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Sunday, 11 May 2014

52 Ancestors #18 David Thomas William Boxall (1822-1898 ) Bermondsey, London

The thing with participating in the 52 ancestors blog challenge is that it is making me go back to some ancestors that have lain forgotten in my Family Historian database. Today I've chosen to take a look at David Boxall who is a member of this group as I don't think I've spent any time on the Boxall family in years!

So what do I know?

  • David Thomas William Boxall was born in 1822 in Whitechapel. He was the 5xGreat Grandfather of my children.
  • He married Mary Ann Pearce in 1843.
  • They had 7 children.

Not much really!

This is where I realise the difference that a few years genealogy experience shows. For example my source for David's birth reads 1861 Census and that's all!!! At least I knew enough to put some sort of source but it was a pretty poor one. From other links to this census I see that they were in Bermondsey in 1861 so I have now tracked down the census and added a better source citation.

So after a look around Ancestry, including the London Metropolitan Archive collection that has been added since I last researched David, I now know a bit more.

  • David was born on 20th April 1822 in Whitechapel, Middlesex and baptised on 15th September 1822 at St Dunstan's in Stepney(1)
  • He married Mary Ann Pearce on16th April 1843 at Trinity Church in Newington(2).
  • They had 8 children not 7 - I believe the eldest child Sarah died but I can only find a record of her baptism but not a burial and she didn't appear on any of the census returns.
  • He appears in all the census from 1841 to 1881 as a Fellmonger.
  • Mary died in 1875 and David got remarried to Sarah Ann Oldenshaw on 27 Dec 1875 in Bethnal Green.(3)
  • David and Sarah lived in Bermondsey at 19 Abbey Street in the 1881 and 1891 Census.
  • David passed away in 1898 - his death is registered in Apr-Jun quarter of 1898 and registered in St Olave Southward registration district.(4)

I then skipped over to wikipedia as my first question was "What is a Fellmonger?" and this is what it says(5)

A fellmonger was a dealer in hides or skins, particularly sheepskins, who might also prepare skins for tanning. The name is derived from the Old English ‘fell’ meaning skins and ‘monger’ meaning dealer. Fellmongery is one of the oldest professions in the world and since ancient times, man has used the skins of animals to clothe himself, and for making domestic articles
Leather Exchange 19th century from Lyons Family website
Bermondsey was well known for leather and tanning so this makes sense that David would have taken up this kind of career. You can now take a walk around Bermondsey around the places David must have worked. His father is also shown as a Fellmonger on both his baptism and first marriage certificate so it was passed down. I wonder if any of his children took up the same trade? Do you have any careers that have passed down through the generations?

As a member of the Guild of One Name Studies I'm always on the lookout for a name that someone is studying and Boxall is a registered name so I'm going to contact the holder of the Boxall study. Do you know any Boxalls?


(1)  "London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906",[database on-line], ( : accessed 11 May 2014) London Metropolitan Archives, Parish: St Dunstan Stepney Church: All Saints, Register of Baptism,  12 Sep 1822 - 15 Sep 1822 p 280 Item 3
(2) "London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921",[database on-line], ( : accessed 11 May 2014) London Metropolitan Archives, Southwark, Newington Holy Trinity; 16 Apr 1843; David Thomas William Boxall Mary Ann Pearce
(3) "London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921",[database on-line], ( : accessed 11 May 2014) London Metropolitan Archives, Bethnal Green, St James the Great; 29 Dec 1875; David William Boxall Sarah Ann Oldenshaw
(4)  "England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915" [database on-line] ( : accessed 11 May 2014) Apr-Jun [quarter] 1898 BOW-BRA

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