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Brentford Families - Chandler and SedgwickCharlie wrote in September 2011:
BeginningsThe Chandler/Sedgwick connection started in the late 1860’s, when William Sedgwick eloped with Eliza Chandler. Both were young, unmarried and from poor families in Brentford.
They had a daughter, Caroline Jane Chandler in 1870 and in the 1871 census William, Eliza and baby Caroline were lodging in High Street, Brentford. By this time William was working as a hawker. Family story later tells that he worked at Brentford Market during these times.
Two years later, Eliza and William married in Brentford. It is unknown why they waited until marriage – both were twenty when Caroline was born; living together and the first parent of either to die did so in 1875.Top
Children of William and ElizaUnfortunately, I have very little information about their children except for names. The children I know they had are:
Using Free BMD, but with no confirmation from certificates, and impossible to appear on census returns, I have found the following possible children:
Four children were baptised together at St George Old Brentford on Dec 20 1880, all children of William & Eliza Sedgwick, address ‘back of the church Old Brentford’, labourer:
In 1881 the family are living in “Back Lane From Church Alley To Back of Fox & Hound” [presumably the Fox & Hound is a public house]. William was working as a labourer.(See for location of the Fox and Hounds, the road curving off High Street and running behind no. 384 is Back Lane)
Around this time Eliza’s family friends, the sisters Caroline Price (a widow) and Emma Shepherd (a spinster) offered the Sedgwick’s to come and work with them as punnet makers.
In the words of Rose Rosewell (1910-2004), the daughter of Jane: “My mother lived at Brentford in Middlesex, all her family was there in Richmond and all around that way and they used to make strawberry punnets and used to have to walk to Brentford Market to sell them. Then they opened a laundry in Weybridge and my mother’s sister, who was already married, sent for my mother to come and she said, “You can get work here.”…”
The laundry was opened between 1891, when all the family except for Jane were living at 3 Bath Lane and working as punnet makers (Jane was still a scholar), and 1901 when they were working at the laundry, except for William as a night watchman.
In 1891 Eliza died and William remarried in 1897 in Brentford to a young widow, Louisa Elizabeth Burke (born Goble). Their children were:
William and Lily were the only ones to stay in Brentford. The daughters moved to Weybridge to be closer to the laundry. William died in 1931 aged 80 and Lily died in 1938 aged 68.
Further BackWilliam was the son of John Sedgwick and Caroline Maddox. John was a labourer at the Brentford gas works. William’s siblings were Mary, Caroline (2 – one died in infancy), James, Betsey and Jane.
Baptisms on ancestry.co.uk:
Eliza was the daughter of George Chandler and Ann Martin. They married in 1838 in Ealing and the fathers were listed as Thomas Chandler and James Martin, both labourers as was George. James and Ann Martin lived next door to the Chandler’s.Top
Page published April 2012