The Family of Elizabeth Inman formerly Asbery (1846 – 1931)

I am grateful to David Kimberlin-Wyer for some of the information on this page.

Elizabeth Asbery was baptised 30 August 1846 at Braithwell, a daughter of George Asbery and Ann (formerly Skelton).

She married Charles Inman, 6 July 1868 at Wellgate Chapel, Rotherham (Primitive Methodist). Charles was a steel tilter aged 23 of The Homes, a son of Abraham Inman, a steel tilter. Elizabeth was aged 21, a spinster of High Street, Rotherham, a daughter of George Asbery, a carter. The witnesses were John Asbery [brother] and L.{?) Emma Inman.

In 1871 at 19 Sarah Street, Kimberworth, Rotherham, Charles Inman was aged 26, a steel tilter, born at Holmes [Rotherham]. Elizabeth his wife was aged 24, born at Bramley, and their daughter, Ann Edith was aged 1. There was also an unmarried visitor, Elizabeth, aged 20 and born at Balby (sic). Her surname was difficult to determine. It looked like Valkans. This could be Hannah Elizabeth Vollans as all the details fit apart from the doubt about her surname name. In the 1851 census of Barlby, Hannah Elizabeth was recorded as 'Elizabeth'. The census was taken for the night of 2/3 April and John Asbery, Elizabeth's brother, and Hannah Elizabeth were married on 11 April.

In the 1881 census Elizabeth was living at 45 Wilton Lane, Kimberworth, aged 33. Her husband, Charles, was aged 36, a steel tiller (sic). With them were their children Annie E. aged 11, William Hy aged 9 and Lavinia E. aged 3.

In 1891 at "Fern Villa" 64 Victoria Street, Kimberworth, Charles Inman was aged 45, an employed steel tilter and contractor. His wife, Elizabeth, was aged 43. Their single children were Ann E. aged 21, a mother's help, William H. aged 19, a steel tilter's apprentice and Lavinia E. aged 13.

In the 1901 census, in Ferham Road (near 146, but no number), Kimberworth, Rotherham, Elizabeth was aged 53, Charles was aged 56, a steel tilter and Lavinia E. was aged 23. In the next house was William H. Inman aged 29, a steel tilter and forgeman, born at Masbrough. With him was his wife, Emma, aged 23 and born at Parkgate, Yorks.

In 1911 at 166 Ferham Road, Rotherham, in 5 rooms, Elizabeth was aged 63 and Charles was aged 66.  They had been married for 43 years and had had 4 children of whom 2 had died.  Charles was a retired stub tilter and both were born in Rotherham.


Charles died 20 April 1915 (registered in the Rotherham district in the June quarter 1915 aged 70).  Probate was granted at Wakefield 10 May 1915 to Elizabeth Inman, widow.  His effects were £484.17s.3d and he was of 3 Josephine Road, Rotherham.


Elizabeth died 10 February 1931 at Nether Edge Hospital, Sheffield (registered in the Ecclesall B. district in the March quarter 1931 aged 84).  Probate was granted in London 19 March 1931 to Lavinia Elizabeth Milnes (wife of Joe Cliffe Milnes) and William Henry Kimberlin retired Post Office official.  Her effects were £628.6s.1d and she was a widow of 29 Dalewood Road, Sheffield.

Charles and Elizabeth's children were:

Ann Edith Inman (1869 - 1897), born 12 November 1869 at Sarah Street, Kimberworth.  Her parents were Elizabeth formerly Asberry and Charles Inman, a steel roller.

In 1871, 1881 and 1891, she was at home with her parents, aged 1, 11 and 21.

She (spinster) married William Henry Kimberlin (bachelor, [born 26 October1867 in Rotherham]) 27 August 1894 at the College Road Chapel (Wesleyan Methodist), Rotherham by certificate.  Ann Edith was aged 24 of Fern Villa, Victoria Street, Masbrough, a daughter of Charles Inman, a steel tilter.  William was aged 26, a post office clerk, of 97 James Street, Rotherham, a son of Nathaniel George Kimberlin [and Elizabeth Ann formerly Tanner], a traffic foreman on railway.  The witnesses were Charles Inman [father] and William Henry Inman [brother]. 

Ann died 5 June 1897 at 93 James Street, Rotherham.  She was aged 27 and the wife of William Henry Kimberlin, postal clerk.  She died of phthisis 6 months and exhaustion.

William married secondly Martha Ann Sutcliffe (a teacher at a board school in Rotherham) 2 May 1904. 

In 1911, at 93 James Street, Rotherham, William Henry Kimberlin was aged 43, a postal clerk born in Rotherham.  His wife was Martha Ann aged 36 and born at Greenland, Halifax.  They had been married for 6 years and had had no children.  Leonard, William’s son was aged 15 and born in Rotherham.

He was awarded the Imperial Service Medal for 43 years service at Rotherham Post Office (postal clerk) and was still living at 93 James Street (Rotherham Express).  For 40 years he was a local preacher at the Masbrough Wesleyan Chapel.

William died of senility 7 March 1944, and was buried 17 March 1944.  William, Ann and Martha are commemorated on the same headstone in Masbrough Cemetery (grave number 151, section 2, letter D).

Ann and William's child was

Leonard Kimberlin (1895 - 1987), born 19 September 1895 at 95 James Street, Rotherham (father a postal clerk. 

He was a civil servant.  From 1902 to 1907 he was a Scholar at The Thornhill Council School, Masbrough.  From 1907 to July 1913 he was educated at The Royal Grammar School, Rotherham.  On 25 August 1913 he was a Student Teacher at The Thornhill Council School. In 1914 he was a Second Division Clerk (Executive Officer) in The Foreign Office, Downing Street, London.  He was commissioned in the British Army on 26 September 1917.  He served in the 4th Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment with the rank of2 nd Lieutenant.  From 11 February 1918 to 24 February 1919 he was resident in India.  He was awarded the British War Medal in 1919.  He was promoted to a Lieutenant on 26 March 1919.  He resigned his commission in the British Army on 18 August 1920.  From 1920 to 1921 he was an Accountant in The Exchequer and Audit Department.  From 1921 to 1923 he was a student at the London School of Economics.  He married Alice Sutcliffe on 1 September 1921 in Halifax, Yorkshire.  In 1933 he lived in Sudbury, London.  From 1936 to 1956 he was in Iver, Buckinghamshire.  From 1939 to 1945 he was an accountant - Raw Materials Department in Ministry of Supply, Warwick, Warwickshire.  He served in the Home Guard from 1939 to 1945. From 1939 to 1945 he lived in Warwick, Warwickshire.  From 1946 to 1956 he was an Assistant Accountant General in Ministry of Supply.  He was awarded the Coronation Medal on 2 June 1953.  He retired on 31 January 1956 from the Ministry of Supply.  From 1956 to 1965 he lived in Effingham, Surrey.  From 1965 to 1982 he lived in Ringwood, Hampshire.  From 1982 he lived in Marlborough, Wiltshire.  He died of myocardial failure; ischaemic heart disease and renal failure on 9 March 1987 in Marlborough.  Obituary published after 9 March 1987.  Leonard was cremated on 16 March 1987 in Swindon, Wiltshire.

William Henry Inman, born about 1871/2 at Masbrough. 

In the 1881 census he was living at home, aged 9 and born at Masbrough.  He married Emma Davies in the September quarter 1898 in the Rotherham district. 

In the 1901 census he was in the house next door to his parents on Ferham Road, aged 29, born at Masbro (sic), and married to Emma, aged 23, born at Parkgate, Yorks.  William Henry sailed for Philadelphia on board the S.S. Noordland, which sailed from Liverpool on 11 March 1903.  He was a second cabin passenger and paid his own fare.  He was aged 31 and married, a tilter who could read and write.  He had not been in prison or supported by charity and was in good mental and physical health.  His last residence was Masborough and he was destined for Philadelphia.  He had $47 on him and had not been America before.  He was going to a friend's, Mrs Hannah Bell, of 3922 Terrace Street, who was also a passenger on the ship. 

In the American census of 15 April 1910, of 4249 Wayce Street, Philadephia City, William was aged 38 and had been married for 12 years.  He was born in England and was a machinist (employee) at a steel works.  He was in work on census day but had been out of work for 2 weeks in the previous year.  He could read and write and rented his house.  Emma was 31 and had only ever given birth to 1 child.  She could read and write and was born in England.  They had arrived in the UAS in 1903 and William had taken out papers for naturalisation.  Their daughter was Edith, aged 9 and could read and write and had attended school after 1 September 1909(?).

In the American census of 1 January 1920, of West Ashmead Place North, Germantown, Philadelphia, William was aged 48.  He owned his home (mortgaged) and had 'first' papers.  Emma was aged 42 and Edith was aged 18.  All could read and write.  All were born in England of English parents.  William was a steel inspector and Edith was a stenographer for a lawyer.

William and Emma's child was

Edith Inman (1901 - 1993), born 23 May 1901 at 168 Ferham Road, Rotherham (father a steelworker).  Edith married Lewis Byrd Fox (born 12 April 1899 and died 15 December 1967 at North Ridge Los Angeles) 27th Sept 1928 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

In the American census of 10 April 1930, at 179 Walbrook Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland (rented for $56.00 a month), Lewis was aged 32 a white male born in Virginia.  He was a salesman for a radio supplier.  Edith was aged 28, naturalised and a secretary to a physician.  They had no children and were one year younger when they married.  They could both read and write.

She married secondly Hubert Grizzel (born 7 February 1905 and died March 1976 at Salt Lake City Utah).

She died 26 April 1993 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lavinia Elizabeth Inman, born about 1877/8 at Kimberworth. 

In 1881, 1891 and in 1901 she was living with her parents, aged 3, 13 and 23 and born at Kimberworth and Rotherham. 

She married Joseph Clifford Milnes in the September quarter 1903 in the Rotherham district.

Lavinia and Joseph's children were

Stanley Milnes, born 7 December 1904 and died in the December quarter1998.  He had two sons one of whom lives (September 2006) in Australia.

EdithMilnes, born 31 May 1909.

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