Webb family timeline

Following on from the last post, I want to be absolutely sure that what I’ve written about the family of my great grandfather George Webb (b. 1874) is correct. I’ve drawn up this timeline of events, to convince myself that they all relate to the same family:

12/6/1866 Susannah Webb born at 35 Spencer Street. Parents George and Elizabeth Ann. George working as labourer.

5/6/1870 Georgina Virtue Webb born at 25 Sherrington Street (mis-spelling of ‘Sheridan’?). Parents George and Elizabeth. George working as bricklayer.

1871 census George and Elizabeth Webb, with children Ann, Elizabeth and Georgiana at 34 Sheridan Street. George working as dock labourer, Elizabeth as needlewoman.

3/7/1872 Rosina Webb born at 25 Sheridan Street. Parents George and Elizabeth. George working as bricklayer.

15/7/1874 George Webb born at 83 Cornwall Street. Parents George and Elizabeth. George working as bricklayer.

29/10/1876 Alice Virtue Webb baptised. Born at 83 Middle Cornwall Street. Parents George and Elizabeth. George working as bricklayer.

1881 census George and Elizabeth Webb, with children Susannah, Elizabeth, Rosina, George and Alice at 83 Cornwall Street. George working as house decorator, Elizabeth as machinist.

24/5/1881 Virtue Webb born at 83 Cornwall Street. Parents George and Elizabeth. George working as bricklayer.

15/3/1884 Alfred Webb born at 83 Cornwall Street. Parents George and Elizabeth Ann. George working as bricklayer.

1891 census George and Elizabeth Webb, with children Elizabeth, George, Alice, Virtue and Alfred at 50 Prusom Street. George working as house decorator, Elizabeth as tailoress.

1901 census George and Elizabeth Webb, with children Virtue and Alfred at 50 Prusom Street. George working as house decorator.

1911 census George Webb and Virtue at 50 Prusom Street. Both working as house decorators.

Shadwell, from Weller's 1868 London map

As the above map shows, all of these addresses were very close together. Spencer and Sheridan Streets were just to the north of Shadwell Station and the railway line, Cornwall Street just to the south. Prusom Street (not shown) was about a mile to the south of Shadwell, in Wapping.

I’ve only just managed to track down the 1901 census record. It was difficult to find because Ancestry had transcribed George Webb senior’s name as ‘Webb George’ and the other family members as ‘Elizabeth George’, ‘Virtue George’ and ‘Alfred George’ – even though the original record was perfectly clear. I love Ancestry, but sometimes the quality of their transcriptions leaves a lot to be desired.

Curiously, this census record describes Virtue Webb as George and Elizabeth’s daughter, whereas the 1911 census clearly states that Virtue is George’s son and a house decorator to boot.

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