Sunday, 29 April 2012

Have you seen ... Stephen Walker?

Modern Stowage, from the tower of St Nicholas Church

My Stephen Walker first appears in Deptford in 1805, married to Elizabeth. Between 1805 and 1818 Stephen and Elizabeth had 6 children baptised at St Nicholas Church: Eliza (1805), Ellis (1807), Robert (1810 - buried 1811), Ann Maria (1812), James Robert (1815) and Frederick William (1818). Stephen died in 1833 and the burial register records his age as 62 thus putting his birth around 1771.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Frances Merzaler Mallery (c1811-1899)

Frances Merzaler Mallery is believed to have been born in 1811 but since no baptism record has so far been located this date is based on the evidence of her entries in the Census for 1841 to 1891. What is more certain is that she was born in Springfield, Essex. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

John Edmund Joseph Newnham (1811-1894)

My 2x great-grandfather was born in Chatham, Kent on 9 Feb 1811 and baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Chatham on 17th March 1811. His parents were William Henry James Newnham and Anne Newnham (nee Newnham). John Edmund (or Edward) Joseph Newnham was the third child and he had 4 sisters and 6 brothers.

Monday, 23 April 2012

David Jacobs (1862-1899)

David Jacobs, my grandfather, was born on 6th October 1862 in Brighton, Sussex. His parents were Henry Jacobs and Ellen Silverstone and his birth was recorded in the Birth Register of the Great Synagogue in London but I have not been able to find a Civil Registration Birth Certificate for him.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Welcome ....

to this blog about my family. I have called it "Jacobs of London and other families ..." because my paternal family has lived in London from the mid-18th century and the rest of my family comes from - well - all over the place! I don't propose to blog every day but only when I want to share something interesting. I will introduce members of my family who have an interesting story to tell and I will post pictures of the places with which they were associated. This will also be the place to share my problems and puzzles.

To get things started, here is a picture of the Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix Street, off Charing Cross Road. This site has very strong links to my family but the story starts well before the theatre was built. But that story is for another day.