Joseph Priestley Roe in 1871

Although I’ve yet to find hard evidence, I’m fairly sure that both Daniel and Mary Ann Roe (nee Blanch) died around the year 1870, when they were in their early 40s, leaving 5 children. As noted in a previous post, the 1871 census records that the four older children – Kezia, Daniel, Mary and John – went to live with their maternal grandmother Kezia Blanch. However, at the time I didn’t know the whereabouts of the youngest Roe child – Joseph Priestley Roe, my great grandfather, who would have been 9 at the time.

I’ve now managed to track him down. It appears he was living with his aunt Eliza, born 1831 – sister of his late father Daniel. She had married Thomas Parker, who worked in the cloth department for the Indian Military Services. They had three children – Hannah, born 1853, Frederick, born 1856 and Sylvia, born 1858. However, only Hannah had survived: Frederick died at the age of 3 and Sylvia at the age of 4. 

Joseph, age 9, is described as a nephew, and is living with Eliza, Thomas and 17 year old Hannah in Albany Road, Camberwell, next to the Olive Branch pub. 

As mentioned in another earlier post, Eliza Roe nee Holdsworth – mother of Joseph’s father Daniel, and also of his aunt Eliza – was living with Eliza and Thomas in Camberwell in 1881, together with William Axtell, a 29 year old printer compositor and boarder, who would go on to marry young Hannah Parker. The 1891 census has Thomas and Eliza Parker living next door to William, Hannah and their young family.

By 1881, as we know, the 19 year old Joseph Priestley Roe was living in West Ham with another aunt – this time his aunt Emma Trader, nee Blanch – and working as an assistant to his uncle Walter Trader, a butcher. Two years later, in 1883, he would marry Eliza Bailey.

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