Until now I’ve been a little tentative about linking ‘my’ Roes with the line that I described in my earlier posts about the Roes, Blanches and Holdsworths. Today I received confirmation that I’m on the right track. 

Firstly, I received a copy of the marriage certificate for my grandmother – Nan – Minnie Louisa Roe and my grandad George Londors. They were married on 2nd August 1925, when they were 23 and 28 years old respectively, at St. Alban, Upton Park, Essex. My grandad is described as a labourer, son of George Londors, grave digger. My Nan is described as a machinist – daughter of Joseph Priestley Roe – occupation illegible – could be sewerman, swineman or similar! Their addresses at the time of marriage were 32 and 68 Katherine Road respectively, giving a clue as to how the couple might have met.

The ‘Priestley’ middle name confirms the link with the Roe line that stretches back through the two Daniel Roes to Bedfordshire in the eighteenth century. Further confirmation, if any were needed, also arrived today with a copy of my Nan’s birth certificate. Since she was born in 1902, a year after the last available census, it’s been difficult until now to confirm the link with the Joseph and Eliza Roe who were living in Barking Road in that year. But the birth certificate clearly says that Minnie Louisa is the daughter of Joseph Roe and Eliza Roe, formerly Bailey. Joseph is described as a general labourer and, as on their marriage certificate, my great grandmother Eliza had to substitute a mark (x) for her signature. By this stage the family had moved to 85 Oakfield Road: just down the road from the house at No.24 where my mother grew up, and which my aunt has recently sold, thus severing a century-old family connection with the street.

My grandparents’ marriage certificate also sealed my grandfather’s connection with the Londors family of Barking. My grandad was George John: having the middle name is useful, as it distinguishes him from another George Londors born around the same time in the same part of Essex. The 1901 census has the family living at 9 Roding Cottages in the parish of St. Mary, Ilford. My grandfather was 4 years old and is described, like the rest of the family, as having been born in Barkingside. There’s a younger brother, Albert, who was 8 months old at the time. George senior was 37 and, as later on, a grave digger. His wife Sarah, was 31. Also living with them was George senior’s brother Albert 34, a navvy, and his brother-in-law Isaac Pumfrett, 27, a carman, born in Ilford. This suggests that Pumfrett was Sarah’s maiden name – and in fact a number of family trees cite this as fact – but I haven’t followed this up yet.

Intriguingly, there’s also a Mabel Young, age 7, living with them, described as a ‘step-daughter’. If she’s George senior’s step-daughter, this implies that Sarah was married before: again this needs further research.

Going back a generation: George senior was probably the son of John Londors, born about 1829 and married to another Sarah, born about 1830, both from Barkingside. The 1881 census has them living – picturesquely – at ‘Cottage in yard, Shattmans Farm, Bee Hive Road’ in Barkingside (any connection with the present-day Beehive Road in Barking, I wonder?). John is described as an agricultural labourer, as are his sons George, 17, and Albert, 14. His daughter Nancy Emma, 7, is described as a ‘scholar’. Also living with them is one William J. Angar, age 6, another scholar, described as a ‘grandson’. But whose son was he? Presumably a daughter of John and Sarah who had left home? Again, further research in other census records is needed to fill out the story.