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William James Crisp b1805 St Clement Danes, London

Grocer of 1 Sydney Place, Commercial Road, Stepney, from at least the time of his marriage in 1827 when he insured his premises with the Sun Fire Office until about 1861 when he retired to Ightham, Kent where his brother had owned property and grew hops on 4 acres. Ended his days in his eldest son William's home in Brockley, Kent.

His children, (all born in Stepney) who survived infancy and produced families of their own were:

Maria Crisp b1828, married silk merchant Robert Thomas. Her daughters Edith b1851 Shoreditch and Helen Constantia b 1853 Shoreditch played an important part in bringing up their sister Emily's son Bertram Offord who was born in the year of his mother's death, 1882.

William James Crisp b1831, Leather Factor, married Jane Perrin Brown Lawrence in 1854, all their children were born in Stepney. Their eldest son William James Crisp b1854 followed his father into the leather business, but was probably of junior status in the firm, and "retired" at a relatively early age to West Wittering, Sussex. Florence Louise Crisp b1858, and her sister Helena Jane Crisp b1865 never married but used the nest egg their father left them to go into business as Hotel Proprietors with their brother Herbert Lawrence Crisp (b1868) at Churt, Surrey where in 1901 their youngest sister Mary Maud and her husband Percy Smith were staying. Herbert and his wife Isabel went on to have a hotel in Bude, where in 1931 his wife's aunt Mary Ann Dunnill was killed by the hotel porter when she discovered him ransacking the Crisp's bedroom.

Edward Crisp b1835 was also a Leather Factor and more successful than his brother, and indeed may have employed him. He married Mary Fairlie of Carlisle in 1857 whose family ran a school that several of the Crisp girls attended. Mary died sometime between 1865 and 1871 leaving her 6 children motherless, though her younger sister Annie who was living with them in 1861 remained in the household and was left the contents of his house by Edward. Two of Edward's sons Walter (b1859, Stepney) and Ernest (b1861 Hackney) became surgeons, both married but were childess and left considerable sums to medical charities on their deaths. Walter with his sister Lilian (b1865) were trustees of their sister Annie's will (b1860 Hackney), she died leaving her sons Douglas Fairlie Lapraik and Leslie Stewart Lapraiks' welfare in their hands. Hugh Macefield (b 1863 Stepney) and Frank Fairlie Crisp (b1871 New Cross) went into the leather business although it appears Walter also had an interest in the business.

Frederick John Crisp b1839 carried on his father's grocery stores and was living in the Commercial Road premises in 1861 while his parents were in Ightham. There were 2 branches by this time, the partrnership with his father was formaly dissolved by an announcement in the London Gazette in 1872. He married Constantia Ann Pattison,their children were all born in Stepney. it was to be his son Frederick William Crisp b1864 who was to carry forward the grocers business, while Arthur Douglas Crisp b1870 and Edward Stanley Crisp b1871 were both in the leather trade. Daughters Mabel Ellen Crisp b1868 and Ada Louise Crisp b1866 never married but Mabel lived to be nearly 90 and left over £16,000 making several bequests to family members including about £4000 to her brother Frederick's daughter Beryl. Beryl in her turn left the bulk of her £31,723 estate to charity, incuding her home "to Father Trevor Huddlestone Bishop of Stepney to dispose of as he wishes preferably to a black family",additional bequests were made to Christian Aid, Lepra, Oxfam and mental health charities and the Anti Blood Sports Society.

Kate Harriet Crisp b1847 married Hezekiah Beadle, farmer and hop dealer in 1882. She was living with her parents in Ightham, Kent and he was from the nearby village of Plaxtol. Kate's son William David Beadle was born in 1883 and her daughter Kate Harriet Crisp Beadle in 1884, her mother died in the same quarter. William had a son, and I have been in contact with one of his 3 grandsons. Kate married twice, her marriage to Howard Western produced 4 daughters. Howard died in 1931 and Kitty as she was known in the family married Walter Hetherington in 1937 in Oxford.

Researching the descendants of other ancestors

Joseph Pilsworth Burnip b 1810+/- 3yrs Westminster. Of Hull and Epworth

William Steel c1803 Iping, Sussex, ag lab and postman

Glazier/Glaizier/Glaysher in Fernhurst area of Sussex

Jonathan Hawes b 1788 Berkhampstead, grocer in Pitfield St, Hoxton

Joseph Badcock b1791 Shrivenham,

William Thomas Badcock b1821 Shrivenham, grocer of Old Kent Road

John Jarvis b1798 Great Missenden, shoemaker

Harwood, Neal, Leggatt, Langley in West Sussex.

Thomas Abbott b Heptonstall 1829

Robert Atkinson,tailor of Gisburn b1760

Bannisters/Kershaws in Lancashire

Henry Bannister b1844 Trawden d 1888 Nelson and Sarah Nutter b1850 Burnley d 1885 Nelson with their sons Samuel Bannister b1872 Marsden and James b1874 Trawden


St Wilfrid's school, Haywards Heath Victorian logbooks 1863-1904.

St Wilfrid's school, Haywards Heath, edited WW2 logbook of the Infant Department,together with explanatory notes and historical comment suitable for KS2 use. Copies available from the school and copy has been given to Haywards Heath Library.