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Lacey/Uzell marriage

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Elizabeth Report 22 Jul 2010 01:57

Could somebody please help with a marriage that I can't find.

In my tree I have Alice Lacey, born c1886 in Chesham Buckinghamshire.

She was unmarried in 1901 and I can't find her in 1911.

She married a Mr Uzzell - first name unknown - and I would love to know his first name and when they married.

Many thanks



Lindsey* Report 22 Jul 2010 02:13

Marriages Dec 1907 (>99%)
LACEY Alice Ellen Watford 3a 1354
UEZZELL Thomas Phillip Watford 3a 1354
UZZELL Thomas Phillip Watford 3a 1354


Lindsey* Report 22 Jul 2010 02:17

1901 England Census about Thos P Uezzell
Name: Thos P Uezzell
Age: 14
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Thos
Mother's Name: Adelaide
Gender: Male
Where born: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Civil parish: Watford
Ecclesiastical parish: St Mary
County/Island: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:


Employment status:

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Registration district: Watford
Sub-registration district: Watford
ED, institution, or vessel: 22
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 55
Household Members:
Name Age
Thos Uezzell 40
Adelaide Uezzell 45
Thos P Uezzell 14 tailor
Sarah Uezzell 12
Harry J Uezzell 9


Elizabeth Report 22 Jul 2010 02:20


Many thanks for Mr Uzell's first name and their marriage date.

My mother used to talk family a lot and some of the names have stuck in my head and other's not.

I thought the marriage might have been in Buckinghamshire but looks like she left the family area.

Once again, many thanks.



Elizabeth Report 22 Jul 2010 02:26

Hi Lindsey

Thanks for the census. Once again the spellings have changed on me. It sounds a foreign name but all of the family's christian names are English.

I will change Unknown Uzell in my tree for Thomas Phillip Uezzell.

Many thanks



Margee Report 22 Jul 2010 02:59

This looks like the birth of his brother on BVRI:

UZZELL, Henry John Christening
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 25 May 1892 Recorded in: Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Collection: St Mary
Father: Thomas UZZELL
Mother: Adelaide
Source: FHL Film 1537915 Dates: 1892 - 1892


Margee Report 22 Jul 2010 03:18

A tree on Ancestry has Thomas Phillip's parents as Thomas Uezzell (1857-), born Watford and Adelaide Hyams (1851-), born Spitalfields, London.


Margee Report 22 Jul 2010 03:25

This is their marriage. The original definitely reads Uezzell and not Mezzell.

Name: Adelaide Hyams
Age: 31
Estimated birth year: abt 1855
Spouse Name: Thomas Mezzell
Spouse Age: 25
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 3 Jan 1886
Parish: St Bartholomew, Bethnal Green
County: Middlesex
Borough: Tower Hamlets
Father Name: Philips Hyams
Spouse Father Name: John Mezzell

Address for both was 43 Collingwood St. He was a baker. His father was a master baker and hers was deceased. He signed his own name Uezzell. Witnesses were Philip and Kate Abrahams.


Elizabeth Report 22 Jul 2010 07:56

Hi Margaret

Thanks for the info. It is very confusing when the names have different spellings - how do you find the references? It seems to be beyond me!

Both Uezzell and Hyams are names that I haven't come across before. With the witnesses being Abrahams, there is almost a Jewish sound to the names, but the marriages were in churches so not probable.

One mystery solved - another one emerges!

Many thanks



Elizabeth Report 22 Jul 2010 08:26

Hi Margeret

I came across this reference on the internet to the writer of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

......Stannard concludes that Spark’s mother Cissie probably was Jewish. Cissie’s own mother Adelaide’s maiden name was Hyams. Adelaide’s sister had married the son of a “Jewish minister” in Edinburgh, “the senior religious figure in the city before there was a rabbi”. Adelaide Hyams herself was three months pregnant when she married Tom Uezzell, a gentile, in St Bartholomew's Parish Church, Bethnal Green, in 1886 – which, Stannard says, could be explained by the fact that “a Jewish girl falling pregnant by a Christian would not have been able to marry in a synagogue unless the father of her child converted”. Tom did not wish to do so, and thus the family legend of the non-Jewish Uezzells, so important to Cissie’s daughter, was born. Nothing trumped her Scottishness, however, as may be judged by her comment on Robin’s Orthodoxy: “I can’t go along with it. It’s very difficult, first of all, to produce meals”.

It looks as though I have a famous very distant relative!

Best wishes



Lindsey* Report 22 Jul 2010 10:33

The more you look the more questions appear, ! have fun


KATHLEEN Report 2 Dec 2012 16:33


I have recently been researching my Family History and came across your enquiry from 2010 concerning the Uzzell family name.
My Great Aunt was Adelaide Hyams, Sister of David. My Mother was Rose Olive, Daughter of David and Eliza Hyams.
It was a surprise to discover that you are possibly a relation of mine and hopefully we can exchange information regarding our family.

Kind Regards,

Mike *

Mike * Report 2 Dec 2012 16:39

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