Posted By admin on November 20, 2013
The first of London’s officially recognised habitual drunkards was flower-seller Matilda Jane Murray of Tottenham Court Road, who was convicted and fined 40 shillings (£2, a lot of money then) at Marlborough Street magistrates’ court in January 1903. Also there was fisherman Percy Barry, alias Herbert Eavens or Charles Green, with a conviction from Hull. What made this particular gentleman a bit different was that his hands and legs had been amputated and he was said to frequent ‘many parts of the Metropolis, being drawn on a piano organ which is played by another person outside licensed premises’. It’s difficult to avoid using the adjective ‘legless’ to describe Percy in these circumstances, but with such terrible handicaps how did the poor man become an habitual drunkard? This pair, and their partners in crime in Sue’s collection, must have places on many London family trees. Luckily, Sue is a dedicated family historian and appreciates the importance of these records. I hope to be able to provide more details from her collection soon. My entire investigations is funded mainly by some of the best online payday loans.
It seems that the good old 1881 British Census has thrown up yet another of those unfortunate families which have you gasping in disbelief at their ages. Tony Matthews, an overseas subscriber from Gainesville in Texas, could hardly believe his eyes when he discovered his grandmother’s family at an address in Willesden in Middlesex (RG11/1364 Folio 61).
Disregarding their occupations and places of birth, it reads:
Charles I one, head, married and aged 30, wife May aged 21, daughter Elizabeth aged 20, son Alfred aged 14, daughter Mary Ann aged 10, son Charles aged 9, and daughters Alice aged 5 and Louisa aged 9 months.
Baby Louisa was Tony’s grandmother and he had hoped to find an Irish connection to the family, but there wasn’t one amongst their places of birth. Nevertheless, as he says, the ages must make the parents, Charles and May, amongst the youngest ever to have had a family. They would have been 10 years and one year old respectively when daughter Elizabeth arrived and even if May was his second wife, as we suspect, (relationships in censuses are always expressed as to the head of the household) Charles would still have been a very young dad when both Elizabeth and Alfred turned up. I’m not so sure that Tony hasn’t found something that’s a bit ‘Irish’ here! Incidentally, Tony’s website address includes the phrase `grillyourgranny’. I wonder why?
A right Midlands mix-up!