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Brentford Councillors - Samuel Geisler


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.

Samuel Geisler

Samuel Geisler was a local Market Gardener who was a member of the Local Board in 1882 but died on January 5th 1883. His name doesn’t appear on any dedication stones in the town but there are Geisler Cottages, Albany Road in the Rate Books. These may not have any connection with him although he did live in the area.

He was born on April 28th 1799 and baptised in St Marylebone on May 12th 1799. His parents were Francis and Elizabeth. There were other children of this couple baptised there too.

On November 23rd 1823 he married Mary Humphreys in the Parish of Ealing. They were both ‘of this parish’ and the witnesses were Jane Humphreys and Thomas Humphreys.

In the 1841 census he and Mary were shown as 40 years old and living in the High Street. He was shown as a Lighter man. There were 2 other residents in the property - Richard Coston (60) Lighter man and Thomas Hughes (35) Labourer.


Neither Samuel nor Mary seem to be in the census for 1851 but by 1861 they were living in Back Lane and Samuel (62) was a Market Gardener employing 4 men and 2 women. Mary was 61 and her niece Catherine Humphrey aged 21 a dressmaker was living with them.

The trade directory of 1866 shows Samuel as a Market Gardener in Ealing Lane (this runs north from Back Lane) but living in The Butts.

According to the history of the Beach’s jam making business in Chiswick Library this land was leased in 1867 to his wife’s nephew Thomas William Beach (his mother was Jane Humphreys (1808-1851) and the land known as Ealing Road Gardens is where Brentford Football ground now stands).

TW Beach had been growing strawberries in Isleworth winning awards at the Great Exhibition in 1851. He continued growing in Brentford but also started a factory for making jam being the first man to use whole fruit in the jar.

Mary Geisler died aged 70 in the September quarter 1870 (Brentford 3a 61) and in the 1871 census Samuel, a Market Gardener aged 71 was living at Mulberry Cottage near the New Inn with his married niece Catherine Goddard (30) born in Chiswick and his great niece Kate M Goddard (1) born in Knockholt, Kent.

The Beach family history shows that Catherine Jane Payne had married a farmer, Thomas Goddard of Knockholt Kent. She had been born in Chiswick in 1841.

Is it a coincidence that Thomas William Beach married Caroline Amelia Goddard after the death of his first wife?

Her father had been a fishmonger in Mortlake.


The 1872 directory shows TW Humphreys in Kew Road (in law?).
The 1877 directory shows Samuel as a Market Gardener.

February 1st 1883 the Will of Samuel Geisler late of Brentford in the County of Middlesex gentleman who died 5th January 1883 at Brentford was proved at the Principal Registry by James Racketts of Brentford Market Gardener and William Ruston of New Grove House Brentford gentleman the Executors. Personal effects £1,041.8.1d.

The family grave is in South Ealing cemetery. It shows Sacred to the memory of Mary the beloved wife of Samuel Geisler of Old Brentford who departed this life August 25th 1870 in her 71st year also of the above departed Samuel Geisler who departed this life January 5th 1883 in his 84th year.
The other side of the gravestone says
Also of Catherine Jane Payne Goddard adopted daughter of Samuel Geisler who departed this life October 5th 1926 aged 86 years.

Catherine Jane Payne Goddard was living at 12, Midhurst Road, Ealing when she died 5.10.1926. Probate was granted to Kate Mary Rollins (wife of Alfred Rollins and Catherine’s daughter) and Frederick Vyvyan Ruston solicitor. Effects £1,852.16s.

Other material

Janet has also provided photos of his gravestone. To be added as time permits.


Page published August 2011