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November NewsThe following items have been extracted from the British Newspaper Archive, also available at Findmypast. They are in publication date order.
Notes follow some items: further research, useful links etc.
Stamford Mercury 15 November 1716A Woman near Brentford was last Week brought to Bed of two Sons and a Daughter, all likely to live; which causes a great Number of Persons of Fashion to go and see so unusual a Birth.
Stamford Mercury 3 November 1720Last Sunday a Woman of Distinction, who kept a very great House in Brentford-Buts, hang'd herself; the Cause whereof is said to be the great Fall of South-Sea Stock.
NotesLast Sunday would be October 30th 1720.
Derby Mercury 29 November 1751Last week the Wife of a Scotch Pedlar, residing at Brentford, brought him three Sons, all of full Growth, and likely to live, at one Birth; and about two Years ago the same prolific Woman brought forth a Son and Daughter, who are now alive. Some Years before the Rebellion, he was Servant to the noted Laird of Glenbucket, and often waited at Table when that Gentleman dined with fourteen Sons and seven Daughters, all married except the youngest.
Morning Post Friday 13 November 1846DEATH OF A MISER.
Yesterday notice was posted at the Royal Exchange from the Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, that if the next of kin of Thomas Kane, late of Old Brentford, in the parish of Ealing, dead intestate, did not come forward, they would be condemned by contumacy, and administration granted to Thomas Maule, the Treasury solicitor, on the part of her Majesty Queen Victoria.
It seems that Kane, who was well known in Brentford for his penurious habits, and bore the name of a miser, died some few months since possessed of a considerable wealth.
No will could be found, and he was not known to have a single relative, and though every endeavour has been used, no one belonging to him can be discovered. The above notice was issued preparatory to possession being taken on behalf of the Crown.
NotesThomas Kane lived at or near 40 High Street at the time of the 1841 census, more details about him are on this page.
An item in the London Gazette from 1855 suggests his estate was still being looked into.
West Middlesex Advertiser and Family Journal Saturday 23 November 1861DEATH FROM EXPOSURE - A poor labourer named William Jones, aged about 20, was refused admission into the Brentford Workhouse, and died shortly afterwards, his death being accelerated by exposure to the rain.
NotesA check of the 1861 census, which took place a little over 6 months previously, showed 4 William Jones aged 18-22 recorded in Brentford Registration District; all were unmarried:
The Era Saturday 23 November 1886WANTED, to Sell, Novelty Show, including Novelty, in and outside; Stage, nearly new; Booth and Truck to carry same by Road or Rail. Can be seen Showing. Will sell the whole for £12, worth £30. The first that sees will buy. Grand thing for beginner. Also Splendid Living Waggon, must be Sold this Week. No reasonable offer refused. Apply, any day from Twelve until Two, SAM. JONES, Magpie and Stump, High-street, Brentford.
NotesA search for the Novelty Show owner, Sam Jones, in the 1881 and 1891 censuses found two references, possibly the same person as he was living in the same area:
Joseph Maddox, widower, of full age, 15 Britannia Square; father: George Maddox 'dead'
Sarah Jones, single, of full age, 15 Britannia Square; father: Thomas Jones 'dead'.
The marriage was on May 15 1870 and was by banns; both parties made their marks and it was witnessed by Robert and Eliza Goodwin, who also made their marks.
Note how the children were recorded as Maddox in the 1871 census but as Jones in 1881.
The Samuel Jones found in 1891 married in 1885, a year before the sale of the Novelty Show (perhaps there is a back story here). The marriage was by banns and took place at St Paul's, Old Brentford, on 11 April 1885:
The appearance of James Clements in conjunction with a Maddox rang a bell and further checks show the Clements family page has more details. James Clements was later charter mayor of Brentford and he married Sarah Jones in 1886.
The marriage certificate also suggests that Joseph Maddox was the natural father of Samuel Jones; a search for his birth found it was registered in the name Jones, but the mother's maiden name was left blank, usually an indication of illegitimacy. ancestry includes a family tree for the Jones family and provides a view of the baptism register of St George's Old Brentford. It includes Samuel Jones's baptism, to Joseph and Sarah, on 2 September 1855, Samuel being born on June 23rd. So this was a family unit, supported by Joseph although he was unable to marry Sarah until later: presumably his first wife was still alive.
So - what was the Novelty Show? Perhaps a Punch and Judy outfit? I assume the Splendid Living Waggon was a horsedrawn caravan.
More importantly, was the Samuel Jones the owner of these items the man detailed above?
I think so. Apart from Samuel Jones having the right name and living locally - the Magpie and Stump an easy walk from other parts of Brentford - there are a few other clues: his occupation as pot boy in 1871 meant he was working in a pub at the time and the 1886 advert also places him in one. In 1885 he was a car man, so he owned or had access to a horse needed to move the Novelty Show. The sale of the Novelty Show was around the time of the birth of his son David. Also - and this perhaps does not count as evidence - the man who prepared the advert sounds a bit of a showman and salesman; his brother in law, James Clements, had a similar positivity and 'get up and go'.
Published November 2012; updated October 2017