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Martha Elizabeth Goouch

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Ann-Marie Report 23 Jan 2013 10:46

Just to add for the 1905 wedding PITT/NAPTIN the records show Elizabeth Martha, so that wedding may not be her at all

Name Elizabeth Martha Naptin
Year of Marriage 1905
Quarter of Marriage Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration District West Ham
Registration County Essex
Spouse's Surname Only available for records after 1912
Volume Number 4A
Volume Page 136

Name Alfred James Pitt
Year of Marriage 1905
Quarter of Marriage Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration District West Ham
Registration County Essex
Spouse's Surname Only available for records after 1912
Volume Number 4A
Volume Page 136


Mary Report 22 Jan 2013 11:59

Marriage of Alfred James Pitt to Elizabeth Martha Naptin.



JayneB Report 22 Jan 2013 10:09

I have emailed Essex records office t try to find details of Henry Naptins admission to the West Ham Industrial school.

The reply was "As the school in 1911 was administered by the West Ham Poor Law Union, it is possible that there may be records of the pupils among those of the Guardians of the Poor. We do not hold any records of the West Ham Union."

Does anyone know how to access these records?

I am waiting replies from Surrey records regarding Lily May Naptin and the London Borough of Newham Archives regarding Frank Pitt.


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:59

Is there anyway to check custody records? Marthas daughter Lily is in PRINCESS MARY VILLAGE HOMES in 1911. the info on the home is:

‘The purpose of the said Institution shall be the bringing up, including board, lodging, clothing and education of female children who shall have had a parent convicted of crime, … who have no home or who are otherwise circumstanced as to be peculiarly exposed to demoralizing influence’

Could Martha have been convicted of a crime?


MargaretM Report 21 Jan 2013 23:55

London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
about Harry Napton Name: Harry Napton
[Harry Naptin]
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Age: 21
Spouse Name: Martha Elizabeth Goouch
Spouse Age: 18
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 21 May 1899
Parish: Poplar All Saints
Borough: Tower Hamlets
Father Name: Henry Napton
Spouse Father Name: Robert Goouch
Register Type: Parish Register


MarieCeleste Report 21 Jan 2013 23:53

That looks a very strong possibility.


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:48

I have just found a Frank Pitt b 1908 in an institution in West Ham. Might be my great grandfather?

PITT, Frank
Institution: West Ham Union Infirmary, WEST HAM INFIRMARY

PITT, Frank Patient M 3 1908

RG number: RG14
Piece: 9674
Reference: RG14PN9674 RD188 SD9 ED41 SN9999
Registration District: West Ham
Sub District: North Leyton
Enumeration District: 41
Parish: Low Leyton
Address: Whipps Cross Road Leytonstone N E County:


MarieCeleste Report 21 Jan 2013 23:44

Jayne, you're not a nuisance at all!


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:42

Thank you. I am sorry to be such a nuisance and hope I don't have to reorder them.

If anyone finds anything with the limited info that would be great. If not I will add the info as soon as I have it.


MarieCeleste Report 21 Jan 2013 23:38

If mum has them somewhere might be worth waiting until she's unpacked (a lot cheaper too than re-ordering them from GRO).

In the meantime, the fact Martha remarried as Pitt in 1960 confirms she never married a Holder (or she should have married in that name). So, she either lived with Alfred Holder and took his name or they were one and the same man.

Will dig around a bit.


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:33

I don't have the certs. My mum has them and is looking for them but has just moved house.

I know I am not helpful, sorry :-(

Maybe I should wait until she has unpacked them.


MarieCeleste Report 21 Jan 2013 23:29

Please give us all the info about Alfred Pitt from the marriage certificate, age, address, occupation, father's details ...

Will help us check her spouses.


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:26

That's them :-)


MarieCeleste Report 21 Jan 2013 23:26

Just posting that 1911 so we can see what we're working from:

HOLDER, Alfred Head Married M 30 1881 Vegetable Market Porter Stratford Essex
HOLDER, Elizabeth Wife Married 3 years F 30 1881 Cubitt Poplar
HOLDER, Rose Daughter Single F 1 (15 MONTHS) 1910 West Ham Essex

RG number: RG14 Piece: 9422
Reference: RG14PN9422 RG78PN507A RD188 SD3 ED12 SN49
Registration District: West Ham
Sub District: Plaistow
Enumeration District: 12
Parish: West Ham

Address: 27 Eve Road Stratford County: Essex


JayneB Report 21 Jan 2013 23:19

Please can someone help me work out my great great grandmothers very confusing story?

Martha Elizabeth Goouch was born 23/10/1880

In 1899 she married Harry Naptin and had 2 children, Henry b 1899 and Lily b 1903. In 1901 she was living in Plevna Street, Poplar. Her husband died in 1903 and in the 1911 census her children are in institutions, one in Ongar, Essex, the other in Chertsey, Surrey.

In 1905 Martha married Alfred PITT (Her name on the marriage cert is Martha E Naptin).

Now it gets confusing.

She had children Frank Holder b 1908 (my great grandfather) and Rose Holder b 1910 (notice the name change?) - I do not have the birth certs here, my mum is looking for them.

In the 1911 Census she is living at 27 Eve Road Stratford with Alfred HOLDER (husband aged 30) and Rose Holder (Frank is on the census but is crossed out so must be somewhere else?). She says they have been married for 3 years and that she has 2 children.

She had 5 more children, Alfred b 1911, Albert b 1914, Violet b 1915, Richard b 1917 and George b 1919.

In 1960 Martha married Peter Vandersteen (name on certificate Martha E Pitt)

I cannot find a death for an Alfred PITT or a marriage to an Alfred HOLDER and am wondering if they could be the same person.

I also cannot find Frank Holder b 1908 on any 1911 census.

If anyone has any ideas on Marthas very confusing life I would love to hear them.

Thank you