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Saturday, 5 December 2020

The Thompson Family UK Tour

St Michael & All Angels, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire
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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, then 19, in 1861, a bricklayer was living with John and Maria Blackett, their aunt and uncle, in St George in the East, Middlesex. 

But 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 and Eliza Green 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 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 daughter, Eliza Louisa Tompson, my great-grandmother, was born in Aug 1868, but Mary Ann contracted Scarlet Fever and died, on 19 Mar 1870, just 7 days after giving birth to a son, Dan Edward G (I'm guessing George). She was just 20. The infant also died in the same year. 

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), at Christ Church, Watney Street, Stepney, making it four of the five siblings who had married in this church.

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. A son, Dan Baker Tompson was born in the 4th quarter of 1882, but sadly died in the 2nd quarter of 1883.

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 are 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'. 

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

In 1911, Dan (63), Sarah Jane (60), Ellen Thoila Tolnilla (sic) (18), Ivy Maud (16) and a William Charles Roizen (7), listed as a Grandson born "At Sea", are all living at Lattersey Field, Whittlesey. Roizen is a mystery, because I can find no record of any of the daughters marrying anyone of that name and no further mention of this person by that name either. 

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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