Monday, October 13, 2014

Courtenay family

Subject: THE COURTENAY SOCIETY
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2014 05:28:42 -0800 (PST)
From: Lorraine Courtenay
Reply-To: Lorraine Courtenay



Dear The Courtenay Society

We have been researching my husband's Courtenay family history for the last three years (please see below the results of our research).

The reason we are contacting The Courtenay Society is that when Horace died in 1959 the family’s solicitor was unable to find Horace’s birth certificate or birth family.  When Horace’s wife Adelaide died in 1987 the family was told by Horace’s nephew Roland that he had some important news to share with the family - that Horace had asked Roland to tell the family when Horace and Adelaide had died – that Horace’s father was ‘an illustrious member of the aristocracy, a person of considerable note.’
 
As you can see from the research below it would appear that people have gone to some considerable lengths to disguise Horace's true father.

We would appreciate any help you could give us in further researching and finding Horace's true birth father.

Regards
Peter and Lorraine Courtenay
Orpington, Kent

ROBERT THRASHER BORN C1826 SOUTHAMPTON
The only record we have been able to find in the 1841 census for a Robert Thrasher is a domestic servant who is not living with his birth family.  Unfortunately, it is possible that Robert's baptism records were destroyed during World War Two when there was severe bombing of the Southampton area and churches along with their associated records, as we have not been able to trace a Robert Thrasher.
Robert disappears from the 1851 census and 1861 census.  Robert's wife-to-be Priscilla May Pope born 1840 Hartest, Suffolk also disappears on the 1861 census.  We know that Robert and Priscilla's daughters (and their husbands) later become involved with the theatre in late Victorian/early Edwardian times and it may be that both Robert and Priscilla themselves were involved with the theatre and were either performing and so missed being recorded on these censuses, had other unknown theatrical names, or were working abroad as we can also find no trace of their wedding registration.  Robert could have been a soldier, sailor or merchant working abroad as his occupations recorded on his daughters' birth certificates and wedding certificates are secretary, private secretary (theatre private secretary?), process server, solicitor's clerk and messenger. Robert was a relatively older 'first-time' father when daughter Eliza was born in 1868 London.  Did Robert have a previous wife who died or who he separated from either in England or abroad, leaving behind any other children from a previous marriage or did Robert and Priscilla leave children behind in another country?
Robert is found in the 1871 census with his wife Priscilla and their daughter Eliza working as a messenger.
Robert dies in 1879 and is described as a fireman.  After contacting the London Fire Brigade who had no records for Robert they suggested that he worked for a private company and with Robert's daughters' association to the theatre was most likely a theatre fireman dying at The Charing Cross Hospital, The Strand in the heart of London theatre-land.

Soldiers returning from abroad and those with the legal professions are both known to have altered their occupations to working in the theatre.
Threshers the Wine Merchants originated from Southampton in Victorian times.
 
Documentary evidence found below.

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS PRISCILLA TORPLOW, PRISCILLA JEZARD)
After Robert dies, Priscilla is left with four young daughters to care for and is found in the 1881 census working as a domestic cook.  In the 1891 census Priscilla and her daughters are known as Torplow and working as dressmakers.  Is this how the family became involved with the theatre by making theatrical costumes or from daughter Alice working at the coffee house (from where music hall originated in the taverns and coffee houses).  Priscilla's daughter Eliza had a (illegitimate?) daughter Violet Alice Louise Jezard in 1890 Kensington who is not found living with the family or with her 'husband' Alfred in the 1891 census.  Priscilla's daughter Alice had an illegitimate son Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay in 1893 rumoured to be the child of aristocrat and again Priscilla alters her name to Priscilla Jezard by the 1894 London electoral registration. When Priscilla dies in 1900 she is known as the widow of John Jezard but no marriage registration can be found or any other records for John Jezard or her daughter-in-law Ellen Jezard who was present at Priscilla's death at 133 Finborough Road.
When Priscilla's grandchildren Violet Alice Louise Jezard and Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay are baptised in 1896 they are shown as living at 133 Finborough Road.  Was Priscilla taking care of the children while her daughters worked, as after Priscilla's death in 1900, both Violet and Horace are found in a boarding school in Southend.  Ruth marries in 1900, Alice in 1901 and Louisa in 1905 - it is not known what happened to Eliza after 1891.
 
Documentary evidence found below.

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ELIZA PRISCILLA THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS ELIZA JEZARD AND ELIZA TORPLOW)
Robert and Priscilla have their daughter Eliza Priscilla Thrasher in 1868 London.
Eliza has a daughter Violet Alice Louise Jezard (named after her sisters Alice and Louisa) in 1890 Kensington at 109 Finborough Road (Sacillia Lovell is on the 1890 London Electoral Register for this property) - and here is where the mystery begins.  Eliza records on Violet's birth registration that her maiden name is Eliza Thrasher and her 'married' name is Eliza Jezard - but no marriage registration can be found for Eliza Thrasher and 'husband' Alfred Jezard.  Is Alfred Jezard, Alfred Pope found on the 1881 census and 'brother' to Priscilla as no other records can be found for this Alfred Pope.
Violet and Alfred are not found on the 1891 census at all - but Eliza is found living with her mother and sisters named as Torplow.
Violet is baptised with her illegitimate cousin Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay in 1896 outside of the parish and both children were baptised with 'false' baptism parents.  Violet's parents are recorded as George Jezard a P&O Steward and May Jezard (could this be Priscilla May Jezard) of whom no records can be found with the family living at 133 Finborough Road.
Eliza then disappears from the 1901 census and 1911 census.  Violet is found boarding with her illegitimate cousin Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay in a girls boarding school in Southend in the 1901 census but Violet also disappears in the 1911 census.  Did Eliza and Violet alter their names yet again or emigrate to Canada or America (or Australia) where their sister Ruth was known to travel for her theatrical work during the Golden Age Of British Theatre 1880-1920 and when mass emigration from Britain and Ireland was taking place for a better life before the start of the First World War.
 
Documentary evidence found below.

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS GRACE THRASHER AND GRACE COURTENAY)
Robert and Priscilla have their daughter Alice Maud Mary Thrasher in 1871 London.
Alice is found working in a coffee house in the 1891 census which could be how her family become involved with the theatre, as taverns and coffee houses provided entertainment that evolved into music hall and comedy.
Alice had an illegitimate son Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay in 1893 Earls Court at 81 Archel Road, rumoured to be the son of an aristocrat. On Horace's birth registration, Alice records her married name as Grace Thrasher, formerly Grace Courtenay and uses her father's name Robert Thrasher as her 'husband' Robert Thrasher.  Illegitimate births at this time was only 4% but men and women would live as common-law husband and wives before getting married or have two or three children before becoming husband and wife - so why the need for this cover-up with both Violet's birth and Horace's birth - particularly during this period known as the Naughty Nineties due to the laxity of sexual morals!
Horace is baptised as Horace Thresher with his illegitimate cousin Violet Alice Louise Jezard outside of their parish in 1896 (which was unusual as illegitimate children would need to be baptised within their parish should parish relief be needed) and both children were baptised with 'false' baptism parents - Horace's parents are recorded as Percy Thresher and Louisa Thresher who are in fact his aunt Louisa Thrasher and uncle-to-be Percy Atkins with the family living at 133 Finborough Road.
Alice is found in a boarding house of an ex-actress in the 1901 census living on own means.  Ex-actresses would provide boarding for theatrical people, particularly to protect the reputation of young actresses.  Horace is found at a girls boarding school in Southend with Violet.  Horace, Violet and their mothers are not in the workhouse or farmed off as nurse children and no bastardy  records or bastardy financial arrangements have been found either in court records or church records.  It seems a one-off maintenance payment or ongoing maintenance payments have been given to Alice and Eliza for their own and their children's upkeep.  Any of the father’s family financial records could either be destroyed or hidden – or the payments further hidden by being paid to a third party.  It is unusual for a boy to be sent to a girls boarding school, Westcliff College For Girls and could have been a theatrical school as those attending the school have been found performing drama or musical shows in later years.  Agnes Shepherd who ran the school could have been a friend of the family and the school chosen to keep the children away from their birth place in London, or to be close to their parents working on the theatrical circuit or to be close by when returning from abroad as Southend was a busy port.

ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS GRACE THRASHER AND GRACE COURTENAY)
In The London Gazette, March 3, 1900 George Samuel Solomon and Rachel Solomon trading as S Solomon are shown to be bankrupt – they are show card manufacturers – Alice marries Herbert Solomon the following year, is this how they met with the theatrical connection and show card connection?
Alice marries in 1901 to Herbert Solomon, who is from a rich, influential Jewish family.  Sadly the Solomon family do not approve of the marriage, Herbert's father is dead but Herbert's mother does not attend the wedding and the couple are ostracised from the family.  Alice states that Robert Courtenay deceased is her father.  Herbert serves in the Boer War soon after getting married and returns home to Alice.
Alice is found living with her husband, son and sister Ruth's son Edward Leslie Court in the 1911 census. We have been able to trace Edward's father in the 1911 census but not his mother Ruth.  It may be that Ruth took part in the suffragette 1911 census boycott, which was particularly supported by those working in theatrical roles or may have been working in a show or away abroad, leaving Edward to be cared for by his aunt.
Horace attended Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith from 1906 to 1910 and his 'father' is shown as Solomon H L Courtenay, a combination of his father's name and step-father's name.
By 1911 Herbert and Horace both work as clerks for the London Stock Exchange, together with Herbert's brother-in-law Percy Atkins, who has found his previous role of theatrical business manager altering into a less profitable occupation.
Horace serves in World War One alongside other volunteers and returns home, his health never the same again.
When Horace marries in 1924 he states on his marriage registration that H Courtenay clerk deceased is his father.
Horace later works for the civil service in the Ministry Of Transport and moves from London to Blackpool during World War Two to escape the heavy London bombings so that civil service work could continue uninterrupted and was responsible for coastal lighthouses during the war - and this is where Alice dies not long after their move to Lancashire.
When Horace died in 1959 the family’s solicitor was unable to find Horace’s birth certificate or birth family.  When Horace’s wife Adelaide died in 1987 the family was told by Horace’s nephew Roland that he had some important news to share with the family - that Horace had asked Roland to tell the family when Horace and Adelaide had died – that Horace’s father was ‘an illustrious member of the aristocracy, a person of considerable note.’
 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS GRACE THRASHER AND GRACE COURTENAY)
The family has a silver bowl in the shape of a flower made by silversmiths Walker & Hall W&H with The Globe Club engraved on the base – is this a theatrical club?
 
Documentary evidence found below.

ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS LOUISA TORPLOW AND LOUISA THRESHER)
Robert and Priscilla have their daughter Louisa Thrasher in 1874 London.
In the 1881 census Louisa is sent away to boarding school.  One can only imagine what skills were being taught there (no record of the school survives, were theatrical skills being taught there and that is how the family became involved with the theatre) and why Louisa as the third child was sent there (although perhaps her older sisters had been sent before the 1881 census).  How could a widow now working as a domestic cook with four young daughters be able to send their child away to a boarding school.
Louisa's sister Alice had an illegitimate son in 1893 and acts as false mother to her nephew Horace Thrasher/Horace Courtenay at his baptism in 1896 together with her husband-to-be Percy Atkins, recording themselves as Louisa Thresher and Percy Thresher for their 'son' Horace Thresher.
Louisa is found living as a servant in the 1901 census at Dorset Mansions, Fulham, the same street where her sister Ruth and husband Edward Albert Court are also living.
Louisa marries Percy Atkins in 1905 (Percy is working in the box office at The Lyceum Theatre, London after being a theatrical business manager).  Percy’s father was a newspaper correspondent, so there may have been some connection to Arthur Collins’s brother Horace Collins who was press agent for The Royal Drury Lane Theatre later becoming Secretary of the Theatrical Managers Association.
For some unknown reason Percy uses Percy Atkins for the 1911 census and Percy Thresher for the 1911 London electoral register (and continues to use Percy Thresher for the London Electoral Registers).  By the 1911 census the role of theatrical business manager had altered so much that Percy worked as a stock exchange clerk at the London Stock Exchange with his brother-in-law Herbert Solomon and nephew Horace Courtenay.  Although technically correct when Percy and Louisa state on the 1911 census that no children have been born of their marriage (they married in 1905 and their ‘son’ Horace Thresher was baptised in 1896), their ‘son’ Horace Thresher is not on the 1911 census or found elsewhere on the 1911 census – baby Horace who was baptised as Horace Thresher in 1896, birth registered as Horace Thrasher in 1893 is now known as Horace Courtenay.
Sadly Louisa dies relatively young and Percy remarries to Jessie Ann Elton in 1924.
 
Documentary evidence found below.

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS RUTH TORPLOW, RUTH JEZARD AND RUBY JEZARD)
Robert and Priscilla have their daughter Ruth Thrasher in 1879 London.
Sadly Robert dies in June several weeks Ruth's birth in August.
In 1897 Ruth is found travelling to America with a group of theatricals, including Jessie Almer who was recently researched in a Who Do You Think You Are programme.
Ruth is found performing at The Royal Drury Lane Theatre in 1898 in the lavish pantomime The Forty Thieves and again in 1899 in the extravagant pantomime Jack & The Beanstalk with Ellen Terry actress (a local resident) in the audience.  Ruth performed in the pantomimes with Dan Leno (Edward VII’s court jester), Herbert Campbell and Whimsical Walker (Ruth is mentioned in his memoirs) who performed for Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle, while Arthur Collins was stage manager.  These theatrical characters were either born or lived in the same area of London as Ruth’s family at the same time – perhaps they knew one another and that is how the family became involved with theatre?  Perhaps Ruth and her family attended aristocratic and royal soirees with her theatrical colleagues and that is how Alice and Eliza had their illegitimate children.
When Ruth and Albert Edward Court marry in 1900 Albert is a private secretary (theatre private secretary, The Empress Theatre is in Lillie Road nearby?) and their wedding witnesses are Arthur Brooks comedian, Albert Kingsley artist, along with Mrs Ellen Seymour (could Ellen Seymour also be Ellen Jezard).  On their wedding registration Ruth records her father as Robert Jezard - a combination of her father Robert Thrasher and 'step-father' John Jezard.
When Ruth and Albert have their son Edward Leslie Court in 1905, Albert is Chief Of Staff at the London Coliseum.

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
(ALSO KNOWN AS RUTH TORPLOW, RUTH JEZARD AND RUBY JEZARD)
Ruth is not found on the 1911 census but could either have been working in the theatre that evening, working abroad or as the suffragette movement had planned a boycott of the 1911 census and theatrical people supported the suffragette movement, taking part in any number of demonstrations or staying out purposely as a form of civil disobedience.  Actresses would perform suffrage plays (performed from 1907-1914) that lead to the formation of Actresses’ Franchise League in 1908.  As attending a play was a wide-reaching social event, Suffragists used their plays to alter social attitudes as their message through a theatrical play could reach a large section of the community in a very short time.
Ruth's husband Albert Edward Court was a rink manager in the 1911 census, which was a hugely popular pastime for late Victorians and Edwardians and into the early 20th century, with musicians playing alongside the roller-skaters to provide more entertainment.  We know that Albert was working at Brook Green Skating Rink in 1914.
Ruth is found performing in the Diving Belles at the San Fransisco Casino in 1917.  Ruth's family had lived in the Earls Court, Fulham, Kensington, London area close to Olympia where Barnum's Circus had performed and then Ruth later performed at The Royal Drury Lane Theatre - both The Royal Drury Lane Theatre and Barnum's Circus were known to have given spectacular water-based performances.  Water ballet was also being performed by the end of the 19th century which then evolved into early 20th century synchronised swimming - so we would love to think that Ruth ran away with the circus or was influenced by them when they first came to town!
Edward Leslie Court's father Albert Edward Court died in 1924 and Edward emigrated to Canada in 1926 to be a farmer.  We are currently asking Canadian Family History Societies for help with locating Edward's records.
 
Documentary evidence found below.

 
ROBERT THRASHER
1841 CENSUS
Name:
Robert Throshus
[Robert Thrasher] 
Age:
15
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1826
Gender:
Male
Where born:
Hampshire, England


Civil Parish:
Romsey Extra
Hundred:
Romsey Division Kings Sombourn (Lower Half)
County/Island:
Hampshire
Country:
England


Registration District:
Romsey
Sub-registration District:
Romsey
Piece:
401
Book:
10
Folio:
3
Page Number:
4
Household Members:

 
ROBERT THRASHER
1871 CENSUS
Name:
Robert Thrasher
Age:
40
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1831
Relation:
Head
Spouse's Name:
Priscilla Thrasher
Gender:
Male
Where born:
Southampton
Civil Parish:
St George Bloomsbury
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Registration District:
St Giles
Sub-registration District:
St George Bloomsbury
ED, institution, or vessel:
12
Household Schedule Number:
17
Piece:
341
Folio:
35
Page Number:
3
Household Members:
ROBERT THRASHER
1879 DEATH
Name:
Robert Thrasher
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1826
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1879
Age at Death:
53
Registration District:
Strand
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1b
Page:
331
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1840 BIRTH
Name:
Priscilla Pope
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1840
Registration District:
Sudbury
Inferred County:
Suffolk
Volume:
12

Page:
402
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1841 CENSUS
Name:
Priscilla Pope
Age:
9 Mo
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1840
Gender:
Female
Where born:
Suffolk, England


Civil Parish:
Hartest
Hundred:
Babergh
County/Island:
Suffolk
Country:
England


Registration District:
Sudbury
Sub-registration District:
Hartest
Piece:
1011
Book:
16
Folio:
11
Page Number:
17
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1851 CENSUS
Name:
Priscilla Pope
Age:
11
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1840
Relation:
Daughter
Mother's Name:
Charlotte Pope
Gender:
F (Female)
Where born:
Hartest, Suffolk, England


Civil Parish:
Hartest
Ecclesiastical parish:
Sudbury
County/Island:
Suffolk
Country:
England


Registration District:
Sudbury
Sub-registration District:
Sudbury
ED, institution, or vessel:
7d
Household Schedule Number:
18
Piece:
1789
Folio:
608
Page Number:
5
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1881 CENSUS
Name:
Priscilla Thrasher
Age:
40
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1841
Relationship to Head:
Lodger (Head) (Lodger)
Gender:
Female
Where born:
Hartest Green, Suffolk, England


Civil Parish:
St George
County/Island:
London
Country:
England


Street Address:
1 Kinnerton Place South
Marital Status:
Widow
Occupation:
Cook Domestic Serv


Registration District:
Chelsea
Sub-registration District:
Belgrave
ED, institution, or vessel:
3
Piece:
98
Folio:
60
Page Number:
25
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1891 CENSUS
Name:
Priscilla Torplow
[Priscilla Thrasher] 
Age:
50
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1841
Relation:
Head
Gender:
Female
Where born:
Hartest, Suffolk, England
[Cardiff, Wales] 


Civil Parish:
St John the Evangalist Westminster
Ecclesiastical parish:
St Mary
County/Island:
London
Country:
England


Registration District:
St George Hanover Square
Sub-registration District:
St John Westminster
ED, institution, or vessel:
14
Piece:
79
Folio:
197
Page Number:
40
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1894 LONDON ELECTORAL REGISTER
Name:
Priscilla Jezard
Year:
1894
County or Borough:
Hammersmith and Fulham
Ward or Division/Constituency:
Fulham
Street Address:
81 Archel road
 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1897 LONDON ELECTORAL REGISTER
Name:
Priscilla Jezard
Year:
1897
County or Borough:
Kensington and Chelsea
Ward or Division/Constituency:
Kensington South
Street Address:
133 Finborough road
 
ROBERT THRASHER - WIFE
PRISCILLA MAY POPE
1900 DEATH REGISTRATION
Name:
Priscilla May Jezard
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1837
Date of Registration:
Apr-May-Jun 1900
Age at Death:
63
Registration District:
Strand
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1b
Page:
371
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ELIZA PRISCILLA THRASHER
1868 BIRTH
Name:
Eliza Priscilla Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1868
Registration District:
St Giles
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1b
Page:
511
 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDAUGHTER
VIOLET ALICE LOUISE JEZARD DAUGHTER OF ELIZA PRISCILLA THRASHER
1890 BIRTH REGISTRATION
Name:
Violet Alice L Jezard
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1890
Registration District:
Kensington
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1a
Page:
146



 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDAUGHTER
VIOLET ALICE LOUISE JEZARD DAUGHTER OF ELIZA PRISCILLA THRASHER
1896 BAPTISM
Name:
Violet Alice Louise Jezard
Record Type:
Baptism
Baptism Date:
12 Jul 1896
Father's Name:
George Jezard
Mother's Name:
May Jezard
Parish or Poor Law Union:
Kensington St Philip
Borough:
Kensington and Chelsea
Register Type:
Parish Registers



 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDAUGHTER
VIOLET ALICE LOUISE JEZARD DAUGHTER OF ELIZA PRISCILLA THRASHER
1901 CENSUS
Violet A L Gezard
[Violet Alice Louise Jezard]

 
Age:
9
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1892
Relation to Head:
Boarder
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:
Earls Count, London, England
[Earls Court, London, England] 
Civil Parish:
Prittlewell
County/Island:
Essex
Country:
England


Household Members:

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1871 BIRTH
Name:
Alice Mary Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1871
Registration District:
St Giles
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1b
Page:
499

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1891 CENSUS
Name:
Alice Maud M Thrasher
Age:
19
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1872
Relation:
Servant
Gender:
Female
Where born:
Bermondsey, London, England


Civil Parish:
Bermondsey
Ecclesiastical parish:
St James
County/Island:
London
Country:
England


Registration District:
St Olave Southwark
Sub-registration District:
St James Bermondsey
ED, institution, or vessel:
7
Piece:
375
Folio:
39
Page Number:
1
Household Members:

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1893 BIRTH REGISTRATION
Name:
Horace Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Apr-May-Jun 1893
Registration District:
Fulham
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1a
Page:
318

ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1896 BAPTISM
Name:
Horace Thresher
Record Type:
Baptism
Baptism Date:
12 Jul 1896
Father's Name:
Percy Thresher
Mother's Name:
Louisa Thresher
Parish or Poor Law Union:
Kensington St Philip
Borough:
Kensington and Chelsea
Register Type:
Parish Registers

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1901 CENSUS
Name:
Grace A M M Courtsway
[Grace A M M Courtenay] 
Age:
25
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1876
Relation to Head:
Boarder
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:
London, England
Civil Parish:
Kensington
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Household Members:
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1901 MARRIAGE REGISTRATION
Name:
Grace Alice Courtenay
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1901
Registration District:
Kensington
Inferred County:
London
Volume Number:
1a
Page Number:
463
Records on Page:

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1906-1910 LATYMER UPPER SCHOOL

Horace attends Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith
Admissions register for Horace Courtenay
Date of birth 21 September 1895
Address 6 Charlesville Mansions, Charleville Road, West Kensington
Father Solomon H L Courtenay
Start Form:  1a
Start Date 11 September 1906
Leave Form: 5c
Leave Date 21 July 1910
Horace was actually born on 2 January 1893 so Herbert and Grace have mislead the school so that Horace can stay for the full time at the Upper School
Herbert, Grace and Horace are living at 6 Charleville Mansions

Horace's 'father' is Solomon H L Courtenay - a combination of his step-father Herbert Lewis Solomon and his 'father' 'H Courtenay'
Was Horace's unknown father a benefactor to the school?

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1911 CENSUS
Name:
Grace Solomon
Age in 1911:
34
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1877
Relation to Head:
Wife
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:
Holborn, London, England
Civil Parish:
Kew
County/Island:
Surrey
Country:
England
Street Address:
31 Bushwood Road, Kew
Marital Status:
Married
Years Married:
10
Estimated Marriage Year:
1901
Registration District:
Richmond
Registration District Number:
41
Sub-registration District:
Richmond
ED, institution, or vessel:
23
Household Schedule Number:
137
Piece:
3603
Household Members:

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1924 MARRIAGE REGISTRATION
Name:
Horace Courtenay
Spouse Surname:
Cook
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1924
Registration District:
Edmonton
Inferred County:
Middlesex
Volume Number:
3a
Page Number:
1140


Name:
Adelaide M Cook
Spouse Surname:
Courtenay
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1924
Registration District:
Edmonton
Inferred County:
Middlesex
Volume Number:
3a
Page Number:
1140


ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1941 DEATH
Name:
Grace A M M Solomon
Birth Date:
abt 1872
Date of Registration:
Jun 1941
Age at Death:
69
Registration District:
Blackpool
Inferred County:
Lancashire
Volume:
8e
Page:
1266

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1959 PROBATE
Name:
Horace Courtenay
Probate Date:
22 Dec 1959
Death Date:
26 Nov 1959
Death Place:
Kingston Upon Thames
Registry:
London, England
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
HORACE THRASHER/HORACE COURTENAY SON OF ALICE MAUD MARY THRASHER
1959 DEATH
Name:
Horace Courtenay
Birth Date:
abt 1893
Date of Registration:
Dec 1959
Age at Death:
66
Registration District:
Surrey Northern
Inferred County:
Surrey
Volume:
5g
Page:
349

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
1873 BIRTH
Name:
Louisa Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Oct-Nov-Dec 1873
Registration District:
Kensington
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1a
Page:
31

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
1881 CENSUS
Name:
Louisa Thrasher
Age:
8
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1873
Relationship to Head:
Boarder
Gender:
Female
Where born:
St Georges, Middlesex, England


Civil Parish:
St George
County/Island:
London
Country:
England


Street Address:
2 Market Mews
Occupation:
Scholar


Registration District:
Chelsea
Sub-registration District:
Mayfair
ED, institution, or vessel:
13
Piece:
97
Folio:
29
Page Number:
24
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
1901 CENSUS
Name:
Louisa Thrasher
Age:
26
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1875
Relation to Head:
Servant
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:
London, England
Civil Parish:
Fulham
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Household Members:
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
1905 MARRIAGE
Name:
Louisa Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Apr-May-Jun 1905
Registration District:
Fulham
Inferred County:
London
Volume Number:
1a
Page Number:
721
Records on Page:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - SON-IN-LAW
PERCY ATKINS HUSBAND TO LOUISA THRASHER
1911 LONDON ELECTORAL REGISTER
Name:
Percy Thresher
Year:
1911
County or Borough:
Hammersmith and Fulham
Ward or Division/Constituency:
Fulham
Street Address:
12a Inglethorpe street
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
LOUISA THRASHER
1911 CENSUS
Name:
Louisa Atkins
Age in 1911:
33
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1878
Relation to Head:
Wife
Gender:
Female
Birth Place:
London, United Kingdom
Civil Parish:
Fulham
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Street Address:
12A Inglethorpe Street, Fulham Palace Road, Fulham, London S W
Marital Status:
Married
Years Married:
6
Estimated Marriage Year:
1905
Occupation:
NONE
Registration District:
Fulham
Registration District Number:
3
Sub-registration District:
North West Fulham
ED, institution, or vessel:
7
Piece:
273
Household Members:
Name
Age
39
33
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - SON-IN-LAW
PERCY ATKINS WIDOWER OF LOUISA THRASHER
1924 SECOND MARRIAGE
Name:
Percy F Atkins
Spouse Surname:
Elton
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1924
Registration District:
Richmond South
Inferred County:
Surrey
Volume Number:
2a
Page Number:
1402


Name:
Jessie A Elton
Spouse Surname:
Atkins
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1924
Registration District:
Richmond South
Inferred County:
Surrey
Volume Number:
2a
Page Number:
1402



 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
1879 BIRTH
Name:
Ruth Thrasher
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1879
Registration District:
Westminster
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1a
Page:
484
 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
1897 UK OUTWARD BOUND PASSENGER LIST
Name:
Miss Ruth Jezard
Gender:
Female
Age:
21
Birth Date:
abt 1876
Departure Date:
7 Aug 1897
Port of Departure:
Southampton, England
Destination Port:
New York, USA
Ship Name:
Paris
Master:
Frederic Watkins

 
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
1900 MARRIAGE
Name:
Ruby Jezard
Date of Registration:
Jul-Aug-Sep 1900
Registration District:
Fulham
Inferred County:
London
Volume Number:
1a
Page Number:
536
Records on Page:
ROBERT THRASHER - DAUGHTER
RUTH THRASHER
1901 CENSUS
Name:
Ruby Court
Age:
21
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1880
Relation to Head:
Wife
Gender:
Female
Spouse:
Edward Court
Birth Place:
Norwood, London, England
Civil Parish:
Fulham
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Household Members:
Name
Age
27
21

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
EDWARD LESLIE COURT SON OF RUTH THRASHER
1905 BIRTH REGISTRATION
Name:
Edward Leslie Court
Date of Registration:
Jan-Feb-Mar 1905
Registration District:
Fulham
Inferred County:
London
Volume:
1a
Page:
271
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - SON-IN-LAW
ALBERT EDWARD COURT HUSBAND OF RUTH THRASHER
1911 CENSUS
Name:
Edward Court
Age in 1911:
36
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1875
Relation to Head:
Brother-in-law
Gender:
Male
Birth Place:
Norwood, Surrey, England
Civil Parish:
Hammersmith
County/Island:
London
Country:
England
Street Address:
30 Rayleigh Road, West Kensington W
Marital Status:
Married
Occupation:
RINK MANAGER
Registration District:
Fulham
Registration District Number:
3
Sub-registration District:
South Hammersmith
ED, institution, or vessel:
28
Piece:
254
Household Members:
 

 
ROBERT THRASHER - GRANDSON
EDWARD LESLIE COURT SON OF RUTH THRASHER
1926 OUTGOING CANADIAN PASSENGER LIST
Name:
Edward L Court
Gender:
Male
Age:
21
Estimated Birth Year:
abt 1905
Birth Country:
England
Date of Arrival:
27 Mar 1926
Vessel:
Antonia
Port of Arrival:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Port of Departure:
Southampton, England
Roll:
T-14804