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

Thursday, 27 May 2021

George Norman and Ellen Stone Snow

St Peter's Church, Tiverton

Ellen Stone, daughter of Henry William Stone and Sarah Snow and brought up by her grandparents Henry Stone and Mary Ridgeway, married George Norman (b. 19 Mar 1882), of 92 Bampton Street, Tiverton, son of James Norman and Harriet Woodland, on 11 Nov 1901, at St Peter's Church, Tiverton

The bride, who was 22, gave her address at the time of her marriage as 111 Chapel Street, Tiverton, which was the home of her aunt, Lucy Jane Bridle, only seven years older than herself, who Ellen will have been brought up with. Ellen had been a witness (bridesmaid maybe?) at Lucy's wedding in 1895.

111 Chapel Street, Tiverton (with the white door)

George and Ellen had three sons:
  1. Frank Norman born 7 Apr 1903. Frank Norman married Amy Cleeve, in Tiverton, in 1924. In 1939, they were living at No 3 Council House, Uplowman, Devon with their two children: William George Norman (b. 4 Apr 1924, d. 5 Mar 2000) and Doris E Norman (later Hutchings) (b. 26 Oct 1926). Frank Norman died on 9 Jun 1976, aged 73. Frank Norman is buried in St. Peter's Churchyard, Uplowman. Amy Norman died on 8 Jan 1992, aged 89 and is buried with her husband.
  2. George James Norman born 16 May 1909, bap. 17 May 1909 at the Tiverton, Wesleyan Methodist Church. (Buried 22 May 1909.)
  3. William Henry Norman born 16 May 1909, bap. 17 May 1909 at the Tiverton, Wesleyan Methodist Church. (Buried 5 Aug 1909.)
The mother's maiden name on all three births was given as Stone.

Growing up, Ellen's father's younger brother Francis (Frank), would also have been around, which is probably who her first son was named for. 

The twins, the first pair I've found in the family, it seems clear that they were in fear for their lives from the outset, because having them baptised at one day old looks excessively quick under any other circumstances. George James, named for his father and paternal grandfather, was indeed only a few days old when he died. William Henry, named for his paternal grandfather and great-grandfather, died at the age of 11 weeks. Both were buried at Uplowman.

Tiverton : Tiverton Methodist Church
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In 1911, George Norman (29) Waggoner on Farm, wife Ellen (31) and son Frank (8) were living at Wallflower Cottage, Halberton.

Ellen Norman died on 18 Mar 1852, aged 73. She is buried at Uplowman

George Norman died on 6 Apr 1953, aged 71. He is buried with his wife.

What will we do with a drunken sailor?

You honestly couldn't make this up, and fulfilling every stereotype in the book, Irish. Sailor. Drunk. On 1 Sep 1875, Nicholas Jones, Seaman (he is brother of my great-grandfather, David Jones - himself a frequent-flier in the courts), appeared in court as a Defendant in Queenstown (Cobh)

We discover, in a report in the Cork Constitution (newspaper) of 2 Sep 1875, of the previous day's  Queenstown Petty Sessions, the following item:
"Nicholas Jones for breaking a window in the house of Mrs Cotter, publican, Harbour Row, was fined 7s 6d., compensation, and 5s. additional for being drunk."

The actual summons details that Nicholas was "Found drunk on the highway, town of Queenstown on the 3rd August 1875." It went on to say he "Wilfully committed damage to [unreadable] a pane of glass the property of Complainant [Catherine Cotter, Widow] value seven shillings and [unreadable] pence."

"Defendant to pay a fine of five shillings + costs one shilling, or in default to be imprisoned for seven days in the County Jail. Said defendant to pay Catherine Cotter the sum of seven shillings compensation for breaking said pane of glass + costs 6d." (I can't tell whether he paid up or had to do the porridge.)

As 'him indoors' speculated, he may well have been drunk inside the premises, thrown out through said window and then charged for 'wilfully' breaking it! 

(12s 6d = 75p is worth about £90 in 2021.)

Sing along: Drunken' Sailor - Irish Rovers

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

George Fuller and Eliza Ellen Hockley

St. Helens and St. Giles Church, Rainham
Max Naylor, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

George Fuller, son of James William Fuller and Maria Phillips, married Eliza Ellen Hockley, daughter of James Hockley and Elizabeth Wilton at St Helen and St GilesRainham on 25 Dec 1894. Eliza's parents had married on Christmas Day too, 24 years previously, in Great Dunmow. One wonders if this was a romantic tradition or, more like, it was the only day that labourers could get off.

The only part of my family history I knew anything at all (and then not much) about growing up was this baker's dozen. In order, with dates, as follows: 
  1. Annie Elizabeth Fuller born 17 Feb 1895, bap. 28 Mar 1895. (Died aged 16 months and was buried, on 1 Jul 1896, at Rainham.)
  2. George Fuller born 12 Jun 1896, bap. 17 Jul 1896
  3. Ada Fuller born 27 Oct 1897, bap. 7 Jan 1898
  4. Emily Fuller born 31 Dec 1899, bap. 4 Feb 1900
  5. Elizabeth Fuller born 22 Mar 1901, bap. 5 May 1901
  6. Daisy Fuller born 15 Jan 1903, bap. 19 Apr 1903
  7. Eliza Fuller born 18 Sep 1905, bap. 23 Nov 1911
  8. May Fuller born 2 Nov 1906, bap. 23 Nov 1911
  9. John Fuller born 9 Jan 1908, bap. 23 Nov 1911
  10. James Fuller born 2 Feb 1910, bap. 23 Nov 1911
  11. Florence Fuller born 15 Oct 1911, bap. 23 Nov 1911
  12. Ellen Fuller born 21 Nov 1914
  13. Rose Fuller born 24 May 1917
They go to all the trouble of that bulk baptism catch-up in 1911, then, it seems, did not baptise either Ellen or Rose. (Records online go up to 1920.)

Back row (L-R): May, John (Jack), James (Jim), Florence (Flo) and Eliza (Lili)
Front row: Rose, Ellen, Ada, Elizabeth (Bet) and Daisy.

In 1901, in Cowper Road, Rainham, we find, George Fuller (34) Wharfe Labourer, Eliza (25), George (4), Ada (3), Emily (1) and Baby Fuller (0) - love that. Also staying with them then was Emily Hockley (17), Eliza's sister.

And in 1911 at White Cottages, Rainham (a.k.a. Whitepost Cottages), there are George Fuller (44) Farm Labourer, Eliza (35), George (14), Ada (13), Emily (11), Elizabeth (10), Daisy (8), Eliza (5), May (4), John (3) and James (1). 

One of the reasons for getting all these ducks in a row now is in anticipation of the release of the 1921 Census early next year - certainly the last one we'll see in my lifetime - so it won't be long before we can see the next instalment.

Eliza Ellen Fuller (née Hockley)
George Fuller, of 150 Upminser Road, Rainham, died, aged 65, on 12 Nov 1931 at 1 Oldchurch Road, Romford, which was, of course, the address of the former Oldchurch Hospital (and before that Romford Union Workhouse). Cause of death was listed as, "(1) a Haemorrhage & Rupture of Aneurysm of left Iliac Artery. (2) Atheroma." G. Fuller, son, of 6 East Close, Rainham was present. 

In 1939, Eliza Ellen Fuller was living with daughter, Flo Wilson, at 1 Pinewood Avenue, Rainham. Eliza Ellen Fuller died on 30 May 1953, aged 77 and is interred in Rainham Cemetery, Grave number 491 Section B.

[In case you're worried, I won't be listing the next generations online, other than those directly related to me, because I know some of you are reading this!]

Monday, 24 May 2021

James William Fuller and Maria Phillips

St Mary, High Road, South Woodford - East end
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © John Salmon - geograph.org.uk/p/2975185

James William Fuller, son of Robert Fuller and Elizabeth Ann Bradley, married Maria Phillips, daughter of Isaac Phillips and Caroline Elizabeth Taylor on 9 Oct 1859 in Woodford. James' grandparents, Robert Fuller and Elizabeth Bass, had married in the previous, medieval, incarnation of this church, but this time the marriage will have taken place in the building, from 1816, that stands today. Unusual for the wedding to take place in the groom's parish.

James and Maria had nine children, baptised in RainhamSt Helen and St Giles:
  1. William James Fuller born 1860, bap. 6 Sep 1860
  2. Emily Elizabeth Fuller born 1862, bap. 30 Nov 1862
  3. James Fuller born 1864, bap. 27 Nov 1864
  4. George Fuller born 19 Oct 1866, bap. 18 Nov 1866
  5. John Fuller born 1869, bap. 31 Jan 1869
  6. Frederick Fuller born 1871, bap. 4 Jun 1871
  7. Elizabeth Fuller born 1873, bap. 7 Sep 1873
  8. Annie Fuller born 1876, bap. 5 Mar 1876 (died at the age of 9 months and was buried, on 12 Nov 1876, at St Helen and St Giles)
  9. Alfred Robert Fuller born 1880, bap. 8 Aug 1880
[There was a tenth child, Ellen Fuller, born 1867, attributed to this family. However, checking the GRO, the mother's maiden name is listed as WHITTAM. The child's baptism, on 8 Dec 1867, which was in Upminster, lists the mother's first name - Eliza. There was a marriage of a James Fuller to an Eliza Witham, in South Weald, in 1855. Most likely, these were the unfortunate Ellen's parents. This child died, aged 1, in 1868 and was buried on 11 Oct 1868 at St Helen and St Giles, Rainham. So she isn't one of ours. Enough others were.]

In 1861, James Fuller (25) Agricultural Labourer, Maria (23) and their 3 month old son, William were listed at Cottage, Rainham, Essex. Hope nobody wanted to find anyone from the vague addresses on some of these censuses!

In 1871, in Back Street, Rainham, we find James Fuller (36) Ag Lab, Maria (34), William (11), Emily (9), James (7), George (5), John (2) and Frederick (0). 

In 1881, address now upgraded to Village Back Street, Rainham, we have James Fuller (46) Ag Lab, Maria (43), sons James (17), George (15), John (13) all Ag Labs, Frederick (10) and Elizabeth (8) were at school and, Alfred (0).

And in the same place in 1891, James Fuller (57) Ag Lab, Maria (53) and just George (24) and Alfred (11) still at home. They've taken in two lodgers instead: Charles Valentine (24) and David Joslin (46), both Ag Labs.

In 1901, James Fuller (66) Farm Labourer, Maria (64) and just Alfred (20) Ag Lab still at home with one boarder, Albert Hardcastle (26) Farm Labourer.

In 1911, their address given as Mitchells Cottages, Rainham, there is James William Fuller (77) no longer working, wife Maria (74). Their boarder, Albert Hardcastle (36), was still in residence and had become a Platelayer on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway.

James Fuller died, aged 76, in 1911.

Maria Fuller died in 1919, aged 81.

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Thomas Phillips and Mary Ann Wright

St Margaret’s Church, Barking
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Thomas Phillips, son of Joseph Phillips and Ann Clarke and elder brother of Isaac Phillips, had married Mary Ann Wright on 23 Apr 1826 at St Margaret's Church, Barking, where his brother married six years later. The census records from 1841 to 1881, show these brothers were living next door to one another. 

Thomas and Mary Ann had six children, all of whom were also baptised at the church of St Helen and St GilesRainham:
  1. Hester Maria Phillips bap. 8 Mar 1829
  2. William Thomas Phillips bap. 21 Aug 1831
  3. Richard Wilkinson Phillips bap. 16 Mar 1834
  4. Angelina Caroline Phillips born 1837, bap. 1 Sep 1837
  5. Ellen Jane Eliza Phillips born 1841, bap. 31 Jan 1841
  6. Joseph Phillips born 1844, bap. 3 Mar 1844
Again, the use of Wilkinson as a second name makes me think this is probably Mary Ann's mother's maiden name. And the fact that they named a son Joseph in 1844, also makes me more convinced that the death of a Joseph Phillips in Orsett in that same year, was indeed Thomas and Isaac's father.

In 1841, in Rainham, living next-door to his brother Isaac, is Thomas Phillips (35) Ag Lab, Mary (35), Hester (12), William (10), Richard (8), Angelina (4) and Ellen (0). Living with them are an Esther Wilkinson (40) who I would guess is a relative of Mary Ann's; Martha Ward (50) and William Marlow (35) Ag Lab.

In 1851, address listed as Upminster Road, Rainham, there are Thomas Phillips (46) Ag Lab, Mary Ann (45), William Thomas (19) Ag Lab, Richard (17) Ag Lab, Angelina (13), Ellen (10) and Joseph (7). They have two lodgers: Edmund Earnel (38) and Hezekiah Dowset (26), both Ag Labs.

In 1861, Thomas Phillips (56) Ag Lab, at Fran House, Cottage, Rainham, with Mary Ann (55) and just Joseph (17) Ag Lab still at home. So a third lodger: James Wood (32), George Whitbread (22) and John Simpson (18), Ag Labs.

In 1871 at Back Street Cottage, Rainham, Thomas Phillips (66) Ag Lab, Mary (65) have Mary Ann Searles (12) and William Searles (10), granddaughter and grandson, living with them. (Angelina had married a George Searls in 1858.)

Then in 1881, at the now infamous Village Back Street, Rainham, Thomas Phillips (75) General Labourer and Mary (74), have their grandson Edward Turben (22) Labourer in Manure Factory, living with them, as well as James Whiting (22) and Alfred Whiting (19), lodgers. (Edward Turben was the son of Ellen Jane Eliza Phillips, who had married Henry Turben in 1858.)

Mary Ann Phillips died, aged 77 and was buried on 30 Mar 1884 in Rainham.

Thomas Phillips died, aged 81, and was buried on 21 Jul 1887.

Isaac Phillips and Caroline Elizabeth Taylor

St Margaret, The Broadway, Barking - Chancel
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Isaac Phillips, son of Joseph Phillips and Ann Clarke, married Caroline Elizabeth Taylor on 16 Sep 1832 at St Margaret's Church, Barking. Isaac and Caroline had 12 children. Those baptised were at St Helen and St GilesRainham:
  1. Henry Phillips bap. 29 Sep 1833 
  2. Isaac Phillips bap. 16 Apr 1835 
  3. Maria Phillips born 19 Aug 1837 (unnamed on GRO reg), bap. 17 Sep 1837
  4. James Davis Phillips, born 1841, bap. 26 Jan 1841 (buried 31 Jan 1841)
  5. Alfred Davis Phillips born 1842, bap. 14 Aug 1842 (died in 1842, age 0)
  6. Jacob Phillips born 1844, bap. 26 Mar 1844
  7. Rebecca Phillips born 1846, bap. 13 Aug 1846
  8. Abraham Phillips born 1849, bap. 23 Feb 1849
  9. Anne Phillips born 1851 (no mention beyond GRO reg)
  10. Thomas Phillips born 1854
  11. Hester Phillips born 1857
  12. Alfred Phillips born 1861
The use of Davis as a middle name for both James [iv] and then Alfred [v] leads me to believe that this may have been Caroline's mother's maiden name - it's a convention I've seen used frequently by the Wiltons and the Thompsons too in this period - however, I've been unable to find Caroline's baptism, nor a marriage between a Taylor and a Davis that I could confidently accept. 

In 1841, the family, living in Rainham, consists of Isaac Phillips (25) Ag Lab, Caroline (25), Henry (8), Isaac (6) and Maria (4). Also living with them are Elizabeth Parker (75) and Mary Taylor (60). The 1841 census doesn't give us relationships, but could this latter have been Caroline's mother? 

Rebecca's baptism record in 1846 lists her father's occupation as Shepherd.

In 1851, in the Upminster Road, Rainham, we find Isaac Phillips (38) Shepherd, Caroline Phillips (38) birthplace listed as Woolwich, Kent; with children: Henry (17) Ag Lab, Isaac (15) Ag lab, Maria (13), Jacob (7), Rebecca (5) and Abraham (2). They also had a lodger, Henry Neville (18), also an Ag Lab.

In 1861, with their address listed as Fran House, Cottage, Rainham, there are Isaac Phillips (48) Ag Lab, Caroline (48), Jacob (17) Ag Lab, Rebecca (14), Abraham (12) Ag Lab, Thomas (7) Ag Lab, Esther (sic) (4) and Alfred (0). 

Yes, got 'em working as young as seven!

In 1871, at Back Street Cottage, Rainham (Back Lane/Street becoming part of Upminster Road, these different addresses are probably all the same place), this time are Isaac Phillips (58) Ag Lab, Caroline (58), Thomas (17) Ag Lab, Hester (14) Domestic Servant and Alfred (10) Ag Lab.

Caroline Elizabeth Phillips died, aged 67, and was buried on 31 Oct 1880 in Rainham.

In 1881, still in the Village Back Street, Rainham, Isaac Phillips (68), widower, Ag Lab, is living with his daughter, Esther (sic) (24) as his housekeeper.

But in 1891, Isaac Phillips (76), widower, Field Labourer, is listed as an Inmate at the Workhouse in Romford. He was still resident at the Romford Union House (later Oldchurch Hospital) at the time of his death the following year, 1892, aged 78. He was buried, on 5 Nov 1892, in Rainham.

Oldchurch Hospital, Romford
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Saturday, 22 May 2021

Joseph Phillips and Ann Clarke

St Mary Magdalene, North Ockendon - East end
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Joseph Phillips married Ann Clarke at St Mary Magdalene churchNorth Ockendon on 12 Jan 1801, the first ancestors I've found in this branch.

Joseph and Ann had at least five sons:
  1. James Phillips bap. 12 Feb 1804 (buried 21 Nov 1804) both at St. NicholasSouth Ockendon
  2. Thomas Phillips bap. 25 May 1806 at St. NicholasSouth Ockendon
  3. James Phillips bap. 17 Jul 1808 at St. NicholasSouth Ockendon (buried 2 Oct 1814 at St Michael, Aveley)
  4. William Phillips born 25 Dec 1810, bap. 20 Jan 1811 at St Michael's, Aveley. (There is a burial of a William Phillips, aged 31, on 25 Apr 1841 in Rainham that may relate.)
  5. Isaac Phillips bap. 26 Dec 1813 at St Giles & All SaintsOrsett
It's also possible that there was a sixth child, as there's a burial of a Joseph Phillips, aged 5, in Aveley, on 3 Dec 1815 (so also born 1810). However, I haven't been able to find a baptism to confirm he belonged to this family.

There is a death of a Joseph Phillips in 1844, in Orsett, aged 67. 

Haven't been able to find out for certain when Ann died, but there was a burial of an Ann Phillips (37) in Grays Thurrock on 18 Apr 1819. Then in 1841, there is a Joseph Phillips of the right age (65) with a wife Susan (50), Eliza Phillips (20) and Emma Phillips (1) in West Thurrock, Orsett, so perhaps he remarried.

Robert Fuller and Elizabeth Ann Bradley

St Mary the Virgin, Chigwell
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Robert Fuller, eldest son of Robert Fuller and Elizabeth Bass, married Elizabeth Ann Bradley, eldest child, daughter of Henry Bradley and Mary Thompson, on 9 Apr 1832, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Chigwell. 

Robert and Elizabeth Ann had a dozen children: 
  1. Eliza Fuller born 1832 (only mentioned on 1841 census)
  2. James William Fuller bap. 16 Mar 1834 in Chigwell
  3. Ann Fuller born 1837 (died, aged 10 and buried on 14 Feb 1847)
  4. Emily Fuller bap. 7 Apr 1839 at Woodford, St Mary the Virgin
  5. Samuel Thomas Fuller born 1841, bap. 25 Jul 1841
  6. Elizabeth Ann Fuller born 1843, bap. 8 Oct 1843
  7. William Robert Fuller born 1845, bap. 21 Dec 1845
  8. Robert Fuller bap. 19 Mar 1848 in Chigwell
  9. George Fuller bap. 19 Jan 1851 at Woodford, St Mary the Virgin
  10. Anne Fuller born 1853, bap. (as Annie) on 23 Jan 1853
  11. Jane Ann Fuller born 1855 (died, aged 5, and buried on 11 May 1860)
  12. Mary Ann Fuller bap. 12 Sep 1858
In 1841, living at Woodford Bridge Flant, are Robert Fuller (25) Ag Lab, Elizabeth (25), Eliza (9), James (7), Ann (4) and Emily (2).

In 1851, at Winn Bridge, Woodford, West Ham, we find Robert Fuller (39) Ag Lab, Elizabeth (36), James Fuller (17) Ag Lab, Emma (Emily?) (12), Samuel (9), Elizabeth (7), William (5), Robert (3) and George (0).

The next time we see them is in 1871, in Woodford Bridge, West Ham, with Robert Fuller (59), Elizabeth Ann (56), George (20), Ann (18), Mary Ann (12) and Emily Eliza (2). Although Emily Eliza is listed on that census as a "Daughter" relative to the head of the household, the birth certificate shows that her mother is Annie Fuller, then of Nightingale Place, Wanstead. No father's name is listed, so clearly an illegitimate child, being brought up by the grandparents. 

By 1881, they've moved to 1 Essex Cottages, Maynard RoadWalthamstow. Robert Fuller (70) still an Agricultural Labourer, Elizabeth Fuller (66) Laundress, Mary Ann (22), Ada Fuller (9) Granddaughter (this will be Annie's second illegitimate daughter) and Charles Berwick (23) Boarder. 

Robert Fuller died in 1882, aged 72.

In 1891, widow, Elizabeth Ann Fuller (78) Retired Laundress, is living alone at 13 Brunswick Street, Walthamstow. (Although, separately, there appear to be two other households also living at the same address.)

Elizabeth Ann Fuller died in West Ham in 1898, aged 84.

13 Brunswick Street, Walthamstow

Henry Bradley and Mary Thompson

St Mary's Church, Chigwell in Essex (left), and Ye Olde King's Head pub (right), reputed to be the model for the Maypole Inn in Charles Dickens's Barnaby RudgeImage extracted from "The Eastern Counties Railway Illustrated Guide". Original held and digitised by the British Library. 

Henry Bradley, son of  Thomas Bradley and Sarah Garton, had actually married Mary Chapman, in Chigwell, on 19 May 1810, but that Mary Bradley, aged 22, was buried, also in Chigwell, on 2 Aug 1812. Henry Bradley, widowed, then remarried, again in Chigwell, on 12 Sep 1813 to Mary Thompson

Ah well, at least he wasn't going to get their names confused!

Henry Bradley and Mary Thompson had at least eight children:
  1. Elizabeth Ann Bradley born 29 Oct 1814, bap. 20 Nov 1814 at St Mary the Virgin, Woodford
  2. Sarah Anne Bradley bap. 29 Apr 1816 at St Mary the Virgin, Woodford
  3. Thomas Bradley bap. 22 Jun 1817. A note on this baptism record says, "Whilst St Mary Woodford Was Being Repaired, The Ceremony Of Baptism Was Performed At St Mary Wanstead."
  4. Ann Bradley bap. 20 Sep 1818
  5. Ann Bradley bap. 30 Jan 1820
  6. James Bradley bap. 2 May 1824
  7. Henry Bradley bap. 8 Jan 1826
  8. Eliza Bradley bap. 13 Apr 1828
The baptism records all list Henry's occupation and Labourer and several of them also list the family's residence as Grange Hill, Chigwell, Woodford.

In 1841, address listed as Grange Hill, Chigwell, Epping, are Henry Bradley (50) Ag Lab, Mary (45), James (15), Henry (15) and Elizabeth (14) - Eliza?

The 1851 Census lists Henry Bradley (63) Ag Lab, birthplace Woodford Bridge and Mary Bradley (54) born in Takeley, Essex, living at King William, Chigwell Horse Lane, Epping. I'm sure Chigwell Horse Lane became Chigwell Road/High Road and wonder if the previous name was to distinguish it from other lanes that weren't even fit for horses? All joking aside, meaning the main thoroughfare that passes coaching inns, such as the King's Head will have been.

Mary Bradley died, aged 65, and was buried on 29 Jan 1860 in Chigwell.

Henry Bradley died, aged 74, and was buried on 30 Mar 1862, again in Chigwell.

Friday, 21 May 2021

Thomas Bradley and Sarah Garton

Woodford, Essex
This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material
which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth.


Thomas Bradley married Sarah Garton on 6 Jan 1789 in Woodford. The earliest ancestors in this branch, records suggest that Thomas was born in 1766 and that Sarah was born in 1767. There is a Sarah Garton, baptised on 18 Feb 1770, daughter of John and Elizabeth Garton, in Woodford who could relate. 

Thomas and Sarah had at least eight children:
  1. Henry Bradley bap. 1 Nov 1789 in Woodford
  2. Sarah Bradley bap. 22 Apr 1792 in Chigwell
  3. Elizabeth Bradley bap. 19 Oct 1794 in Chigwell
  4. Catherine Bradley bap. 31 Jul 1796 in Chigwell
  5. Elizabeth Bradley bap. 8 Mar 1799 in Chigwell
  6. UNNAMED Bradley bap. 27 Jun 1802 in Chigwell
  7. Mary Bradley bap. 5 Feb 1804 in Chigwell
  8. John Bradley born 15 May 1809, bap. 30 Jul 1809 in Chigwell
The first Elizabeth, born 1794, likely died, hence naming another child Elizabeth in 1799. The 1802 child may well have been baptised posthumously.

Thomas Bradley died, aged 48, and was buried on 20 Feb 1814 in Chigwell.

Sarah Bradley died, aged 79, and was buried on 15 Nov 1846 also in Chigwell.

Robert Fuller and Elizabeth Bass

St Mary, High Road, South Woodford
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Robert Fuller married Elizabeth Bass on 28 Nov 1807 at St Mary's Church, Woodford. It should be noted however that, as the current church was built in 1816, their marriage will have taken place in the previous medieval church that had stood in this location. They may have seen this building going up. 

There are records for seven children that can be attributed to this couple:

  1. Elizabeth Fuller bap. 30 Apr 1809
  2. Robert Fuller bap. 23 Jun 1811
  3. Mary Fuller born 25 Feb 1814, bap. 20 Mar 1814
  4. Sarah Fuller bap. 1 Sep 1816
  5. John Fuller bap. 17 Oct 1819
  6. Eliza Ann bap. 21 Jul 1822
  7. Ann Fuller bap. 31 Oct 1824
In 1841, Robert Fuller (50) Ag Lab, Elizabeth Fuller (50) and their two youngest daughters, Eliza (15) and Ann (15) - as with all 1841 entries, ages very rounded - were listed as living at Winn BridgeWoodford St Mary, West Ham.
Winn Bridge. This is where a stream – the Wynn Brook – joins the Roding. The bridge was passed to the Middlesex and Essex turnpike trust, and then the county in 1872.

Robert Fuller died, aged 60, and was buried in Woodford on 22 Feb 1846.

Elizabeth Fuller died, aged 65, and was buried on 12 Jan 1851. 

These are the earliest ancestors [so far] in this branch of the tree. Both Robert and Elizabeth were born around 1786, but I've not been able to identify baptisms for either of them. There are also potentially two further children, but I'm not convinced enough that they belong to this family to include them. Being younger (only 10 and 12), they would have been on that census too - unless they had died as infants and I've not found deaths or burials to confirm that - and, in any case, the naming pattern does not seem right for the family.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

James Hockley and Elizabeth Wilton

St Mary, Great Dunmow
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James Hockley, son of George Hockley and Eliza Crow, married Elizabeth Wilton, daughter of Richard Wilton and Catherine Byatt at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow on 25 Dec 1870. The groom was 20, the bride claimed to be 19, but was 23. :) James' occupation, as well as that of both George and Richard is recorded as Labourer. We know from at least three sources (1841 census, his own marriage in 1843, as well as his death certificate) that Richard Wilton was a harness maker. As Richard had died in 1858, when Elizabeth was only around 11, she either didn't know or had forgotten (and probably couldn't read what was written anyway), so I can see how this error became perpetuated.

James and Elizabeth Hockley set about repopulating Essex:

  1. Alice Catherine Wilton born 1869 in Great Dunmow
  2. George James Hockley born 1871 in Great Dunmow,
    bap. 30 Mar 1884 at St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch
  3. Charles Stephen Hockley born 1874 in Poplar,
    bap. 30 Mar 1884 at St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch
  4. Eliza Ellen Hockley born 15 Apr 1876 in Romford,
    bap. 28 Aug 1881 at St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch.
  5. William Hockley born 1878 (died 1880, aged 1)
  6. John Harry Hockley born 25 Jul 1881,
    bap. 28 Aug 1881 at St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch
  7. Emily Hockley born 1884,
    bap. 30 Mar 1884 at St Andrew's Church, Hornchurch
  8. Frederick Hockley born 1886 (mother's maiden name as Wilson)
  9. Alfred Albert Hockley born 1888
  10. Joseph Hockley born 1892 (died 1892, aged 0)
  11. Florence Hockley born 1894
In 1871, James Hockley (20) Labourer, and Elizabeth Hockley (21 ish) were living on the Braintree Road, Great Dunmow. The two year old Alice, meanwhile, was next-door-but-one with her grandmother, Catherine Eldred.

Certainly in 1874 they were in Poplar where Charles Stephen Hockley was born. Elizabeth's mother, Catherine Eldred, was living in Poplar at around that time.

By 1881, James (29) and Elizabeth (28) were living in South End Road, Hornchurch, with Alice Hockley (14) - now using James' surname? [1] - George Hockley (11), Charles Hockley (9) birthplace given as Bromley - this was Bromley-by-Bow, Poplar - and Eliza E Hockley (4).
[1] Alice being listed with the surname Hockley on this census may NOT mean that she used it normally, nor does it infer that James Hockley is her father. It could just be the enumerator going mad with the ditto marks, or an assumption, or simply that it wasn't challenged.
In 1891 at 3, Spring Cottages, High Street, Rainham (the census shows that these and White Post cottages were next to South Hall Farm on the Wennington Road), are James Hockley (39) Agricultural Labourer, Elizabeth (37), George (19), Charles (17), Eliza (15), Harry (9), Emily (7), Frederick (5) and Alfred (3).

In 1901, still at 3, Spring Cottages, James Hockley (48) is now Foreman on Farm. With him are wife Elizabeth (44) still getting younger - I make her 54 - Harry Hockley (19) Horseman on Farm, Frederick Hockley (15) Horseman on Farm, Alfred Hockley (13) Attending School and Florence Hockley (6).

In 1911, James Hockley (63) has become the Bailiff on Farm (Farm bailiff) with Elizabeth (56), Frederick (25), Alfred Albert (23) and Florence (17).

Elizabeth Hockley died in 1924. She was 77.

James Hockley died in 1936. He was 87.

South Hall Farmhouse, Rainham
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John Byatt and Jane Stokes

All Saints, Little Canfield - Chancel
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John Byatt (bap. 3 May 1778 in Elsenham), son of John Byatt and Sarah Pewter (m. 17 Nov 1775 in Elsenham), married Jane Stokes, daughter of Robert Stokes and Susanna Judd, on 24 Nov 1800 at All Saints, Little Canfield.

John and Jane Byatt's children, baptised in Little Canfield, were:
  1. Susanna Byatt bap. 11 Jun 1803
  2. Jane Byatt bap. 9 Jun 1811
  3. William Byatt bap. 6 Mar 1814
  4. John Byatt bap 3 Oct 1819
  5. Catherine Byatt bap. 4 Apr 1824
  6. George Byatt bap. 30 Sep 1827
In 1841, John Byatt (65) Labourer, Jane Byatt (56), George Byatt (13) and Jane's widowed mother, Susan Stokes (78) were living in Hickeys Lane, Little Canfield. Living next door to them was son William Byatt.

John Byatt died, aged 80, and was buried on 14 Jan 1858 in Little Canfield.

In 1861, Jane Byatt (79) was living at 6, High Canfield Lane, Little Canfield.

Jane Byatt died and was buried, on 10 Aug 1866, at All Saints, Little Canfield.

Robert Stokes and Susanna Judd

St Mary, Great Canfield - East end
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Robert Stokes (bap. 28 Apr 1765), son of Robert and Prudence Stokes of Great Dunmow, married Susanna Judd (bap. 24 Jun 1764), daughter of John and Susanna Judd, on 20 Apr 1784 at her parish of St Mary, Great Canfield. 

Robert and Susanna had five children:
  1. Jane Stokes bap. 29 Aug 1784 in Great Canfield
  2. John Stokes bap. 5 Nov 1786 in Great Canfield
  3. William Stokes bap. 8 Nov 1789 in Great Canfield
  4. Joseph Stokes bap. 25 Sep 1792 in Great Canfield
  5. James Stokes bap. 28 Aug 1796 in Little Canfield
Robert Stokes died, aged 75, and was buried on 11 Aug 1840.

In 1841, the widowed Susan Stokes was living with her daughter, Jane Byatt, in Hickeys Lane, Little Canfield. Susan Stokes died and was buried, on 1 Mar 1852, at All Saints, Little Canfield. She will have been 88.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

George Hockley and Eliza Crow

St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow, Essex - Chancel
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George Hockley, son of Daniel Hockley and Sophia Mason, married Eliza Crow, daughter of William Crow and Judith Doe on 6 Nov 1843 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow. The record of the marriage shows that George, as well as both fathers' were labourers and witnesses were John and Jane Burton.

George and Eliza's children included: 

  1. William Crow bap. 17 Nov 1842 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow [1]
  2. Tamer (sic) Hockley born 1844 (Tamar as a female given name) [2]
  3. Daniel Hockley born 1845, bap. 12 May 1850 [3]
  4. Elizabeth Hockley born 1847, bap. 9 Aug 1857 
  5. James Hockley born 24 Apr 1849, bap. 10 Jun 1849
  6. Emma Hockley born 1851, bap 13 Apr 1851
  7. Lucy Hockley born 1852, bap. 8 Aug 1852
  8. Charles Hockley born 1854, bap. 9 Jul 1854
  9. Alice Hockley born 1855, bap. 11 Nov 1855
  10. Sarah Ann Hockley born 1857, bap. 9 Aug 1857
[1] William son of Eliza Crow, Single Woman was baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow on 17 Nov 1842. Her address at the time was given as "Dunmow Union House", i.e. the workhouse. William was reputedly born in 1840, but his age on the 1861 census suggests he was born in 1842 also. He appears not to have been George Hockley's son in that he doesn't take his surname. (There was a record of a death of a William Crow (29) in Romford, in 1871 - which would put his birth in 1842 too - and buried on 20 Dec 1871 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley. It's possible that this was him.)

[2] Tamer's birth is listed at the GRO with the mother's maiden name as Crow, but there are no further mentions of her, nor baptism, nor record of a death. 

[3] The only Daniel Hockley registered in Dunmow in 1845 has the mother's maiden name listed at the GRO as "Cross". This could be an error.

George Hockley died, aged just 42, from the all-too-common cause at that time, Phthisis (Tuberculosis (TB)) and was buried on 17 Jul 1857.

In 1861, we find widow, Eliza Hockley (40), still living at Halfway House, Great Dunmow with sons, William Crow (19) and Daniel Hockley (14), both Agricultural Labourers, seemingly supporting their mother and their younger siblings: Elizabeth Hockley (12), James Hockley (10), Emma Hockley (8), Lucy Hockley (7), Charles Hockley (6), Alice Hockley (5) and Sarah (3). 

In 1871, at High Street, Park Corner, Great Dunmow, there are Eliza Hockley (39) - erm, nope, she was 50 - Charwoman, with Charles Hockley (16) Farm Lab and Sarah Hockley (12) Domestic Servant.

On 20 Apr 1872, Eliza Hockley, daughter of William Crow, Labourer, married William Bloomfield, widower, son of Robert Bloomfield, in Felsted

In 1881, William Bloomfield (62) Blacksmith, born in Dunwich, Suffolk, and Eliza Bloomfield (55), are living at Cottage Farm, Banister Green, Felstead.

In 1891, William (73) and Eliza Bloomfield (64) are at Cock Green, Felstead. 

William Bloomfield died, aged 76, in 1893. 

In 1901, Eliza Bloomfield (75) widow living on children, is in the Village, Felsted.

Eliza Bloomfield died in 1906. She will have been 86.

William Crow and Judith Doe

St Mary's, Great Canfield, Essex

William Crow married Judith Doe, daughter of Henry Doe and Elizabeth Stones, on 17 Mar 1814 in Great Canfield. Of that much, I'm sure. I think. Otherwise, this family is causing me the most trouble I've had with any of them so far.

There are, confusingly, several people in the area called William Crow, born around 1791, as our William Crow was. One of the others was born in Little Waltham, in 1791, who I can trace, later appearing in other places, so I know that one is definitely not our man. Unfortunately, on some websites online, the distinction has not been spotted and the two clearly conflated. Likewise with children: There is at least one other marriage of a William Crow and a Judith. In the other case, the wife's maiden name is Hay. However, I've found no less than 17 children attached to William Crow and Judith Doe in one location and detached one because the mother's name was clearly given as Judith Hay. Most, however, just list her as Judith, so it's not proving easy to separate them. 

Here are the ones I am pretty confident about: 
  1. Elizabeth Crow bap. 7 Aug 1814 in Great Dunmow
  2. William Crow bap. 24 Dec 1816 in Great Canfield
  3. Henry Crow bap. 6 Apr 1817 in Great Canfield
  4. Charlotte Crow bap. 25 Apr 1819 in Great Dunmow
  5. Eliza Crowe (sic) bap. 18 Jun 1820 in Great Dunmow
  6. Stephen Crow born 1837 (see 1861 census below)
Haven't been able to find them in 1841 and the 1851 Census returns for both Great and Little Dunmow are missing.

In 1861, we find William Crow (70) Agricultural Labourer, wife Judith (69) and son Stephen Crow (24) Agricultural Labourer living at Philpot End, Great Dunmow. The location is consistent with where we know these families were living and, equidistant to the churches at Great Canfield or Great Dunmow. 

There are other children who could fit into that gap between 1820 and 1837, but I cannot actually link any of them with any confidence until I can identify more precise locations of births or baptisms. The other thought that crosses my mind with 1837 being so late, is that Stephen could be a 'mid life surprise' or equally a daughter's son, being brought up as the grandparent's offspring to hide an illegitimacy, although that doesn't seem to have bothered people half as much as our modern sensibilities imagine it did, even in Victorian times. 

It appears this William Crow died in the last quarter of 1861, in Great Dunmow.

Judith Crow died and was buried on 20 Feb 1868 in Great Dunmow.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Henry Doe and Elizabeth Doe

All Saints Church, Little Canfield, Essex

Henry Doe (bap. 20 Sep 1778), son of Henry Doe and Elizabeth Stones, married Elizabeth Doe at All Saints Church, Little Canfield in 1799. Either there were a lot of parish foundlings given the surname Doe in that area, or we have to consider the possibility that these two may have been cousins.

This Henry and Elizabeth Doe had eleven children, baptised at Little Canfield: 

  1. Sarah Doe baptised on 19 April 1800
  2. John Doe baptised on 14 February 1802
  3. William Doe baptised on 22 January 1804
  4. Edward Doe baptised on 17 November 1805
  5. James Doe baptised on 24 January 1808
  6. Elizabeth Doe baptised on 28 November 1809
  7. Jane Doe baptised on 25 November 1810
  8. Mary Doe baptised on 11 April 1813
  9. Charles Doe baptised on 15 October 1815 
  10. George Doe baptised on 21 September 1817
  11. Moses Doe baptised on 4 February 1821

The last child was a posthumous birth, Henry Doe (Jnr) having been buried at All Saints, Little Canfield on 28 September 1820. 

In 1841, Elizabeth Doe (61) was living in Canfield Village, Little Canfield with her daughter, Sarah Gunn (41), George Doe (23), Moses Doe (20) and William Gunn (13).

And in 1861, Elizabeth Doe (80) - place of birth was listed as Great Easton, Essex - is living with her son, George Doe (43) Agricultural Labourer, at 11, The Village, Little Canfield.

Elizabeth Doe, died aged 83, and was buried at Little Canfield on 3 June 1862.

Henry Doe and Elizabeth Stones

St Mary's, Great Canfield, Essex

Henry Doe, son of John Doe and Jane Brand, married Elizabeth Stones (baptised 14 April 1754 at Saint Michael and All Angels, Leaden Roding), daughter of John and Mary Stones, at St Mary's, Great Canfield on 20 October 1773. Henry and Elizabeth appear to have had the following children, baptised at Great Canfield:

  1. Elizabeth Doe baptised 16 January 1774
  2. Eleanor Doe baptised 25 December 1774
  3. Henry Doe baptised 20 September 1778
  4. Sarah Doe baptised 9 September 1781

The following 3 children, all baptised together at All Saints Church in Little Canfield on 11 December 1799, were all also born to Henry and Elizabeth Doe. 

  1. Dinah Doe baptised 12 April 1795 (Born 1791)
  2. Jude Doe baptised 12 April 1795 (Judith, born 1792)
  3. Jane Doe baptised 12 April 1795

Henry Doe died in 1825. He was buried at St Mary's, Great Canfield.

Monday, 17 May 2021

Daniel Hockley and Sophia Mason

St Mary, Broxted - Chancel
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Daniel Hockley, Labourer, married Sophia Mason on 17 Jul 1815 at the parish church in Broxted, Essex. Witnesses were Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker. 

Daniel and Sophia had nine children:
  1. George Hockley bap. 1 Oct 1815 in Broxted
  2. Lucy Hockley bap. 26 Oct 1817 
  3. Eliza Hockley bap. 23 Jul 1820 
  4. Mary Hockley bap. 9 May 1824
  5. Tamar Hockley bap. 8 Oct 1826
  6. Sarah Hockley bap. 10 Aug 1828 (buried 14 Sep 1828)
  7. Sophia Hockley bap. 14 Aug 1831
  8. William Hockley bap. 15 Sep 1833
  9. James Hockley bap. 5 Aug 1838
From Lucy onwards, they were baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow.

v. Tamar as a name: There are three characters in the Bible with this name. 

Youngest child, James, usefully, falls within Civil Registration and, the record at the General Register Office confirms the mother's maiden name as Mason.

Halfway House, near Great Dunmow, Essex
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In 1841, at Halfway House, Great Dunmow, are Daniel Hockley (50), Sophia (45), George (25), Eliza (20), Tamar (15), Sophia (10), William (8), James (2) and Lucy (0). This Lucy, is the daughter of Eliza Hockley, Single Woman.

Sophia Hockley died, aged 46 and was buried, on 23 Oct 1842, at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow.

In 1861, the widowed Daniel Hockley - age wrongly estimated to 62 - was living in the household of son William Hockley (27), now married to Charlotte (née Cock) (27), their daughter Sarah C (1) and William's brother, James (23).

Daniel Hockley died in 1868, at which time his age was estimated to 81.

For now Daniel is the earliest of my Hockley ancestors that I can find an actual trail of records to in order to be fully confident are correct. He is reputedly the son of Daniel Hockley and Sarah Turner - and thus brother of Sally Hockley - but I've found no record of his birth (or baptism) to prove this. There is however, a listing of a Daniel Hockley, baptised in Broxted in 1790 - date which would agree with the age given in 1841 and location that would make sense with the marriage - son of John and Mary Hockley. This looks just as likely. 

St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow, Essex - Churchyard
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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Augustus Percival Bartley and Mary Henrietta Wilton

St Michael's Church Nave, Bray
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Marriage of Mary Henrietta Wilton and Augustus Percival Bartley

Mary Henrietta Wilton, daughter of Henry Staines Wilton and Amelia Palmer, married Augustus Percival Bartley on 11 Aug 1894 at St Michael's Church, Bray, as the newspaper announcement of the day (above) also informs us. 

The Bartleys had seven children, all born in Marylebone:

  1. Alexander Henry Bartley born 1895 
  2. Esther Margaret Bartley born 23 Nov 1896
  3. Catherine Mary Bartley born 1899
  4. Rosamund Agnes Bartley born 1901
  5. Marietta Augusta Bartley born 3 Nov 1904
  6. Edward Wilton Bartley born 1907
  7. Barbara Betty Bartley born 1912
In 1901, at 20, Hamilton Terrace, St Marylebone, are Augustus P Bartley (35) Hunting and Military Boot Maker, with Mary H (30), Alexander H (5), Esther M (4) and Catherine M (2), employing three servants: Annie N Gillespie (23), Housemaid; Ellen E A Lodge (23), Nurse and Margaret Gillespie (21), Cook.

Records suggest that Catherine Mary (5) died in East Preston, Sussex in 1904.

In 1911, still at 20, Hamilton Terrace, St Marylebone, we find Augustus Percival (45), Mary Henrietta (40), Esther Margaret (14), Rosamund Agnes (9), Marietta Augusta (6) and Edward Wilton (3). Visitor, Lina Frances Green (14) and the family still employ three servants; Annie Naomie Gillespie (33), Parlourmaid; Sarah Grace Gillespie (20), Nursemaid and Elizabeth Mayo (33) Cook. 
Augustus Percival Bartley, born 12 Jun 1865, inherited Bartley & Sons bootmakers in 1893

By 1939, the Bartleys have moved up the road to 52 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, where there are Augustus P Bartley (74), Master Boot - Maker, Mary H (68), Alexander H (44), Esther M (43), Marietta A (35) and Barbara B (27) with two servants: Elsie E Grey (38) and Norah W Hyland (24).

Mary Henrietta Bartley died on 13 Nov 1946. She will have been 75.

Augustus Percival Bartley died on 14 Jan 1952 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. Probate was granted to Alexander Henry Bartley, boot manufacturer and to Esther Margaret Bartley, spinster. Augustus Percival Bartley left effects of £127,877 10s 9d (worth £3,703,983 in 2020).

In 1953 Peal & Co bought their Oxford Street neighbours, Bartley & Son.

Esther Margaret Bartley died in 1979 in Chichester, Sussex. Marietta Augusta Bartley died, in Sutton, Surrey, in April 2003. She will have been 98. Both had remained spinsters. Alexander H Bartley certainly married, but there are, unfortunately, several marriages to choose from. Rosamund appears to have married in 1929 and Barbara in 1939. Edward W Bartley married Mary Goldsmith in Marylebone in 1944, all of which require further research.

Hamilton Terrace
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William Palmer Wilton and Dorothy Agnes Dickins

Fellows Road, London NW3
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William Palmer Wilton, son of Henry Staines Wilton and Amelia Palmer, married late, at the age of 40, to Dorothy Agnes Dickins, then 25, daughter of Henry Percy Tavener Dickins (1858-1934) and Charlotte Rebecca Fase (1854-1902) in 1910, in Hampstead, London. We learn that, "Major Henry Percy Tavener Dickins VD Victoria Rifles was a wine and spirit merchant in Philpot Lane in the City, in partnership with his brother Wyndham. H[is] family was the Dickins known for the department store business Dickins & Jones." 

In 1911, the newly married couple were living at 117 Fellows Road, Hampstead, London, where William Palmer Wilton (41) Saddler & Harness maker, and Dorothy Agnes Wilton (26) employ Elizabeth Anne Crouch (35), Cook General Domestic and Ellen Friend (29), House Parlourmaid Domestic.

William and Dorothy had three daughters, all born in Hampstead: 

  1. Frances Mary Wilton born 31 Aug 1911 
  2. Agnes Joan Wilton born 1916 
  3. Helen Margaret Wilton born 1919 
William P Wilton inherited Champion & Wilton on his father's death in 1915.

We next see them, in 1939, at 18 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Belsize Park, where William P and Dorothy A Wilton now have three staff: Florence M Kemcock, Domestic Cook; Leticia M Labrook, Housemaid and Eilan M Brown, Housemaid.

In the early 1950s I met William Wilton who was pretty old then and died soon after. He told me his shop was on Oxford Street and that he lived in Hampstead. From the top floor of his shop he told me that he could see his home “until that man Selfridge built in the way”.

William Palmer Wilton died in 1957, at the age of 88. He was buried, on 3 Jan 1958, at Hampstead Cemetery, with his parents, brother John and sister Margaret. On his death, Major William Palmer Wilton left the company, Champion & Wilton, to his shop manager Reginald Arkell.

Dorothy Agnes Wilton died in 1965, aged 81.

William and Dorothy's Daughters

Records show that Frances Mary Wilton (42) and Agnes Joan Wilton (37), embarked in Southampton at the end of July 1953 and arrived in Quebec on 4 Aug 1953, aboard the T.S.S. Columbia and then crossed the border into the United States. They gave the address - presumably of where they were going to be staying - as 1725 Orrington Avenue, Evanston, IL.

Frances Mary Wilton died in August 1986, aged 75 and Agnes Joan Wilton died, in 2014 at the grand old age of 98, both in London. Neither ever married.

Helen Margaret Wilton, however, did marry, in Hampstead, in 1954 to Kenneth Graeme Todd (b. 1909). Records suggest that they had two children (born in 1957 and 1960 - so I shan't list their names here as they are likely to be still alive). Kenneth Graeme Todd died, in Surrey in 1994. Helen Margaret Todd died in 2017, in Exeter, Devon. Like her sister, she too will have been 98.

Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead
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