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Brentford Families - Johnson/Johnston

Graham Divall wrote in February 2015.

I am researching my mother's family history. They were the Johns(t)ons and lived in Brentford and Ealing from about 1888 and well into the 1950s. I thought you would be interested in the following:
In 1889 Richard Charles and Jane Agnes Johns(t)on were living at 242 High street, Brentford. Their first child, Agnes Jane, was born here on the 8th February 1889. Richard was working as a 'milk carrier'. This information comes from a certified copy of Agnes Jane's birth certificate.

Richard and Jane Agnes emigrated from Ireland in about 1887, he was born in Cork (city or county?) and in the 1901 census Jane Agnes gave her birthplace as 'St Edmund Cork.' It appears that St Edmund's is a Protestant church in Coolkelure, Cork. It was once on the estate of the Earl of Brandon who was a powerful Protestant landlord. I know the Johns(t)ons were not Roman Catholic.

By 1891 they had moved to Brook Road. Also, Richard had changed his job and was now working as a soap cutter at a local soap factory, possible T.B Rowe and Co. This reveals a small bit of information, not revealed by the Census returns for 1881 and 1891, about who lived at 242 bhs. By 1911 Jane Agnes was working as a shirt collar (maker). Richard died in the Brentford Union Infirmary, Isleworth in 1912. By 1920 the family were living in Carlisle Road. Richard and Jane Agnes' last child was Hilda. She was 19 years old and working as a 'Packer and Sorter' in the Laundry of Ealing. I don't know if this was the same place as the Crown & Jersey Laundry in Brook Road South

Returning to Richard's occupation in 1889, I assume a milk carrier to be what we would also call a milkman. Have you any information about this occupation in the context of Brentford High Street in 1889? [I replied to Graham with details of some photos of local milk carriers, see occupation page links].


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