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I added several links on the left hand side of the blog, and added categories for England Genealogy and Victorian London. I may add more categories in the near future (such as other time periods). There are so many interesting blogs and web sites out there. Wikipedia is also a very useful website, and I have found a lot about specific places and churches especially if they no longer exist.

For the past few weeks I have been working on writing entries about the Needhams in the 1901 UK Census, and will post these in 2-3 parts soon. Having young kids means editing the blog and working on genealogy at 5-10 minute spurts or during naptime. ­čÖé I have recently found out a lot more on the Waterhouse and Pooley families, and am still waiting on several records for the Pooleys and Needhams from the GRO. As my budget allows I am gradually ordering BMD records, so whenever something comes via Royal Mail it is an exciting day as there are sometimes new clues from many of these records.

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Above: a postcard view of Burrage Rd, Plumstead, England

Copy of death certificate for Elizabeth (Waterhouse) Needham Creed

(Click on certificate above to view larger image).

Elizabeth Creed, of 22 Burrage Rd Plumstead, died on September 3rd 1948 at St. Nicholas Hospital in Plumstead, England. She was 93 years old. Her next of kin is listed as her youngest son C. (Christopher) Creed of 40 Burrage Rd. Plumstead. She is also described as the widow of James Jeremiah Creed, her 2nd husband who worked at the Woolwich Arsenal and died in the early 1920’s.

In the span of her lifetime, 1855-1948, she suffered through personal tragedies, and witnessed many changes in technology as well as two World Wars. I am very curious as to where she lived during the war. Her son Christopher worked in the US during the 1940’s and also came back for a visit in 1960 after his wife Helena F. Creed passed away. I am┬ápiecing┬átogether records of him and his brother Alfred Creed to include together in a future post. But to get back to the current subject, where did that leave Elizabeth? I have only found her in 2 passenger lists traveling between the UK and US, but that was in 1923, the year her son Alfred Creed emigrated to the US. I have not yet found any records to suggest that she was in the US during the War years. ┬áThe Creed family lived on Burrage St. in Plumstead according to records (census and passenger lists) from 1911 to 1948, so it is possible she lived on Burrage St during the early 1940’s as well.

There is a wonderful website called Plumstead Stories, and it also has a book about the local social history which is available to order through the web site. As well as many valuable stories and photos from other time periods, it has many stories of what life was like in Plumstead, England, during the London Blitz. Amazingly, there were two bombs that fell and you can see the remains here as well as maps, scroll down to the ordnance map and you can see how close Burrage Rd. was. The website also has many photographs and great links to learn more about the area. My grandfather Raymond Maxwell Needham also was briefly in London during WWII so I wonder if he had the opportunity to see his grandmother again (they met when he was quite a young boy in 1923).

Some of my blog posts will jump around a bit, so now imagine yourself in the US in 1920. Here is the 1920 US Census entry for Ernest A. Needham and his wife Susie D Needham (formerly Howe), and children Ernest (4), Everett (4), Maurice (1), and Raymond M. Needham (4 months). Ernest was working as Sexton at a church in Boston, MA. In a previous post you can see Ernest Needham’s WWI draft card, so since 1918 two years previously the growing family has moved from Boston to Jerome St. in Medford, MA.

I think it is amusing that the census taker was a bit ahead of himself writing in “Al” (as in alien, not a citizen) for Susie’s naturalization status although she was born in New Hampshire and was about as American as one could be. ­čÖé Why did it only work the other way around for women who married citizens?

Below is a wonderful photo showing twins Ernie and Everett with their mother Susie D. (Howe) Needham (standing, center), her mother Cora (White) Howe Chute (left, seated), and her grandmother Deborah (Hilt) White (right, seated). Ernie and Everett don’t look older than 2 in this photo so I would assume it was taken around 1917 or 1918. Susie was lovingly known as Grammie Needham to her many grandchildren and great-grandkids. This photo is one that I really love, because I have a similar photo of Grammie Needham (Susie) holding my sister and I many years later in the 1980’s. It really makes me feel connected to the previous generations and really brings the history behind their stories alive. I am thinking of starting another blog devoted to the Howe side of the family, which I would link here and I would discuss these remarkable women in depth.

The image above is the marriage record for William Waterhouse and Elizabeth Maria Pooley. (Click on the image to see the full page of records, and they are on the top right hand side). They were married at St. Paul’s Church in the parish of Bermondsey in London on June 20th 1849. The first witness, Amelia Ramsey, formerly Waterhouse, was the groom’s eldest sister. The fathers of both William and Elizabeth were sadly┬ádeceased┬áby this time but their names and occupations are listed. John Waterhouse was a carpenter, and Richard Pooley was a silversmith.

Marriage records such as this one also give useful hints including the residences at the time of the marriage. St. Paul’s church was located on Kipling St. very close to the bride’s place of residence.┬áThese records are also great because we get to see actual signatures.

No relation, but I thought this article was kind of funny since this Ernest Needham was a famous football & cricket player in England. They had cards similar to baseball cards with his photo on them. He played in a game against Woolwich Arsenal in 1891, and it is possible the Needhams of Plumstead / Woolwich heard about him. I wonder if our relation Ernest Needham was proud of sharing the same name? ­čÖé

Elizabeth Waterhouse (who would later marry John Needham) was born March 25th, 1855. Her family lived at 37 Worship St., Norton Folgate, London. She was the daughter of William Waterhouse, a carpenter, and Elizabeth Maria (Pooley) Waterhouse.

To give some perspective on the geography, Worship St. is about a 10 minute walk from St. Leonard’s Church in Shoreditch, which I will discuss in a future post along with other members of the Waterhouse family. The street still┬áexists, although I am sure it was quite different when the Waterhouse family lived there. I am working on comparing maps from the mid 19th C. to modern day google and multimaps, which is turning into quite a task but it is fascinating to see how much is still the same.

Below is the birth cert for Elizabeth Waterhouse, click the image to see full size.

Here is the 1851 Census record of William Waterhouse, his wife Elizabeth M. and son William H. Waterhouse, living at 37 Worship St. His occupation is Journeyman Carpenter. Click to see the full size image.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I had ordered the 1890 death certificate for John Needham. It gives us a few new details, including cause of death at 39 years of age from a pulmonary embolism. It is possible that he had a lingering illness, because he was not at the local infirmary in Plumstead/Woolwich but at the Charing Cross Hospital in London that specialized in complex diseases, although there are no more details so we can only speculate. His address, listed as 69 High St. in Plumstead, was the residence his family was still living at in 1891 on the UK Census.