Alice Mary Ann Londors was born in Barking in the last quarter of 1859, the third child of John Schofield Londors and Sarah Ann Brown. When the 1861 census was taken two years later, she was living with her parents and two older sisters, Sarah and Alma, at Hattons Corner, Barking. In 1871, when she was 11, Alice was the oldest Londors child still living at home, though by now she had four younger siblings: Edith, George, Albert and (Naomi) Emma.
On 17 May 1880 Alice married whitesmith Thomas William Beale at the parish church of St. Marylebone, London. Thomas was ‘of full age’ but Alice was still a minor, being 20 at the time. Thomas, who was born in Croydon in 1854, was the son of the late George Beale, a stud groom. As mentioned in an earlier post, Thomas had been an apprentice to ironmonger Samuel Shean in Crawford Street, alongside William Orgar, who would marry Alice Londors’ sister Sarah Ann. It seems almost certain that Thomas met Alice as a result of his acquaintance with William. At the time of his marriage, he was living at 12 Wyndham Street, off Marylebone Road, while Alice was living a few streets away at 8 Upper Dorset Street, the home of her sister Sarah and brother-in-law William Orgar.
When their first daughter, Elizabeth Alice Sams (?) Beale, was christened at St. Marylebone on 22 May 1881, the Beales were living at 12 Wyndham Street. However, when their second daughter, Alma Edith S. Beale, was born three years later, they were back in Alice’s home town of Barking.
The 1891 census finds Thomas, 36, Alice, 31 and daughters Elizabeth, 10, and Alma, 6, living at one of the cottages attached to St. Swithins Farm in Barkingside. Ten years later, Thomas, Alice and 17 year old Alma are still living at St. Swithins Cottages, Barkingside, close to Alice’s uncle William and aunt Elizabeth Smith (nee Londors), and not far from other members of the Londors family. Thomas is still working as a whitesmith, Alice as a laundress, and Alma as a dressmaker. Elizabeth, now 20, is absent from home: she is listed as a ‘visitor’ in the Hampstead home of carpet planner George Huggett and his wife Naomi Huggett nee Londors – her mother’s sister.
In 1911 Thomas, 56, Alice, 51, and Alma, 26, were living at Hattons Corner, Barkingside. Thomas was now working as a ‘gardener – domestic’, while daughter Alma was occupied in ‘day work’. Elizabeth was again absent; I believe she may have married in 1908, in the West Ham area, but I have no information about her husband. Alma married someone with the surname ‘Field’, in the same district, in 1915.
I have no definite information about when Alice and her husband Thomas died.