19th Century London Brokets, born after 1850
Here are the currently known London Broket families from the 2nd half of the 19th C, other than members of the north, south and west London clans, outlined on separate pages. They are presented here in date of birth order, and are followed by a list of singletons, for whom only a single record has currently been found. An 1850 split is artificial and some people born before 1850 lived and worked mainly in this 2nd half of the century.
- David Brockett 1854-1912 and Selina CLARK
- Frederick James Brockett 1858-1942 and Emma CURCHIN
- Samuel Brockett of Islington 1858-1927 and Harriet LAVENDER
- George David Brockett ?1860-?1908 and Mary STAGG
- John Brockett 1866-1947 and Elizabeth HOLLOWAY
- William James Brockett of Kilburn 1868-1959 and Florence INNS
- Herbert ‘Bert’ Brockett of Walthamstow 1870-1934 and Ada CLARK
David’s mother died when he was only 3, and his father remarried when he was 11. He married Selina CLARK 15 Jul 1878 in Kilburn St Mary Parish Church, London, he a Carpenter, Bachelor, she a Spinster, daughter of James CLARKE, Dealer, both aged 22 residing 132 Alexandra Rd, near Swiss Cottage, London, witnesses Charles WORBOYS and Sarah Ann CLARKE.3 Had they lived in London a while, to be married there rather than back home in the the village Chapel? Selina was born Guilden Morden 5 Jul 1856, daughter of James CLARK Farm Labourer and Jane BROWN.4 Such was the nature of village life in those times that in 1851 her grandparents had lived two doors down from David’s.5 This was Selena Brockett in 1914, aged 50:6
|1861||David, aged 6, was ‘At home’ with his father William Brockett, Shepherd, widower, and 5 older siblings at Great Green in Guilden Morden.|
|1871||At Church Street, Guilden Morden, David, aged 16, with his father, Shepherd, stepmother and elder brother Alfred, 21, Farm Labourer.|
|1881||In Albion Rd, Twickenham, David [‘Daniel’ in LDS transcription], aged 25, Carpenter; wife Selena, 24—both b ‘Mordon’, Cambridgeshire; 2 children: James N sic, 1; Maud A—both b Twickenham; Joel CLARK, 17, relative, Shop Porter, b Gildon Mordon.|
|1891||At 21 Montpelier Row, Twickenham, David, 36, Carpenter, b Guilden Morden, Cambs; Wife Selina, 34, b Guilden Morden; 4 children: James W, 11, Scholar; Maud A M, 10, Scholar; Grace, 7, Scholar; Frank, 2; all children b Twickenham, Middlesex; and 2 Lodgers: Frederick CLARKE, 25, Gasfitter, b Guilden Morden; Annie M SEYMOUR, 54, living on own means, b Twickenham.|
|1901||At 23 Montpilier Rd, Twickenham, David Brockett, 46, Carpenter, b Guilden Morden, Cambs; Wife Selina, 44, at home, b Guilden Morden; 3 children: James W, 21, Carman; Grace, 17, Shop Assistant stationery; Frank, 12, Scholar; all children b Twickenham, Middlesex; and 1 Visitor: Mary TAYLOR, Single, aged 29, Cook, b Ramsbury, Wiltshire. [image available]. Maud A M, 20, not found.|
|1911||At 21 Broadway Avenue, St Margaret’s, Twickenham, David, 56, Carpenter, b Guilden Morden, Herts; Wife Selina, 54, b Guilden Morden, Herts; Son Frank, 22, Single, Clerk Diamond Merchant, b Twickenham, Middlesex; and 1 Boarder: Frederick Charles PORTER, 36, Single, Assistant Ironmonger, b Wells, Somerset. Married 32 years, 4 children born alive, 4 still living. 6 rooms in the dwelling, including the kitchen. Entry signed by David, written by Frank.|
Occupation: 1878 Carpenter,7 1888 Carpenter Journeyman,8 1912 Builder’s Foreman.9 David being in the building trade, the family moved fairly frequently, presumably to rent accommodation near new work:
1878: 132 Alexandra Rd, near Swiss Cottage, London 10
1881: Albion Rd, Twickenham 11
1888 Jul: 23A Montpelier Row, Twickenham 12
1891 Apr: 21 Montpelier Row, Twickenham 13
1901 Apr: 23 Montpilier Rd, Twickenham 14
1911 Apr: 21 Broadway Avenue, St Margaret’s, Twickenham 15
1912 Nov: 21 Broadway Avenue, St Margaret’s, Twickenham 16
Although born in Twickenham their first son was baptised in the home parish according to custom, but not their other children. David died 22 Nov 1912 at 21 Broadway Avenue, St Margaret’s, Twickenham, Brentford, of carcinoma of oesophagus, acute toxaemia syncope, informant F CLARKE, brother in Law, of 5 May Villas, Prospect Crescent, Whitton, Twickenham.17 Selina died 30 Mar 1930 of acute suppurative cholecystitis, at 30 Twickenham Rd, Isleworth, Brentford, London, aged 73, of Mina Cottage, Prospect Crescent, Whitton, Twickenham, informant F CLARKE, brother.18 Her Will was proved 5 Jun 1930, leaving at least one house—14 Parkside Rd Hounslow about a mile away from Prospect Crescent Whitton—, personal property and 4 family portrait photographs: one each to her two daughters, one to grandson Neal and one to the children of son James:19 Read more
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me SELINA BROCKETT of Mina Cottage Prospet Crescent Whitton in the county of Middlesex made this 7th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty four I hereby revoke all wills made by me at any time heretofore I appoint Frederick Clark & William Leonard Palmer to be my EXECUTORS and direct that all my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I desire all things to be sold (with the exception of articles mentioned below) also house known as 14 Parkside Rd Hounslow if not sold before my death and all money after deducting the two sums of £5 each mentioned below To be divided between the under mentioned as follows:- One fourth to my daughter Maud Alice May Palmer plus one third of the £20 deducted from Neal Brockett’s share One fourth to my daughter Grace Cross plus one third of the £20 deducted from Neal Brockett’s share One fourth to my grandson Neal Brockett less £20 the amount of his fathers funeral expenses already paid by me One fourth plus one third of the £20 deducted from Neal Brockett’s share to be equally divided between the children of James Brockett (my son) on their attaining the age of 21 My daughter Maud I wish to have the family group my daughter Grace I wish to have her fathers portrait & my son James to have the photograph of himself & Frank Neal Brockett to have his fathers portrait My daughters Maud and Grace to have all household linen and plate if any left and Grace to have my long chain My sister Richander R. Matthews to have my brooches & £5 & my niece Winifred Clark to have my keeper & £5
SELINA BROCKETT – Signed by the said testator in the presence of us present at the same time and who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses – REGINALD H.W. COLE – FREDk C. PORTER.
PROVED 5th June 1930
This was Selena, to the left, and daughters Daisy and Grace and son Frank at Frank’s wedding 21 Jan 1914 (eldest son James wasn’t there):
David and Selena’s children:
- James William, born 1879, Twickenham, bap Guilden Morden Chapel, d 1942, Sunbury. Married 1st 1902 Arborfield, Berkshire, Sarah Jane NEAT, d 1905, 1 son died at birth; 2nd 1908 Richmond Annie Edith WHING, d 1975, 2 sons, 2 daughters; 3rd (from the early 1920s)20 Elsie Gladys TYRRELL, d 1970, 2 sons, 2 daughters.
- Maud Alice May, born 12 Jan 1881, 8 Albion Cottages, Twickenham.21 Called ‘Daisy’. Not with parents for the 1901 census, aged 20. Married 24 Jul 1909 at St Leonards Congregational Church, Hastings, William Leonard PALMER, aged 22, Bachelor, Commercial Traveller, of ‘Ferndale’, St Margaret’s Road, Twickenham, she 28, Spinster, Hospital Nurse of ‘Woodmancote’, Woodland Vale Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, witnesses sister Grace and her husband Arthur CROSS.22 In 1911 William Leonard and Maude May PALMER were at 130 Francis Avenue, Southsea, Portsmouth, he aged 22, Head, Commercial Traveller in the dried and green fruit and tea trade, born Devon Plymouth, she 29, Wife, born Middlesex Twickenham, married 2 years, no children born, with one boarder Henrietta EVANS, aged 38; 7 rooms in the house, including the kitchen.23 Leonard was later a Wholesale Grocer. In 1917 he was recorded as a Grocer’s Manager, residing 10 St Ronans Avenue, Southsea.24 They later resided in Havant, and attended Petersfield Church of England. They had no children of their own, but adopted two. They wanted to adopt nephew Neil when his father died in 1916, but his mother resisted. Daisy died 1943.
- Grace, born 6 Aug 1883 26 Talbot Rd, Twickenham.25 Married 6 Dec 1903 at the Baptist Chapel, St Margaret’s, Twickenham, Arthur CROSS, aged 21, Bachelor, Railway Clerk, of St Margaret’s Grove, Twickenham, she 20, Spinster of 21 Broadway Avenue, Twickenham, witnesses sister Maud and Charles WORBOYS.26 In 1911 Arthur and Grace CROSS were at 47 St Margarets Rd, Twickenham, he aged 28, Head, Railway Clerk, born St Margarets, Middlesex, she 27, Wife, born Twickenham, Middlesex, married 7 years, 1 child born, 1 died, with one visitor Elsie WARBOYS, aged 21, born St Albans, Herts; 7 rooms in the house, including the kitchen.27 In 1931 Arthur and Grace CROSS were living Claremont Rd, Teddington, Middlesex, a little further up the river from Twickenham.28” In 1939 they lived at Seaton, Woking, Surrey, Arthur, a Secretary To Limited Company, and Grace, Unpaid Domestic Duties.29 They had an only child, Ronald A CROSS, b Brentford, Middlesex, 1913.30 He became a Journalist, and had children, and was last known living in Twickenham in the early 1960s. He may well have been the Ronald Cross who married Dorothy M ALLEN in 1939 in Croydon District, Surrey,31 and recorded that year living in 66 Hillside, Banstead, Surrey, he born 16 Jun 1911, Commercial Traveller, with wife Dorothy M Cross, born 26 May 1915, Unpaid Domestic Duties.32 Below is a photo of Grace holding Ronald early in 1914; her hairstyle in a severe up do, more common in the early 1900s.33 Sitting on the right is Grace’s mother Selena, and standing behind her is Grace’s husband Arthur Cross. To the left Grace’s younger brother Frank is standing behind his new wife Ellen:
- Frank, born 1888, Twickenham. Married 1914 Ellen SMITH, Southsea, Hampshire. Frank died 20 July 1916 in Southsea, aged 27. Ellen died 1956, Southsea aged 74. 1 son.
7th son of William and Fanny BONNETT, Frederick James was born 1858 in Battersea.34 He married Emma Jane CURCHIN 25 May 1885 in Parish Church, Battersea, he aged 26, Bachelor, Carpenter, she 25, Spinster, both residing the Cottage, Althorpe Rd, witnesses [Frederick’s sister] F GETLIFFE, FW MANSELL.35 Occupation 1892 Carpenter (Journeyman);36 1915 and 39 Carpenter and Joiner;37 1932 Carpenter and Joiner retired.38 Wrote an anxious letter 1917 about son Arthur.39 Emma d 1940 Q3 Battersea aged 81, ie b c 1859. Frederick died 1942 Wandsworth, aged 84.40
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|1861||In Battersea, aged 3, with parents.|
|1871||In Stotfold, aged 12, with parents.|
|1881||Lodger in St George Hanover Sq, Fredreck, aged 22, b Surrey Battersea. Not in the LDS transcript.|
|1891||At the Cottage, Althorpe Rd, Battersea, Frederick, Head, aged 32, Carpenter, b Battersea; Emma J, Wife, 30, b Bedford Wrestlingworth; daughter Florence E, 4, b Battersea; daughter Minnie A, 1, b Battersea; Fanny, Mother, Widow, 72, living on her own means, b Herts Ashwell; Thomas, Brother, unm, 27, Asphalter (Road L[abourer]), b London Limehouse; 2 Lodgers.|
|1901||At 21 Althorp Rd, Battersea, Frederick, 40, Carpenter; Emma, 40, b Beds Wrestlingworth; Florence 14; Minnie, 11; Frederick, 8; Arthur, 5; Martha CURCHIN, Mother in Law, Widow, 68—all b Battersea except Emma and Martha.|
|1911||[Indexed as Brackett.] At 21 Althorp Rd, Wandsworth Common, Frederick James, 52, Head, Carpenter & Joiner working at Middlesex County Asylum, b Battersea, London; Emma Jane, 51, Wife, b Wrestlingworh, Beds; 4 children all Single, b Battersea: Florence Eveline 24, Dressmaker at Wandsworth Infirmary; Minnie Augusta, 21, Milliner; Frederick William, 18, Coal Merchant’s Clerk; Arthur James, 15, Clerk for a Land and House Surveyor. Also in the house Martha CURCHIN, Mother in Law, Widow, 79, old age pensioner, b Wrestlingworh, Beds. Married 25 years, 4 children born alive, 4 still living. 6 rooms in the dwelling, including the kitchen. Entry signed and written by Frederick.|
- Florence Evaline or Eveline, b 1886 Battersea.41 Married 15 Sep 1915 Charles Harry WAIN in Battersea Parish Church, Wandsworth, London, she aged 29, Spinster, he 30, Bachelor, Shipwright, both of 18 Ursula St.42
- Minnie Augusta, b 1889 Battersea.43 Married 1915 Wandsworth … BRYCE.44
- Frederick William, b 7 July 1892 West Battersea,45 and died 1942 in Battersea.46 He married 3 Sep 1932 Dorothy Florence Alice Mary MILFORD at St Alban Parish Church, Streatham Park, Wandsworth, London, he aged 40, Bachelor, Traveller, she 34, Spinster, both of 60c Nimrod Rd, [brother?] A Brockett a witness.47 One daughter. Dorothy Florence Alice Mary died 23 Sep 1970, aged 72, at 58 Solent Rd, Hampstead, London NW6, Administration Ipswich 8 Dec £5,381.48
- Arthur James, b 2 Jan 1896 Wandsworth District.49
War papers:50 Arthur James Brockett (no. 532771) 21 Althorp Rd, Wandsworth Common, Battersea. 19 yrs 342 days on 1 ?Feb 1916. Clerk unm. Father alive Frederick James of same address. Height 5ft 8½in. 121 lbs. Scar middle of forehead. Anxious letter from father 15 Feb 1917. Cook in the army. Given 9 days furlough Apr 1918. Discharged 13 Sep 1919, gas poisoning.
Probably witness to brother’s marriage in 1932. Married 8 Jul 1939 Grace Phyllis GRAHN at the Register Office, Croydon, he aged 43, Bachelor, Accountant British Legion, of 21 Althorp Rd, SW17, she 37, Spinster, of 13 Ena Rd, Norbury.51 He died 6 Jan 1972 Croydon London, aged 76,52 residing 13 Ena Rd, London SW16, will pr London 2 Mar £15,474.53 Grace Phyllis died 30 Jun 1997 at 179 Wickham Rd, Shirley, Croydon, Surrey, will pr Brighton 16 Oct not exceeding £180,000.54 1 daughter.
2nd son of Samuel and Mary Ann GAYLOR, Samuel Henry was born 1858, Royston District;55 d 1927, Lambeth.56 1st marriage 13 Oct 1884 in Warbleton Parish Church, Hailsham Sussex to Harriet LAVENDER, he aged 26, Bachelor, Railway Clerk, residing 52 Havelock St, St Marylebone, London, she 30, Spinster, Servant, residing Warbleton [c 10 m N of Eastbourne].57 They adopted niece Annie. She married in Jan 1916, Harriet died 1916 St Martin London, aged 62, ie b c 1854,58 and Samuel Henry married again 29 Sep 1917 Lucy Florence CONSTABLE at the Brixton Independent Church, Brixton Rd, Lambeth, he aged 59, Widower, Railway Inspector accidents, residing 65 Hemingford Rd, Barnsbury, she 49, Widow, residing 49 Ballater Rd, Brixton, Samuel Henry’s father given as Henry deceased, Chemist’s Assistant.59 Samuel H died 1927 Lambeth London, aged 69.60 Lucy F died 1947 Surrey Mid E, aged 79.61 No surviving issue. Child: Samuel Henry, b 1888, St George’s Hanover Sq, London;62 d there 1888.63
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|1881||At 2 Delhi St, Islington, Middx, Samuel, [name indexed as BLOCKETT], aged 23, unm, Porter, b Herts Royston, Lodger in the home of Thomas EDWARDS, 29, Porter.|
|1891||At 52 Havelock St, Islington, London, Samuel H, aged 33, Railway Porter, b Herts Royston; wife Harriet, 36, b Sussex Ashburnham; Mother Mary A, 69, Widow, b Herts Royston; Niece Annie, 6, b Essex Stratford.|
|1901||At 43 Thornhill Sq, Islington, London, Samuel H, aged 42, Cartage Inspector, b Herts Royston; wife Harriet, 47, b Sussex Ashburnam; Niece Annie E, 16, b Essex Leytonstone, Fancy Leather Trade Worker.|
|1911||At 65 Hemingford Rd, Islington, Samuel Henry, aged 52, Head, Inspector on Great Northern Railway, b Royston, Herts; Niece Annie Elizabeth, 26, Single, b Leytonstone, Essex, Warehouse Assistant, Fancy Leather Trade. ; 8 [crossed out and replaced by 3] rooms in the dwelling; entry written and signed by Samuel Henry. Wife Harriett, 57, Aunt, b Sussex Ashburnam, married 26 years, was at 16 Lawes Ave, Newhaven, Sussex, 4-roomed home of William SHERWIN, 29, and his wife Maud A, 28, along with Maud’s mother and a maternity nurse.|
Only son of David and Lucy SAWING, George David was born 7 Nov 1860 Wandsworth Common.64 George, Cartage Contractor’s Carman of 75 Falcon Rd, Battersea, d 14 Jan 1908 of chronic bronchitis and cardiac failure at the Union Infirmary, SW Battersea, aged 53, ie b c 1855.65
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|1871||Apparently not recorded—aged 11, but not with parents.|
|1881||With father and stepmother in Battersea George, 20, unmarried, Labourer.|
|1891||At 92 Abercrombie St, Battersea St Stephen, George D, aged 21, Coal Porter, b Wandsworth; Mary, 22, b Wandsworth; daughters both b Battersea: Rose E, 2; Florence M, 5 months; and visitor John STAGG, unm, 19, Grocer’s Assistant, b Clapham.|
|1901||No apparent record of any of the family.|
Records of George David are difficult:
- Sometimes he was only called George.
- His age at the 1891 census was incorrect—probably 21 for 31. The cell above was 24, so it could have been a dittography. If not, with a 2½ year-old child, he would have married [if he did] by the age of 19. There are no records of such a David.
- His given age at death was about 5 years out, but no other suitable death was recorded before 1915, when his daughter’s Florence’s marriage certificate recorded him as deceased.
- He changed occupations: in 1890 and 91 he was a Coal Porter and in 1894, 97 and 1908 he was a Carman, but he probably simply changed jobs.
- He possibly changed partners—although it was more likely that Mary was known by different surnames. There is no suitable GRO record of a Mary dying 1891-4, so Mary PHILLIPS and Mary STAGG were probably the same person—consider John STAGG, visitor in their household 1891.66
- No relevant marriage/s are recorded in the GRO under George or David.
- None of the family has been traced in the 1901 census.
However, no other George David is known, and following are the only other Georges recorded born in London 1845-71 by the GRO:
- b 20 December 1863 Kingston, son of Francis Henry and Agnes.67 Married 1883 Caroline Hilda HART.
- b 19 Jun 1867 Lambeth, son of Thomas and Catherine MILLS.68 He was a Coalworker, but married 1890 Margaret LEGG.
- b 1869 Kingston, London.69 Married 1896 Ada Rosina TERRY.
- b 1869 Hackney.70 Married 1896 Mary Elizabeth COLE as a Bachelor.
- b 27 Dec 1871 Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire.71 Married 1893 Louisa DAY.
- Rose Elizabeth was born 1888 Wandsworth.72 In 1911 at 103 High St, Battersea, aged 22, b Battersea, sole servant in the house of Jeremiah DWYER Government Clerk, and family.73 Married 21 Aug 1915 in St Marys Church, Summerstown, Wandsworth, Charles BAKER, 34, Widower, Gas Fitter of 44 Mawbey St, South Lambeth, she a Spinster aged 27 of 686 Garrett Lane, daughter of George, deceased, no occupation given.74
- Florence, b 24 Sep 1890 at 92 Abercrombie St, West Battersea, daughter of George David, Coal Porter, and Mary, formerly PHILLIPS, Mary making her mark.75 Probably in London Greenwich aged 20 for the 1911 census, as Florence Mary, Single, General Servant at the home of Caroline Martha COLE, 62, Single, 7 Gellatly Rd, New Cross, S E. Married—as Florence Mary—31 July 1915 Henry CHAMBERLAIN at Lambeth Register Office, she aged 24, Spinster, Domestic Servant, of 44 Mawbey St, South Lambeth, daughter of George, Builder’s Labourer, deceased, he 36, Bachelor, Gas Company’s Labourer, of 183 South Lambeth Rd, witnesses sister Rose E and her future husband Charles BAKER.76
- George Thomas, born 14 Oct 1894, 15 Oulton St, E Battersea, son of George, Carman, and Mary, formerly STAGG, Mary making her mark.77 Died 1895 Wandsworth.78.
- Louisa, b 10 Jan 1897, 3 Haywood St, E Battersea, daughter of George David, Carman, and Mary, formerly STAGG, Mary making her mark.79 Not apparently in the 1911 census.
1st son of Thomas and Mary Ann MUNSEY of the Mordens clan, John ‘Jack’ was born 22 Dec 1866, Guilden Morden, bap 3 Feb 1867, Guilden Morden Church.80 Married Ada Elizabeth HOLLOWAY 9 Dec 1894 in St Martins in the Fields, Middlesex, he aged 28, Bachelor, Draper, residing 4 St Martin’s St, she 24, Spinster, residing 6 Monmouth Court.81 Occupation: 1891 Draper’s Clerk,82 1895 Draper’s Assistant,83 1896, 98 and 99, Draper’s Packer,84 1924 Packer,85 1946 Warehouse Packer retired.86 Ada Elizabeth died 2 Apr 1946 of cerebral thrombosis and arteriosclerosis, aged 75, at ‘Compton’ Lepminster Rd, Rainham, Romford, residing ‘Brockwell’, Fairview Ave, Rainham, informant EW Brockett, son.87 John died 1947 Romford Essex, aged 80.88
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|1881||In Therfield, Herts, with parents, John, aged 14, Builder’s Labourer.|
|1891||At a large Drapery, Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London, called Spencer, Turner and Boldero’s Establishment, John, aged 24, single, Draper’s Clerk, b Cambs Guilden Morden.|
|1901||At 7 St Stephens Road, East Ham, Essex, John, aged 34, Head, Packer Drapers, b Guilden Morden, Cambs; Wife Ada E, 30, b Westminster; Frederick Cha, 6; StanleyT, 4; Edwin W, 3; Lillian, 1. All children b Upton Park, Essex. [image available]|
|1911||At 47 Eversleigh Rd, Katherine Rd, East Ham, Essex, John, aged 44, Head, Drapery Packer, b Guilden Morden, Cambs; Wife Ada Elizabeth, 40, b St Martins in the Fields; Frederick Charles, 16, Junior Merchant’s Clerk; Stanley Thomas, 14, Printer’s Assistant; Edwin Walter, 13, Scholar [Indexed as Brockier]; Lillian, 11, Scholar. All children single, b Upton Park, Essex. Married 17 years, 4 children born alive, 4 still living. 5 rooms in the dwelling, including the kitchen. Entry signed and written by John. Also living there was brother Alfred Arthur, 26, Baker, single, b Therfield, Herts.|
- Frederick Charles, born 31 Mar 1895 in Upton Park, East Ham,89 and died 1977. He married Grace CLOW 12 Aug 1914 in Mile End.90 Had a near-namesake distant cousin, Charles Frederick Brockett, who emigrated to New Zealand, b 1882. Had a hereditary eye condition, like daughters and sister Lily. Worked on the Railways and resided Rainham, Deptford, Ipswich. Grace Ellen died 20 Aug 1972 Ipswich Suffolk, aged 7691 at 62 Hutland Rd, Ipswich, Administration Ipswich 16 Oct £616.92 Frederick died 31 Mar 1977 Ipswich Suffolk, aged 8293 at 62 Hutland Rd, Ipswich, will pr Ipswich 24 May £10,911.94Children:
- Olive E, b 1914, Mile End;95 d c 1997. Had a hereditary eye condition, like father Fred and aunt Lily. Married Sid PHILLIPS. No further record in GRO up to 1937.
- Stanley Thomas, born 11 Aug 1896 in Upton Park, East Ham.96 Married Dorothy ‘Dolly‘ Ethel DRAPER 1921 West Ham.97 The family moved to Herne Bay and did not keep in contact with Stanley’s brothers and sisters. Occupation Draper. Stanley died 24 Dec 1981 aged 8598 at 65 The Broadway, Herne Bay, Kent, will pr Brighton 16 Mar, not exceeding £25,000.99 Ethel was probably Ethel Kathleen, who died 7 Mar 1975 Ashford, Kent, aged 88, ie b c 1887,100 at 130 Dover Rd, Folkestone, will pr Brighton 2 May £7,018.101 Children:
- Edwin Walter, b 19 Jan 1898, Upton Park, East Ham;105 m 1926 Ethel LANGFORD, W Ham District.106 Occupation Shopkeeper. Resided 85 Blackbush Ave, Chadwell Heath,107 then Ealing. No issue.108 Died 11 Sep 1978 Ipswich Suffolk aged 80109 at 28 Matson Rd, Ipswich, will pr Ipswich £1,758.110 Ethel Annie died 2 Jul 1977 Ipswich Suffolk, aged 78.111
- Lilian ‘Lily’, b 18 Jun 1899, 7 St Stephen’s Road, Upton Park, East Ham.112 Had a hereditary eye condition, like brother Fred. Married 26 Jul 1924 Sidney CROWLEY, in the Parish Church of St Albans, East Ham, Essex, she aged 25, Spinster, Machinist, residing 47 Evesleigh Rd, he 24, Bachelor, residing 43 Evesleigh Rd, one witness [her father] John.113 2 daughters.
1st son of William and Emily SYMONDS of Willesden, William James was born 26 Sep 1868 in Pimlico.114 He married Florence INNS c 1896.115 William James’ occupations: Plumber 1891,116 Builders’ Decorator 1901,117 House Painter 1902, 05, 08, 11,118 1939, 45, 58 (retired).119 William J Brockett died 1959 Hampstead London, aged 90.120 Here he is in later life:121
Their eldest son Frederick William said both his parents were ‘Kilburn people’ and that he and all his brothers and sisters were born there. The family moved at least three times 1902-8. Florence’s surname INNS was found from GRO entries for some of the children. She died 1943 Hampstead London, aged 65.122 Here she is with eldest daughter Winnie on the Isle of Wight in the 1930s:123
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|1891||At 8 Preston Pl, Willesden with his parents and brothers, William, 22, Single, Plumber, b Cambs Cambridge.|
|1901||At 34 Maygrove Rd, Hampstead, William, aged 32, b London Pimlico, Builder’s Decorator; Florence, 27, b London Paddington; Frederick, 3, b London Kilburn; Winifred, 9 months, b London Kilburn.|
|1911||At 46 Netherwood St, Kilburn NW, West Hampstead, London, William, aged 42, House Painter, b Cambridge; Florence, 33; children, all at School, Frederick, 13, b Willesden; Winifred, 11, b Willesden; Ruby, 9, b Hampstead; May, 6, b Hampstead;Gladys, 2, b Hampstead. Married 15 years, 5 children born alive, 5 still living. 3 rooms in the dwelling, including the kitchen [!]. Entry signed and written by William.|
- Frederick William, b 9 Mar 1898 Kilburn, Hendon.124 Married … KEMP 1920 in Ticehurst.125 Died 1980 Lambeth, London, aged 82 [ie b c 1898].126 Child: Phyllis J, b 1931 Willesden London;127 d unm 1967 London City, aged 36 [ie b c 1931].128 Here is Frederick William Brockett’s signature in 1967, when he was living in Poultry, London EC2.129
- Winifred Daisy, b 1900 Hendon.130 Married 28 Jul 1945 Joseph CHRISTMAS at the Sacred Heart of Jesus RC Church, Hampstead, she aged 44, Spinster, Domestic Servant, of 161 Messina Ave, London NW6, he 29, Bachelor, Baker Journeyman, of 38 Sheriff Rd, NW6.131 No issue. Here they are on their wedding day:132
- Ruby Elizabeth, b 18 Jun 1902, 26 Maygrove Rd, Kilburn, Hampstead.133. Resided Winchester 1967; m … WRIGHT Willesden 1930.134 Died after 1998. No issue. Ruby is seated in red—appropriately—in the centre of this photo, dating from the 1970s? From left to right are: George/Wilfred, Marie, Ruby, Maurice, May:135
- Florence May, b 21 Mar 1905, 48 Loveridge Rd, Kilburn, Hampstead.136 See the photo above. Married—as May F C—1928 Willesden … WOOD.137 d Harrow? 1 daughter.
- Gladys Emmeline, b 11 Jun 1908, 6 Netherwood St, Kilburn;138 d 1917 Hampstead, aged 8.139
- Marie K, b 1911 Hampstead.140 A witness to brother Eric’s marriage 1939 as Marie Dorothy. Married 1940 Paddington Reginald BALL.141 Resided 49 Kathleen Ave, Wembley 1967. See the photo above. 1 daughter.
- Edith, b 1913 Hampstead.142 Died unm 1943 Hampstead, aged 30,143 the same week as her mother. No issue.
- John ‘Jack’ A, b 1914 Hampstead.144 Married 1947 Birmingham.145 Resided Birmingham 1967. Died Birmingham? 1 or 2 sons. Joan and Jack Brockett:146
- George Wilfred, b 1915 Hampstead;147 d 29 Jan 1998, Harrow? Called George according to Emily, although Maurice’s wife called him Wilfred. Worked in the Motor Industry, Driver in 1966 as ‘William George’.148 As Robert W G married Emily MOSS in Newbury 1944.149 Emily died 2 Nov 2007. See the photo above. 3 sons.
- Eric Arthur ‘Bubbles’, b 13 Jun 1918 Hampstead. Married 6 Sep 1939 Ada CROMWELL in Colchester Parish Church, Essex, he aged 21, Bachelor, Sapper, of 7th Field Company R E, Reed Hall Camp, she 21, Spinster, Secretarial Typist, of 17 Albert St, Queens Park, London, [sister] Marie Dorothy Brockett a witness.150 They divorced and no further record of Ada has been found in the GRO. Eric remarried 15 Aug 1958 in the Register Office, Willesden, to Constance Mary BALDWIN, Spinster, Shorthand Typist [in Smiths Clocks], residing 8 Eresby Mews, London NW6; Eric’s occupation: Garage Proprietor, residing 42 Litchfield Gardens, London NW10.151 1 daughter. “Eric was invalided out of the army (REME) after a bridge collapsed on him—he suffered severe headaches for the rest of his life. He had his own successful business (car mechanics) in Willesden working with one brother (probably the one who was in the RAF during the Second World War) servicing cars. In the early 1960s Eric and Constance moved to Irvine, Scotland, where he worked for the South of Scotland Electricity Board. The family moved back to London in the late 1960s where Eric worked for SEE Board also as an electrician. In retirement they lived in Milton Keynes where Eric died in November 1995. Connie died in November 2017 in York at the great age of 94.”152 Here they are in the late 1980s:153
- Maurice Harry ‘Tink’, b 24 May 1920 Hampstead.154 Married 1944 Paddington.155 Died Bognor 19 Nov 2007. See the photo above. 2 sons.
5th son of Solomon and Jane MAY, Herbert ‘Bert‘ William was born 19 Jan 1870.156 Another Herbert William, son of Samuel, from the unrelated Lincolnshire clan, was born 3 years later in 1873, St Neots District, and died 1919 Eastbourne as a result of the war. This Bert son of Solomon was a Master Decorator, residing 121 Barclay Rd, Walthamstow, E17. Builder’s Painter 1911, 14.157 Sister Florrie said she lost contact with him, and some information came from son Leslie and son Ernest’s wife and son. This is most probably a photo of him with his two sons c 1919:
It was among the papers of Bert’s daughter-in-law Trudy, the wife of son Ernest when she died. The curly hair of the boy on the left has been definitely identified as Ernest by his daughter-in-law and son. Why else would Trudy have kept the photo? It is not known if Bert was married to158 or was the long-term partner of, Mary Ann Ada CLARK/PHILLIPS. Mary Ann Ada’s maiden name was probably PHILLIPS; the 1911 census shows her surname as CLARK, Widow, and in her house was a single female relative surnamed PHILLIPS, who was still living with her in the early 50s when Ada’s grandson used to visit. On the birth certificates of two of her three sons with Bert—Herbert and Ernest—her maiden name was CLARK, but on son Leslie’s it was PHILLIPS. He died of myocarditis (senile degenaration) and acute bronchitis 8 Oct 1934, Whipscross Hospital, N Leyton, W Ham, Occupation: House Painter Journeyman, informant A Brockett, widow, residing 121 Barclay Rd.159 This was during the Depression and he had been out of work. Son Ernest recalled how as children he and his brother Leslie did not have shoes. Mary Ann Ada Brockett died of carcinomatosis of the breast, 18 Feb 1955 at Langthorne Hospital, Leytonstone, Essex SW, residing 27 Priory Court, Walthamstow, aged 83, ie b c 1872, informant son R [sic for E] W Brockett of 40 Brighton Ave, Walthamstow.160
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|1891||in West Ham with parents, aged 21, unm, Painter.|
|1901||On his own in Walthamstow, Essex, aged 29, b Herts, House Painter|
|1911||At 36 Chelmsford Rd, Walthamstow, West Ham, Essex, Herbert, aged 41, Single, Decorator, b Stotfold, Beds, Boarder in the home of Ada CLARK, 39, Head, Widow, Housekeper, b Whetstone, Herts; Daughter Ada CLARK, 12, at School, b Walthamstow; Clara PHILLIPS, 41, Relation, Single, Feebleminded from birth, b Watford, Herts; Victor CAREY, nursechild, 1, b London. 1 child born alive, 1 still living. 5 rooms in the dwelling, including the kitchen. Entry signed and written by Ada.|
- Ada. Although Leslie referred to her as a much older sister the 1911 census shows that she was the daughter of mother Ada and a previous husband. This Ada’s surname may never been Brockett. The only suitable GRO birth record of an Ada Brockett was Lily Ada, b 1899, St Saviour, but she was daughter of Henry James Brockett and Emma BELL. Leslie said that this Ada [daughter of Ada CLARK] was killed when a bomb hit her air-raid shelter in Walthamstow in World War II along with her 18 year old daughter Joyce. If this was in 1942, Ada would have given birth to Joyce by early 1924 and therefore herself probably born by 1904 at least (in fact by 1899). This would tally with her being “much older” than Leslie. Leslie said she married a man called … WHITE and had 2 daughters and 1 son, but the only GRO marriage record of an Ada Brockett up to 1930 was of another Ada Brockett to a Richard HAYTER in Islington in 1921.161
- Herbert Stanley, b 4 Jun 1911, 36 Chelmsford Rd, Walthamstow, W Ham, mother Mary Ann formerly CLARK;162 d 1914 W Ham.163
- Leslie William, b 3 Mar 1914, 8 Netley Rd, Walthamstow, W Ham, mother Mary Ann Ada PHILLIPS.164 In the War Leslie joined up with the London Scottish regiment, and later moved to the RAs and went in to Germany. When he was demobbed he joined the Electricity Board. He died 2 May 2002, Canvey Island, Essex. Married twice, first to Clara Elsie FARREN 1940 Essex SW.165 Clara Elsie died 3 Apr 1969 Rochford Essex, aged 53, ie b c 1916.166 I son I daughter.
- Ernest “Ernie” Charles, b 23 Jun 1915, 20 Willow Walk, Walthamstow, W Ham, mother Mary Ann Ada CLARK,167 bap Walthamstow. 6 ft 2in tall. Married Gertrude “Trudy” BIDDLES 1940 Essex SW.168 Brother Leslie was best man, standing next to Ernest in this wedding photo:
In the War Ernest joined up with the Irish Fusiliers and then served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and afterwards remained in the heavy vehicle mechanics trade. During the War he was a friend of Charlie Chester, as seen in this photo singing Charlie; Ernest back row 2nd from right:
and in this letter to Trudy:
Ernie joined his wife and son in Yorkshire after the war where they had been evacuated to from London E17 and stayed there. This is a picture from the 1970s, showing his curly hair till the end of his life:
Ernest died 1 Nov 1980 at 51 Enfield Rd, Baildon, W Yorkshire, aged 65,169 just after getting his first pension; Administration Leeds 6 Feb 1981 £6,844.170
Individual London Brokets from the 2nd half of the 19th C:171
Daniel BROCKETT, died 29 Jan 1870 at the Infirmary, Richmond, Surrey, aged 57, Coal Porter, of extensive congestion of both lungs, operation for strangulated hernia, informant Harriet E HORTON,172 Therefore b c 1813, but no IGI bap or mar, nor GRO. Other contemporary Daniels recorded elsewhere. Perhaps Brackett, but no relevant record in 1861 census.
Hephzibah BROCKITT, died 11 Oct 1869 at the Union House, Richmond, Surrey, aged 24, Spinster, of phthysis pulmonalis exhaustion, informant Ellen LEARY, making her mark.173 Therefore b c 1845, but no IGI or GRO. Perhaps Brackett, but no Hephzibah Brackett, Brickett or Brockell in 1861 census.
Houghton , 8 Feb 1892. Advertising agent, of 492, Strand, in partnership with a man indicted for deception in a case at the Old Bailey, but acquitted.
Mary Ann BROCKETT, married 24 Apr 1865 John SPICER in Old Church, St Pancras174
Richard, died 3 Jan 1854 at the City of London Union Workhouse, Bromley, of natural decay, Groom.175 In 1851 he was an inmate in the Union Workhouse, Bromley St Leonard, City of London, aged 72, Widower, Jockey and Gentleman’s Servant, b City of London.176 Was it he who married Ann RIVETT in Spitalfields Christ Church, Stepney in 14 Oct 1821?177
Thomas BROCKETT, died 2 Mar 1878 at the Workhouse Infirmary, Princes Rd, Lambeth, Surrey, aged 52, Laborer, phthysis, informant Workhouse Steward.178 Therefore b c 1826, but no IGI or GRO bap or mar. Not of the clan of Thomas, Bricklayer. The 1871 census showed him to be Thomas of Chalton.
William BROCKET, died 4 Dec 1853, Royal Hospital Chelsea, aged 82, Soldier, inflammation of the gall bladder, congestion of the brain 7 days, informant Isaac COOK, 3rd Ward, Royal Hospital Chelsea.179 Therefore b c 1771. ?son of Robert, St Andrews Newcastle, bap 1772180 or son of William and Ann, Sedgefield, bap 1769.181 No other 1771 IGI record.
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