I have started this thread to look at the possibility that George Hutchinson was identical with the George Hutchinson who was listed in the 1881 census as a pauper scholar from Mile End, aged 15, living on the training ship Exmouth in Grays, Essex.
If nothing else we will at least get a number of versions of ‘Hutchinson’ written by a number of different people – and a little slice of late Victorian life.
I believe this is our man (or boy) - born in the first quarter of 1866 in Whitechapel – George E Hutchinson. Down at the bottom...
John Hutchinson married Kezia Goldstone on 29th August 1858.
She is listed as living at 31 Little Alie Street.
I just referred to my 1873 map and Alie Street was indeed divided up into Great Alie Street (between Mansell Street and Leman Street) and Little Alie Street (between Leman Street and Commercial Street – with the very end actually called Goodman’s Stile).
I remember someone asking about Alie Street on here a short while ago.
Anyway it is fairly clear that they moved into her address and were still living there at the time of the 1871 census.
They were married at St Jude’s Whitechapel, which was on Commercial Street, in front of Toynbee Hall.
John was a 22 year old cook, the son of Benjamin Hutchinson a publican and he was from 26 Newgate Street, which is in the City of London.
Another son was born about this time – Benjamin Joseph, who was baptised on 15th December 1872.
The father – John – is for some reason listed as a labourer, although I think he was actually dead by this time. Baptismal records sometimes listed the name and occupation of the father even if he was dead.
The other interesting thing about this document is that it lists their abode as being 16 Mulberry Street which was very close to Little Alie Street but was within Mile End Old Town. This matches the record for John’s death.
The baptism took place at St Phillip’s Church which was on Oxford Street (now Stepney Way). The church is still there although it was rebuilt in 1892 and now houses the medical library for the Royal London Hospital. Interestingly, the Royal London Museum is in the crypt and contains items relating to the Elephant Man and the Jack the Ripper case. I had no idea it was open to the public (Tuesday to Friday, 10 am-4.30 pm) and I will be getting down there soon!
When I was looking up this family’s details I found a reference stating that Benjamin was actually the son of someone called Thomas Weedon. This would suggest that Kezia was having an affair with Thomas Weedon. I didn’t do an exhaustive search but I couldn’t find a connection between Kezia Hutchinson and Thomas Weedon who had a separate family in Bethnal Green. Perhaps it is a family tradition of some sort.
In the 1871 census he was living at 31 Alie Street in Whitechapel.
Alie Street connects Leman Street and Commercial Road.
The family consisted of:
John Hutchinson the head. He was a 36 year old Cook and Cutter from Nottingham
Kezia Hutchinson, his wife was a 32 year old needle worker from Leytonstone.
They had five children all born in Whitechapel:
Sarah A – a scholar, aged 10.
John W – a scholar aged 9
George E – a scholar aged 5 (the future Grays pauper)
James - aged 3
Emily – aged 11 months.
Kezia’s mother seems to be living there as a widowed nurse. She is called Anne Plumb and is aged 70. There are a couple of things that don’t quite add up about this. She must have been 38 when she had Kezia, which is a bit old for that period and as we will see, Kezia’s maiden name was Goldstone.
It is of course possible that she remarried and became widowed a second time.
As they had the house to themselves I presume that they were relatively prosperous.