Mary Ann's father died in 1848 when she was just 8 years old and her mother in 1851 when she was 11. Mary Ann appears on the 1851 census living in the household of her maternal uncle James Hill as a servant. Her 3 surviving brothers William, George and John were sent to the work house. Edwin's father had died when he was an infant in 1833. He does not appear on the 1851 census and no further trace has yet been found of the rest of his family.
Edwin joined the Royal Navy in 1853 and served for 20 years, long enough to qualify for his pension. When he left the Navy he and Mary Ann moved to Dowlais, South Wales where Edwin worked in a steel manufactory. Their first child Edwin John was born there in 1874. They later moved to Stratford, West Ham, Essex, where Edwin worked as a coalman for the Great Eastern Railway Company. They had another 4 children Harriet Ellen and Elizabeth Matilda in 1879, William in 1881 and Emma in 1884. They also had another child but where and when this child was born is not known. The 1911 census shows that Mary Ann had 6 children, 2 of whom had died, one of these was Emma who died aged 16 in 1900, the other probably died as an infant.
Edwin died on 26th September 1893 aged 60 the London Hospital, Whitechapel. On his death certificate the cause of death is stated as
"Violent bronchitis and exhaustion consequent of fractured right arm caused by being knocked down by an engine shunting some trucks between which he was picking up his coat. Accidental"
An inquest was held on 27th September 1893 by the coroner for the County of London. A verdict of accidental death was returned.