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).
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.