Five Famous facts about the Blyton's, the roots of writer Enid Blyton
This is the kind of story that you should read wrapped up tight with ham sandwiches and lashings of Branston pickle, only the pickle was not invented until 1920, and Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and the dog Timmy were distant seeds of an unborn child. Enid Blyton was an English writer who published over 600 children's - or what we now term in this politically correct world as juvenile books - in her 40-year career. Blyton's most famous series was The Famous Five, and all her works painted an idyllic vision of rural England, which celebrated good food, spirit of comradeship, and honesty. Her books have been translated into nearly seventy languages
--"'Cheer up! whispered Jack, from the gorse-bush, seeing her gloomy face. 'This is an adventure, you know.'
--'I only like adventures afterwards,' said Lucy-Ann. 'I don't like them when they're happening. I didn't want this adventure at all. We didn't look for it, we just seemed to fall into the middle of it!'
--'Well, never mind. It'll turn out all right, I expect,' said Jack comfortingly."
This particular adventure started when I thought for a brief time, that I was a distant relation to the writer, so in a mad mood, decided to search her line, to see if it would help me resolve my own brick wall. Being a teacher, and formerly a restoration bookbinder, I suppose that I was interested in making a link to this ‘famous’ Blyton.
I am not related to her, as I thought, but if I go back a few more generations, I may discover a link. However, having dug this stuff up, thought I would share it with the rest of the site.
The search, got me back to WILLIAM BLYTON whom married JUSTINA ARNOLD
on the 3rd October 1775 at St Mary Magdalene, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
I have only found one child of this marriage so far, the realisation that I was on the wrong track happened here, when I discovered William, as I was working from the bottom up (so to speak)
Child of WILLIAM BLIGHTON & JUSTINA
GEORGE BLIGHTON Christening: 30 March 1778 New Sleaford, Lincoln.
George was a bit of a merchant in Linen; he spent his youth building up his little business.
GEORGE BLYTON married ELIZABETH CHILD on the 13 May 1824 Doddington By Lincoln, Lincoln. He was 45 at the time, and his bride was in her 20’s.
Children of GEORGE BLYTON & ELIZABETH
GEORGE BLYTON, Christening: 28 FEB 1825 Swinderby, Lincoln.
MARY BLYTON, Christening: 23 JUN 1827 Swinderby, Lincoln,
HORACE BLYTON, Christening: 06 May 1829 Swinderby, Lincoln.
JOHN BLYTON, Christening: 12 March 1832 Swinderby, Lincoln.
ANNE MARIA BLYTON, Christening: 28 July 1834 Swinderby, Lincoln.
ELIZABETH BLYTON, Christening: 22 September 1836 Swinderby, Lincoln.
THOMAS CAREY BLYTON Christening: 05 February 1840 Swinderby, Lincoln.
George Blyton appears on the 1881 census as a Boot & Shoe Maker Grocer & Provisions Dealer, in the town of Swinderby, Lincolnshire.
Horace Blyton’s son, Horace too appears on the 1881 Census as a Assistant To Linen Draper at Southwark, Surrey, he married Caroline Julia Edgley on 12 July, at Greenwich, Kent in 1882.
John Blyton appears with his family on the 1881 census in Cheetham, Lancashire, as a Commercial Traveller in the Drug Trade
the child whom I am interested however was Thomas, who moved to London and started trading in Linen like his father before, but on a bigger scale. Mary Ann, his wife, whom he married around 1860-64
The children of THOMAS GREY BLYTON & MARY ANN
ALICE CAREY BLYTON born 04 June 1865. Christening: 14 January 1866 Saint Paul, Deptford, Kent.
BERTHA HAMILTON BLYTON born 18 November 1866, Christening: 13 October 1867 Saint Paul, Deptford, London,
SIDNEY CHARLES BLYTON born 08 January 1868, Christening: 29 March 1868 Saint Paul, Deptford, Kent.
JAMES CHARLES BLYTON born 31 January 1869, Christening: 07 March 1869 Saint Paul, Deptford, Kent.
THOMAS CAREY BLYTON born 05 March 1870. Christening: 19 March 1871 Saint Paul, Deptford, Kent.
MALPAS LORNE BLYTON born 22 February 1871. Christening: 19 MAR 1871 Saint Paul, Deptford, Kent, England
1881 Census returns, 10 Asline Rd, Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire RG11 4637 / 60 9
Thomas C. BLYTON Head M Male 41 Swinderby, Lincoln, England Linen Draper
Mary Ann BLYTON Wife M Female 42 Tyrone, Co, Ireland
Bertha Hamilton BLYTON Daur Female 14 Deptford, Kent, England Scholar
Sidney Charles BLYTON Son Male 13 Deptford, Kent, England Scholar
Thos. Carey BLYTON Son Male 11 Deptford, Kent, England Scholar
Sybil Marianne BLYTON Daur Female 9 Deptford, Kent Scholar
Alice May BLYTON Daur Female 2 Sheffield, York, England
1891 Census; 165 Aizlewood Road (Ref: piece 3809 e.d.48 folio 95 - Ecclesall Bierlow) which is near Abbeydale Road, a couple of miles south of the City Centre
BLYTON Thomas C 51 Married Head Linen Draper's Buyer Swinderby Lincolnshire
BLYTON Marrianne 52 Married Wife Ireland
BLYTON Thomas 21 Unmarried Son Mercantile Clerk Deptford Kent
BLYTON Sybil M 19 Unmarried Daughter Lewisham Kent
BLYTON Alice M 12 Daughter Sheffield Yorkshire
The fifth child Thomas Carey Blyton, like his siblings - started working for the family Business of Fisher and Nephew, however he soon left to establish a successful wholesale clothing business in the City of London. He married Theresa Mary Hamilton, and they had three Children.
Enid Blyton 11th August 1897