George (3) Woodhurst

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Brief biography

George (3) Woodhurst was born in 1860 in Basing, Hampshire to parents James (2) Woodhouse and his wife Charlotte [Birth Index: Basingstoke 2c 153, 1860 (Dec)]. Basing lies about two miles east of Basingstoke.

James (2) was christened at Old Basing on July 1st 1827 [IGI: Batch C136531] to parents James (1) Woodhouse and Sarah (nee Legrove) who had married there on November 17th 1825 [IGI: Batch M136531]. Sarah was christened there on January 5th 1806 to parents William Legrove and his wife Lucy [IGI: Batch C136531]. The 1841 Census finds James (2) aged "13" living there in the household of an agricultural labourer William Vidler at a property whose name resembles Bixpeth Farm. His parents have not been found in this census and may have been no longer alive. He married Charlotte Preston at Old Basing on October 22nd 1853 [IGI: Batch M136532].

The 1861 Census finds George (3) at age "7 months" living in Basing with his parents and an older sister Elizabeth. His father James (2) was unemployed.

The 1871 Census finds him at age "10" living in Basing with his parents and two younger brothers Charles and Frederick. James (2) was now occupied as an agricultural labourer.

The 1881 Census finds him at age "22" in Frimley, Surrey - about 20 miles east of Basingstoke - lodging in the household of a John Wallace and occupied as a bricklayer's labourer. His birthplace is here given in error as Portsmouth.

In 1885 he married Clara Prior. The marriage certificate [Marriage Index: Bromley 2a 613, 1885 (Sept)] states that they married at Beckenham Parish Church on August 15th 1885. He is described as a bachelor George Woodhouse aged 26 occupied as a labourer, and she as a spinster aged 19. Their place of residence is cited simply as Beckenham (in Kent). His father is described as a labourer James Woodhouse and hers as a labourer Charles Prior. The witnesses were Ann (nee Prior) Best - probably Clara's aunt - and her husband Reuben Best. Ann and Reuben had married earlier that year [Marriage Index: Bromley 2a 557, 1885 (June)].

In Beckenham they produced at least the three children listed below, each one registered under the Woodhurst surname. When they produced Edward (2) in 1888 they were living at 4, Chancery Lane. Edward (2)'s birth certificate details were updated in 1950 by an addendum attesting by Statutory Declaration that the family surname was "Woodhurst otherwise Woodhouse".

The 1891 Census finds the family, among several others, living at Grove House, Croydon Road in Beckenham, their surname being spelt as Woodhouse. George (3) was working as a labourer. The record cites his age as 29 and his birthplace as Basingstoke. Clara's birthplace is given as Little Canfield which lies about 14 miles north-west of Chelmsford in Essex. Also at Grove House were their former marriage witnesses Reuben and Ann Best. Ann is described as aged 60 and born in "Broxteth", probably referring to today's Broxted situated just 5 miles north of Little Canfield.

The 1901 Census finds the family living at "The Dairy", High Street in West Wickham, about three miles south of Beckenham. George (3) was then occupied as a domestic gardener. The record cites his age as 39, his birthplace as Portsmouth (again in error) and Clara's birthplace as Chelmsford. Their surname is again spelt as Woodhouse.

George (3) evidently died aged "60" in 1922 [Death Index: Bromley 2a 638, 1922 (Dec)]. It is not yet known when Clara died.

His children by Clara Prior

  1. Arthur James Woodhurst
  2. Edith Rose Woodhurst
  3. Edward (2) Woodhurst
  4. and possibly others