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Goldsmith family history


Ixworth Parish Church

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Researched & submitted by Charles George Goldsmith

John Goldsmith Suffolk dates and place unknown
John Goldsmith born 22.12.1690 Ixworth Suffolk
Thomas Goldsmith born 28.9.1718 Ixworth
Mary Goldsmith born12.1.1766 Lawshall Suffolk

Robert Goldsmith was baptised on May 18th 1788 in Lawshall Suffolk
He was the illegitimate son of a Mary Goldsmith. The father was given as William Bryant.
William Bryant was born about 1750 and married on 6th November 1775 to an Ann Goldsmith. Ann was the daughter of Abraham Goldsmith born about 1719 who married Elizabeth Malin. We do not know the connection unless Thomas and Abraham were related.
Mary Goldsmith was the daughter of Thomas Goldsmith born 28.9.1718 Ixworth Suffolk.
Robert 'Goldsmith' married Elizabeth Smith and had six children Robert, William ,Thomas, James, Mary Ann and Samuel
William Goldsmith was Gertrude Mary Goldsmith's grandfather



A link to another website - Goldsmiths originating in Lawshall, possibly the same family
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Interior of Ixworth Parish Church

Interior of Ixworth Parish Church

Goldsmith gravestones

Goldsmith gravestones

A row of Goldsmiths

 A row of Goldsmiths
Ixworth Images and text kindly donated by Anthony Goldsmith

Thomas Goldsmith who died September 10th 1885 aged 39
Francis Goldsmith who died ? May 1871?
? Goldsmith who died ? July 1823 aged 23 years
Francis Ellot (?) ? of Charles Goldsmith who died 1st July 1827 aged 60 years
Mary daughter of Charles and Francis Goldsmith who departed this life in 1833/1835
aged 33 years
Francis Mary Goldsmith who died 13th June 1872 aged 77 years
End of above Tomb - Mary elder daughter of James & Mary Ann Wiseman widow of Mary Goldsmith who died 27th June 1840 aged 5 years (2nd marriage??)
James Goldsmith who died in 1775 - very unreadable

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A Thomas Goldsmith married Ann Abraham in 1784 in St Mary , St Leonard Bow East London
His son, also Thomas was born in Bow but moved south of the river and married
Charlotte Susanna Goodman from Westmnster.
Could Thomas have come from Ixworth Suffolk to the east end of London?
The family subsequently lived in Camberwell and some branches moved to Kent.

More information greatly appreciated.

A Goldsmith marriage from this branch of the family

A Goldsmith marriage from this branch of the family

A typical cottage on Lawshall Green (refurbished)

A typical cottage on Lawshall Green (refurbished)

Occupations of Some of our Ancestors

BIRD - Labourers - Brewers Labourer - Joiners & Carpenters - Publican - Grocer - Cattle Dealer - Coal Miners - Stationer - Shopkeepers - Hoteliers - Market Gardener - Caterer

CAMPBELL - Farmer - Paper Stainers - Garage Proprietor - Admiralty Overseer - Dockyard Worker - Lighthouse Keeper

CHILDS -Tax Assessor - Tailors & Outfitters - Printers and Compositers - Brewery Clerk - Hoteliers - Company Director - Professor of Music - Painter Decorator - City Treasurer

CLARKE - Husbandsman - Butchers - Ag Labs - Domestic Servants

GILL - Coal miners - Ironmoulders - Domestic Servants

GOLDSMITH - Ag Labs - Grooms - Dairyman - Horsekeeper - Road Sweeper - Labourer - shopkeepers - Dairyman

MAZASITISZ/POWELL - Glass Dealer - Gas Stoker - Shopkeepers - Hoteliers

NEWTON - Brewer - Landscape Gardener

PEPPER - Shepherd - Ag Labs - Labourer - Domestic Servants

ROTHERMEL - Farmers - Butchers - Shopkeepers - Pharmacist - Tailoress

SLOME - Medical Practitioner - Surgeons - Physicians

WARREN - Waggoner - Iron Moulders - Iron Puddlers - Grate Moulder - Nailors - Brickmakers - Domestic Servants

Suffolk Halfpenny token 1790's

Suffolk Halfpenny token 1790's

From farmwork in Suffolk

From farmwork in Suffolk

To the slums of Westminster

To the slums of Westminster
"Among the worst districts in London, is the locality near Westminster Abbey, bounded on the north by Victoria Street, (which has displaced a host of obscure courts and alleys,) on the east by Dean's Yard, on the south by Peter Street, on the west by Stretton Grounds. Till the time of James I., this district was laid out in open fields, dotted at rare intervals with a few houses. A considerable portion of the City of Westminster lies under high-water mark The floor of Westminster Hall and the upper part of Millbank Street have been far more recently flooded by the overflowing of the Thames. Along Millbank, was a row of houses facing the river only; a range of willow trees bordered a walk by the side of the Thames"

In spite of improvements with the provision of social housing when Charles Booth carried out his street by street survey in connection with his book 'Life & Labour of the People of London' some streets in the area still merited the black (lowest class) and dark blue (very poor) classifications. Tufton Street was found to be much poorer and rougher, some bad buildings, a bad common lodging house. The street was noisy with children and there were an extraordinary number living in it. Laundry Yard (alongside the gasworks) was narrow & neglected. The rubbish a disgrace, pined children, fat women. One of the lowest places in Westminster. In Chadwick Street the houses were black & grimy, open doors, dirty children and bad faced women, all the normal signs of physical neglect and moral degradation. Great Peter Street was mainly composed of old houses, many single room tenements, a thoroughly bad women's common lodging house whilst the pubs had their groups of vulgar, fat, slatternly lowest standard women gossiping round.

Charles and George Goldsmith came down to London and appeared in Westminster on the 1871 Census. Their sister Mary Ann aged 23 was working in Westminster at 55 Warrington Crescent, in a large household owned by a Civil Engineer Alfred R Jones , as a housemaid in 1881 ( area now known as Little Venice ) but by 1891 had returned to Suffolk and was a cook at the Manor House in Gazeley where she married John Cockerton the Church Clerk, the couple had six children. Other members of the family remained in Suffolk.
Charles Goldsmith and family later lived in Millbank Street - Purple - some comfortable, some poor - but had to frequent these nearby streets, especially to go to church on a Sunday and go to school. Gertrude and possibly the other children went to the Baptist Sunday School in Romney Street in 1899.
By 1901 the Goldsmith sons were lodging in Great Peter Street.


My great, great grandfather, John DuSolle, was sent to London in 1845. As well as carrying papers for what would now be called the US Ambassador he was charged with setting up temperance organisations all over Europe. He presumably delivered the papers but was less successful with the other part of the project! At the time he was editor of the Spirit of the Times newspaper in Philadelphia. He wrote letters back to his readers describing his experiences. (There are large gaps for illness due to his insistence on drinking London tap water rather than following the local preference for ale!). On his return home in 1846 he published a short book of the letters - a very detailed and fascinating perspective of London through the eyes of a foreigner.

Urbana University have the only known copy and have digitised it - here's a link: click to view

Contributed by Deborah Hicks

Warrington Crescent - Westminster

Warrington Crescent - Westminster
Warrington Crescent was built in 1861 and number 55 had a variety of interesting residents according to the Census sheets. It is unknown whether the property was sold, rented freehold or leasehold.

1881 Alfred R Jones Civil Engineer - born Kidbrook Kent
his wife Eliza, 3 daughters. Cook, Nurse, Underhand and our own Mary Ann Goldsmith Housemaid living in
1891 Louis Ableson Silk Merchant - born Nunstadt Russia
his wife Francis , 1 daughter and 3 stepdaughters. Cook and Housemaid living in*
1901 Michael Garcia - Fruit Broker - born Covent Garden
his wife Gertrude, a cook 2 housemaids and a man servant living in.

" I live in a house mentioned on your website 55 Warrington Crescent - Mary Ann Goldsmith apparently worked in it as a maid in the 1880's. I'd love to have any information that you have on that time. You're welcome to visit if you're interested - though it's been divided into four flats and I'm not sure very much remains of the original layout." Elaine

I have done a little research I've just discovered that a Harry H Jacobs was killed in WWI in July 1918 at the age of 21 and his parents are listed as living in the house.

* Louis Abelson's first wife Julia died in the house
The tombstone of Julia Abelson in the West London Cemetery, Kingsbury Road, N.1. reads, born at Exeter November 18 1846, died at 55 Warrington Crescent, London, March 4 1889.

- Elaine

"An enormous German Zeppelin drifted silently into sight. The nearby Paddington Recreation ground may have been the target as searchlights had been set up there. This area of London was heavily bombed and in fact the largest London World War One bomb landed in Warrington Crescent," Norman Wisdom - who lived nearby
-7th March 1918 twelve people were killed when a bomb was dropped from a German Gotha. Five large houses in Warrington Crescent were destroyed. -



One hundred years ago no poor woman could afford to pay the required fee to pay a doctor or a nurse for the delivery of her baby, so she was forced to rely on the sevices of an untrained, self taught midwife or 'handywoman'. Any complication would inevitably result in the death of the mother and/or the baby. Sometimes these 'handywomen' would abandon a patient to agony and death if any abnormality arose during labour. Is this what happened to Mary Ann, Gertrude's half sister and baby Elizabeth Ann ? The sad news is that Ruth, Mary Ann's daughter also died during childbirth in 1947 and is buried in Streatham Park Cemetery. It is presumed that Elizabeth (Quick) Mary Ann's mother died after some form of childbirth complications according to her death certifcate in 1881 - three generations of Goldsmith women.....

The tenement buildings often consisted of two rooms per family with a tiny kitchen. Lavatories and washing facilities were in the courtyards shared by all.
Once the babies arrived the women had an endless life of child-rearing, cleaning, washing, shopping and cooking.
By 1901 Gertrude's brothers had been 'Boarded Out' = 'Boarding out' was a scheme started by Thomas Barnardo who believed that families were generally preferable to institutions as places for bringing up children. This practice, of placing children with respectable families, had been used as a means of cutting child pauperism.

Thames Barges 1800's

Thames Barges 1800's

St Marys at Lambeth - the wedding venue

St Marys at Lambeth - the wedding venue
Elizabeth Quick, Charles Leonard's first wife, came from Barnstable Devon, she was a wool sorter in 1861 and working as a General Servant at 207 Camberwell Road Lambeth on the 1871 Census. She was one of five siblings her father William and her mother Mary, William had died before the 1851 Census and her mother Mary was firstly a Flour Dealer then a Grocer, in Pilton Barnstable.
Elizabeth married Charles Leonard on 27th May 1871, she gave birth to William Charles in 1872 then had two daughters who tragically died, Elizabeth and Harriet, Mary Ann was born in 1879.
Elizabeth died in 1881, we believe in childbirth.

Charles then married Clara Selina Ann Clarke from Suffolk


In 1918 Marie Stopes wrote a concise guide to contraception called Wise Parenthood. Her book upset the leaders of the Church of England who believed it was wrong to advocate the use of birth control. Roman Catholics were especially angry, as the Pope had made it clear that he condemned all forms of contraception. Despite this opposition, Marie continued her campaign and in 1921 founded the Society for Constructive Birth Control. With financial help from her rich second husband, Humphrey Roe, Marie also opened the first of her birth-control clinics in Holloway, North London on 17th March 1921.

Too late for our family.......

We can see how difficult things were especially in our Goldsmith family tree.

Charles Leonard married Elizabeth Quick 27.05.1871 - William born 23.12.1871

All of Charles' and Clara's daughters were pregnant when they married:

Mary Ann married Edgar Woodward 31.08.1912 - Emma born 6.11.1912

Gertrude Mary married Harry Bird 27.09.1909 - Thora born 1.02.1910

Bertha married Harry Robinson 17.10. 1910 - Clara Violet born 20.05.1911

Apart from Gertrude Mary and Harry, who moved away after the First World War, all of the family lived in or around Ponsonby Place Westminster for many years.
Bertha and her husband Harry Robinson emigrated to Australia in 1949 to join Harry's family who had gone out there in 1912. The Childs family have a photograph of her with three of her children with an address in Australia on the back. We are now in contact with Bertha's daughter ! See separate page for the story....

Charles Leonard Goldsmith

Amended and updated March 2008

Charles Leonard's son first appeared in the London Telephone directory in 1932
Charles Leonard Goldsmith born 4.06.1884


Charles Goldsmith 26 Dairyman
Mary Elizabeth Hughes 24 Dairyman Assistant
Sophia Jane Rees 23 Visitor

Living at 67 Aspenlea Road Fulham

FROM the mid 1800s, the London milk trade has been predominantly operated by the Welsh as they were the few with the knowledge, strength and conviction to earn a living in the city in this difficult field.The milk was collected twice daily by several Welsh girls and taken out into the city streets for sale. The milk was taken in two tin pails carried out on a yoke weighing sometimes up to 130lbs. By 1900, half the dairies in London were Welsh, and in 1950 there were well over 700 Welsh dairies; but modern commercialism has destroyed most of the trade - today there are only a handful of the Welsh dairies left.

Morgan's Dairy began in 1894 and continues today from their original premises in Fulham as one of the few flourishing Welsh independent dairies remaining in London.

Brothers Gareth and Geraint Morgan and their grandson Hywel operate the family business and pride themselves on their quality of service, which still includes doorstep delivery for their Fulham cliental. (Morgan's Dairy, 67 Aspenlea Rd, London W6: 0207 3857715;)

The Past

The Past
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At present being amended...

Charts kindly supplied by David Goldsmith

Goldsmith Family Tree

Goldsmith Family Tree

Prepared by Charles George, Gertrude's nephew

Prepared by Charles George, Gertrude's nephew

Woodcutting on the farm 1843

Woodcutting on the farm 1843
Rede District

Created 1st July 1837. Abolished 1st April 1908 (incorporated into Bury St. Edmunds district)
Sub-districts : Firnham; Ixworth; Rougham
GRO volumes : XIII (1837-51); 4a (1852-1908).

Ampton, Bardwell, Barrow, Bradfield Combust, Bradfield St. Clare, Bradfield St. George, Brockley, Chedburgh, Chevington, Chimney Mills, Culford, Denham, Depden, Flempton, Fornham, Great Barton, Great Livermere, Great Saxham, Great Welnetham, Hardwick, Hargrave, Hawstead, Hengrave, Horningsheath, Ickworth, Ingham, Ixworth, Ixworth Thorpe, Lackford, Little Livermere, Little Saxham, Little Welnetham, Nowton, Pakenham, Rede, Risby, Rougham, Rushbrooke, Stanningfield, Stanton, Timworth, Troston, Westley, West Stow, Whepstead, Wordwell.

Victorian Streets in London

During the latter half of the nineteenth century much of Metropolitan London was being re built. Slums were demolished and replaced with new houses and a lot of demolition of roads took place to make room for the railways. A named road may not always be exactly the same road throughout its history. House numbers would change to keep pace with demolition and rebuilding taking place.

In 1888 the General Post Office and LCC conducted a renaming and renumbering scheme to eliminate duplicate road names. The houses were re numbered with the lowest number being closest to the local post office. This means that a house located in 1851 may not be the same house today, or even in subsequent censuses.

The following Streets where our family lived around 1900 were constructed in the following years.

Esher Street 1862 (now demolished)

Gladstone Street 1881 (now demolished)

Millbank Street 1828 - 1862 (nos 17 and 23 tenemant blocks demolished)

Chatham Street 1881