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The Burgess Family

Thomas Burgess1§, born approx 1763, gardener, married to Margaret1§, born 1772 Stockton Durham. [Possibly Margaret Smith marr 27 Aug 1797 St Leonards Church Shoreditch - IGI]

Their children::

Mary Ann Burgess§ born abt 1800, St John, Hackney, London who married James Webb§ in 1819, at St Leonards Church Shoreditch [church pictured left]. Subsequent generations of this couple were given the Burgess surname as a middle name and some descendants have adopted both as the double barrelled Burgess-Webb.
Thomas Burgess2 christened 25 Feb 1798 Saint John, Hackney, London, England
Margaret Burgess
2
christened 18 Apr 1802, St John, Hackney, Middlesex [church pictured right].
Susannah Burgess christened 2 Sep 1804, St John, Hackney, Middlesex.
Elizabeth Burgess christened 23 Nov 1806, St John, Hackney
Sophia Burgess b. abt 1813 (1st marriage to Charles Taylor)

Possibly also siblings:
Richard James Burgess christened 23 Sep 1810, St John, Hackney
Sarah Jane Burgess christened 23 Sep 1810, St John, Hackney


1811 census
Water Lane, Hackney
Thomas Burgess1§
, gardener.
Residence is Woolpack Gardens which is off Water Lane, Hackney.
Inhabited house 1
Occupied by one family: 3 males and 6 females

1821 census
Hackney Terrace, Well Street
Thomas Burgess1§
, gardener. Males in household: 2; females in household: 5

1831 census
Burgess family not found.

1841 census
Grove Street
Thomas Burgess1§ aged 75, gardener, not born in county (born approx 1766)
Thomas Burgess2 aged 40, labourer, born in county (born approx 1801)
Margaret Burgess1§ aged 65, laundress, not born in county (born approx 1766)
Margaret Burgess2 aged 35, gardener, born in county (born approx 1806)
Eliza Rickman aged 15, I S (?), born in county

13th March 1842 Sophia Burgess married Charles Taylor at Christ Church, Southwark, London

At this time, Hackney was growing at quite a pace. William Bradshaw, an auctioneer by profession, and the man responsible for building much of Homerton, including Grove Street, where the Burgess family was living in 1841, built small houses in new streets called Arthur Street, Margaret Street and Brunswick Street. At some stage between the streets being built in 1843 and the 1851 census, the Burgess family moved into number 1 Arthur Street, which remained the family home until the death of Elizabeth Taylor (née Burgess) in 1895. (date of death TBC)

4th February 1848, James Edward Taylor was born, at 10 Crosby Row, Bermondsey. His mother was Sophia Taylor (formerly Burgess) and his father was Charles Taylor, a hop porter.

Thomas Burgess
1§
died on 1st January 1851 at 1 Arthur Street Homerton of 'old age and bronchitis'. He was a gardener and aged 88 (b. 1763) and the death was registered by Margaret Burgess1§ on 4th January.

1851 census
1 Arthur Street St John Hackney
Margaret Burgess1§ Widow 79 Laundress born Stockton Durham (b. approx 1780)
Margaret Burgess2 unmarried 48 Laundress born Middlesex, Hackney (born approx 1803) [IGI - bap. 18/04/1802 St John Hackney]
Edward Webb grandson 14 Scholar born Surrey Lambeth (born approx 1837)

42 Northampton Street Clerkenwell, Finsbury
Susannah Burgess sister in law to:
Charles Taylor (head) aged 36, born Shoreditch, a carman
Sophia Taylor (wife) aged 38, born Hackney
Charles W Taylor (son) aged 8, born Christchurch Surrey
James E Taylor (son) aged 3, born Middlesex Clerkenwell
George Taylor (son) aged 1, born Hackney

12th April
1851 1 Arthur Street Margaret Burgess1§ aged 79 died. Widow of Thomas Burgess, gardener. She died of paralysis debelity. Death registered by Margaret Burgess2 (illiterate).
Some time between 1851 and 1854, Sophia died.
Charles Taylor then remarried at the age of 39, his new wife was Sophia's sister, Elizabeth Burgess, aged 46.
They married on 26th November
1854 at the Parish Church of St Barnabas, Homerton. He was a widower and a carman and she was a spinster. His father was Charles William Taylor, a tallow chandler and hers was Thomas Burgess, a gardener. The witnesses were Frederick Stacey and Susan Burgess.
It looks as if
George Taylor also died as he does not appear with the family on the 1861 census when he would have been 11 years old.

1861 census
1 Arthur Street St John Hackney
Margaret Burgess2 aged 58 head unmarried laundress born Hackney
Susan Burgess aged 56 sister unmarried laundress born Hackney
Edward Webb nephew aged 24 Coppersmith born Surrey Lambeth

1 St James Street Hoxton, Shoreditch St Leonard
Charles Taylor (lodger of a wheelwright called Stanton Gower(?), aged 46, a carman, born Finsbury, Middx
Elizabeth Taylor, (wife), aged 53, born Hackney, Middx
Charles William Taylor, (son) aged 17, born Blackfriars, Surrey, a jewel box maker
James E Taylor, (son) aged 13, born Southwark, Surrey, an errand boy

1871 census
1 Arthur Street St John Hackney
Margaret Burgess2 aged 69 head unmarried laundress born Hackney
Susan Burgess aged 66 sister unmarried laundress born Hackney

4 John Street, South Hackney
Charles Taylor (head) aged 57, an oil merchant's carman, born Finsbury, Middx
Elizabeth Taylor, (wife), aged 64, a laundress, born Hackney, Middx

1873 26th March Margaret Burgess2 died aged 71 of bronchitis. She was living at 1 Arthur Street Homerton, Hackney and her death was certified by her sister Susannnah (illiterate).


1879 19th November Susannah Burgess died aged 75 of apoplexy. She was living at 2 Retreat Terrace, Hackney and her death was certified by Elizabeth Taylor, sister, of 1 Arthur Street Hackney. Why did it take until 25th November to certify the death?

1881 census
1 Arthur Street St John Hackney
Charles Taylor
(head) aged 67, a porter, born Middx
Elizabeth Taylor, (wife), aged 74, a laundress, born Hackney, Middx

1891 census
1 Arthur Street St John Hackney
Elizabeth Taylor
, (widower), aged 84, living on own means, born Hackney, Middx