Inherited Craziness
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Saturday, 5 December 2020

Dan Tompson and Mary Ann Green and Sarah Jane Baker

St Michael & All Angels, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © John Salmon - geograph.org.uk/p/3267097

Dan Thompson, one of my 2nd great-grandfathers, was born in Broughton, Northamptonshire on 12 Oct 1848 and was baptised, on 5 Nov 1848, at St Andrew's Church, Cransley. His parents were Daniel Thompson and Mary Adcock. He ended up in Canada, but via this pretty indirect route.

Dan (2), is listed on the 1851 census with his parents, in Broughton. Following his father's death in 1854, by 1861, 12 year old Dan is living in the household of his eldest brother, George Thompson (born 1836), who appears to have taken over the family carpentry business in Broughton, along with their widowed mother, Mary Thompson (née Adcock). Dan's brother Benjamin (19) was then living with their aunt and uncle, in St George in the East, Middlesex. 

So it's presumably as a result of these family connections that Dan goes to London too, because on 13 Aug 1867, at the age of 19, Dan Tompson married Mary Ann Green (17), daughter of Edward Green and Eliza Goodman of the King and Queen public house in St George in the East, at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, in Limehouse (bombed in 1940 and since demolished). 

It seems to be that when the brothers reach the East End they drop the aitch from Thompson. My mother always insisted it was Tompson.

Dan and Mary Ann's children were:
  1. Eliza Louisa Tompson b. 24 Aug 1868 at 299 Cable Street, Limehouse
  2. Dan Edward Green Tompson b. 12 Mar 1870 (died 2nd quarter of 1870)
Mary Ann contracted Scarlet Fever and died, on 19 Mar 1870, just 7 days after giving birth to their son, Dan Edward Green Tompson. She was just 20. 

Junction of Cable Street
and Watney Street, Shadwell

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At the time of the 1871 census in April, the widowed 
Dan (22) was lodging in Cable Street. However, on 4 June 1871, he remarried to Sarah Jane Baker (19), daughter of Charles Hoile Baker and Amelia Young, at Christ Church, Watney Street, Stepney, making it four of the five siblings who married in this church.

Dan and Sarah Jane went on to have a further TWELVE children, half of whom did not survive infancy:
  1. Amelia Mary Tompson b. 1872 (died 1874, aged 1)
  2. Jessie Elizabeth Tompson b. 1874 (died 1876, aged 1)
  3. Sarah Sophia Tompson b. 9 Oct 1876
  4. Mabel Grace Tompson b. 6 Aug 1878
  5. Mary Adcock Tompson b. 1880 (died 2nd quarter of 1881)
  6. Dan Baker Tompson b. 1882 (died 1883)
  7. Charles Frederick Tompson b. 1884 (died 1887, aged 3)
  8. George Daniel Tompson b. 1885
  9. Ernest Wilberforce Tompson b. 1888 (died 1890, aged 1)
  10. Amelia Mary Tompson b. 14 Nov 1890
  11. Ellen Hoile Folville Tompson b. 22 May 1893
  12. Ivy Maud Tompson b. 23 Feb 1895
By 1881, Dan and Sarah Jane, living at 27 Watney Street, with Dan's daughter Eliza Louisa (12) - listed as Elizabeth L - have had three more daughters; Sarah Sophia (born 1876), Mabel Grace (born 1878) and Mary Adcock (born 1880). Sadly, Mary died in 1881, aged just one year. 

Mabel Grace, George Daniel (born 1885) and Amelia Mary (born 1890), were all baptised on Christmas Day 1890, in Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon High Street, Buckinghamshire
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In 1891, the family were living in High Street, Waddesdon, 
Buckinghamshire, although Sarah Sophia was visiting her aunt Mary Thompson, widow of her father's brother, Benjamin, at the Spotted Cow, Hither Green, Lewisham

St Michael & All Angels,
Waddesdon - Font

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Sarah Sophia, along with yet two more daughters; 
Ellen Hoile Folville (born 1893 in Ashby Folville, Leicestershireand Ivy Maud (born 1895) were also baptised, in Waddesdon, on 5 Jun 1895. The denomination on all of the baptisms is listed as Anglican, so I assume this was at the church of St Michael & All Angels, Waddesdon. In later documents, Dan lists himself as Wesleyan and indeed there is a Wesleyan Chapel in Waddesdon High Street.

In 1901, Dan (52) and Sarah Jane (49), are listed as living in Gracious StreetWhittleseyCambridgeshire with son George Daniel (15) bricklayer, daughters; Amelia Mary (10), Ellen T H (7) and Ivy Maud (6), plus a lodger, William Warren (61), described as a 'Draper But Not In Occupation'. Brickmaking has been taking place in Whittlesey and the rest of Peterborough since the end of the 19th Century, utilising the band of clay which runs from Peterborough to Oxford. 


Gracious Street, Whittlesey (1897) A decorated house on Whittlesey’s Gracious Street during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria in 1897. Image Peterborough Images Archive

We later learn from Dan's obituary that, in 1904 he was elected to the Whittlesey Urban District Council and that "Mr Tompson came to Whittlesey in July 1896 and became landlord of the "King's Head" (now in residential use, see image) in, Gracious Street, which he kept until he left for Canada in 1911." 

In 1911, Dan (63), Sarah Jane (60), Ellen Thoila Tolnilla (sic) (18), Ivy Maud (16) and William Charles Kritzer (7), listed as a Grandson, born "At Sea", are all living at Lattersey Field, Whittlesey. Sarah Sophia had married Joseph Kritzer in 1905 and Mabel Grace Tompson was employed as a Lady's Maid in the household of Sir Philip Hickson Waterlow, 2nd Baronet (Waterlow and Sons).

Having travelled from Northamptonshire to London to Buckinghamshire, then Leicestershire and back to Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire, in 1912, the family sail to Canada, where they finally settle, in Toronto.

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