The Foaden Family

Alfred Harry Foaden

Foaden House (Madeleine Road)
The Foaden home at 120 Madeline Road, Durban
Photograph from Esme Fuller
known as "Harry"

Birth: 15 May 1856, at North Street, Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Married: Mary Ann Frances Tyzack on 20 February 1883, at Chelmsford House (the residence of the bride's father), Durban, Natal
Alfred Harry Foaden is recorded as a bachelor of full age. He is a warehouseman, resident in Durban. Mary Ann Frances Tyzack is recorded as spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, Congregational minister, and witnessed by R. W. Tyzack, Edw. Pickering, Mayor of Durban, Kate Robertson, J. G. Tyzack, R. J. W. Tyzack and E. J. Stranack.
Natal Witness 27 February 1883
Foaden,Tyzack,20-Feb-1883,27-Feb-1883,
At Chelmsford House Durban, the residence of the bride's father by the Rev W H Mann, Alfred Harry second son of the late John Foaden Esq. Of Ashburton, Devonshire, England to - Mary Ann Frances, third daughter of Mr E W Tyzack of Durban


Children: Occupation: Draper and Mercer (1881), Warehouseman (1883). On 8 April 1889 was appointed Assistant Accountant on the staff of the Engineer-in-Chief of the Natal Government Railways with an annual salary of £225 (Natal Departmental Reports 1891-92 pC97).

Notes: In 1890, Harry was a  member of the Pietermaritzburg Savages Football Club. In 1897, Harry was a foundation member of the re-constituted Durban Turf Club and was appointed honorary secretary pro tem (Twentieth Century Impressions of Natal p536).

Census & Addresses:
1856: North Street, Ashburton, Devon (birth certificate)
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1883: Durban, Natal   (marriage certificate)
1897: 54 St Andrew's Street, Durban, Natal   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p137)
1899: 116 St. George's Street, Durban, Natal
1916: 88 North Ridge Road, Durban, Natal (from death record of son Frank)

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Clara Foaden

Birth: 1852, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Death: 1925, in Lewisham district, London, England, aged 72

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
1881: Villa Francia, Wolborough with Newton Abbot, Devon
1891: Lewisham, London: Clara Foadian, sister-in-law, is aged 38, born in Ashburton, Devon
1901: Lewisham, London: Clara Foaden, sister, is aged 48, born in Ashburton, Devon. She is Living on Means.
1911: Lewisham, London: Clara Foaden is aged 58, born in Ashburton, Devon

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Edgar Foaden

Birth: 1849, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon

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Edgar Foaden

Foaden family
Edgar Foaden (one of the twins at back) with his siblings Frank, George and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 1887/8, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father:
Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Vera Winifred Blades on 5 December 1914, in St Pauls Church, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Edgar Foaden is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a civil servant, resident in Durban. Vera Winifred Blades is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban.The marriage was performed by Francis Robinson, vicar of St Marys, Durban, and witnessed by Clara Blades and Rubina Cook.

Vera was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, and died in 1966.

Occupation: Civil Servant.

Death: 1962

Notes: Twin brother of George Foaden

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Frank Foaden

Foaden family
Frank Foaden (left) with his siblings George, Edgar and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Thiepval Memorial
Thiepval Memorial in France where Frank Foaden's name is inscribed
Birth: 1891/2

Father:
Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Occupation: Frank was a private in the South African Infantry ("B" Company, 2nd Regt) during World War I. He served in German West Africa and Egypt and then in France where he died in the Battle of Delville Wood. Another account of the tragic few days in which 2,398 of the 3,153 South Africans who entered the wood died, can be found here.

Death: 18 July 1916, aged 24, at Delville Wood, France

Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, France. His name is found on the Pier and Face 4C. Frank is most likely buried in the Delville Wood Cemetery which contains 5,493 burials, almost two-third of which are unknown.

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George Foaden

Foaden family
George Foaden (one of the twins at back) with his siblings Frank, Edgar and May
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: 1887/8, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Lillian Florabelle Tonkin on 29 October 1919, in St Mary's Church, Greyville, Durban, Natal, South Africa
George Foaden is recorded as a bachelor, aged 31. He is a clerk, resident at 120 Madeline Rd, Durban. Lilian Florabelle Tonkin is recorded as a spinster, aged 30, resident at 10th Avenue, Durban. The marriage was performed by Francis Robinson and witnessed by H. Tonkin and L. W. B??.

Lilian was born in 1888/9.

Occupation: Clerk

Death: 1945

Notes: Twin brother of Edgar Foaden

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Herbert Foaden

Birth: 1858, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon

Sources:

John Foaden

Birth: 1814 in Ashburton, Devon, England

Baptism: 10 June 1814, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
Thomas Foaden

Mother:
Ann (Easton) Foaden

Married (1st):
Sarah Dolling on 22 June 1843, in the Parish Church, Ashburton, Devon, England.
The marriage was witnessed by Thomas Dolling and Emma Foaden. John is recorded as a woolcomber, a bachelor, of full age, of Ashburton, the son of Thomas Foaden, an inn-keeper. Sarah is recorded as a spinster, of full age, of Ashburton, the daughter of Thomas Dolling, yeoman.

Children:
Married (2nd): Emily Collins in 1867 in St Thomas district, Devon, England
Emily was born in 1840, in Exeter St Martin, Devon. In 1891 she was employed as a housekeeper. She married, secondly, George Atkins in 1894 in Exeter district. George died in 1899 in Plymouth district, aged 72. Emily died in 1932 in Plymouth district, Devon, aged 91.
Census:
1891: West Street London Hotel, Ashburton, Devon
1901: Plymouth, Devon: Emily Atkins is aged 59, born in Exeter, Devon. She is Living on Own Means.
1911: Plymouth, Devon. Emily Atkins, head, is aged 70, born in Exeter.

Occupation: Woolcomber (1843), then Relieving Officer, Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and Insurance Agent. A Relieving Officer was the person responsible for the distribution of parish relief.

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1850 lists in Ashburton:
North Street Foaden John, relieving officer

The 1870 Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer lists, in Ashburton:
Foaden John, relieving officer, registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, and agent for the Clerical, Medical, and General Life, and the Manchester Fire Insurance Companies, West street

History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1878-79 lists in Ashburton:
Foaden John, stamp distributor, and agent for Clerical, Medical, and General Insurance Company, West Street

Death:
28 October 1878, at West Street, Ashburton, Devon, England, aged 64. The cause of death is listed as (a) Uremic poisoning from Kidney disease (b) Apoplexy

Census & Addresses:

1841: Ashburton, Devon: John Foaden is aged 25 (rounded down to the nearest 5 years), born in Devon
1850: North Street, Ashburton, Devon   (History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, 1850)
1851: John Foaden, head, is aged 26, born in Ashburton, Devon
1856: North Street, Ashburton, Devon (birth certificate of son Alfred)
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1870: West Street, Ashburton, Devon (Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer)
1871: West Street, Ashburton, Devon
1878: West Street, Ashburton, Devon (History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon; death certificate)

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John Foaden

Birth: 1851, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon

Sources:

May (Foaden) Ford

Mary Ann (Tyzack) Foaden and May Foaden
May Foaden (standing left) and her mother Mary Ann (Tyzack) Foaden
Photograph from Esme Fuller
Birth: circa 1885, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Alfred Harry Foaden

Mother: Mary Ann Frances (Tyzack) Foaden

Married: Joseph Clifford Ford on 18 February 1911 in the Congregational Church, Florida Road, Durban, Natal, South Africa
Joseph Clifford Ford is recorded as a bachelor, of full age. He is a coach builder, resident in Maritzburg. May Foaden is recorded as a spinster, of full age, resident in Durban. The marriage was witnessed by ? White and Edgar Foaden.

Children:
Death: 1959

Death: In 1899, May gained a first-class certificate in an Art examination in Freehand Drawing - Elementary stage. At the time she was attended the Durban Girls Model School, but instructed in art at the Durban Government Art School (Departmental Reports 1899 pG35)

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Sarah Catherine Foaden

Birth: 1854, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
John Foaden

Mother: Sarah (Dolling) Foaden

Census:
1861: Mulberry Cottage, Ashburton, Devon
1881: West Street, Ashburton, Devon

Sources:

Thomas Foaden

Married: Ann Easton on 18 November 1813, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Children:
Occupation: Innkeeper at the Sun Inn, Ashburton

Sources:

Thomas Foaden

Baptism: 12 October 1815, in Ashburton, Devon, England

Father:
Thomas Foaden

Mother:
Ann (Easton) Foaden

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