George Todd and Louisa Elizabeth Lake, my great-great grandparents, were married 29 March 1869 at St. Thomas’, Salisbury, Wiltshire. That’s 144 years ago today! On their marriage certificate, George is listed as a Banker’s Clerk from Ryde, Isle of Wight. George’s father is shown as Thomas Todd, clerk in orders and Louisa’s as Charles Lane Lake, cork cutter. The witnesses were her brother John Phelps Lake and his future wife, Sarah Annie Cole.
The following item was in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal on Saturday 03 April 1869 and it gives the marriage date as 28th of March which was a Sunday:
George had been born in Stokesley, Yorkshire on 21 October 1840. He was the fifth of nine children born to Thomas Todd and Elizabeth Jackson. His father had become the Rector of St. Cuthbert’s church in Kildale, Yorkshire in 1842; a position he held until his death in 1860."MARRIAGES. On the 28th ult., at St. Thomas' Church, by the Rev. Prebendary Renaud, George Todd, Esq., second son the late Rev. Thomas Todd, rector of Kildale, Yorkshire, to Louisa Elizabeth, only surviving daughter of the late Mr. Charles Lane Lake, Salisbury.”
Louisa Elizabeth was the youngest of Charles Lane Lake and Mary Mitchell’s ten children. She had been born on 29 June 1847 and christened in the church that she was later married in. Her family had been corkcutters in Salisbury for several generations.
George Todd had a career in banking which seems to have taken him around the country. He appears on the 1861 England Census at age 21 living in Salford, Lancashire. He must have later come to Salisbury where he met Louisa, before moving to Ryde. On the 1871 Census, two years after their marriage, the couple are living in Ryde with their first child and George is listed as a Banker’s Cashier. The 1881 Census shows them living in Bideford, Devon where George was the Manager of the National Provincial Bank of England. They had four children who lived past infancy: Edith Mary Elizabeth, Sydney George, Herbert Lake, and Muriel Louise.