Ron Roe has kindly provided me with some additional information about Eliza Roe, sister of my great great grandfather Daniel Roe, whom I last wrote about in this post. Firstly, it would appear that Eliza’s date of birth is likely to have been 1833, not 1831, as I’ve stated before. Then, Ron has pointed me towards two records for Eliza that I’ve been in search of for a while. One is a census record for 1851 and the other is the record of her marriage to Thomas Parker.

In the 1851 census we find 18 year old Eliza Roe (spelt ‘Rowe’) working as a servant in the Upper Tulse Hill home of widow Clarissa Clark, 41 and her five children. Also at the same address are Clarissa’s brother, Alfred Westley, a widower and annuitant, and her niece. Besides Eliza, the household includes one other servant and a governess. Clarissa Clark’s late husband appears to have been William Clark, a merchant: his occupation may explain why their eldest daughter, also Clarissa, was born in Bahia, Brazil, in 1836. The couple were married in 1835 in Streatham. Clarissa Westley, the daughter of Francis Westley and his wife Elizabeth, was christened at St. Leonard’s, Shoreditch, in 1809. I’ve yet to discover whether the Shoreditch connection helps to explain why Eliza Roe came to be working for her.

Eliza’s marriage to Thomas Parker, who was working at the time as a baker, took place on 17th April 1853 at St. George’s in the East. Eliza’s name is again spelt ‘Rowe’. Her address was 2 Chapel Street and Thomas’ 9 Chapel Street, providing one explanation for how they met. Eliza’s mother, also Eliza, had been living at No.16 when she married John Sharp in 1845. Thomas’ father was another Thomas Parker, a licensed victualler. The name of Eliza’s father is given, confusingly, as ‘John Rowe’. Perhaps Eliza was asked for her father’s name and gave that of her stepfather (John Sharp) – perhaps he was even present – and the clerk assumed the surname was Roe?  Ron Roe notes that one of the witnesses, Sarah Garner, was Thomas Parker’s sister: she had married George Garner at the same church in 1846.

Part of Whitechapel, from Greenwood's 1827 map

On the above map (click once to open in new window, then click again to enlarge) Chapel Street is visible at the extreme right of the image, about half way up, between Chapman Street and Lower Chapman Street. The church of St. George in the East is a little way to the south, below Cable Street / New Road.