Having confirmed Thomas KINGHORN’s (3x great grandfather) place of birth and baptism I think I almost have all the information I need to complete the mini biography for him, which was my initial goal.
However when I think about it there are still a few vital questions I would like to have answered before I move on elsewhere:
- When did he arrive in London and was he on his own or with parents and/or siblings?
- Where were his first six children baptised? Were the later births registered?
- Where were the family living prior to the 1841 census? What house numbers and street names?
- What does Thomas’ occupation of tailor mean? Was he self-employed or did he work for someone else? Did he have a shop? Did he work from home or in a workshop? What exactly did he make?
- Where did Thomas’ children go to school?
- Where were Thomas, his second wife and their child and his third wife buried?
- How did Thomas’ children (with his third wife) end up in Brighton?
I am sure that whilst answering these questions, others will occurs to me, but that is quite enough to be getting on with for now.
Then I need to get hold of some illustrations, probably old postcards of the churches and streets where they, along with current photos of the same locations. Also I need an old street map I can reproduce (so something in the public domain) and probably a modern day map for comparison.
So it still looks like I still have my work cut out, I can think of several archives that I am probably going to have to visit to find out what I want (or confirm that it is not going to be possible to find out). I should however have enough information already for a very rough first draft, so watch out for that soon.
I discovered another little piece of the puzzle relating to my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN. I was able to identify the location of an address in Westminster, London where the family were living when his first wife Alicia (nee DALTON) died in 1846.
The address given was 5 George Place, and from the burial record I knew that George Place was in Cross Street, but I couldn’t find Cross Street on any modern maps. The answer was in The Survey of London available on Britsh History Online which revealed that “In 1886 Cross Street, Cross Court and South Row, extending from Kingly to Marshall Street, were renamed Ganton Street.”
I had no trouble finding Ganton Street on Google Maps and with a click of a button I was standing in Kingly Street looking down the narrow road that Thomas KINGHORN once lived in! I hadn’t realised that Google Street View had only just gone live in the UK.
I will of course be making a visit to Westminster at a future date to get some photos, but Google Street View is a genealogists dream, especially if you are unlikely to ever be able to visit your ancestral home town in person.
A day off from work enabled me to make another visit to the City of Westminster Archives Centre in London in search of more information about my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN.
It is quite strange to think that although I only came away with one new “fact”, it was all things being considered quite a rewarding and enjoyable day. I still do not know where the children from his first marriage were baptised (or if they were) but I do know where they weren’. I am running out of options now, and may do better to wait until ancestry.co.uk release their London records collection (supposedly starting early 2009). It doesn’t help that I cannot find birth registrations for the last two children, who were born after 1837.
Still at least I now know where Thomas KINGHORNs first wife was buried, St James Church, Westminster on the 6th September 1846. Also I discovered the whereabouts of No. 5 George Place (the address on the death certificate), it was/is in Cross Street, Westminster, so there is another address to add to the list of places to visit and get a photograph of.