Children of Robert MacDonald and Louisa Geddes married 15 August 1858, St. Giles, Middlesex

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Children of Robert MacDonald and Louisa Geddes married 15 August 1858, St. Giles, Middlesex.


Harry MacDonald, born 1858 in Dover, Kent.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Harry MacDonald Son 23 Warehouseman Dover, Kent

Marriage - Harry married Emma Snow on 22 Jan 1887 in Camberwell, London. Emma was born about 1867 in Walworth.

Harry and Emma had the following known children:

1891 Census (6th April) Lewisham. London RG12/522 Folio 149 Book 20 Page 17

73 Broxfield Road, Lewisham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Harry MacDonald Head 31 CC Warehouse Clerk Peckham,London
Georgina MacDonald Wife 24   Camberwell, London**
Harry MacDonald Son 2   Peckham,London
Alexander J. MacDonald Son 3 Months   Brockley, London

**This is a bit strange as Harry's wife was called Emma. I suspect that his sister Georgina was with the family at this time and got included as Harry's wife and Emma missed off??

1895 document - Clerk, at 2 Hyde Cottages, Edmonton, London.

For the census of 1901 Harry and Emma were living at 3 Wendover Villas, (Terrick Road?), Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

1901 Census (1st April) Edmonton, London RG13/1262 Folio 64 Book 13 Pages 13-14

3 Wendover Villas, (Terrick Road?), Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Harry MacDonald Head 43 Commercial Traveller (Building Materials) Dover, Kent
Emma MacDonald Wife 34   Walworth, London
Harry MacDonald Son 12   Peckham,London
Alexander J. MacDonald Son 10   Brockley, London
Louisa A MacDonald Daughter 8   Plumstead, London
Arthur MacDonald Son 6   Plumstead, Kent
Flora MacDonald Daughter 4   Edmonton, Middlesex
Ada MacDonald Daughter 3   Edmonton, Middlesex
Ethel MacDonald Daughter 2   Edmonton, Middlesex

 

On 6 March Harry and Emma had a further daughter, Gladys Winifred, but sadly only a month later they lost their eldest son Harry who died on 13 April 1904 in Edmonton. Worse was to come as their father Harry seems to have died two years later in 1906 as there is the death of a Harry McDonald aged 49 registered in the Oct-Dec quarter of that year in Edmonton (3a 287). This must have been a disaster leaving Emma with seven young children to raise on her own. 

 

For the census of 1911 the widowed Emma was living at 15 Ashwell Grove, Edmonton, and working as a charwoman.

 

1911 Census (2 April) Upper Edmonton, Edmonton

15 Ashwell Grove, Edmonton, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Emma Mc Donald Head - Widow 44 Charwoman London
Alexander J. Mc Donald Son 20 Milkman Beckley, London
Louisa A Mc Donald Daughter 18 Dress Making Plumstead, London
Arthur Mc Donald Son 16 Milkman Plumstead, Kent
Flora Mc Donald Daughter 15 Flour Warehouse The Hyde, Edmonton
Ada Mc Donald Daughter 13 Scholar - Errand Girl The Hyde, Edmonton, Middlssex
Ethel Mc Donald Daughter 11 Scholar The Hyde, Edmonton, Middlssex
Gladys Winifred  Mc Donald Daughter 7 Scholar Edmonton, Middlssex

Elizabeth MacDonald, born in 1859, Islington, Middlesex.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Elizabeth MacDonald Daughter 21 Dressmaker Islington, Middlesex

Elizabeth married Charles Edwin Earwicker on 29 Jan 1888 in Wood Green, Edmonton, London. Charles was born about 1863 in Peckham, London, the son of William Earwicker and Mary Ann Pullen.

Elizabeth and Charles had one known child:

For the census of 1891 Elizabeth was living with her husband Charles and only son Charles William at 49 Parish Road, Beckenham, London.

1891 Census (6th April) Beckenham, London RG12/626 Book 8 Page 56

49 Parish Road, Beckenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Charles E. Earwicker Head 27 Business Manager  Peckham,London
Elizabeth Earwicker Wife 31   Islington, London
Charles W. Earwicker Son 2   East Dulwich, London
Roderick McDonald Brother in law 17 Photographer Peckham,London

1895 document - At 63 Palace Road, Upper Narwood, London. Wife of Charles E. Earwicker, carpenter.

For the census of 1901 Elizabeth and Charles were living at Rosedale, Windsor Rd, Norwood.

1901 Census (1st April) Lambeth, London.RG13/436 Folio 148 Book 12 Page 35

Rosedale, Windsor Rd, Norwood

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Charles E. Earwicker Head 38 Fine Art Conveyancer Peckham,London
Elizabeth Earwicker Wife 40   Peckham, London
Charles W. Earwicker Son 12   Dulwich, London

For the census of 1911 Elizabeth and Charles were living at 35 Palace Sq, Upper Norwood, London

1911 Census (2nd April) Lambeth

35 Palace Sq, Upper Norwood, London

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Charles Edwin Earwicker Head 48 Manager Fine Art Packer Peckham,London
Elizabeth Earwicker Wife 51 Fine Art Packer London

Charles Edwin Earwicker died on 12 Dec 1927 in Westminster, London. I suspect maybe Elizabeth died in 1929 as there is a death of an Elizabeth Earwicker, aged 69, registered in that year in Godstone, Surrey. (Ref: Jul-Sep 1929 - Godstone Vol 2a Page 259)

Lousia MacDonald, born 1860, Islington, Middlesex)

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa McDonald Daughter 19 Dressmaker Islington, Middlesex

For the 1891 census Louisa was at home with mother and brother

1891 Census (6th April) Woodgreen, Tottenham, London RG12/1078 Folio 120 Book 36 Page 58

3 Wendover Villas, Terrick Road, Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa MacDonald Head 58 Nil Dover, Kent
Louisa McDonald Daughter 29 Mantle Maker London
Robert W. McDonald Son 27 Commercial Traveller London

1895 document - Spinster, at 3 Wendover Villas, Woodgreen, London.

For the 1901 census Louisa was still at home with mother and brother

1901 Census (1st April) Woodgreen, Tottenham, London RG13 Piece 1258 Folio 111 Page 4

3 Wendover Villas, (Terrick Road?), Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa MacDonald Head 68 Living on own means Dover, Kent
Louisa McDonald Daughter 39 Dressmaker Holloway, London
Robert Wm. McDonald Son 37 Metal Merchant Holloway, Londo

For the census of 1911 Louisa was still living  along with her mother Louisa at 15 Beckford Road, Croydon. 

1911 Census (2 April) Croydon

15 Beckford Road, Croydon.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa MacDonald Head 78   Dover, Kent
Louisa MacDonald Daughter 49 Dressmaker Islington, London

Louisa probably remained a life-long  spinster

Robert William MacDonald born 24 January 1864 in Islington, Middlesex.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert McDonald Son 17 Warehouseman Islington, Middlesex

For the 1891 census Robert was at home with mother and sister

1891 Census (6th April) Woodgreen, Tottenham, London RG12/1078 Folio 120 Book 36 Page 58

3 Wendover Villas, Terrick Road, Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa MacDonald Head 58 Nil Dover, Kent
Louisa McDonald Daughter 29 Mantle Maker London
Robert W. McDonald Son 27 Commercial Traveller London

1895 document - Dealer, @ 3 Wendover Villas, Woodgreen, London.

For the 1901 census Robert was still at home with mother and sister

1901 Census (1st April) Woodgreen, Tottenham, London RG13 Piece 1258 Folio 111 Page 4

3 Wendover Villas, (Terrick Road?), Woodgreen, Tottenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Louisa MacDonald Head 68 Living on own means Dover, Kent
Louisa McDonald Daughter 39 Dressmaker Holloway, London
Robert Wm. McDonald Son 37 Metal Merchant Holloway, London

Robert, a merchant, married Ada Maud Hunt, the daughter of Thomas Hunt and Caroline Lewry on 14 May 1902 in London. Ada was born on 21 Nov 1878 in Bromley, Kent. I believe the couple emigrated to Canada in 1904. Robert and Ada had the following children:

For the census of 1906...

For the census of 1911...

For the census of 1921...

Robert William MacDonald died on 2 June 1960 in Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada. Ada Maud McDonald, nee Hunt, died on 5 April 1965 in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.

Alexander John MacDonald, born 27 Nov 1865, Hammersmith, Middlesex.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alex. McDonald Son 14 Scholar Hammersmith, Middlesex

Alexander married Mary Jane Brook on 27 Apr 1890 in Wood Green, Edmonton, London. Mary was born on 10 Feb 1864 in Stoke Damerell, Devon. She died in 1924 in Windsor, Quebec, Canada.
Alexander and Mary had one known child:

For the 1891 census Alexander was at 19 Eporus Road, Fulham, London with his wife, Mary Jane.

1891 Census (6th April) Fulham, London RG12/50 Folio 31 Book 30 Page 53

19 Eporus Road, Fulham, London

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander J. McDonald Head 27 Commercial Traveller Hammersmith, London
Mary Jane McDonald Wife 27   Devonport, Devon

1895 document - Traveller, @ Hawthorne Villa, Kingston on Thames, London.

In 1897 Alexander secondly married Mary Catherine McGraw on 28 Dec 1897 in Edinburgh. Mary was born on16 October 1874 in St Giles, Edinburgh the daughter of Mark McGraw and Elizabeth Keelin. Alexander and Catherine had two children: 

It would seem from information from descendents of Alexander's son by his first marriage that Alexander's this second marriage was bigamous. The 1901 census show Mary living with her son Maurice at 3 Bruce Grove, Watford St Andrews, London. The fact that she is still recording herself as married but as "living by own means" would suggest that Alexander had not divorced her prior to his second marriage but was no longer living in the family home. Also recorded is Mary Jane's sister Fanny Brook, aged 28, a dressmaker, born in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

1901 Census (1st April) Edmonton, London RG13/1316 Folio 42 Book 2 Pages 21

3 Bruce Grove, Watford St Andrews, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Jane McDonald Head - Married 37 Living on own means Devonport, Devon
Maurice L. McDonald Son 8   Walham Green, Middlesex
Fanny Brook Sister 28 Dressmaker Uxbridge, Middlesex

Meanwhile Alexander was living with his "other" wife Mary C. at 29 York Road, Maidenhead. Alexander has lost a few years of his age and is recorded erroneously as born in Scotland.

1901 Census (1st April) Maidenhead, London RG13 Piece 1158 Folio 68 Book 3 Pages 15

29 York Road, Maidenhead.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander McDonald Head 30 Commercial Traveller Scotland
Mary C. McDonald Wife 25   Scotland

 

Alexander John MacDonald

 

Five years after this census according to a letter written on 9th April 1906 by his Alexander's Uncle Henry in Texas to his Uncle Roderick in Australia Alexander's address was "3 Bruce Grove, Watford, Hertfordshire, England".

At some point around this time Alexander's deception was discovered by Mary. Exposed, Alexander chose to leave Mary and Maurice and set up with his "other" wife and their son George Kenneth. 

Subsequently, on 5 November 1910 Maurice L. McDonald embarked on the SS. Dominion in Liverpool for Canada. Ten days later he disembarked in Quebec to start a new life as a mechanic going to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Shortly after Mary, his mother, also crossed the Atlantic to join him, and in 1911 the pair were recorded living in Montreal for the census of that year . 

1911 Census Quebec, Canada

Montreal

Name Relationship Dob - Age Arrival in Canada Where Born Occupation
Maurice McDonald Head Feb 1892 -  19 1910 England Machinist - CPR
Marry McDonald Mother Feb 1865 - 46  1910 England  

For the census of 1911 back in England her erstwhile husband Alexander was recorded as boarding in the household of Charles Church, a dairyman, at the Village Dairy, East Barnet. Also recorded are his "wife" Kathleen, (should be Catherine), and their son George Kenneth McDonald. The census recorded the pair as having been married for 14 years and having had two children, with only one surviving. Alexander is recorded as a self-employed journalist, and gives his place of birth as Inverness rather than London. Was this and Catherine's name being given as Kathleen simple mistakes or the signs of an uneasy consience?

1911 Census (2 April) East Barnet

The Village Dairy, East Barnet.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Charles Church  - married 7 years Head 28 Dairyman Greenwich
Rose Church - 1 child - 1 living Wife 27   Kensington
Grace Chruch Daughter 4   Peckham
Alexander J McDonald - married 14 years Boarder 40 Journalist - Self Employed Inverness
Kathleen McDonald - 2 children - 1 living Boarder 36   Edinburgh
George Kenneth McDonald Son 9   Maidenhed

Mary Jane MacDonald nee Brook died in Windsor, Quebec in 1924

Alexander J MacDonald died on 2 Aug 1946 in Richmond, Surrey. Mary MacDonald nee McGraw died on 16 Aug 1957 in Richmond, Surrey.

Georgina MacDonald, born in 1869. Peckham, Surrey.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Georgina McDonald Daughter 11 Scholar Peckham, Surrey

Georgina cannoit be found anywhere in the 1891 census but may have been at her brother Harry's and ended up being recorded as his wife in place of Harry's real wife Emma.

1895 document - Spinster, @ 3 Wendover Villas, Woodgreen, London.

Georgina married William Hall on 5 Feb 1896 in Bethnall Green, Middlesex. William was born in 1866.

Georgina and Willam had two known children:

For the 1891 census Georgina was at 121 Stanley Villas, Wood Green, London with her husband and two young children.

1901 Census (1st April) Wood Green, London RG13/1256 Folio 77 Book 66 Pages 6

121 Stanley Villas, Wood Green, London

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Hall Head 35 Ironmonger's Clerk Islington, London
Georgina Hall Wife 31   Peckham, London
Elsie Hall Daughter 3   Peckham, London
Winifred Hall Daughter 2   Hackney, London

For the 1911 census William and Georgina were living at 16 Canning Road, Wealdstone, Harrow

1911 Census (2 April) Wealdstone, Harrow

16 Canning Road, Wealdstone, Harrow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Hall Head 45 Baker Islington, Middlesex
Georgina Hall Wife - 15 years 41   Peckham, Surrey
Elsie Hall Daughter 13 School Clapton, London
Winifred Hall Daughter 12 School Clapton, London

Roderick MacDonald, born in 1873, Peckham, Surrey.

1881 census - At home with parents

1881 Census (4th April) Peckham, Camberwell, London RG11/680 Folio 58 Book 2. Page 49.

27 Chadwick Road, Peckham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Roderick McDonald Son 7   Peckham, Surrey

For the 1891 census Roderick was living with sister Elizabeth and her husband Charles Earwicker.

1891 Census (6th April) Beckenham, London RG12/626 Book 8 Page 56

49 Parish Road, Beckenham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Charles E. Earwicker Head 27 Business Manager  Peckham,London
Elizabeth Earwicker Wife 31   Islington, London
Charles W. Earwicker Son 2   East Dulwich, London
Roderick McDonald Brother in law 17 Photographer Peckham,London

1895 document - Traveller, @ 3 Wendover Villas, Woodgreen, London.

Roderick married Florence E. C. Benwell daughter of George and Hannah Benwell on 1 Oct 1898 in Brockley, London. Florence was born about 1875 in Woolwich, Kent.

For the 1901 census Roderick was at 7 Agnew Road, Lewisham, London with his wife Florence.

1901 Census (1st April) Lewisham, London RG13/559 Folio 61 Book 18 Page 55

7 Agnew Road, Lewisham, London.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Roderick McDonald Head 27 Traveller Hardware Peckham,London
Florence McDonald Wife 25   Woolwich, London

For the census of 1911 Roderick and Florence were living at 11 Beckford Road, Croydon, what would seem to be a few days away from Roderick's mother Louisa at 15 Beckford Road. There are no children listed in the household but George Benwell, Florence's father is living with them.

1911 Census (2 April) North Croydon, Croydon.

11 Beckford Road, Croydon.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Roderick James McDonald Head 37 Traveller Peckham,London
Florence McDonald Wife - 12 years 35   Woolwich, London
George Benwell Father in law 76 Widower Hadley, Middlesex