Elizabeth Needham is listed with the other siblings Leonard, Beatrice, and by this time there are two new additions to the family, Alfred Creed and Christopher. Christopher is listed with his mother’s surname in 1901, yet he was the son of Elizabeth and James Jeremiah Creed. Alfred Creed was born c. 1893 and was eight years old at the time of the census. Nowadays in modern society having kids out of wedlock is often viewed as no big deal. Placing yourself in the time period of Victorian & Edwardian England, you can imagine it was a taboo subject at the time which was probably not talked about. Relationships outside of marriage were also common before divorce became socially acceptable.

The confusing 1901 UK Census listing for Elizabeth Needham and the Creeds.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 564; Folio: 144; Page: 39.
Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901.
James J. Creed married Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Needham later in 1901, a few months after his second wife Mary passed away. Their marriage record contains some errors. Elizabeth Needham’s father’s name was listed as Frederick William Needham. First of all, Elizabeth being a widow named Needham, the father’s name is incorrect. Her father William Waterhouse died when she was five years old, so she may not have remembered all the details, or her husband may have filled out the paperwork. Frederick William Waterhouse was her younger brother. One of the witnesses at the marriage was Elizabeth’s eldest daughter, Elizabeth Ann Needham.
Source Citation:  London Metropolitan Archives, Saint John, Woolwich, Register of marriages, P97/JN, Item 011. Ancestry.com. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data: Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921. London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts, London.

Sincere thanks and credit go to Elaine Foster for giving me many details on our Needham – Creed family connections. James J. Creed and Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Needham Creed were married for twenty years until his death in 1921.
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