* Catherine's daughter Jane, married Thomas "Eather"...which correctly speaking should have been spelt "Heather." *
We find this interesting.My husband is a HEATER, from Sussex England.His Dad always maintained their name was Irish and originally was HEATHER.He in fact told me his grandfather came from Ireland, but so far I cannot find his Grandfather (his b/m/d's) who was definately down as David HEATER on Dad's father's birth cert 13 May 1861 in Brighton Sx.Wife was Ann YARWOOD b.1842 Lincoln; father John YARWOOD.
There are many HEATERs in West Sx, Hants .. actually in many places throughout 19C UK.If you check the IGI (LDS web site) you will see there are various spellings, some very similar to your "EATHER".With HEATER, we find "EATER", "ITER" etc.Accents and lack of education account for some of the spellings, no doubt.My sister-in-law says the name in a totally different way than my husband does.Her way sounds *posh*! lolHis is more cockney.
Our David HEATER had died in or before c1866/67, as his wife had a daughter Annie in Jan 1868, with no father listed the birth cert.She remarried in 1870 to John KENNELLY.A daughter Emily had been born c1865/67.Both girls were chr. in 1870.All 3 children are listed under the new father's surname [KENNELLY] in the 1881 census, although he too had died by that time.
Husband's grandfather, Benjamin David HEATER is listed as "Benj. Heather KENNELLY" (note sp. of middle name) in that census too, but by the time he married in 1882, he was using HEATER again.
There is a David, born (off the top of my head) c1833 in West Sx who could possibly be the one we are after.He was born to Benjamin HEATER/HAYTER and his wife Hannah.They had quite a few children, in the same parish.Several of them are registered as HEATER, some as HAYTER.One is HAYTER, but that is crossed out, with HEATER above it.
I have often wondered about the HEATERs, HAYTERs, HEATHERs (and varients) to be found in and around the part of Hants which abuts Sx.Same/similar names are found in Devon as well.
Until I can locate David's death cert, I cannot go back to try to connect him to any particular area.There is also a David HEATER who died in London, in the right time frame.Our Ann YARWOOD (our David's widow) many years later lived in the same area with her 3rd husband (Edward ROWLAND), with the two sons from her 2nd marriage living not far away (1901 census).When she died in 1910, she was buried in Woodvale Cemetery Brighton.The next year her grandson (Harold David Percivil HEATER 1901-1911) was interred with her, then in the 1940s, her son Ben and his wife Fanny Rebecca PAYNE (b. c1863 - Bermondsey Surrey) joined them.
David HEATER, John KENNELLY nor Edward ROWLAND [all husbands of Ann YARWOOD] are buried with her.
One other note:A daughter [Blanche HEATER] of Benjamin HEATER and Fanny Rebecca PAYNE's migrated to Australia with her husaband Len and daughter Annie - pre WWll.Len's surname is not known, but they married between 1922 & 1924.So if you should come across the suname HEATER whilst reseaching your HEATHER, especially in Australia, I would be most pleased if you would let me know.In the meantime I will continue to look for Len's surname, as well as [& varients of] HEATER.