In my last post, I mentioned that in 1901 Elizabeth Beale, daughter of Thomas Beale and Alice Beale (nee Londors), was a visitor in the Hampstead home of George and Naomi Huggett. Naomi was born Naomi Emma Londors in Barking towards the end of 1870. She was the seventh and youngest child of my great-great-grandparents, John Schofield Londors and Sarah Ann Brown.
At the time of the 1871 census Naomi Emma was 4 months old and living with her parents and older siblings in St. Swithins Road, Barkingside. At this date, her name is recorded simply as ‘Emma’. When the 1881 census was taken, she was known as ‘Nancy Emma’. At this time the family was living in a cottage in the yard of Shattman’s farm.
I’ve been unable to find Naomi or Nancy Emma in the 1891 census, when she would have been 20. However, it seems likely that she was working, perhaps as a domestic servant, in London. That might explain how she met her husband, carpet planner George Henry Huggett, whom she married in the final quarter of 1894 in Barking.
George had been born in 1872 in St. Luke’s, Middlesex, the eldest son of another carpet planner, Shoreditch-born Arthur Huggett and his Thaxted-born wife Mary Ann Gray. The family moved first to Sherborne Street, Marylebone, not far from the area where Naomi Londors’ older sisters lived for a time, which may explain how George and Naomi met (but once again, there is that intriguing East End connection), and later to Broomsleigh Street, West Hampstead.
At the time of the 1901 census, seven years after their marriage, George and Naomi Huggett, together with their visiting niece Elizabeth Beale, are sharing a house with George’s parents and three younger siblings at 77 Sumatra Road, which runs parallel to Broomsleigh Street.
George and Naomi were at the same address when their son Albert Edward was born on 25 January 1904. He was christened at Emmanuel church, Hampstead on 13 March. The record gives his mother’s name as Naomi Emmie.
By 1911, George, 38, and Naomi, 40, were living at 5 Dewfil (?) Road, Neasden, with 7 year old Albert and two boarders.
I don’t have any information as to whether Naomi and George had any other children, or when they died.
I’ve now found Naomi Emma Londors in the 1891 census. I was correct in my guess that she was working as a domestic servant, but I should have looked closer to home. Emma Londors, 20, is listed as a general domestic servant in the household of farmer Philip Mighell and family in Barkingside. We know from other census records that Mighell was the proprietor of Fern Hall, only a short distance from the Londors family home at Hattons Corner.
I failed to find this record earlier because (Naomi) Emma’s surname was transcribed as ‘Lomdone’. There’s much to praise about Ancestry, but it does seem to employ transcribers who lack common sense or imagination.