Thomas Coles

(born abt 1862)

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Mother: Unknown

Father Unknown

Wife: Kezia Sandell (born 20.3.1862 Oxford, Oxfordshire died 3.1948 Essex Rd)   View NotesHide notes married 1911 Newport, Wales  

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

later Coles
later Coles

Census records:

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

1891 19, Salisbury Road, Bexley, Kent
Smallwood Eliza Head Widow F 80 1811 Living On Her Own Means Dunstable
May Emily Servant Single F 26 1865 Nurse And House Keeper Thorpe Le Soken, Essex
Sandell Kezia Servant Single F 28 1863 Useful Help Oxfordshire 131

1901 8, Tudor Road, Hackney, London
Bearman Thomas Head Married M 54 1847 Retired Baker and Confectioner Hackney, London 18
Bearman Keturah Wife Married F 50 1851 Oxford, Oxfordshire 29
Bearman Kate Daughter Single F 24 1877 Hackney, London 129
Bearman Edith Daughter Single F 22 1879 Hackney, London 33
Bearman Hilda Daughter Single F 20 1881 Hackney, London 130
Bearman Elsie N Daughter Single F 18 1883 Hackney, London 30
Bearman Donald B Son Single M 10 1891 Hackney, London 31
Sandell Keziah Visitor Single F 38 1863 Oxford, Oxfordshire 131