Story Two .............'''''''..............
..1871 to 1903
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George Musgrove Marries Emily Harris
move to Balham
By 1874 George and Emily with five year old Christiana had moved
to Balham which was then a London country suburb in
Surrey. They lived at Bedford Lodge in Balham
High Road fairly close to the newly opened railway
station. The couple's first child George
was born in September 1874 but tragically died after only eleven days.
The death was reported by George's aunt Margaret Aitchison, who had married
in 1873 George Bradford and was living locally. The Death Certificate
shows the father's occupation as an Annuitant (a person who receives an
annuity). This is the first mention of George receiving a regular income
fron a trust fund. George normally showed his occupation as either a Gentleman
or living on his own means.
George and Emily had their second child George
John Musgrove on the 6th September 1875. The certificate
shows that George's occupation is still "gentleman" and the
family are still living at Bedford Lodge
in Balham. He was baptised at St Marks Kennington on 22nd Sept 1875. He
is the only child together with his step sister Christiana to have been
Banfield Moore Harris Marries Again & Again
Emily Musgrove's father, James Banfield Moore Harris, by 1874, had moved
from Shepherds Place Kennington Lane to nearby Regent
Street in Lamberth. Tragically his daughter Betsy Sophia
Harris died of Typhoid Fever in 1874. Remember James Harris is a very
important relative as being Emily's father he is to the youngest member
of the family their great great great great grandfather.
In 1875 James had moved to Allen Street in Lambeth near to South Street
where the family had lived in the 1850's. On 15th May James married his
second wife Elizabeth Burgess
who herself was a widow, her husband Francis having died two years earlier.
They married at the Church of St Mary Lambeth, the same Church that Jame's
daughter Emily had married George Musgrove four years earlier in 1871.
In fact George and Emily are shown as the witnesses on the marriage certificate.
Jame's marriage to Elizabeth could not have lasted long as on 29th August
1875 he married again. He was now living in Neville Street off Upper Kennington
Lane, close to his old home at Shepherds Place where his first wife Sophia
died in 1871. His third
wife Frances Sarah Chancellor was a seemstress aged
38 and had been living and working in the area for a number of years.
She was born in Margate Kent and was the daughter of Matthew Chancellor,
who was a baker and later became Parish Clerk to Holy Trinity Margate.
of James Banfield Moore Harris's 2nd and 3rd wives is a total mystery.
By 1881 the Census records James as a patient at the Lambeth Infirmary,
and his marital status is given widower. This would suggest that by 1881
his third wife Frances Sarah Harris had died or remarried. However we
can find no records which confirm this. This brings us to his second wife
Elizabeth. What happened to her is equally mysterious as they were only
married for 3 months before James married again. All Births, Deaths and
Marriages were officially recorded by law, and there were heavy penalties
for making false declarations or not registering these events at all.
...... . . .....1876.Musgroves
Move to Essex
The family shortly moved from Balham, and by 1876 were living in the Essex
village of Hatfield Peverel, which is 10 miles east of Chelmsford on the
Colchester Road. Their next child was Emily
Sophia Musgrove who was born on the 10th November
1876 at Hatfield Peverel. The Birth Certificate shows that George's occupation
is now a money lender. George and Emily's next child was Alice
Janetta was born 9th July 1878 again at Hatfield Peverel.
George's occupation is still shown as a money lender. We can find no details
of where the Musgroves lived in Hatfield Peverel as the Birth Certificates
show no street addresses, and there are no directory listings for this
At the beginning of 1880 the Musgrove family were George and Emily, their
son George and their daughters Emily and Alice, They had moved away from
Hatfield Peverel and were living nearer to London in the village of Navestock
near Ongar. Very little is known of where they lived in the village other
than they were on a farm, and it was possibly named Redbrick Farm. the
only property that fits this description is Randalls
Farm Navestock, which had previously been named Brick
House Farm Their next child to be born was Marbel
Adelaide Lillian who was born 23rd January 1880 in
Navestock. The Certificate shows that George's occupation has reverted
back to being a gentleman.
An interesting incident happened in February when the `musgroves house was broken into and burgled. George Musgrove notified the police who investigated the robbery. The police made an arrest after some of the stolen property was sold in London to a pawnbroker. Much to the family's surprise the police identified one of the culprits as being Emily Musgroves 19 year old brother George Harris.
The local Essex Newspapers reported these events up to the trial and sentencing of George Harris in April 1880. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 1 year imprisonment with hard labour. The 1881 cesus in March records George Harris nearing the end of his sentence at Hertford Prison St Albans.
W Harris marries Alice Bristow
In August 1879 Emily Musgrove's brother Lambert
Willam Harris married Alice Eliza Bristow at St Marks
Church Clerkenwell. Alice
was born in 1855 in Charles Street Clerkenwell. She
was the daughter of Thomas Arthington Bristow, who had married Mary Ann
Hollings in 1852. They had four children: Mary Ann, Alice Eliza, Ellen
Maria and Alfred Thomas William Bristow before their father Thomas
Arthington Bristow died at an early age in 1859. Following
his death Mary Ann Bristow and her children moved to the Herefordshire
village of Hoarwithy
where her parents lived. She was a school mistress at the local school
but after the death of her son Arthur in 1865 she returned to London with
her three children. The 1871 census shows Mary Ann Bristow and her daughters
Alice and Ellen living with her brother in law William Samual Hollings
and family at 275 Goswell Road Clerkenwell. She was employed now as a
bookbinder. Within the next few years Hollings moved to 283 Goswell Road
with Mary Ann Bristow's family.
Following Lambert and Alice Harris's marriage the couple moved to 113
Cloudesley Road Barnsbury. Alice's mother Mary Ann Bristow was now living
very close by at 96 Cloudesley Road. Lambert and Alice's first child,
Lambert Thomas Harris
was born in July 1880.
& Harris Families at Benwell Rd Holloway
By 1881 the Musgrove family have moved back to London. The 1881 census
shows the Musgroves sharing a fine house with Emily's
brother Lambert Harris and his wife Alice
and sister Ada. The address where both the Musgrove and Harris families
lived was 57 Benwell Road Holloway. The next Musgrove child to be born
was Daisy May who was
born in April 1881. George's occupation is listed as an independent. Theresa
Grace Musgrove was born the following year
in August 1882. She was later known as Gracie. Herbert
Henry their third son was born in Sept 1883 whilst the family
were still at 57 Benwell Road. George's occupation is still shown as of
independent means. The Harris families second child Alfred
was born in December 1881 also at Benwell Road.
It was at this time that the two families living together at Benwell Road
parted company. Alice Harris's mother Mary Ann Bristow had been living
at Cloudesley Road Barnsbury with her daughter Ellen. In 1883 Ellen
Bristow married Edward Day and they moved from Rising
Hill St Pentonville to live with the Harris family who had moved from
Benwell Road to 17 Richard St Islington. Ellen's mother, Mary Ann Bristow
then moved to live with her married daughters Alice Harris and Ellen Day.
The Musgroves had now moved back to Essex, when the Harris's had moved
to Islington.Their next child Alice
Florence Harris was born 15th Sept 1884 but sadly
died 15th March 1886. The family were now living at 17 Richard Street
(now Richie Street) Islington. Their next son Walter Harris was also born
at this address in 1887.
1879 - 1882 Edgar Musgrave London & Danbury Essex
George Musgrove's cousin Edgar Musgrave was living in Notting Hill in 1879
and moved next door to George Musgrove in Benwell Road Holloway.
They were related through George's first wife Christiana. Her Father was
Thomas Musgrave Musgrave, whose brother George Musgrave Musgrave
was the father of Edgar.
Edgar Musgrave retained his London home when his family moved to
Gay Bowers Manor near Danbury. He moved to Finchley in 1883.
Musgrove's move to Danbury Essex
Although George was a man of independant means he decided to start a career
as a publican and left Benwell Road early in 1884 to take over The Cricketers
Inn on Danbury Common near Chelmsford. The pub
license transfered from James Reeve to George Musgrove on
the seventh of March 1884. George's first child Chrissie rejoined the
family after leaving private
school in Balham.
After one year in business George was taken
to the County Court in Chelmsford for non-payment of outstanding
debts. The first being an outstanding account from a wine
merchant in Maldron in March, and in April a coal merchant in Chelmsford.
In August 1885 George was back in court for keeping licensed premises
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Langman's of Danbury
With Christiana now living at The Cricketers she soon met Thomas Langman
a local farmers son, and planned to marry in late 1885. In October both
Christiana and Thomas with George and Emily Musgrove travelled to London
to buy items for the forthcoming
wedding Money was paid for this exclusively to Christiana
from a trust fund set up by her late mother from monies bequeathed by
a will. During this trip to London only about one third of the money was
spent items for the wedding the balance was kept by the Musgroves. This
was later to cause a bad rift between the families.
On the fourth November 1885 Christiana
marries local farmer Thomas Langman. The wedding
certificate shows her father's occupation still as a publican. Thomas
and Chrissie were to take over running of The Cricketers from George as
the first of several pubs over the next few years. George appears to have
remained the licensee during this period. This appears to have caused
a number of problems which resulted in George appearing in court yet again
during 1886. Thomas Langman's father Henry Westlake Langman managed Ludgores
Farm Horne Row Danbury Common.
In December 1886 Chrissie Langman's first child, Christopher
Thomas Langman was
born in Danbury. The Langmans had now left the Cricketers
and were living in a cottage on the lower side of Danbury Common. In June
the Cricketers is being run by Henry Stibbard. However the debts were
still resulting in George making court appearances in Chelmsford during
April and May 1887. This first appearance was for an old outstanding debt
with a Chelmsford brewer dating to his tenure at the Cricketers Inn. His
second appearence on the seventeenth of May was of great intrigue as he
was being sued by the Langman.
move from Danbury
Musgroves had now moved closer to Chelmsford to the village of Great Baddow.
Their fifth daughter Adelaide
Minnie Primrose was born twenty ninth of July 1886 at Great Baddow by
the time the birth was registered in September, the family had moved to
Richmond House on the village green at Writtle in Essex. Unfortunately
for George his recent past was to catch up with him. A number of outstanding
unpaid bills from when he was in Danbury and Great Badoow brought George
to the County Court during October these debts were from the butcher and
the local schoolmaster in
Baddow and also the grocer
in Horne Row Danbury.
Musgrove's go to Court
on from the dispute over Christiana's wedding trouseaux, The Langmans
took the Mugroves to Chelmsford County reports. The case was adjourned
to a later hearing at the
Chelmsford County Court. We now come to the next stage in this Court
Case two further hearings of Langman v Musgrove were to take place
in November and December 1887. Read the further
court newspaper reports it's
interesting that £12,000 and £10,000 are mentioned confirming
the huge amount of money involved. These later cases both covered
the outstanding balance of payment that George hadn't made to his
daughter. This case confirms payment of most of the money had been
paid. A hearing is also mentioned of a case in the High Court of
Chancery which George was persuing to gain control of his first wife's
..........Musgrove's move to Walworth & Herne Hill
1888 the Musgrove family once again moved back to London, and their
third son Albert
Roy Musgrove was born at 48 Lorrimore Road Walworth.
The 1891 census shows George and his family still living at 48
Lorrimore Road Walworth. The family at this time
consisted of George and Emily Musgrove and their nine children George,
Emily, Alice, Lilly, Daisy, Gracie, Herbert, Adelaide and roy.
Within weeks of the 5th April Census the Musgrove's had moved to another small house, this time in Herne Hill. They were now living at 57 Hinton Road when their son Herbert changed schools to Jessop Road School on 27th April. Also around this time Emily Musgrove's younger sister Ada Harris moved in with them.
August 1891 George Musgrove was a witness at the wedding of his sister
in law Ada
Harris at St Saviour's Church Camberwell. Ada Harris
was the younger sister of George's wife Emily, and had lived with them
when they lived at Benwell Road ten years before. Ada Harris married Alfred
Edward Day. She was working at The Union Club in Trafalgar Square at
The Cole family by 1891 had moved away from Shepherds Place Kennington
Lane, and were now living at Number 17
Bolwell Terrace in Lambeth. Henry's wife Jessie died here
aged 56. Henry's mother Eliza
Cole died in St Pancras Workhouse in 1883.
on the move
Langmans moved from Danbury to Ingatestone on the west side of Chelmsford
about 1888 Their plans to rent a farm in Danbury didn't happen so they decided to continue running public houses. While they were running The
Bell Public House their next child, Henry Westlake Langman
was born. Christiana
and Thomas Langman by 1891 had left Essex. and were now licensees of the
Stag and Hounds, Selsdon Road South Croydon. Their third son William Edward
was born shortly before they moved from Chelmsford but sadly died shortly
after arriving at the Stag
and Hounds. Their next child Edward
was born at the Stag and Hounds in 1892, with another child John
following a year later in September 1893. The Langmans had now moved to
12 Mead Place Croydon.
1891 also saw Lambert William Harris now living in Ellington
Street Islington. Having left the Musgrove's in Benwell Road
around 1884 the Harris's were now sharing a house with Lambert's mother
in law Mary Ann Bristow. In 1893 the Harris family moved to 4 Half Moon Crescent Barnsbury where they lived for the next 2 years. On the other side of London in Lambeth. James
Banfield Moore Harris ( Lambert's father) is shown on the 1891 census
as a patient at the Infirmery at The Lambeth
Workhouse. He is listed as a widower and his occupation as
a retired Stonemason.
move back to Danbury
The Musgrove family decided to return to Essex later that year, and by
October 1891 were livng back in Danbury where George had last lived in
1886 running the Cricketers Inn. This time the Musgrove's moved into a
house called "The Lodge" on Danbury common. The younger children
are recorded in the Danbury School
Log Book as attending from Monday October 12th 1891.
Musgrove was born 28th March 1892 at Danbury Lodge.
A local directory of
1894 shows the Musgroves living in "The Lo" Horne Row Danbury.
After much research we have established this house was actually known
as The Lodge. An interesting newspaper report from August 1893 concerning the drunken landlord of the Cricketer's Inn, a man named George Daft. His courr fine and costs were paid by Mrs Musgrove who was reported as living inn The Cricketers.
in 1891 the Musgroves received an interesting letter from Australia. This was from Emily's brother George Harris who was now in Melborne Victoria.
............ ........ .Troubled Times Ahead
The Musgrove's appear to have had a trouble free varied
and happy life but sadly tragedy was soon to overtake the family. The
Langman family's circumstances were also to change for the worse.
.................1894 Musgrove's Move to Chelmsford
In 1895 the Musgrove
family moved to 1 Suffolk Villas, Mildmay
Road. The first tragic event was the death of two of
their daughters in October 1895. First Daisy
May died of Typhoid on the seventh October aged just
Her sister Grace died
three days later on the tenth again of typhoid. This event was spoken
about by older members of the family and appearently the two girls
were like twins when Daisy died they told Grace her sister had gone
away. This sad event for the family provoked George to make his first Will on
the 26th of October within two weeks of the deaths of his daughters.
One of the witnesses shown on the Will was John
Kemeys Bateman who had been landlord of the Cross
Keys public house in Moulsham Street Chelmsford. This pub was a short
distance from the Musgrove's home im Mildmay Road. The Cross Keys
was demolished in 1916 to make way for the Regent Theatre which itself
was redeveloped in later years. The Musgrove family had a series
of portrait photographs taken by the Chelmsford photographers P
J Duyshart of 75 Duke Street. Sadlly only a couple
of these images have survived. Another surviver from this time is
of the young Herbert Musgrove then aged about
1896 saw the Langman family now living in South Norwood. Their next child Louisa
Jane Langman was born at 75 Clifton Road South Norwood
Surrey on the twenty third of June Thomas Langman is shown on the birth
certificate as still being a licensed victualler but we are uncertain
where abouts as they had left the Stag and Hounds three years earliar.
Musgrove's Move to Dunton Green Kent
this dreadful time George and family moved to Kent. George who has had
experience running a pub took over the Rose
& Crown Inn Dunton Green on the main London to
Hastings coaching route.The Inn has been in continuous use at least till
the early 1800s and is still a thriving business today. George probably
didn't know that the immediate history of the pub was not a happy one.
A previous landlord Mr William Wilmshurst had died there in 1866 four
years after his wife Ann had died there. Just prior to the Musgroves arriving
at the Rose and Crown there was a triple tragedy. The then landlord William
Barrett died 1893 followed by his daughter Kate 1894 and
then his son Herbert in 1895. When George became the landlord one would
imagine that he would hear from the local people the stories of these
many deaths. He probably moved away to Kent to have a new start after
the sadness of the last years the family had in Essex. However, within
a few months on the fourteenth of June 1896 his daughter Alice
Janette aged seventeen died of Tuberculosis.
May 1897 George amends
his Will to appoint his eldest son George John
Executor of his estate having reached twenty one. The rest of the
year seems to have been uneventfull Adelaide Musgrove in later years
retold stories of happy times at the Rose and Crown with the children
helping out waiting on tables etc George would now be fifty two his
wife Emily forty four, George twenty two, Emily twenty one, Marbell
(Lilly) seventeen, Herbert Henry fouteen, Adelaide eleven, Albert
February 1898 George's second wife Emily
Sophia aged forty five died at the Rose and Crown
of Cirrhosis of the liver a disease brought on by excessive alcoholism.
The loss of three children in three years possibly turned her to
drink. Living in a pub wasn't the best idea. Both Emily and her daughter
Alice were buried in the Churchyard of St
Botolph's in the tiny Hamlet of Chevening,
barely a mile west of The Rose and Crown. We should bear in mind
now George is left with five young children, understandably the task
of running a pub would be difficult and so he decided to retire and
move back to the familiar area of Chelmsford.
Musgrove's move back to Chelmsford
family now moved to 4 Hill Villas New Road Broomfield just north
of Chelmsford. George was now retired, his eldest son George was
selling sewing machines. His daughter Emily kept house and the rest
of the children were at school. The year 1899 we think passed without
incident. 1900 was to see a reoccurrence of the bad luck that seemed
to dog the family. Both father and eldest son George fell sick with
turberculosis they jokingly speculated who would die first. It was
to be the son George
John Musgrove who died first on the eighth of
February 1900 of tubercolosis.
Death of George John Aitchison Musgrove
George John Aitchison Musgrove died
three weeks later on the twenty seventh of April 1900 again
of tubercolosis. The Family remained in Broomfield Essex
and are shown on the 1901 census.
George's two daughters died in 1895 he had the foresight
to purchase three plots in the recently opened Chelmsford
Borough Cemetery in Writtle. Obviously George thought these
plots were a long term investment unfortunately they turned
out to be a short term investment. With his wife Emily and
daughter Alice dying in Dunton Green Kent they were not able
to be buried in the family plot in Chelmsford. .They were
buried at the church at Chevening. However when George and
his son died they were both buried at Chelmsford next to
George's two daughters Daisy and Grace.
Langman's in Croydon
The fortunes of the Langman branch of the family over the last five years
appear to have taken a turn for the worse. Thomas and Christiana having
run a series of pubs by 1896 now had five children to support.
Thomas and Christiana's last child Frederick was
born. The Langman family had now moved from South Norwood and were living
above a Saddlers Shop in Sydenham Road Lower Sydenham. At this time 2 of the Langman children were attending Haseltine Road School in Sydenham. They both left the school on 30th September 1898.
For reasons unknown
at this time Thomas and Christiana separated with all the children staying
with their father. In August 1899 due to ill health Thomas who was out
of work fell ill and had to move into both the Greenwich and Croydon Workhouse with his
children. In the absence of welfare this was the only course open to
him. Each workhouse had an integral infirmary (hosptal) which mostly became
general hosptals operating today in the NHS. Thomas was admitted to the
Infirmary one week in September and the young Frederick for one day in
November. Unfortunately Frederick died in the Workhouse Infirmary 23rd
The 1901 census show the Langman family are still in the Croydon
Workhouse. The exceptions
are Edward Langman aged 8 who was a patient at Croydon
Infirmary (next to the Workhouse) and Louisa Langman
who was now living with the Musgrove family in Chelmsford. Their mother
Christiana Langman is not listed at any of these locations. Christopher
Thomas Langman aged 14 was employed as a servant (page) at the Rectory
in Cranham near Romford Essex. Christopher rejoined
the family in the Workhouse in November 1901. His employer the Reverend
Cooke had written to the Workhouse Governors expressing his opinion on
Christopher's future. His mother Christiana had asked if he could join
her at The National Club Whiehall Gardens Westminster opposite Downing
Street. The Reverend Cooke believed she would be a bad influence on her
son as she had deserted her family.
& Cole families at the end of the 19th century
By 1900 Lambert William Harris's family had moved from 4 Half Moon Crescent
to nearby Boxworth
Grove in Barnsbury North London. They now had a daughter
Grace Ivy May Harris who was born in 1897 and was always known as Ivy.
The family kept a Book
of Common Prayer in which were recorded the births
of all their children.
Lambert was employed as a french polisher by a furniture manufacturer.
The 1901 census shows the Harris's at this address, but by 1911 they
had moved close by to 7 Belitha Villas.
Lambert's father James Banfield Moore Harris had died in September 1896
of chronic bronchitus at the Lambeth Infirmary. The informant of the death
was his son Charles Harris, who would have been both Lambert's and Emily
Musgrove's brother. The 1901 census shows Charles Harris and his wife
Anne and family living at 8
Pomfret Road Loughborough Junction near Brixton. We
are uncertain what happened to this branch of the family. Lambert William
Harris lost contact with his brother Charles and believing that he had
emigrated to Australia, attempted to trace him in the 1930's. He hired
a fiirm of solicitors who had no success in finding him. Infact it wasn't
Charles but his brother George who lied in Melbourne.
The Cole family
by 1901 had
moved from 17 Bolwell Terrace following the death of Henry's wife Jessie.
They were now livng at 321 Kennington Road. The family now consists of
Henry now shown as retired, his son Walter and daughter Jessie who are
both shown as 'Earth Potters' who probably worked for Doulton Lambeth
Potteries. Also on the census is Henry Cole's grandson Robert who is the illegitimate son of Henry's daughter Jessie, and was born in 1894. Henry Cole's other son
Further details of the Cole family can be found in the 'RELATED FAMILIES' section of this website.
Margaret and George Bradford by 1901 were living in Zennor
Road Balham, where they both had
been living since the late 1880's. Margaret was now the only surviving
member of the original Aitchison family of St Pancras. Margaret lived
here until her death in 1909 aged 87. Her husband George had died two
George Musgrove's Estate
Following the death of George John
Aitchison Musgrove in 1900 his estate and trust fund were being administered
by his solicitor, William Tanner of Duke Street Chelmsford. Arrangements
were made that all family expenses would be paid from the trust fund directly
by the solicitors. Emily Musgrove being the eldest was given a weekly
household allowance of 30 shillings. Their house at 4 Hill Villas was
rented from John Bennett of Broomfield for £3- 5s-0d per quarter.
Over the next two years the family had standing accounts with many local
shop including J E Parish, Baker and grocer of Broomfield, and several
Chelmsford shops including The Chelmsford Star Co-op Society, Durhams,
tailor and outfitter and W Fulcher, fruiterer, of Moulsham Street. J G
Bond and J A Smith and son, drapers and dressmakers of the High Street.
An interesting letter
from Ivy Musgrove many years later in 1974 recalls
This arrangement worked successfully until the summer of 1901 when William
Tanner the solicitor died aged 51. The Musgrove account was then transferred
to a Mrs Brown, who was the executor of Tanner's business, which iincluded
the Musgrove estate.
1902 Musgrove's Move from Chelmsford to London
Towards the end of 1902 it was decided to move
from Brooomfield to North London and
closer to their uncle Lambert Harris and his family. The
move was arranged just before Christmas 1902 when the Musgrove
family which comprised of Emily, Lilly, Adelaide and Rupert,
would move to rented accommodation at 4
Richmond Street Barnsbury. Herbert Musgrove
was at this time in the Royal Navy and Roy Musgrove remained
in Chelmsford, possibly serving an apprenticeship with
a local trader.
Unfortunately the next member of the Musgrove family to die was Albert
Roy, who died of tuberculosis of the lungs in November
1904. He was sixteen and died in lodgings in Fairfield Road Chelmsford,
which has now been completely redeveloped. Roy
was the last Musgrove to be buried in Chelmsford. The original cemetery records show
the Musgroves in their final resting place.