William Joseph Singleton born Rogers

1877-05-06 b. 17 Townsend Street, Southwark, Surrey; as "William Joseph Rogers" birth certificate; London Metropolitan Archives CaBG X20 416; information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
1879-07-09 of 96 Blue Anchor Lane[, Bermondsey]; bapt. St James, Bermondsey, London parish register
1881 living with family at 37 Lucey Road, St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey TNA: PRO RG 11/569 f19 p31
1883-04-10 admitted to Brighton Road poor law school Brighton Road School Admission and Discharge Register
  brought up with people called Nurse, who were greengrocers and florists in Peckham Rye—in lodgings there, or something—on his own from a very early age interview with Brenda Newnham
1889-01-01 admitted at Havil St workhouse, Camberwell, to be maintained at Sutton; as "William Singleton"; admitted from Camberwell at Brighton Rd school, Sutton; CofE; diet class I; as "William Singleton or Rogers" LMA CaBG/175/1 & SMSD/162, X20/414, /415
1891 scholar, S.M.D. School, Brighton Rd, Sutton PRO RG 12/545 f133 p6
  served an apprenticeship as a shoemaker (probably) interview with Brenda Newnham
1892-07-09 by order of Clerk to the Guardians, sent on trial to Mr C.R. Farnell, shoemaker, of 2 St John’s Terrace, Bell Green, Lower Sydenham; apprenticed to him CaBG X20/416, & SMSD/164
1893-12-17 discharged from school CaBG/175/1
c. 1900 m.1. ____ ____ interview with Brenda Newnham; RG 14/21056
1901 not found in census  
child: Mary (1902 or 1904 – ?) interview with Brenda Newnham
1911 bootmaker, worker, boarding with James Herbert Nelson, bootmaker, and family, in five rooms at 31 Marlboro St, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire; as William Joseph Rogers RG 14/21056 RD425 ED13 SN208
1914/15 stationed in Cheadle, Staffordshire information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
1914-04-29 m.2. Maud Collier 29 Apr 1914, parish church, Cheadle; as William Joseph Singleton marriage certificate
c. 1916 moved to Herne Bay, Kent interview with Brenda Newnham
children: Phyllis (1915–1994) and Brenda Ruby (1917–2007) interview with Brenda Newnham; daughter's birth certificate; GRO index
1917 Private in 15th Devon Regiment, Master Bootmaker, of 22 High St, Herne Bay daughter's birth certificate
  believed to have been a vigilante, doing coastal patrols, coastal service interview with Brenda Newnham
  military service record believed destroyed by enemy action in 1940 letter from Army Records Office
  told daughter Brenda that his aunt owned Singleton’s Golden Eye Ointment interview with Brenda Newnham; the claim was almost certainly untrue
  had a very tiny shop at Broomfield, Herne Bay, attached to Broomfield Post Office letter to D.F. Wells from Mrs Creighton
  the name over the shop in Herne Bay was "W.J. Singleton"; his wife called him "Bill" information from Brenda Newnham
1927 "Singleton, William Joseph boot maker 31 High st", Herne Bay Kelly's Directory, Kent
  an absolute artist as a shoemaker; had a contract to make special boots for crippled children at Sturry convent school in Kent information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
  his daughter described his work: he would take great care soaking leather—would hammer it out, and if it wasn’t ready would re-soak it; would work the wax for his thread into a sticky black ball in his hand, wax the thread, and sow with a boar’s hair down the end of the thread; he would turn over the edge so the sewing didn’t show, and hammer the edge down—the sewing was set in a groove so it didn’t stick out; he would take nails from his mouth—she never saw him put them in, and used to speculate whether he had a pouch down his throat or something; he took pleasure in challenging repairs—e.g. took hours over a pair of lizard-skin shoes that a rat had eaten a hole in; he would sometimes bring his work up from his work room in the evenings and work in the parlour with the family information from Brenda Newnham
  Looked younger than his age; short (5'2", shoe size 5), fair, dapper, smart—a lot to say for himself—stammered a bit if he got excited. A bit of a lad. Very good at dancing, tap dancing; very good at sports. Spoke very well, and had marvellous handwriting. A "handsome little man", with a moustache.
  played the musical saw
  used to visit France from time to time—either on business, or because possibly had French forebears
  Always a one for tall stories.

Well he used to have a postcard every now and again from someone signed "Dearest". My mother used to be absolutely livid about it. She used to say "If I get this "Dearest" I’ll crown her!" Every now and again he used to have a little flit up to London, or to the racecourse somewhere, and he’d send a telegram to my mother and say "Send me five pound, I’ve a cert for the last race" and my mother used to send him his train fare home.

interview with Brenda Newnham
  was chair (or steward or something) of Herne Bay football club, on committee of Herne Bay Cricket Club (perhaps chair), a founder member of the Cheerful Sparrows philanthropic society (a charity for the poor), and a Buffalo or Oddfellow information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
  the first man in Herne Bay to own a car—a Singer information from Brenda Newnham
  when a new Woolworth’s opened in Herne Bay, he couldn’t compete with them in the polish/laces trade, and eventually went broke
c. 1928/1931 moved to London—first to a room in Kilmorie Rd, SE23, let by a Mrs Quigley, then later to a downstairs flat in Stanstead Rd information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
c. 1935 had a shop in Shipman Road, Forest Hill, and was living at 121/1 Perry Vale; he took a boy (named Alfred?) from an orphanage as an apprentice, giving him board and lodging; he said it was "coz I know what it’s like"; Alfred later lived in Forest Hill and was manager of a boot repairers’ information from Brenda Newnham
1939-09-29 bootmaker & repairer, living with his wife and elder daughter at 156 Perry Vale, Lewisham, London 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: PRO RG 101)
  found a job doing piece-work shoe-repairing, as in modern heel-bars, which for him was an absolutely devastating come-down, he was such a professional information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
1949 Q4 d. Lambeth hospital; his daughter Brenda was with him at his death, which was registered by both his daughters information from Brenda Newnham
  bur. Hither Green Cemetery, no stone
  son of George Callaway and Sophia Rogers birth certificate; marriage certificate gives father's name as "George Charles Singleton"

George Callaway Rogers

1843-09-16 b. No. 9. Pump Court, St Saviour, Surrey birth certificate
1851 living with family in Morton Court, St George's, Southwark, Surrey HO 107/1565 f112 p40
1861 turner, living with family at 8 Bedford St, St Mary Newington PRO RG 9/343 f97 p7
1870 a George Rogers listed as occupier of 3 Bedford St—a house—gross estimated rental £11, rateable value £9, rate 12/-; 12/- in arrears, 12/- not recoverable; "Gone." St Mary Newington Rate Book
1871 not found in census for Townsend St, Walworth, or Bedford St RG 10
1871-12-24 bachelor; steward, of 8 Bedford St, Walworth; m. Sophia Shingleton, St John’s pc, Waterloo, Surrey, after banns; signed his name marriage certificate; parish register
children: Elizabeth Charlotte Ellen (1872–1951), George Callaway Shingleton (1874–1874), William Joseph (1877–1949), Sophia (1879 – after 1911), and Mary (1885 – after 1911); all surnamed Singleton or Rogers birth certificates; GRO index; London Metropolitan Archives, CaBG & SMSD; RG 11/569 f19 p31; 1911 census; Henry Roberts gedcom
1872 corn porter, living with family at 7 Deans Buildings, Bermondsey, Walworth, St Saviour, Surrey child's birth certificate
1874 ship steward child's death certificate
1874 of 145 Stocks Rd, St James, Southwark, Surrey source misplaced
  lived in the Midlands—Leicester or Lincoln or somewhere like that—originally interview with Brenda Newnham
  a sea-captain, or something to do with the sea; away at sea, didn’t often come home; possibly deserted his wife information from, and interview with, Brenda Newnham
1877 ship's steward son's birth certificate
1877 of 17 Townsend Street, Southwark source misplaced
1879 ship's steward daughter's birth certificate
1879-07-09 mariner, of 96 Blue Anchor Land, Bermondsey St James Bermondsey parish register, entries for children
1880 a George Rogers listed as occupier of 270 Palatinate, Munton Road - a house - rateable value £9, rate 4/6 St Mary Newington Rate Book
1881 ship’s cook and steward, living with family at 37 Lucey Road, St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey RG 11/569 f19 p31
1883-04-10 in infirmary Brighton Road School Admission and Discharge Register
1884 Q1 d. Camberwell RD GRO index
  occupation given as ship carter, on daughter's marriage certificate, 1899  
  named as "George Charles Singleton", and described as "mariner", on son's marriage certificate, 1914  
  son of James Thomas and Mary Ann Rogers birth certificate

James Thomas Rogers

cal 1817/8 b. St Margaret's, Westminster, Middlesex censuses
1838-04-16 turner, of 6 Mitre Place, Lambeth, Surrey; m. Mary Ann Skipp, of 6 Mitre Place, at St John the Evangelist pc, Lambeth, after banns; marked his name marriage certificate; parish register
children: John (cal 1838 – 1885), Emma (1839 – after 1861), Mary Ann (1841 to after 1870), Henry (c. 1843 – ?), George Callaway (1843–1884), Sarah (1845 – after 1861), Elizabeth (1848 – after 1871), Jane (1849 – after 1881), James Thomas (1851–1921), Henry (cal 1855 – 1891) sons' birth certificates; TNA: PRO RG 10/620 f118 p9; RG 11/550 f30 p8; Ancestry public member trees
1841 turner j., of James Street, St Mary, Lambeth, living with his family PRO HO 107/1061/6 f7 p10
1843 turner; family at 9 Pump Court, St Saviour, Surrey son's birth certificate
1851 turner, living with his family in Morton Court, St George's, Southwark, Surrey HO 107/1565 f112 p40
1861 inside turner, living with his family at 8 Bedford St, St Mary Newington RG 9/343 f97 p7
1870 occupier of 8 Bedford St, a house, gross rental £10, rateable value £8, rate 10/8, paid 10/8 St Mary Newington Rate Book
1871 living with his wife Jane in Bedford St, Walworth RG 10/620 f118 p9
1871 turner son's marriage certificate
1881 toy turner, of 8A Bedford St; living with his wife, son and boarder RG 11/550 f30 p8
1891 wood turner, employed, living with his wife, a son, and a lodger, in 2 rooms at 125 Brandon St, St Mary Newington, London RG 12/363 f59 p34
1891-08-24 wood turner (master); d. 125 Brandon St, St Peter Walworth, St Saviour, London, of general senile decay death certificate
  eldest known child of James and Elizabeth Rogers censuses; marriage certificate

James Rogers

cal 1788/9 b., not Surrey TNA: HO 107/1088/8 f12 p16; Christ Church workhouse register
1809-02-06 of St Mary, Lambeth; m. Elizabeth Calloway, St Mary, Lambeth, Surrey, by banns; signed parish register
children: James Thomas (cal 1818 – 1891), William (cal 1825 – after 1841) HO 107/1088/8 f12 p16
1838-04-16 turner; witnessed his son's wedding; signed his name son's marriage certificate; parish register
1841 turner, of Pump Court, St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey, living with his wife and son HO 107/1088/8 f12 p16
1849-06-25 admitted to Christ Church workhouse, Southwark; from Mr Drouet's Brixton; chargeable to St Saviour Christ Church workhouse register
1850-04-11 admitted to Christ Church workhouse, Southwark, by order of the Board; chargeable to St Saviour
1851 not found in census  
1855 Q1 possibly d. St Saviour Southwark RD GRO index

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