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for discovery:

biography was written as a part of the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks train devised
by Amy Johnson Crow.  You’ll be able to take part too
here. The theme for this week is Character.

Amy says:

household has an individual who is likely to be described as a “character.” However
that is not the one approach you would possibly interpret this theme. What about somebody
named for a well-known character, working via a language that makes use of characters
apart from what you are used to, or deciphering a personality on a tombstone? Be
inventive and have enjoyable! “

Edward was my 2nd
great-grandfather on my paternal aspect of the household. Conner is spelled
variously as CONNER and CONNOR and may be mis-transcribed as CORMER simply to
make the hunt much more thrilling.

This weblog submit is a
compilation of a number of weblog posts I’ve written about Edward and his household.



Edward was born
circa 1829 Marylebone, Middlesex, England. I don’t have a full image of
Edward’s household, however I’m moderately assured that he had an older sister Mary
Ann christened St Clement Danes 2 April 1827[i] and a youthful sister Eliza
Jane born 1837 christened at St John the Evangelist at Lambeth on 19th
March, mom Maria and father Edward Printer of White Horse Avenue.[ii] 




Edward was
baptised 7th June 1829 at St Clement Danes Middlesex.  His father Edward Conner lived at 61
Clements Lane
and was a printer. Maria was his mom.[iii]

You’ll be able to think about how excited I used to be to find that Edward was baptised at St Clement Danes.

In case you have a look at the place it’s on the map of London, I’m going all goose-bumpy.  It is extremely near Australia Home, which is the place we used to go to select up our mail after I was ten years previous and visiting London with my dad and mom. And it is not too removed from Fleet Avenue the place Edward’s father could have labored as a printer.



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That is an extract of a map in my father’s previous AA Information to London from 1963

After which after all there may be the well-known nursery rhyme.  However have you learnt how lengthy it’s?  Right here it’s in all its glory:

Bull’s eyes and targets, 

Say the bells of St Marg’ret’s

Brickbats and tiles, 

Say the bells of St Gils’

Oranges and lemons, 

Say the bells of St Clement’s

Pancake and fritters,

Say the bells of St Peter’s

Two sticks and an apple

Say the bells at Whitechapel

Previous Father Baldpate

Say the bells at Aldgate

Maids in white aprons,

Say the bells at St Catherine’s

Pokers and tongs,

Say the bells at St John’s

Kettles and pans

Say the bells at St Anne’s

You owe me 5 farthings,

Say the bells of St Martin’s

When will you pay me,

Say the bells at Previous Bailey.

Once I develop wealthy,

Say the bells at Shoreditch.

Pray, when will that be?

Say the bells at Stepney.

I am certain I do not know.

Says the nice bell at Bow.

Right here comes a candle to mild you to mattress.

Right here comes a chopper to cut off your head.



Do you keep in mind singing that at college?  You’d should duck below two individuals who could be holding their joined arms up like a steeple from reminiscence after which they might carry them down and maintain you captive in the event that they “chopped off your head”.  Not less than that is how I keep in mind it.  

Just a bit bit about St Clement Danes earlier than we transfer on to Edward.  The spouse of John Donne the poet is buried right here.  Samuel Johnson “was a daily member of the congregation” in line with the London Encyclopedia. (p 753) and there’s a statue of him close by.   The church was bombed throughout WW2 and members of the RAF contributed £150k to its reconstruction and it’s now the central church for the RAF.  In accordance with Arthur Mee’s “London – the nice metropolis full” re-published in 1957 it is usually thought of the flower sellers church as a result of they characteristic in its home windows.  And for people who like their rugby, William Webb-Ellis, well-known for choosing up the ball in a sport of soccer and thereby creating rugby, was a rector right here (A information to London’s church buildings by Mervyn Blatch, p. 206)

we don’t know a lot about Edward’s childhood. 
However I really feel this nursery rhyme offers a way of impending doom about his life.

I discovered an Edward Conner within the 1841 Census as a pauper schoolboy
aged 12. Whether or not or not that is our Edward stays to be seen.  I requested a doc for a Maria
Conner who’s listed within the Lambeth Board of Guardians Settlement and Reduction
recordsdata at London Metropolitan Archives in 1844/45. Sadly this didn’t appear to be our Maria as she was described because the spouse of Thomas. 

I’m guessing
that maybe Edward Conner Senior died someplace between when Eliza Jane was born and
when the 1841 Census was taken.There’s an
Edward Connor who was buried 7 January 1844 aged 43 of St Thomas’s Hospital at
St John’s New Avenue within the Parish of St John, Horselydown. That is an
space of Southwark, London. It may very well be Edward’s father however English demise
certificates are notoriously scant when it comes to data so we could by no means
know. We haven’t any extra details about Edward till he marries.

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The North West Prospect of St. Paul’s Deptford collectively wth. the Rector’s Home – print made by William Henry Toms 1757-1765


Married Life


Edward married
Rebecca FOYNE 19 January 1851 at St Paul, the Parish Church Deptford on the age
of about 21.[iv]  Rebecca was a minor.  Witnesses to the wedding have been William Thomas
Kness and G.A. Masters.  Rebecca’s father
is listed as Samuel Foyne, Cupboard maker. 
Rebecca was of Deptford parish and a spinster. They have been married after

Here’s a map of the locations I’ve been in a position to situated Edward and his household in London.



Delivery Dates/Locations:

Rebecca bore
the next kids:

1.    Edward James baptised St Paul’s
Deptford in 1851[v] .Edward
Jnr died twenty first December 1854 of croup aged 3 years previous.  The croup lasted 4 days in line with the
demise certificates.  Edward Snr was
current on the demise and registered it on the 21st December.  He was an engineer of 2 Duke Avenue
. William Hatch was the Registrar.[vi]

2.    Rebecca Mary christened St Paul’s
Deptford in 1853[vii]
Rebecca Mary died nineteenth December 1854 aged 1 of teething convulsions which
lasted 3 days.  Her father who was in
attendance registered it on twenty first December. 
He was an Engineer and lived at 2 Duke Avenue Portsea. [viii]

3.    Edward G born Malta in 1856 on 20 December
in line with his Register of service with the Navy.[ix]

4.    Clara Rebecca born Portsea 1858[x]

5.    Walter born 1860 in Portsea[xi]
Walter died 12 December 1864 aged 4 years and 6 months.  He was buried at Portsea Cemetery on seventeenth
December. He was the son of Edward Conner of Wilminster Avenue Landport.[xii]

6.    Harriet born 1866 [xiii]

7.    Edwin born 1869 in Portsea[xiv]


Married Life

Within the 1851
Census Edward Conner – Engineer -aged 23 resides along with his spouse Rebekah Conner
– aged 20 at 1 Ann’s Place Deptford St Paul in Surrey, England. [xv]
They appear to be sharing a spot with William Groom – an Ink Producer and
??? aged 46 and his spouse Sarah aged 45.  I ponder if the Grooms have been mates of
Edward’s father who was a printer.

In 1851 on
Sunday 14 December Edward James is baptised at St Paul’s Deptford.  The Connors are recorded as dwelling at Hatcham
  Edward describes himself as an

1853 –
Sunday 16 October christening of Rebecca Mary Connor at St Paul’s Deptford.  They’re nonetheless dwelling at Hatcham Street.


Relocation to Portsea and Malta

1854 –
Edward James Conner died December 1854 at Portsea Island, Hampshire as
did Rebecca Mary.[xvi]  We ordered Rebecca Mary’s demise certificates
and it recorded that she died of teething convulsions on 19th
December at 2 Duke Avenue Portsea. 
Edward died of croup on 21st December.  What a depressing Christmas that should have

1856 the
household should have moved to Malta (in line with Edward George’s census document)[xvii]

1858 the
household strikes again to Portsea


1861 –
Census – Edward and Rebecca live at 4 Kilminston Avenue (the writing is
very light and tough to learn) in Portsea….they’ve Edward G aged 5 who
was born in Malta, Clara aged 3 who was born in Portsea and Walter aged 9
months who was born in Portsea.  Edward
is described as an engine fitter.

12 December 1864[xviii]
Walter Conner died aged 4 and a half years previous.[xix]  


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Portsmouth Instances and Naval Gazette 17 December 1864


We have to get hold of his demise certificates.


The Busy
Years or the start of hassle

1871 Census
– Edward and Rebecca live at 46 Albert Avenue Portsea with Edward aged
15, Clara aged 13, Harriet aged 5 and Edwin aged 2.[xx]

the Electoral register present Edward Conner dwelling at 39 Gladstone Avenue, All
Saints, Portsmouth.[xxi]

On sixth
January 1877 Clara, on the age of 19, offers delivery to Daisy Clara.   

No father’s title is recorded however a newspaper
article within the Hampshire Telegraph in Could 1877 later revealed the daddy to be
Henry James Fulljame
s, a author within the Training Division. [xxii]
He’s pursued for upkeep of 5 shillings per week till the kid is 13
years of age. Clara is recognized within the newspaper article as dwelling at 54
Delhi Avenue Fratton
.  I hope that
she was dwelling together with her household at this stage. By June, Clara has moved to
Norristhorpe Board Faculty in Yorkshire as an Assistant and Daisy is fostered


Then I lose
the household for a bit. 

schooling document reveals that she commenced duties at Roberttown Board Faculty in
Yorkshire together with her sister by August 1880.[xxiv]

By the 1881
Census – 3 April – Edward G is on an armour-plated first-class ship within the Navy
referred to as the “Temeraire” within the Grand Harbour, Malta.  He’s an engine artificer or REA.[xxv]
Perhaps as soon as the women left residence, Rebecca and younger Edwin went to Malta to be
with Edward Senior.

In 1884
Clara marries William Henry Smith[xxvi]
and he or she and her sister Harriet to migrate to Australia shortly after.[xxvii]

Senior Years

1891 Census
– Edward and Rebecca live at 31 Regent Avenue Portsea with sons Edward
aged 34 and Edwin aged 22.[xxviii]  Later that 12 months Edward marries Matilda
Caroline Oliver
who has a 4-year-old daughter Elsie from a earlier
marriage. [xxix]

Electoral Register reveals Edward at 31 Regent Avenue. [xxx]

1893 – 7
June Edward Senior posts discover in Portsmouth Night Information saying he will not be
liable for any money owed incurred by Rebecca. Rebecca is now 63 years previous.[xxxi]


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Portsmouth Night Information seventh June 1893

897 – circa
January Edward strikes into lodgings in 63 Ivy Avenue,Southsesa (Ivy Avenue is simply to the southeast
of Regent Avenue between Somers Street and Marys Street – virtually reverse
Montgomery Street.  I feel it is likely to be
the place Blackfriars Shut is as we speak.)


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Hampshire Telegraph Web page 7 1st Could 1897


1897 – 24
April Edward is admitted to Portsmouth Hospital after taking pictures.[xxxii]

5 Could Edward is then admitted to St James Hospital with dementia (mentioned
to have been beforehand at Portsea Island Union Imbecile ward) The small print
given, in vol. ref H8/4/4/5 are as follows:[xxxiii]

Age : 69

Standing: Married

Fitter, HM Dockyard

place of dwelling: Imbecile wards, Portsea Island Union (now generally known as St Mary’s
– Alex’s observe)

Type of
psychological dysfunction: Dementia

reason for madness: Senile dementia

Bodily situation
: Feeble

1899 – 3 Could
Edward is discharged as recovered

Date and
place of Loss of life

1903 – 15
April Edward Snr is admitted Portsea Island Union workhouse 

– 17 August Edward Snr discharged to hospital

– 3 October Edward Snr died.[xxxiv] at his son’s residence 162 New Street


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Loss of life discover Edward Conner 6 October 1903 Portsmouth Night Information



At this
stage unknown


I’ve not
been capable of finding probate for Edward Conner

1910 – Edward’s
spouse Rebecca dies.[xxxv]



Edward should have felt as if he had been born on the centre of the identified universe – London.  Residing at Deptford, the seat of the Royal Naval Dockyard, would have given him a way of faraway lands like Australia.  Shifting to the very busy port of Portsmouth and its giant dockyard at a time when the Navy was very busy certainly would have compounded these emotions of significance.  I think about he was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and wish to analyze this.

John Subject in his paper “Portsmouth Dockyard and its employees 1815-1875” states that:

the Yard, the workforce shaped a world of its personal, with its personal
gradations…internally, the workforce was finely subdivided by talent. 
On the high of the hierarchy stood the shipwrights, their supremacy
challenged solely, after 1849, by the expert engineers of the steam
manufacturing facility.

was not at all times safe.  Subject refers back to the cuts to the workforce in
1868 that have been so extreme that “a number of hundred Portsmouth households
merely gave up in town, migrating to Canada” (web page 18). It’s to Edward’s credit score that he survived this disaster.

Nor was a
pension a given in these days. It was typical after twenty
years service however was on the discretion of the Superintendent.  You
wanted to be of fine character and diligent. John Subject talks in regards to the
“profound patriotism’ inculcated within the yard with surviving diaries o
dockyard males from the interval containing frequent “references to royalty,
Naval affairs and particular person ships”.

Of their seven kids, three died which appears a excessive mortality price for our era however was sadly widespread for the time, given cholera outbreaks and the like. Press articles point out that there have been troubles in his home sphere which proved too nice for Edward to bear.



[i], England, Choose Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, FHL Movie
Quantity 1042333 merchandise 1 p. 363

[ii], London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of
England Parish Registers; Reference Quantity: P85/JNA3/005

Westminster, London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1919,
Metropolis of Westminster Archives Centre; London, England; Westminster Church of
England Parish Registers; Reference: STC/PR/2/1

London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. London
Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of England Parish
Registers; Reference Quantity: P75/PAU/043

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. London
Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London Church of England Parish
Registers; Reference Quantity: P75/PAU/010

Loss of life Certificates District of Kingston within the County of Southampton, Quantity 395

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Loss of life Certificates, District of Kingston County of Southampton, Quantity 394

1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations
Inc, 2005. Class: RG 9; Piece: 640; Folio: 11; Web page: 15; GSU roll: 542676

[x] FreeBMD.
England & Wales, Civil Registration Delivery Index, 1837-1915 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

[xi] FreeBMD.
England & Wales, Civil Registration Delivery Index, 1837-1915 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

FindMyPast, Portsmouth Historical past Centre Archives G/PGC4/4

FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Delivery Index, 1837-1915
[database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

1891 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations
Inc, 2005. The Nationwide Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census
Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 853; Folio: 143; Web page:
28; GSU roll: 6095963

 , 1851 Census,Class:
HO107; Piece: 1584; Folio: 34; Web page: 7; GSU roll: 174820-174821.

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

   , 1861 Census, Class:
RG 9; Piece: 640; Folio: 11; Web page: 15; GSU roll: 542676

British Newspaper Archives, Portsmouth Instances and Naval Gazette, Saturday 17
December, 1864

[xix] FreeBMD.
England & Wales, Civil Registration Delivery Index, 1837-1915 [database
on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

[xx], 1871  Census, Class: RG10;
Piece: 1128; Folio: 156; Web page: 8; GSU roll: 827775

FindMyPast, Electoral registers 1832-1932, 1875 Constituency of Portsmouth, Hampshire,
V5/36, Picture 32

British Newspaper Archives, Hampshie Telegraph, 19 Could 1877

            Queensland State Archives,
Lecturers File, Clara Rebecca Smith

Queensland State Archives, Lecturers File, Harriet Conner

[xxv], 1881 Census, Class: RG11; Piece: 5641; Folio: 9; Web page: 14; GSU
roll: 1342356

[xxvi], England, Choose Marriages, 1538-1973

[xxvii], Queensland State Archives; Registers of Immigrant Ships’
Arrivals; Sequence: Sequence ID 13086; Roll: M1701

[xxviii], 1891 Census, Class: RG12; Piece: 853; Folio 143; Web page 28; GSU
roll: 6095963.


[xxix], England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage
Index: 1837-1915

FindMyPast, Electoral registers 1832-1932, Portsmouth, Hampshire, V6/47, Picture

British Newspaper Archives, Portsmouth Night information, 7 June 1893

British Newspaper Archives, Portsmouth Night Information, 24 April 1897

Correspondence from Portsmouth Historical past Centre 2015

[xxxiv], England & Wales, FreeBMD Loss of life Index: 1837-1915

[xxxv], England & Wales, Civil Registration Loss of life Index, 1837-1915,
1910 Q2

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