Angelina Appleton: A Victorian Bigamist

Family Mystery

Angelina Appleton, born 1848

Bigamist of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and my 4th great aunt 

Angelina Appleton was baptised on 30th April 1848, the fourth child of William Appleton, gardener of Leigh-on-Sea, and his wife Elizabeth.  Her older sister, Harriet, was my great great great grandmother, and the wife of Henry Downing, the subject of my last entry.

There was nothing unusual about Angelina’s early years; she appears on the 1851 census with her family, on the 1861 census working in nearby South Benfleet as a servant, and on 1st May 1870, she married Henry James Collins, a labourer, at the local church, Leigh St Clements.  She and her husband were witnesses at Harriet’s marriage later the same year, but by the time of the 1871 census, they had moved to Plumstead (then in Kent, now in South East London) where Henry was working as a labourer on the army barracks…

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