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Brentford Councillors - John Stephen Commins
IntroductionJanet 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.
John Stephen Commins (1862 - 1934)Mr Commins stood for the Council in March 1923 being one of 4 men nominated by the Brentford Ratepayers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. The Middlesex Independent commented that they were mainly relying on the influence of other members to support them but that they had ‘prepared an elaborate address covering a variety of subjects the intelligent consideration of which they believe will promote the town’s prosperity and development’.
His address was given as 135, Ealing Road and he was a builder.
There were 7 men standing and Mr Commins was 4th in the poll, the only one of his group to be elected.
He received 715 votes.
All Councillors served on the General Purposes Committee and in 1923/4 Mr Commins was on the Library & Museum, Sanitary, and Baths Committees.
Working on his age on the 1911 census he was born in 1862 in Devon but I can’t find him in the 1871 census. His parents (Robert James and Mary A) were living at 17, Stanley Road, Bromley Kent with William (6), Richard (4), Robert (3) and Mary Ann (1). Robert was a Carpenter.
In 1881 John was the eldest child and also a Carpenter aged 20. Richard aged 14 was a Messenger and Robert (12), Mary A (11) and Charley (5) were all scholars. Willie Fynn (2) in the relationship to head of household is shown as ‘Nurse Child’.
A copy of the Marriage Register for Holy Trinity Kilburn is on the ancestry website and shows December 30th 1888. John Stephen Commins (27) joiner of 23, Kilburn Square (father Robert J Commins joiner) married Annie Susanna Amelia Rowell (21) of 23, Kilburn Square. Father James Rowell deceased, non conformist Minister.
In the 1891 census John and Ann were living at 2, Rose Villa in Isleworth. They had a son, William aged 6 months born in Hounslow and John and Ann’s places of birth are the wrong way round. The 1894 Voters List on ancestry shows their address as Rose Villas, Hanworth Road, Hounslow and 1899 it was 2, Woodside, Hounslow Road, Whitton
By 1901 they had just moved to Brentford as their youngest daughter Eva was 1 and born in Brentford.
John died aged 73 on February 13th 1934. Registered March quarter Brentford 3a 318.
It seems his daughter Eva was the leader of ‘well known local party of entertainers, The Daffodils’.
Probate to Annie Susanna Amelia Commins widow.
Other materialJanet has also provided a newspaper article about his death in 1934. To be added as time permits.
Page published April 2013