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Brentford Families - Snelling & McCarthy

Thank you to Maggie Luscombe for providing the following information from her research. Maggie & I are distantly related through the Anthony family.


The first Snelling recorded in Brentford was John Snelling born in 1785 in Brentford. Both he and his wife Frances Switzer (b 1788 Mortlake) were believed to be servants of the Hanovers in Kew in the 1840’s and 50’s.

In the 1851 census John Snelling, aged 66, bricklayers labourer, born Brentford was living at Hanover Cottage, Kew Green (next door to the Duchess of Cambridge, Augusta W Cambridge born Germany) with his wife Frances aged 63, who was a housemaid.

  • Thomas Snelling his son (b.1817) was a lighterman and waterman all his life. In fact most of his brothers were also lightermen. In 1841 he was living in The Ham, Brentford. He married Eliza Smith (b. 1821 in New Brentford) and they had seven children:
    • Frances (1842-1903) married Edward Timothy McCarthy (b.1831 in Ireland) in 1864 at Boston Road Chapel, Old Brentford
    • Eliza married John Allen in 1873 in Brentford and had four children. John was also a lighterman
    • Jane
    • Thomas
    • Alma
    • George
    • Henry
If this not your Snelling family, see the other Snelling page, which has details of research undertaken by Joanne Tansley & Trevor Mitchell into their Snelling family of Isleworth and Brentford.


Edward McCarthy was a Cordwainer and said to make shoes for Royalty. Edward and Fanny lived in Back Lane (by Cromwell Place and Troy Town) and 13 Kings Arms Yard, with their children Thomas, Mary, Ellen Frances (born 1868 in One Tun Yard) and John. Just imagine a family of seven children living in what was nothing more than a shack!

In 1903 Frances was knocked and killed down outside the Princess Royal by a mineral water lorry belonging to the “York Mineral Company”.

At the inquest her daughter Mary Ann McCarthy, daughter of the deceased said she ” last saw her mother alive at 6.30 on the evening of the accident, when she was in her usual health. She had good sight and hearing and was perfectly sober in her “ A verdict of “Accidental Death” was returned. See the full inquest report from the Middlesex Independent.

Frances’ daughter Ellen Frances McCarthy married Arthur William Anthony (b.1867-1955 Besthorpe, Norfolk) in 1887 in Chiswick. They settled in Waldeck Road, Chiswick.

Frances, who died in 1955, was said to have been excommunicated from the church for reading the “Book of Martyrs”. The Anthony family lived in Chiswick for many years until Arthur William Anthony’s grand-daughter Doris Catherine Anthony married and moved to Plymouth, Devon. His grandsons moved to live in other parts of London.

Published May 2008