In 1840, another of William of Newnham’s daughters, Harriet Bird, had met and married John Coveney, son of a farmer from Borden in Kent. As far as we know, they never had any children of their own. Anne and her baby were living with them in nearby Key Street, Bobbing on the 1841 census. On subsequent census young Henry is living with the Coveneys and I have always assumed, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, that Anne must have died leaving young Henry without a parent and that he was ‘adopted’ (not in the legal sense) by the Coveneys. However, I have never found Anne's death and I have now found a subsequent marriage which casts doubt on my whole theory.
The marriage certificate shows that a couple of years after the 1841 census Anne was living at 24 Upper Marine Terrace, Margate. She married a quite well known dissenting minister, John Styles, on 11th October 1843 at the Zion Chapel in Margate.
John Styles was twenty one years older than Anne, in fact his first marriage was in the same year that Anne was born. He was one of 17 children. He probably married four times :
- Sarah Hall Brown in 1803 at St Katherine Cree in the City of London, they had 5 children including a Mary Ann.
- Ann Cooper in 1813 at Streatham London, they had 3 children including another Ann.
- Ann (surname not known) in 1817.
- Then he married Anne Ross - the third Anne he had married !
John died on 22 June 1849 aged 67 of dropsy at the same address, Clapham Road Place. The informant on this occasion was Charlotte Davis, described as a "general servant" on the 1861 census.