriage Registration
Event Place: Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Registration District: Leicester
County: Leicestershire
Registration Year: 1937
Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
Affiliate Line Number: 142
Volume: 7A
Spouse Name (available after 1911): Clarke
Possible Spouse: Vera Clarke
Conrad R L March
Jan 1946 Leicester – mm Clarke – Vol 7a page 403 – died Jan qtr 1946 age 0 – Vol 7a page 277

in post 13
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following Gibbo

1939 census
Alfred March b 25 Dec 1913 a analytical Chemist – manager of Dental Lab
Vera March – crossed Mitchell b 6 Nov 1916 home duties

Alfred died in April qtr 1962 – so must have been a divorce
I think Alfred March was Vera's first husband and they did divorce. I've emailed my half sister (Stephanie ) to confirm whether Alfred was her biological father - waiting for reply. Not sure about Conrad. I believe Anton (Anthony) March, my half brother was a dental technician. I only ever met him once when I was very young. D
ok Derek, hope you can follow this.... but without Vera's birth/marriage certs this is not verified as right parents/family...
So far: & if right person..

1911 census has Florence James age 27 b Leicester = b 1884 married to Herman Clarke – marriage 1907 age 23 father William James

1911 has children
William Reginald Clarke age 3 b Leicester – on 1939 census has him b 10 June 1907 a butcher with Elizabeth wife b 19 Aug 1909 and child Elizabeth E Clarke (married a Heep) b 30 Dec 1931 at school & 2 more blocked out

1939 - above William(as per Gibbo's post# 7) is parents Herman Clarke b 23 Dec 1883 Public works Gen build contractor with Florence b 9 March 1884 dom duties with Stanton Clarke b 1 Aug 1911 Public works gen contractor and Florence M Clarke (married Williams) b 27 May 1920 Dept analyst clerk

GRO birth
Florence James April qtr 1884 Billesdon Vol 7a page 26 – mother = Mills

William James married Caroline Mills June qtr 1871 Derby Vol 7b page 808

1891 census Billesdon Leicester – 43 East ? road
William James b 1851 Leicester age 40
Caroline wife 44 b 1847 Nabb Nottingham
Edith daug 15 b 1876 Derby
Sarah daug 13 b 1878 Derby
Elizabeth daug 10 b 1881 Derby
Floria daug 8 b 1883 Humberstone Leicester
John son 11 b 1880 same

Caroline on 1911 census – 36 Preston Street Leicester
Caroline James – head age 67 looks like 43 for years married – 8 children – 2 dec.
Elizabeth Williams daug 30 married – tailoress b Derby
Amelia James daug 20 single gillette razor worker b Leicester
with grandchildren - Samuel Dalby 17, Beatrice Williams 4, Victor Williams baby

interesting that Caroline b 1847 East Leake Nottingham was a visitor in 1871 census at Sarah Pepper’s home and William James age 22 (1849 Sutton Bonnington Nottingham) was a lodger – Census date was 2 April 1871 so marriage was shortly after….

death for Caroline age 69 March qtr 1913 Leicester Vol 7a page 277

William is on 1901 with Caroline and family age 50 at 60 Morton rd – death in Sept qtr 1901 for William James age 51 Vol 7a page 163
WHAT A MINE OF INFORMATION. You have been most helpful in filling in a lot of gaps. Stuff I never even knew about
Many thanks
to settle it all - I would be purchasing these: - https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/indexes_search.asp

Vera Clarke born 1916 Dec Qtr Leicester Vol 07A page 435 – mother James on GRO - purchase as a PDF is standard 7 pounds
1st Marriage – Oct 1937 Leicester to Alfred Clarke Vol 7a page 643
2nd marriage – Sept Qtr 1954 Leicester Vol 3a page 1890

Vera died age 89 – born 16 Nov 1916 in Nov 2005 Leicester Reg no: B18D – District 600/1B Entry no: 29
regards Val
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