Inherited Craziness
A place to share all the nuts found on my family tree

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Stephen Botterill and Elizabeth Tubb

Shakespeare Road, Gillingham
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Stephen Botterill (b. 1841), younger son of Stephen Botterill and Mary Thompson and brother of Daniel Botterill, married Elizabeth Tubb, daughter of Edward Tubb and Hannah Bussey, at Christ Church Watney StreetSt George in the East, in the 1st quarter of 1876. Elizabeth's father, Edward Tubb was a Shipwright from Portsmouth, Hampshire. Elizabeth was born in Portsmouth and baptised at St Mary's Church, Portsea on 29 Dec 1850. However, in 1861, the family were living in James StreetSheerness on the Isle of Sheppey.

In 1871, Stephen Botterill (30), a Police Constable, was in Gillingham, Kent.

Seven kids must have been a stretch of a bobby's salary:  
  1. Alice Bottrill born 1877
  2. Mary Elizabeth Botterill born 1881
  3. Stephen Botterill born 3 Sep 1883
  4. John Botterill born 20 May 1886
  5. Grace Hannah Botterill born 1888
  6. Florence Botterill born 1891
  7. Gertrude Botterill born 1894
In 1881, Stephen Botterill (39), Police Constable, wife Elizabeth (29), Alice (4) and Mary Elizabeth (0), are at 7 Unity Cottages, Gardiner Street, Gillingham

By 1891, in Shakespeare Road, Gillingham, Stephen (50), Police Constable, Elizabeth (40), Alice (14), Mary (10), Stephen (7), John (4) and Grace (2).

In 1901, Stephen Bottrill (58), now employed as an Excavator, Elizabeth (46), Mary (19), John (15), Grace (11), Florence (9) and Gertrude (7). Alice had married in 1899, while Stephen had joined the Royal Navy.

Stephen Bottrill died on 30 May 1904, aged 63, although probate wasn't granted - to his two sons, Stephen and John - until 30 June 1933. 

In 1911, Elizabeth (57), widow, working as a tailoress, has her three youngest daughters: Grace (22), Florence (20) and Gertrude (16), living with her.

Elizabeth Bottrill died in 1932. She will have been 82.

Daniel Thompson Botterill and Jessie Elizabeth Maslin

80 Queens Road, Peckham

Daniel Thompson Botterill, second son of Dan Stephen Thompson Botterill and Mary Jane Harris, married Jessie Elizabeth Maslin, daughter of James Maslin and Jessie Elizabeth Dunford, in the 3rd quarter of 1905, in Greenwich.

Daniel and Jessie then had two sons: 
  1. Joseph Daniel Botterill born 3rd quarter of 1907, died in the 1st quarter of 1908 and buried on 25 January 1908 at Charlton Cemetery (Greenwich)
  2. Daniel Thompson Botterill born in the 3rd quarter of 1908, in Greenwich
The second boy, like David Copperfield, was a posthumous child, because Daniel Thompson Botterill had died, aged 26, at 26 Inverine Road, Charlton and had been buried, on 18 January 1908, at Charlton Cemetery (Greenwich). 

Not unsurprisingly therefore, we find that Jessie Elizabeth Botterill remarried in 1910, to Welshman, Evelyn John Gutton Budge. Confirming that I'd found the correct spouse, Jessie Elizabeth Budge is living with her son, Daniel Tompson Batterell (sic) (2), in 1911 in Gillingham, Kent. Her new husband however, was boarding in the household of a Henry Webb in Chatham. That doesn't seem far enough away for him to be boarding for a work related necessity, so I suspect an estrangement, but I'm still looking for a record of a divorce or Jessie's death.

In 1912, Jessie Elizabeth Budge is listed on the Electoral Register at 80 Queens Road, Peckham (second floor), a mystery in itself as she would not have had the vote until at least 1918 and only then if she had enough wealth [unlikely].

Meanwhile, records show that Evelyn John Gutton Budge had arrived in Quebec, Canada in Jun 1911 and appears to have travelled alone. In 1913, he crossed the border into the United States, where he appears to do Military Service during WWI and, in 1917, married Mabel Dorothy Morris. They apply for Naturalization in 1918 and he died there in Los Angeles, California on 2 Sep 1969.

There are some indications that Daniel Thompson Botterill (b. 1908) may have gone to Canada at a later date, which I still need to investigate.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Dan Stephen Thompson Botterill and Mary Jane Harris

Skull & crossbones on the gatepost at the entrance to
St. Nicholas' Church, Deptford Green, SE8

cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Mike Quinn - geograph.org.uk/p/1499463

Dan Stephen Thompson Botterill, eldest son of Daniel Botterill and Sarah Elizabeth Tompson, married Mary Jane Harris, daughter of Alfred Richard Harris and Jane Elizabeth Jones. The marriage took place at Christ Church Watney Street, on 26 Dec 1878, the same church where Dan's parents had married. Dan, a fitter, gave his address as 225 Cable Street. Mary Jane's address was 34 Deptford Green, where her father was a baker by trade. Dan had spent his early years in Deptford Green too, when his parents kept The White Hart, which the census records show was next door to the bakery. Witnesses to the marriage were Alfred Richard Harris - who could have been Mary Jane's father or her younger brother - and Eliza Ann Harris, the bride's sister.

Dan and Mary had eight children: 
  1. John Botterill born 1880
  2. Daniel Thompson Botterill born 1882
  3. Alice Botterill born 1884
  4. Kate Elizabeth born 1886
  5. Bessie Botterill born 1888
  6. Esther Botterill born 1891
  7. Alfred Botterill born 1894
  8. Florrie Botterill born 1900
In 1881, they are living at 16, Duke Street, St Paul Deptford, Greenwich, with Dan (24), Engine Fitter, Mary (22) and their eldest child, John (1).

In 1891, living in Bentham Street, St Paul Deptford, Greenwich, we find Dan (34), Steam Engine Fitter, Mary (32), Daniel (9), Bessie (2) and Esther (0), as well as Thomas Thompson (54), a blacksmith and Janet Thompson (51), visitors, from Monkwearmouth, Durham. John (11) and Alice (6) were visiting their Botterill grandparents at the Holly Tree Arms in Lewisham, while Kate was staying with her Harris grandparents at The Green, Deptford.

Son Daniel Thompson was baptised on 22 Mar 1900 at St James Hatcham.

In 1901, still at Bentham Street, Deptford, are Dan (44), Marine Engine Fitter, Mary Jane (42), Daniel (19), Alice (19), Kate (14), Bessie (12), Esther (10), Alfred (6) and Florrie (1). John (21), Sign Writer, was staying with his grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Botterill at 49, Wisteria Road, Lewisham. 

By 1911, they had moved to 65 Childers St, Deptford, with Dan (54), Marine and General Fitter, Mary (52), Alice (26), Seed Packer, Bessie Standing (22) - Bessie had married in 1909 - Esther Botterill (20), Seed Packer, Alfred Botterill (16), Pattern Maker Apprentice, Florrie Botterill (11), Thomas Harris (31), Boiler Makers Rivetter (Mary Jane's brother) and George Standing (0), visitor. John Botterill (31), was still living at 49 Wisteria Road Lewisham with his spinster aunt, Mary Louisa Adcock Botterill. Daniel Thompson Botterill, who had married in 1905, had died in 1908, aged just 26. Kate Botterill, in 1911, was working as a Housemaid at 50 Pall Mall, St James Westminster, London. 

Dan Stephen Thompson Botterill died on 16 Apr 1917, aged 60.

Mary Jane Botterill died on 12 Apr 1924, aged 65.

Postcard sent to Alice Botterill at 65 Childers Street, Deptford

Raid at Queenstown

My grandmother had told me this story a couple of times, because she was there when this happened (when she will have been 25) and specified that they were Sinn Féin.

From the The Weekly Freeman on Saturday, January 18, 1919:

Raid at Queenstown

The sexton's lodge at Rushbrooke Church, near Queenstown, has been raided for arms, and a fowling-piece belonging to the sexton, David Jones, was taken away by the three men with their faces muffled, who presented revolvers. 

Of course, this was just days before the start of the Irish War of Independence.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

John Benjamin Botterill and Everlda Jane Caroline Summers - and three more pubs to crawl

St John the Evangelist, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill - Sanctuary
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View of St. John's Church from St. John's Gardens

John Benjamin Botterill (b. 1864), son of Daniel Botterill and Sarah Elizabeth Thompson, married Everlda Jane Caroline Summersdaughter of Thomas and Ann Summers (who in 1871 had lived in Testerton Street, Kensington), at St John the EvangelistLansdowne CrescentNotting Hill on 21 Oct 1889. 

In 1891, they are living at 115 High StreetLewisham, with John B (26), a Butcher, Everelda (25), their first child, Thomas Daniel (0) and Elsie Jones (43), Ladies Nurse, a widow from Catford, London, lodging with them.

John and Everlda go on to have four children: 

  1. Thomas Daniel born 1891
  2. Everlda Botterill born 20 Sep 1892
  3. Benjamin Tompson Botterill born 1895
  4. Mary Botterill born 1902
Princess Royal Public House
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But in 1900 and again in 1901, they are at the Princess Royal at 22, Longley Road, Croydon, where his uncle, John Soppit, had employed John Benjamin Botterill (36) as his Licenced Victualler Manager. Living there also are his wife Everlda (35), son Thomas Daniel (10), Everlda (8), Benjamin Tompson (5) and John's father, Daniel (69), who is listed as a widower - which is a mystery, because his wife, Sarah, was alive and living in Lewisham at the time.

Then on 16 Oct 1902, John Benjamin Botterill (38), appeared at the Quarter Sessions in Maidstone, accused of stealing, by his uncle, John Soppit.

From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 23 October 1902

THE JURY STOP A CASE

John Benjamin Botterill pleaded not guilty to stealing two boxes containing 51 cigars, one bottle of brandy, three bottles of whiskey, etc., belonging to John Soppitt, at Cudham, on August 7th.

Mr. C. S. Fooks prosecuted, and Mr. Hohler defended.

John Soppit, formerly licensee of the Princess Royal, Croydon, deposed that in 1898 he took the prisoner, who was his nephew, into his employ as manager and paid him at first £2 15s per week, and after £2. The net takings of the house were not satisfactory to him at the latter part of the prisoner's management. Prisoner left on June 23rd of this year. Then witness looked through the books. Prisoner had bought goods unauthorised, and after his departure witness found some scales missing. He afterwards found them in the prisoner's possession at the Blacksmiths' Arms, at Cudham, and he also found a couch there, which had been at the Princess Royal. Other things, including glasses, were also missing.

By Mr. Hohler: The couch was never given to the prisoner by him. He did not know that the bottle of brandy was given to the prisoner by the wholesale firm, and was not aware that the cigars were brought from the result of a draw from the slate club. The reason he saw the gas mantles were his was because they were the same kind as those used at the Princess Royal, and the glasses were similar to those belonging to witness. The labels with the prisoner's name on, which were on the bottles, was not printed with the witness's consent.

Sergt. Humphrey deposed to searching the Blacksmith's Arms, and finding the mantels in a box among some children's clothes.

Cross-examined: The prisoner had an excellent character. The goods had evidently not been unpacked after the move.

Prisoner gave evidence on oath, and said that his uncle gave him the couch. The cigars he bought as his share in the money out of the slate club, the money to be spent in the house. The bottle of whiskey and brandy was given to him by the wholesale houses in 1899. The bottle of gin was given to him by his uncle.

The jury at this point stopped the case, and the prisoner was discharged. 

The Blacksmith's Arms, Cudham
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As we can see from the report above, John Benjamin Botterill, in 1902, had gone to the Blacksmith’s ArmsCudham (in the London Borough of Bromley), although not for long. (Read about this beautiful pub's history here.)

Prince Frederick, Bromley
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In 1911, we find John Benjamin Botterill (46), Licenced Victualler, at the Prince Frederick, Nichol Lane, Bromley, Kent, with wife, Everlda Jane Caroline Botterill (45), assisting in the business, Thomas Daniel (20), engineer's fitter, Everlda (18), dressmaker, Benjamin Thompson (15), Mary (8) and Esther Elizabeth Challen (19), Servant. They are still there in 1913.

We next catch up with the family, in 1939, living at 44 Wellington Avenue, Hounslow, Middlesex. Living with John Benjamin Botterill (75), described as a Retired Fitter's Mate, are wife Everlda J C (74), daughter Everlda White, dressmaker, widowed, and her daughter, Jean M White (16) and a Leslie F Taylor, Gentleman's hairdresser, presumably a lodger.

Everlda Jane Caroline Botterill died, aged 77, in 1943, in Brentford. John Benjamin Botterill died five years later, in 1984, aged 83, in Ealing. 

Have you got a licence for that slut?

The Perfect Victorian - Edwardian Gentleman Dog

Once more, my great-grandfather, David Jones is back before the courts, this time, in 1912, for the heinous crime of failing to obtain a dog licence.
Friday 12th April 1912: Defendant had in his possession at Queenstown on the 12th April 1912 one dog for which he omitted to take out a licence on or before the 31 March 1912.
He was ordered to take out a licence forthwith. (Records show he did.)

Following the Dogs Act of 1865, every dog owner in Ireland had to go to the court and pay 2s 6d - to have the breed and color of any dogs written down in a ledger. It was hardly an exact science, as the list below will show. There are times when the clearly same dog is described differently each year. It shows that most of David's dogs were terriers, retrievers and spaniels, which suggests he may well have been using them to hunt. For food or 'fun', I can't say.

But there's some fascinating detail in the Ireland Dog Licence Registers: it's been useful, in the absence of census records in Ireland before 1901, in being able to locate David at Castle Oliver between 1874 and 1877 and provided the date he appeared in Rushbrooke - presumably when he took up the job of Sexton at Christ Church - which pretty much coincides with the date the church opened.

And we learned what girl dogs were called. As if bitch wasn't bad enough! 
 
YearAddressSexColourBreed
1874Castle OliverDogBlack & TanTerrier
1875Castle OliverDogBlackCur
1876Castle Oliver   
1877Castle OliverSlutBrownRetriever
1878RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1879RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1879RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1881RushbrookeDogFoxeyTerrier
1882RushbrookeSlutBlackRetriever
1883RushbrookeDogBlackRetriever
1884RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1885RushbrookeSlutBrownRetriever
1886RushbrookeSlutBrownTerrier
1887RushbrookeDogBrownTerrier
1888RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1888RushbrookeDog? & BlackFox Terrier
1888RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1889RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1890RushbrookeDogGreyTerrier
1891RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1893RushbrookeBitchRedTerrier
1894RushbrookeBitchBrownRetriever
1895RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1896RushbrookeBitchWhite & LiverCocker
1896RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1897RushbrookeBitchLiver & WhiteCocker
1898RushbrookeBitchBlackSpaniel
1898RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1898RushbrookeBitchBr & WhtRetriever
1898RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1898RushbrookeBitchBlk & WhtCocker
1900RushbrookeBitchLiver & WhiteCocker
1900RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1901RushbrookeBitchRedFox Terrier
1902RingmeenBitchRedTerrier
1905RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1906RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1907RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1908RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1909RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1910RushbrookeDogRedTerrier
1911RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1912RushbrookeDogRedFox Terrier
1913RushbrookeDogBrindleTerrier
1913RingmeenBitchRedFox Terrier
1916RushbrookeMaleBrownTerrier
1917RushbrookeMaleBrownTerrier
1920RushbrookeMaleBlackCocker
1921RushbrookeMaleBlackSpaniel
1922RushbrookeMaleBlackSpaniel

Monday, 26 April 2021

Duke of Norfolk public house in Mile End Old Town

Duke of Norfolk, Stepney, E1. Image: Ewan Munro Some rights reserved

Yet another pub in the familyAlfred James Lynch, son of John Lynch and Ann Willsher, married Sarah Green, daughter of publicans, Edward Green and Eliza Goodman, at the church of St Thomas that had stood in Arbour Square, Stepney, on 5 Jun 1871. The bridegroom's father, John Lynch, had been a butcher with, presumably a shop, at 143 High Street, Shadwell in 1861. In 1871, Alfred James Lynch was living with his widowed mother, Ann, in Sidney Street.

We find the couple, in 1881, at the Duke of Norfolk, Norfolk Street, Mile End Old Town, with their four children, a general servant and the mother-in-law, Eliza Green. A thorough search of the GRO records demystified the cryptic initials used on that census return to identify the names of the children as:

  1. Alfred Arthur Lynch born 1873
  2. Albert William Lynch born 1874
  3. George Edward Lynch born 1876
  4. Sarah Eliza Lynch born 1879
  5. Ada Lynch born 1881
In 1891, Alfred Lynch (39), Beer & Wine Retailer, Sarah (36) and son Albert (16), a Commercial Clerk, are living in CamberwellSouthwark, London. 

But by 1901, they are back at 291, Oxford Street, Mile End Old Town (which, I believe, later became Stepney Way), with Alfred Lynch (49) now a Laundry Man, Sarah (47), Albert (22), Railway Porter, Ada Lynch (19), Ironer, Emily Lynch (5), Granddaughter, and a Eliza Ellis (2), General Domestic Servant.

Alfred James Lynch died, in 1907, in Mile End Old Town, aged 55.

In 1911, still at 291, Oxford Street, Mile End Old Town, Sarah Lynch (56), Widow, Laundress, with her married daughter, Sarah Pope (32) and grandchildren, Joseph Pope (8), Rosa (2) and May (0).

Who'd have thunk: out of hours drinking in Ireland

The Monument Bar mural at Casement SquareCobh
Because of the lockdown, currently, the only bar in Cobh with customers inside. 

My great-grandfather, David Jones, is back at the Cork Petty Sessions as a defendant, this time (quelle surprise) for out of hours drinking. Twice.
Monday 9th September 1901: Defendant was found unlawfully on the premises of one Zachariah Fox licenced for the sale of intoxicating liquor by retail during a period a period during which said premises are required by law to be closed on Sunday the 1st September 1901.

Monday 13th May 1907: Defendant was found unlawfully on the premises of one John Luddy licenced for the sale of intoxicating liquors by retail at Newtown during a period during which said premises were required by law to be closed to wit at the hour of 10.20 of PM on Tuesday 7th of May 1907.

On the second occasion David was convicted and fined 1/- plus costs of 1/-, with the threat of 7 days imprisonment if he failed to pay up. Whilst I've found Zachariah Fox, Publican, in the 1901 census and John Luddy, Accountant and Publican, in 1911, they don't give the names of these watering holes.

Zachariah Fox's premises were on Harbour Row, Queenstown (Cobh)

Sunday, 25 April 2021

George Daniel Tompson and Alice Oldfield

St Andrew's Church, Whittlesey
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In 1908, George Daniel Tompson (22), only surviving son of Dan Tompson and his 2nd wife, Sarah Jane Baker - making George my half-great-grand-uncle - sailed from Liverpool to New York on the Lusitaniaalthough in 1910 he was back in Whittlesey for his marriage to Alice Oldfield, daughter of George Oldfield (1847-1913), a former Licenced Victualler and Blacksmith of East Delph, Whittlesey, in the parish of Whittlesey St Andrew and his wife, Caroline Hemmaway (m. 1868). Pubs in East Delph were the Anchor and The Three Fishes with the Hare and Hounds on the corner of Bassenhally Road. Records don't show which George Oldfield kept, but in 1881, he's not at the Hare and Hounds, nor The Three Fishes, as those have different occupiers listed.

George Oldfield's parents were George Oldfield and Mary Haddon. In 1851, Mary is listed as having been born in Yaxley, then Huntingdonshire. This family connection may well explain why George Daniel's three younger sisters were living in Yaxley in 1939 after they returned to the UK from Canada.

George Daniel Tompson left Liverpool on 7 March 1908 and arrived in New York on 13 March 1908, to Ellis Island. It appears from the passenger manifest that the 22 year old bricklayer's intended destination had been Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, there looks to be a line through his name, so was he refused entry to the United States perhaps? Quite when, how and why he ended up in Toronto, Canada instead I've yet to discover, if I ever do.

House on the right 133 Morrison Avenue, Toronto, Canada

After their marriage in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire on 29 Mar 1910, in 1911, George, with wife Alice, is back in Canada, where, on 25 Apr 1911, Alice gave birth to a stillborn son at 133 Morrison Avenue, Toronto, Canada

On the 1911 Canadian Census on 1 Jun 1911, living at 133 Morrison Avenue, Toronto, were George Tompson (27), Alice Tompson (32), Richard Oldfield (26), Walter Oldfield (22), Charles Oldfield (19), William Tinkler (26) and Fred Tinkler (26), the last two being boarders. Richard, Walter and Charles Oldfield were all Alice's younger brothers. Richard and Walter were Bricklayers Labourers and Charles a labourer. They hadn't been in Canada long, as they had been listed on the 1911 United Kingdom census on 2 Apr 1911 in their father's household.

Pure speculation, of course, but it would make sense that, having arrived in Toronto around 1908, George Daniel acquired the plot in Earlscourt and built the house at number 133 Morrison Avenue in the intervening years before going back to England to claim his wife once he'd prepared a home for them. The workforce of brickies' labourers turns up a year later and they build the house at 131 Morrison Avenue ready for Dad to move into in 1912. Possibly, maybe.

George and Alice go on to have at least five children: 
  1. Daniel George Tompson born 23 May 1912 at 133 Morrison Avenue
  2. Ruth Tompson born 1915
  3. Richard Tompson born 1919
  4. Charles Gordon Tompson born 1919
  5. Walter Tompson born 1921
On the 1921 Canadian Census, George Daniel Tompson (36) is listed as living at 124 Hatherley Road, Toronto with wife Alice (41), Daniel George Tompson (9), Ruth Tompson (6), Richard and Charles Gordon Tompson both 2, were they twins? And Walter Tompson, 2 months. 


George Daniel Tompson was still listed at 124 Hatherley Road, in the Toronto Centennial City Directory in 1934. His son, Daniel George, was listed in that directory as a teacher at a York Public School. In 1938, Daniel George Tompson married Dorothy Adeline Bryant, who died in 2009, at the ripe old age of 96. There aren't many Canadian records I can access online to research this branch further, but it seems obvious there will be extensive family still in Canada.

Saturday, 24 April 2021

The Tompsons in Canada

House on the left 131 Morrison Avenue, Toronto, Canada

Family stories, at best, usually have a mere grain of truth in them, almost universally contain large measures of exaggeration and "self-aggrandisement" and sometimes, huge amounts of complete fiction. Researching family history, therefore, becomes an exercise in debunking the family myths. Some relatives are more prone to bigging themselves and their forebears up, so you learn to question (read completely disbelieve) their tales, so you could honestly have knocked me down with a feather when I found this one was mostly true.

My mother had always said that one of the Tompsons had gone to Canada and set up a business. The story wasn't without some exaggeration, as she did make it sound like they'd set up a massive corporation and given the impression that if one were to go to any place in the vast country that is Canada and mention "Tompsons" everyone would instantly know the household name - when reality was a couple of self-employed brickies - but they do turn up in Canada.

To be fair, my mother will have got this story too from her grandmother, Eliza Louisa Sweeney (née Tompson), but my mother didn't seem to know who among the Tompsons had gone to Canada and the way the story came across is that it was some very distant relative, not Eliza Louisa's own father, Dan.

R.M.S. Corsican Image: Eric Eggertson Some rights reserved

It seems Dan's son, Eliza Louisa's half-brother, George Daniel Tompson, had gone first in 1908, but on 6 Jul 1912, Dan (63), along with daughters Amelia (21) and Ellen (19), embarked in London bound for Montreal on the R.M.S. Corinthian. Strangely, they're on the passenger list under "The Salvation Army Pantel". The Profession, Occupation or Calling listed for Dan is "Farming" (nope, he was a Bricklayer) and of the girls, Domestic. (Presumably some ruse to get themselves cheap passages.) They were travelling 3rd class, or Steerage.

Then separately, on 18 Oct 1912, wife Sarah Jane (listed as 36, was actually 61), youngest daughter, Ivy (17) and Willie Thompson (8) - this has to be the "mystery" grandchild listed on the 1911 Census as William Charles Roizen - embarked in Liverpool aboard the SS Corsican, also bound for Montreal.


The family set up home in the Earlscourt neighbourhood in Toronto, settled in 1906 by labourers from the British Isles. Even in 1914 it still had a “shack town” reputation though. This article about the area, which talks of a "Building Boom", I think tells why the Tompsons went there, "The modest sized lots on empty fields appealed to those looking for affordable land, low taxes and lax building regulations." Reading between the lines, my belief is that the family acquired one of the plots and split it between father and son. George Daniel initially lived in the house on the right of the top picture, 133 Morrison Avenue and Dan settled in the house on the left, 131 Morrison Avenue. Given they were bricklayers, I reckon there's a good chance they built the houses themselves.

In the 1913 Toronto City Directory, Dan Tompson is listed at 131 Morrison Avenue, Torontoas a bricklayer

In the 1917 directory, Dan is listed at 73 Ashburnham Rd, Toronto, while son George was listed at 131 Morrison Avenue, Toronto

On the 1921 Census of Canada, Dan (72), Sarah Jane (69), Amelia Mary (31), Ellen (29), Ivy Maud (27) and Willie Christie (18) - the mystery grandson with the ever-changing surname - were all living at 131 Morrison Avenue, Toronto.

Grave of Dan Tompson at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto

Dan Tompson died on 1 Aug 1924, from "Senility". He was actually only 75. He was buried on 4 Aug 1924 at Prospect Cemetery, Section 17, Plot 509. (Plan)

They must have travelled back to the UK at some point, because on 17 Sep 1926, Amelia Mary Thompson (35) and Ellen Hoile Thompson (32), embark in Liverpool, bound for Montreal once again, on the R.M.S. Regina. Interestingly, they give their last address in the United Kingdom as c/o Mrs Sweeney, 102 Fore Street, London (my great-grandmother, their half-sister). 

Then on 19 Sep 1931, Ellen (38) and Ivy Maud (36) made the crossing from Liverpool to New York, in transit to Canada, on the R.M.S. Adriatic. They state that they are citizens of Canada. (Until 1947, settlers from Britain were considered citizens of Canada without needing to naturalize.)

Sarah Jane Tompson died on 4 Aug 1937 and was buried with her husband.

The three Tompson girls all appeared in the Toronto Centennial City Directory of 1934 at 131 Morrison Avenue, Toronto. However, in 1939, they were all living together at Way Homesteads, Broadway, Yaxley, Cambridgeshire. Amelia and Ellen were dressmakers, while Ivy was a School Teacher (Technical). 
 
On 12 Sep 1939, Probate was granted to Amelia Mary Tompson and Ivy Maud Tompson on the estates of both Dan Tompson and Sarah Jane Tompson. They left effects of £400 (worth around £26,000 today), hardly a fortune.

None of these three sisters ever married and they returned to Whittlesey.

Ellen died in 1976. She will have been 83. Amelia Mary Tompson of 81 Benwick Road, Whittlesey, died on 4 Mar 1986. She was 95. Ivy Maud Tompson of Keneydon House, 2 Delph Street, Whittlesey (a Residential Dementia care home) died on 12 Feb 1991, just eleven days before her 96th birthday.

Friday, 23 April 2021

Joseph Adcock and Sarah Cook

All Saints, Pytchley
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Joseph Adcock and Sarah Cook married, on 31 Oct 1803, at All Saints, Pytchley, Northamptonshire. Sarah was from the village, having been been baptised at the same church on 16 May 1780, the daughter of John and Sarah Cook. Joseph, had come from the market town of Wellingborough, where he was baptised at All Hallows Church, on 19 Jul 1776, the son of William Adcock. 

Joseph and Sarah had nine children, only just over half of whom survive:
  1. William Adcock bap. 25 Oct 1804 (buried 29 Jan 1805)
  2. John Cook Adcock bap. 8 Aug 1805 (buried 24 Sep 1805)
  3. Elizabeth Adcock bap. 27 Oct 1806 (buried 16 Nov 1806)
  4. Lydia Adcock bap. 12 Nov 1807 
  5. William Adcock bap. 9 Jan 1809 (buried 9 Nov 1809)
  6. Mary Adcock bap. 30 Apr 1810
  7. John Adcock bap. 28 Jul 1811
  8. James Adcock bap. 31 Dec 1812
  9. Elizabeth Adcock bap. 26 Dec 1814
On son James' marriage certificate, Joseph's profession is listed as a Baker.

Joseph Adcock died young too (38) and was buried, in Pytchley, on 26 Jul 1814.

Sarah Adcock died, aged 52, and was also buried in Pytchley, on 15 May 1832.

River Nene at Wellingborough

Edward Green and Eliza Goodman

St. Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Dr Neil Clifton - geograph.org.uk/p/688069

Edward Green and Eliza Goodman have proved to be a slippery pair, but if you read the dialogue that has come straight out of their mouths in this report of their dodgy practices, then you'd almost believe this was deliberate. 

With common enough surnames such as Green and Goodman, you'd think there would be too many records to be able to identify relevant ones, but in fact there is nothing. No marriage during their lifetimes - not in Essex, not in London, not in the world - between an Edward Green and an Eliza Goodman. Would we be surprised if this pair hadn't bothered to churchify their union? Probably not. 

It would appear though that they had five lovely daughters: 
  1. Eliza Green born in the second quarter of 1841 in Bethnal Green, mother's maiden surname Goodman. This looks like the child on the 1841 census. 
  2. Emma Green born 1847 (there is a birth registered in the 3rd quarter, in Bethnal Green, with mother's maiden surname given as Goodwin.)
  3. Mary Ann Green born 3 Jul 1849, bap. 29 Jul 1849 at St Matthew's, Bethnal Green. There was no civil birth registration for Mary Ann.
  4. Sarah Green born c. 1854/5 (from census - no birth/baptism)
  5. Eliza Louisa Green born 21 Mar 1858 in St George in the East (Mother's maiden surname Goodman.) Bap. 18 Apr 1858 at Christ Church, Jamaica Street, Stepney. Died, aged 13, in 1871 in Mile End.
So, it's only through the records of the 5th child that we can confirm with any confidence that Eliza's surname was Goodman. With the information from the 1851 census that she was purportedly from Braintree, there is a potential record of an Eliza Goodman born 8 Jan 1823, bap. 7 Sep 1823 at St Mary's, Bocking, Essex to William Goodman and Ann Stubbing (m. 1 Jan 1818). Maybe.

Edward Green was purportedly born in Shoreditch, in 1819, but I can find no record that I could identify as being convincingly relevant for his birth.

In 1841, in Anglesea Street, St Matthew, Bethnal Green, there's a weird census entry of an Edward Green (20), Cabinet Maker, not born in the county and, living with him are an Elizabeth (2) and Elizabeth (1 month). This might make sense if the first Elizabeth was 20, but it doesn't look like a mis-transcription. And Elizabeth isn't Eliza. Given the other details, I'm pretty sure this is them.

At the time of Mary Ann's baptism in 1849 they were living in Scott Street, Bethnal Green

In 1851, still living in Scott Street, Bethnal Green, we find Edward Green (32), Cabinet Maker, born in Shoreditch, with Eliza Green (28), born in Braintree, Essex, and daughter Emma Green (3). Where was Mary Ann? 

Eliza born 1841, does not appear on the census again. There is a death of an Eliza Green, aged 8 in 1850 in Bethnal Green that would correspond.

At the time of Eliza Louisa Green's baptism in 1858, the family's address is given as Chapel Street, St George in the East, which was later renamed Tait Street. We know they were already at the The King and Queen public house in 1858.

In 1861, at 25, Mary Street (same place: on the corner with Tait Street), St George in the East, there is Edward Green (40), Publican, Eliza (38), Emma (13), Mary (12), Sarah (6) and Eliza (3), as well as a Harriet Blundell (12), visitor.

Edward Green died on 22 Jun 1870, aged 50, from liver and kidney disease. 

Daughter Mary Ann, who had married in 1867, had also died in 1870.

In 1871, at Tait Street, St George in the East (still the King and Queen pub), Eliza Green (48), Widow, Licenced Victualler, is joined by now married daughter, Emma Horn (22), Barmaid, John Horn (23), Plumber, Sarah Green (17), Eliza Green (13), Eliza Thompson (2), granddaughter, Emma Horn (2), granddaughter, Edward J Horn (0), grandson, and Emily R Slade (14), General Servant.

The East London Observer in August 1875 lists Eliza Green as the outgoing licensee at the King and Queen. In 1881, Eliza is living with her daughter Sarah and her husband, Alfred James Lynch, at the Duke of Norfolk public house in Mile End Old Town. There is a death of an Eliza Green, aged 67, in 1890.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

John Henry Charles Sweeney and Susannah Harvey

John Henry Charles Sweeney
and Susannah Harvey

Image provided by Jon Gilbert, 
descendant of Rosina Sweeney

John Henry Charles Sweeney, son of John Sweeney and Anne Elizabeth Gabbaday, married Susannah Harvey, daughter of John Harvey and Esther Glede, on 6 Jul 1862 at the church of St John the EvangelistLimehouse. The bride was 16 and the groom, listed as a Seaman, will have been 23 at the time of the marriage. Witnesses were the bridegroom's father, John Sweney (sic) and the groom's sister, Mary Ann Sweeney. 

John and Susannah had eleven children: 

  1. Susannah Sweeney born 5 Jun 1862
  2. John Sweeney born 6 Apr 1864, bap. 5 May 1864 at St John the Evangelist (died 1866, aged 2)
  3. Esther Ann Sweeney born 1866 (died 1866, aged 0) 
  4. John Sweeney born 12 Dec 1867, bap. 5 Jan 1868 at St John the Evangelist.
  5. Job Sweeney born 6 Feb 1870, bap. 11 May 1871 at St John the Evangelist.
  6. Thomas Sweeney born 25 Dec 1871, bap. 15 Feb 1872 at St John the Evangelist.
  7. Henry Sweeney born 13 Jan 1874, bap. 12 Mar 1874 at St John the Evangelist.
  8. Mary May Sweeney born 1876 (died 1877, age 1)
  9. Mary Matilda Sweeney born 11 Mar 1878
  10. Charles Sweeney born 17 Jul 1880
  11. Rosina Sweney born 4 Jun 1883
Notice that the 3rd child has been named Esther Ann - these are the names of the two grandmothers, maternal first, paternal second - and I believe this is significant: there are suggestions that this is a pattern within the family. 

With three having not survived infancy, this explains the eight listed in the family bible. There are no more civil registrations to support further reputed issue.

St John the EvangelistLimehouse (bombed in 1940 and since demolished).

In 1871, John Sweeney (63), carpenter - John Henry Charles' father - is listed as the head of the household at Stephen Cottages, James Street, St Anne, Limehouse. Then there is John Henry Charles (31), labourer, wife Susan (26), daughter Susan (9), plus sons John (3) and Job (1).

In 1881, at Stephen Cottage, 1, Limehouse, Stepney, we find John (41), Dock Labourer, wife Susannah (36), daughter Susannah (18), Tailoress, John (13), Tea Packer, Job (11), Thomas (9), Henry (7), Mary (3) and Charles (0). 

In 1891, at Stephensons Cottages, Condor Street, Limehouse, Stepney, we have John (52), Labourer, Susannah (47), Job (21), Packer, Thomas (19), Labourer, Mary M (13), Charles (10) and Rosina (7).

In 1901, at Stephenson Cottages, 1, Limehouse, Stepney, are John Sweeney (63), Dock Labourer, Susannah (54), Thomas (29), General Labourer, Matilda (23), and Rosina (18), both Confectionery Packers. 

And finally, for now, in 1911, the address as 1 Stephensons Cottages, Conder St, Limehouse, with all the kids having flown the nest, there are just John Henry Charles Sweeney (71), now a Night Watchman and Susannah (65).

Susannah died in 1918, aged 72. John H C died in 1922, aged 83.

Salmon Lane, Limehouse
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Chris Whippet - geograph.org.uk/p/1114171
If we are to assume that Stephen Cottage is the same as Stephensons Cottages and that James Street, which no longer exists, was renamed to Condor/Conder St, and, as long as Conder St hasn't been moved entirely - some streets have - then Conder St is off Salmon Lane ...