Friday, April 6, 2012

Richard James WEEDEN my great great uncle

Richard James WEEDEN was the brother of my great, great grandfather Joseph. I had no knowledge of him until I started researching, and was lucky enough, through the internet, to make contact with two of his direct descendants who were able to send me today's images.

Richard is a name that runs through the WEEDEN family, normally given to the eldest son. So, Richard was the oldest son of Richard (still to come) and Sarah (nee DOWNES) born on 13 Feb 1856 at John St, Southwark. In 1861 the family had moved to 59, Gainsford St, Southwark, Surrey. Gainsford Street is in the heart of Docklands today, so I have no idea what their house looked like. Richard father was a cooper, like his son Joseph.

Ten years later in 1871, the family have moved again to Freeschool St, Southwark St John, Richard is 15, but no occupation is listed for him.

By 1881, a new address, Three Oak Lane. Richard is now 25, still unmarried, and has followed his father's occupation into cooperage (barrel making).

Louisa Hogg
Holy Trinity
On 5 Aug 1882, Richard married Louisa HOGG  in Holy Trinity Church, Newington. [I've just discovered that in 1973, when plans to convert it into an orchestral rehearsal hall were well under way, the building burnt overnight in a spectacular fire, which destroyed most of the interior. It was recon­structed as Henry Wood Hall].

Richard James and Louisa had seven children, all of which survived to adulthood. Their family lived at Monson Road for at least the next thirty years. I have photos of three of their children.

Helen b. 1888
Edward (Teddy) b. 1893
Winifred Kate (Kitty) b. 1899

Remarkably, 87, Monson Rd survived the Blitz, and I was able to find a photograph of it!

Richard died in Arundel, Sussex in 1936.


SheilaMatilda said...

More great photos Sheila

Twiggy said...

How smartly people dressed then!