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Keturah Sandell

(born 4 Feb 1851 City of Oxford died 19 Feb 1930 Leyton)

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Maternal grandmother: Elizabeth Oakley (born 1792 Eaton Hastings, Berkshire)  

married 6 Mar 1813 Faringdon, Berkshire

Maternal grandfather: James Davis (born 7 May 1793 Faringdon, Berkshire died 1861) (born Faringdon, Berkshire )  

 

Paternal grandmother: Phillis Cox (born 2.2.1780 Bletchington, Oxfordshire died 24.3.1863 Oxford)   View NotesHide notes  

Transcript of will of Elizabeth Swingbourn

This is the last will and testament of me Elizabeth Swingbourn of Kidlington in the County of Oxford, Widow, made this twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.

First I will and direct that all my just debts funeral and Testamentary Expenses and the cost of proving this my will be paid and discharged by my Executors herinafter mentioned. I give and bequeath unto William Scroggs of Kidlington aforesaid, Miller, and Robert Burgoyne of the same place, Tailor, the sum of six hundred pounds, new three and one half per centum Bank Annuities, upon trust, to pay the dividends thereof to my niece Phillis Sandell, of the City of Oxford, for her sole and separate use independent of her husband, whether present or future, and not subject to his debts, control or engagements and, so that she shall not anticipate or assign the same or any part thereof, and from and after her decease upon trust to assign and transfer the said capital sum unto, and equally between, each of her children as shall be living at her decease. But in case of the death of either in her lifetime leaving issue, then upon trust, to assign and transfer the share of him, or her, so dying, unto his, or her, children. I give and bequeath unto the said Phillis Sandell, all my household furniture, linen, books and wearing apparel, for her sole, and separate use.

I give and bequeath unto my niece, Charlotte Pointer, now or late of Edgeware Road, in the County of Middlesex, one hundred pounds of the like stock, for her separate use and whose receipt for the same shall be a sufficient discharge.

I give and bequeath unto my niece Mary Head of Marston in the County of Wilts, fifty pounds of the like stock.

Unto my niece Ann Pointer, of Edgeware Road, aforesaid, one hundred pounds of the like stock.

Unto my niece Sarah Pullen, of Hinton in the County of Wilts, one hundred and pounds of the like stock.

Unto my nephew John Cox, of Bletchington in the County of Oxford, one hundred pounds of the like stock.

Unto my niece Martha Cox, of the City of London, one hundred and fifty pounds of the like stock, and to Rebecca, the wife of Stephen Cox, of New Woodstock in the County of Oxford, one hundred and fifty pounds of the like stock.

I give and bequeath to each of the daughters of my late nephew, Charles Warner, of Bletchington aforesaid, as shall be living at the time of my decease, nineteen pounds sterling, and to each of the children, as shall be then living, of a daughter, or daughters, of the said Charles Warner, who shall have died in my lifetime, a like sum of nineteen pounds.

I give and bequeath unto my niece Martha Upcott, of the City of London, nineteen pounds. Unto my niece Rebecca Smith of the same city, nineteen pounds.

Unto Ann, the daughter of the aforesaid Rebecca Cox, the sum of fifty pounds and unto Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Gibbs, of Warbrough in the County of Wilts, the sum of fifty pounds.

I give and bequeath to each of the children of my late nephew Thomas Cox, of Blechington aforesaid, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid to each on his or her attaining the age of sixteen years.

I give the sum of ten pounds to be distributed in bread to poor widows and widowers of Kidlington aforesaid at the discretion of my executors. I give and bequeath unto the said William Scroggs and Robert Burgoyne, the sum of nineteen pounds each as a small remuneration for the trouble they will be put to in executing this, my will. All the rest and residue of my estate and effects, whatsoever, and wheresoever, I give and bequeath unto the said William Scroggs, and Robert Burgoyne, upon trust, to pay and divide the same unto, and amongst themselves, and all, and every other the legatees, in my said will, mentioned, rateably and in proportion to the amount of their respective, and several, legacies, by me hereinfore bequeathed. And I hereby nominate and appoint the said William Scroggs and Robert Burgoyne to be executors of this my will, and, hereby revoking all former wills by me, heretofore made, do declare this to be my last will and testament, and I empower my said executors to alter, vary and transpose my said trust funded property as it may appear best, to them, but so that nevertheless, the sum may be secured on some real or Government Security or Securities, upon trust, aforesaid. And I devise all mortgaged and trust estates which may be vested in me unto the said William Scroggs and Robert Burgoyne, subject to, and upon, the equities and trusts affecting the same. And I declare that their receipt and the receipt of the survivor and his heirs shall be a good discharge for all monies, which, in such receipt, shall be expressed to be received, and that all persons paying any monies for the purposes of this my will, and, taking a receipt from them or him, accordingly shall not be obliged to see to the further application of the same monies, nor be accountable for the misapplication, provided lastly. And I hereby declare that on the death, refusal, or incapacity to act, of either of them, the said William Scraggs and Robert Burgoyne, or any trustee or Trustees, to be appointed in his or their place or stead, it shall be lawful for the acting trustee, or trustees, for the time being, of this my will, or the executors or administrators of the last acting trustee, to appoint a new trustee, or trustees, in the place as stead of such trustee so dying, refusing or becoming incapable, to act as aforesaid and thereupon, the said trust monies and premises shall be transferred so that the same may vest in such new trustee, jointly with the continuing trustee upon the trust hereinbefore declared. And that every such new trustee shall have the same power, as if he had been appointed by this my will. And my will and mind is that my trustees and executors shall not be answerable the one for the other of them, or for signing receipts for the sake of conformity, or for involuntary lapses, but each for his own acts, receipts and defaults only. And that it shall be lawful for them to reimburse themselves, and to allow each other all losses, costs, charges and expenses, which they, or either of them, shall be put unto, or sustain for, or by reason of, this my will, or the trusts hereby reposed in them. In witness whereof, I the said Elizabeth Swingbourn have to this, my last will and testament, contained in this and the two preceding sheets of paper, set my hand the day and year first above written.

Elizabeth Swingbourn

The writing contained in this and the two preceding sheets of paper was signed by the above mentioned Elizabeth Swingbourn the testatrix in the joint presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

J. V .Harrison

Batten Harrison

Copy of will of Mrs Swingbourn. Dated 24th June 1839

Taken from the copy of the will made by Harrison and Son.

married 30 Aug 1804 Kidlington

Paternal grandfather: Edward Charles Sandell (born 19.2.1767 Oxfordshire died 31.10.1846 Oxford)   View NotesHide notes  

At the age of 11, Edward was awarded Oxford University privilegiatus as an apothecary. This gave him special rights in the city and he wouldn't have had to complete an apprenticeship. See attached image and www.headington.org.uk/oxon/mayors/government/1_privilegiatus.htm for more details.

Apothecary and Man Midwife, who was bankrupted in 1837. He had some kind of relationship with Mr Paget who re-established the Dorchester School in 1801 (see attached image). This is probably the origin of Joesph’s middle name.

From British History Online:

Dorchester:

Schools.

There had been an endowed grammar school in Dorchester since 1652, but by the middle of the 18th century it had ceased to provide effective education. (fn. 623) In 1801 a Mr. Paget advertised that he would re-establish 'Dorchester School' which had long been vacant, and offered to board 8 young gentlemen at 20 guineas a year, with dancing and French included in the curriculum. (fn. 624) By 1833 the school had 50 pupils. (fn. 625)

From: 'Parishes: Dorchester', A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 7: Dorchester and Thame hundreds (1962), pp. 39-64. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63767 Date accessed: 19 April 2011.

 

Mother: Leah Davis (born 1824 Bampton, Oxfordshire died 25 Feb 1900 Hackney)  

married 1846 Oxford

Father Joseph Pagett Sandell (born 18 Mar 1812 St Michael, Oxfordshire died 26 Jan 1866 Oxford)   View NotesHide notes  

“There is a family tradition that the Sandells descended from a Norman knight, John de Sandell, who came over with William the Conqueror. Joseph was a school master who founded a school in Oxford which closed only in 1975. Joseph died in 1866 and Leah then brought her young family to Hackney.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes


Sister: Leah Sandell (born 1846 died 1846 )  

Sister: Leah Sandell (born 1846 died 1846 )  

Sister: Elizabeth Sandell (born 18.10.1847 Oxford died 1902 Cheshire)  

Husband: Robert John Farmer (born 1847 Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex )  

Sister: Hadajsah Sandell (born 21.7.1849 Oxford died 12.1935 Dover Road)   View NotesHide notes 2 children  

Hadajsah “married John Jones, a builder, in 1878, and hence was always known as "Auntie Jones". In 1881, they were living in Lower Clapton. From 1905 she lived first at Southwall Road, Deal, and finally at de Burgh Hill, Dover”

- Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Husband: John Messenger Jones (born 1850 Jersey, Channel Islands )  

Son: John (Bertie) Bertram Jones (born 1882 Clapton, London died 10.1947 )   View NotesHide notes  

John “and his wife Eunice kept a draper's shop in High Street, Dover, for many years before the 2nd World War. Members of the family staying at Beach Crest always made a point of buying something in their shop. Bert was very fond of music but of somewhat limited tastes; he loved Handel and Haydn but could not see much in Bach or Mozart. At the beginning of the War they had to give up the shop as it did not pay and, in late middle age, Bert managed to obtain an uncongenial clerical job in the post office in Birmingham, where they lived in unsatisfactory lodgings. Eunice died suddenly of a stroke in May 1941, leaving Bert all alone in a strange land. However, in December 1943 he married Anne Sumner, the supervisor in the post office where he worked. They lived at Sparkbrook and he died four years later.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Son: Ernest Jones (born 1884 Leyton, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

“Ernest Jones lost his job and his home and he and his wife lived in a hotel room while looking for lodgings. After a hard day's searching they came back to their hotel room and sat on the floor exhausted and she died in his arms. He died soon afterwards.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Brother: Charles Joseph Sandell (born 7.1.1853 Oxford died 16.2.1932 Epping) 4 children  

Wife: Edith Emma Mann (born 18.10.1855 Bow, London died 21.1.1939 Hackney)  

Daughter: Ida Helena Sandell (born 5.2.1884 Bethnal Green, London died 21.4.1963 Plaistow)   View NotesHide notes  

“Ida ... married William Malcolm on the 25th July 1908. From early in the 2nd World War they were living at 3, Sandringham Road, Leyton, opposite the Stutchburys, where William died in 1949. My wife Florence and I inspected the house in 1954 with a view to buying it, but we decided not to. Ida and William had three children, Frank, Alan and Kathleen.”

Bearman Family tree by Dr. Frank Middlemiss

Son: Charles Howard Sandell (born 27.11.1886 Bethnal Green, London died 26.7.1958 Southend)  

Daughter: Gertrude Linda Sandell (born 12.8.1888 Bethnal Green, London died 2.1.1980 N Walsham)  

Son: Reginald Pagett Sandell (born 30.9.1890 Bethnal Green, London died 24.8.1972 Colchester)  

Sister: Rhoda Sandell (born 27.2.1855 St Aldate, Oxfordshire died 19.12.1943 Bromley Road) 4 children  

Husband: John Barraclough Howson (born 12.1842 St Ebbes, Oxford died 10.4.1908 )   View NotesHide notes  

Probate 28 May 1908, John Barraclough Howson of 134 Hollydale-road Peckham, Surrey died 10 April 1908 at the Charing Cross Hospital Middlesex, to Rhoda Howson widow. Effects £184 19s.

Daughter: Rhoda Howson (born 6.1878 Lambeth, Surrey died 6.1953 )   View NotesHide notes  

Rhoda “married Ernest Southernwood in 1904. They lived at 158, Waller Road, New Cross, South-east London. They had no children.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Emily Howson (born 12.1879 Lambeth, Surrey died 12.1961 Greenwich Road)   View NotesHide notes  

Emily “married Mr. Mitchell (died 1937), a man a good deal older than herself and she was a widow for many years, living at Lee, south-east London. They had no children. She died suddenly in November 1961. I was told that this was the result of being caught between two trams and crushed (but were there any trams in the London area in 1961? Another story is that she was knocked down by a car).” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Winifred Howson (born 1891 Camberwell, London )   View NotesHide notes  

Winifred “married Basil Banks and they lived in a house called Winbas at 18, Exford Road, London, SE12. (Note that nearly all this part of the family was concentrated in south-east London). In later years Winnie moved to Hythe. She suffered with arthritis and was not very mobile. Winnie and Basil had two children, Winifred Jnr. and Beryl. Winifred Banks married a man named Cooke, and they had a son Clive Vincent Cooke, born 29th August 1943. Beryl Banks, with her sister and parents, used to stay at Beach Crest in the 20s.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Son: Wilfrid Laurences Paget Howson (born 1897 Camberwell, London )   View NotesHide notes  

“Wilfred emigrated to Canada on the 8th March 1913. He married and had two daughters.” — Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Brother: John Edward Sandell (born 22.2.1858 Oxford died 14.3.1907 Hackney)  

Brother: James Albert Sandell (born 13.1.1860 Oxford died 14.12.1941 Tooting Beck)  

Sister: Kezia Sandell (born 20.3.1862 Oxford, Oxfordshire died 3.1948 Essex Rd)   View NotesHide notes  

Kezia “was born at Headington, near Oxford. In 1911, she married a Thomas Coles and they lived in Newbridge, Monmouthshire. Sadly, before they had been married long, he had an accident. I was told that he walked in the dark into a machine - I think it was a lawn mower - and suffered injuries from which he died. Auntie Kiz, as she was always called, spent the rest of her life in domestic jobs and lodgings. According to the 1881 and 1901 censuses, she was living with the Bearmans at 8, Tudor Road on both these dates. She had a room in our house at Canterbury Road, Leyton, for a time, when I was a small child. In her last years she had rooms in Granville Road, Walthamstow.

“Like most of her sisters, she was a woman of forceful personality and strong opinions, fiercely conservative in her views. Like so many people originating in the 19th century, and like some characters in Dickens, she had a special dread of having to go into the workhouse. In 1934, when for some illness she had to spend some time in St. Margaret's Hospital, Epping, we had to be very careful that she did not find out that it had formerly been the workhouse. For some reason she always seemed particularly fond of me. In February 1941 it was reported that she was using her precious ration coupons to buy extra food ready for my next leave.”

Frank Middlemiss wrote in his family notes online

Husband: Thomas Coles (born 1862 )  

Sister: Clara Sandell (born 26.9.1863 Oxford, Oxfordshire died 4.3.1952 Los Angeles, California, USA)   View NotesHide notes  

Frank Middlemiss wrote in his online notes: Clara “was the only one of Joseph and Leah's children who was not given a biblical name. As they already had a Kezia, named after one of the daughters of Job, they intended to call their youngest after another of Job's daughters, Keren-Happuch, but when they arrived at the font neither of them could remember the name. So, quite on the spur of the moment, looking at his daughter's typical Sandell red hair, Joseph decided to call her Clara Bright. Clara Sandell later, as a young woman, emigrated, quite alone, to Canada and then the USA. There she married three successive husbands, of whom the last was a wealthy orange grower at Anaheim, California. She died in California in 1952.”

I have not been able to find any evidence of middle name Bright or of 3 husbands, however the meaning of the name Clara is taken to be bright so possibly the story got mixed up over the years.

Emigrated 1st July 1911 to Halifax, Canada, on board the ship Carthaginian. When Clara crossed from Canada to US in 1912 she apparently had 25 dollars in her possesion and was described as being 5'5" tall, fair complexion, brown hair and green eyes.

Death record of Clara Long online at vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com confirms her identity with mother’s maiden Davis, father Sandell and birth date of 26th Sept 1863.

Clara can be seen in the 1920 census in Los Angeles as widow Tagg. The following year she married William J. Long. From the time of her crossing the Canada - US border in 1912 when she gave her age as 38 (48), 1920 census 45 (56) Clara understated her age. In her death record she is recorded as being the widow of William Tagg (her first marriage) but the dates were at least correct.

Husband: William J Long (born 1859 Illinois, USA )  

Husband: John S Tagg (born 1864 )   View NotesHide notes  

Was a builder according to the 1916 voter registration lists attached. 

Mother was Elizabeth Hunt, father James according to marriage record on familysearch.


Husband: Thomas Bearman (born 11.8.1846 Hackney, Middlesex died 16.12.1921 )   View NotesHide notes married 4.6.1873 Bethnal Green  

Thomas “was brought up as heir to his father’s business and took it over when he was only 22. His father had taken a lot of care over his education and used to take him travelling, including a tour of Ireland during which he actually kissed the Blarney Stone. Under Thomas Bearman III the shop prospered as a high class bakery and confectionary. Hackney had many wealthy inhabitants at that time and Bearmans catered for what was called "the carriage trade". It was also his practice to serve lunch daily to a select group of customers in the back room of the shop. Some blue-rimmed Wedgwood soup plates from this room have been passed down in both my family and Kate’s family.

“He married Keturah Sandell on 3rd June 1873 and for the first five years of their married life they lived in rooms at Fremont Street, Hackney. By 1878 he was able to buy a fine big house, Melbourne House, 8, Tudor Road, Hackney. His mother continued to live over the shop until her death in 1888. By about 1894 he was able to sell the shop and retire and during the next few years came to acquire property all over London, as well as "Beach Crest" (bought in 1897) and "The Moorings" both at Deal and a house in Sandwich Market Place. A photograph of Beach Crest, as it is now, is at the top of the Contents page of this website.

“He was a noted numismatist, specialising in mediaeval English and Scottish coins. Bernard Roth's book "Ancient Gaulish Coins" was dedicated to him. When he died, his collection was sold for £600, a considerable sum in those days. His whole estate was left to a family trust, the Bearman Trust. The original trustees were his sons-in-law, Tom Stutchbury, Charlie Carrington and Edward Middlemiss, with Tom as Secretary. On Tom's death in 1941 his son Tom became Secretary. Among many other things, the Trust administered Beach Crest as a holiday home for the family until 1975, when they sold it to Frank and Florence Middlemiss. Also in 1975 Donald Bearman, the last Tenant for Life of the Trust, died and the Trust was then broken up and the assets distributed among the family.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Probate records show Thomas left £16,079 14s 1d.


Son: Thomas Bearman (born 21.11.1873 Hackney, Middlesex died 24.6.1878 )   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas “died shortly after the move from Fremont Street to Tudor Road and on the very day of the birth of his sister Edith, who was said to have been born "sobbing and sighing" as a result.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Kate Bearman (born 3.8.1876 Hackney, Middlesex died 1.4.1958 ) 1 children   View NotesHide notes  

Kate “was in many ways a daintier version of her mother, from whom she inherited her flaming red hair. As a child she hated her red hair because the rude urchins used to shout "carrots" after her, but her husband later particularly admired it. Kate was educated at Lady Eleanor Holles' School, which was at that time situated in Mare Street, Hackney. She loved music and played both piano and violin. Her husband Tom bought her a piano when they married (8th October 1904) and this same piano was still very much in use by Kate's Merkin great-grandchildren ninety-four years later. She also loved animals, especially cats, of which she nearly always had one. In 1934 the family got a Chow dog called Ruff, which can be seen in many photos taken in the 1930s. Ruff was a splendid big dog, very strong; unfortunately he pulled Kate over, causing her to break her hip in 1938.

Like her mother, Kate was a woman of strong opinions and precise and proper ways. She lived all her life after her marriage at 16, Sandringham Road, Leyton even though this involved sleeping in the coal cellar during the Blitz of the 2nd World War. Before her marriage she had been a rather reserved person; afterwards, when she was stuck out at Leyton with nobody to talk to, her sisters were astonished at her flood of conversation when she visited the family home in Hackney. However, in 1911 her sister Hilda also moved to Leyton.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Husband: Thomas Stutchbury (born 1876 London Haggerston died 30.3.1941 Leyton, Essex)   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas “worked all his life for the Civil Service in the Post Office Secretarial Department. He was a Fabian socialist, a supporter of the Labour Party, and a keen chess player. He also took an active interest in the League of Nations Union and spent much time in literary pursuits. He regularly played chess in Essex teams and was secretary of the Leyton Chess Club. When Donald Bearman was in prison during the 1st World War Tom wrote out books for him in longhand and sent them to him as letters, since Don was not allowed access to books. He suffered a stroke in late March 1941 and died within a few days.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Thomas of 16 Sandringham Road, probate Llandudno 28 June to Kate Stutchbury widow and Thomas Stutchbury analytical chemist. Effects £1773 19s 6d.

Son: Thomas Stutchbury (born 13.9.1911 died 12.1995 Honiton)   View NotesHide notes  

Thomas Stutchbury Jnr. “was known as Stutch until the death of his father. He was educated at Mrs. Press's Oxford House School in Leytonstone and then at Bancroft's School, Woodford Wells. He gained the B.Sc. in Chemistry of London University at Sir John Cass College, London. He was the first person in the direct line of descent of the family to take a university degree. He spent his life as a professional chemist, first working for Siemen (electrical) but later became Chief Chemist at the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene in London. Actually he used to say to us that he would rather have been an accountant- he was very good at figures and used to try to coach me in mathematics when I was a boy (without much success I am afraid).

He was also very good at electrical and radio matters. He collected stamps and in later years also had a large collection of cacti and became quite an expert on them. He was also very interested in photography and was rarely without his bag containing camera and lenses. Before colour photography became widespread he would develop and enlarge his black and white photos in the cellar at Sandringham Road. For many years until 1975 he was Secretary of the Bearman Trust.

In the summer of 1947 my future wife Florence Fozzard stayed with us at "Beach Crest" for the first time. Tom and his mother were also there and his mother, referring to Florence, remarked

"I wish Tom could find a nice girl like that!".

Thus inspired he went out as soon as they were home and found Eileen Smith. They were both keen tennis players and they met at the Tennis Club. They were married that same autumn. Tom lived at 16, Sandringham Road, Leyton, all his life until he and Eileen moved to Sidmouth in 1993 to be near their daughter. The family had lived in that house for nearly ninety years; it was newly built when Tom and Kate bought it in 1904. Eileen died on the 29th February 2008, at the great age of 96.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Edith Bearman (born 24.6.1878 Hackney N E died 13.11.1945 ) no children   View NotesHide notes  

Edith “was the intellectual one among the Bearman girls. She was an impressive person to meet with her level gaze, deep well-modulated voice and beautiful articulation. Charles Carrington (12th Dec. 1877-30th April 1946) was an accountant. Charles and Edith married on the 22nd August, 1903 and from about 1911 they lived in an elegant house at 11, Willifield Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Green. London.

They had been medically advised to move there from Clapton for the sake of Edith's health, which had never been very good. Charles lost his job early in the great depression (about 1929) and they invested in a book shop, The Temple Fortune Book Shop, 1071, Finchley Road, Golders Green, London, which they ran successfully until Edith died. Several of the books in our collection were bought there. They had to leave Willifield Way for two months, September-November 1940, as there was an unexploded German bomb in the ground just behind the house. The very day after they had arrived back home the house in which they had been staying temporarily was flattened by a bomb. When Elsie Bearman was admitted to a mental hospital in 1922 Charlie took on the thankless job of Receiver of her property under the Court of Protection. When Charlie died I took on this job until Elsie died in 1970. Edith died in November 1945, of pneumonia after getting soaked in a rain storm. I met Charlie that Christmas, when he seemed quite lost without his wife, and he died only four months later.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Husband: Charles Edward Henry Carrington (born 12.12.1877 Hackney N E died 30.4.1946 )  

Daughter: Hilda Bearman (born 14.6.1880 Hackney, Middlesex died 16.7.1970 ) 3 children   View NotesHide notes  

Hilda “was educated at the Misses Pitman’s school in Hackney until 1890, then at Lady Eleanor Holles’ School, which she left in 1895. In 1894, 1895 and 1896 the family went on holiday to Margate (by "Eagle" steamer from Tower Bridge). These were the first family holidays they had had, which suggests that Thomas Bearman probably retired from the shop in 1894.

About 1900 Hilda met Edward Middlemiss, as the Middlemiss family was at that time living next door at 10. Tudor Road. They became engaged in 1901 and married in 1907. Hilda, having a clear soprano voice, was in the choir at Mare Street Baptist Church, took part regularly in the Nonconformist Union Choir Festivals at the Crystal Palace, and sang in several Handel and other oratorios. This was with her fiance, who had a good baritone voice. In addition she was a fairly competent pianist. She was also an excellent draughtswoman and was often employed by her father to make detailed drawings of his coins. She was a keen tennis player and, in the winter, a skater on the lake in Victoria Park.

After their marriage, Hilda and Edward lived for 3½ years in rooms at 32, Poole Road, Hackney, London, and here their first child, Edward Thomas Middlemiss, was born. They moved to 38, Canterbury Road, Leyton on the 11th March 1911. Here Edward was able to indulge his interests in gardening, carpentry, photography and in having a dog - the Airedale Bob was the first.

Hilda was a less assertive person than her sisters Kate and Edith but was a woman of strong principles and knew her own mind. She was more concerned with fundamentals than with more trivial matters; she was not worried if the house was a bit untidy or about such details as the precise time of meals as long as her children grew up with the right principles in life. Like her husband and like her sister Kate, she was very fond of animals and we grew up in close contact with dogs, cats, tortoises, etc. Many of her letters from the time of the second World War have been preserved and shed a vivid light on what housekeeping, shopping and travelling were like in the dark days of the Blitz. On reading them, the word "indomitable" comes to mind as descriptive of her.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Husband: Edward Stone Middlemiss (born 29.9.1879 Shoreditch, London died 9.4.1939 )   View NotesHide notes  

Edward “was born on Michaelmas Day , September 29th, at 58 Brownlow Road, Dalston. London.

“He left school at 13 and was mainly self- educated. He spent some time working in his father's glass factory (he was working there in 1901, when the census describes him as a glass silverer) but also worked in about 1902- for Ever-Ready Batteries at Tottenham. He married Hilda Bearman on the 7th September 1907. From 1903 he was in the finance department of Yardley (soap and scent), Carpenter’s Road, Stratford, London.

 

“They gave him a handsome canteen of cutlery as a wedding present, some items from which are still in use in 2009. He remained with the firm for the rest of his life, latterly ranking as Cashier. His salary in 1931 was £600 per annum.

“He was a keen gardener and fond of travel. He had a good baritone voice and was active in the Nonconformist Union Choir Festivals at the Crystal Palace and sang in several Handel and other oratorios. Although he never learned to read staff notation and relied always on Tonic Sol-Fa, he became for a time Choirmaster at Cann Hall Baptist Church, Leyton, which he and his family attended during their early years at Leyton.

“However, something very unpleasant happened (I was never able to find out exactly what) and he not only resigned the Choirmastership but gave up forthwith all interest in the Church and all interest in music. This must have been some time during the 1st World War.

“In 1925 he left his family and went to live with a Miss Flo Bedwell, a fellow employee at Yardleys. It is an interesting comment on the customs of the time that, although I knew her quite well, I never learnt her Christian name; I used to call her "Auntie Bed". They lived first at Pinner, later at Thundersley (Essex) and finally at 27 (or 29) Winchester Road, Northwood Hills Middlesex.

“He always fully maintained his family, visited us regularly every week and often came on holiday with us. He was bitterly disappointed in 1925 when a promised business trip for Yardleys to New York failed to materialize, but later travelled extensively on holiday (presumably with Miss Bedwell) to the Channel Islands, a Mediterranean cruise, the Rhineland and especially Switzerland, which he loved.

“In 1926 he bought his first car, a Wolsley YO4854. He was the first in the family to have a car. He learned to drive but never did in fact drive, always leaving the driving to his son Edward. He underwent an operation for cancer of the colon in London Hospital (Royal Ward) but a few days later an abscess on the site of the operation necessitated a second operation, which he did not survive. He died on Easter Sunday, 9th April 1939.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

 

On his death at London Hospital, Whitechapel Road E1, Edward, of 25 Winchester Road, Northwood Hills, Middlesex left £1152 14s 4d to Edward Thomas Middlemiss, motor mechanic, according to probate records.

Another probate grant the same day showed Edward “3 July to Florence Mabel Bedwell spinster. Effects £975. Resworn £900. Another Grant same day.”

Son: Edward Thomas Middlemiss (born 13.11.1908 Hackney died 12.3.1975 )   View NotesHide notes  

Edward “was educated mainly at Mrs. Press's Oxford House School in Leytonstone and the Leyton Technical College. Leaving school at 16 he was first apprenticed to the plumbing firm of Alexander Grant (an old family friend) but had great difficulty in settling down and passed through many and varied jobs during the 20s and early 30s. About 1926 he started to train as a draughtsman by correspondence course, but soon gave it up. Finally, about 1935, he found his niche as a car repair fitter with Stewart and Ardern, the Morris specialist in Ilford.

“In 1938 he transferred to John Knight, the soap manufacturers of Silvertown, for whom he worked until retirement. For many years he maintained their vans and lorries at their Silvertown depot, acting there as Air Raid Warden during the 2nd World War. His value to the firm is shown by the fact that his job was a reserved occupation, i.e. he was exempt from service in the armed forces. He was, however, a member of the Home Guard from 1942, in addition to his Air Raid Warden and fire-watching duties. When he became too old to climb under the lorries he was made gate-keeper of the depot until he retired about 1968.

“He was a very keen sportsman, especially swimming, cycling and tennis, and claimed that there was not a sport that he had not at least tried. He was also an expert ballroom dancer.

“Ethel May Smith (16th August 1907-16th February 1991), always called "Elsie" (although her husband always called her "Apple" or "Ap"), came from a rather overcrowded home at 53 Cambridge Road, Walthamstow (demolished after the 2nd World War), and round about 1930 moved in with us at 38, Canterbury Road.

“Ed and Elsie married in July 1937 and eventually the house was divided into two flats, Ed and Elsie downstairs, my mother and I upstairs (this was in 1940). This arrangement continued when the Canterbury Road house was destroyed by bombing in 1940 and we moved to 204 Hainault Road, Leytonstone.

“Ed was a heavy smoker, as his father had been, and died of lung cancer at the age of 66. After his death in 1975 Elsie remained at Hainault Road only one year and in 1976 moved to a house at Lindfield, Sussex, close to her sister Emily (and Emily's husband Eric Ditton and their daughter Christine). For the last few years of her life Elsie was in a home at Shoreham, Sussex.”

Frank Middlemiss online notes

Son: Donald Middlemiss (born 13.1.1914 died 13.2.1919 )   View NotesHide notes  

Donald “was a sturdy lad, much like his father and elder brother. One day in early February 1919 he went up to the snow-covered Forest with his brother and got thoroughly chilled. Unfortunately this was in the midst of the terrible diphtheria epidemic of 1919 and he contracted the disease and died within a few days.

“The bill for his funeral makes interesting reading. The bill is for ‘An elm coffin, covered with white swansdown, with nickel fittings and ornaments and an inscribed plate, and lined with cambric. To be drawn in a glass coach by a pair of horses; undertaker in attendance’. The total cost of this was £4.10. 0 (£4.50 in 1990s money) - a quite astonishing comment on the inflation of the late 20th Century.”

Frank Middlemiss online notes

Son: Frank Alexander Middlemiss (born 25.3.1920 Leyton, Essex )   View NotesHide notes  

Frank “was born at 38, Canterbury Road, Leyton and educated at Canterbury Road School, Leyton, and the Leyton County High School, along with his cousins Ernest and Douglas. He spent the 2nd World War in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in all the countries from India to Italy. He was taken prisoner on the Anzio beachhead in February 1944 and spent fourteen months as a prisoner of war in Italy and Germany. When he eventually came out of the Army he was fortunate enough to obtain a Government Further Education grant and went to London University, where he took his B.Sc. (and later his Ph.D.) in Geology.

“He was taken on to the staff of his own college (Queen Mary College) and remained there for the rest of his working life, gradually rising through the ranks of Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, University Reader and finally Emeritus Reader. He loved his job, as he always got on well with students, and went on working until he was 76. From 1981 until 2004 he was Chairman of ACE Residents' Association, the residents' association covering the whole of his part of Woodford.

“In his first week at the College he met fellow student Florence Fozzard (9th February 1919- ), from Oldham, and they were married in 1949. Florence had spent the war years as Secretary, Bursar and Assistant Matron at a boys' boarding school in her native Oldham and had come to College as a mature student. Afterwards she had a variety of jobs, mainly secretarial, including being Personal Secretary to the man who ran the National Industrial Relations Court, and she finished up by being an Inspector in the Department of Health and Social Security until she retired at the age of sixty.”

Frank Middlemiss online notes

Daughter: Elsie Nora Bearman (born 14.7.1882 Hackney N E died 2.2.1970 )   View NotesHide notes  

Elsie was “educated at Lady Holles’ School. She was the artistic one among the Bearman girls. She had a thorough training, including a painting tour of Holland, and was excellent at both drawing and painting. Several of her pictures have been handed down through the family, although one of the best, a still life with oranges, was destroyed when 38, Canterbury Road was bombed in 1940. When the Middlemiss family were living next door, about 1900, and Hilda and Edward became engaged, Elsie and Edward's younger brother, Alec , were very interested in each other; this was during 1900 - there was no mention of it in 1901. It is said that an engagement was vetoed by Mrs. Bearman. Elsie never did marry, but continued to live at Tudor Road. In 1921 she suffered the unpleasant shock of finding her father dead. About that time she was becoming progressively more withdrawn and peculiar and at the beginning of 1922 she was diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia and committed to Horton Hospital, Epsom. She remained in hospital for the rest of her life, for many years in Garden Villa 3, Horton Hospital, but during the 2nd World War she was transferred to West Park Hospital, where she eventually died. She was not an unreasonable patient; she was always helping with the chores at the hospital and in the 1940s took up drawing and painting again quite successfully. Under modern ideas she would never have been kept in hospital all her life.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Son: Donald Boyd Bearman (born 24.5.1890 Hackney N E died 8.1975 ) 3 children   View NotesHide notes  

Donald “was educated at the Parmiters' School, Bethnal Green, and became a Chartered Accountant, although he once said that he would rather have done something literary with his life, like Charlie Carrington in his latter years (and cf. Tom Stutchbury Jnr.). Don was a keen Quaker and, like Tom Stutchbury Snr., a Fabian socialist.

During the 1st World War he was an absolute conscientious objector and spent much time in prison. In prison (1916-1919) the regime was very tough and he disliked recalling such unhappy memories in later life. He was severely restricted in how often he could write home, what he could write and how much. The letters survive and are written in minute writing to get more on a page. They say nothing about life in prison and consist entirely of his own philosophical thoughts.

Quakers hold meetings rather than services, so on a Sunday he was always off to meeting, where he would take his little notebook to remind him of the thoughts that had come to him during the week, which he would then share with others at the meeting. He was a colourful figure - six feet five inches tall and slim, quite a health fanatic and a strong believer in homeopathy. Most days, right up until his late seventies, he could be seen high up on his specially designed two-barred bicycle cycling down to the River Lea at Broxbourne, summer and winter, to swim. (It is only fair to add that the water was warmed by discharge from the power station upstream). He was keen on nudism - perhaps as a reaction against Victorian stuffiness towards sexual matters. The large extended garden and pool at Noonsun enabled him and his children (not his wife) to swim and sunbathe in the nude, and later in life he liked to visit nudist camps.

He had a tendency to have his head in the clouds - a trait which could be infuriating when practical family matters needed attention. His wife was the extreme opposite in this respect - very down-to-earth. As a young man after the War he travelled much in Europe and met Ethel Webb in Paris.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Lived at 25 Churchfields, Broxbourne - Ancestry have phone records from 1941-1960.

Wife: Ethel Carrie Webb (born 7.10.1894 Enfield, Middlesex died 10.1971 )   View NotesHide notes  

Ethel “was brought up in the Plymouth Brethren and was a Sunday School teacher before going to university. She graduated with 1st Class Honours in French at Somerville College, Oxford, in 1916. While on a travelling scholarship to Paris she met Don at the "Rue de Sevres Meeting" in January 1920 and they were married in September 1922. We have been told that Don first spotted Ethel on a bus in Paris and was so attracted by her that he followed the bus on his own bicycle. In 1924 they had their house Noonsun, 25, Churchfields, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, built to their own designs. Here their three children, Eirene, Rosalind and Peter were born. Ethel later obtained her Oxford M.A. and was an active academic all her life, mainly at the London University Institute of Education and as G.C.E. Chief Examiner. One person who has particularly made a point of telling me that he studied under her at the Institute is Mr. Southey, organiser of the Spring and Autumn concert seasons at Deal. Her nickname at the Institute of Education was Prudence, and her character in later life probably reflected the influence of the Plymouth Brethren in her childhood. Like her husband, she was an ardent pacifist.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Eirene Myra (Pippa) Bearman (born 8.2.1926 Edmonton died 1982 Broxbourne)   View NotesHide notes  

Eirene “was always called "Pippa", because her father was so fond of Browning’s poem Pippa Passes. She trained as a nurse, working in London hospitals until she emigrated on a £10 ticket to New Zealand in about 1949. She met Stan Cave in the summer of 1953 on her return voyage from New Zealand, announcing her engagement on her arrival. After their marriage they both emigrated to Tasmania, where their three children, Christopher, Elizabeth and Nigel, were born.

They returned to England for the sake of their children’s education in 1961. They lived at 52, Hertford Road, Hoddesdon, although after Pippa’s death Stan moved to Hertford. Stan was a chain smoker and suffered badly from emphysema. He died on Christmas Day, 1996.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

Daughter: Rosalind April Bearman (born 23.4.1929 Edmonton died 3.2000 Rushcliffe)   View NotesHide notes  

“Rosalind ... read Social Science at the University College of Hull, where she met her husband-to-be, Robert Hammond. She worked as a Child Care Officer in London, married in 1953, and after living in Hoddesdon, Hemel Hempstead and Basildon, settled in Keyworth, near Nottingham. Robert taught Geography at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University) and Rosalind taught in a primary school for thirteen years. Their main interests in retirement, apart from travelling the world, are research into local history and promoting social justice - particularly in relation to Third World Countries - through Oxfam and similar institutions. Rosalind died of cancer in March 2000.”

Bearman Family tree by Dr. Frank Middlemiss

Son: Peter Frederick Boyd Bearman (born 11.4.1932 died 14.10.2012 Uckfield, East Sussex)  


Keturah Sandell Notes:

Keturah “was an energetic, determined woman of incisive personality. After her husband’s death she remained at 8, Tudor Road for two years until Donald was married, but in 1923 moved to 17, Sandringham Road, Leyton, immediately opposite Kate and Tom. I stayed with her there for some time in 1926 while my mother was in hospital. She later paid for my music lessons at the Metropolitan Academy of Music in Leytonstone.

She continued right up to 1928 to spend most of the summer at Beach Crest, as she and her husband had done. During 1929 she was too ill to travel and Beach Crest was hardly used by anybody that year. She usually had a maid at Beach Crest. A notable one during the 20s was Hilda Spicer, who also came back with her to Leyton. The Spicers were a big family of fisher folk who lived at 11, Golden Street, Deal. Hilda's elder sister Irma Spicer was at one time a particular friend of Edward Thomas Middlemiss.”

Frank Middlemiss’s online notes

On her death she was living at 17 Sandringham Road and left £1838 7s to Donald Boyd Bearman according to probate records.



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card to Donald Bearman from Harold Bing on the ...
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card to Donald Bearman from Harold Bing on the ...
Ethel C
Webb’s scholarship, that led to her meeting Donald Be...
Ethel Webb’s
1913 scholarship to study French at Oxford Somer...
Oxfordshire in
the 1830 Pigotts directory
Ethel Webb
attended Totteridge Road Sunday School in Edwardian ...
Totteridge Road
Baptist Chapel, where Ethel Webb attended Sunda...
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Ethel Webb attended Tottenham County School whic...
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and grandfather Donald Bearman 1959 ish
Index to Peter
Bearman’s photo album from his parent’s nega...
P1: Ethel C
Webb’s graduation and marriage to Donald B Bearma...
P2: Alfred
Robert Webb and wife Sarah née Fidler, Frederick We...
P3: Sarah
(Fidler) Webb in garden at 18 Allendale Road, Enfield
P4-5: Sarah
Webb, Alfred Robert Webb in Enfield, Donald Bearman...
p6-7: Donald
and Ethel Webb’s wedding and honeymoon in France
P8: Donald
Bearman and wife Ethel (Webb)
P9: Holiday in
France, Nanny Rainbow, Pippa and ?. Top right im...
P10: Pippa
Bearman with Nanny Rainbow and mother Ethel
P11: Pippa with
father Donald Bearman, and Donald with Ethel
P12: Noonsun
– 25 Churchfields, Broxbourne; Pippa Bearman...
P13: Noonsun 25
Churchfields, Broxbourne, Herts, 1920s and 1950...
P14: Donald
Bearman with Pippa, 1926
P15: Mrs
Pledger and Pippa Bearman, and Ethel and Pippa at Deal...
P16: Pippa
Bearman with ? at Deal, 1926
P17: Pippa
Bearman with Auntie Katie (Wright) Mrs Pledger and M...
P19: Pippa
Bearman in Churchfields private road, with Donald, P...
P19: Pippa
Bearman with father Donald, Nanny Warner and Rosalin...
P20: Pippa and
Rosalind Bearman with Nanny Warner, 1929
P21: Pippa
Bearman, Peggy Huxley & ?, Pippa and Marianne Rankin...
P22: Rosalind
and Pippa at Deal, group at Deal, 1930-31
P23: Nurse Wood
and Peter Bearman at home, Rosalind, Nursie and...
p24: Peter
Bearman in pram at Deal with sisters Pippa and Rosal...
p25: Peter
Bearman with sisters Rosalind and Pippa, also older ...
p26: Grandpa
Alfred Webb and group; Ethel Bearman, Ros and ?; E...
P27: Pippa
Bearman & Rachel, Marianne Rankin, Myra & Peggy Huxl...
P28: Ros and
Ethel Bearman, Peggy Huxley, Bettie, Auntie Katie ...
P29: Ros and
Pippa Bearman by the Lea, Ethel Bearman, Donald Be...
P30: Pippa
Bearman and Auntie Katie; Peter Bearman and sister R...
P31: Peter in
Noonsun garden; and with Pippa and Rosalind + te...
P32: Bearman
family at Walton on the Naze, twins Gyp. 1936/7.
P33: Bearman
family at Walton on the Naze, twins Gyp. 1936/7.
P34: Mrs
Bowman, caretaker of Beechcrest, Deal for the Bearmans...
P35: Deal, Kent
in the 1950s
P36: Deal, Kent
in the 1950s
P37: Deal, Kent
in the 1950s
P38: Churchill;
Peter Bearman 1950s
P39: Farrier St
and West St, 1950s
P40: More Deal
views and Ethel and Donald Bearman, late 1960s o...
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Bearman, probate 1930
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on the electoral register in 1922
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of 25 Churchfields, Broxbourne in the 1941 phone...
Thomas Bearman
on the 1880 electoral register
Donald Bearman
in the phone books 1960
Keturah Bearman
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Clara emigrated
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Clara gave her
age as 45 at the time of the 1920 census.
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Los Angeles in the 1930 US census
Clara and
husband John S Tagg on Los Angeles voters list in 191...
Clara (Sandell)
Long, age 76, Anaheim, Orange, California 1940
Clara Sandell
crossed from Canada to USA in 1912. She gave her ...
Clara Sandell
on board the Carthaginian to Halifax, Canada in 1...
Stewart Headlam
in 1907, was the new curate of St Matthews Beth...
Cartoon of
Stewart Headlam who officiated at Thomas and Keturah...
Keturah was
living at 6 Victoria Place when she got married in ...
Donald
Bearman's WWI service record
Donald
Bearman's WWI joining record
The Triangle,
Hackney 1873 where Thomas Bearman had his bakery
Bath Place,
Holywell, Oxford. Joseph Sandell is listed in Hunt...
Probate record
for Benjamin Bockett Turner who died 4 Dec 1876.
Marriage record
of Benjamin Bockett Turner and Hannah Dawson 17...
Benjamin Turner
in 1841
Edward Sandell
privilegiatus - the privileges of the University...
Charicature of
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Marriage of Mr
Sandell, Apothecary and Man Midwife to Miss Cox ...
The founding of
Dorchester School in 1801 by Mr Paget. Edward S...
Death of Joseph
P Sandell, in Jackson’s Oxford Journal Fe...
Bankrupt
auction of land owned by Edward Charles Sandell from J...
John
Barraclough Howson 1908 probate
Thomas
Stutchbury 1941 probate
Thomas
Bearman’s probate record 1922
Edward Stone
Middlemiss’s probate record, showing two entries...
Donald
Bearman’s Opel outside Beachcrest. The model of ca...
Beachcrest,
Deal, purchased by Thomas Bearman in 1897 and used ...
Beachcrest with
battlements, photo of photo brightened and dist...
The front room
at Beachcrest by Elsie Nora Bearman, 1900.
Picture by
Elsie Nora Bearman hanging in Beachcrest in 2010, da...
Beachcrest,
Deal in 2010. Bought by Thomas Bearman in 1897 foll...
Envelope of
Fred’s last letter to Ethel
Frederick
Webb’s last letter, to Ethel (page 1). Dated 2nd Ju...
Frederick
Webb’s last letter, to Ethel (page 2). Dated 2nd Ju...
Frederick
Webb’s last letter, to Ethel (page 3). Dated 2nd Ju...
Donald and
Ethel Bearman’s Ruby Anniversary, 29 September 196...
Ethel Bearman
(neé Webb) with Jonathan Bearman, around 1965 ne...
Kettle Hall see
www.headington.org.uk where it is believed Edwa...
Edward Sandell
was a pupil of Magdalen school
Edward
Sandell's bankruptcy in 1837
Edward
Sandell's schooling at Magdalen School costing 15 shilli...
Donald and
Ethel Bearman’s Ruby Wedding, 29 September 1962
Wedding of
Charles Howard SANDELL, 28th August 1915. Front row ...
Emily HOWSON,
later Mitchell, 1879-1961
Emily HOWSON
Emily HOWSON
Emily MITCHELL,
née Howson
Ernest
SOUTHERNWOOD and Rhoda HOWSON’s wedding 1904
Rhoda HOWSON
and Ernest SOUTHERNWOOD’s wedding. Keturah BEARM...
Thomas BEARMAN,
1st left, Keturah 3rd from left and Elsie far r...
Thomas BEARMAN
1873-1878
Thomas BEARMAN
1873-1878
Kate BEARMAN
1873-1958
Kate BEARMAN
1873-1958
Kate BEARMAN
1873-1958
Kate BEARMAN
1873-1958
Kate BEARMAN
(as an adult she rarely looks directly at the came...
4 people on
left are: Thomas jnr, Thomas, Kate and Hilda. Small...
Edith BEARMAN,
1878-1945
Edith BEARMAN,
1878-1945
Edith BEARMAN,
1878-1945
Edith BEARMAN,
1878-1945, aged 16
Edith BEARMAN,
1878-1945
Thomas BEARMAN,
1846-1921, Husband of Keturah SANDELL
Edith BEARMAN,
later Carrington
Charles and
Edith CARRINGTON
Charles and
Edith CARRINGTON
Charles and
Edith CARRINGTON
Charles and
Edith CARRINGTON
Charles and
Edith CARRINGTON’s wedding, 22.8.1903
Edith
CARRINGTON, née Bearman
Keturah
BEARMAN, 28th February 1917
Hilda BEARMAN
Hilda BEARMAN
Elsie Nora
BEARMAN, 1882-1970
Elsie Nora
BEARMAN, 1882-1970
Elsie BEARMAN,
4th from right, 3rd row down, at Lady Holles’ ...
Andre’s
Institute, Hackney, where the Bearman girls learnt th...
Donald Boyd
BEARMAN, 1890-1975
Donald Boyd
BEARMAN, 1890-1975
Donald Boyd
BEARMAN, 1890-1975
Donald Boyd
BEARMAN
Donald Boyd
BEARMAN
Donald BEARMAN
at Parmiters School, Bethnal Green
Donald BEARMAN
in the army sports team
Donad BEARMAN
and Thomas STUTCHBURY in the library at 8 Tudor R...
Donad BEARMAN
and Thomas STUTCHBURY in the library at 8 Tudor R...
Leah SANDELL
nee Davis. Joseph Pagett SANDELL’s wife
Leah SANDELL
nee Davis. Joseph Pagett SANDELL’s wife
Elizabeth
FARMER nee Sandell, at Marple, Cheshire
Thomas BEARMAN
jnr
Kezia SANDELL,
later Coles
Kezia SANDELL,
later Coles
Clara SANDELL
1863-1952
Clara SANDELL
1863-1952
Clara SANDELL,
taken in California
John Tagg,
Clara’s first husband
Clara SANDELL,
shortly before she emigrated in 1911
Thomas BEARMAN
Keturah BEARMAN
(née Sandell)
Thomas BEARMAN
Keturah BEARMAN
Keturah BEARMAN
Brother Tom
Bearman - which begs the question who thought of hi...
Keturah BEARMAN
Thomas, Keturah
and family on beach at Deal. Don’t know who i...
Thomas BEARMAN
at gate of 8 Tudor Road, Hackney.
Thomas and
Keturah with: Kate on back row, Hilda on middle left...
Thomas
BEARMAN’s calling card
Thomas and
Ketura, with Kate, Elsie and Edith, l to r back row,...
Thomas
BEARMAN’s shop, 101 Mare Street, Hackney, where Thomas...
8 Tudor Road,
Hackney (the house is still there but much altere...
Thomas BEARMAN
on steps of 8 Tudor Road
The BEARMAN’s
cat at 8 Tudor Road. This is the cat in the wed...
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Present day Map with below census address/es in red

Census records:

1841 Clarendon Place Jericho, St Thomas, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  
Sandell Edwd M 70 1771 Ind Oxfordshire 141
Sandell Phillis F 60 1781 Oxfordshire 140
Sandell Jos M 25 1816 School ??? Oxfordshire 132
Sandell Maria F 20 1821 Governess ?? Oxfordshire 142
Davis Leah F 15 1826 F/S [female servant] Oxfordshire 134

1841 Fisher, Oxfordshire
  
Davies James M 45 1796 Oxfordshire 524
Davies Elizabeth F 45 1796 Oxfordshire 525
Davies David M 25 1816 Oxfordshire 526
Davies Rachel F 20 1821 Oxfordshire 527
Davies Abraham M 15 1826 Oxfordshire 528
Davies Ester F 14 1827 Oxfordshire 529
Davies Isaac M 10 1831 Oxfordshire 530
Davies Hepzibah F 8 1833 Oxfordshire 515
Davies Lois F 5 1836 Oxfordshire 531

1851 1, Essex Place, Mare Street, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 38 1813 Baker Essex, Chelmsford 21
Bearman Catherine Wife Married F 36 1815 Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thomas Son M 4 1847 Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Jane Sister in law F 23 1828 Shop woman Middlesex, Homerton 22
Lay William Servt S M 21 1830 Baker Berkshire, Newbury

1851 Brewers Street, St Aldate, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  
Davis Isaac Visitor Unmarried M 21 1830 Labourer Bampton, Oxfordshire 530
Sandell Joseph Head Married M 39 1812 School Master Oxford St Michael, Oxfordshire 132
Sandell Leah Wife Married F 26 1825 Bampton, Oxfordshire 134
Sandell Elizabeth Daughter F 3 1848 Oxford St Aldate, Oxfordshire 133
Sandell Hadassah Daughter F 1 1850 Oxford St Aldate, Oxfordshire 135
Sandell Keturah Daughter F 0 1851 Oxford St Aldate, Oxfordshire 29
Davis Hephzibah Visitor Unmarried F 20 1831 Barmaid Bampton, Oxfordshire 515
Sandell Phillis Mother Widow F 67 1784 Fund Holder Bletchington, Oxfordshire 140
Prior Alice Servant Unmarried F 14 1837 House Servant East Hannay, Berkshire
Noys Lois Visitor F 8 1843 Oxford St Martin, Oxfordshire 668

1851 Fishers Bridge, Bampton, Oxfordshire
  
Davies James Head Married M 58 1793 Labourer , Faringdon, Berkshire 524
Davies Elizabeth Wife Married F 58 1793 Wife , Eaton Hastings, Berkshire 525
Davies Louss Daughter Unmarried F 18 1833 Bampton, Oxon 531

1861 12, Mare Street Essex Place, South Hackney, London, Middlesex
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Bearman Thos Head Married M 48 1813 Bread and Biscuit Baker master employs 2 men 2 boys Essex, Chelmsford 21
Bearman Catherine Wife Married M 46 1815 Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thos Son M 14 1847 Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Joseph Brother in law Unmarried M 37 1824 Baker Middlesex, Homerton 19
Bowe Mary Servant Unmarried F 22 1839 House Servant Middlesex, London 20

1861 Diamond Terrace, St Giles, Summertown, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  
Tunwell Phillis Head Widow F 78 1783 Fund Holder Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire 140
Hounslow Letitia Daughter Married F 41 1820 Grocers Wife Oxford 142
Hounslow Sarah B S Granddaughter Unmarried F 18 1843 Scholar Oxford 205
Hounslow Letitia W Granddaughter Unmarried F 15 1846 Scholar Oxford 206
Hounslow William E Grandson Unmarried M 15 1846 Booksellers Clerk Oxford 202
Hounslow Rose Granddaughter Unmarried F 9 1852 Scholar Oxford 204
Hounslow James Grandson Unmarried M 5 1856 Scholar Oxford 207
Hounslow Maria Granddaughter Unmarried F 3 1858 Scholar Oxford 208
Stockwell Eliza Servant Unmarried F 14 1847 House Servant Old Woodstock, Oxfordshire

1861 Hockmore Street, Cowley, Oxford, Oxfordshire
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Sandell Joseph Head Married M 49 1812 English Teacher St Michael, Oxfordshire 132
Sandell Leah Wife Married F 36 1825 Bampton, Oxfordshire 134
Sandell Elizabeth Daughter Unmarried F 13 1848 Scholar Oxford 133
Sandell Hadajsah Daughter Unmarried F 11 1850 Scholar Oxford 135
Sandell Keturah Daughter Unmarried F 10 1851 Scholar Oxford 29
Sandell Charles J Son Unmarried M 8 1853 Scholar Oxford 136
Sandell Rhoda Daughter Unmarried F 6 1855 Scholar Oxford 137
Sandell John E Son Unmarried M 3 1858 Scholar Oxford 138
Sandell James E Son Unmarried M 1 1860 Scholar Oxford 139
Harman Frederick Visitor Unmarried M 16 1845 Witney 2304

1861 St Johns Cottage..., St Giles Street, St Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  
Davis Edward Head Married M 33 1828 Groom Farringdon, Berkshire 533
Davis Lois Wife Married F 27 1834 Bampton, Oxfordshire 531
Davis Elizabeth Daughter F 2 1859 Woodstock, Oxfordshire 534
Davis Edwin F Son M 0 1861 Oxford, Oxfordshire 535
Davis James Visitor Widower M 68 1793 Farringdon, Berkshire 524
Balls Elizabeth Nurse Widow F 53 1808 Nurse Bampton, Oxfordshire

1871 101 Mare St, Hackney, London, Middlesex
  
Bearman Catherine Head Widow F 56 1815 Confectioner Middlesex, Kentish Town 17
Bearman Thomas Son Unmarried M 24 1847 Confectioner Middlesex, Hackney 18
Boyd Joseph Brother Unmarried M 46 1825 Baker Middlesex, Homerton 19
Boyd Mary Sister F 30 1841 Middlesex, Russell Square 20

1881 134, Hollydale Rd, Camberwell, Surrey
  
Howson John Barraclough Head Married M 38 1843 Commercial Clerk (Tailor) Oxford, Oxfordshire 177
Howson Rhoda Wife Married F 26 1855 Commercial Clerk Wife Oxford, Oxfordshire 137
Howson Rhoda Daughter Single F 2 1879 Commercial Clerk Daur Lambeth, Surrey 178
Howson Emily Daughter Single F 1 1880 Commercial Clerk Daur Lambeth, Surrey 179

1881 16, Dunlace Rd, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Jones John Messenger Head Married M 31 1850 Builder Employing 9 Men 3 Boys Jersey, Channel Islands 256
Jones Hada Wife Married F 31 1850 Builder Wife Oxford City, Oxfordshire 135

1881 2, (Even Numbers), Hasset Road, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Stritchbury Thos Head Married M 29 1852 Coach Builder London Aldersgate, London, Midd 558
Stritchbury Elizabeth Wife Married F 29 1852 So Hackney, Middlesex 557
Stritchbury Thomas Son Single M 5 1876 Shoreditch, Middlesex 355
Stritchbury Ada E Daughter Single F 3 1878 Shoreditch, Middlesex 559
Stritchbury Emma Daughter Single F 1 1880 Shoreditch, Middlesex 563

1881 4, Clark Terrace Pratts Road, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Middlemiss Edward Head Married M 26 1855 Clerk , Hampstead, Middlesex 44
Middlemiss Elizabeth L Wife Married F 25 1856 Bethnal Green, Middlesex 45
Middlemiss Edward S Son Single M 1 1880 Dalston, Cumberland 360
Middlemiss Unchristened Son Single M 0 1881 Hackney, Middlesex 359
Bennett Harriet Nurse Widow F 69 1812 Nurse , St Lukes, Middlesex

1881 66, Dunlace Road, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Sandell John Edward Head Single M 23 1858 Clerk Oxford, Oxfordshire 138
Sandell Leah Mother Widow F 56 1825 Bampton, Oxfordshire 134
Sandell James Albert Brother Son Single M 21 1860 Carpenter Oxford, Oxfordshire 139
Sandell Clara Sister Daughter Single F 17 1864 Dressmaker Oxford, Oxfordshire 149

1881 8, Tudor Rd, Hackney, Middlesex
  
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 34 1847 Pastry Cook & Confectioner Hackney, Middlesex 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 30 1851 Oxford, Oxfordshire 29
Bearman Kate Daughter Single F 4 1877 Hackney, Middlesex 129
Bearman Edith Daughter Single F 2 1879 Hackney, Middlesex 33
Bearman Hilda Daughter Single F 0 1881 Hackney, Middlesex 130
Sandell Kerzia Sister In Law Single F 19 1862 Oxford, Oxfordshire 131
Hawkins Louisa Servant Single F 15 1866 Dom Serv Hackney, Middlesex

1881 Elm Ter, St Mary Bishopshill Senior, Yorkshire (East riding)
  
Farmer Robert J Head Married M 33 1848 Optician Employing 1 Man And 1 Boy, London, London, Middlesex 267
Farmer Elizabeth Wife Married F 30 1851 Oxford, Oxfordshire 133
Fender Jennie G Visitor Single F 19 1862 York

1891 1, Hill Crest, Church Lane, Marple, Cheshire
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Farmer Robt John Head Married M 44 1847 Optician Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex 267
Farmer Elizabeth Wife Married F 43 1848 Oxford 133
Nightingale Rachel Servant Single F 20 1871 General Servant Domestic Peterborough, Lincolnshire