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married Mary in an unknown year. Known children:
So far i haven't been able to find either a marriage entry or burial entries for Samuel and Mary.
All of Charles and Lydia's children were christened at St Mary's Church, Bexley. In the christening records the family, over the years, were given as living at Upton, Bridgen and Bexleyheath. Upton and Bridgen were small hamlets that by the 1880's had become part of Bexley. On all of the records Charles was recorded as being a labourer.
In the 1841 census a 2 week old child was
recorded, this presumably was Ann. Ellen was not recorded in the census
so she probably died as a baby. In the 1851 census the family were
living in Plumstead, by this point Priscilla and Alice had been born,
Jesse had presumably died, and Mary had either married or died.
1871 census I found a record of an Alfred Smith of a similar comparable
age living in Plumstead. Also living at the same address, in separate
rooms, was a Lydia Smith, also of a similar comparable age. Due to the
similarity I'm sure that these are the Alfred and Lydia of this family.
Lydia was by this time a widow and a pauper.
All of the children, except Robert and William, were christened at St Michael's Church, East Wickham, Kent. I haven't found any information regarding Robert and William from the IGI, only from census records. From the census records they were born in Plumstead, so were probably christened there.
David died in East Wickham, 1891. His causes of death were congestion of the lungs - 10 days, bronchial asthma and emphysema - several years. His death was registered by his son Robert, who was living in Plumstead.
In the 1851 census David and Mary were living in Plumstead. At this point there were no children. Also living at the same residence was a James Eves, possibly the brother of Mary?
In the 1861 census, the family were living in East Wickham. The only children recorded in the census were Robert and William.
In the 1871 census the family were still living in East Wickham, the only children recorded were Robert, George and Frederick. Robert was working at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.
In the 1881 census only the two youngest children, George and Frederick, were living with David and Mary. Both David and George were recorded as being agricultural labourers, and Frederick was a scholar. For all of the census' Mary was recorded as coming from Erith, Kent. The baptism records of St John's Church, Erith, for 1813-1829 were badly burnt during the 1870's so I've been unable to find a baptism record for Mary to confirm her parents.
I've been unable to locate David and Mary's
marriage record. They may have married in Plumstead - but this I need
to investigate further.
At the time of their marriage both George and Alice were 18 years old, although George is recorded as being 13 on their marriage certificate - which is obviously incorrect. Both were living in Plumstead, Kent at the time of their marriage. A witness at the marriage was William Johnson - presumably the father of Alice.
Edith and Owena were christened in private ceremonies a week apart from each other in 1892. From the census records Edith would have been about 6 at this time. George and Alice seemed to have their children christened later on in childhood or if very ill. I'm curious as to why the twins and Lily weren't christened at the same time as they were all alive in 1892. In a single ceremony in 1895 Grace, Alice, Ethel and Lily were all christened, although Frederick wasn't. I am quite confused as to the order of birth for the George and Alice's children due to my not finding christening records for some children and finding some for others - the same is true with burial records. Edith, Owena, Grace, Alice, Ethel, Elsie and Lily were all christened at St Michael's Church, East Wickham. George Albert (junior) and Violet were buried in St Michael's churchyard - I haven't found a christening record for these two children. I have assumed they are George and Alice's children as the address given as them living at when they died, 14 Orchard Road, Welling, is the same as that given for Elsie at the time of her christening, where her parents names were noted. Eliza Clara was christened at the church in Welling, and presumably she died before the 1901 census was taken.
From the 1901 census, George and his family were living in Welling, Kent. George was working as a labourer at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich. George's wife, Alice, was recorded as being born in Sydenham, Kent.
The 1891 census shows the family living in East Wickham, with George working as a farm labourer.
According to Grace's marriage certificate, George was working as an arsenal worker at the time of the marriage.