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. Her baptism, on 8 Dec 1867, which was in Upminster anyway, 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.

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