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[p17] [The Jeans Line]
Charles Jeans and Ellen Wilkinson
Parents of James Walter Jeans
Dorset, in the south-west of England was Charles Jeans’ county of origin. Born on 13 May 1835 he was baptised the following day in St. Swithun’s, parish church of Allington. This church, described by Hunt’s Dorset Directory as being of ‘Grecian or Italian style’ had been erected in 1827 to replace the old church. His parents were George Jeans and Susan Bartlett.
After his baptism, the next documentation of Charles, aged 6, appeared in the 1841 census, recorded along with his parents and sister Susan at Washing Pool Farm, Allington. Another ten years on and another census was taken. Charles (noted as an apprentice) was still living with his family, now in Allington village.
In 1854 on 29 January, Charles Jeans enlisted in the Royal Navy as an ordinary seaman, second class. London was given as his usual place of residence. His enlistment papers described him as nineteen years and nine months old, with sallow complexion, dark brown hair and five feet six inches in height. He had no birth marks or scars and had never been to sea. It was noted Charles had already had smallpox, as had five other men listed on the same page. The remaining four men had been vaccinated. Five of the ten men had no previous trade, Charles had been a baker, another a butcher; two had been carpenters and one a painter. His service number was 7554, and the ship he was entered in was the Crocodile. He enlisted for a period of ten years, although the agreement had a clause ‘provided my service should be so long required’. Eight days later, on 6 February 1854, Charles went from the Victory to the Caesar, a man-of-war, commissioned less than three weeks previously. The Caesar had ninety guns and its full complement was eight hundred and fifty officers, seamen, boys and marines. In a Muster Book of the Caesar, Charles’ embarkation debts for clothing, tobacco, soap and religious books amounted to £1-2s. A monthly allowance of £3-12s-6d was noted. This, and following information, was accessed at the Public Record Office, Kew, London.