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Family of David Usborne STILL and Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

Husband: David Usborne STILL (bef1846-1932)
Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (1849-1931)
Children: Mabel Agnes STILL (1873-1873)
Eleanor Annie STILL (1874-1896)
Harold Usborne STILL (1876-1879)
Lilian Dora STILL (1877-1892)
Marian Maud STILL (1881-1980)
Christina May STILL (1885-1886)
Marriage 30 Sep 1871 Nutfield, Surrey1,2
The Parish Church, Nutfield, Surrey
Census (family) 5 Apr 1891 Woolwich, Kent3
36 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent

Husband: David Usborne STILL

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Name: David Usborne STILL4
Sex: Male
Father: George STILL (1794-1869)
Mother: Mary Ann OSBORNE (1809?-1864)
Birth bef 20 Jan 1846 Staplehurst, Kent4,5
Christening 20 Jan 1846 (age 0) Staplehurst Parish Church, Staplehurst, Kent4
Census 7 Apr 1861 (age 15) Staplehurst, Kent6
Bletchingly Farm "Farm House", Staplehurst, Kent
Occupation 7 Apr 1861 (age 15) Farmer's son; Staplehurst, Kent6
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 25) Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey7
Red House, Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 35) Woolwich, Kent8
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
RG11/0744/16/26
Occupation Farmer [1871]: Chemist and Druggist9
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 55) Woolwich, Kent10
36 Church Street
Occupation 31 Mar 1901 (age 55) Chemist Drug; Woolwich, Kent10
Death 19 Jan 1932 (age 85)

Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

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Ellen Agnes KIMPTON

Name: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON9,11
Sex: Female
Father: Richard Frederick KIMPTON (1825-1872)
Mother: Mary Ann BISHOP (1819-1905)
Birth 5 Apr 1849 Mildenhall, Suffolk12,13
Christening 1855 (age 5-6) Islington, Middlesex13
St Mary's Islington, Middlesex
Census 2 Apr 1871 (age 21) Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey7
Red House, Nutfield, Reigate, Surrey
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 31) Woolwich, Kent8
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
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Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 51) Woolwich, Kent10
36 Church Street
Death 18 Mar 1931 (age 81)
died aged 81 years and 11 months

Child 1: Mabel Agnes STILL

Name: Mabel Agnes STILL
Sex: Female
Birth 19 Mar 1873 Edenbridge, Kent13,14
Marsh Green Farm, Edenbridge, Kent
Death 28 Apr 1873 (age 0) Edenbridge, Kent13,15
Bible: "aged 5 wks 5 days"

Child 2: Eleanor Annie STILL

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Eleanor Annie STILL

Name: Eleanor Annie STILL2,9
Sex: Female
Birth 25 Oct 1874 Edenbridge, Kent9,13,14,16
Marsh Green Farm, Edenbridge, Kent
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 6) Woolwich, Kent17
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
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Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 16) Woolwich, Kent3
36 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Occupation Pupil School Teacher [1891];3
Death 19 Sep 1896 (age 21)18,19

Child 3: Harold Usborne STILL

Name: Harold Usborne STILL
Sex: Male
Birth 22 Jan 1876 Edenbridge, Kent13,14,20
Marsh Green Farm, Edenbridge, Kent
Death 23 May 1879 (age 3) Deptford, Kent13,21,22
Cause: Scarlet Fever
Bible: "aged 3 years and 4 months"

Child 4: Lilian Dora STILL

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Lilian Dora STILL

Name: Lilian Dora STILL9
Sex: Female
Birth 11 Feb 1877 Edenbridge, Kent9,14,23
Marsh Green Farm, Edenbridge, Kent
Census 3 Apr 1881 (age 4) Woolwich, Kent8
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
RG11/0744/16/26
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 14) Woolwich, Kent3
36 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Death 24 Oct 1892 (age 15) Woolwich, Kent24,25
Cause: Typhoid
Address: 36 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Newspaper clippings pasted in Bible:

"In Memoriam: In fond remembrance of our dear child Lilian Dora Still, who died at 36 Church Street, Woolwich,on 24th October 1892, in the 16th year of her age.
'To live in the hearts oif those we love is not to die'"

"STILL- on 24th October 1892, after seven days illness at Church Street, Woolwich, Lilian Dora, the second dearly beloved daughter of David Usborne and Ellen Agnes Still, late of Marsh Green House, Edenbridge, Kent, aged 15 years"

Child 5: Marian Maud STILL

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

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Spouse: James George TRINGHAM

Name: Marian Maud STILL3
Sex: Female
Spouse: James George TRINGHAM (1880-1940)
Birth 29 Jun 1881 Woolwich, Kent3,26,27
42 Chapel Street, Woolwich, Kent
Christening 6 Nov 1881 (age 0) Woolwich, Kent28
Saint Mary Magdalene, Woolwich
Census 5 Apr 1891 (age 9) Woolwich, Kent3
36 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Census 31 Mar 1901 (age 19) Woolwich, Kent10
36 Church Street
Occupation 31 Mar 1901 (age 19) School Teacher; Woolwich, Kent10
Death 1980 (age 98-99)

Child 6: Christina May STILL

Name: Christina May STILL29
Sex: Female
Birth 21 Dec 1885 Woolwich, Kent30,31,32
37 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Christening 15 Feb 1886 (age 0) Woolwich, Kent32
Saint Mary Magdalene, Woolwich
Death 19 Feb 1886 (age 0) Woolwich, Kent13,29,33
37 Church Street, Woolwich, Kent
Bible: "aged 2 months" (Parish register "9 weeks")
Burial 24 Feb 1886 (as an infant) Plumstead, Woolwich, London29,34
St Nicholas Churchyard, Plumstead, Woolwich, London
Service at Saint Margaret, Plumstead. Age 9 weeks

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (1)

My Father was the fourth son & sixth child of George Still and Mary Ann Usborne they were first cousins & their children all much alike - dark curling hair - blue eyes good complexions - sturdy but no height except my father who was 5 feet 9 inches - he was the handsome one among them.

 

He and his brother Tom were apprenticed to a Mr. Quested - a chemist of Margate & among the old letters is the indentures of David - he was fifteen & signs his name well - also a letter from his Mother to Thomas - telling him to look after David. David was homesick & used to look away across the country towards Staplehurst & weep a bit for his Mother. He was not to see much more of her because while still serving his apprenticeship she died aged 52. David being then eighteen - Her children all came in to a little money then & bought themselves a gold watch each. But my Father missed his Mother - He never forgot her cooking - Years after my own Mother used to say "You remember your mother's puddings but did she never say anything wise" -

 

David was a chemist's assistant at Canterbury & then went to London to Savoury & Moore - a very high class shop. Here his father died in 1869, aged [blank] & my father gave up his chemistry & went to the Isle of Sheppey to learn farming from his brother George - this brother was the only one to have been set up in a farm. Ramham [sp. third letter may not be m] Farm Eastchurch - & here he met my Mother - Miss Ellen Agnes Kimpton who was governess to the children of a farmer Mr. Alexander Till. My Mother had no financial need to be a governess but she was tired of being at home with nothing special to do. They were married in 1871 September 30th. Their first home was the Marsh Green Farm Edenbridge Kent. About then the farmers were having a bad time and many farmers were to go under. It was a hop farm.29

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (2)

After eight years of struggle more or less against adversity they left this farm for another - It was clutching at a straw & they were only six months at the new place - The Manor Farm Frant near Tunbridge Wells. The day they moved there was very wet & their belongings were taken in open farm carts & a most miserable time they had of it. After six months everything was sold to pay off the debts. My Mother with Nelsie & Dora - my Father with Harold went to separate relatives - Grandma Kimpton & Aunt Polly.

 

Later they went to apartments in New Cross London while your Grandfather attended Mr. Will's College daily to study for the chemists examination. He did not take to study & my Mother helped him so much that she could have passed the exam herself. After passing he became assistant to a chemist's widow in Evelyn Street Deptford - while here their little boy Harold Usborne died of Scarlet Fever aged three & a half years - a sad blow for they only had the one son. And so they lost a second child, for Mabel Agnes had died at the Farm aged a few months only.29

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (3)

About this time a great change came in our lives. Papa took a new branch shop at Clacton-on-Sea. He took this step in an attempt to get us all away from Church Street to a healthier place. Mama's health was very poor indeed by now but she still had her three girls. It was a brave effort, & took us all away by the sea to live there in a fine new house & shop for about two years. The second season was a failure because the boats from London stopped running & in any case there was only a six weeks season. At this time 1885 - 1886 Clacton was only a very small place indeed. Our back garden backed on to fields. Our address was "Delane House" North Avenue. The shop was beautifully fitted up with mahogany & cut glass. The glory of the house was the crystal cut-glass hanging chandelier in the drawing room over the shop. There was a fine bathroom too. Papa did not come with us he stayed behind to look after the Woolwich shops. A young assistant Mr. Herbert Bailey aged nineteen was to look after the shop. A very amiable young man we all liked. I used to ride on his shoulders into the confectioners shop near-by where he was courting the proprietor's sister. He was in fact already married though we did not know it.29

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (4)

Papa had an underlying streak of melancholy. Fortunately he had to work so hard he never had time to dwell upon it.

 

About this time Papa joined the Choir at Holy Trinity Church Charlton & he also became a Sunday School Teacher. His energy must have been enormous. We all went to morning service as well & the shop was kept open on Saturday night till after 11.30 p.m. Then we opened again on Sunday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. He had no rest.

 

Papa drew out teeth & poisoned with prussic acid both cats and dogs. The dogs died there on the spot but the cats always had a run for it up the garden. He made all his own pills and his own Eau de Cologne & Lavender Water. The filter papers we used to keep & put away among our things. He made up many proprietary medicines & people would write for them from various places - mostly soldiers. Also he had a hair dye which had a good post sale. He was a 'prescribing' chemist & customers would say "Is the doctor in?" or "Is the guvnor in?".

 

Being on a hill we had a lot of accidents brought in & Papa gave first aid. A crowd always surrounded the place at these times - mostly a lot of drunken people. As no one had any money to pay for these services when finished Papa would begin by saying "Who is going to pay." Sometimes the accident was serious. A tram conductor was run over & brought in. He was too bad for first-aid & my Mother made him a cup of tea. The ambulance always took at least half an hour to arrive. Once a woman was brought in whose husband had cut her throat on top of a tram car. By the time she had gone the shop was in an awful state. Papa was out so Mama with my help had to clear it up & no one to pay anything that time. Dog-bites too were very common & were cauterised. Mama was as clever as Papa with strapping up cuts and wounds. She pinned her faith to Friar's Balsam.

 

In the summer we would go with Papa to Abbey Wood & gather elder-flower - his great Gladstone bag full. These were for Elderflower Water & Elderflower ointment. I used to love the smell but got tired out of picking off the petals - a job Dora & I had to do. She & I also used to take out medicines to certain addresses & often take goods to the little shop at Charlton. We never took the tram but always walked. I don't remember my sister Nelsie doing these things. Later on Papa was to have a shop-boy but not yet.29

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (5)

In the summer we went away together just Nelsie & I. Mama seldom came. We went to relations or friends. Papa took to going abroad for his holidays. To Cork, or Isle of Man, Antwerp or Bordeaux. He went up to Scotland too. Cousin Ernest often went with him. They were very good friends & used to laugh a lot together. Papa never quarrelled with him like he did with Uncle Tom. Papa was now to buy a new business at 39, Artillery Place, Woolwich. And now at last he began to make a little more money. It was never quite so scarce after this. And from then on we began to have an assistant living in the house. So Nelsie & I came lower down & had the bed-room underneath still looking over the garden. These young men were a general source of interest to my Mother she liked to talk to them. I was always spoken of as "Miss Marion". Papa no longer took any interest in the garden but kept chickens instead which spoilt it & later bulldogs which ruined it. But the green house was always kept in good order & looked pretty from the parlour.

 

A new shop front was put in to replace the old fashioned small panes & the heavy shutters done away with. Instead Papa had a white blind to draw down. This was a great improvement to the shop & we no longer had the Sunday darkness in there. We also had a shop-boy who carried the medicines out or took parcels to the other shops. There was no question of our moving to Artillery Place though it was so near the Common & a better though old house, because of the soldiers. It was just opposite the Cambridge Barracks archway & the soldiers were constantly going in and out. Mama thought it not suitable for us. Some years later Papa was to have this shop pulled down & rebuilt. And it was to be sold by me in 1941. Papa now took to an allotment at Abbey Wood, he had three plots I think. This was a splendid thing for him as it took him away from the shop quite [a] lot & he did love it there. He was always a countryman at heart.

Note on Husband: David Usborne STILL (6)

Mama seemed to be indoors a great deal. She had the treasure of a well-stocked mind no doubt but her health was rather poor. She suffered so much from headaches, sometimes lying all day in a darkened room. She continued to write for the papers & articles signed E.A.S. were not uncommon in the local papers. She reported the University Extension Lectures to which she went with Nelsie - Mr. Wightman also went. Nelsie used to hope that as their initials were the same, people would not think the reports were hers. For Mama made people laugh & Nelsie would have been more serious & exact.

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (1)

My mother was a Londoner & knew nothing a farmers ways. She was a very handsome young woman of 22 when she married my Father - he too was very good looking with his dark curling hair blue eyes, splendid teeth - so I was told. He was 26 by now & for the time being the chemist shop was a thing of the past. My mother was fair - with a quantity of hair and very steady large clear grey eyes & fine features. She was a witty talker, a great reader so found the country folks in those days very dull.

 

My father gave up his chemistry & went to the Isle of Sheppey ... & here he met my Mother - Miss Ellen Agnes Kimpton who was governess to the children of a farmer Mr. Alexander Till. My Mother had no financial need to be a governess but she was tired of being at home with nothing special to do. They were married in 1871 September 30th. Their first home was the Marsh Green Farm Edenbridge Kent.29

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (2)

About Christmas time 1885 Mama had her last baby, Christina May. But the child only lived a few months & I [Marion Maud Still] continued to be called "Baby" until I was seven. After this Mama's health got very bad - the Doctor even said she was threatened with consumption. I think she was too much indoors.

 

Mama & Nelsie were much together while Dora & I played around - I was rather a nervous little child, so afraid something might happen to my Mother. In the early days I had called her "Bovewhere" i.e. "Lovedear". If after some words with our Father she was in tears, as so often happened, I would run to her & say "Oh kiss my wiggit" - meaning "kiss my head". I always thought that would comfort her. She never cried but I cried too. I sometimes could not sleep less there was any trouble downstairs. At the sound of any altercation I would run down in my night gown while both my sisters were comfortably asleep.29

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (3)

Every Sunday morning we went to Church without fail, except Mama who cooked the dinner. Somehow she "had lost her religion", a great grief "worse than losing the children". Anyhow she never ever came with us to Church.

 

. I was brought up amongst religious controversy at home, between Cousin Ernest & Mr. Wightman my Mother & even Grandma & the Rev. Long, all if not agnostics were very unorthodox. Though Grandma read the Psalms every day, like Mama she had "lost her religion". Later on my Mother was to become a Spiritualist & would vouchsafe for the authenticity of its tenets. She certainly drew comfort from its meetings.

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (4)

About this time [1885 / 1886] a great change came in our lives. Papa took a new branch shop at Clacton-on-Sea. He took this step in an attempt to get us all away from Church Street to a healthier place. Mama's health was very poor indeed by now but she still had her three girls.29

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (5)

Mama always sang at her work. Then she started writing to the papers. Letters to begin with, which got published in the local papers. Then articles - sometimes she got 10/- for these. And once she had £5 for a long tale. "Sala's Journal" a weekly periodical published some of her articles. No doubt had she been able to devote herself to writing she could have made her mark. She was a good reader & well versed in the poets. She had fire & life & imagination & was distinguished in appearance. My sisters used to wish they were like "Mama". Papa had an underlying streak of melancholy. Fortunately he had to work so hard he never had time to dwell upon it. My Mother would liken herself to "a race horse tied to a feather-bed". - stuffed full of misery" - her motto was "Do the next thing" - also for us children "Do what you ought come what may."

 

Mama joined the Natural History Society connected with the Church in Beresford's Square. She wrote a paper & read it. & joined in the debates. For the exhibition they had, she made a "trophy" in the baby's basket she had. It was composed of seeds only all arranged in a wonderful pattern. Perhaps dried flowers too arranged in a pattern & some standing up high - most of these seeds came from the shop - coriander & linseed & poppy heads. A great variety & it was quite a triumph. I remember her carrying it through the town to the Hall.

 

We all thought the world of Mama. My sisters used to wish they "looked more like Mama".

 

My sister often went away to stay with old friends of my Mother, made during the farm days - the Fenns the Holmes' & Mrs. Mellish. These friends also came to stay with us. It was nearly a week before they could get to sleep at night because of the noise in the street. Mama used to take them up to London to see the sights. Of course being a Londoner she knew it well & was used to the traffic.29

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (6)

We were to have some very interesting relations of Mama's come to live at Plumstead - the Walter Bishops' They were most friendly & Cousin Walter very musical indeed so that he was quite an addition to our musical evenings. Cousin Lizzie we liked very much. Harold & May were round about my age & we were to see a great deal of them a little later on. They were Congregationalists & all the family went to the Rectory Place Chapel Woolwich. And Cousin Walter ran a Literary & Debating Society there. And Mama joined it & wrote papers for it spoke at the meetings, & reported them for the local papers. It took the place of the Natural History Society.

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (7)

. Mama's health was always an anxiety, & lately she had become very asthmatic. Once she was very ill & Mrs. Power came up to nurse her. I remember Papa & I both crying in the drug-room because the Doctor said Mama's life "hung on a thread". Life was terribly dark when Mama was so ill. But she always recovered very quickly & was her own bright self again - singing at her work & running up the stairs. She & I has a very delightful holiday at Overseal in Derbyshire when I was nineteen. We stayed with Herbert & Edie Holmes. Their parents had lived at Edenbridge years old when my Parents were at the farm - their father was the doctor of the place. Now both their parents were dead. Herbert was now 35 & a widower. For he had married the Vicar's sister years older than he, & she had died leaving him a fortune. He had been a bank clerk at Swadlingcote but after his marriage he did no more work. The lady had only lived two years. He made a very pleasant host. & Edith had been a friend of Nelsie's. They had a fine country house & large garden & orchard. but no carriage as Herbert was too nervous. I used to use Edith bicycle & cycle around with Herbert. He took me to see the stained glass window he had put in the Church in memory of his wife.

 

Their near neighbour had two carriages - one a kind of wagonette & in that we all went on trips around - to Ashby & to Burton-on-Trent. One amusing incident was our visit to a Clairvoyant - an old person who had tracked down a murderer so it was said. She was dressed in old gold velvet & on the table was a large crystal. My mother & I & the neighbour's wife were there. I was the first to be told - she looked at my hand & said I should have three lovers - one dark & one brown & one fair haired. But she added "Beware of the fair one - he will fluctuate" !! So much for my hand. Then she looked at Mama & said "You are the one who sees - I have nothing to tell you" - then she added "How old are you ?" & Mama said "fifty-one". Then the Clairvoyant said "If you are only 51 - you bears your years very heavy". And she refused to tell Mama anything. She read the other lady's hand. Then I got a surprise. Our holiday was nearing its end. We had so much enjoyed it & Mama & I . Mama had done so much talking & had been so happy. A day or so before we left Mama said to me - "If you would like to marry Herbert you have but to raise your little finger" - I had not thought of it. And when he said to me "Why Marion I am afraid I am old enough to be your Father" which he was not - I replied "Of course you are" - & ran away.

 

Poor Mama. She and Herbert had been discussing the matter - but I would not listen to either of them. Later he said to Mama "She is only a child" - which was true. Eight years afterwards Herbert was to give to Jamie a very nice silver serviette ring. I have it now. [I think that this is the one that I still have. Roger. Jan 2005.] It was a christening present. He was still unmarried & was staying with Mama at the Village at the time. Years later he was to marry another elderly lady. Was the old clairvoyant right - & I was to have three lovers ? Herbert was brown haired with dark eyes, nice looking in a neat way & about 5 ft 9in in height. Daddy was certainly fair ! & Bernherd must be the dark haired one ? And so we said Goodbye to our very pleasant friends Herbert & Edith Holmes. Soon afterwards they both took a trip across America to Vancouver to see their brother Charles. But we were to see them both again before long.

 

I remember our return from this holiday - we arrived about eight o'clock at night - my Mother & I. After a holiday the street & shop always looked strange. And into the dark house, Papa was very busy though glad to see us back & upstairs Ada "the girl" was on her knees scrubbing the bed-room floor with plenty of water. The holiday at Overseal did Mama a deal of good. The year before she had been in a very poor state of health & with Uncle Joseph's financial help she had gone to Worthing for six weeks by herself.29

Note on Wife: Ellen Agnes KIMPTON (8)

Grandfather's Letter to Me

 

45 Goswell St

Oct 30th 1858.

 

My Dear Girl

I received your very kind letter yesterday with your many kind wishes for many happy returns of my birthday. I thanks you my dear girl for the letter it is very nicely written.

And I thank you and Lizzie & Emily for the very pretty book marker, as it seems to be a gift from all three. I am very pleased to accept it and send you my love and many kisses from

Your Affectionate

Grandfather

J. Bishop

 

To Miss Ellen Kimpton - A last letter from Lowestoft

 

35 Marine Parade

July 10th 1865

 

My Dear Girl

I thought I should have seen you before I came away. I wanted to see you to tell you to take the children to Holloway to gather some of the fruit there is lots of it. Let the children go if you do not. How do you get on about the house at Holborn & how is dear Fred getting on. This is a very nice place and I do hope that it will do me good, but I have been very sadly since I have been here till to-day. This afternoon we had a heavy thunderstorm. My kind regards to Richard. Mother joins me in kind love to you all from

Your Affectionate Father

J. Bishop

 

[pencil note added … to Mrs Kimpton]35

Sources

1The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Type: MARRIAGES Start date: Sep 1871 End date: Sep 1871
Volume: 2a Page: 225

Whilst FreeBMD makes every effort to ensure accurate transcription, errors exist in both the original index and the transcription. You are advised to verify the reference given from a copy of the index before ordering a certificate.

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Kimpton Ellen Agnes Reigate 2a 225

STILL David Osborne Reigate 2a 225
2Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Graham Hoadly.
3GRO, "1891 Census".
Microfiche.
RG12/530/7/8. Assessment: Primary evidence.
4Staplehurst Baptismal Registers (Microfilm).
Text From Source: Staplehurst Baptismal Registers - Kent Archive Centre, Maidstone
Centre for Kentish Studies / Kent County Archives Service, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Tel: 01622 694 363.
5"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Births Mar 1846 (>99%)
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Still David Usborne Maidstone 5 347
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
6"Census 1861 (George Still) Staplehurst, Kent RG9/498/90/15".
Text From Source: George Still Head 65 Kent Staplehurst
Mary A. Still Wife 52 Kent East Farliegh
Mary A. Still Dau 26 Kent Staplehurst
Sophia M. Still Dau 24 Kent Staplehurst
George Still Son 21 Kent Staplehurst
David U. Still Son 15 Kent Staplehurst
William F. Still Son 12 Kent Staplehurst
Sarah Davis Serv 22 Kent Staplehurst [House Serv]
Thomas Winch Serv 20 Sussex Ticehurst [Carter's mate]
John Winch Serv 18 Sussex Ticehurst [Bailiff]
Assessment: Primary evidence.
71871 census (Microfilm).
Text From Source: 1871 census
RG10/835/66/3. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
8The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. RG11/0744/16/26. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: Household Record 1881 British Census

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Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
David U. STILL Head M Male 35 Staplehurst, Kent, England Chemist & Druggist
Ellen A. STILL Wife M Female 31 Milden Hall, Suffolk, England Chemists Wife
Eleanor A. STILL Daur Female 6 Edenbridge, Kent, England Scholar
Lilian D. STILL Daur Female 4 Edenbridge, Kent, England Scholar


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Source Information:
Dwelling 42 Chapel Street
Census Place Woolwich, Kent, England
Family History Library Film 1341174
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 0744 / 16
Page Number 26
91881 census entry.
Text From Source: 1881 census entry PRO Chancery Lane [Microfilm]
10"Census 1901 (David U. Still) Woolwich, Kent RG13/567/11/14".
Text From Source: Census 1901 Woolwich, Kent RG13/567/11/14
36 Church Street

David U. Still Head M 55 Kent Staplehurst
Ellen A. Still Wife M 51 Suffolk Mildenhall
Maria M. Still Dau S 19 London Woolwich
Henry Mortimer Serv S 22 Chemist's assistant York Leeds
Assessment: Primary evidence.
11The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. Text From Source: Type: MARRIAGES Start date: Sep 1871 End date: Sep 1871
Volume: 2a Page: 225

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page

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Marriages Sep 1871
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Kimpton Ellen Agnes Reigate 2a 225

STILL David Osborne Reigate 2a 225
12"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983
about Ellen Agnes Kimpton
Name: Ellen Agnes Kimpton
Year of Registration: 1849
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
District: Mildenhall
County: Suffolk
Volume: 13
Page: 495
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
13"Kimpton / Bishop Family Bible".
Roger Tringham, Hallow, Worcestershire.
14Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Text From Source: They were married in 1871 September 30th. Their first home was the Marsh Green Farm Edenbridge Kent.

The children born here were Mabel Agnes - Eleanor Annie, Harold Usborne & Lilian Dora
Graham Hoadly.
15"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983
about Mabel Agnes Still
Name: Mabel Agnes Still
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Year of Registration: 1873
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Age at Death: 0
District: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 287
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
16Ibid. Text From Source: Surname First name(s) District Vol Page

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Births Dec 1874
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Still Eleanor Annie Sevenoaks 2a 518
Still Eleanor Annie Sevenoaks 2a 548
17The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "1881 Census - Family Search Website" (Online 1881 Census for England and Wales). Custom Id: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp. RG11/0744/16/26.
18Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: But a very tragic event was about to happen & once more Death was to take its toll of our little family. On September 15th 1896 or rather 14th we had gone to school as usual & Nelsie had gone out to tea at the Jacobson's by herself - After supper Mr Wightman saw her home as he had done so many times before. She & I had just gone to bed when she remembered she had not read a letter that had come from Aunt Annie & I said "Oh read it in the morning". But she would go into Mama's room for it. After reading it we went to bed & asleep. As you know I was awakened at about 3 o'clock in the morning by the queer noise my sister was making. Thinking it was indigestion I rubbed her back. She did not speak & all was quiet. I almost thought of going to sleep again but the room was so dead quiet I felt something was wrong & called my Mother. Rather to my surprise both Mama & Papa came at once. But we were all in the dark & no matches to be found. I remember my Mother's agonising call up the stairs "For God's sake Mr. Harvey bring some matches". At last a light was got & our Father took the candle in one hand & placed his arm round Nelsie to gently raise her up. I stood in the doorway with mama while Papa was doing this. Then he said quietly "She's gone" and Mama replied "Thank God" - .
Graham Hoadly.
19"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983
about Eleanor Annie Still
Name: Eleanor Annie Still
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Year of Registration: 1896
Quarter of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep
Age at Death: 21
District: Woolwich
County: Greater London, Kent, London
Volume: 1d
Page: 746
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
20Ibid. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983
about Harold Usborne Still
Name: Harold Usborne Still
Year of Registration: 1876
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
District: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 5*9
21Ibid. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983
about Harold Usborne Still
Name: Harold Usborne Still
Estimated birth year: abt 1876
Year of Registration: 1879
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Age at Death: 3
District: Greenwich
County: Greater London, Kent, London, Surrey
Volume: 1d
Page: 551
22Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: After passing [David] became assistant to a chemist's widow in Evelyn Street Deptford - while here their little boy Harold Usborne died of Scarlet Fever aged three & a half years - a sad blow for they only had the one son.
Graham Hoadly.
23"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983
about Lilian Dora Still
Name: Lilian Dora Still
Year of Registration: 1877
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
District: Sevenoaks
County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 609
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
24Ibid. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983
about Lilian Dora Still
Name: Lilian Dora Still
Estimated birth year: abt 1877
Year of Registration: 1892
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
Age at Death: 15
District: Woolwich
County: Greater London, Kent, London
Volume: 1d
Page: 687
25Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: She had died on October 24th 1892 a day before Nelsie's 18th birthday & I was now eleven years & a few months.
Graham Hoadly.
26GRO Indexes.
Text From Source: BMD Search result details

Civil Registration event: Marriage
Name: JAMES, Benjamin
Registration District: Help St. George Hanover Square
County: London
Year of Registration: 1853
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume No: Help 1A
Page No: Help 343

BMD Search result details

Civil Registration event: Marriage
Name: STOREY, Jane
Registration District: Help St. George Hanover Square
County: London
Year of Registration: 1853
Quarter of Registration: Apr-May-Jun
Spouse's last name: Not available before 1912
Volume No: Help 1A
Page No: Help 343
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: Births Sep 1881

Marion Maud Still

Woolwich 1d 1098
Family Records Centre, 1 Myddleton Street, LONDON, EC1R 1UW. Tel: 020 8392 5300.
27Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: The first shop my father took was at Woolwich - 42 Chapel Street which ran straight up from the main Dockyard Gate. It had been a doctors surgery - and was quite small in all ways. Here in 1881 on the 29th of June while the thermometer stood at 91* in the shade - I your Mother was born.
Graham Hoadly.
28"Marian Maud Still 1881". Assessment: Primary evidence.
picture

Source: Marian Maud Still 1881, Marian Maud Still 1881

29Marion Maud Tringham nee Still, "Your Great Grand Parents - by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still".
Text From Source: Your Great Grand Parents by Marion Maud Tringham nee Still.
To my children. Brian, Maisie and Theodora

The Stills.

Your Father lived all his young days on the banks of one busy river - the Mersey & I your Mother on the banks of another - the Thames - Liverpool & Woolwich. So in a way we had the same kind of outlook - we were town-bred.
This account was sent as a word document to Graham Hoadly by Marion Maud's grandson, Roger Tringham. He had trancribed it from the original in the possesion of his cousin.

He writes:

My Grandmother wrote her account in about 1940, so there may be occasional lapses of memory.
Assessment: Primary evidence.
Graham Hoadly.
30Ibid. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Text From Source: About Christmas time 1885 Mama had her last baby, Christina May. But the child only lived a few months
31"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: 1837-1983
about Christina May Still
Name: Christina May Still
Year of Registration: 1886
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
District: Woolwich
County: Greater London, Kent, London
Volume: 1d
Page: 1262
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
32"Christina May Still 1886". Assessment: Primary evidence.
picture

Source: Christina May Still 1886, Christina May Still 1886

33"Information from Free Births, Marriages, and Deaths website: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/" (Internet). Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983
about Christina May Still
Name: Christina May Still
Estimated birth year: abt 1886
Year of Registration: 1886
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
Age at Death: 0
District: Woolwich
County: Greater London, Kent, London
Volume: 1d
Page: 875
Internet. Call Number: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ (electronic).
34"Christina May Still 1886". Assessment: Primary evidence.
picture

Source: Christina May Still 1886, Christina May Still 1886

35Ellen Agnes Kimpton, "Mary Ann Bishop's account of her Father and Family".
Text From Source: Flysheet

Family Traditions

Being short
Tales told by
My Mother
About her
Father Mr
Joseph Bishop
of Goswell St
his family and friends.

M. S.

[The initials I take to be those of Grandmother Tringham (Marion Still).
See note at end of "Family Tree.]

1.

Little Joseph Bishop must have been a pretty boy, ruddy-cheeked, bright-eyed and robust of limb, running about the lanes & working in the fields about Packington, Warwickshire, or Lord Aylesford's daughters walking demurely with their governess through these same lanes and fields would not so often have dropped behind a little, slyly pop a parcel of cake or school-room goodies into the hedge; then slyly signal to the little fellow and walk on again demurely.

The governess safely out of sight the cake was found and eaten.

And that is the first tale I remember my dear Mother [Mary Ann Kimpton] telling us about our Grandfather.
Of course he came to London when a lad and being shrewd and quick-witted soon got employment in the East India House. Also he quickly got a sweetheart, a Miss Charlotte Phillips. And they must have married early because he was only 27 years old when my Mother, his third child was born.
The letter announcing this event, dated January 10th 1819, is very brown and nearly dropping to pieces. It seems strange that a fine baby, whom they thought of calling "Mary", should be our dear and aged Mother. This is a photograph of the

[At this point there is a photo of the letter pasted into the manuscript; it is scarcely legible]

Old letter and can be deciphered by the aid of a reading glass.

The Christening

After all, the new baby was christened Mary Ann at St. Andrews Church Holborn. Now why my Grandfather should have scruples about standing Godfather to his little daughter just as the service began I never heard. But at the last moment he would not be sponsor; so a sea captain (Captain Davis?) who had accidentally strolled in - a perfect stranger - offered to stand for the child. Which he did. And for years afterwards he kept up a friendship with the family. A blue china basin which he brought from Bengal for his God-child, is now in my sister Emily's possession.

Little Elizabeth

The first thing my Mother remembered was seeing her Mother holding up her apron and dancing to amuse the baby Elizabeth. And afterwards taking a powder-puff & rouging the baby's face because she was too pale. This "rouge" was probably the powdered rose-pink that was used in the rinsing water for white silk stockings. And my grandmother wore white, silk stockings and sandaled shoes for best. A pretty, dark, dressy, smart little woman my Mother always described her.

Early Struggles

My dear Mother had much to tell of her father and Mother's young days when they worked hard, lived frugally and laid the foundation of a comfortable fortune. They took it in turns to go to Church on a Sunday morning and Mother was always delighted to stay at home and help her father stir the puddings! After they had both admired from the front door, her Mother, trim and smart, setting off to church with the younger children.

I have the shawl - moth-eaten rather badly - a fine cashmere, in which my Grandmother was married. It was a present from Lady Neave.

Uncle William

My Uncle William Bishop must have been an energetic child that his father found him at times rude and tiresome. He danced on the ice in the water-butt outside the back door, while his little sister Mary Ann looked on admiringly, until the ice broke and he fell in and was nearly drowned.

However his grandparents were very fond of the sturdy plucky little boy and did not like to part with him when it was decided he must come to London and be educated. The little Londoners played practical jokes upon him first and sent him to the school-mater to say "Please sir, I've made a beefsteak in my copy book". For which he was caned, with the retort: "Then there's some pepper and salt as well".

Mr. Moses Keans

Another occasion upon which Grandfather impulsively altered his mind at the last moment occurred over the signing of Mr. Moses Keans' will. Mrs. Keans was Grandfather's Aunt - a good kind soul who had married a most eccentric man. He made a will leaving everything he possessed to my Mother and asked her father to witness it. Grandfather wrote "Joseph", then stopped and said the will was unjust to Mr. Keans' own relatives.
"Well", said Mr. Keans stubbornly "What I have written I have [written] and shall write no more".
And Grandfather said: "What I have written I have written and shall write no more".

And so at Mr. Keans' death the will was found to have only the name "Joseph" as the attesting witness. But the old gentleman - he was 90 - had so wasted his estate in lawsuits - that he had nothing to leave, except as his brother sent word, "an old pair of bellows". Hardly a valuable asset. At the time of the will-making he was well-to-do.

One brother Mr. Isaac [Michael?] Keans was a market gardener who made a large fortune over a new strawberry called "Keans' seedling". About 20 years ago the Scotch gardener at Merivale Hall, Warwickshire, told me that the gardening books showed that they paid £1 each for plants of Keans' seedlings. The strawberry fortune went to a grandson named Warren and I believe the Warrens are now people of some importance in Isleworth.

By Coach to Birmingham

Somewhere about 1826 Grandfather went by coach to Birmingham - there was no railroad - and all the children went to the coach office to see him off.
"Oh Father" said the little Mary Ann "Do take me with you. I did have clean clothes on this morning".
Her father laughed. "Go home and tell your Mother that I have taken Mary Ann with me", said he to the other children. And so my Mother went to Birmingham by coach and thence to Packington with no luggage at all and wearing her school frock of lilac print and a lilac sun-bonnet. And the other children went home to tell their horrified Mother who packed up a carpet-bag of clothes, including a little green silk frock & sent it on to Packington.

Now whether my great-grandmother Bishop really enjoyed hearing my Mother repeat that long dreary poem Thompson's "Seasons" from beginning to end I can't say. But repeat it the child did to her father's delight. And at seven years old it was a remarkable performance.

Aunt Hannah

Aunt Hannah was lame from the effects of a fall when a child but it never affected her spirits; being always described as very lively. One anecdote told of her when about 14 is certainly lively enough: She thought it ridiculous that her brother William would wear a night-cap. And every night she tip-toed into his room and twitched the night-cap off when he had gone to sleep. But one night her brother stuffed his boots into the cap & laid it on his pillow. Then he crawled under the bed-clothes and waited.

His sister came as usual in the dark and pulled the nightcap off - and her brother's head as well apparently. Then she raised the house with her shrieks. It was only a practical joke; but Aunt Hannah was ill through fright and Uncle William, as usual, got caned. Really it was hard on him. Later on her health failed and she went as parlour boarder to a school at Margate kept by a Miss Green. Her letter to her sister Mary Ann at this time is full of praise of Miss Green, her piety and learning etc. This is a photograph of her letter dated Sept. 29th 1836

[Here is another small photo pasted in; too small to decipher]

The original is very faded & the writing faint.

Here is another nice letter sent, with a most magnificent doll to her little sister Emily.
The letter is undated but probably written in 1838 as the doll was a present on her 5th birthday.

"My dear little Emily
I have sent you this pretty doll, which I hope you will be careful of, and often [?] it nicely. I hope you would be a good little girl until I come home and believe Hannah loves you truly."

The doll's clothes were as beautifully made as any baby's. It was the delight of our childish lives when we stayed at Holloway 20 years after. I believe that it is still in existence.

The Press Gang

All the time that my Grandfather was at the East India House my Grandmother dreaded that the Press-Gang would seize him as he came home at night. He was a fine broad-shouldered young man and his Majesty's navy sorely needed able-bodied sea-men. The Press Gang were not squeamish in their methods either.

Stoke Newington

After a time Grandfather's business in Goswell St. kept him fully employed; and the family went to live in a little house at Stoke Newington. My Grandmother's health failed and it was thought purer air and Asses Milk (then the fashionable remedy) might restore her.

The Donkey's Visit

A donkey and foal were kept somewhere at the back. One day visitors were expected today, and much thin bread and butter was cut in readiness and laid out on the kitchen table. The invited visitors came but there was nothing for them to eat. The donkey had found her way into the kitchen - and helped by her foal - had eaten up all the bread and butter & cakes.

But no care could save my Grandmother. The care of her numerous babies - fourteen of them - and grief for the loss of many of them tried her heavily. When she died there remained alive only William, Hannah, Mary Ann, Joseph, Ellen, Samuel, Emily.

[2 silhouettes pasted at this point]

Mr Daniel Bishop

My Great -grandfather had died under strange circumstances. He was a brewer and a heavily built man. There was some dissatisfaction because the men were not allowed to take the grains away. And it is thought that one of them bore a grudge against him, and sawed a ladder nearly asunder while he was at work in the loft early in the morning. My great-grandfather was found dead at the foot of the broken ladder - his neck was broken.

The New Mother

And now a new influence came into their lives. It began with Aunt Hannah's affectionate admiration of Miss Green. Naturally enough a warm-hearted home-loving man like Grandfather was attracted by her description. And equally naturally thought that such a kind clever, pious woman would make an excellent Mother for his young children. So he married Miss Green. And here follows a tale that my own children loved to hear.
"Do tell us how you made a pin-cushion and ran away Grandma." They would say. And my dear Mother would tell them how she made that pin-cushion!

The Pincushion

Uncle William and Aunt Hannah talked seriously to my mother who resented the idea of any other woman taking her own mother's place.
Said Uncle William: Their father was a good man and a good father and it behoved them as the eldest in the family to set the younger children a good example. And they must receive the new step-mother as their father's wife should be received.

So my dear mother with her passionate love for her father and her strong sense of duty had that house in Minerva Terrace cleaned and made beautiful. And she made a pincushion of state for the bride's dressing table. It was of white satin set with tiny pins to form the word "Welcome". And she welcomed her father and his new wife really well. Alas! At tea-time the step-mother put her hand caressingly upon Grandfather's arm and called him "My dear". My mother could not stand it. She ran upstairs, put on her bonnet and went to Goswell St., where the housekeeper, Mrs. Smart, made a home for her for 6 months.

Then Aunt Hannah's illness becoming acute, Mother went home again and tried hard to like her step-mother - and half succeeded. But the prim orderly house with its display of religion in season always jarred upon her.

My Uncle Samuel's Book Slate

Uncle Samuel was much younger and much sharper than his sister. He did not like his school and remembered that piety was much esteemed at home. So he wrote the following letter in pencil upon a little book-slate.

My dear Mama
I wish very much to stay away from school because Mr. [name blurred] does not set before my eyes the fear of God; and if I do know a letter and have the fear of God before me I know as much as any man in the world, and if I know as much as any man I the world and have not the fear of God I am the worst of rebels.
Now Mamma do take me away from school or else I am lost. Nobody cares about my soul. Now Mamma if you do then shall I have the fear of God and love and obey my parents. Do not put it off until tomorrow. Now! Now is the day of salvation.
I remain Mamma
Your dutiful son
Samuel Bishop
Sept 4th 1839

A remarkable letter for a young child - not much more than 7 years old to write. But it answered. He was taken away from school.

Grandmamma Bishop (not Grandmother) had founded herself upon Mrs. Hannah More. Was in fact very much like Hannah More. I always had a great affection and respect for her. But she was very pious.

Mrs. Richard Kimpton

In 1844 another disturbing influence came into my Mother's life. Not a step-mother this time, but a good looking impetuous lover. Mr. Richard Frederick Kimpton. My father. He certainly had not founded himself upon Hannah More. Not at all. And so began for my Mother that long, noble and arduous life, so recently laid down that I cannot write about it; although I hope some day to worthily write the life of a noble woman.

Grandfather's Dream

My Mother always said that her father was the best man in the world. But underlying his shrewd practical good sense was a curious vein of superstition. He dreamed once that he saw a poplar tree grow tall and strong. Presently the branches fell off one by one - then the tree fell. And from the ground where it had stood sprang a small tree. Grandfather asked an Angel who stood by, what it all meant?
Said the Angel: "The tree is yourself; the branches are your children & the young tree your descendants". He always thought that he should outlive all his children; and my Mother thought that he would.

Another time when Mother was ailing - long after she was married - Grandfather came in the early dawn to see how she was. A tap, tapping on his bed-room wall had awakened him in the night & feeling persuaded that it was some mysterious call from my Mother he dressed & went out.

A Coming of Age Letter

Here is another letter written to Aunt Emily on her 21st birthday.

London
Jany 28th 1854

My Dear Girl

It is through the goodness and Mercy of God to you and to me, that I have been spared till this time to congratulate you upon your 21st birthday.
May the Lord bless you & keep you and grant you many happy returns of the day.
And now my dear Girl I give you this as a motto:
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths". May you bear it in mind. And now my dear girl with this you will receive a little gold watch, with a very pretty back but it was not bought because of your dream for I had it laid by for you for a long time before you dreamed about it. Now my dear girl I know that you have it much on your mind about receiving some such present,
But I would advise that you think nothing more of it than as a little mechanical toy instrument to remind you of time. For gold at best is but sordid dross. So I hope that you will not make a display of it by wearing it outside your dress. And with this I wish you many happy returns of the day from your ever affcte. Father

J. Bishop

I am afraid that watch was worn outside. As it was stolen a little time afterwards when Aunt Emily wore it to chapel. (Mr. Sukins?)

Grandfather's Letter to Me

45 Goswell St
Oct 30th 1858.

My Dear Girl
I received your very kind letter yesterday with your many kind wishes for many happy returns of my birthday. I thanks you my dear girl for the letter it is very nicely written.
And I thank you and Lizzie & Emily for the very pretty book marker, as it seems to be a gift from all three. I am very pleased to accept it and send you my love and many kisses from
Your Affectionate
Grandfather
J. Bishop

To Miss Ellen Kimpton - A last letter from Lowestoft

35 Marine Parade
July 10th 1865

My Dear Girl
I thought I should have seen you before I came away. I wanted to see you to tell you to take the children to Holloway to gather some of the fruit there is lots of it. Let the children go if you do not. How do you get on about the house at Holborn & how is dear Fred getting on. This is a very nice place and I do hope that it will do me good, but I have been very sadly since I have been here till to-day. This afternoon we had a heavy thunderstorm. My kind regards to Richard. Mother joins me in kind love to you all from
Your Affectionate Father
J. Bishop

[pencil note added … to Mrs Kimpton]

It has given me so much pleasure recalling and writing these stories that I cannot help hoping they will prove interesting

Ellen A Still

Feb 26th 1906

Addendum

Two anecdotes have just reached me:

Grandfather told his girls that it was all very fine their giving him presents - all bought with his money. So they said they would give him no more presents. Aunt Ellen was the first to relent and bought her father a tobacco box with which he seemed pleased & scratched on the underneath "Smallest contributions thankfully received J.B."

Grandfather promised Aunt Ellen £5 if she ever finished a piece of work. She began plenty and finished none. She was too conscientious to work a kettle holder or hem a pocket-handkerchief, but resolved to work something worth a £5 reward. So she began a knitted counterpane. Of course it never got finished!

A Family Tree

[A family tree has been drawn in. It is in the form of a mature tree; with Daniel Bishop at the base of the trunk and four generations of his descendants "growing" up. Ellen Agnes's children Eleanor, Dora and Marion plus three others un-named (presumably as they had died earlier) appear as leaves half way up and on the left of the canopy. I think that I can see Uncle Alan Hill, son of Ellen Agnes's sister Annie. The title is in Ellen Agnes's hand, but the artist has put her initials on - M S - which I take to be those of Marion Maud Still. This seems plausible as the main part of the account is dated February 1906 at which time Grandmother Tringham was still single (she was to marry in September 1906, exactly 7 months later.]

Portraits

[There follows a page with 6 portraits in silhouette (or shadow portraits) each about 5cm high and between 2 and 5 cm wide. What are pasted in the book are apparently photos of the originals. Four are named, viz.: Grandmama, Aunt Hannah, Uncle Samuel and Aunt Emily, but two have only question marks beside them. The writing is Ellen Agnes's so either she did not know whose silhouettes they were or the passage of some 60 years had caused her to forget what her mother had told her.]

These shadow portraits were cut out of white paper & stitched on to black paper. They were life size. Date about 1841. They were in a compartment of an old square work-table that had once belonged to Grandmama.


N.B.
Transcription and notes in italics by Roger Tringham - grandson of Marion Maud Tringham (nee Still).
This was apparently an account made by Mary Ann Kimpton (nee Bishop) of her reminiscences of her father and family, that was written down by her daughter Ellen Agnes Still (nee Kimpton).
The whole was transcribed by her Grandaughter, Marion Still, and this was in turn transcribed by Marion's grandson, Roger Tringham.
A copy of this was given by him to me, Graham Hoadly, and I have appended the relevant tales to the persons they concern.
The original account is dated February 26th1906.
Roger Tringham, Hallow, Worcestershire.