Agnes Meakin was born in 1855 and lived with Octavious Underwood as husband and wife from about 1877. They were listed as husband and wife on various census entries, but did not actually get married until 18 years later in 1895. All but one of their six children were born before they got married. Their first child, Florence Emily Underwood was born in 1879 and registered with the name of her mother (Meakin). The Other children were all registered with the name of Underwooe, Octavious George Underwood born in 1881, Percival Harry Underwood born in 1883, Orlando Meaking Underwood born in 1884, Alice Eugenie Underwood born in 1889 and Cyril Oliver Underwood born in 1897.
Agnes Meakin Birth:
At the 1881 census she was described as 25 years old and at the 1891 census she was described as 35. Both would result in her being born about 1856, but her place of birth is given as Derby at the first census but Chellaston, Derbyshire at the second census.
At the 1901 census she is decribed as 45 years old and born at Chellaston, Derbyshire. This would also make her date of birth approx 1856.
There are two Agnes Meakin‘s born in Derbyshire in the 1850’s, the first at Derby in 1853. The second at Shardlow in 1855. Chellaston is a parish within Shardlow, so it is almost certain that the Shardlow registration of 1855 is the correct one.
UK index of births 1855
Shardlow, Oct-Dec, vol 7b, page 293
Agnes Meakin Marriage:
UK index of marriages. June 1895
Underwood Octavius and Meakin Agnes,
Nottingham 7b 593
UK Marriage Certificate
17 June 1895- Nottingham Registry Office
Octavius Underwood, 36 years, Bachelor, machine fitter, 57 Annesley Street. Father: George Underwood (deceased) railway engine driver.
Agnes Meakin, 38 years, Spinster, 57 Annesley Street. Father: George Meakin (deceased) railway waggon painter.
Agnes Meakin Death:
UK index of deaths. Dec 1912
Agnes Underwood 57, Derby 7b 613.
Agnes Meakin Census Records:
1881 UK Census, Town of Derby. “6 Wellington Street:
Octavius Underwood, lodger, married, aged 23, engine fitter, born Wales.
Agnes Underwood, wife, married, aged 25, born Derby.
Emily Underwood, Daughter, aged 1, born born Derby.
Octavius G Underwood, Son, aged 2 months, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
1891 UK Census Parish of Chellaston, South Derbyshire. “42 Bolton Edge:
Octavius Underwood, Head, Married, aged 33, Miner / Master Pit Labourer, born Divisley, Gloucestershire.
Agnes Underwood, Wife, Married, aged 35, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.
Florence E Underwood, Daughter, aged 12, Scholar, born Derby, Derbyshire.
Octavius G Underwood, Son, aged 10, Scholar, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire.
Percival H Underwood, Son, aged 7, Scholar, born Nottingham.
Orlando M Underwood, Son, aged 6, Scholar, born Derby, Derbyshire.
Alice E Underwood, Daughter, aged 1, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.
1901 Census, Chellaston, Derbyshire , Snelsmore Lane. “1901 Census, Chellaston, Derbyshire, Snelsmore Lane, Shardlow
Edward Meakin, Head, m, aged 66, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Agnes Underwood, House Keeper, f. aged 45, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Octavius Underwood, border, m, aged 43, born Dursley, Gloucestershire
Octavius Underwood, border, m, aged 20, Labourer plaster mine above ground, born Long Eaton, Derbyshire
Percival H Underwood, border, m, aged 17, born Nottingham
Alice E Underwood, border, f, aged 11, born Chellaston, Derbyshire
Cyril B Underwood, border, m, aged 4, born Chellaston, Derbyshire.”
Edward Meakin is probably the father of Agnes Underwood (maiden name Meakin).