Henry Walter DRINKWATER
- Born: 1846, Tackley, Oxfordshire, England
- Christened: 10 Jul 1846, Tackley, Oxfordshire, England
- Marriage: Sarah FRANKLIN on 14 Mar 1874 in Milton Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England
- Died: 3 Feb 1910, Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand at age 64
Who took Henry from the poorhouse?
All of Rose's children were illegitimate. Henry born 1846 and christened on 31/5/1846 at Tackley church. In the 1851 census Henry is recorded one year too old and in the 1871 census he is recorded three years too young. Henry's younger brother Richard born 1847 and sister Anne born 1850.Henry's father is unknown. Some historical records have a "Richard" (deceased) no surname as his father. Richards father is unkown however Anne's is probably a Daniel Dollery. Rose made an effort to make Anne legitimate. Banns of Marriage were called between her and Daniel Dollery in 1850 but the marriage never took place and by 1851 Rose and her three chldren were in the Woodstock poorhouse. (workhouse)
Upon entering the poorhouse the families was segregated and were not permitted to associate again. Rose and Richard died ther in 1851 and Anne died there in 1854. To give an idea of the poorhouse's, they had a "Death Room" were bodies were placed until burial.
From here on until 1871 Henry disappears. He was taken out of the poorhouse by some one , BUT who? He was brought up and educated. He is not in the England 1861 census which is a shame as it would give further information and possibly who brought him up. A possible clue could be that in the 1851 census Rose and her children were in Hensington,Oxfordshire. Rose is listed as Servant and the childrens parents are listed as James and Ann. Also at the same residence there is a George Day and a James Day and they have the same names as parents. Henry re-appears in the England 1871 census as a lodger living at 12 Ship Street, Oxford. Occupation "Porter". 12 Ship Street is adjacent to Jesus College Oxford but today it is a small park easily seen on Google Earth.
The 1871 census lists Sarah Franklin working in the same part of Oxford as Henry. His marriage to Sarah is recorded in the first quarter of 1874 in the Chipping Norton register which is constant with a Tackley or Milton wedding.
Ten days later Henry and Sarah sailed to New Zealand with the rest of the Franklin family
Henry and Sarah sailed to NZ on the Halcion in 1874.
The Dannevirke Volunteer Fire Brigade was established in the year 1895 by Messrs H. Drinkwater and J. Gilberd, with a membership of eighteen. It is an active and efficient brigade, and put up an excellent record at the competitive tests in Dunedin in 1905. The main fire brigade station is situated in High Street, and is a wooden building of one storey; the main fire-bell is situated opposite the station on a steel frame work. The plant includes 2,000 feet of hose, two reels, ladders, etc., and there is a good high-pressure water supply in all parts of the town.
Mr. Henry Drinkwater, Captain of the Dannevirke Fire Brigade, was born on the 10th of July, 1851, at Oxford, England. He was left an orphan at an early age, and was educated at an orphan school. In 1874 he emigrated to New Zealand, and for fifteen years was employed by Messrs Knight Brothers, of Hastings. Mr. Drinkwater started in business on his own account in 1890, as a carrying contractor in Dannevirke. At that time he had only one cart, which he drove himself, but he gradually worked up a connection, and now employs two lorries, two expresses, and several other vehicles, and is assisted by his sons. He is also agent for the New Zealand Express Company. Mr. Drinkwater was for seven years a member of the Dannevirke Borough Council, and he has been twice through the chairs in the local lodge of Oddfellows. He married, in 1874, Miss Sarah Franklin, and has nine sons and six daughters.
Henry married Sarah FRANKLIN, daughter of Lawrence FRANKLIN and Hannah SPARKES, on 14 Mar 1874 in Milton Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England. (Sarah FRANKLIN was born on 16 Feb 1850 in Milton Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire, England and died on 7 Jun 1920 in Dannevirke, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand..)