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Showing posts with label Ship's Joiner. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

John Sweeney and Anne Elizabeth Gabbaday

St Leonard, Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch - East end
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © John Salmon - geograph.org.uk/p/2624832

John Sweeney married Anne Elizabeth Gabbaday, daughter of John Benbow Gabbedy and Isabella Cleghorn, on 11 Jun 1832, in Shoreditch at the church of St Leonard (often known simply as Shoreditch Church - this is the church mentioned in the line "When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch" from the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons). Witnesses to the marriage were Anne's brother, Henry Gabbedy (sic), an Ann Goose and a Geo. Garrow.

Census returns consistently list John as having been born in 1809, in St George's, Middlesex (St George in the East), but I've not been able to find a baptism for him. (Some people accept a baptism of a John Sweeney in 1809, in Westminster, but I can see no reason whatsoever for believing that is the right one (wrong place entirely), just because it's the only one online.) Likewise, there are no records to definitely connect him to Ireland, that I can identify. Besides, knowing the way families named children in those days and, given that Anne's mother was Isabella, I'd put money on John's mother being an Eliza.

John and Ann had four children: 
  1. Maria Eliza Isabella Sweney, bap. 11 Jan 1835 at St Dunstan's, Stepney
  2. John Henry Charles Sweeney, born 11 May 1839, at 1 George Place, White Horse Street, Stepney
  3. Mary Ann Sweeney, b. 10 Dec 1848, bap. 19 Jan 1860 at St John the Evangelist, Limehouse
  4. Matilda Sweeney b. 8 Sep 1851, bap. 19 Jan 1860 at St John the Evangelist, Limehouse
On John Henry Charles' birth certificate, his father's occupation is given as Ship's Joiner. My guess is that this is the only child to get a Civil Registration as he was the first one born since it had been brought in just two years earlier and, since he'd had a civil registration, he was never baptised. This isn't unique: people seem to treat baptism more as administrative, rather than religious.

In 1841 John and Ann Sweeney were living in Pleasant Row, Brewers Place, Stepney. John's occupation is listed as Carpenter and John (32) is living with wife, Ann (29), daughter Maria (7) and son John (2). 

By 1851, they'd moved to Ocean Street, Mile End Old Town, with John Sweeny (42), Carpenter, Ann (39), Maria (17), John (9), Mary Ann (5) and Matilda (0).

Then Ann Sweeny died, in Whitechapel, in 1855, she will have been just 44.

In 1861 at 107, North Street, Limehouse. John Sweney (52), Carpenter and Joiner, still considered himself married. Living with him are his two youngest daughters, Mary Ann (13) and Matilda (10).

John had both girls baptised in 1860, five years after their mother's death. 

Matilda Sweeney died, in Whitechapel, aged just 16, in 1866.

In 1871, John (63), still working as a carpenter, has moved in with his son and his family in Stephen Cottages, James Street, St Anne Limehouse, Stepney. 

And John Sweeney died, in Stepney, aged 71, in 1878. 

Narrow Street, Limehouse
cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Malc McDonald - geograph.org.uk/p/2441214
Narrow Street in Limehouse, East London. Some of the buildings along the
street are former warehouses - the River Thames runs behind them.