|Birth:||16 February 1850 Shifnal, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Baptism:||8 June 1851 Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom|
|Death:||1922 Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, United Kingdom|
|Mother:||Susannah Sturmey (1822-1892)|
|Spouse:||George Pimm (1845-1914)|
|Wedding:||28 November 1869 Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom ₪|
Elizabeth Penfold was born on 16 February 1850 in Shifnal, a small town in Shropshire. Her parents were Edward Penfold, a labourer from Twickenham and Susannah, née Sturmey, who also came from Shifnal. Elizabeth was known as Betty in childhood. She was christened on 8 June 1851 in Isleworth, London. She grew up in Isleworth, close to her paternal grandmother Sophia Penfold. Betty's siblings were Eliza, Sophia and William. Their childhood was marred by poverty and by 1871 the family had split up: Edward was in Dorking workhouse and Susannah was lodging in Sunbury.
Marriage and Children
On 28 November 1869 Betsy married George Pimm (1845-1914), who had been born as George Hyatt. They married and lived in Sunbury-on-Thames. In adult life Elizabeth was known as Betsy, or Betsey. This may be what George preferred to call her. Within the first five years of marriage four children were born: William, George, Betsey and Benjamin. The family moved to Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
George and Betsy lived in Sunbury Lane, Walton-on-Thames in their later years. The last children to leave home were Frederick and Celia. A niece, Susan Penfold, was with them on the night of the 1911 census, as was an elderly boarder named Maryann Tidy. Betsy's daughter Charlotte and the Williams family also lived in Sunbury Lane, and the family was very close-knit. George worked as a night watchman when older and died in 1914 aged 69. Betsy died in 1922 aged 72.
The 1911 census shows the couple had been married for 44 years [sic] and had 11 children, 7 alive and 4 who had passed away. I'm still trying to work out who the 4 were but I suspect Edward, Benjamin, Betsey and William.