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Brentford Families - Buck and Piggott

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Pam Marsh forwarded her mum Eileen Parks memories:

These are mum's (Eileen Parks nee Piggott, born 1920) recollections in May 1999.

Buck relations

Mum's mum, of course, was Elizabeth Buck (born 1889).

She had 4 brothers and sisters (so some must have died to make her the seventh [the 1891 census shows two elder brothers not mentioned below: Alfred Buck and Amos Buck]).

The eldest was Sarah Buck (1885) who married a man called Bracey Ives, who worked in great-grandfather Buck's stables. They had a son, also Bracey (don't know the real spelling and can't think of a real name like it [there is a marriage of Sarah Ann Buck to James Brace G Ive in Brentford Registration District, 1906]) who had severe asthma caused by sleeping in with the horses when they were ill. (!) They lived in Lakewood Road, Brentford.

Next came Harry Buck (1887), who was a gambler.

Next came Jack (1891), who worked at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancs, piloting ships in and out of the harbour. He had a son, Frank.

Next came Elizabeth, Eileen Piggott's mother (1889)

then Emily - Aunt Em (1896). She married Frank Bennett [1915, Brentford Registration District] who was something important at Kew gardens and their children were Frank, Leslie, Gwen, Beryl and Diane. Em died when Diane was 2, of throat cancer. Leslie died in a Japanese POW camp in Ceylon.

Elizabeth's father, as you know, was Alfred Buck. He was short and fat with a little beard and used to sit on the windowsill of his office. He owned canal boats, the wharf and stables, was well-to-do and had servants. He had been a captain in the navy. He lived in a big house just before Brentford Bridge and had his own offices.

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Stepmother Buck

His wife was Elizabeth's stepmother. I don't know much about her because she was too snobby to have anything to do with the family, and I know nothing at all about the real mother. [There is a marriage of Alfred Buck to either Lydia Riddle or Sarah Ann Newell in Brentford Registration District in 1905, a couple of years after the death of Alfred's first wife Emily in 1903]

The stepmother had children, Gertie, Florence and Walter, some of whom (possibly Walter) may have been Alfred's also. These stepchildren spent mumís grandad's money so Elizabeth did not get her 3 figure inheritance.

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Piggott family memories

Now for my grandad Harold Piggott (1895). He had 2 sisters, Agnes Piggott (the eldest, 1891) and Vera Piggott [1904?], and a brother, Charlie Piggott.

Vera, the youngest child (1904?), married a man called Harry Setterfield, who was in the navy. They had a son named Alfie. After Vera died Harry bought a pub in Margate. (interestingly enough, Setterfield is quite a common name now in Thanet).

Charlie married Aunt Flo and they lived at 3 Clyde Place, Dartmouth Road, Forest Hill. Their children were Cis, Bernard and Charlie. Charlie was a very big man, an army PT instructor.

Grandad's father was a drunkard, which caused grandad to say he would never drink and he didn't. Grandad's mother was possibly also called Agnes. [In 1901 a Charles J Piggott, lighterman, was living in The Ham, Brentford with his wife Agnes and children including Harold Piggott, aged 6; there is a marriage of a Charles James Piggott and Agnes Mary Cooper in Brentford RD in 1885]

Piggott family tree

By taking the above memories and using FreeBMD and Ancestry.co.uk web sites it is possible to put together a Piggott family tree. Since Pam Marsh made contact, Jo Pollard, another descendant of the Piggott family has been in touch.

Charles James Piggott (ca 1857/1860 - ): born in Strand on the Green (1891 census) / Chiswick (1901 census); possibly married Susan Elizabeth Carter in Fulham in 1878; in 1881 he was living in Mount Pleasant, Old Brentford with his wife Susan and son Charles aged 7 months; Susan Elizabeth Piggott died in 1883 aged 24; Charles then married Agnes Mary Cooper in Brentford Registration District in 1885; in 1891 and 1901 he was living on The Ham; he was a waterman / lighterman; children included:

  • Charles Henry Piggott (1880 - ): corporal in Woolwich in 1901; married Florrie or Florence Watson in 1908, Brentford RD; three children
  • Agnes Hilda Piggott (ca 1891 - ): married George William Alefounder in 1917, Brentford RD; twins; Agnes Hilda Alefounder died during the WW2 bombing; they had three children:
    • George Valentine Alefounder (1920 - 1949): married; father of Josephine Agnes Alefounder
    • Vera Hilda Alefounder (1920) (twins): married Laurence Sharod and they had a son Anthony
    • Irene Agnes Alefounder (1922): 'Rene' moved to Bracknell when they built the new town
  • Harold J Piggott (ca 1895 - ): married Elizabeth Estep in 1919, Brentford RD
  • Alfred Piggott (ca 1896/7 - ): possibly Alfred George Piggott whose birth was registered in the first quarter if 1898 - although his age was 4, not 3, in the 1901 census; there is a death registered of Alfred George Piggott in 1907, aged 9
  • Vera Piggott (1904 - ): married Harry Setterfield, one son:
    • Alfie Setterfield

    Conclusion

    Pam writes 'I don't vouch for the accuracy of this, but mum was quite clear on most of it.'

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    Published June 2008