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The Travels of Charles Henry Ives.


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In Ireland, but born Bucks.
I have been looking for quite a while, for Charles Ives in the 1871 census. It hasn't been an easy search, as he dropped his first name of Charles for all census returns, and his marriage.

He was born in Chipping Wycombe, Bucks, or High Wycombe as it's known today, and his father was Thomas Ives, a Last maker(shoe industry).

Henry Ives, was a chairmaker/cabinet by trade, and he travelled far and wide, through out Britain.
He had arrived in Glasgow, by 1871, and his place of birth was given as, Peckham, Beckinghamshire, and living in George Street.
Then in 1875, he travelled to London, to marry his wife to be, Rosa Axten, who was from Hazlemere in Bucks. So he had obviously gone back to Buckinghamshire to meet Rosa, and planned a life together. Or, he had met her in Watlington, Oxfordshire, where she was working and residing in 1871. with the vicar, Arthur Hogan and his family, as a servant.
By 1881, Henry and Rosa, had arrived in Hempstead, in Gloucestershire, and their family had grown by 2 children.........Lilly and Harry, who were born in High Wycombe. The surrounding homes in Alma Street, all seem to contain families involved in the furniture industry.
Then by 1891, the family had moved to Manchester, with 4 more children in tow, Charlie, Sydney, Adelaide and Gilbert.
In 1892 they had moved back to High Wycombe, where daughter Emmeline was born, but by 1895 they had moved to Napier Road in 1901, in Bristol, with daughter Rosalie, added to the fold.

1911, saw a big change in Henry Ives's life. He is living on his own, and widowed. But he was back in his home town of High Wycombe, where he died at the age of 69, in 1917.

I wonder why he traveled so much, to ply his trade........he must have seen the opportunities somewhere in the newspapers.
Either way, the family had seen parts of the country, that others would never have even thought or dreamed of.