Inherited Craziness
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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Job Sweeney and Eliza Louisa Tompson

Cable Street, Stepney

Job Sweeney, son of John Henry Charles Sweeney and Susannah Harvey, married Eliza Louisa Tompson, daughter of Dan Tompson and Mary Ann Green, on 5 Jan 1893, at the Parish Church of St Anthony, Stepney. They were both 24 and both gave their address as 3 Monteagle Street, Stepney. 

Their only son, Job Thomas Sweeney, was born at 25 Monteagle Street, Stepney (which further research suggests was a boarding house) on 27 Aug 1897 and baptised at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, on 19 Sep 1897.

Eliza Louisa Tompson, was born on 24 Aug 1868, at 299 Cable Street, St George in the East. When I searched the indexes at the General Register Office for Eliza Louisa's birth, I discovered her mother's maiden name was GREEN. After that, I located the 2 year old Eliza Louisa (listed as Thompson), living with her maternal grandmother, Eliza Green, landlady at The King and Queen Public House in Tait Street, St George in the East, in 1871. 

In 1870, Eliza Louisa's grandad, Edward Green, died, as did her mother, Mary Ann, on 19 Mar 1870 at 363 Cable Street, after giving birth to a son, Dan Edward Green Tompson. The causes listed on Mary Ann's death certificate state "Childbirth 7 days, Scarlet Fever 4 days, exhaustion". Last part is hardly surprising! The infant Dan also died in the 2nd quarter of the same year.

In 1881, Eliza Louisa (12) was living with her father, Dan Tompson (32) and his wife (his 2nd, it transpires, who he'd married in 1871) Sarah Jane Baker (29), in Watney Street, St George in the East, along with three of her half-sisters: Sarah Sophia (5), Mabel Grace (3) and Mary Adcock (0). 

In 1891, Eliza Louisa (22), a 'fancy box maker' was living with William and Ellen Burton, in Knapp Road, Bromley, Poplar. Eliza Louisa was listed as their niece, actually their step-neice, because Ellen Burton (née Baker) was the sister of Dan's 2nd wife, her step-mother, Sarah Jane Baker.

In 1901, Job Sweney (sic) (33) Warehouseman, Eliza Sweney (sic) (32) and Job Sweney (sic) (3), were living at 8, Repton Street, Limehouse, Stepney

My mother always claimed that her father and grandmother, Eliza Louisa, had been living in Sidney Street at the time of the Siege of Sidney Street, or Battle of Stepney that took place in January 1911. It's not impossible, but I can find no records to support this. Of course, Eliza Louisa was well away from the area when Cable Street was made famous by it's own battle in 1936.

By the time of the census on 2 April 1911, the family were living at 102 Fore Street, in the City of London. They lived in a flat above the warehouse that came with the job, where Job Sweeney (41) was employed as Packer and Caretaker; Eliza Louisa Sweeney (41), Job Thomas Sweeney (13) and, presumably visiting, was Amy Dolson (19) Domestic Servant, Friend. 

Job Sweeney died, on 6 December 1924, aged 54, of Tuberculosis. 

Eliza Louisa Sweeney (née Tompson)
with her granddaughter, Ivy. On a A Day
Out in Clacton-on-Sea in the 1930s
Eliza Louisa was still living at 102 Fore Street with her son and his wife, Elizabeth (Bet) née Fuller and granddaughter, Ivy, in 1939 and they all remained there until their home was destroyed in WWII, on the night of 29–30 December 1940, the so-called Second Great Fire of London.

Eliza Louisa Sweeney, otherwise Sweney (as it says on her death certificate), died on 13 Feb 1953, in Hornchurch, Essex, from coronary thrombosis, influenza, chronic bronchitis and old age. She was 84.

Sunday, 4 October 2020

John Horn and Emma Green and Emily Grace Rudd

St George in the East Church
  Steve Cadman / CC BY-SA
John Horn (John Isaac Robert Horn, b. 18 Jul 1845, bap. 31 Aug 1845 at St George in the East church in St George-in-the-East), son of Isaac Horn and Maria Thaxter, married Emma Green, daughter of Edward Green and Eliza Goodman, at St Thomas' church, Arbour Square, Stepney on 4 Nov 1867

The couple had three children: 
  1. Emma Eliza Horn b. 1868 S Quarter in SAINT GEORGE IN THE EAST Volume 01C Page 417
  2. Edward John Horn b. 1871 M Quarter in SAINT GEORGE IN THE EAST Volume 01C Page 472. Died 1871 S Quarter in SAINT GEORGE IN THE EAST Volume 01C Page 305
  3. Albert William Horn b. 1872 S Quarter in SAINT GEORGE IN THE EAST Volume 01C Page 413. Died in 1905 J Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 316, aged 32.
After the death of Emma's father, Edward Green, landlord of the King and Queen in St George in the East, in 1870, her mother took over as landlady. In 1871, living with her was daughter, Emma Horn (22), Barmaid and Son-in-law, John Horn (23), Plumber, Emma Horn (2) and Edward J Horn (0).

In July 1875, John Horn was listed, by the East London Observer, as the Incoming Licensee at the Watermans Arms, Wapping High Street, E1, which he held until 22nd January 1876. Then on 20 May 1876, the same publication lists John Horn as the incoming licensee at the Salisbury Arms (The Salisbury Arms stood at 135 Eastfield Street, Limehouse, E14. Now demolished).

In 1881, at 135, Eastfield Street, Limehouse, Stepney, were John Horn (35), wife listed as J Horn (33) and children; Emma (12) and Albert William (8). 

Emma Horn died, aged 37, in St. Olave Southwark, London, in 1885.

In 1889, in London City, John Horn married Emily Grace Rudd (b. 8 Jul 1857), daughter of Samms Sheppard Rudd and Mary Sarah Ann Walrond. 

By 1891, John Horn (age listed as 33) was "Living on his own means" in Apsley Road, Croydon, Surrey, with new wife Emily Grace Horn (31) from Hoxton, and son, Albert William Horn (18) from his first marriage. 

John and Emily Grace added a further four children:
  1. Emily Margaret Horn b. 1893 M Qtr in CROYDON Vol 02A Page 277
  2. William John Horn b. 1898 S Quarter in CROYDON Vol 02A Page 242. Died 1898 S Quarter in CROYDON Volume 02A Page 139.
  3. Edward John Horn b. 1900 M Quarter in CROYDON Vol 02A Page 298
  4. Alfred George b. 1902 M Quarter in CROYDON Vol 02A Page 250
John Horn was at the Albert Tavern, 67 Harrington RoadSouth Norwood, in 1896. In 1901, John Horn (52) Retired Publican was living 6, Harrington Road, Croydon, Surrey, with wife, Emily Grace Horn (42), son Albert Horn (28) Labourer, daughter Emily Margaret (8) and son Edward John (1).

Grave of John Horn at
Dulwich Old Cemetery
John Horn died, on Leap Day, 29 Feb 1904 (1904 M Quarter in CROYDON Volume 02A Page 224), "After Long & Patient Suffering", aged 58. He is buried at Dulwich Old Cemetery, along with his second wife and his daughter, Emma Eliza, from his first marriage to Emma Green. Their son, Albert William Horn, died in 1905, at 32. 

In 1911, Emily Grace Horn (52), widow, was still living at 6, Harrington Road, Croydon, with daughter Emily Margaret (18) and sons Edward John (11) and Alfred George (9). She was also still at the same address in 1939, aged 82, along with a Domestic Servant, Ivy Carter (24). 

Emily Grace Horn, of 19 Macclesfield Road, Woodside, Croydon, widow, died on 7 Aug 1950, at 93. Probate was granted to Edward John Horn, engineer, and Alfred George Horn, fitter. She was buried with her late husband

The former Albert Tavern, South Norwood
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In 2021 was closed and likely to be re-developed as housing.
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