Update Index



Following the appearance of a letter about the South family research in the "Metropolitan" magazine published by the North London & Middlesex Family History Society (NLMFHS), contact has been made with Walter Barnard whose great grandfather was the brother of Alice Barnard, the wife of Samuel(1). Walter is a keen family historian having traced the Barnard family to circa 1730 and has provided copies of the birth and marriage certificates of Alice, census returns, parish records etc including the 1797 will of James Barnard.

Like the Souths, the Barnards were refugees from Hertfordshire and came from Sawbridgeworth. Before her marriage Alice lived in Whitehall Road in Tottenham, and married Samuel(1) on 25 July 1875 at All Hallows Church. He was described as a Potter and his father, Joseph, as a Brickmaker. The father of the bride, John Barnard, was a Carman.

Image to be inserted later


As a result of the letter published by NLMFHS contact has been made with Lyn Woodbridge of Dunstable whose great grandfather, George Turner, lived at Devonshire Hill Lodge (known as Turner's Farm - see Update No 3), the immediately adjoining property to River House, between (at least) 1898-1905. At around that time Samuel(1) was living at Devonshire Hill Farm, the next nearest house about 1/4 mile to the west. The reasonable speculation must be that both men knew each other.

Archive Update No 3 described the enfranchisement of the River House land in 1881 by the Curtis family who held the Manorial rights and the NLMFHS letter has produced an enquiry from Jaqueline Webster in California, a descendant of Sir William Curtis through the line of his third son, Timothy, who was born in Edmonton on 9 January 1786. A typed copy of the Indenture has been sent.


The photograph in Update No 4 depicted the first motor lorry at the Potteries and Jim has recorded the following memories:-

"The picture of the first lorry shows it after Leo Warner the wheelwright had built a wooden cab for it. The lorry as delivered [was] open to all weather except for a hood on the same principle as that on a pram. Warner constructed a structure that owed all to cart building not lorries. Note the fretting over the windscreen. The provided cab had no doors. On the offside a waist high fixed side offered some protection, while the nearside was open to all winds and weather."

  Leo Warner              Bill Cox   
     (wheelwright)         (blacksmith)

Jim Continues:- "I remember the lorry better when Reg Scapens, my sister Elsie's husband, drove it. Then I enjoyed trips out during school holidays. Deliveries to south of the River Thames meant starting at the crack of dawn in order to travel there and back before midnight. It was a brute to start in cold weather. Pre anti-freeze all radiators were drained overnight to avoid frost damage. A large water can stood on a stone to refill the radiator each morning. Despite this I remember Reg standing on the starting handle to ease the engine before attempting to turn it by hand. Thus swathed in horse blankets we would set forth. Good old days?"


The artist of the caricature of Samuel(2), (see Archive section) has been identified. He was Joe Walker who was the official cartoonist for the weekly programme of the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (Spurs'). Jim recalls that Samuel(2) was a founder subscriber to the formation of Spurs' as a full professional and league team.

Robert ("Bobby") Buckle was the co-executor with Samuel(2) of the estate of Samuel(1). He was the first captain of the Spurs in 1883, when aged 14, and a Solicitor's Clerk with Pedly, May & Fletcher (see the first Update) when the will was drawn up in 1899. He remained a life-long friend of Samuel(2) (who was a staunch supporter of the team throughout his life) and died in 1959 aged 90.


Mary-Ann Dutton was the second wife of Joseph South (father of Samuel(1)) and after their marriage they emigrated to New Zealand in 1874. Wendy Moses (NZ) has given the folllowing history of the Duttton family:-

"Mary-Ann Dutton was born on the 29th of November about 1851. Her father, Daniel, was a military bandsman and bootmaker who was born in Ireland about 1822 the son of Charles and Elizabeth Dutton. Daniel married Mary-Jane Harding about 1850 in London.

Mary-Jane was born about 1812 and at the age of 17 married  Thomas Harding. They had at least 2 children, a son and a daughter, Emiline Jane. Mary-Jane had two further children from her marriage to Daniel Dutton. Mary-Ann and another daughter.

Mary-James parents were James and Mary Toomath. Both James Toomath and Charles Dutton were soldiers. Daniel and Mary-Jane Dutton emigrated to New Zealand in 1875 about the same time as their daughter Mary-Ann South and her husband Joseph. Daniel Dutton died in 1896 and is buried at Green Island Cemetery (Dunedin). Mary-Jane died in 1896 and is buried at the Southern Cemetery (Dunedin).

Mary-Jane's daughter Emiline married a James Taylor and later emigrated to join her family in Dunedin in 1886 and her husband Joseph."


This feature has been held over for the next edition due to lack of space. Recent contributors can rest assured that due acknowledgement will be given.


KLB  2/97


Update Index