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Brentford Councillors - Thomas Honeybone

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Janet McNamara has researched details of the men who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure.

Thomas Honeybone

Thomas Honeybone was a member of Brentford Local Board by 1882 so one of the first Councillors.

Thomas Honeybone was born in Fairford, Gloucestershire about February 2nd 1802 (parents Richard and Jane). On March 26th 1831 he married Betsy Maria BAKER in Ealing Parish which suggests that he had arrived in Brentford before this date although I can’t find an entry in the 1841 census.

There is, however an entry for a George Honeybone in Fairford aged 30 (silversmith) with his wife Sarah and two sons, Richard (4) and Thomas (7months). It seems likely that this is Thomas’s brother and family.

He was in business in the High Street from 1839-1871 at no. 231.

In the 1851 census he was a watchmaker in Brentford High Street employing 2 men and 1 boy. The household consisted of Thomas and his wife, their son Thomas G (19) watchmaker and a servant. Betsy had been born in Isleworth and their son in Ealing (Brentford).

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In 1861 he showed himself as a watch and clockmaker in the High Street.

1871 He was a watchmaker aged 68 in premises next to the Feathers Inn (George KATES) with his wife Betsy and a servant. (Number 231).

In 1874 the business was Honeybone & Pearce and Thomas PEARCE was running the business.

The 1881 census shows he was a ‘Retired Jeweller’ living with Betsy and a servant at Fairford House, Windmill Road, Brentford.

He was a member of the Brentford Local Board by January 3rd 1882 and his name is on the dedication stone at the Sewage Pumping Station built in 1883.

The 1891 census entry shows him as a widower and the house would seem to be number 29, Windmill Road.

He died on December 2nd 1896 and was buried in South Ealing cemetery (row 7).

His death was registered December quarter Brentford 3a 62.

Probate dated 18.1.1897 ‘Thomas Honeybone of Fairfield House, Windmill Road, gentleman to Thomas George Honeybone gentleman £19,919.2s.8d.

The 1901 census shows this Thomas aged 69 ‘Major Late RH Guards’, wife Annie 53 born in Lincs, daughter Rush(?) aged 19 born in Camden Town plus a servant at 3, Granville Gardens, St Lawrence, Isle of Thanet, Kent.

Other material

Janet has also provided photos of his gravestone, a photo from his time of serving as a councillor and examples of his signature. To be added as time permits.

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Page published April 2011