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The Johnson Family of Stepney, London

1.Link to census George JOHNSON. Born 5/5/1809 in Stepney and baptized 18/6/1809 in St George in the East Church, Whitechapel. George died in October 1856 in Stepney, age 47. He was buried on 15/10/1856 in City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Southern Road, London. Occupation: Variously butcher, labourer, coal dealer.


On 4/4/1831, when George was age about 21, he married Sarah BATCHELOR in St Dunstan, Stepney. Sarah was born about 1806 in Surrey. It is not known when she died.


They had the following children:


(1) George, baptized 11/3/1832 at St Dunstan & All Saints, Stepney. Parish Register gives abode as Mile End Old Town, father’s occupation butcher. (2) John Hatchtal [2]. (3) Francis [3]. (4) James [4]. (5) Sarah Maria, born 8/2/ 1845 in Stepney & baptized 20/4/1845 at St Mary, Whitechapel.  Parish Register gives abode as York Street, father's occupation greengrocer. (5) Henry, born 4/11/ 1847 in Stepney & baptized 28/11/1847 at St Mary, Whitechapel.  Parish Register gives abode as York Street, father’s occupation coal merchant.

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2.Link to census John Hatchtal JOHNSON [Parents]. Born 28/4/1838 & baptized 20/5/1838 at St Mary, Whitechapel. John’s middle name is unusual but is confirmed by the original baptism entry. Perhaps a more conventional name was offered that was misheard (and misrecorded) by the officiating minister, C. A. Richardson. John died 14/1/1911 in Linden House, Stamford Hill, age 72. An entry in the National Probate Calendar reads “JOHNSON John of Linden House 126 Stamford Hill Middlesex died 14 January 1911 Probate London 22 February to Stanley John Johnson licensed appraiser Ernest Johnson auctioneer's clerk and Clement Johnson bank clerk. Effects £25,159 9s. 4d.” (Worth around £2,817,808 today.) Occupation: Auctioneer, valuer, estate agent.


On 7/3/1865, when John was age 26, he married Mary Ann JOHNSON, daughter of Mary Johnson & an unknown spouse, in St Thomas, Stepney. Born about 1834 in St George in the East. Mary Ann died between 2/4/1871 & 1877 (the year John remarried).


They had the following children:


(1) Stanley John [5]. (2) Clarence Aubrey [6]. (3) Mildred Edith, born quarter ending December 1874 in Hackney.


In the quarter ending December 1877, when John was age 39, he married Mary Reseigh HINDE in Stepney. Mary was born about 1847 in Stepney.


They had the following children:


(1) Bertha Mary, born quarter ending March 1880 in Hackney. (2) Lilian, born about 1882 in Clapton. (3) John, born about 1883 in Clapton. (4) Ernest, born about 1884 in Clapton. (5) Elsie, born about 1885 in Clapton.


3.Link to census Francis JOHNSON [Parents]. Born 16/1/1841 in Stepney & baptized 19/2/1843 at St Mary, Whitechapel. Parish Register gives abode as York Street, father's occupation greengrocer. Francis died 9/2/1931 in Bethnal Green Workhouse, age 90. Cause of death recorded as chronic bronchitis. The record also states that Francis was “buried by friends”. Occupation: House decorator.


On 5/8/1865, when Francis was age 24, he married Eliza Mary BROWN in St Thomas, Stepney. Eliza was born about 1839 in Stepney.  It is not known when she died.


They had the following children:


(1) Francis, born quarter ending March 1867 in St George in the East. (2) Edward Henry [7]. (3) Eliza Mary, born quarter ending December 1870 in St. George on the East. In the quarter ending December 1894, when Eliza Mary was about 24, she married Alfred James JOHNSON, son of James JOHNSON and Caroline SWABEY (nee Styles), in Bethnal Green. Alfred James was born quarter ending June 1871 in Stepney. There is no known connection, other than this marriage, between these two Johnson families. (4) George, born quarter ending March 1876 in Stepney.


4.Link to census James JOHNSON [Parents]. Born 28/1/1843 in Stepney and baptized 19/2/1843 at St Mary, Whitechapel. Parish Register records abode as York Street, father's occupation greengrocer. James died in January 1912 in Hoxton, age 69. He was buried on 18/1/1912 in City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery, Southern Road, London. Occupation: Tobacconist; in 1911 a general labourer and “keeps a small general shop”.


On 13/3/1864, when James was age 20, he married Mary Ann DOLMAN, daughter of Robert DOLMAN, a cork cutter, at St Mary Parish Church, St George in the East. Mary Ann was born about 1839 in Mile End and died quarter ending September 1876 in Medway, Kent, age 38.


They had the following children:


(1) James Robert [8]. (2) Albert George, born quarter ending March 1866 in Chatham, Kent. Albert George died quarter ending September 1872 in Kent, age 6.  (3) Alice Sophia, born quarter ending December 1867 in Chatham. (4) Henry, born quarter ending September 1871 in Bethnal Green. (5) Frank Frederick [9]. (6) Sarah, born about 1874 in Bethnal Green.


On 26/2/1877, when James was age 34, he married Ellen JOHNSON, a widow, in St Margaret, Rochester, Kent. Ellen was born about 1850 in Borough, Surrey. Unusually, the name Charlotte McGovran appears on the marriage certificate in the box for father’s name with the occupation Blacksmith. Whether she was Ellen’s mother is unknown. There is no corresponding birth registration for an Ellen or Eleanor McGovran circa 1850.


They had the following children:


(1) Charles James, born 1877 in Chatham and baptized 1/8/1883 in St Peter, Maidstone. (2) John, born 1879 in Chatham and baptized 1/8/1883 in St Peter, Maidstone. (3) Clara, born 1881 in Maidstone and baptized 1/8/1883 in St Peter, Maidstone. (4) Minnie, born quarter ending September 1886 in Maidstone. (5) George, born quarter ending September 1886 in Shoreditch. In the 1911 census, George was amongst some 780 privates serving in India (place not given) with the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.

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