Monday, September 5, 2016
So now, to continue with the story of the family who lived in the Cemetery Lodge. In Part 1 of this blog (posted on the Museum Blog May 27, 2015), I used the Census records from 1861 to 1881 to find information about the family. Now I am using Census records from 1891 to the most current publicly available which is 1911. This part of the story follows Henry James Tucker, who resided at the Cemetery Lodge following the death of his father William Henry Tucker in April 1888. In January 1888 Henry James married Louisa Sapsford at St Michael’s Church, Bishop’s Stortford.
In the Census of 1891 Henry James (recorded on the Census as Harry Jas’ which is short for James) is now the head of the family living at the Cemetery Lodge. Unfortunately, the surname had been transcribed from the original census document as LURKER, so it took a bit of detective work to find this record. Henry is aged 32 and his occupation recorded as Caretaker & Sexton. He is living there with wife Louisa (nee Sapsford) aged 29, born Little Hallingbury, their daughter May Louisa aged 2, and a Philip SPRINGHORN aged 30, born in Sawbridgeworth, occupation Malt Maker, who is a Lodger.
By the time of the 1901 Census Henry and Louisa have 4 children. Henry, aged 42, is now Superintendent of the Cemetery. His wife Louisa is aged 39, and their children are May Louisa aged 12, Emmaline Eliza aged 9, Henry James aged 8, and Gladys Rose aged 3.
The 1911 Census (taken on 2 April) shows Henry living with a wife named Annie and 2 children at the Cemetery Lodge, Apton Road, Bishop’s Stortford. Henry James Tucker’s occupation is now Caretaker (for Burial Board). His wife Annie (aged 42) was born around 1869 in Gravesend, Kent. Also living there are Henry James junior aged 18, whose occupation is noted as a domestic Groom, and Gladys Rose aged 13, who is at school.
The 1911 Census forms record lots more information than previous census forms. It details how long people had been married, the number of children they had (living and deceased) and the number of rooms in the house. This census states that Henry James and Annie have been married for 3 years, had no children and the number of rooms in the house is recorded as five (the number of rooms do not include bathroom/scullery/landing).
So what happened to Henry’s previous wife Louisa? I have found a Death Registration for a Louisa Tucker born 1862, whose death is registered Jul-Sep 1906 in Bishop’s Stortford, so assume that this is her. If the 1911 Census details that Henry and Annie have been married for 3 years, they must have married around 1908 and I found a marriage registration for a Henry James Tucker marrying a Annie Hayes in Oct-Dec 1907 in West Ham, so again assume this information must fit the puzzle.
I find it fascinating to try to imagine a family living and bringing up children in this unusual place.
Unfortunately, this is all the information I have managed to gather so far, using a well-known family history research website, so if anyone has any other information about the Tucker family that I might be able to add to the research, I’d be very interested. One interesting point is that none of the Tucker family seem to be buried in this cemetery, apart from one gravestone located near the Lodge for Walter William Tucker, Henry James’ brother, who died 6 June 1939 (aged 69) and his wife Ellen (died 29 Sept 1963 aged 92 years). I wonder where everyone else is buried, perhaps in St Michael’s churchyard?
Anne (Museum Volunteer)