In the last post I shared some new discoveries about Edward Porter (d. 1799), the first husband of Sarah Holdsworth, and in an earlier post I reported what I’d learned from the will and burial wishes of  Sarah’s mother Elizabeth (1733 – 1809). All of this new information helps us to build up a picture of the life of the Holdsworths at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Joseph and Elizabeth Holdsworth had seven children, and of these we know that at least five – Sarah, John, Joseph, William and Godfrey – survived into adulthood. Both John and William were my 4 x great grandfathers (Mary Ann Blanch, daughter of John’s daughter Keziah, married Daniel Roe, son of William’s daughter Eliza: their son Joseph Priestley Roe was my great grandfather).

In the timeline below, I’ve plotted what we know about the movements of the Holdsworth siblings over a twenty-year period. Two things immediately became clear to me as I was doing this. Firstly, it looks as though the Holdsworth family as a whole might have been living in the Bishopsgate area at some point, and that the move eastward to Stepney only happened after this generation grew up and got married. Secondly, William and Joseph were both living in Marmaduke Street (just to the north of Cable Street) and both working as cordwainers at around the same time: could they have been working together, and did their families share a house? The situation appears to have changed around 1800, when William moved to Mile End Road and Joseph to William Street (not far from Marmaduke Street), around the time he switched occupations to become a chandler.

Section of Fairburn's 1801 map of London, stretching from Mile End in the east to Aldgate and Bishopsgate in the west (William Street visible to north of Cable Street and west of New Road). Click on the image to open in a new window, then click again to enlarge.

1786            Sarah H marries Edward Porter, St Botolph Without Bishopsgate

1792             William H marries Lydia Evans, St Botolph Without Bishopsgate

1792            Joseph H jnr marries Margaret Miller, Christ Church, Spitalfields

1793           Joseph H jnr living in St George in the East – working as cordwainer

1793           Godfrey H marries Diana Cam, St Paul, Covent Garden

1794           Edward and Sarah Porter living in Mile End Old Town

1794           William H living in Marmaduke Street – working as cordwainer

1795          Death of Joseph H snr (father)

1796          Joseph H jnr living in Marmaduke Street – working as cordwainer

1796          Godfrey H living in Mile End Old Town – working as plumber

1796          William H living in Marmaduke Street – working as cordwainer

1797          John H marries Mary Webb, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

1799         Death of Edward Porter, Mile End Old Town

1801         William H living in Mile End Road, Mile End Old Town

1802        Joseph H jnr living in William Street – working as chandler

1802        Godfrey H living in Mile End Old Town – working as plumber

1803       Sarah H marries William Parker,  Bethnal Green

1803      William H living in Mile End Old Town

1809      Joseph H jnr living in William Street

1809     Death of Elizabeth H (mother)