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JOSEPH SUMMERS 1791-????

Born in Dovercourt, Essex.

He was married to Mary ?, who was born in 1791 in Great Bentley.

Their children:

Judith 1823
Susanna 1825
Joseph 1829
Sarah 1832

In 1841 Joseph and Mary were living in Back House Tendring with their children Judith, Susannah, Joseph and Sarah. Joseph snr was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In 1851 Joseph and Mary were was living in 70 Cottage, Tendring with their son Joseph. Joseph snr was still working in the fields. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 395; Page: 16; GSU roll: 207427.

Mary died in Tendring in Q4 1860.

In 1861 Joseph's address is given as On The Green, Tendring. It could quite possibly be the same house. Joseph was living with his son. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 117; Page: 13; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Joseph was living on his own and still working on the land. He was living in 1 ? Lane.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 2


Children of Joseph & Mary


JUDITH SUMMERS 1823-1898

Born in Little Bentley, Essex.

In 1841 Judith was living in Back House Tendring with her parents and siblings Susannah, Joseph and Sarah. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

Married Robert Smee on 11/10/1848 in Great Bentley, Essex. They had no children.

In 1851 Judith and Robert were living at a house in Stones Green, Great Oakley. Robert was an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 423; Page: 7; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Judith and Robert were still living in Great Oakley where Robert was now working as a groom. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 147; Page: 17; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 the pair of them were living at 55 Colchester Road, Stones Green. This could well have been the same house they had been living in all the time. Robert was still employed in the fields. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 32; Page: 12; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Judith and Robert were now living in Harwich Road in Great Oakley and Robert was still working on the land. Class: RG11; Piece: 1784; Folio: 9; Page: 11; GSU roll: 1341431.

I believe Robert died in 1889.

In 1891 Judith was living on her own still in Great Bentley. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 57; Page 6; GSU roll: 6096513.

I believe she died in 1898.


SUSANNAH SUMMERS 1825-03/04/1899

Bornin Tendring, Essex.

In 1841 Susannah was living in Back House Tendring with her parents and siblings Judith, Joseph and Sarah. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In Q4 1849 she married Henry Pinner (b 1831 in Great Hollands, Essex) in Tendring.

Their children:

Abraham 1850
Henry 1853
Margaret 1855
Jane 1862
Emily 1866
Emily Louisa 08/12/1871 granddaughter they adopted

In 1851 Susannah and Henry were living in Great Holland, Essex with their baby son, Abraham. Henry was employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 248; Page: 20; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Susanna and Henry were living in Hollands Green, Great Holland, Essex with their children Abraham, Henry and Margaret. As was the case of most men in the locality, Henry was an agricultural labourer. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Susanna and Henry were living On the Green in Great Hollands with their children Jane and Emily. Henry was still in the fields. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Susannah and Henry were living in the same place and Henry was still working on the farm. Their daughter Emily was living with them. This was really their granddaughter Emily (illegitimate daughter of Margaret) who they adopted and brought up as their own daughter. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 92; Page: 14; GSU roll: 1341429.

In 1891 Susanna and Henry were living in Kirby Road in Great Holland. The children appear to have left home, although their granddaughter (daughter of Margaret) Amy Camm was said to be visiting them that day. Amy was actually sent to live with them for a while due to her ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 1400; Folio 101; Page 7; GSU roll: 6096510.

I believe Henry died in 1896.

Susannah died on 03/04/1899, aged 74. She was buried in Finchley cemetery, London in grave number 13636.


JOSEPH SUMMERS 1829-1915

Born in Tendring, Essex.

In 1841 Joseph was living in Back House Tendring with hisr parents and siblings Judith, Susannah and Sarah. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

In 1851 Joseph was living with his parents at 70 Cottage,Tendring and working as an agricultural labourer. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 395; Page: 16; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Joseph was living with his widowed father and working on the farm. (On this census he is listed as widowed, which I have only just spotted.) Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 117; Page: 13; GSU roll: 542752.

I have checked the Free BMD and there was a marriage for a Joseph Summers in Tendring in Q3 1860 to Mary Ann Crampin. Unfortunately there are no deaths for any Summers listed that would fit in with his widowhood. I have just found a death for a Mary Somers in Tendrng in Q1 1861, so maybe that is her.

Joseph married Maria Barton (b abt. 1839 in Little Bentley, Essex) in Q3 1862 in Tendring.

Their children:

Frederick 1860
Soloman 1863
Mary Ann 1864
Anna Maria 1867
Elizabeth 1868
Jane 1871
Eliza 1873
Harry 1876
Emily 1878
Sarah Ellan 1880

In 1871 Joseph and Maria were living On the Green in Tendring with their children Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Joseph was still working as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Joseph and Maria where living in Tendring with their children Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Joseph still employed as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Joseph and Maria were still living On the Green and Joseph was still toiling in the fields. At home with them on the day of the census were their children Harry, Emily, Sarah and grandson William. Joseph’s nephew, Frederick Pinner, joined them. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Joseph and Maria were still living in the same house with their son Harry. Both Joseph and Harry were working on the farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 13.

I believe Joseph died in Q1 1915 in Tendring. He was 87 years old.

Maria possibly died in Tendring in 1936 and the ripe old age of 97..


SARAH SUMMERS 1832????

In 1841 Sarahh was living in Back House Tendring with her parents and siblings Judith, Susannah and Joseph. Class: HO107; Piece 338; Book: 25; Civil Parish: Tendring; County: Essex; Enumeration District: 12; Folio: 10; Page: 14; Line: 22; GSU roll: 241376.

I know Sarah died before the 1851 census, in Tendring but am not certain if it was in 1842 or 1845.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 3


Children of Susanna & Henry grandchildren of Joseph & Mary


ABRAHAM PINNER 1850-1865

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1851 Abraham was living in Great Holland with his parents. Class: HO107; Piece: 1779; Folio: 248; Page: 20; GSU roll: 207427.

In 1861 Abraham was living On the Green in Great Hollands with his parents and siblings Henry and Margaret. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

I believe Abraham died in Tendring in Q2 1865.


HENRY PINNER 1853-????

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1861 Henry was living On the Green in Great Hollands with his parents and siblings Abraham and Margaret. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

Nothing else is currently known.


MARGARET PINNER 1855-1925

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1861 Margaret was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and siblings Abraham and Henry. Class: RG9; Piece: 1093; Folio: 90; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Margaret was employed as a house servant in Upper Street, Essex. This was the home of William Howard (blacksmith) and his sister. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 53; Page: 7; GSU roll: 829962.

Her children:

Emily Louisa 08/12/0871
Frederick 29/04/1877

Daughter Emily was adopted by Margaret's parents and brought up as their daughter.

Married William James Camm (b 1858 in Islington, Middlesex) in St Mary's, Islington on 13/06/1880. William was a warehouseman who lived at 103 Cloudesly Road and Margaret lived at 7 Quadrant Road. The witnesses were Edward E Bowman and Elizabeth Bowman.

Their children:

Florence Winifred 1880
Amy 21/02/1882
William Frederick 1883

In 1881 Margaret and William were living at 181 Liverpool Road, Islington with their daughter Florence. William was employed as a packer. Class: RG11; Piece: 227; Folio: 97; Page: 17; GSU roll: 1341050.

In 1891 Margaret and William were living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with their children Florence and William. William's brother Frederick (draper's assistant) was also there that day.William was employed as a warehouseman. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 Margaret and William were still living in the same house with their children Florence, Amy and William. William was employed as a wholesale drapery assistant. Class: RG13; Piece: 177; Folio: 26; Page: 3.

William played the trumpet in a band that performed in the rain at the opening of the newly rebuilt Kew Bridge over the Thames River on 20/05/1903. He caught a cold that developed into pneumonia.

William died on 24/06/1903 in Islington as a result of his pneumonia. Weather records showed unusually heavy rainfall that spring and summer in the London area.

In 1911 Margaret was living at 91 Leslie Road, Leytonstone, Essex. This was the home of her son, Frederick Pinner. Margaret was working as a sewing machinist. Class: RG14; Piece: 9611; Schedule Number: 274.

Margaret died in the West Ham reg district, Essex in Q1 1925, aged 69.


JANE PINNER 1861-????

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1871 Jane was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and sister Emily. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

Nothing else is currently known.


EMILY PINNER 1865-????

Born in Great Holland, Essex.

In 1871 Emily was living On the Green in Great Hollands with her parents and sister Jane. Class: RG10; Piece: 1678; Folio: 73; Page: 18; GSU roll: 829962.

Nothing else is currently known.

I get the impression that this family had some bad luck and all the children died young. I have tried various spellings but still nothing comes up. I am more than ever convinced that the Emilys in 1871 and 1881 are 2 different children but I am having difficulties proving this. Any Pinner help will be greatly appreciated.


Children of Maria & Joseph grandchildren of Joseph & Mary


FREDERICK BARTON 1860-????

Born in Frating, Essex. I believe he was Maria’s son, but not necessarily Joseph’s.

In 1861 Frederick was living at home with his mother’s family on the night of the census. This was in Weeley Lane, Little Bentley, Essex. Class: RG9; Piece: 1096; Folio: 59; Page: 15; GSU roll: 542752.

In 1871 Frederick was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

After this time I am not sure what he did as I cannot find anything solid about him.


SOLOMAN SUMMERS 1863-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Soloman was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Frederick, Mary Ann, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Solomon was in Aldershot were he was a private in the army. His battalion was the 1st Battalion 2nd Queens Royal regiment. Class: RG11; Piece: 786; Folio: 29; Page: 16; GSU roll: 1341185.

I cannot find any more information about him after this.


MARY ANN SUMMERS 1864-07/02/1950

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Mary Ann was living On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Annie, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Mary Ann was working as a domestic servant at 3A West Street in Harwich. This was the home of Edwin S Gunn (builder employing 2 apprentices). Class: RG11; Piece: 1781; Folio: 86; Page: 2; GSU roll: 1341430.

Married George Legget (b 1869 in either Chidham or Yapton, Sussex) in the Steyning reg district in Q1 1892.

Their children:

Alice Mary 1892
George Sullivan 1894
Soloman William 1895
Dorothy Ethel 1897
Jack Redvers 1900
Frank1902
Joseph Hector1903
Emily Florence 17/08/1904
Nellie Maria Summers1907
May Daisy1910

In 1901 George and Mary were living in Wick Street, Littlehampton with their children Alice, George, Soloman, Dorothy and Jack. George was employed as a plate layer. Class: RG13; Piece: 962; Folio: 122; Page: 2.

In 1911 Mary and George were living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with their children Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. George was employed as a plasterer in the building trade. Solomon was working on a farm.

Mary died in Littlehampton on 07/02/1950, a day after her grand daugter Betty Mugridge's 20th birthday.

Did George die in Littlehampton in 1951? I can find a record for a George F Leggett in the Worthing reg district that ties up with his details.

Nothing else is currently known.


ANNA MARIA SUMMERS 1867-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Annie was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Elizabeth and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 she was a domestic servant for the Fisher family at Clap Gate Farm in Clacton, Essex. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 72; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341429.

Married Joseph Lord (b 12/03/1851 in Great Oakley, Essex) in Tendring on 24/04/1886. Joseph was a widow with 2 children (2 having died previously.

Their children:

Harry Johnathan 1887
Frederick David 1890
Arthur Joseph 1893
Alice Maude 1896
Edward 1896
Walter George 1899
Leonard James 1901
Emily Annie 1904
Albert Edward 1905
Lily 1907
Ernest Robert 1910
Florence 1912

In 1891 Anna and Joseph were living at Salt Water Bridge, Bridge House, Great Oakley with their children Harry and Frederick. Joseph was a farm labourer. Class: RG12; Piece: 1403; Folio 73; Page 17; GSU roll: 6096513.

In 1901 Anna and Joseph were living in Back Road, Little Oakley with their children Harry, Fred, Arthur, Alice and Walter. Joseph was emplyed as a horseman on a farm and his son Harry was a cowman. Class: RG13; Piece: 1700; Folio: 54; Page: 7.

Joseph died in 1916.

Anna died in 1940.


ELIZABETH SUMMERS 1868-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 Elizabeth was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie and baby Jane. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Elizabeth was still living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Jane, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Elizabeth possibly went to London to work in the service industry. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In Q2 1890 she married Robert Pegg, (b abt 1855 in Wales) in Marylebone, London.

Ethel Mary 1891
William Francis 1892
Violet Gladys1900

In 1891 Elizabeth and Robert were living at 6 Marylebone Mews, Marylebone with their baby daughter Ethel. Robert was a carman’s assistant. Class: RG12; Piece: 92; Folio 88; Page 30; GSU roll: 6095202.

In 1901 Elizabeth and Robert were living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with their children Ethel, William and Gladys. Also there that day was Elizabeth's nephew, William Summers (Was he really her nephew or was she his mother? That will have to remain unsolved for the time being.) and boarder George Elmer. Robert was employed as a furniture carman. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

Nothing else is currently known.


JANE SUMMERS 1871-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1871 baby Jane was living On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Frederick, Soloman, Mary Ann, Annie and Elizabeth. Frederick was going by the surname Summers. Class: RG10; Piece: 1679; Folio: 21; Page: 11; GSU roll: 829962.

In 1881 Jane was still living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Eliza, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891, Jane was working as a housemaid for the Meldola family at 6 Brunswick(?) Square, n St. Pancras, London. Class: RG12; Piece: 123; Folio 41; Page 2; GSU roll: 6095233.

Married Arthur W Curtis (b abt. 1860 in Wapping, London) in Marylebone in Q4 1892.

Their children:

Jennie Lavinia 1893
Arthur Philip 1895
Edwin Victor 1898

In 1901 Jane and Arthur were living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse, Stepney, London with their children Jennie, Arthur and Edwin. Arthur was employed as a waterman/lighterman. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

Nothing else is currently known.


ELIZA SUMMERS 1873-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Eliza was still living at home in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Harry, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Eliza was down in Yapton visiting the Leggett family – the soon to be in laws of her sister Mary Ann. She was working as a domestic servant. Class: RG12; Piece: 839; Folio 84; Page 5; GSU roll: 6095949.

In 1901 she was still in service, this time she was employed as a general servant. The family employing her were the Lansley family and they lived at 301 High Street, Willesden, London. Class: RG13; Piece: 1224; Folio: 34; Page: 7.

Nothing else is currently known.


HARRY SUMMERS 1876-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Harry was living at home, On the Green in Tendring with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Emily and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Harry was living at home in the same place with his parents and siblings Emily and Sarah. His nephew William was also there. Harry was working as an agricultural labourer. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Harry was still living with his parents in the same place and working as a horseman on the farm. Class: RG13; Piece: 1697; Folio: 11; Page: 13.

I believe Harry may have married in 1901 to either Margaret Maud Godbold or Sophie Lester.

Nothing else is currently known.


EMILY SUMMERS 1878-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Emily was living at home On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry and Sarah. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Emily was living at home in the same place with her parents and siblings Harry and Sarah. Her nephew William was also there. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

Nothing else is currently known.


SARAH ELLEN SUMMERS 1883-????

Born in Tendring.

In 1881 Sarah was living at home On the Green in Tendring with her parents and siblings Elizabeth, Jane, Eliza, Harry and Emily. Class: RG11; Piece: 1780; Folio: 41; Page: 7; GSU roll: 1341430.

In 1891 Sarah was living at home in the same place with her parents and siblings Harry and Emily. Her nephew William was also there. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

As with the other girls in her family, Sarah went into service in London and in 1901 she was a housemaid at 20 Duke Street, Marylebone in London. This was the home of Caroline Clubb (lodging house keeper. Class: RG13; Piece: 104; Folio: 41; Page: 30.

Sarah possibly married in the West Ham reg district, Essex in Q3 1911 to either Charles W Channell OR Frederick C Stammers.

Nothing else is currently known.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 4


Children of Margaret: grandchildren of Susannah & Henry, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.

Information on this family has come from Audrey Armstrong and I am extremely grateful to her for allowing me too include it.

EMILY LOUISA PINNER 08/12/1871-12/05/1972

Born in Great Holland, Essex. Her father was unknown.

Emily was adopted by her maternal grandparents Susannah and Henry Pinner and brought up as their daughter.

In 1881 Emily was living On the Green in Great Hollands, Essex with her adopted parents. Class: RG11; Piece: 1779; Folio: 92; Page: 14; GSU roll: 1341429.

I cannot find Emily in 1891.

Married John William Nelson Jackson (b abt. 1868 in New Barnet, Middlesex) in Q1 1899 in the Camberwell reg district, London.

Their children:

John William 1899
Thomas George 1903
Edward Arthur 1906
Amy ?
Dorothy after 1911

In 1901 Emily and John were living at 19 Belham Street, Camberwell, London with their son John. John was employed as a carpet porter. Class: RG13; Piece: 495; Folio: 33; Page: 54.

Emily and John emmigrated to Canada and settled in Richmond Hill, north of Toronto, before the 1911 Canadian census..

In 1911 Emily and John were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto with their children. Also living there were her half sister Amy Porter, her husband and their children Nina and Frank. There was also a boarder.

Emily died at the Claremont Nursing Villa, Canada on 12/05/1972, aged 101. She was buried in York Cemetery.


FREDERICK PINNER 29/04/1877-????

Born in Tendring, Essex, father unkown.

I cannot find Frederick in 1881.

In 1891 Frederick was living On the Green, Tendring with his maternal great uncle and aunt, Joseph and Maria Summers and their children. Frederick was employed as a butcher's lad. Class: RG12; Piece: 1401; Folio 50; Page 19; GSU roll: 6096511.

In 1901 Frederick was a boarder atin Station Cottages, Woodham Ferrers, Essex. This was the home of Robert Clark (platelayer for G.E.Railways) and his family. Frederick was employed as a porter / signalman on the Great Eastern Railway. Class: RG13; Piece: 1669; Folio: 38; Page: 13.

In 1911 Frederick was living at 91 Leslie Road, Leytonstone, Essex. His widowed mother, Margaret Camm was living with him. Frederick was employed as a railway guard by the G.E. Railway Company. Class: RG14; Piece: 9611; Schedule Number: 274.

Nothing else is currently known.


Children of Margaret & William: grandchildren of Susannah & Henry, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.

Information on this family has come from Audrey Armstrong and I am extremely grateful to her for allowing me too include it.

FLORENCE WINIFRED CAMMM 1880-1965 nxg

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

In 1881 Florence was living at 181 Liverpool Road, Islington with her parents. Class: RG11; Piece: 227; Folio: 97; Page: 17; GSU roll: 1341050.

In 1891 Florence was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with her parents and brother Frederick. Their sister Amy was living with their maternal grandparents, due to ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 Florence was living in the same house with her parents and siblings Amy and William. Florence was employed as a stationers assistant. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Frederick Nathaniel Bevens (b 1880 in Islington) in Q2 1910 in the Fulham reg district, London.

In 1911 Florence and Frederick were living at 16 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London with their baby daughter Winifred. Frederick was employed as an electrical instrument maker. Class: RG14; Piece: 9370; Schedule Number: 163.

Their children:

Winifred H 1910
Frederick W 1912
Doris I 1916

Frederick died in Q4 1993 in the West Ham reg district, Essex, aged 53.

Florence died in Q1 1965 in the Essex South Western reg district, aged 84.


AMY CAMM 21/02/1882-10/11/1970

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

Amy was ill as a child and as a result, was sent to live with her maternal grandparents, Susannah and Henry Pinner. Her illness caused temporary blindness, from which she recovered.

In 1891 Amy was living in Kirby Road in Great Holland, Essex with her maternal grandparents. Class: RG12; Piece: 1400; Folio: 101; Page: 7; GSU Roll: 6096510.

In 1901 Amy was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with her parents and siblings Florence and William. Amy was employed as a ? card manufacturer (stationery manufacturer). Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Frank Porter (b 01/11/1884 in Islington) in St Thomas Church, Finsbury Park, Islington on 20/03/1905. Amy was a 23 year old cardmaker and Frank a 22 year old signalman. They had both been living at 154 S Thomas Road. The witnesses were Richard Earnes and Nina Katies Earnes.

Their children:

Nina Amy 27/12/1905
Frank William 13/10/1907
Charles Henry 13/10/1907
Frank William 06/04/1909

Amy and Frank, along with their children Nina and Frank emmigrated to Canada. They arived in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The friend/contact on their immigration form was W Jackson, husband of Amy's half sister Emily. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Frank was a signal man and Amy a housewife. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Amy and Frank and their children Nina and Frank were living at327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of Emily and John Jackson.

On 14/08/1914 Amy and Frank were living at 7 Grove Avenue.

The family lived at some point at 516 Glebeholm Boulevard, Toronto. Frank was a stationary engineer.

Frank died in his sleep at Floral Park on 20/07/1957. He died of heart failure.

Amy died at the Guelph General Hospital, Canada on 10/11/1970, aged 89.Amy died of renal failure. She was buried in the Highland Memorial Gardens, Toronto.


WILLIAM FREDERICK CAMM 1883-05/12/1951

Born in Islington, Middlesex.

In 1891 Frederick was living at 95 Liverpool Road, south west Islington with his parents and sister Florence. Their sister Amy was living with their maternal grandparents, due to ill health. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

In 1901 William was living in the same house with his parents and siblings Florence and Amy. William was employed as a drapery packer. Class: RG12; Piece: 152; Folio: 67; Page: 2; GSU Roll: 6095262.

Married Henrietta Joel Whitehead on 25/10/1908 in St Anselm's Church, Lambeth, London. William was a 26 year old warehouseman and Henrietta was 29. They were both living at 25 Courtnay Street. The witnesses were William Whitehead and Mabel Lilian Perry.

Their children:

Margaret Annie * 1908
Irene May 1910
Beatrice Patricia 1914-2003
Queenie Maureen 1909-1976

According to the 1911 census, this couple had one other child who had died by then. There are 2 possibilites, Margaret Annie and Stanley. I have gone for Margaret because of the name and the fact she was born in Lambeth.

In 1911 William and Henrietta were living at 104 Tollington Park, Finsbury Park, North London with their daughter Irene. William was employed as a warehouse porter in a carpet factory. HGenrietta was employed as a caretaker by an Estate Agents business. Schedule Number: 343

William died on 05/12/1951 in London of a perforated duodenal ulcer.


Children of Mary & George: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


ALICE MARY LEGGETT 29/09/1892-1975 nxg

Born in Lyminster, Sussex.

In 1901 Alice was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with her parents and siblings George, Solomon, Dorothy and Jack.

Alice worked as a hotel cook somewhere in West Sussex.

Alice had an liason with a man named Morley and ended up pregnant. The father went off to fight in WW1 and was killed in France. Research by Alice's grandson has narrowed the father down to either Albert Lorraine Morley or Stephen W Morley.

Her child:

Albert Edward 1915

Alice was affectionately known by one leg of the family as Aunt Dub

Alice was offered work as a housekeeper by Leonard Charles Clayden and moved to 44 Longlands Park Crescent, Sidcup, Kent, taking Berty with her. Berty was around 7 years of age. Alice worked for Leonard for many years.

Alice married Leonard (b 1874 in the London, Middlesex reg district) in Q1 1944 in the Bromely reg district. She was 52 years old. Leonard's family was well connected with the diamond industry in South Africa, but Leonard was cut off for marrying a servant.

Leonard died of bowel cancer later that year in Q4 1944 in the Bromley reg district, aged 70 years.

Alice died in 1976 in the Bexley reg district, Greater London .


GEORGE SULLIVAN LEGGETT 1894-????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 George was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, Solomon, Dorothy and Jack.

George joined the merchant navy.

George fathered at least 2 illegitimate children by the name of Jack and Bubbles. Unfortunately nobody in the family knows the real name of Bubbles, but it was him who gave his niece, Frances Mugridge, the nickname Bunty.

Nothing else is currently known.


SOLOMON WILLIAM LEGGETT 1895-????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 Solomon was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, George, Dorothy and Jack.

In 1911 Solomon was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May. Solomon was working on a farm.

Solomon was known as Wilf by some members of the family and Will by others and was apparently the black sheep of the family.

Wilf joined the guards and served many years with them, possibly reaching the rank of Sergeant Major.

Wilf apparently (all family of Emily and Nellie's say the same, so maybe some truth involved) gained himself a dishonourable discharge when he was caught messing around with an 18 year old boy.

According to his nieces, Wilf was a very snotty, ugly man with a waxed moustache.

After his discharge, Wilf spent the rest of days in a council flat in Littlehampton, Sussex where he kept his coal in his bath! When I asked the reason for this I was told it was because he didn't know what else a bath would be used for!!

Nothing else is currently known.


DOROTHY ETHEL LEGGETT 17/09/1897-1987

Born in Wick, Sussex.

Dorothy was known as Aunt Doff by the children of her sister, Emily. None of them could tell me why though.

In 1901 Dorothy was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with her parents and siblings Alice, George, Solomon and Jack.

In 1911 Dorothy was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May.

Married Alexander William Leonard Mayhead (b 1893 in Hastings reg district, Sussex) in the East Preston reg district in Q2 1926.

Their children:

Dorothy Aleaxndra 1926
Nellie Ethel 07/04/1928
Thomas Haig 11/11/1929

Dorothy and Alex lived in Eastbourne and Dorothy's niece, Bunty, recalls Alex as a bald man.

Alexander died in 1967 in the Sutton reg district of Greater London.

Dorothy died in the Sutton reg district in Q4 1987.

Nothing else is currently known.


JACK REDVERS LEGGETT 1900-1963

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1901 Jack was living in Wick Street, (possibly number 24) Wick with his parents and siblings Alice, George, Solomon and Dorothy.

In 1911 Jack was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May.

Jack enlisted in the Army in 1915 but only served 165 days. He enlisted on 17/07/1915 in Worthing, stating his age was 18 years and 120 days. On his examination paper he was lsited as 5' 7" tall, 116 pounds in weight, a fresh complexion, expanded chest of 33" and with a scar that covered part of his left back. He had been a labourer. He joined the Kings Royal Rifles and his serial number was 12702. He claimed his next of kin was his mother and she was living at 1 Linfield Terrace, Wick, Littlehampton. Jack was posted to Sheerness, Kent on 13/08/1915 and on 28/12/1915, Jack was discharged from the Army. He had obviously been caught out, the reason for his discharge being that he had made a mis statement as to his age on his enlistment. Underneath this statement is the figure 15 9/12 in large writing - presumablby his age at his discharge.

Jack moved down to Somerset at some point in his life.

Married Elsie Nellie Tucker (b 1899 in Othery, Somerset) in Q3 1923 in the Bridgewater reg district, Somerset.

Did they have a son named Clifford R, born in the East Preston reg district in 1928? Did they also have a son Maurice J born in the Bridgewater reg district in Somerset in Q2 1938?

Jack died in the Bridgewater reg district in 1963.


FRANK LEGGETT 29/02/1902-1972

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Frank was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Emily, Nellie and baby May.

Frank was a painter and decorator by trade.

Never married, as far as the family know but he did have a long time partner whose name, I was told, was Violet Christ. I am beginning to doubt the surname as it does not tie up with the children. I believe it could have been either Cramfield or Cranfield. I am leaning towards Cranfiled as there are several Violet Cranfields of a suitable age.

Between Frank and Violet there were quite a few children, one named June and another named Kenneth, who supposedly went by his mother's surname. If the mother's surname was Cranfield, there was another child named Clifford E. P. Could my elderly aunt have got Kenneth confused for Clifford? Alas, it is too late to ask her.

In later life Frank lost an arm and went blind.

Frank died in the Worthing reg district in 1972.


JOSEPH HECTOR LEGGETT 27/07/1903-1974

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Joseph was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with his parents and siblings Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily, Nellie and baby May.

Possibly married Frances E Boxall in Q3 1926 in the Reigate reg district, Surrey.

I believe Joseph and Frances had at least 2 children, Ronald F (1927) and Irene J (1930).

Joseph died in the Chichester reg district in 1974.


EMILY FLORENCE LEGGETT 17/08/1904-11/07/1976

Born in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton, Sussex.

In 1911 Emily was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Nellie and baby May.

Her first child was born before her marriage and I am not certain her husband was the father.

Her child:

Frances May 21/02/1925

Married Caleb John Fisher Mugridge in the Registry Office in East Preston on Emily's 21st birthday (17/08/1925). The marriage was by licence and the witnesses were Ernest W Beademore and A Honeyman.

At the time of their marriage, Emily had been working as a barmaid and living in Wick High Street. Caleb was a lorry driver, living at 29 River Road, Littlehampton.

Bertie John Leonard 04/06/1926
Elizabeth Ann 06/02/1930
Anthony Robert 19/04/1933
Alison Mary04/08/1950

Emily and Caleb lived in many different places in Hastings, most of them rented. According to her daughter Betty (my mum) several moves were made at night making her think years later that the Mugridges had been forced to make a moonlight flit.

Emily and Caleb bought number 14 Brook Street, Hastings where they lived for many years. The house had once been a cobblers shop, hence the double front to it.

Caleb drove lorries before working as a taxi driver and eventally having his own taxi company where he both drove and maintained the vehicles. Emily worked behind the bar or did cleaning jobs. I know she worked at the Hastings Chess Club and the Havelock Club as we had towels to prove it! She also worked for a few years at the, (then posh), Queens Hotel on Hastings seafront. The hotel is still there but nowhere near as grand as it once was.

After moving from Brook Street, Emily and Caleb moved into 6 Havelock Road with their daughter Alison.

While living in Havelock Road, Caleb was admitted to St Helens Hospital, Hastings where he died on 06/05/1960. The cause of death was a carcinoma of the stomach. Cancer was later to take the lives of a grandson and 4 of his 5 children. Caleb was cremated at Hastings crematorim.

Emily was a member of the Trefoil Guild and regularly took part in their fund raising. She was a great fan of jumble sales and I always went with her whenever I was down that way. My first bedsit was furnished by the many jumble sales Emily and I had attendended, a lot of them as helpers. Emily also went on several outings a year and had a lot of friends.

One year, one of the groups Emily belonged to put on a production of Henry V111 and his 6 wives, Emily played Catherine and thoroughly enjoyed the roll.

Emily had her grand daughter Lesley, (my older sister), live with her for a while to finish school. She did the same again with me when my parents were moving to Oxfordshire. A lot of fun was had living there.

Emily suffered a stroke near the beginning of July 1976, in the very hot, dry summer we had then. I visited her every day for a week and she was qite adamant that she was not going to leave the hospital and go home to be a burden on somebody. She had always been a very independant woman and did not like the idea of not being in total control. On the morning of 11/07/1976, Emily died in St Helens Hospital, Hastings. According to the death certificate, the cause was cerebro Vascular accident. Her son Bert had been the informant.

Emily was cremated at Hastings crematorium.


NELLIE MARIA SUMMERS LEGGETT 1907????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 Nellie was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily and baby May.

Her child:

David M 1930

Married William James Heather (b 1913 in Rustington, Sussex) in Q2 1942 in the Worthing reg district.

Their children

Jenifer M 1943
Philip J 1949

Bill worked as a prison officer at Ford open prison in Sussex. He was very good with his hands and made lots of soft toys for his relatives.

Bill died of bowel cancer in 1974 in Littlehampton, Sussex.

Nellie died in Littlehampton in 1983.

Nothing else is currently known.


MAY DAISY LEGGETT 1910-????

Born in Wick, Sussex.

In 1911 baby May was living in 4 rooms in the High Street, Wick, Littlehampton with her parents and siblings Solomon, Dorothy, Jack, Frank, Joseph, Emily and Nellie.

According to my aunt, May had an illegitimate son, Danny by a sailor. So far I have been unable to find a birth for this so it is not necessarily true.

Married Reginald Ayling in the East Prestron reg district in Q4 1929.

Their children:

Gordon R 1933
Brian B 1937
Colin G 1939
Caroline Alexandra

May and Reginald lived in Arundel, Sussex and reglarly had May's niece, Frances (Bunty) staying with them. May was Bunty's favourite aunt.

May died of heart dropsy not long after the birth of her daughter. Unfortunately I cannot find a birth for the daughter or a death for May.

Reginald possibly died in Arundel in 1955.


Children of Elizabeth & Robert: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


ETHEL MARY PEGG 1891-????

Born in Marylebone, London.

In 1891 baby Ethel was living at 6 Marylebone Mews, Marylebone with her parents. Class: RG12; Piece: 92; Folio 88; Page 30; GSU roll: 6095202.

In 1901 Ethel was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with her parents and siblings , William and Gladys. Also there that day was William Summers, her couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

Nothing else is currently known.


WILLIAM FRANCIS PEGG 1892-????

Born in Marylebone, London.

In 1901 William was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with hisr parents and siblings Ethel and Gladys. Also there that day was William Summers, his couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

Nothing else is currently known.


VIOLET GLADYS PEGG 1900-1973

Born in Marylebone, London.

In 1901 Gladys was living at 4 George Street, Marylebone with her parents and siblings Ethel and William. Also there that day was William Summers, her couisin or half brother and a boarder named George Elmer. Class: RG13; Piece: 114; Folio: 152; Page: 34.

At some point in her life, Gladys was working as a cook in an Army camp. I am not sure if she was a cicilian or an Army member.

Married Louis Wartel Groves (b 1902 in Reading, Berkshire) in the Marylebone reg district in Q2 1929.

Louis was employed as a lorry driver.

Gladys and Louis had 2 sons (born in Marylebone according to Free BMD.

Gladys died in Wokingham, Berkshire in 1973, aged 73.

Louis died in Bedfordshire in 1980, aged 78.

Nothing else is currently known.

Some information from Jean's Ancestry Tree.


Children of Jane & Arthur: grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


JENNIE LAVINIA CURTIS 1893-????

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

In 1901 Jennie was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with her parents and siblings , Arthur and Edwin. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

Nothing else is currently known.


ARTHUR PHILIP CURTIS 1895-????

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

In 1901 Arthur was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with his parents and siblings Jennie and Edwin. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

Did Arthur marry Ellen Gavaghan in the West Ham reg district, Essex in Q3 1918?

Nothing else is currently known.


EDWIN VICTOR CURTIS 1898-????

Born in Limehouse, Stepney, London.

In 1901 Edwin was living at 2 Wallwood Street, Limehouse with his parents and siblings Jennie and Arthur. Class: RG13; Piece: 324; Folio: 38; Page: 21.

Nothing else is currently known.


THE NEXT GENERATION: 5


Children of Florence & Frederick: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


WINIFRED HILDA BEVENS 03/10/1910-1989***

Born in West Ham, Essex.

In 1911 baby Winifred was living at 16 Colegrave Road, Stratford, London with her parents. Class: RG14; Piece: 9370; Schedule Number: 163.

Married William G Goodenough in the West Ham reg district in Q3 1934.

Winifred and William had 2 sons who may still be alive.

Winifred died in Q2 1989 in the Waltham Forest reg district, London, aged 78.


FREDERICK W BEVENS 1912-1956

Born in West Ham, Essex.

Nothing else is currently known.


DORIS I BEVENS 1916-????

Born in West Ham, Essex.

Married William G Postle (b abt. 1917) in Q2 1947 in the Essex South Western reg district.

Doris and William had a daughter who may still be alive.

Doris died in the Essex south western reg district in Q2 1956, aged 39.

William died in Q2 1958 in the Essex south western reg district, aged 41.


Children of Amy & Frank: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


NINA AMY PORTER 27/12/1905-1995

Born in Islington, London.

Nina and her family emmigrated to Canada, arriving in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Nina, her parents and her brother Frank were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of her half aunt Emily Jackson and her family.

Married Hendrik (Henry) Veeen (b 24/06/1902 in Boven Knijpe, Netherlands) in Canada.

Nina and Herny had 3 daughters who may still be alive.

Henry was employed as a gardener.

Nina died in Peterborough, Canada on 21/12/1995 of septicemia.

Frank died in Peterborough, Canada on 02/10/1998 of a stroke.


FRANK WILLIAM PORTER 13/10/1907-1908

Born in Islington, London. Twin to Charles.

Frank (and his twin) died in Islington in Q1 1908 of a congenital heart defect..


CHARLES HENRY PORTER 13/10/1907-1908

Born in Islington, London. Twin to Frank

Charles (and his twin) died in Islington in Q1 1908 of a congenital heart defect.


FRANK WILLIAM PORTER 06/04/1909-1988

Born in Islington, London.

Frank and his family emmigrated to Canada, arriving in Toronto by train, via Portland, Maine, U.S.A. in 1911, 2 months before the census. The family had sailed from Southampton on 21/03/1911 onboard the Cairnrona of the Thomson Steamship Line. The master's name was J. S. Boynce. Their ticket number was 2540.

According to the 1911 census, Frank, her parents and his sister Nina were living at 327 Wilton Street, Toronto. This was the home of his half aunt Emily Jackson and her family.

Married Thelma Griffiths (b 25/01/1909) in Toronto in 1932.

Frank was a chemist.

Frank and Thelma had 2 daughters and 2 sons who may still be alive.

Thelma died in Guelph, Toronto on either 07/08 or 13/08/1983. She died of a brain tumour.

Frank died in Guelph on 19/09/1988 of a heart attack.


Children of William & Henrietta: grandchildren of Margaret & William, great grandchildren of Susannaha & Henry, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


MARGARET ANNIE CAMM* 1908-1908

Born in Lambeth, London and my logical guess to the dead child.

Margaret died in Q4 1908 in Lambeth.


IRENE MAY CAMM 1910-1913

Born in Clapham, London.

Irene died in the Edmonton reg district, London, aged 3.


BEARTRICE PATRICIA CAMM 15/10/1914-2003

Born in Islington, London.

Married Edward Ernest Whitaker (b 1917) in Q4 1943 in Islington.

Beatrice and Edward had 2 daughters, who may still be alive.

Edward died in Q4 1979 in Islington, aged 62.

Beatrice died in Q1 2003 in the Luton reg district, Bedfordshire, aged 88.


QUEENIE MAUREEN CAMM 24/06/1920-1976

Born in Islington, London.

Married Thomas Murrell (b 19/03/1909) in Q4 1951 in Islington.

Thomas died in Islington in Q3 1976, aged 67.

Queenie died in Q2 1966 in Islington, aged 66.


Children of Dorothy & Alexander: grandchildren of Mary & George, great grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


Information from the Ancestry World Tree of Tony Spearing.

DOROTHY ALEXANDRA MAYHEAD 1926-10/05/1945

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Dorothy died of TB on VE Day, 10/05/1945 in the mid eastern Surrey reg district, aged 18.

Dorothy is buried in Wallington, Surrey.


NELLIE ETHEL MAYHEAD 07/04/1928-????

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Was quite probably named after her aunt Nellie and her mother.

Nellie moved from Eastbourne up to the Surrey area sometime during her childhood.

Married Michael Edward Thomas Longhurs (b abt. 27/12/19254) on 25/06/1949 in Croydon, Surrey.

At some point in her life, Nellie changed her name to Barbara. She was Nellie when she married.

Barbara and Michael had a son and daughter, both of whom are still living.


THOMAS HAIG MAYHEAD 11/11/1929-11/11/1994

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Thomas moved from Sussex up to Surrey with his family, some time during his childhood.

Married Margaret M Rhoades in Q4 1952 in the Surrey North Eastern reg district.

Thomas and Margaret had 3 sons and a daughter, all still alive.


Children of Emily & Caleb: grandchildren of Mary & George, great grandchildren of Joseph & Maria, 2x great grandchildren of Joseph & Mary.


FRANCES MAY MUGRIDGE 20/2/1925-2/1/2003

Born in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Known as Bunty, a nickname given to her by one of her mother's brothers.

Bunty moved to Hastings, Sussex with her family at some point in her childhood and apparently went to a Church School. Which one that was I don't know but Bunty had lots of stories to tell of her life at school to her children. Bunty also spent a lot of time living with her maternal grandmother in Wick, so maybe the school she went to was there, rather than Hastings. She also used to spend a lot of time with her mother's sister, May in Arundel, Sussex.

Upon leaving school, Bunty worked for some time at a hotel. It may well have been the Queen's hotel as her mother worked there at some point in her life.

At some point, the family moved to Hendon, London, to 3 Dehar Crescent. I think this was sometime near the beginning of the war, or possibly just after the war started.

Bunty went to work at an aircraft plant in West Hendon. She would watch the aerial fights between Spitfires, Hurricanes and German bombers until she was forced to go down to the air raid shelter.

In April 1942, Bunty managed to convince the Army that she was 17, when in fact she was a year younger. She joined the Women's Auxillary Territorial Services as a Private. Her mother had given her consent for the enlistment.

Bunty was sent to Scotland to do her basic training and was then assigned to an anti-aircraft gun post. Her job was to calculate the location of an attacking enemy aircraft and to issue the command to fire to the gunner.

Bunty was posted to several camps in England and Wales and was discharged in July 1945. She was still a Private, having turned down promotion. her reason for doing that was "she preferred to be in the war on her own terms".

Bunty remarked that a bad part of the war was all the rationing and the good part was meeting her husband.

Bunty met Corporal Howard Wayne Hendrix, of Wilks County, North Carolina, USA at a dance. He asked to walk her home and she agreed. Howard, apparently was so pleased that he gave Bunty some chewing gum.

Howard was promoted to Sergeant and posted to Africa, Sicily and France so their courtship had to continue by post.

When Howard returned from France he and Bunty were married at Hendon registry office on 10/4/1945. General Patton had signed the permit to marry.

Their children:

Carol Frances 8/6/1948
Alison Elizabeth 19/3/1954
Dorothy Gail 20/8/1955
Howard Wayne 19/3/1962
John Evertett 16/9/1965

Bunty set sail for America on the Queen Mary and arrived in the United States on 06/04/1946, along with several hundred other war brides. One of these brides was a lady named Ronnie Church who was to become Bunty's friend for 57 years. By a strange coincidence, neither of the ladies had met in England, they both rented rooms in the same house and discovered that they shared the same birthday and date. They decided they must be twins!

According to Bunty's youngest sister, Alison, Howard still had a girlfriend living in North Wilkesborough when Bunty arrived and Bunty was not treated too well in the early days of the marriage.

Howard worked as a mechanic at Gaddy Motor Company in North Wilkes.

Bunty was a very good seamstress, taking after her mother and she forever had people going in and out of her home with sewing jobs.

Howard died in ?

She was well know and very well liked and was full of life. She was for ever telling jokes and stories. She had a wicked sense of humour. She was also very fond of children and when her youngest went off to school, Bunty decided to babysit children, so her house was always noisy and full of fun.

To sum up Bunty, I will 'borrow' some script, written by Carol, Bunty's eldest child, to read at her memorial service. There were always folks at our house, either visiting, having sewing done, children andleaders from mom's scout troops or children being cared for by mom. As a result we gained more family. Mom was always reaching out to share her ambiance of love with everyone she could. It's hard to remember that the people weren't related by blood, but by love. One of mom's unwritten rules was that everyone must drink hot tea while sitting around her kitchen table (must have been a thow back to her life in England). And they did andd they enjoyed it. But, there was an exception...if you came to visit while Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy was on the TV, you were to either be quite or match your wits against mom. That was always a losing battle , she kenw the answer to everything. She was a walking, talking encyclopedia of information. She was the smartest woman I have ever known. I think there must have been some gene associated with this knowledge as her sister Betty and also myself are a mind of useless information!

Carol also went on to say "Mom spent hours pouring over her material and patterns and would think nothing about making us a new outfir to wear to school the next day. She also made many friends by sewing, there was always someone going in and out of our house, carrying in material and carrying out the finished garment. My brother Wayne says Mama is the fabric from which we childrenw were sewn.

I had many conversations on the phone with Bunty and she was always saying she should be doing the housework rather than talking but she never, ever got round to it. I would ask her next time we spoke but it had not been done. The only time it got done was if someone was coming over from England to visit. The whole neighbourhood knew Bunty was expecting company when they saw her start to clean. She had a theory that she had cleaned houses for too many years and she was now going to spend her time enjoying her children, grandchildren, her friends, her books, her sewing and shopping. That sounds like a very sensible idea to me. Life is too short to waste it on continual cleaning! Bunty was a lady who loved to shop and would start buying Christmas presents in the January sales. These presents would be hidden all over the house and sometimes they would be forgottern. It was not unusual to get a present the following summer when lost ones reappeared.

The family would always rent a large house on the coast in South Carolina each summer and a good time was had by all. In the summer of 2002 Bunty was sick during the trip. Shortly after her return, Bunty found out she had liver cancer. She had to have chemotherapy and Bunty, being Bunty, charmed the staff at Wilkes Regional hospital. They nicknamed her 'The Queen' and always curtsied or bowed whenever she went there. Bunty remained optimistic during the treatment but her body did not do so well.

Bunty died at her home on Thursday 02/01/2003. A memorial service was held for her on Saturday 4th February at the Miller Funeral Services Chapel, North Wilkes and there were so many people there, they had to stand outside. Bunty had been a very well known and loved lady.


BERTIE LEONARD JOHN MUGRIDGE4/6/1926-05/12/2001

Born in Littlehampton, West Sussex.

Joined the army as part of his national service and, according to his sister Betty, this was the best thing he did. Before that he had been in trouble a few times with the police for minor things but the Army got him back on the straight and narrow.

Married Jean Shaw (b 1926 in Hastings) on 3/8/1949.

Their children:

Christopher Andrew 4/12/1950
Graham Rex 20/2/1955

Bert worked for BEA (British European Airways) and lived for many years in Weybridge, Surrey. I believe he was still working for the airline when it joined forces with BOAC (British Overseas Aircraft Corporation) and became BA (British Airways). His younger brother, Tony worked for BOAC.

After Bert retired, he and Jean moved out to Spain, near Alicante where they bought a house. Theye spent several years there before their new batch of grandchildren called them back home.

Bert and Jean moved back to England, to Shropshire to be near his grandchildren.

Bert died in Telford, Shropshire on 05/12/2001 of lung cancer. He had also been suffering from emphysema for many years. Bert was cremated at Telford crematorium on Wednesday 12th December.


ELIZABETH ANN MUGRIDGE 6/2/1930-24/04/2008

My mum kept all sorts of bits of paper from her past for which I am extremely grateful. It's a shame I never knew about them until after her death as I would liked to have quizzed her on some of them.

Born in Wick near Littlehampton.

Christened on 08/05/1930 at All Saint's Church, Wick.

Known as Betty.

Moved to Hastings when she was fairly young and grew up as a tomboy. She did not like her younger brother Tony too much and was always fighting with him. I believe it was probably due to a bit of jealousy as she was no longer the baby of the family and Tony was spoilt. Despite her dislike of Tony, she lost her top two front teeth in a fight, when she was 11, defending him from a group of bullies. During her time in Hastings, Betty lived at many different addresses and some of the moves happened at night which led her to believe the family were doing a 'moonlight flit' to avoid the rent man. Some of the addresses the family lived at were St Thomas's Road, 33 Braybrooke Road and 136 Braybrooke Road.

The primary school Betty attended was Mount Pleasant school. For a short history of the school expansion, click here.

Betty obviously attended Sunday school regularly as she kept a scripture examination certificate that she was awarded in 1940. This certificate was awarded with honours and came form St Luke's Presbyterian School.

The family also spent some time in Hendon at 3 Dehar Crescent. I believe this was during the war, which would explain why Betty and her brother were evacuated.

During the war Betty was evacuated, with her younger brother Tony, to Bedford. Each time I asked her about her experiences she would just say it was not nice and clam up. She told me, in later years, that she had regularly been touched inappropriately by the man of the house. It is a shame she didn't tell her mother that when she came up to fetch Tony after it was discovered he had been ill treated. It was while she was evacuated that Betty went off sugar in her drinks. The parents used Betty's sugar rations and she had to have jam in her tea if she wanted it sweet. She told me this tasted so revolting, that she just stopped having anything sweet.

Betty was confirmed at St Paul's Church in Bedford in 1944, so obviously during her evacuation and she took her first communion at St Mary's Church in Bedford.

I don't know the name of the school Betty went to in Bedford.

After the war the family returned to Hastings where they bought a house at 14 Brook Street.

Betty then went on to attend school at Tower Road School in St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. The school buildings were built in a huge dip, the walls around the playground were about 30' high (or that's what they appeared to be when I was younger) and there was a ramp leading down into the playground. I have just found a piece about the opening of the school here. This school was later renamed as Woodlands Secondary School for girls (where I attended) and years later it became Christchurch Junior School. The majority of the old building was knocked down but the new buildings still occupy the old playground. Betty's great grandson went to school here. Betty passed exams there in 1944, aged 14, in French, hand writing and English (with distinction). These were all elementary certificates.

Betty was always an athletic person who enjoyed sports and took part in the activities in Hastings Youth Week, held in June, in 1948. On June 10th she came 3rd in the girl's 17-19 year old 150 yard race and also 3rd in the girls 100 yard race.

Straight after leaving school, she went to work at Pelham's Chemist in the High Street, Old Town in Hastings. The shop is still there, complete with the tiled name under the shop window, only today it is a florists shop.

She became godmother to Julia Pelham, (the daughter of the chemist's owner) at St Clements Church, Hastings on 14/08/1949 .

Betty decided to be different to the rest of her siblings and wanted to join the RAF rather than the Army. She enrolled as a member of the Women's Junior Air Corps on 18/02/1946, 12 days after her 16th birthday. She belonged to Unit 208 in Hastings and meetings took place on Monday nights from 19-00 to 21-30 hours at 4 Carlisle Parade. Betty was promoted to Lance Corporal on 18/2/1948, 2 years after her enrollment; Corporal on 21/06/1948, Sergeant on 01/05/1950 and a unit Sergeant on 06/11/1950. While a cadet Betty had 4 flights in a Fairchild Argos, which she told me she thoroughly enjoyed. On 21/04/1948 she gained her 1st Ability badge and on 03/11/1948 she gained her Air Ability badge. Betty left the WJAC on 07/05/1951, after 5 years.

On 18/05/1951, Betty signed up for 4 years service in the WRAF. Her serial number was 2816958 and she joined as an A.C.W/2.

Not long after she enlisted, Betty attended a big service in St Paul's Cathedral which was also attended by the King and Queen and General Dwight D. Eisenhower. This service took place on July 4th, 1951 and it was a Service of Commemoration of 28,000 American dead in war time comradeship with the people of Britain and of Dedication of the Roll of Honour for the American Memorial Chapel. Betty kept the booklet about the ceremony and it appears all her service pals signed it for her. I believe they had all probably recently finished their basic training and were going off to different RAF stations. Betty also managed to get the autographs of Dickie Valentine and Douglas Fairbanks Junior, who were also at the service. She had often talked about these but had never shown me them so I was a bit sceptical. I found them after her death.

Betty spent 2 years in the WRAF working as an airframe mechanic on Vampires and Meteors.

It was while Betty was doing a cours11/09/1931 in Bransdale, Yorkshire) on 29/3/1952 in St Andrews Church, Hastings, Sussex.

Their children:

Lesley Ann 31/5/1954
Jacqueline Theresa 8/2/1957
Kim Rosemary9/4/1959

After their wedding, Betty still worked at St Athans until she was posted to Germany and Eddie was posted elsewhere. At that point, Betty left the servcie.

Eddie was postesd to Singapore and went on ahead. Betty sailed out to Singapore on board the S.S. Lancashire, sailing from Liverpool on 26/02/1954. She had had to sail, rather than fly as she was expecting her first child. Betty had cabin 76, berth D. I have a menu for the night of 25/03/1954 with a note on the bottom saying "All clocks will be advanced 30 minutes at midnight tonight. Obviously the beginning of BST but why half an hour instead of an hour?

The first place they lived in Singapore was 103 Lorong J Telok Karau Road in Katong. This was a shared house where they had one room to themselves while sharing a kitchen and bathroom. They later moved into a married quarter at 17 Mornington Crescent, RAF Seletar. They had an armour there to help with the work who also helped look after their daughter, Lesley.

After Eddie's tour of duty came to an end, Betty and Lesley returned home to England on 21/02/1956. They lived at 34B Springfiled Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex. Eddie was sent on a training course for a different aircaft type and ended up serving in Malta for several months on his own. Whenever he was training or off on an unaccompanied posting, Betty and the girls always headed back to St Leonards on Sea where Betty's family still lived.

Eddie was then posted to RAF Watton, near Norwich in Norfolk. The family they lived at 34 Walploe Street, Norwich until they got a married quarter on the camp.

After the birth of their second daughter, Betty and Eddie moved into a 2 bedroomed married quarter at 15 Farnborough Road, at RAF Watton.

When daughter number 3 came along, the family moved into a larger 3 bedroomed married quarter at 25 Boscombe Road

From Watton, Eddie was posted to RAF Bruggen in Germany in 1961. As usual, he went ahead of the family and lived there for several months on his own while waiting for accomodation. During this time Betty and the girls lived with her mother at 190 Bohemia Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex.

Accomodation in a block of flats in Eindhoven, Holland became available and Betty and the girls moved in there. I remember when we flew out to Germany from gatwick airport, we spent the night in the Union Jack Club by Waterloo station in London. My grandmother stayed the night as well. We all travelled up by rail from Hastings to Charing Cross Station. They were only there for 3 or 4 months before they moved to a maisonette at 38K Webshall Strausee, Moenchengladbach in Germnay. This was an RAF off camp accomodation and the family lived there for the rest of the 3 year posting.

Eddie was sent off for more training on his return to England and once more Betty and the girls went down to St Leonards on Sea to live until a married quarter was available. They left Germany from RAF Wilderath on 2/10/1964.

Once a married quarter became available, Betty and the girls moved again; this time to 7 Valetta Road, RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire. This was not far from Ripon.

The next move was a fairly short one from one part of Yorkshire to another. The family lived at 185 AMQ, RAF Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

In 1967 the family moved into 126 Pine Square, RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. This camp was near Ipswich.

Betty and the girls left RAF Wattisham in July 1970 and went to live temporarily with Betty's mother at 190 Bohemia Road. They then moved into a rented 3 bedroomed semi-detached house at 40 Shirley Drive, St Leonards on Sea. The monthly rent on the house was £36 and 8 shillings.

The family lived there for 7 months and Betty got a job working in Theakers, a chemist chain, in Battle Road, just a short walk from the house.

After 7 months, the family moved again, this time to 16 St Margarets Raod, St Leonards. This was a large victorian style terraced house that was arranged over 5 floors. The caretaker lived on the bottom 2 levels and Betty and the girls lived on the top 3. You could see the sea from the top 2 stories at the back of the house and it was only about a 7 minute walk to the pier and the beach.

Betty still worked for Theakers but was able to change shops and went to work in the town centre branch. After a falling out amongst the staff, Betty and one other employee went to work for another Chemist. This time it was a small time chemists named Cathaways, along Bohemia Road.

The family stayed in that house until 1973 when Eddie was posted to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. Lesley had left home, Jacqui went to live with her grandmother and finish school while Betty and Kim moved in with Eddie at 99 Abbey Road, Witney, Oxon. This was a married quarter and much nicer than the ones at Carterton. Eddie took over the quarter on 29/03/1973 at 09-00 hours, his and Betty's 21st wedding anniversary.

While living in Witney, Betty went to work at the local Waitrose supermarket. She was trained to operate a chechkout till but very soon moved onto serving on the delicatessen counter. She really enjoyed this job and stayed there until she moved back down to Hastings again.

Eddie decided to retire from the RAF and went to work for the Saudi Arabian Air Force in 1975. Betty had taken Kim back to Hastings to live as she had gotten in with a bad crowd, Lesley was still living away and Jacqui went to lodge with the next door neighbours. The house at Witney was handed back to the RAF.

Betty and Kim rented a lovely house at 8 Hamilton Gardens in Hastings and stayed there for several months.

During one of Eddie's trips home to England he and Betty bought their first ever home. This was 9 Applewood Close in St Leonards on Sea. Betty lived there for a couple of years before she decided to go out to Saudi to live with her husband. The house was sold to Betty's younger sister, Alison, and her husband.

Betty arrived at Dhahran airport, Saudi Arabia, aboard BA 121 on 13/11/1978 at aproximately 19-00 hours.

During Eddie's time in Saudi he and Betty went on holiday to different exotic places, electing to off set their flying allowance (for home visits) on the cost of somewhere warm. They visited Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Kenya, Barbados, Mauritius, the Seychelles and several trips to Jersey. They really enjoyed these holidays.

Betty and Eddie lived in Saudi for about 3 years before they returned home to Hastings. They bought another house, 24 Shirley Drive in St Leonards on Sea for the sum of £24,950. This house was not far from the house they had rented back in 1970. Eddie went on a training course to do with helicopter engines. He then got a job at Fleetlands in Gosport, Hampshire so another move was on the cards.

Betty and Eddie moved into 169 Privett Road in Gosport in about 1983. They lived there quite happily for about 9 years and always had one or more grandchildren to stay during the school holidays. It was always Betty who asked if she could have them stay as she loved to take them out places. I really don't know who enjoyed it the most, her or the grandchildren! Both Betty and Eddie joined the RAF Association while they were down in Gosport and attended their meetings and functions.

Betty suffered from breast cancer and had a mastectomy in January 1991. I can't remember if she had the operation in Salisbury hospital or Queen Anne's hospital, Cosham, Hampshire. She made a quick recovery and was looking after 2 of her grandchildren for 10 days, 5 weeks after the op. I remember her telling me how strange it was, how she felt lopsided and how she nearly fell off a chair whhile changing a lightbulb as she was unbalanced!

Betty had reconstruction surgery a year after the operation and that took place at either Salisbury or Cosham. One op was done in one hospital and one in the other.

In 1992 Eddie was told he had to retire as he was a civil servant and had reached that age so they decided it was time to move again.

Betty and Eddie took their time to look around and decided to move to Ramsey in Huntingdonshire. They lived at 53 Blenheim Drive in Ramsey.

While in Ramsey, Betty became a member of the ladies wing of the Royal British Legion and made many friends. She worked as a volunteer in the Legion shop, sold poppies and went up to the Royal Albert Hall each year for the Remembrance service.

Betty and Eddie finally decided to return to Hastings to live in 2000, staying with her daughter Kim and her family in Battle Road, St Leonards on Sea while looking for a house to rent. They also spent several months living with their grandson Jamie (Kim's son) and his girlfriend while changing houses.

Betty and Eddie lived at 28 Pine Avene, Hastings, moved to 8 Berlin Road, Hastings and then finally moved into 40A Queens Road, a flat above Gamleys toy shop. There was a lovely view of part of Hastings Castle from her bedroom window. This flat was very close to homes her parents, grandparents and great grandparents had lived. Of course, she didn't know this at the time they moved in as I hadn't found all the relatives at that time. By a strange coincidence, the flat was rented through an estate agents situated at 109 Queens Road. The flat above this shop was once occupied by Betty's parents and younger sister.

Betty was diagnosed with uterine cancer and in March 2004 she under went a hysterectomy in Brighton hospital. This time she was not so lucky with avoiding radiotherapy treatment and had about 6 treatments. She did not mind those so much, she was more annoyed by the fact that she was limited in what she could do for 6 weeks after her op. She had always been an active person and hated the restrictions put on her.

Eddie died of a heart attack on the morning of Monday January 1st 2007, leaving Betty rather shell shocked. He had been ill on and off for years but this came out of the blue. He was cremated at Hastings crematorium on Thursday the 11th January on a wet, miserable day.

Betty began to suffer from awful pains in her hips and also pain in her right knee. The doctor discovered her knee was in need of a bit of repair and this wasd probably contributing to the pain in her hips. So in May 2007 she went into hospital to have it cleaned out. It didn't do the trick, the hip pain was still there.

The hip pain was discovered later in the year on a visit to her oncologist - the bones were breaking up due to cancer.

On Christmas Eve 2008, Betty was given the news that she had been dreading - the cancer had returned, this time to her stomach and this time it was untreatable. She was given months to live.

In the second week of January, Betty was admitted to St Michael's Hospice for a 2 week assesment. Because of the swelling in her legs and stomach and the fact she couldn't manage any of the stairs in her flat, it was decided that she should remain at the hospice. She was moved from her ward downstairs, to room 3, a private room on the floor above. The hospice was set in beautiful grounds and Betty had a lovely view of these from her room. The house Rider Haggard wrote 'She' in, was about 200 yards away from her room. The care she got there was fantastic and they put up with her cantankerousness very well.

On Friday 25/04/2008, Betty passed away in her room. She was cremated at Hastings crematorium on a beautiful, suny warm day on Thursday the 8th May.


ANTHONY ROBERT MUGRIDGE 19/4/1933-10/6/2001

Born in the bathroom of 33 Braybrooke Road, Hastings, Sussex.

Known as Tony and was spolit by his mother when he was young.

Tony was evacuated to Bedford, along with his sister Betty, during the war.The parents who were looking after the children were not so nice, it turned out. Tony would often be locked in the cupboard under the stairs. When his mother found out what was going on she went up to Bedford and took him home. Betty had to stay where she was. This information was from my mother, Betty.

Tony joined the Army and as far as I can remember he was in the R.E.M.E.

Married Paulette Goddard (known as Paula). I think this was in New Zealand.

Their children:

Karen 07/04/1961
Robert 17/10/1963

Tony and Paula lived a few years in New Zealand.

On their return to England TOny and Paula, along with their daughter Karen, lived in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire at some point. Tony Worked for BOAC.

Tony divorced Paula some time after 1970.

Married Joyce Creswell in Hastings in Q4 1997.

Tony and Joyce lived in Battle.

Tony died of cancer on 10/06/2001 and was cremated at Hastins Crematorium on 22nd June..


ALISON MARY MUGRIDGE 4/8/1950-????

Born at 14 Brook Street, Hastings, Sussex.

Alison went to Woodlands Secondary Modern School for Girls.

When she left school, Alison trained as a florist.

Married Anthony Peter John Oak on 7/2/1970 in Hollington Church in the Woods, St Leonards on Sea.

Their children:

Peter Robert 21/8/1975
Laura Joanne 22/8/1980

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