In the last post, I set down some information about Joseph Holdsworth (born 1735) and his children. In this post I want to provide more details about one of those children – John Holdsworth (born 1768). John was technically my 4 x great grandfather: his daughter Keziah (1804) had a daughter Mary Ann (1827) who was the mother of Joseph Priestley Roe (1862), the father of my maternal grandmother Minnie Louisa Roe (1902). Once again, I’m indebted to Adrian Holdsworth’s sterling work on the earlier generations of his family.

John Holdsworth, a carpenter and builder, was born in South Weald, Essex. I don’t know when or where he married Eliza Jane Webb, but they were certainly living in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, in 1798 and 1800, when their children Eliza and John were born, and in the parish of St. Clement’s, Oxford, when Keziah and Joseph were born.

At some point, and certainly by the mid 1820s, they moved (back?) to Stepney. The only census record we have for John is for 1841, when he was about 73 years old, apparently widowed, and living in Wellington Street, not far from his married daughter Keziah and her family. Apparently John died in Stepney in 1848 and was buried in the family tomb with his mother Elizabeth

This is what I know about John’s and Eliza’s children:

Eliza Holdsworth was born in Chipping Norton in 1798.  Eliza never married and worked as a domestic servant for most of her life. She died in 1900. I wrote about Eliza here.

John Holdsworth was born in 1800 in Chipping Norton, but I have no further information about him.

Keziah Holdsworth, born in St. Clement’s, Oxford, in 1804, married John Blanch in Limehouse in 1827 and they had six children, including my great great grandmother, Mary Ann Blanch, who married Daniel Roe in 1848.

St. Clement's Street, Oxford in the late 19th century

Sarah Holdsworth was born in about 1806. She married Thomas Parker at St. George’s in the East in 1821.Other family trees at Ancestry identify Thomas and Sarah with the couple who can be found living in the parish of Allhallows Honey Lane in the City of London in 1841 and 1851, and in St Peter’s Westcheap in 1861. Thomas was a butcher and appears to have been quite prosperous. The couple had seven or eight children in the 1830s and 1840s.

(UPDATE 11/3/10: I’m fairly sure now that this is the wrong Thomas and Sarah Parker, and that Sarah Holdsworth married a Bethnal Green silk weaver of the same name. Their son, also Thomas, married Eliza Roe – daughter of Sarah’s cousin Eliza (Holdsworth) Roe – in 1853. See this post.)

Thomas Parker and Sarah Parker were witnesses at the second marriage of Eliza Holdsworth Roe, widow of Daniel Roe senior, to John Sharp, which took place at St George’s in the East in 1845. Thomas’ signature is identical to that of the Thomas Parker who was married at the same church in 1821.

Joseph Holdsworth, who was born in Oxford in 1809, was a carpenter and builder like his father. In 1835 at St. Anne’s, Limehouse, he married Elizabeth Osmer Cuzens, who was born in Portsmouth in 1812 and baptised at Orange Street Independent Chapel in Portsea. Joseph’s brother-in-law, John Blanch, husband of his sister Keziah, was one of the witnesses to the marriage.

Joseph and Elizabeth lived in Devonshire Road, Stepney and on Whitechapel Road. They had seven children before emigrating in 1854 to Australia, where they had two more children. Elizabeth died in 1891 and Joseph in 1905.