Researching the family history – Be careful what you go looking for!

Old opera glasses / binosI dressed up like a pirate recently, as part of the costume I wore my grandads old binos. A guy told me they were opera glasses. I laughed at him because there’s no way my grandad was into opera. So I googled them, and he’s right. I found similar looking pairs online from the early 1900’s. So I wonder if they belonged to his grandfather. Henry Thomas Fuller. My dad remembers these binos from when he was a kid so my grandad must have had them a while.

Thing is, after doing the family history research, I can’t help but wonder if these opera glasses were part of the ‘theatrical items’ stolen by Henry Thomas Fuller in 1906? I hope not! …but it’d be quite fitting for a pirate to be wearing swag round their neck! Perhaps I should be careful what I go looking for!

County News from Keebles East Kent Advertiser 6th Oct 1888

From: Keeble’s Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs, S. Peters, Minster, Westgate-On-Sea, Birchington Gazette and East Kent Advertiser. Vol 19 no 971, Friday for Saturday 6th Oct 1888

Serious case- Mr. Earnest Woodgate, deputy coroner for this division of the county, opened a inquest at the Medway workhouse on the body of a young women of 22, named Priscilla Hearn, who died under suspicious circumstances at the house of a Mrs. Camburn, of Hartington St, Chatham.

The mother, who now lives at Dartford, but formerly resided at Gillingham, said deceased was a single woman and came to Chatham on Tuesday, the 18th, in consequence of a letter of invitation from Mrs. Camburn. Witness was not aware that she was unwell, and had no idea that she was likely to be a mother. Mrs Lamburn said deceased stayed with her now and then, and on this occasion came to do some sewing. Witness had known her when she was at Gillingham. Witness noticed nothing the matter with her until Friday evening, when she came home rather late and appeared to have had too much to drink.

She complained of pains in her stomach. She continued this through the night and into the middle of the next day, but declined offers of a doctor. Witness, however at length went for a medical man, and when she was out deceased died. The letter of invitation on which deceased came to Chatham on was asked for by the Coroner, but while Mrs. Hearn said she gave it to Mrs Camburn on Saturday at the later’s request, Mrs Camburn said she thought she returned it and she certainly could not find it.

Consequently it was not forthcoming. A post mortem examination had been made, but the examination of the medical witness was postponed, and the inquest was adjourned for a week. It is understood that the unfortunate young woman’s death is clearly traceable to an attempt to destroy incipient life.

The monument erected in Folkestone Cemetery by the German nation to the memory of the men belonging to the German Navy who were drowned off Sandgate by the sinking of the Grosser Kurfurst, on May 31, 1878, has been restored at the expense of Sir E. Watkins, M.P. Over one hundred of the unfortunate men lie buried here.

A profitable railway: The traffic on the railway between Lydd and Dungeness cannot add much to the South Eastern Company. One evening within the past week the only passenger carried by train was a little girl whose mother had sent her from the beach to Lydd on an errand. The little girl had a half ticket, and to convey her the four miles a train of half-a-dozen vehicles, engine driver, stoker, two guards, and porters of each station were brought into requisition. It is a frequent occurrence on the line for the carriages to be more numerous than the passengers.

Shocking death of a boy- On Wednesday the East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest at Lydden on the body of Edward Boughton, aged 14. It seems the boy was riding a horse which bolted. He got caught in the harness, was kicked by the horse, and was subsequently dragged along the road. the boy was quite dead when picked up. The jury returned a verdict of ‘Accidental death.’

Burglary in Maidstone- On Saturday night a burglary was committed at the residence of Mr. F.W Ruck, 18 Ashford Rd, Maidstone. Mr Ruck was away for a holiday at the seaside, and the house was at the time unoccupied. A man named Edward Barton, living in Mote Rd who was employed in Mr. Rucks garden, and to look after the house during his employers absence, left it secure at five o ‘clock on Saturday afternoon, but at eight o ‘clock yesterday morning he discovered that a window in the front of the house was broken. He informed P.C. Leman, who, with Inspector Waghorn, examined the house and found that entry had been made by breaking a pane of glass in the front drawing-room window, which was then unfastened.

The house was completely ransacked and things were strewn about the floors, much damage being done. Information of the burglary was telegraphed to Mr. Rck, who immediately came to Maidstone and discovered that some silver spoons and a fork, a watch, gold chain, and other articles of jewellery, with altogether £4 or £5, had been stolen. The burglar carried off none of the plated articles.

Intelligence  was received at Sheerness on Tuesday of a serious fire on Mockett’s farm, Harty, a small parish, situate at the extreme end of the Isle of Sheppey. The fire broke out in a stable during the night, and before any assistance arrived four valuable horses were burned to death. The fire rapidly spread to an extensive brick built barn adjourning, in which 2,500 fleeces of wool, a large quantity of grain ready for Margate, and the farming implements were stored, and carried all before it.

It then spread to a stack and some Lodges, but through the efforts of a body of Coastguardmen belonging to the watch vessel moored in the Swale who pulled down part of the sheds, its progress was arrested, and the farmhouse, &c, together with sixteen stacks of corn, were saved from destruction. The Sheerness Board of Health Fire Brigade arrived on the scene later on and extinguished the fire. The damage is estimated at £2,000. A man named Hampshire, belonging to Lenham, who had been employed on the farm harvesting, was taken into custody on a charge of incendiarism.

Exciting scene in the Strood Oil Mills- There was an exciting scene in the Strood Oil Mills on Wednesday, when a lad who was in imminent peril of a terrible death was rescued by a workman who ran considerable personal risk in the act. The lad, named Frid, who caught in a crushing machine and was being carried round at a fearful rate when a workman named Dainer dragged him out by sheer strength. Frid had strongly received such injuries to render him unconscious, and Dainer’s gallantry cost him some severe contusions. Frid was taken to St. Bartholomew’s hospital, where he was detained.

Maria Harcour born in Bombay 1811

So! Summer has been busy and I haven’t posted for a while. It’s been 6 months since I made a start with the blog and I’ve already made contact with a couple of awesome cousins! Turns out I’m not the only one puzzled by Maria Harcour!

Maria was born in Bombay in 1811 and married a shrimper from Margate in 1829. We haven’t been able to find a birth certificate for Maria and know nothing of her siblings or parents.

There’s an  entry in the 1841 census for Marias 10 year old daughter Mary Christina Edwards (sometimes just known as Christiana) which might hold clues or false leads!:
At the top of the census page is:

1. Ann Peg(d?)ine age 50, Independent means, born in the county. b 1791
2. Mary Gibson, age 75, Independent means, born in foreign parts. b1766
3. Christiana Edwards, age 10, female, born in the county. I think the mark in the employment column is F.S meaning (female servant).

Mary Christianna Edwards 1841 Census, Bullers Court, Margate
I wonder if Mary Gibson could be Marias widowed mother seeing as Maria named her first born Mary and Mary Gibson was also noted as born in foreign parts on the census?
Perhaps Ann Peg(d?)ine is Marias older widowed sister? Maria gave 3 of her girls the middle name of Ann so the name must have been important to her.

Or perhaps its just a coincidence and Mary Christiana is the servant not a family member?

Double strokes // are used to indicate the end of the list of people living in a dwelling, single / ones are used to divide different households sharing the dwelling. It looks like Ann and Mary are living in one dwelling and Christiana is noted as same dwelling different household? So I think this would suggest she is not part of the family?

The house is ‘Bullers Court’ Margate.
Family Search says the address is ‘High St Buller’s Court’ and is an institution.

I think this is a picture of it: Margate History, Facebook
In 1793, John Lewis (a historian) stated that Buller’s Court was often referred to as the ‘Parish Yard’ and was used as a refuge for old ladies.

A forum post on Curious Fox references Bullers Court as: alms houses at 99 high street margate for needy widows

… to do some more research!

Hotels & Boarding Houses listed in Keebles East Kent Advertiser 1888

Keeble’s Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs, S. Peters, Minster, Westgate-On-Sea, Birchington Gazette and East Kent Advertiser. Vol 19 no 971, Friday for Saturday 6th Oct 1888:

Margate, The White Hart Hotel: Special Express Train leaves Victoria Stat on at 3.15, Holborn Viaduct, 3.10, Ludgate Hill, 3.12, arriving at Margate at 5 o’clock; thence to Ramsgate. the Royal Albion Hotel, Ramsgate, in conjunction with the White Hart Hotel, Margate. Vide the Medical Officer’s report of the health of Margate 28th Feb, 1878, giving the death-rate 11.85 per 1,000.

Bidston Boarding House, 7 & 8 Marine Terrace, Margate, facing the sea, and close to  two Railway Stations. Dinner hour 6 o’clock. Wines a la carte. Winter terms as per arrangement. Proprietress Mrs. Gate.

High Cliff, Cliftonville, Private Hotel and Boarding Establishment, Is situated in the best part facing the sea. Excellent Cuisine. Wines a la carte. Special terms for families. Lawn Tennis Ground facing the sea. Table d’ Hote, 6.30. Proprietress Mrs Campion.

Huntly House Boarding Establishment, 33 & 34, Dalby Square, Cliftonville, Margate. The house is pleasantly situated, close to baths and promenade. Special arrangements by the year, or for the winter months. Terms on application to Mrs. Hubbard, Proprietress.

Carlisle House, Westgate-on-Sea Boarding Establishment, 4 & 5 Adrian Square. Special Arrangements made for Families, with private sitting room, if required. Terms moderate, Address, Mrs. Wilkinson.

“Helston House” Boarding Establishment, 11 Dalby Square, Cliftonville, Margate. Good sea view. Close to promenade, tennis courts, baths, and usual places of worship. table d’Hote 6.30. terms moderate. Proprietress, Miss Millington.    

Magdala Boarding House, Margate. Noted for cheapness, home comforts, good cooking, and liberal table. Close to Church, Sea, Hall, and Promenade. Moderate terms. Saturday till Monday, 10/6. Proprietress Miss Meade, Magdalla Villas, Cliftonville.

Severn House, 3, 4, & 5, Dalby Square, Cliftonville. Private Hotel and Boarding Establishment. Good sea view close to promenade and baths. Superior cuisine Table de hote, Wines a la carte. Special arrangements by the year, or for the winter months. Terms moderate. Apply, Proprietress.

Raglan Boarding House, 18 Dalby Square, Cliftonville, Margate. Facing the sea, position unequalled, close to chief Promenade, Sands and Baths. Every home comfort. Liberal table. Special low terms for permanency, or winter months. Alfred Richards, Proprietor.

Belgrave Boarding House. 14 marine Terrace, Margate. Facing the Sea and near Railway Station. terms moderate on application to Mrs. Crooks, Proprietress.

Lady Boarders can be received in a high class Girls’ School. Moderate Terms. Libera table:- West, Miss Bayly’s Library, Margate.

Home for Delicate Children, every care and comfort guaranteed; medical and parental reference. 1 Queen’s Terrace, Westbrook, Margate near railway.

Margate ward election public notices in Keebles 1888

From: Keeble’s Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs, S. Peters, Minster, Westgate-On-Sea, Birchington Gazette and East Kent Advertiser. Vol 19 no 971, Friday for Saturday 6th Oct 1888:

Municipal Election 1888
Pier Ward
To Mr. George. F. Brown.
Sir, We the undersigned Burgesses, respectfully request that you will allow yourself to be nominated for the office of Councillor for the above Ward at the ensuing Election, and in the event of your complying with our request, we will use our best endeavours to secure your return.
Cobb, Francis Marsden
Pittock, George Mayris
Crawford, John
Smith, James Wellard
Atkey, Fredk. Walter
Travers, H.C.
Brown, J. Hunter
Crawford, William
Stevens, Julia Ann
Satchell, William
Fagg, Alfred
Hutchings, Julia
Maycock, H.E.
Lane, W. Jones
Rowlinson, W.E.
Grant, Alfred Henry
Keble, Harman
Kennett, William J.
Swallow, J.C.
Young, Henry William
Kemp, George Arthur
Cutlack, Alfred
Hume, James
Mussared, James Valentine
Wastall, Edward George
Willett, Francis William
Spencer, Benjamin
Torriano, Constantine
Chancellor, S.S., jun
Tookey, Herbert
Carpenter, Rebecca
Crofts, John
Lashmar, Richard Wood
Feakins, Thomas
Gore, Thomas
Jephcott, Thomas
Akhurst, George Henry
Young, Frank
Ray, Herbert
Harvey, William Sutton
Coombes, George H.T
Woodruff, William C.
Fairman, Issac
Stanley, Mary C
Bayley, Elizabeth W.
Darby, William
Lewis, William
Cleveland, Samuel George
Rayner, E.H.
Sanderson, Charles
Scott, James
Foreman, Herbert
Moore, Alfred
Grainger, Alfred
Cleveland, George A
Wood, Henry
Green, Charles
Laurence, Shrubsole
Crump, William Henry
Carpenter, Elizabeth
Flowers, Victor
Kennett, Bishop
Grant, Walter
Wallis, Charles
Tennent, Agnes
Lilley, Frederick A.
Field, Edward Thomas
Wallworth, Elizabeth
Reynolds, Joseph
Knighton, T.R.
Smith, Valentine
Cook, James M
Smith, Henry
Randall, Edmund
Corley, George
Philpot, H.
Watson, Horatio Gilmore
Upton, Henry
Deal, George
Beerling, T.
Tremaine, R.
Pearce, Thomas
White, Henry Edwards
Rice, Elizabeth F.
Duckett, James William
Ogden, F.
Long, William
Harris, William Henry
Rolfe, Betsey
Hamilton, John A.
Foat, Joseph
Gurney, James
Mussard, George G.
Gibbons, Thomas
Rumbold, James
Hutchings, George
Wright, Walter John
Lewis, Samuel
Brockman, George
Dunn, Thomas
Metali, Antonio
Hewitt, James
Stabback, Maria
Macdiarmid, Duncan O.
Pierce, George
Greenwood, Thomas
Riddle, Sarah
Williams, John R.
Joscelyne, J.
Admans, William
Clarke, James
Crickett, Charles
Thornton, Ann
Eastland, James
Strannack, E.A
Jones, James
Malpas, John
Mapas, David
Hewitt, George
Smith, William
Catt, F.
Quelch, Edward
Sandwell, John
Cowell, H
Beerling, A.F.
Hurst, Charles S.
Thompson, S.
Pealle, Robert.
Bushall, John G.
Harlow, Edward J.
Moore, John
West, Thomas
Aubrey, Alfred
Brenchley, John William
Jones, William
Foat, John
Prebble, James
Schofield, M.J.
Holness, Emily
Baker, Hannah
Stephens, Walter
Scott, Louisa
Wanstall, Sarah
Webster, Jane
Wooder, James
Ladd, Elizabeth
Beleher, H. Taswell
Harman, Mary
Hobby, Edward
Bourne, Alfred
Dignan? (Hard to read as newspaper is creased here), Thomas

Ladies and Gentlemen, After receiving so large and influential a requisition from my fellow-ratepayers, I feel bound to accept the invitation, and therefore offer myself as a Candidate a the forthcoming Election of a Councillor for the above Ward. My great desire is to see our town of Margate prosper; and if you think my business qualifications as a tradesman would promote your interests, I freely place my services at your disposal.

With reference to the Pier Dues no one would be better pleased than myself to see this vexed question fairly faced and settled by an impartial tribunal. The Drainage problem is now to the front, and must sooner or later be finally settled. The necessity of a general scheme, to be wholly or partially carried out, is, I think, admitted. I, however, cannot approve of the way in which the emphatic protests of the Burgesses against the action of the Council were disregarded. When it was asked that an eminent engineer be appointed, it was only reasonable to suppose that such an appointment should have been made only after his plan had been selected from various others; and I still think this is an advantage we ought to demand before pledging ourselves to so serious an undertaking.

Trusting to be favoured with your support at the coming Election. I am, Ladies and Gentlemen, Yours Faithfully, George F Brown.


To the Burgesses of the Cliftonville Ward,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In compliance with the very flattering invitation conveyed to me by more than three hundred of your number, I venture to place my services at your disposal, and to offer myself for a seat in the Town Council as one of your Representative.

I believe that I posses a thorough knowledge of those essentials which are necessary to maintain and increase the reputation of Margate as a health resort as well as an intimate acquaintance with the wants and wishes both of the visitors and inhabitants.

I am of the opinion that the drainings of Margate should be carried out without necessary delay; at the same time I am not prepared to adopt the first plan which is offered, nor to enter into such a serious matter without a comparison between two or more plans showing different methods, both of sewerage and sewage disposal. In holding this view I am following the opinion of the burgesses expressed at their various meetings, and it is on these lines that I intend, if elected, to set.

In the matter of the Pier dues I will join to say measure or proposal that may tend to settle this question to the profit and satisfaction of the burgesses.

Soliciting the honour of your support. I remain, yours faithfully, W.M Knight Treves. Margate Oct 1st 1888


To the Burgesses of the Cliftonville Ward.

Election of Councillor 1888

Ladies and Gentlemen,

On the First of November next my term of office as Councillor of this Ward will expire, having had the honour of being your representative in the Council for nearly seven years; and, I believe, to your satisfaction generally.

I therefore solicit the renewal of your confidence by again re-electing me, and should you again honour me, my constant endeavour will be to faithfully fulfil my duty as Councillor. Yours truly, W.H Woodward. 2 Elms Villas, Cliftonville, Sept 26th 1888


To the Burgesses of the Marine Ward.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

In response to a numerously signed Requisition, I have much pleasure in offering myself as a Candidate for the Town Council, to represent the Marine Ward.

It would be unwise of me to go fully into matters which have for some time been so irritating to the Burgesses, but that a stop should be put to the expenditure of money, which I fear will make but a sorry return. I think the ratepayers will generally agree, more particularly with regard to the extravagant outlay in the Dane.

In these days of bad seasons and heavy taxations, the working expenses of our Borough should be reduced to a minimum, and every care taken that no new offices be created, and such offices as can be prudently dispensed with should at once be removed from the pay sheet.

With regard to Drainage, my views upon that subject are fully known, having been openly expressed at public meetings during the early part of the present year.

I trust the constituents of the Marine Ward will excuse me making a personal canvas, as I should much prefer placing my services at their disposal without doing so. Should the majority be in my favour, I will endeavour to carry out the duties with credit to myself and general benefit to the Borough at large.

I am Ladies and Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, John Reeve. Rose Lawn, Eaton Rd, Margate, October, 1888.


Borough of Margate,

Municipal Election, 1888,

To the Burgesses of the Marine Ward.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Having served as your representative in the Town Council for the three years expiring on the 1st of next month, and feeling that I have conscientiously done my duty to my fellow Burgesses by attending with regularity at all the meetings to which I have been summoned. I offer myself as a Candidate for the same position at the ensuing Election.

Upon each question which has arisen I have given my vote in the way which appeared to me most desirable in the interests of the town generally, and of my own ward in particular; and as I am not a party man, I have observed with pleasure the general desire in the present Council to avoid the formation of cliques, such as have in former times acted so prejudicially to our welfare.

I would remind you that one of the most important questions which will arise in the coming year is the promotion of a Bill in Parliament with a view to make some reasonable arrangement for the adjustment of the Coal Dues; and consequently, it is of the utmost importance that the vote of the Council should not be overweighted by the majority of those whose interest are likely to be affected by such readjustment for the common weal.

Should there be a Public Meeting called, I shall of course be pleased to attend and state my views upon any subject which may be thought desirable.

In conclusion, I take leave to express my warmest thanks to the many Ladies and Gentlemen who have already promised to vote for me, and to say that I shall, if honoured by re-election, continue to devote my best abilities to the discharge of the duties devolving upon me.

I remain, Ladies and Gentlemen, Yours faithfully,

Gustave Masu

‘Belle Vue House’ Canterbury Rd, Margate. 2nd Oct 1888.


To the Burgesses of the Cecil Ward.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Having been requested by a large and influential number of Burgesses to come forward as a Candidate at the ensuing Election for Cecil Ward, I am happy to place my services at the disposal of my fellow townsmen.

It is notorious that the wishes of the Burgesses, as expressed at several important public meetings, have been slighted by the majority of the members of the Town Council, who, instead of representing the Burgesses, openly defy them. I adhere to the principle that no representative of the people has a right to ignore their urgently expressed wishes, and it is on these grounds that I place my services at your disposal.

The question of the Coal Dues, the Drainage Scheme, and other important matters likely to be brought forward, are subjects to which I have already given my earnest attention, and I shall endeavour to carry out my duties as your representative in a straightforward and efficient manner.

Trusting that my principles will meet with your approval, and that you will give me your hearty support on the day of Election.

I remain Ladies and Gentlemen,

Yours faithfully,

Bertram Thornton, 14 Cecil Square, Margate, Oct 3rd 1888.


To the Burgesses of Cecil Ward.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

With the close of the current municipal year my second period of office (six years) terminates, as one of your representatives in the Town Council of the Borough of Margate.

Permit me, once again, to record my gratitude for the kindness and forbearance at all times shown towards me, as well as for the cordial expressions of satisfaction at my conduct-expressions always acceptable to one striving to do his duty.

I beg to intimate, in reply to several enquiries, that it is my intention to solicit the honour of a renewal of your confidences in November next. The burning question now demanding settlement require mature experience, and the most earnest attention of the Council, so that these important and difficult problems may be solved in a manner best suited to the vital interests and permanent prosperity of this town, with which we are so deeply involved.

My views are known to you, but at a later period I shall be happy to enter more in detail in regard to the great questions of the hour. Meanwhile, I beg to subscribe myself,
Your most obedient servant, WM. Leach Lewis. Margate College, September 27th, 1888.

Education listings in Keebles East Kent Advertiser 1888 Part 2

Keeble’s Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs, S. Peters, Minster, Westgate-On-Sea, Birchington Gazette and East Kent Advertiser. Vol 19 no 971, Friday for Saturday 6th Oct 1888:

Education/teaching Listings: Part 2

Claremont, Margate. (Near the Flagstaff). Lady Principal… … … … Mrs Webster (nee Clara M Searles). This old-established and well – known Ladies School is situated on the High Cliffs, in the best position in Cliftonville. The premises are large and commodious, and were built for the Lady Principal in 1869, and have since from time to time been fitted with every modern appliance for guaranteeing the health and comfort of the pupils. There are extensive Recreation Grounds adjoining the School premises, extending in the direction of the Flagstaff, and strictly private, yet facing the sea and open to the invigorating breezes for which Margate enjoys a world-wide fame. The Education given is liberal and artistic, and is fully equal to that of any High School, with the additional advantages of lady-like training, home culture, and good living. The general studies as well as accomplishments are carried on under the superintendence of the Lady Principal, assisted by resident English and Foreign Governesses, and visiting Professors, University Graduates, and Artists. References exchanged.

Sultan House, Warrior Crescent, Dalby Square, Cliftonville, Margate. Ladies School. The Misses Hoskins receive into their Establishment young ladies to board and educate, under their personal and careful supervision, assisted by Resident Governesses and Visiting Masters. A thorough English Education and Accomplishments, combined with the comforts and advantages of a well-appointed home. The House is large (facing the sea), containing 18 lofty rooms, bath-room and lavatory, with hot and cold water. Sanitary arrangements in perfect order. Prospectus on application. Highest references, medical and parental.

Margate Ladies’ College and High School. For Boarders only. This is essentially a Finishing School for Middle-Class Pupils, with a Preparatory Department for young girls. There are 6 Resident Governesses, trained and experienced, the Head Mistress holding a Governess Certificate of the First Class. Masters attend for Holy Scripture, French, German, Latin, Book-keeping, Mathematics and Calisthenics. The educational system adopted generally coincides with that of the London High Schools for Girls. The estate, extending for several acres, is strictly private; contains extensive tennis grounds, lawns, shrubberies and gardens, and is entirely reserved for the use and recreation of the pupils. The accommodation is unsurpassed, the School and Class Rooms with Dining Hall being heated with hot water, well lit, and airy. For further particulars apply to the Lady Principal, Lausanne House, Margate.

Cliftonville, Margate. Collegiate Establishment for Young Ladies. Principals- Mrs Ward (Trained, Certified) and Miss Wootten. A thorough, sound, and efficient Education, including all branches, combined with every care, attention, and home-like comfort. Close to sea, situation high, very healthy and bracing. Tennis and Croquet grounds. Very successful in all Examinations. References to parents. Moderate terms.

Cumberland House School For Girls. (Boarders only) Principal … … Miss Hickson.

Branscombe House, Cliftonville, Margate. Middle-Class Day School for Girls. Principal. Miss Wright (certified) assisted by her sister. (Late Principal, Mrs. G. Berenger, who is giving up on account of ill-health). Pupils are thoroughly instructed in English, Music, French and Drawing. Also Plain and Fancy Needlework. Private Lessons given. Prospectuses on application.

Margate, Beauvoir House, St Peter’s Rd, School for Girls. Terms moderate. Prospectus on application to Principal.

Cambridge House, Cliftonville, Margate:- Day School for Young Ladies, conducted by the Misses Williams. References to parents of pupils. Terms on application.

Good Day School for Girls in Cliftonville. Terms moderate. Pupils successfully prepared for Examinations. – P.C.M. Gahan’s Cliftonville Library.

Ethandene, Westgate-on-Sea. High-class Education, for Girls. Prospectus on application to the Misses Perkins.

Highland House School for Girls, and School of Music. 11 Adrian Square, Westgate-on-Sea. Prospectus on application to the Misses Duffy.

Sunny Bank, The Vale, Broadstairs. High-class Preparatory School for Boys. Large fruit and vegetable garden, with playground attached. Delicate and Indian Children receive special care. Kindergarten for Young Children. References and prospectus on application to the Misses Henson. A Dancing Class is conducted every Thursday at 3, by Miss Bolttler, of London.

Dancing, Calisthenics, & Deportment. – Miss Bolttler (from London) begs to announce that she is now making arrangements with Schools and Families. Minuet, Pavane, La National, &c, Private Waltzing Lessons. -Address, 11 Mansel Rd. Acton Vale, London: or Miss Henson, Sunny Bank, The Vale, Broadstairs.

Pianoforte Lesson given by Miss Cowdell, R.A.M Cert. Terms moderate. Musical evenings attended. Beresford House, Eaton Rd, Margate.

Miss Plummer, 2 Gordon Villas, Godwin Rd, Cliftonville. Pianoforte and singing taught.

French.-A lady (a Parisian) holding a Diploma, is open to Engagements. Schools and Families attended in Margate and the neighbourhood. Pupils prepared for examination. For particulars, apply to Z..P., 33 Athelstan Rd, Margate.

Hirsch, Ph.D (Bonn), care of F.E Derwick, Esq. Westgate, wishes to give private or visiting lessons in German, French, Italian, Music in Westgate and neighbourhood.

Daily Pupils desired, or daily Engagment at pupil’s residence. Preparation for Examinations if desired. H., 5 St Paul’s Rd, Margate.

Studies of Vocalisation for improving the Voice (by best Italian Masters) taught by Mrs. Payne Harold Rd, Margate.

Aux Anglais, – Conversation Francais (Universite de Paris) facilment acquise. German and Shorthand indispensible, 1s per lesson- Messrs. Payne, Dove’s Nest, Harold Rd, Margate.

A Young Lady, R.A.M, desires to give lessons on Music or singing, at pupil’s residence in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, or Margate. Apply, Miss Rogers, Park View, Ellington Rd, Ramsgate. Terms Moderate.

German and French Lessons given by a German Lady. Westgate and Margate. Apply, Fraulein, Keble’s Gazette Office, Margate.

Mr. R.E Parker, Organist and Music Master to St. Michael’s School, Westgate-on-Sea, gives Organ, Piano, and Harmony Lessons. Terms on application. Address, The School.

Mr. C. Miller, B.A. Lond; French Honorman, nine years visiting master in neighbourhood, gives lessons in Classics, English, French (Parisian), German, Mathematics. 3 Albany Villas, Ramsgate.

Lessons in Music, English, French, German, given by Miss Hilder, cert. R.C.P and Trinity College (Honors). Pupi desired to study with another daily (morning). Rockleigh, Westgate-on-Sea.

Dancing- Plymton House, Collegiate School, The Vicarage Crescent, Margate; 7s. 6d. per quarter.

Trinity College, London, For Musical Education and Examination. Instituted 1872.

Ramsgate Centre.The Date of next Local Examination in Instrumental and Vocal Music is fixed for the Last Day of Entry, October 15th. Local Secretary- J. Chapman, A Mus. 1 Rose Villas, Picton Rd, Ramsgate.

Education listings in Keebles East Kent Advertiser 1888 Part 1

Keeble’s Margate & Ramsgate, Broadstairs, S. Peters, Minster, Westgate-On-Sea, Birchington Gazette and East Kent Advertiser. Vol 19 no 971, Friday for Saturday 6th Oct 1888:

Education/teaching Listings: Part 1

Tuition by J. Burnett B.A (London) in Classics (Including Composition), Mathematics, English Subjects, French and German. Excellent local references and testimonials. 6 Wrotham Rd, Broadstairs.

J.M Walton, Teacher of Dancing. 1 Booth Place, Dane Hill, Margate. Schools and private families visited or received as above. Classes now in formation.

The Violin. Mr. Thornton Moys, Teacher of the Violin. Elm Rd, Camden Sq, London. N.W Fifteen years’ successful teaching experience. Visits Herne Bay, Margate and Ramsgate. Special arrangements for Schools.

Pianoforte, Organ, Singing, Harmony. Mrs. Oscar Skey (Nee Maud E. Morine) Certified Pianist, Trin Coll London. And for more than five years Musical Governess, at Montrose House, Cliftonville. Receoves and attends pupils. Special arrangements for Schools. Rose Villas, 7 St Peter’s Rd, Margate.

Violin Lessons. Given by Miss E. Foster, 7 Westbrook Terrace, Margate.

Miss Foster. Attends and receives pupils for the Pianoforte, Harmony, Singing (Solo and Class). Schoold attended. Terms on application. 7 Westbrook Terrace, Margate.

Miss Norton. Professor of Dancing, Calisthenics, and Gymnastics. Classes and Private Lessons carried on as usual at the Dancing Academy and Gymnasium, Fernleigh, Arthur Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Westgate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate, and neighbourhood attended. The new Watzes and Fashionable Dances.

Mr Wallace Pringle, Musical Director of the Theatre Royal, and Organist (pro. tem) of the Catholic Church of SS Austen and Gregory, Margate, gives Lessons in Pianoforte and Singing. – Apply, 25 Dane Hill Row, Margate.

French-German-Classics-Mathematics. F.W. Garston (Over six years at Chatham House, Ramsgate), 1, St Paul’s Rd, Cliftonville, Margate.

Margate and Westgate Government School of Art. Drawing, Painting, Modelling. 10 Union Crescent, Margate.

Dover Court, Arthur Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Educational and Nursing Home for Delicate Children. Principals… … Mrs. & Miss Natali (Certificates from College of Preceptors) Ladies wishing to place their children at Margate for two or three weeks to recruit their health may safely do so by leaving them at Dover Court. Mrs Natali is thoroughly competent to take into her charge delicate children, having nursed her own son for six and a half years with hip disease. Excellent table kept. A high-class Education may be obtained by permanent Boarders strong enough to study. Visiting professors. Terms and references on application.

Educational Home for Young Girls, Grosvenor House School, 1 Grosvenor Place, Margate. Principals, The Misses Monk. References and terms on application.

Royal Crescent College, Margate. Principal, Mrs. C. Lord (Honors Cert, R.A.M) Pupils prepared (when desired) for the various Competitive Examinations, including Trinity College and the Royal Academy. The house faces the sea, and its sanitary arrangements are entirely new. Home comforts. Tennis. For references and prospectus apply to principal.

St Alban’s House School, Hawley Square, Margate. Conducted by Miss Masters assisted by Certified and experienced Teachers. Young Ladies received on moderate terms, and prepared (if desired) for University Examinations. References to parents.

Athelstan House, Cliftonville, Margate. School for Young Ladies. Pupils prepared for the following Examinations:- Cambridge and Oxford Local, College of Preceptors, Trinity College and Royal Academy of Music. Certified Governesses and Visiting Masters. Home comforts. For prospectus apply to the Principals, Mrs. Horne and Mrs. Pope.

Lorne House, Harold Rd, Cliftonville, Margate, School for Girls. Principal… … … Miss James. The House is pleasantly situated near the sea. The number of Boarders is limited to twelve, in order to insure the personal care of the Principal. Pupils prepared for the Local Examinations if desired. Special attention given to delicate children. References and terms on application.

Edgbaston House, 23 Addington Rd, Margate. Ladies School (for Daily Pupils only) Principal… … … Miss Smart. May be seen at home after 3 o’clock on Saturdays.

Montrose School, Godwin Rd, Cliftonville, Margate, Boarding School for young ladies. principals… … The Misses Bailey. Montrose House is situated near the sea, contains twenty-five well-ventilated bedrooms, commodious bathroom fitted with every modern convenience, and spacious dining-room. Playground and garden are attached to the house. A liberal tale is kept, and every effort is made to render school-life as cheerful and home-like as possible. Education is conducted on the German system. Pupils are well grounded in all branches of English, and special attention is paid to foreign languages. Pupils are prepared for the University and College of Preceptors’ Examinations. A report of the progress and conduct of pupils is sent to parents periodically.

Educational Home for Young Gentlemen, Hornby House, 34, Athelstan Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Principals… … Mr & Mrs Stedman. References and terms on application.

Leo School House, Addington Square, Margate. Principals … … … … The Misses Ablett, Trained and Certified Teachers, Assisted by a Resident and Visiting Masters. Thorough Education and every home comfort. A cricket field and playground.-References to the Rev. Dr Abbot (Head Master of the City of London School), and to parents. Day pupils also received.

Clare House School, Northdown Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Establishment for young gentlemen. Thorough preparation for all Public Schools and Higher Commercial Life. The extensive Premises are situated in the healthiest part of Cliftonville. The House contains 22 spacious rooms, and the dormitories (2 of which are 38ft. by 16ft.) are lofty and well ventilated. The Schoolroom, play rooms, and lavatories were built by the present Principal with all modern improvements, and the sanitary arrangements are perfect. Large play ground and field adjacent. Terms moderate and inclusive. For prospectus, references, &c, apply to the Principal.

Alresford House, Eaton Rd (extending from the Grosvenor), Margate. Situated within five minutes’ walk from the sea. Special and successful preparation for University Locals, College of Preceptors, and Public School Examinations. Gymnastics and Swimming taught. Playground and Cricket field. – For list of references and prospectus, address the Principal.

Cliftonville, Stanley House. The Principal (A. E Cozens, M.C.P) assisted by a University Graduate, seeks by careful and individual attention to secure the well-being of each pupil. Drilling, dumb-bells, class singing, conversational French, German, &c,  are included in the School Course. Preparation for all examinations. Terms moderate.

Cliftonville College: Arthur Rd, Cliftonville, Margate. Conducted by Mr. T. Everard Healey, Mr Everard Healey (Intermed. B.A. Lon.) Cliftonville College contains lofty and well-ventilated rooms and a commodious school room has been built expressly for Educational purposes. The system of Instruction adopted is that of the High Schools. Book-keeping and Shorthand form part of the General Curriculum and boys are carefully prepared for Local Examinations and Commercial Life. The matters and personal habits of the pupils receive great attention. Good and unlimited diet is provided, and school-life rendered as much as possible like home. Special provisions may be made for Young or Delicate Children. For prospectus and references apply, until 29th September to 20, Addington-Square, Margate.

Grongar House School: Canterbury Rd, Margate. Principal: Mr. D.R Parry. Pupils are prepared for the Oxford and Cambridge Local and College of Preceptors Examinations. Terms on application.

New College, Cliftonville, Margate:
Head Master, Rev. G Hugh Jones, F.A.S
New College is decided on Christian Principles. The regular Courses of Instruction embraces the subjects usually comprised in the curriculum of a First-grade school. On the Classical side, though instruction is given in Latin, French, and either Greek or German. On the Modern side, Latin and Greek are excluded from the time table of the Upper Form for very young boys.The extensive premises were erected expressly for scholastic purposes. Parents are cordially invited to inspect the commodious schoolroom (40ft. by 20ft.); class rooms; reading rooms; dining hall (33ft. by 20ft.); the lofty and wide dormitories unequalled in Margate, for cubic space afforded each being 39ft. by 37ft. by 11ft; workshop; lavatory (34ft. long); bathroom, playground, &c. &c. (N.B ‘&c’. means etcetera) The Cricket Field is only a short distance away from the School. The domestic arrangements are under the immediate direction of Mrs Jones. A healthy and happy Christian home is ensured to every boy. Terms Moderate and Inclusive. Prospectus, Honours’ List, References on application.

Thomas Fuller and Mary Ann Overton

Thomas Fuller was born 3rd Sept 1795 to Robert Fuller and Jane Ann Bachell and baptised 4th Oct 1795 at St John’s, Margate.

Thomas was a Mariner in the Merchant Navy and first went to sea as an apprentice in 1811. His Merchant Seaman Record gives the following info:
No of: 76052.
Register Ticket: 50.
Age when Ticketed: 49.
Name: Thomas Fuller,
Born at: Margate, County of Kent, 4th day of Sept 1795.
Capacity: Seaman.
Height: 5ft 4 3/4 inches.
Hair: Dk Brown.
Eyes: Dark Brown.
Complexion: Dark.
Marks: Not any.
First went to sea as: Apprentice.
In the Year: 1811.
Can Write: Yes.
Has served in the Royal Navy: No.
Has been in Foreign Service: No.
When unemployed, resides at: Margate.
Issued at: Ramsgate, 21st day of Dec 1844.

On the 27th Nov 1819, Thomas married Mary Ann Overton at St John the Baptist Church in Margate.

On the marriage record; Thomas is noted as a batchelor and Mary Ann as a spinster. They were married by banns, Thomas signed his name and Mary signed by her mark. The marriage witnesses were:
Stephen Cook and Richard Mummery. I think Richard Mummery must have been a Parish Clerk as his name appears a lot in the records as a marriage witness.

Mary Ann Overton was born in Hoo nr Chatham, Kent c1797. Mary was baptised on the 3rd Sept 1797 at Saint Werburgh, Hoo, Kent and her parents were given as Charles Overton and Mary.

Thomas and Mary had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth Ann Fuller, born c1820, Margate, Kent, bp 2nd July 1820, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’
  2. Charles Francis Fuller, born 9th Sept 1822, Margate, Kent, bp 13th Oct 1822, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’ He died 6th Jan 1857.
  3. Thomas Fuller, born 21st Dec 1824, Margate bp 30th Jan 1825, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’
  4. Richard Robert Fuller, born c1827, Margate, bp 11th Feb 1827, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’
  5. James William Fuller, born c1829, Margate, bp 2nd Nov 1829, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’
  6. Robert William Fuller, born c1832, Margate, bp 26th Feb 1832, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’ he died 1847, Margate.
  7. William Francis Fuller, born c1834, Margate, bp 23rd Nov 1834,
  8. George Fuller, born 7th Jan, 1842, Margate, bp 25th Sept 1842, father’s profession given as ‘Mariner’

Around 1835-1836 Thomas Fuller’s Merchant Navy record gives the following info:
First name(s):    THOMAS
Last name:    Fuller
Age:    40
Birth year:    1795
Birth place:    Margate
Birth county:    Kent
Place:    MARGATE
Date range:    1835-1836
Series:    BT120
Piece number:    2
Record set:    Merchant Navy Seamen
Category:    Education & work
Record collection:    Merchant navy & maritime
Collections from:    Great Britain
No: 6655
Quality: Mariner
Ship belonging to: Magnet of London

In 1841 the family was shown living at White Hart Court, Margate which was on the High St:
White Hart Court, Margate 1841 census

  1. Thomas Fuller, age 45, Mariner, born Kent.
  2. Mary Fuller, age 40, born Kent.
  3. Elizabeth Fuller, age 20, born Kent.
  4. Charles Fuller, age 15, born Kent
  5. Thomas Fuller, age 15, born Kent.
  6. Richard Fuller, age 14, born Kent.
  7. James Fuller, age 12, born Kent.
  8. Robert Fuller, age 9, born Kent.
  9. William Fuller, age 6, born Kent.

Thomas died in 1848 and was buried 1st Nov 1848 in St John’s, Margate.

Mary, now widowed continued to live at White Hart Court, the 1851 census gives the following info:

1 White Hart Court Margate 1851 census:
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1629; Folio: 200; Page: 10; GSU roll: 193530.
1. Mary Fuller, Head, Widow, age 54, Charwoman, born Rochester, Kent.
2. Elizabeth Ann Fuller, Daughter, unmarried, age 30, Shoebinder, born Margate, Kent.
3. Richard Fuller, Son, unmarried, age 24, Porter, born Margate, Kent.
4. James Fuller, Son, unmarried, age 31, ‘?’ born Margate, Kent.
5. William Fuller, Son, unmarried, age 17, Baker, born Margate, Kent.
6. George Fuller, Son, age 9, Scholar, born Margate, Kent.

1 and 2 White Hart Court margate 1861 census:
Source Citation: Class: RG 9; Piece: 534; Folio: 62; Page: 3; GSU roll: 542656.

No 1 White Hart Court, Margate:
1. Mary Fuller, Head, Widow, age 65, Laundress, born Hoo – nr Chatham
2. John Fuller, Son, unmarried, age 30, Porter, born Margate, Kent

Mary’s son Richard lived next door with his family:
No 2 White Hart Court, Margate:

  1. Richard Fuller, Head, Married, age 33, Labourer,  born Margate, Kent
  2. Ann Fuller, Wife, age 29, born Margate, Kent
  3. Thomas Fuller, Son, age 5, Scholar, born Margate.
  4. Eliza Fuller, Daughter, age 3, Scholar, born Margate
  5. William Fuller, Son, age 8 months, born Margate

1 and 2 White Hart Court margate 1871 census:
Source Citation: Class: RG10; Piece: 991; Folio: 94; Page: 23; GSU roll: 838723.
1 White Hart Court:

  1. Mary Fuller, Head, Widow, age 74, Former Laundress, born Kent.
  2. George Fuller, Son, married, age 28, Upholsterer, born Margate, Kent.
  3. Eliza Fuller, Daughter-in-law, married, age 27,  born Romford, Essex.
  4. George Fuller, Grandson, age 7 months, born Margate, Kent.

2 White Hart Court:

  1. Richard Fuller, Head, married, age 44, Bath Chair Driver, born Margate, Kent.
  2. Ann Fuller, Wife, age 40, Laundress, born Margate, Kent.
  3. Thomas R Fuller, Son, age 15, Linen Drapers Porter, born Margate, Kent.
  4. Eliza Fuller, Daughter, age 14, Scholar, born Margate, Kent.
  5. William H Fuller, Son, age 10, Scholar, born Margate, Kent.
  6. George Fuller, Son, age 7, Scholar, born Margate, Kent.
  7. James Fuller, Son, age 5, Scholar, born Margate, Kent.
  8. Caroline Fuller, Daughter, age 2, born Margate, Kent.
  9. Charles H Fuller, Son, age 1 month, born Margate, Kent.

Mary Ann Fuller nee Overton died in 1877 and was buried in the  Parish of St John, Thanet age 82 years on the 3rd March 1877.

Research guide C13: The Merchant Navy: Tracing merchant seamen.
British Mercantile, Whaling and Fishing Records of the 19th & 20th Centuries by Len Barnett
Merchant Navy – Registers of Seamen/Service (Seamen)
Margate, Kent genealogy, local and family history resources

William Harrison a Coach Trimmer in Ashford and Amelia Hankin from Lambeth

William Harrison I believe was born 16th May 1819 in Bury, Lancashire and baptised 13th June 1819 at St Marys, Bury. On his baptism record his parents were given as: Thomas Harrison (a Servant man) and Mary from Woodhill in the county of Lancaster. (Reference Number: L215, Item Number: 1, Archive Roll: 671).

On the 5th May 1850 he married Amelia Ann Hankin:
Marriage solemnized at Trinity Church in the parish of St Mary Newington in the county of Surrey.
William Harrison of full age bachelor.
Profession: Coach Maker.
Residence: Swan St.
Father: Thomas Harrison deceased.
Spouse: Amelia Ann Hankin of full age spinster.
Residence: Swan St.
Fathers name: John Hankin Labourer.
Married after banns.
Witnessed by John Harrison (Signed by his mark) and Elizabeth Townsend (signed by her mark) Elizabeth may have been Amelia’s Aunt.
(London Metropolitan Archives, Holy Trinity, Newington, Register of marriages, P92/TRI, Item 022.)

William and Amelia went on to have 14 children:
1. William John Harrison, born 1850, Willesborough, Kent, bp. 29th Dec 1850 in Ashford, Kent. (So at the time of William and Amelia’s marriage, Amelia was already pregnant.)
2. Thomas Harrison, born c1852, Ashford, bp. 3rd Sept 1854, Willesborough, Kent.
3. Robert Harrison, born c1854, Ashford, bp. 3rd Sept 1854, Willesborough, Kent.
4. George Harrison, born c1855, Willesborough, bp. 7th Sept 1856, Willesborough, Kent.
5. Samuel Harrison, born c1856, Willesborough, bp 7th Sept 1856, Willesborough, Kent, died 1858.
6. Richard Alfred Harrison, born c1858, Ashford, bp. 7th Feb 1858, Willesborough, Kent.
7. Albert Henry Harrison, born c1860, Ashford, bp. 1st Jan 1860, Willesborough, Kent.
8. Frederick Holmes Harrison, born 4th April 1862 Ashford, bp. 3rd Aug 1862, Willesborough, Kent.
9. Amelia Elizabeth Harrison, born c1864, Ashford, bp. 5th June 1864, Willesborough, Kent. (Finally a girl! Thank goodness as she was my 2nd great grand mother!)
10. Mary Ann Harrison, born c1866, Ashford, Kent.
11. Rosetta Harrison, born c1867, Ashford, Kent, bp. 27th Oct 1867, Ashford, Kent.
12. Alice Harrison, born c1871, Ashford, Kent, bp. 7th Nov 1871, Ashford, Kent.
13. Samuel Holmes Harrison, born c1871, Ashford, b.p 7th Nov 1871, Ashford, Kent.
14. Arthur Harrison, born c1874, Ashford, bp 12th Sept 1874, Willesborough, Kent.

In 1851 the census notes the family living at 99 New town in the Parish of Willesborough.
1. William Harrison, Head, Married, age 31, Coach Trimmer, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia Harrison, Wife, age 41?, born Lambeth, Surrey.
3. William John Harrison, Son, age 4 months, born Alfred Town, Willesborough, Kent.

By 1850 over 130 houses had been built in the area for staff by the South Eastern Railway. The railway called this area ‘Alfred Town’, known as ‘New Town’ by everybody else. The works employed about 600 people in 1851 increasing to about 950 by 1861, and around 1,300 by 1882. A carriage and wagon works was opened on an adjacent 32-acre (13 ha) site in 1850. (Source Wikipedia)

In 1861 the census shows the family still living at 99 New Town, Willesborough:
1. William Harrison (Head) age 41, Coach Trimmer, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia Harrison (Wife) age 31, born Lambeth, Surrey.
3. William J Harrison (Son) age 10, Scholar, born Kent, Ashford.
4. Thomas Harrison (Son) age 9, Scholar, born Kent, Ashford.
4. Robert Harrison (Son) age 7, Scholar, born Kent, Ashford.
5. George Harrison (Son) age 6, Scholar, born Kent, Ashford.
6. Richard A Harrison (Son) age 3, Scholar, born Kent, Ashford.
7. Albert H Harrison (Son) age 1, born Kent, Ashford.
Class: RG 9; Piece: 515; Folio: 70; Page: 7; GSU roll: 542653.

In 1871 the census shows the family had moved next door to 100 New Town:
1. William Harrison (Head) age 51, Coach Trimmer, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia Ann Harrison (Wife) age 41, born Lambeth, Surrey.
3. William John Harrison (Son) unmarried, age 20 (occupation hard to read..possibly ‘Turner’) born Willesborough, Kent.
4. Thomas Harrison (Son) unmarried, age 19, Coach Maker, born Willesborough, Kent.
5. Robert Harrison (Son) Unmarried, age 17, Coach Maker born Willesborough, Kent.
6. George Harrison (Son) age 16, Coach Trimmer, born Willesborough, Kent.
7. Richard Harrison (Son) age 13, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
8. Albert Harrison (Son) age 11, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
9. Fred H Harrison (Son) age 8, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
10 Amelia Eliz Harrison (Daughter) age 6, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
11. Mary Ann Harrison (Daughter age 5, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
12. Rosella Harrison (Daughter) age 3, Scholar, born Willesborough, Kent.
13. Alice Harrison (Daughter) age 1, born Willesborough, Kent.
Class: RG10; Piece: 961; Folio: 114; Page: 43; GSU roll: 827248.

1881 Census, still at the same address: 100 Newtown:
1. William Harrison (Head) age 61, Coach Trimmer, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia Ann Harrison (Wife) age 51, born Lambeth, Surrey.
3. Thomas Harrison (Son) unmarried, age 29, Coach Builder, born Ashford, Kent.
4. Richard Harrison (Son) unmarried age 23, Coach Builder, born Ashford, Kent.
5. Albert Harrison (Son) unmarried age 21, Coach Trimmer, born Ashford, Kent.
6. Frederick H Harrison (Son) unmarried age 18, Coach Builders Apprentice, born Ashford, Kent.
7 Amelia E Harrison (Daughter)age 16, Dressmaker, born Ashford, Kent.
8. Mary Ann Harrison (Daughter age 15, Dressmaker, born Ashford, Kent.
9. Rosa Harrison (Daughter) age 13, Scholar, born Ashford, Kent.
10. Alice Harrison (Daughter) age 11, Scholar, born Ashford, Kent.
11.Samuel Harrison (Son) age 9, Scholar, born Ashford, Kent.
12. Arthur Harrison (Son) age 7, Scholar, born Ashford, Kent.
Source Information: Family History Library Film 1341226, Public Records Office Reference RG11, Piece / Folio 0950 / 117, Page Number 9.

1891 Census: 100 Newtown, Willesborough
1. William Harrison (Head) age 71, Foreman Trimmer SER, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia A Harrison (Wife) age 61, born Lambeth, Surrey.
3. Samuel H Harrison (Son) single, age 19, Turner S.E.R, born Willesboro’ Kent.
4. Arthur Harrison (Son) single, age 17, Coach Maker, S.E.R, born Willesboro’ Kent.
5. Mary A Harrison (Daughter) single, age 24, Carriage Lining Maker S.E.R, born Willesboro’ Kent.
6. Alice Harrison (Daughter) single, age 21, Carriage Lining Maker S.E.R, born Willesboro’ Kent.
Class: RG12; Piece: 702; Folio: 70; Page: 8; GSU Roll: 6095812.

1901 Census: 100 Newtown, Willesborough
1. William Harrison (Head) age 81, Living on means, born Bury, Lancashire.
2. Amelia A Harrison (Wife) age 71, born Lambeth, London.
3. Arthur Harrison (Son) single, age 27, Coach Maker, born Ashford, Kent.
4. Alice Harrison (Daughter) single, age 30, Lining Maker for Carriages, born Ashford, Kent.
5. Hesta? Smith (Grandson) age 4, born Deal, Kent.
Class: RG13; Piece: 786; Folio: 47; Page: 31.

William Harrison passed away 12th Feb 1906 in East Ashford and was buried 17th Feb 1906 in Ashford. Probate was granted 25th April 1906 to his daughter Alice Harrison, William was noted as an Ashford, Kent railway factory foreman. (Source: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 [database on-line])

Willesborough & Ashford history links:
Ashford, Kent genealogy, local and family history resources.

Ashford Works Centenary 1847-1947: Fantastic read with some lovely old photos. (Opens as PDF).
Ashford and its Railway History (Opens as PDF).
Ashford Railway Works: Local Industries and Farming.
Photos of Ashford Railway Works.
Willesborough, Kent (A Vision of Britain website).
Willesborough (Wikipedia).
The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 7. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1798, entry for Willesborough.
The Willesborough civic war memorial: Info on those that died during the 1st World War (opens as PDF). Willesborough in old photos.
New Mill, Willesborough: Grade II listed smock mill, built in 1869.
Guide to South Willesborough, Kent: Ancestry, family history, and genealogy.

Charles Francis Fuller, Mariner from Margate and the Lugger the Victory

Charles Francis Fuller was born 9th Sept 1822 in Margate, Kent (according to his Merchant Seamans record). He was baptised in the Parish of St Johns, Margate 13th Oct 1822. His parents were given as Thomas and Mary Fuller of Margate and his fathers profession was listed as ‘Mariner’.

In 1841 the census shows the family at White Hart Court in Margate:
1. Thomas Fuller, age 45, Mariner
2. Mary Fuller, age 40
3. Elizabeth Fuller, age 20
4. Charles Fuller, age 15
5. Thomas Fuller, age 15
6. Richard Fuller, age 14
7. James Fuller, age 12
8. Robert Fuller, age 9
9. William Fuller, age 6

On October 22nd 1843 banns of Marriage were called at the Parish Church of Ash, Kent between “Charles Francis Fuller of this Parish, Bachelor and Mary Jane Spratt of this Parish, Spinster.”

I think Mary was from Ash and I found the following baptism in the Parish of Ash nr Sandwich, Kent:
June 7th 1818:  Mary Jane, daughter of John and Mary Spratt, Abode: Ash, Fathers Profession: Labourer.

Charles and Mary went on to have the following children:
1. Henry Thomas Fuller, born 1843, Ash, Kent.
2. Mary Jane Fuller, born 1847, Thanet, Kent.
3. Thomas Charles Fuller, born 1850, Medway, Kent. Died 1896, buried in the Parish of St John, Thanet, October 6th 1896, age 46 years, abode: Thanet Union.
4. John C Fuller, born Margate c1850-1854 (according to census records).
5. Thomas Robert Fuller, born Margate c1852.
6.  Robert J Fuller, born Margate c1852-1861 (I think 1856).
7. Charles Fuller, born Margate, c1857

In 1844 Charles Merchant Navy Record gave the following details:
No of 115,425
Charles Francis Fuller
Age in 1845: 23
Age when Ticketed: 22
Can write: Yes
Born at: Margate, Kent 9th Sept 1822
Height: 5ft 4
Complexion: Fair
Marks: Pock Marked
Hair: Dark Brown
Eyes: Dark Blue
First went to sea as: a boy in the year 1834
Has served in the Royal Navy: No
Has been in Foreign Service: No
When unemployed resides at: Margate
Issued at: Ramsgate, 28th day of Dec 1844

(Date range 1845-1854, Series BT113, Piece number 58, Record set Merchant Navy Seamen, Category Education & work, Record collection Merchant navy & maritime, Collections from Great Britain.)

In the 1851 census the family were living at Princes Court, King St, Margate:
1. Chs Fns Fuller, Head, married, age 28, Mariner, born Margate, Kent.
2. Mary June Fuller, Wife, Married, age 28, Mariners Wife, born Ash, Kent. (NB I think her middle name was misspelled)
3. Henry Thoms Fuller, Son, age 7, Scholar, born Ash, Kent
4. Mary June Fuller, Daugh, age 4, at home, born Margate, Kent
5. Thomas Charles Fuller, Son, age 1, born Margate, Kent.
(1851 Census: HO 107/1629, Folio 359, Page 7, Parish of St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent.)

On the 6th January 1857 Charles was killed in the English Channel whilst on the Lugger the Victory, which went to save the American ship the Northern Belle. Nine men were lost when the Victory capsized:

From the Standard, Monday 12th Jan 1857:
The Victory Lugger, a well known boat to many Margate visitors, which was lost last Monday night, was worth from 300/. to 400/. The following is a list of the names of a portion of the crew: Issac Solly, aged 46; John Smith, aged 63; George Smith, aged 29 (father and son); William Emptage, aged 52; John Emptage, aged 29 (father and son); Charles Fuller, aged 34; Henry Paramor, aged 27; Frederick Batt, aged 22; Abraham Busbridge aged 35.

Subscriptions in aid of these poor men’s widows ad orphans are urgently solicited.

From the Kentish Gazette:
American ship ‘Northern Belle’ of 1,100 tons burthen, from New York, seen to be in eminent peril, and which afterwards stranded on the Foreness Rock, was caught in a fearful sea, and plunged down in an instant with all her crew. the suferers were:
John Smith, aged 63 years.
George Smith, aged 29
William Emptage, aged 52
John Emptage, aged 29
Issac Solly, aged 46
Abraham Bashbridge, aged 35
Charles Fuller, aged 34
Henry Paramor, aged 27
Frederick Batt, aged 22

“Such a calamity as this is not known to have occurred here before; may such never occur again. This tablet is also intended as a grateful tribute to the benevolence of persons, not only in this town and neighborhood, but in London and other distant places, who have so generously responded to the public appeal made in behalf of the widows and orphans, and have, by subscriptions, amounting to two thousand one hundred pounds, declared their sympathy with a class of men engaged in a most important but adventurous avocation. “Whoso is wise will ponder these things.”

The shipwreck of the Northern Belle and the loss of the Victory.
The Wrecking of the Northern Belle, an article by Mick Twyman published by the Margate Historical Society in December 2001.

A new plaque unveiled in tribute to the men who died on the Victory.
Article from the Isle of Thanet Gazette.
Dedication Service of the Victory Lugger Memorial Stone at Margate.
A letter regarding subscriptions to the widows and orphans affected by the sinking.
A Boatmans Tales, article about the sinking of the Northern Belle.
Newspaper article from The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News (WA : 1848 – 1864).
Margate, Kent genealogy and family history resources