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Brentford Families - Norbury

There are three Norbury PCC wills in the 1828 - 1845 period and taking them together with census returns it is possible to piece together a speculative family tree. The family ran a printing / book selling business at 110 High Street for at least 85 years. The business was taken over by Cornelius Stutter when William Philip Norbury retired: there appears to have been no male Norbury heir to take on the business, WPN leaving two daughters aged under 10 when he died.

Family Tree

Philip Norbury (est 1740/50 - 1830): printer of New Brentford; married Elizabeth Bouchet, a widow of St Dunstan's, Stepney, 7 Sep 1765 by licence (see notes on Bouchet below);
Philip was a bachelor, age 25, of St Bride, Fleet Street and this is where the couple married; he left a will; his wife Elizabeth was buried at New Brentfford 29 Jul 1821, age 79: she was born around 1741/2; their children included:
  • Elizabeth Norbury, baptised 9 Nov 1766 at New Brentford; she was buried here on 9 Nov 1828 age 62 and left an emotional will; she was a spinster
  • Philip Norbury (est 1770-1845): no baptism found but the will of Philip Norbury in 1830 mentions his son Philip; Philip junior died in 1845 at the age of 76, suggesting he was born around 1768/70; he took over the printing business from his father; there is no evidence he married; he left a will; he was probably buried at New Brentford where other family members were buried, but the burial registers are not available online for this period
  • Henry Norbury,baptised at New Brentford 29 Aug 1773, born 31 Jul; buried at ew Brentford 23 Jul 1807 at the age of 34 'Henry Norbury son of Phillip a printer'
  • Ann Norbury (1777)
  • Mary Ann Norbury (ca 1780 - 1865): born in Brentford; continued to live at 110 High Street when her brother died in 1845; a spinster; in the 1861 census she is recorded as the head of household, occupation 'printer etc'
  • William Francis Norbury, baptised at New Brentford 15 Aug 1784; he took over the running of the family business, more detail follows
  • Catherine Norbury (1786)


Phillip's younger son, William Francis Norbury, was apprenticed at the age of 15 to his father and the Indenture recording this survives (Ancestry):
This Indenture Witnesseth, That William Francis Norbury the Son of Philip Norbury of New Brentford in the County of Middlesex, Printer (without any Sum of Money, or other thing, given or contracted for with the said William Francis Norbury to the said Philip Norbury the Father herein after named) doth put himself Apprentice to Philip Norbury Citizen and STATIONER of London, to learn his Art...

The pre-printed text that follows records the length of the apprenticeship as seven years and sets out the rules the apprentice had to abide by:
'He shall not commit Fornication, nor contract Matrimony within the said Term. He shall not play at Cards, Dice, Tables, or any other unlawful Games ... he shall not haunt Taverns, or Play-houses...'

The indenture is dated 6 August 1799 and was signed by William Francis Norbury, Mr James Bates and Joseph Baldwin (a squiggle after Baldwin may be 'eth' or perhaps 'CH' or 'Ck').

A2A includes a ref to a Henry Norbury, printer of New Brentford in a deed dated 1807 and it is possible he is the son who died that year, or an uncle.

The next generation

William Francis Norbury (1784-1823); married Mary Wilkenson by banns at St George Hanover Square on 3 Nov 1814, with R Norbury as a witness (who is he?); William Francis Norbury was buried at New Brentford 15 May 1823, age 39; their children, born in New Brentford, include:
  • William Francis Norbury, born 5 Jun, baptised 6 Jun 1815 at New Brentford
  • William Philip Norbury, baptised 27 Apr 1817; living with his aunt and uncle in 1841; married to Ann (-) by 1861; took over the running of the High Street; died 1893business when his aunt Mary Ann Norbury died in 1865; widowed by 1881, when he was recorded in the census as a printer employing two men; in 1882 he remarried Laura E Thick, who was his assistant in 1871 & 1881; in 1891 he was a widower and 'retired printer' living on Boston Road; he appears to have had no children by his first wife but had two daughters by his second wife:
    • Laura E Norbury (ca 1885 - ): born in Brentford
    • Mary P Norbury (ca 1887 - ): born in Brentford
  • Mary Anne Norbury, baptised 6 Dec 1818 at New Brentford; a teacher in Brighton in 1851; married Robert Seapey, a tutor of Brighton at New Brentford 24 Jul 1873; he was a widower, the son of William Seapey, yeoman; William Phillip and Ann Norbury were witnesses
  • John Wilkinson Norbury (ca 1820 +): a JWN married in Southampton in 1845

Bouchet notes

Elizabeth Bouchet may be the Elizabeth Bouchet who married Thomas Bouchet in 1763. He died the following year and left a Prerogative Court of Centerbury will dated 3 Jul 1764. He was an apothecary of St Mary, Islington. He mentions his father, Francis Bouchet, in his will, so cannot have been very old; he appointed his loving wife Elizabeth as sole executrix and probate was granted to her15 Aug 1764.

The sequence of events fits but does not prove this is the same Elizabeth. There are some baptisms in London around the time Elizabeth was born which suggest the family were Protestants from France - Huguenots.

Published around 2010; updated Jul 2020