The Early family joined my family tree when Jesse Early married my second great grandaunt, Priscilla Walker Berry, in 1870 at Saint Philip’s Church, Sheffield.
Priscilla, born in 1852 in Kirkstall, Leeds, is the daughter of Luke Berry and Jane Walker. Both of Jane’s parents were born near Barnsley, but at the time of her birth, Luke was working as an Engine Fitter in Kirkstall.
Priscilla, along with the rest of her family, moved to Rotherham in the 1850s.
Jesse was born in 1849 in Chesterfield. How he and Priscilla met, I have no clue.
Jesse was a well known Butcher in Rotherham, trading and living in Effingham Street. In the early 1900s, Jesse must have been feeling adventurous as by 1911 he was a Shopkeeper in Weston Super Mare although he and Priscilla did move back to Rotherham.
Priscilla and Jesse issued seven children, called, George Arthur (1870 to 1937), Walter (1872 to 1941), Frederick Ambrose (1875 to 1952), Ernest Albert (1876 to 1962), Florence Amy (1879 to 1948), Blanche Emily (1882 to 1901) and Bernard Vincent (1888 to 1919).
Despite being well known Rotherham people, Priscilla and Jesse only received short obituaries.
THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1918.
EARLY. – On Dec. 3, 1918, at Smeaton Villa, Albany street, Priscilla Walker, the patient and loving Wife of Jesse Early, aged 67 years. Interment at Moorgate Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 8, 1918.
THE ADVERTISER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1920.
EARLY. – Feb. 10, 1920, at Barnsley, Jesse, the dearly beloved husband of the late Priscilla Walker Early, aged 70 years. Interment, Rotherham Cemetery, Sunday Feb. 15 at 1.45 p.m.