Mary Bonnycastle Monk Kennings1

#3858, (1845 - 1906)
FatherJohn Kennings1 (b 1823 - b 1851)
MotherElizabeth Baker1 (s 1805 - b 1851)
RelationshipGreat-grandniece of John Bonnycastle

Life Events

BaptismMary Bonnycastle Monk Kennings was baptized on 19 Jan 1845 in Wingrave, Buckinghamshire. The civil birth registration index listed her as "Mary Bonney Castle Kennings Monk."1,2 
1851 CensusMary Kenning appeared on the 1851 Census of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, at Market Street, enumerated 30 Mar 1851. She was 6 years old, an orphan, born in Wingrave, and was with Joseph & Jane Hill. [Note: according to the GRO marriage index, Jane's maiden name was Kennings].3 
1861 CensusMay Kenings appeared on the 1861 Census of Leighton Buzzard CP, Bedfordshire, enumerated 7 Apr 1861. The household consisted of a Housekeeper in a Draper's Establishment, a general servant, four draper assistants, and 3 draper apprentices. Mary was age 17, born in Whitchurch, Bucks, and was a draper assistant.4 
MarriageShe married George Thomas Larkin in 1866.5
1871 CensusGeorge T and Mary Larkin appeared on the 1871 Census of Brentwood, Essex, enumerated 2 Apr 1871. George was 29, a Shoe Manufacturer and Clothier employing 12 men and 17 boys, and was born in Brentwood. Mary was 25 and born in Windslow [sic], Bucks. Also there were George's brother John, a general servant, and Charlotte Field, age 8, visitor.6 
1881 CensusGeorge T and Mary B Larkin appeared on the 1881 Census of Brentwood, Essex, at Queens Road, 1 Crown Villas, enumerated 3 Apr 1881. George was 39, a Clothing Manufacturer, and was born in Brentwood. Mary was 35 and born in Whitchurch, Bucks.7 
1891 CensusG--g T and Mary B Larkin appeared on the 1891 Census of Brentwood, Essex, at Queen's Rd 1, enumerated 5 Apr 1891. George was 49, a Clothier and employer, and was born in Brentwood. Mary was 44 and born in Whitchurch, Bucks. They employed one general domestic servant.8 
1901 CensusMary B Larkin appeared on the 1901 Census of Brentwood, Essex, at Eastfield Road, enumerated 31 Mar 1901. She was 56, a widow living on her own means, and was born in Whitchurch, Oxon [sic]. Also in the household were her brother-in-law John W Larkin, visitor Ellen L Boreham, Elizabeth Higg, a housemaid and a cook.9 
DeathMary Bonnycastle Larkin died on 3 Sep 1906.10,11
ProbateHer estate was proved on 2 Oct 1906. Entry from the calendar:

Larkin Mary Bonnycastle of Brentwood Essex widow died 3 September 1906 Probate London 2 October to John William Larkin gentleman. Effects £471 15s 11d.11
Last Edited11 Aug 2010


  1. Microfilm of the Parish Register of Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, 1550-1965 (Family History Library, 1966920 & 1966921), fhl film 1966920&1, Mary Kennings baptism, 1845.
  2. Website FreeBMD (, "Sep Q 1844, Aylesbury RD."
  3. Online image of the 1851 Census for England & Wales (,, HO107/1721 folio 627 page 16.
  4. Online image of the 1861 Census for England & Wales (,, RG9/1006 folio 52.
  5. Website FreeBMD (, "George T Larkin & Mary Kennings, Sep Q 1866, Bicester RD."
  6. Online image of the 1871 Census for England & Wales (,, RG10/1656 folio 9.
  7. Online image of the 1881 Census for England & Wales (,, RG11/1756 folio 17.
  8. Online image of the 1891 Census for England & Wales (,, RG12/1381 folio 55.
  9. Online image of the 1901 Census for England & Wales (,, RG13/1664 folio 50.
  10. Website FreeBMD (, "Mary Bonnycastle Larkin, age 62, Sep Q 1906, Billericay RD."
  11. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966. Images viewed at Mary Bonnycastle Larkin, 1906.