Arthur Alfred (3) Woodhurst

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Arthur Alfred (3) Woodhurst was born in 1858 to parents James (2) Woodhurst and his wife Mary Ann Bonner. His birth certificate [Birth Index: Poplar 1c 618, 1858 (March)] states that he was born at his parents' residence at 20, Bright Street in Bow and Bromley on January 15th 1858. His mother was the informant and his father was occupied as a railway porter.

The 1861 Census finds him at age "2-and-a-half" living with his parents at 21, Dock Terrace in West Ham. He was actually aged just over 3.

The 1881 Census finds him aged 23 living with his mother at Flat 14, Brett Road in Hackney, being unmarried and occupied as a letter sorter for the General Post Office.

He married in 1882 to Caroline Cowley. The marriage certificate [Marriage Index: Hackney 1b 657, 1882 (March)] states that they married on February 24th 1882 at Hackney Register Office. He is described as a bachelor aged 24 and occupied as a sorter in the General Post Office, and she as a spinster aged 22 of no occupation. His address is given as 14, Quested Buildings in Brett Road, presumably the same place as cited in 1881, and hers as Marlock House, Aden Terrace, Green Lanes in Stoke Newington. His father James (2) is described (correctly) as deceased, with no occupation cited, and hers as a general dealer Robert Cowley. The witnesses were his brother Walter Charles and an Ellen Lipson whose connection is unknown.

Their first child was Arthur Hubert, born in late 1882.

In June 1884 Caroline gave birth to their child Caroline Agnes. Five days later Caroline died, aged just 24. The death certificate [Death Index: Hackney 1b 346, 1884 (June)] states that she died on June 22nd 1884 at her home address which was then 14, Dunlace Road in Lower Clapton, Hackney. The cause of death was certified as "Puerperal Small Pox 5 days after delivery". The informant, present at the death, was her husband, described as a letter sorter.

The death of the baby Caroline Agnes - also caused by smallpox - followed just three days after that of her mother.

Dunlace Road is parallel to, and almost immediately south of, Blurton Road where Arthur Alfred (3)'s step-cousin Annie (1) Woodhurst was living at the time she married in 1894.

In 1887 Arthur Alfred (3) was the informant of the death of his brother Albert John from pulmonary tuberculosis.

He died in 1890. His death certificate [Death Index: W. Ham 4a 189, 1890 (Dec)] states that he died aged 32 at 65, Granville Road, Walthamstow on December 14th 1890. His occupation was given as Post Office Sorter and the cause of death as "Phthisis 2 years", that is, he had been suffering for two years from pulmonary tuberculosis. He may actually have contracted the disease three or more years previously from Albert John. The informant was his "sister-in-law J. Woodhurst" - namely, the wife Julia Caroline of his brother Walter Charles; her address was correctly cited as being in Crescent Road, Leyton.

No Woodhursts were living in either Dunlace Road or Granville Road at the time of the 1891 Census.

His children by Caroline Cowley

  1. Arthur Hubert Woodhurst
  2. Caroline Agnes Woodhurst