Selina Emma Dyke and William Jones

When Selina (Emma) Dyke was born in 1885 in Nantwich, Cheshire, England, her father, Edwin Henry Dyke (1845-1923), was 40, and her mother, Selina Charlotte (née Webb) (1848-1937), was 37. She had six brothers and three sisters.

Emma appears to have left her family home by 1901 and is working as a housemaid in the home of Francis and Mabel Taylor at 6 Curzon Park North in Cheshire (pictured above). It’s a fairly wealthy household, with four other servants.

1901 England Census (image via

Emma married William Jones, a Boiler Maker on December 26, 1908, in at the Coppenhall Parish Church in Cheshire. (According to FindMyPast, Christmas weddings usually occurred out of necessity as Christmas and Boxing Day were often the only days of the year that young working-class couples were guaranteed to get off work.) At the time of the marriage, William was living at 64 Samuel Street in Crewe, and Selina was living at 195 Underwood Lane.

Marriage Register, Coppenhall Parish Church (image via

When William Jones was born in 1885 in Crewe, Cheshire, England, his father, Robert William Jones (1852-1893), was 33 and his mother, Sarah Ellen (née Broad) (1853-1907), was 32. Like Selina’s father, Robert William was also a Fitter at the local rail in Chester.

In 1911 we find Selina and William at 53 Newdigate Street in Crewe.

1911 England Census (image via
53 Newdigate Road, Crewe (image via GoogleMaps)

They had two children during their marriage:

  • Gladys Ellen Jones (1911-1981) married William E. Wooton (1910-1981)
  • Harold William Jones (1914-?)

I haven’t found corroborating evidence, but another Ancestry user suggests that William died on December 30, 1923, in Nantwich, Cheshire, England, at the age of 38.

The same user suggests that Selina never remarried and she died on July 11, 1951, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, at the age of 66.

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