the Gorton family
Fourth Generation (3 x Grandparents)
Gorton was born at Swaline St in
Marylebone on 24 Mar 1797, chr 8 May 1797 at Providence Chapel Titchfield St and
Grays Inn Marylebone, father John Gorton, mother Mary Clements. (source
Parish Records FRC)
married Anne Adams 29 Nov 1818 at St Dunstan’s in Stepney.
Both were of this parish. Witnesses
were … Price (witness to a number of marriages) and James Duffield.
(source Parish Records LMA)
According to London and County Directory of Professions and Trades, in 1811, John Gorton was a cymbal and triangle maker and smith general, of 38 Henry St, Hampstead Road. (NB if this is the John Gorton born in 1797 he would only be 14 years old in 1811 – was his father John also a music smith?)
On Silas’s Theophilus’s marriage certificate, John Gorton was a smith, however on his eldest son John’s marriage certificate, both he and his father’s occupation is ‘music smith’. And in the 1861 census, Silas Theophilus Gorton was also a music smith.
Children of John and Ann
for Huguenot baptisms: HSL Quarto Series of publications of Huguenot Society –vol
XXVI registers of French Churches
of Savoy, Spring Gardens and Les Grecs at Guildhall Library)
why did the children get
baptised as adults? What was
connection with French Huguenots? Although
there is no record of Emma Margaret Gorton being baptised at the French Huguenot
Church, she was the godmother for several Gorton children and also that of
Thomas Paddon. A number of
Steadman children were baptised at the Savoy church around the same time,
and one of the mothers was a Sarah Steadman (nee Adams) – was she related to
Ann Adams? [find birth of Sarah Adams to see if she was
Ann’s sister. Also need to find Joseph Adams – brother-in law on John
Gorton’s death certificate. He
was a music smith in 1841 census and was left a bequest by Joseph Gorton,
In the 1841 census, John and Ann Gorton were living at Henry Street, in Hatcham: (HO107/488/17 f21)
except the youngest child, Silas, were born outside the parish)
living next door was the following family:
nearby Park Place, Deptford, living in the household of John Austin, leather
seller, and his family, was:
This is the Isabella Starr (born in 1818 in Mountfield Sussex) who married young John Gorton in 1846 in St Pancras. And the family next door to the Gortons are her mother and brothers and sister.
[check 1851 census – HO7/1550-1554 stepney F24, Whitechapel 22/4-5]
Gorton died on 15th Nov 1846 at Little George Street in Somers Town.
The certificate states that he was aged 49 years, occupation Music Smith.
The cause of death was Ascites, 6 weeks certified.
The information was provided by Joseph Adams, brother-in-law, present at
the death, of 11 Cleveland Street. (source
Death Certificate) Is
Joseph Adams the brother of Ann Adams? NB John
Gorton’s father, also John Gorton, died at 4 Cleveland Street in 1843.
about 1798 (acc to census info) It is probable that she had a brother Joseph and
a sister Sarah, however have been unable to find a family with these
children. [keep looking]
John Gorton on 29 Nov 1818 at St Dunstan in Stepney.
(NB on the marriage register, she signed her name as Anne)
IGI lists a number of Ann Adams born in East end of London, however, as Silas T
was born in 1840 and she did not marry until 1818, her birth date is likely to
be between 1795 and 1801. The first
is the most likely, as the names William and Hannah both appear as John and Ann
Gorton’s children’s names, however this couple to do not appear to have also
had children named Sarah and Joseph.
Ann Jane Adams, chr 26
dec 1798 St Mary Whitechapel, father William Adams of Whites Yard, mother Hannah
(source Parish Records LMA)
Ann Adams, b 17 jan 1798, chr 11 mar 1798 at Holywell Lane, St Leonards
Shroeditch. Father Fortune Adams,
Ann Adams, b 1 aug 1798, chr 26 aug 1798 at St Botolph without Aldersgate,
father James Adams, mother Elizabeth
Ann Adams, chr 5 apr 1801 at St John Hackney. Father William Adams (would
have been 39 when Silas T born and 17 when married)
Ann Adams, b 28 dec 1800 chr 18 jan 1801 at St Leonards Shoreditch,
father Jonas Adams, mother Jane Margaret
In the 1851 census, John had died and Ann was living in the same house as Silas Gorton’s future wife Isabella Walker, at 78 Mary St, Regents Park [HO107/1493 f186]:
Also living in the house were Mary Fricks , wid, 74 b Devon and her two unmarried daughters Mary 42, and Elizabeth, 40.
In the 1861 census, Ann Gorton was living at 26 Montague Street, Bloomsbury [RG9/166 p38]:
In the 1871 census, there was an Ann Gorton, aged 65, widow, born London, living as a housekeeper in the household of Louisa Fuller, 68 professor of music at 9 Nottingham Terrace, Marylebone [RG10/178 f19]. Could this be her?.
Gorton died 9 dec 1873 at 61 Stanhope Street, Regents Park, Pancras, aged 74
years. She was the widow of
William(?) Gorton, music smith and the cause of death was senile decay
certified. The death was reported
by Mary Ann Dexter present at death of 61 Stanhope Street, Pancras.
(source death certificate)
In the 1871 census, living at 61 Stanhope St was
Not sure if or how the Dexters are related to Ann Gorton – Ann’s daughter Mary Ann would only be 36 in 1871 and she was married to a William Rogers. Perhaps she was a sister?, or Ann may just have been a lodger at the Dexter's house. NOTE: Also living in Stanhope Street in the 1871 census were Silas Theophilus and his wife Catherine (at number 86) and Cecilia Hannah and her husband Edwin Smith (at number 65). And just around the corner from Stanhope Street was Henry Street - where John Gorton is known to have had his workshops at number 38 Henry Street.
in 1794 and chr 1 nov 1794 at Cranbourne Dorset, son of James Rebbeck and
Catherine Tarver (source JRW)
to Mary Davis, 4 may 1834 at St James Paddington, after banns.
William was a bachelor and Mary a spinster and both were of the parish.
Witnesses were M Marshall and Charlotte Hawkins
(source Parish Records). William would have
been aged 40 at the time of this marriage, although the record states he was a
bachelor – had he been married previously?
is another marriage of a William Rebbeck on 7 mar 1829, to Elizabeth Parsons, by
Licence at St Marylebone (source
Parish Records) .
This William was a widower and Elizabeth was a spinster; witnesses were
Mary Howland and Thomas Ford – look
for this couple in census, and check record of Licence application.
to marriage certificate of Silas Gorton and Catharine Victoria Rebbeck in 1870,
William Rebbeck was a publican, living in Hackney.
William Rebbeck is listed in the Post Office Directory (small edition) of
1852 as the publican of the Golden Anchor PH in Great Saffron Hill.
the 1841 census,
the family were living in Saffron Hill, Finsbury [HO107/671
at 121 Saffron Hill in 1841 census was his sister-in-law (widow of his brother
George) [HO107/671 f33]:
at the Distillers Arms in Saffron Hill were his brother’s family [HO107/671
the 1851 census,
William Rebbeck was landlord at the Golden Anchor Public House at 59 Great
Saffron Hill, Farrindon Road:
(daughter Catherine was living with her aunt Elizabeth Paternoster – see previous generation)
At the Coopers Arms public house, at 121 Great Saffron Hill, lived:
Rebbeck is the widow of one of William’s brothers, George (see below)
Catherine Rebbeck died in 1864 dec Bermondsey, 1d, 56.
searching for the death of William Rebbeck’s wife Mary between 1841 and 1851,
I came across the death certificate of another Mary Rebbeck who died aged 26 of
consumption in November 1842 at 11 Great Saffron Hill.
She has turned out to be the wife of Arthur Rebbeck, Licenced Victualler
of Great Saffron Hill. Arthur Rebbeck is the youngest brother of William and George
Rebbeck died on 1 July 1857 at 21 Clerkenwell Green – he was aged 63 years and
his occupation was given as Licensed Victualler.
The cause of death was ‘diseased heart, dropsy 4 months, certified.
The death was reported by Esther Aikin of 21 Clerkenwell Green. (source
born about 1805
in1834 to William Rebbeck
Rebbeck died on 9 June 1849 at 79 Chapel Street, Clerkenwell.
She was aged 44 years, the wife of William Rebbeck, licensed victualler
and the cause of death was consumption, certified.
The death was reported by Harriet Hamilton, present at the death, also of
79 Chapel Street. (source death certificate)
Children of William and Mary Rebbeck The first four children were recorded as children of William and Mary Rebeck of Hampstead, licensed victualler (source Parish Records):
about 1826 in Enfield, christened 5 mar 1826 at St Andrew in Enfield, father
William Hill, mother Susan
Hill married Ann Ford of Hatfield on 9th Nov 1851 at the Parish
Church in Hatfield. At the time of
the marriage, John Hill was aged 25, a bachelor occupation labourer, living in
Hatfield. His father was William
Hill, also a labourer. Ann Ford was
aged 22, spinster of Hatfield, her father was William Ford, a labourer.
Witnesses John White and Emma Munt (source
the 1861 census,
the Hill family were living in Chapman’s Yard, Park Street, Hatfield (records
stated all were born in Hatfield) [RG9/825 f114]:
the Hill family were living at 36 Great Northern Cottages in Finsbury [RG10/264
In the 1881 census, the family were living at 45 Brewery Road [RG11/0238 f74]:
So, from their children's places of birth, the Hill family seem to have moved from Hatfield to London soon after the 1861 census.
1830 and baptised on 8th
aug 1830 in Hatfield.
Ann’s father was William Ford, a labourer, and her mother was Lettice
or Lettitia Ford, formerly Greenham.(source Parish
of John and Ann Hill:
about 1827 (probably in Saffron Walden)
William in 1841 census, in Essex]
[find William in 1841 census, in Essex]
Caroline Richardson 25 dec 1845 at the Parish Church in Saffron Walden.
Both were described as ‘minors’, William was a labourer of Saffron
Walden, no name was given for his father, his mother’s name was Harriet
Ridgewell. Caroline Richardson was also of Saffron Walden and her father
was Thomas Richardson, a labourer. Witnesses
were John Pridger and Sarah Smith. (source Marriage Certificate)
Ridgewell died on 4 Jun 1901 at 21 Cornelia Street, aged 74 years occupation
coal porter. The cause of death was
irregular cardiac action, enlarged prostate, diarrhoea 1 day, symcope.
The death was reported by his daughter Rosetta Ward, present at the
death, of 27 Nailor St, Islington. (source death
[check 1851 census either Saffron Walden or West Islington]
about 1826 and christened
29 jan 1826 in Saffron Walden, father Thomas Richardson, mother Sarah
(source IGI) [check
birth] [look for death of Caroline
Richardson after 1871]
the Ridgewells in 1851 census, probably in Saffron Walden]
the 1861 census,
the Ridgewells were living at 4 Bolton Terrace in Islington [RG9/131
the 1871 census the
Ridgewells were living at 18 Great Northern Cottages, Strouds Vale, Finsbury [RG10/264
the 1881 census, William
Ridgewell was living with his son Joseph and wife Anne Ridgewell
and their children at 4 Cardale Street and both
he and Joseph Ridgewell were coal porters [RG11/0236
the 1891 census, William
Bridgewell (stet) was aged 65, a widower, coal porter, born Saffron Walden, and
living at 95 Frederick St, Islington
the 1901 census, at the age
of 74, William Ridgewell was living with Silas George Gorton’s family in
Islington, described as ‘grandfather’ [RG13/176 f18].
children of William and Caroline Ridgewell: