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  1. #11
    think this is his marriage to Ellen

    William Hooper
    Marriage quarter 3
    Marriage year 1863
    Registration month -
    MarriageFinder ™
    Ellen Miniham

    District Holborn
    District number -
    County London
    Country England
    Volume 1B
    Volume as transcribed 1B
    Page number 842


    going to bed now will check tomorrow


    Val

  2. #12
    Thank you to everyone for their posts. Some great information to follow up. Much appreciated
    Last edited by thomasalbertedward; 28-02-19 at 02:32.

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    From GRO - is this one of your children?



    HOOPER,
    CAROLINE TOWNSEND
    TOWNSEND
    GRO Reference: 1854 S Quarter in ST GILES IN THE FIELDS & ST GEORGE BLOOMSBURY Volume 01B Page 341
    and this with same maiden name:
    HOOPER, EDITH BERTHA TOWNSEND
    GRO Reference: 1858 D Quarter in ST LUKE CHELSEA Volume 01A Page 151
    Last edited by cbcarolyn; 28-02-19 at 09:37.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

  4. #14
    Caroline Townsend Hooper is the first child of William Hooper and Caroline Townsend, followed by George, Henry and lastly Emma in 1862.

    Edith Bertha is the daughter of a James and Fanny Hooper.

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    Not Edith then, George William as mentioned previously? Although can't find him on GRO

    With that lot you would think they would be easy to find.

    Was just looking to see what customs officers do, wondering if they went to sea.
    Last edited by cbcarolyn; 28-02-19 at 10:14.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

  6. #16
    From the GRO indexes:

    HOOPER, CAROLINE TOWNSEND
    TOWNSEND
    GRO Reference: 1854 S Quarter in ST GILES IN THE FIELDS & ST GEORGE BLOOMSBURY Volume 01B Page 341


    HOOPER, GEORGE WILLIAM
    TOWNSHEND
    GRO Reference: 1857 M Quarter in SAINT MARTIN IN THE FIELDS Volume 01A Page 327


    HOOPER, HENRY
    TOWNSEND
    GRO Reference: 1859 D Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 118

    HOOPER, EMMA
    TOWNSEND
    GRO Reference: 1862 S Quarter in MARYLEBONE Volume 01A Page 412

    Emma was born in the workhouse after William deserted the family.

    I think as a customs officer William would have worked mainly at the London quays, but I could be wrong - I'm still trying to find out exactly what they did as an occupation myself

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    I assume you have found this page?
    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/h...enue-officers/

    poor Emma.

    ignore screenshot...can't seem to delete
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    Last edited by cbcarolyn; 28-02-19 at 10:44.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

  8. #18
    Yes, that's Emma.

    Working on the theory that William ran away and set up house with a younger woman called Ellen and had a second family - but still trying to put all the pieces together - if indeed they fit.

    Sons George and Henry emigrated to Queensland and seem to have had relatively happy and stable lives.

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    so the records Val found are correct with ellen.

    Strange there is not 1861 census.
    Carolyn

    Researching:Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon
    Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Plant, Skinner - Lincs ....all moved to London
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

  10. #20
    Yes, most of Val's records are spot-on and a great help. The only thing is that Ellen's maiden name wasn't Miniham - that is another William and Ellen Hooper, both Irish.
    I can't find a marriage yet for the William and Ellen in question - maybe they were just defacto? But it is all starting to fit - William being from Reading, Berkshire where his first partner Caroline was also from - the timing of him getting with Ellen and so on

    The youngest son, another William, born in 1874, is described as an "imbecile" on the 1891 census poor thing. He died aged 21 in 1895. Daughter Ellen married in 1899:
    https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/...&rhSource=7579. She described her father as a "gentleman" and he was supposedly deceased by then. I'm still trying to track down the whereabouts of their elder son and daughter Jane, born in 1869 I think - and
    trying to narrow down what mother Ellen's maiden name might have been. She is from Goudhurst in Kent.

    Everyone's help has been terrific. I am very appreciative

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