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

Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Samuel Ebenezer Derry Eastabrook and Eliza Back

The 'Odd Fellows Hall', Ker Street, Devonport
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Samuel Ebenezer Derry Eastabrook (b. 1849), son of Richard Eastabrook and Susana Derry, married Eliza Back (b. 1853), daughter of Thomas Back and Mary Drake, at The Anglican Church of Saint Saviour that was located on Lambhay Hill, The Hoe, Plymouth, on 7 May 1876. Both gave their address as Lambhay Hill at the time of their marriage. (The church was destroyed during the Second World War but the Church Hall is still standing.)

Samuel and Eliza had six children:

  1. Ellen Hepzibah Derry Easterbrook (sic) b. 9 Feb 1877 M Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B  Page 347, bap. 29 Jun 1879 at St Aubyn's Church, Devonport. Died, aged 2 y 10 m, in 1879 D Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 249, buried 2 Jan 1880.
  2. Thomas Samuel Eastabrook b. 19 Feb 1880 (1880 M Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 343), bap. 11 Apr 1880 at St Aubyn's Church, Devonport.
  3. William Ebenezer Eastabrook b. 28 Mar 1882 (1882 J Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 342), bap. 13 Aug 1886.
  4. Amelia Elizabeth Eastabrook b. 24 Jun 1884 (1884 S Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 335), bap. 13 Aug 1886.
  5. Ernest Richard Eastabrook b. 15 Feb 1886 (1886 M Quarter in STOKE DAMEREL Volume 05B Page 326), bap. 13 Aug 1886.
  6. Samuel Patrick Eastabrook b. 18 Sep 1889 (no birth record found).
In 1881, Samuel Eastabrook (31) Labourer, Eliza Eastabrook (26) Tailoress and Thomas Eastabrook (1) were living at 40, Cannon Street, Devonport.

In 1886, William Ebenezer, Amelia Elizabeth and Ernest Richard were all baptised together at The Anglican Church of Saint Mary (St Mary's Church, Devonport). It no longer exists. Their father's occupation then was listed as Storehouse man and their address given as 19, Ker Street, Devonport.

In 1891, Eliza Eastabrook (37), Thomas S Eastabrook (11), William E Eastabrook (9), Amelia E Eastabrook (6) and Ernest R Eastabrook (5) were listed in Baring Street, Plymouth. Neither Samuel is listed anywhere.

In 1901, both Thomas S Eastabrook and William E Eastabrook are listed with the Royal Navy at Sea and in ports abroad, but I've not been able to locate records for any other members of the family, anywhere in the world.

On 6 Oct 1903, we find Samuel Eastabrook (54), Ellen Eastabrook (51), Emelia (sic) Eastabrook (19) and Samuel Eastabrook (14), arriving at Ellis Island, New York from Bermuda on the ship Pretoria (USS Pretoria (1897). The record gives their nationality as Great Britain, English and their residence as Bermuda. It also states Samuel's occupation as "late of Civil Service". One might speculate, therefore, that Samuel had been working at the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda. It says they were arriving in New York, en route to England and that Samuel Sr had last been in the US 10 years previously. Their onward address in the UK was c/o 22 Union Street, Portsmouth, England. Interestingly, the record specifies that Samuel paid for his own passage, that Eliza's was paid for by her husband and both Amelia's and Samuel Jnr's were paid for by their father - which is how we can identify him as their child.

Eliza Eastabrook died at 53, in 1907 M Qtr in LAMBETH Vol 01D Pg 256. 

In 1911, S E D (Samuel Ebenezer Derry) Eastabrook (61) Widower, Railway Storekeeper was in Stockwell, London with A E (Amelia Elizabeth) Eastabrook (26) Daughter and E E (Ellen Elizabeth) Barker (64) Widow, Sister.

Samuel E D and Amelia Eastabrook appeared to be visiting Samuel's sister, Ellen at 36 Llanishen Street, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales in 1921.

In 1939, both Samuel E Eastabrook and Amelia E Eastabrook were listed at 25 Norham Avenue, Southampton.

Samuel Ebenezer Derry Eastabrook died, aged 93, in 1943 D Quarter in WINCHESTER Volume 02C Page 196.

Amelia Elizabeth Eastabook died, aged 62 (1946 S Quarter in SOUTHAMPTON Volume 06B Page 480). "EASTERBROOK Amelia Elizabeth of 25 Norham-Avenue Shirley Southampton spinster died 22 August 1946 at the Borough Hospital Southampton Administration Winchester 14 November to Samuel Patrick Eastabrook motor car driver. Effects £442 11s. 11d."

There are many records of a Samuel Eastabrook of the correct age crossing the Atlantic in the 1920s, which suggest that Samuel Patrick Eastabrook worked as a First Class Waiter on vessels such as the RMS Mauretania, once Cunard’s most luxurious ocean liner. No records suggest that he ever married. Samuel Patrick Eastabrook died, aged 81, in 1970, in Winchester. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

William Ruff and Martha Preston

Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, or Portsmouth Cathedral
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St Thomas, the Anglican Cathedral, which was built in Old Portsmouth in 1180.

William Ruff (b. 1763) married Martha Preston (b. 22 Mar 1773, bap. 28 Apr 1773 at St Thomas church now Portsmouth Cathedral), daughter of Benjamin Preston and Ann Carter, at St Thomas, Portsmouth on 20 Jul 1794.

Records show that William and Martha had seven children:
  1. James Ruff bap. 4 Jun 1797 at St Thomas, Portsmouth
  2. George Ruff bap. 23 Jun 1799 in Portsea, Hampshire
  3. William Evans Ruff bap. 27 Sep 1801 in Portsea, Hampshire
  4. Isaac Ruff bap. 8 Apr 1804 in Portsea, Hampshire
  5. James Ruff bap. 11 May 1806 in Portsea, Hampshire
  6. Sarah Ruff bap. 15 Jul 1808 at St Mary's Church, Portsea
  7. Jane Ruff bap. 18 Nov 1810 in Portsea, Hampshire
All of the baptisms in Portsea will have been at St Mary's. As there's a James Ruff born in 1806, it seems highly likely that the James born in 1797 didn't survive infancy, although I have not found a record to confirm this. 

William (78) and Martha (67) were in Greetham Street, Portsmouth in 1841.

William Ruff died, aged 80, in 1843 M Quarter in PORTSEA ISLAND UNION Volume 07 Page 107. Martha Ruff died three years later, in 1846 M Quarter in PORTSEA ISLAND UNION Volume 07 Page 90, age estimtaed as 76.

Monday, 16 January 2023

Thomas Pearce and Sarah Hall

St. Mary's Church - Alverstoke
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Thomas Pearce married Sarah Hall on 14 Dec 1797 in Alverstoke, Hampshire.

Thomas and Sarah appear to have had at least five children:
  1. Mary Ann Pearce b. 19 Dec 1798, bap. 21 Dec 1800
  2. Robert Pearce bap. 21 Dec 1800, in the parish of Portsea St Mary
  3. Thomas Hooper Pearce b. 30 Aug 1806, bap. 2 Sep 1806 in the parish of Portsea St John
  4. James Pearce b. 9 Jan 1809, bap 19 Jan 1809, St Johns Chapel
  5. Sarah Pearce b. 16 Dec 1810, bap. 24 Mar 1811 at Portsea, St Mary
There is a Thomas Pearce (65) in Sandwich Street, Portsea in 1841.

In 1851, Thomas Pearce (74) Widower, Wife's Father, Retired Grocer, was living in Upper Church Road, in the household of James Tubb.

It hasn't been possible to isolate records of deaths for Thomas or Sarah.

Thomas Willis and Mary Essex

All Saints' Church, Thorpe Malsor
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Thomas Willis (bap. 19 Jan 1752 in Thorpe Malsor), son of William and Elizabeth Willis, married Mary Essex on 13 Oct 1778 at All Saints ChurchThorpe Malsor, Northamptonshire

Thomas and Mary had nine children, all baptised at Thorpe Malsor, All Saints:

  1. William Willis bap. 2 Jan 1780
  2. Elizabeth Willis bap. 7 Apr 1782
  3. Mary Willis bap. 18 Jul 1784
  4. Ann Willis bap. 26 Mar 1786
  5. Maria Willis bap. 24 May 1789
  6. Joseph Willis bap. 25 Apr 1791
  7. Thomas Willis bap. 11 Feb 1792
  8. John Willis bap. 24 May 1795
  9. Lucey (sic) Willis bap. 15 Jan 1797
It is clear that they named the first two children after Thomas' parents and therefore appear to follow common family convention on naming. Particularly interesting and unusual is that there are both a Mary and a Maria - that these are NOT interchangeable to the same person. Maria Willis and her husband, Solomon Thompson, do this too and re-use many of these same names, adding weight to the reasons for accepting this as the correct family.

There is a death of a Mary Willis in the area in 1799 that may relate.

Thomas Willis born 1752, was buried in Thorpe Malsor in 1814.

Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Esther Kathleen Drake and Thomas Samuel Eastabrook and William Henry Lynch and Alfred William Gullick

St Mary's (Our Lady Star of the Sea), Saltcoats
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Esther Kathleen Drake (b. 1887), eldest daughter of Edward Charles Drake and Emma Jane Gloyne, married Thomas Samuel Eastabrook (b. 19 Feb 1880 in Devonport), eldest son of Samuel Ebenezer Derry Eastabrook and Eliza Back, in the 2nd quarter of 1906 in Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales. 

(Thomas Samuel Eastabrook's mother, Eliza Back, was the daughter of Thomas Back and Mary Drake, who married in East Stonehouse, Devon in 1852, so undoubtedly we've just gone around in yet another circle.)

Thomas and Esther had four children:
  1. Ellen Kathleen Eastabrook b. 5 Jul 1906 S Quarter in CARDIFF Volume 11A Page 351, bap. 29 Jul 1906 at St John the Evangelist Church, Canton, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales
  2. Ronald Edmund Thomas Eastabrook b. 1908 M Quarter in LAMBETH Volume 01D Page 389
  3. Minnie Esther Eastabrook said to be born b. 26 May 1909, reg. 1910 S Quarter in PORTSMOUTH Volume 02B Page 371
  4. Richard Ernest Eastabrook b. 1911 D Quarter in PORTSMOUTH Volume 02B Page 748. Died 24 Nov 1941, see below.
In 1911, Esther Eastabrook (23) Married, was living in North End And Buckland, Portsmouth with daughter, Ellen Eastabrook (4) born in Roath Cardiff, Glamorganshire; Ronald Eastabrook (3) born in Brixton, London and Minnie Eastabrook (0) born in Buckland, Portsmouth. Thomas had previously been attached to HMS Victory II, a land based training establishment for stokers and engine artificers, based in Portsmouth, until January that year, however, at the time of the census in 1911, Thomas Samuel Eastabrook (31) was with HMS Speedwell (1889) in Sidmouth, Devon.

Having joined the Royal Navy on 23 Oct 1899, Thomas Samuel Eastabrook was lent to the Australian Government in 1912 and served with the Royal Australian Navy. Stoker Thomas Samuel Eastabrook of HMAS Brisbane (1915), was accidentally killed, aged 37, on 24 Feb 1917, it says from multiple injuries as the result of a fall. Thomas is buried in Plot C Grave 341 Capuccini Naval Cemetery, Malta (Kalkara Naval Cemetery) (Image courtesy of MilitaryImages.net).

Esther K Eastabrook then married William Henry John Lynch, (b. 11 Jul 1887), son of John Joseph Lynch (b. 1859 in Tipperary, Ireland, Bandsman Royal Irish) and Rosina Cole Harvey, in the 4th quarter of 1917, in Plymouth, Devon. 

Esther had one further son with her second husband:
  1. Hugh Lynch, b. 1917 D Quarter in EAST STONEHOUSE Volume 05B Page 337 (Mother's maiden name, wrongly, listed as EASTABROOK.)
William Henry Lynch had joined the Royal Navy on 18 Jun 1909, as a Stoker 2nd Class, progressed to Leading Stoker and was discharged on 5 Oct 1921, having been invalided. William H and Esther Lynch were living in Plymouth, Devon in 1921. William Henry Lynch was said to have died around 1926, but in fact there is a William H Lynch, whose date of birth is 11 July 1887, living at 37 Union Street, Plymouth in 1939. [To be further investigated.]

Esther Kathleen Drake Eastabrook Lynch, however, married for the third time to Alfred William Gullick in 1928, in Saltcoats, Ayrshire. She's listed as Esther Kathleen Drake Easterbrook under Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Marriages - from which this marriage likely took place at St Mary's (Our Lady Star of the Sea)Saltcoats. At Scotland's People (Ref: 576 / 1 / 32), this marriage is listed as being between Alfred William Gullick and Esther Kathleen Lynch.

Alfred William Gullick (b. 4 Jun 1882 in Stonehouse, Devon, reg. 1883 D Quarter in EAST STONEHOUSE Volume 05B Page 288, bap. 1883 as Alfridus Gulielmus Gullick at the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of Saint Mary and Saint Boniface, Plymouth), was the son of William Gullick, Private Royal Marines from Thrushelton, Devon and Hannah or Anna Maria Murphy from Ireland. Alfred William Gullick joined the Royal Navy in July 1899 as a Boy 2nd Class. He served until 1920 and, as was Esther's first husband, was lent to the Royal Australian Navy, in 1913, serving with HMAS Sydney (1912)HMAS Australia (1911)HMAS Melbourne (1912) and at HMAS Cerberus, before returning to HMA London Depot.

Esther's son by her first husband, Richard Ernest Eastabrook, Dick, was lost with the sinking of HMS Dunedin (HMS Dunedin Society), on Thursday 24th November 1941. Plumber 3rd Class, Richard Ernest Eastabrook is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 56, Column 3. 

Alfred William Gullick died, at 74, in 1957, in Saltcoats.

Esther Kathleen Gullick died, aged 88, in 1975, also in Saltcoats. Ref: 662 /1 95. If there was any doubt, her mother's maiden name is listed as Gloyne.

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