Ellen Morgan was born in Stokesay, Shropshire about 1846, she was the daughter of William Morgan a labourer and Hannah, and in 1851 she seems to have been the only child but did have a brother “Edwin Cocks who was adopted”. In 1861 she was working as a farm servant at Aldon Farm, but in 1871 she was home with her parents at Aldon Cottage.
On 18 October 1873 Ellen married Edwin Lamb in Stokesay.
Edwin was the son of Francis Lamb a farm labourer and Ann, he had two elder sibling Dinah and William. When he was 20 he was helping in the stables at Ferney Hall, in Shelderton, his employer was Willoughby Sitwell, a magistrate and landed proprietor. After their marriage they had three children born in Stokesay, Emily, Annie and Edwin, but by 1878 they had moved and George was born in Bangor on Dee in 1878, and William was born in 1880. Edwin was a coachman for Archibald Peel at Gerwyn Hall, and was living at Cross Lanes in 1881 when Ellen’s mother Hannah was staying with them.
INTERPLEADER SUMMONS. William Lee, butcher, plaintiff, John Vaughan, Trafalgar Road, Wrexham, defendant, Archibald Peel, The Gerwyn, claimant. Mr O. G. Jones appeared for the execution creditor, and Mr W. H. Bott for the claimant. Mr Bott after stating that Mr Peel claimed a mare which had been seized by the officers of the Court as his property, called Edwin Lamb, coachman to Mr Peel who said that the mare was lent by the latter to the defendant. The produce of the mare was to belong to Mr Peel, and the mare was not to be sold to anyone. John Vaughan said Mr Peel offered the mare to him to get a living out of her. He never offered to sell her for £34. Judgment was given for the claimant without costs.September 1882 Wrexham Advertiser
In September 1890 Edwin was playing cricket for the Gerwyn team against Bryn Y Pys when he was “run out”.
Wrexham Advertiser May 1891. Edwin and his neighbour had some coal stolen.
THEFT OF COAL AT CROSS LANES. Alice Davies, a single woman living with her parents was charged with stealing coal belonging to Richard Bowen and Edwin Lamb. Mrs Bowen said they missed some coal. She identified the piece (produced) which had been marked with paint. P.C. Woollam said about three a.m. on April 23rd he saw defendant leave her house without shoes. She went to Bowen’s, and put two lumps through the hedge, and into her bag. He charged her with the (offence. She cried and asked him to look over it. Annie Lamb, daughter of Edwin Lamb, said she marked the piece of coal (produced). P.C. Woollam said he saw the defendant put the lump through the hedge the same time as she put the other.-Defendant, who admitted both charges, was fined 4s and 16s costs, and allowed a week in which to pay the money.
Wrexham Advertiser May 1891
By 1891 they had more children, Alfred 8, Thomas 6, Mary Ellen 3 and Harold aged just 2 months, the family moved to Minera cottage by 1901, it was close to Minera Hall which was occupied by Ellen Burton. Edwin was still working as coachman, possibly for the Burton`s and Ellen had given birth to another child Ethel Mary who was 7.
The family later moved to Wrexham and in 1911 they were in Trevor Street, where Edwin was still a coachman.
Ellen died in Trevor Street in April 1925, she was 79, and Edwin died in August 1930 at Earle Street. Their daughter Mary Ellen never married and died in 1973, she was aged 85 and living in Tower View. Wrexham. She was buried with her parents.
Also remembered on the grave is their youngest son Harry (Harold) Lamb who was killed in action in France on 22 October 1918. WW1 officially ended on 11 November 1918
Harry is buried in Belle Vue British Cemetery, Briastre. He was a Private in the 1st 7th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers and enlisted at Chester. The register of soldiers effects show that Edwin received £26 18s 9d compensation for the loss of his son.
Researched by Annette Edwards. May 2019.
IN MEMORY OF ELLEN LAMB c 1846 – 1925 EDWIN LAMB c 1850 – 1930Memorial Transcription
MARY ELLEN LAMB 1887 – 1973 HARRY LAMB 1891 – 1918
Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02302A