Abraham Henry Simmonds (Simmons)

Born: 1875, 25 March.

Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire.

Died: Sometime after 1906 when daughter Ethel as born and before March 1917, when his widow Harriet remarried.

Parents: Henry and Hannah Simmonds, formerly Roberts, late Swaine, nee Todd.

Marriages: Harriet Stephenson, 7 October 1899, Keighley.

Children: Mary Hannah 1899, Harriet 1902, Charlie 1904 and Ethel 14th August 1906.

Occupation: French polisher.

Notes:  Whilst searching for information on Abraham Henry, it appeared he had been baptised twice. Once as Abraham Henry Simmons in 1875 and again as Abraham Henry Simmonds in 1879. In fact the 1879 church register gave the baptised child's birth date as 30th March 1878. This is the birth date of his brother Henry. We also discovered Abraham's daughter Ethel was baptised at Bradford Cathedral, as Simmons click here to view the register entry. Abraham Henry was known to his nephews and nieces as Uncle Polisher.

Abraham used two different spellings of the family name, usually without the 'd', although on his daughter Mary Hannah's birth certificate it was spelt with the 'd'. On his own marriage certificate, his and his father Henry's were spelt without the 'd'. However, on his own birth certificate it was spelt with the 'd'. When his widow Harriet remarried, her name was spelt Simmonds on the certificate. A different spelling was used in the Yorkshire Evening Post of 13th March 1897, when it ran this "At Bingley, this morning, Abraham Henry Symonds, French polisher, Bradford, was committed to prison for 14 days for cruelty to a pigeon."

In the 1911 Census, Harriet was living with her four children at 126 Harris Street, Bradford. She was listed as married and head of the household and working as a Woosted Spinner. Abraham Henry was not present. Harriet was born in Robert Town, Yorkshire.

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