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Margaret Evans (1831–1882)
Margaret Sales (1883–1909)


Cook. Daughter of Edward Evans; born in Shropshire. Niece, possibly by marriage, of Robert Waring Darwin’s butler, also named Edward Evans. Cook at Down House until about 1890. Married Sydney Sales, retired grocer of Down, in 1882.


Atkins 1974, pp. 74–5

BMD (Death index)

Census returns of England and Wales 1861 (The National Archives: Public Record Office RG9/462/74/10), 1881 (RG11/855/83/1)

Freeman 1978

London, England, Church of England marriages and banns, 1754–1921 (, accessed 27 July 2017)


Atkins, Hedley J. B. 1974. Down, the home of the Darwins: the story of a house and the people who lived there. London: Royal College of Surgeons.

BMD: General Register Office, England and Wales civil registration indexes. England & Wales birth index, 1837–1983. England and Wales marriage index, 1837–1983. England and Wales death index, 1837–1983. Online database. Provo, Utah: The Generations Network. 2006.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.