Elsie Dewsbury

Elsie Dewsbury (later Elsie Claydon) was the ninth of the eleven children of Henry James Dewsbury and his wife Mahala Randall who ran the chain ferry across the River Ouse at Barway, Cambridgeshire, England.

Elsie Claydon (née Dewsbury) standing beside her mother Mahala in 1925
Above: Elsie Claydon (née Dewsbury) standing beside her mother Mahala in 1925. Photo: John Kent/Julie Claydon.

Elsie married Walter Claydon, and the couple raised a family of three sons.

Elsie suffered from a mental health illness in her adult life. Hospital records indicate that she was admitted to a local mental hospital in April of 1940, released a year later, re-admitted in April of 1951, where she stayed until January 1952.

Life Events


  • 31st October 1893 at Barway, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 8th October 1905 at St. George's Church, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Walter Stephen Claydon (1880-1962) on 26th December 1916 in Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Arthur Henry Claydon (1919-1999)
  • Walter Leslie Claydon (1923-1976)
  • Dennis Ralph Claydon (1930-1986)

Census and Residence

  • 1901: 7yrs, Barway, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1911: 17yrs, Ivy Cottage, Little Thetford, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1939: 45yrs, Park Gate, Ashley, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1957 at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 63yrs.


  • 7th June 1957 at Newmarket Road Cemetery, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.



  • Robert Dewsbury (1812-1881)
  • Lydia Low (1808-1886)
  • Not yet known
  • Not yet known

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