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Showing posts with label Spitalfields. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spitalfields. Show all posts

Saturday, 8 May 2021

John Blackett and Maria Thompson

Old Spitalfields Market
Image: Hulki Okan Tabak | Pixabay

Maria Thompson, daughter of Solomon Thompson Jnr and Maria Willis, married John Blackett. Well, I'll give this pair of slippery characters the benefit of the doubt: on the census returns they say that they're married, but I haven't [yet] found a record of a wedding anywhere. John Blackett's birthplace is given as Spitalfields and there is a potential baptism at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch on 27 Jul 1811, which would make him the son of a Joseph and Frances Blackett. 

Likewise, they appear reticent to register their children:

  1. Maria Blackett bap. 29 Jun 1834 at St Mary's, Whitechapel
  2. Henry Blackett born 1847 (mentioned only on 1851 census)
In 1841, Maria Blackett (25) Dressmaker - no sign of John or any child - is staying with her brother Daniel, in Cransley, Northamptonshire. 

In 1851, John and Maria Blackett are living in Wellington Place, Back Road, St George in the East with the household comprising: John Blackett (39), Butcher; Maria (38); Henry Blackett (4) and George Collins (24), Carpenter, Widower, Lodger; John Nursey (18) Lodger and John Grant (25) Lodger.

In 1861, at 4, Back Road, St George in the East, are John Blackett (49) Butcher; Maria (47); William Hill Adcock (21) Bookseller's Assistant, Visitor (Maria's brother Daniel's wife's brother's son); Benjamin Thompson (19) Bricklayer, Nephew (Daniel's son) and Henry M Thompson (10), Sugar Maker, Nephew. 

John Blackett died in 1866, in St George in the East, aged 54.

If you're related to any of the people written about, I'm guessing you'll recognise them from the surnames. If you are, do please get in touch.