Hannah Waller was born at 7 a.m. at home in Row 43, Great Yarmouth, England, on 19 January 1838 to parents George Waller and Hannah Watson1. Her father was an upholsterer at that time. She was baptised on the 24th of that month2 in the Church of England.
She had two older brothers, George (1832) and William (1834). She was living at home with both older brothers and her parents at the time of the 1841 census3 at Row 36 in Great Yarmouth. Her parents had two more children Elizabeth (1842) and James Robert (1847), both of whom died as infants.
In 18514, Hannah was living at home with her parents, now on Charlotte Street in Great Yarmouth and is listed as a scholar at that time.
On 14 June 18575, Hannah, 20 at the time, married William Mackerell Burman at the Unitarian Church of Goal Street in Great Yarmouth. At that time Hannah was living in on S. George Street with her parents.
Their first child was named William Mackerell Burman after his father and was born in 1857. He was followed a girl named Hannah after her mother in 1859. In 18616, the family of four was living at Isabella Square in Great Yarmouth.
Another son, Joseph Waller Burman was born in 1869 and in 18717 the family was living in flat 27 of Row 09 in Great Yarmouth.
Two more daughters were born to William and Hannah. Eleanor Maud was born in 1877 and Lillian Maud was born in 1880. Sadly, however, Lillian lived only 11 months and died in November 1880 and Eleanor lived only until age 4 dying in December 1881. The 1881 census8 indicates that William and Hannah were living in Row 109 on the south side of the row. Their oldest children had moved away and only Joseph and Eleanor were home at the time.
William and Hannah were on their own, living in Row 119 on the 1891 census9.
Hannah became a widow at the age of 56 when her husband William died in January of 1894.
In May of 1895, the banns were called for Hannah and a man named Robert Skipper, widower and a labourer10. At the time, Robert Skipper had been living in Row 109 with Hannah for a period of four weeks already. Perhaps she had been renting him a room. Hannah indicated that she had been living at the rows “all the days of my life”. She listed her father as a cabinet maker at that time. However, her father George had not changed his profession from upholster. Her grandfather was a cabinet maker, so perhaps she was mixing up the professions of her father and her grandfather.
On 17 May 1896, a year later, Hanna and Robert Skipper were married11.
What became of Robert, we are not sure. Currently searches I have done have been unable to establish his death, or even a definitive birth for that matter.
It is likely that he had passed by 1901 as Hannah shows up in the 1901 census12 living in Corton, in North Suffolk, working as a sick nurse. She was living with Charles and Charlotte Gooch at X ways. Charles Gooch was a road labourer.
After that, Hannah also disappears and I have been unable to confirm when and where she died.
1Births (CR) England. RD: Great Yarmouth, Northern, Norfolk. 19 January 1838. WALLER, Hannah. Entry no. 164.
2Baptisms (PR) England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. 24 January 1838. WALLER, Hannah. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N6PV-7SQ : accessed September 2019.
3Census. 1841. England. Great Yarmouth, St. Nicholas, Norfolk. HO 107/793/5. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
4Census. 1851. England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. HO 107/1806. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
5Marriages (CR) England, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth. 14 June 1857. BURMAN, William Mackerell and WALLER, Hannah. No. 117.
6Census. 1861. England. St. Nicholas, Yarmouth, Norfolk. RG 3/1190. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
7Census. 1871. England. Yarmouth, Norfolk. RG 10/1784. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
8Census. 1881. England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. RG 11/1909. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
9Census. 1891. England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. RG 12/1499. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
10Banns (PR) England. England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. 02 May 1896. SKIPPER, Robert and BURMAN, Hannah. Norfolk Banns. PD 28/210. http://www.findmypast.co.uk : accessed September 2019.
11Marriages (PR) England. England. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. 17 May 1896. SKIPPER, Robert and BURMAN, Hannah. Norfolk, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1940. http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed September 2019.
12Census. 1901. England. Corton, Corton of St. Bartholomew, Mutford and Lothingland, North Suffolk. RG 13/1807. p 6.