Hester Mary Begadon 1907-1992

Hester Mary BEGADON is my great grandmother. She was born in Waterford, Ireland on 14 December 1907. Her parents are Patrick Joseph BEGADON and Hester Ellen BUTLER BRYAN.

1911 Census

In 1911, Hester Mary BEGADON was living at 17 Foxcroft Lane, Portarlington, Laois, Ireland with her parents and siblings Catherine and John1.

Name and SurnameRelation to Head of FamilyReligious ProfessionEducationAgeRank, Profession or OccupationParticulars as to MarriageWhere Born
Patrick BEGADONHeadRoman CatholicRead & write28JournalistMarriedAmerica
Vestor BEGADONWifeRoman CatholicRead & write27Married 4 years. 3 children, 3 livingCo. Westmeath
Vestor BEGADONDaughterRoman CatholicCannot read3SIngleKings Co.
Catherine BEGADONDaughterRoman CatholicCannot read1SingleCo. Westmeath
John BEGADONSonRoman CatholicCannot read5 monthsSingleQueens Co.

1939 Register

In 1939 William and Helen (Hester) GREAVES were living at 73 Blyth Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex2. They had 3 children who were born during the 1930s, but none of them were living with their parents when the register was taken on 29 September 1939. This ties in with the story that when my grandfather was a child he was a refugee during WWII. The 1939 census also says that William and Helen were married, but really they weren’t…..!!

Surnames and Other NamesM or FBirth Day and YearS, M, W or DPersonal Occupation
William GREAVESM15 August 1895MPainter
Helen GREAVESF14 December 1908MDomestic duties


William Charles Stanley GREAVES and Helen (Hester) Mary BEGADON were married on 30 January 1961 at The Register Office, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire3.

William Charles Stanley GREAVES was married to Alice Maud READER4 before he met Hester BEGADON so he was not able to marry Hester while he was still married. Hester was raised Irish Catholic and didn’t like the gossip about them being unwed – so they registered her children under the name GREAVES (instead of BEGADON, which would have been required by law at that time), and told everyone that they were married. Then, as soon as they were able to, they married in the Registry Office in secret.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
30 January 1961William Charles Stanley GREAVES65 yearsPrevious marriage dissolvedPainter1 Elm Road, Booker, High WycombeHarry GREAVES (deceased)Painter
Helen GREAVES formerly known as BEGADON52 yearsSpinsterDomestic worker1 Elm Road, Booker, High WycombePatrick Joseph BEGADON (deceased)Journalist
This when when I met my great grandmother (I am the baby on her knee)


Hester Mary BEGADON (Helen GREAVES) died on 31 May 1992 at General Hospital in Amersham5. She was cremated at Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Date and Place of Death:31 May 1992. General Hospital, Amersham
Name and Surname:Helen GREAVES formerly known as Esther Mary GREAVES
Maiden Name:BEGADON
Date and Place of Birth:14 December 1908 – Republic of Ireland
Occupation and Usual Address:Widow of William Charles Stanley GREAVES – Painter and decorator (retired). 8 Sycamore Road, Booker, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Name of Informant:Ronald Henry GREAVES
Qualification:Son. Present at the death. 6 Bay Tree Rise, Calcot, Reading, Berkshire
Cause of death:1a. Acute Myocardial Infarct. 2. Cerebrovascular Disease. Non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus.
Date of Registration:01 June 1992
Hester Mary BEGADON

Family Members:

Husband:William Charles Stanley GREAVES 1895-1981
Father:Patrick Joseph BEGADON 1882-1954
Mother:Hester Ellen BUTLER BRYAN 1879-1944

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  1. Census Records. Ireland. Portarlington South. Queen’s Co. 02 April 1911. BEGADON, Patrick (head). Household 17. http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie : accessed 19 October 2020
  2. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Hammersmith. London. GREAVES, William C.S. 29 September 1939. RG 101 223E. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 19 October 2020
  3. Marriages (CR) England. Wycombe. Buckinghamshire. 30 January 1961. GREAVES, William Charles Stanley and BEGADON, Helen. Entry No. 47.
  4. Marriage Index (CR) England. Hackney. London. 2nd Q., 1924. GREAVES, William C S. and READER, Alice. Vol 1b. Page 957. Collection: England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005. http://www.ancestry.co.uk : accessed 19 October 2020
  5. Deaths (CR) England. Amersham, Buckinghamshire. 31 May 1992. GREAVES, Helen. Entry No. 247.


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