In the last post I wrote about Sarah Ann Londors (1852 – 1932), eldest daughter of my great-great-grandparents, John Schofield Londors and Sarah Ann Brown. Sarah Ann Londors married William Orgar in 1873. After further research, I’ve come to the conclusion that Sarah and William were second cousins, and I’m now able to update my theory concerning the links between the Londors, Orgar and Schofield families.

William Orgar’s father, John Orgar, was at least the third in a line of men who shared that name, all of them tobacco pipe makers. For the sake of clarity, I’ll refer to him as John Orgar (3). According to the 1851 census, John was born in Barking, Essex, in about 1818. He appears to have been the eldest child of John Orgar (2) and his wife Sarah Ann. After John (3), they had three daughters: Mary Ann (born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1826), Sarah Ann (born in the Romford area in 1832) and Elizabeth Ann (born at Bunhill Row, St. Luke’s, Middlesex, in 1838).

Victorian pipe smokers (illustration for Charles Dickens' 'The Old Curiosity Shop')

As I mentioned in my last post, John Orgar (3) married Sarah Hippisley Shean in the Romford area (almost certainly in Barking) in 1840. A year later, at the time of the 1841 census, John’s parents, who were obviously quite itinerant, were living at ‘Woodman Inn’ on the Archway Road in Highgate. With them were their daughters Mary Ann, 15, and Elizabeth, 3.

Their other daughter, Sarah, was absent from home at this date, and her whereabouts provides one of the clues that connect the Orgars to the Londors and Schofield families. In an earlier post, I drew attention to the fact that the 1841 census for Barking mentions a young visitor – Sarah Orgar, aged 13 – in the home of William and Sarah Schofield at Red Bridge. Until now, Sarah’s precise identity, and the reason for her being with the Schofields, have been a mystery. However, I now believe that she was the sister of John Orgar (3) and the eldest daughter of John Orgar (2).

The Woodman, Archway Road, today

And the most likely reason for a 13-year-old girl to be staying with a 70-year-old couple who were not her parents? I suggest it’s because they were her grandparents. In other words, her mother – the Sarah Ann who married John Orgar (3) in Barking in 1840 -was Sarah Ann Schofield, eldest daughter of William and Sarah Schofield.

Of course, until I find documentary evidence of John and Sarah’s marriage, this is all speculation, but the known facts certainly fit the theory. We know from census records that Sarah Ann, the wife of John Orgar (2), was born in about 1798. The 1841 census notes that she was born out of county – i.e. not in Middlesex – while the 1851 census specifically states that she was born in Barking.

Victorian grandparents with their granddaughter

As mentioned in my earlier post, Sarah Anne Schofield, christened on 11 November 1798, was the eldest of the three daughters of William and Sarah Schofield. It was their second daughter, Mary Ann, christened on 18 September 1803, who almost certainly married John Londors (born 1786) and was therefore my great-great-great grandmother.

If Sarah Ann Orgar nee Schofield was indeed the sister of Mary Ann Londors nee Schofield, then their sons, John Orgar (3) and John Schofield Londors, were cousins – and their grandchildren, including William Orgar and Sarah Ann Londors – were second cousins.

If true, this new discovery explains how Sarah Ann Londors from Barking and William Orgar of Hoxton met: they were second cousins and had probably known each other since childhood. It might also help to explain why Sarah’s father John and his siblings chose to marry in the Stepney area, despite living in Barking (see these posts): they obviously had family connections with the area.

I want to write more about those East End connections at some point: I have other theories to propose about the Londors family and the Barking-Stepney link. In the next post, though, I want to fill in more detail about the Orgar family, as their story provides a context for understanding the lives of my Londors ancestors in the early to mid-nineteenth century.