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Fergus Stewart 1833 -1890

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Irene Report 6 May 2013 17:07

Wonder if anyone knows of a factory in Spa Road in Bermondsey. It is referred to in a divorce petition brought by Fergus' wife(not my ancestor) in 1886. Fergus was my Great Great Grandfather. It appeared he had a mat making factory at 108 Spa Road.

Cannot find any reference to it - in fact he died in Hampshire. He had 6 children with Elizabeth and two with my Great Great Grandmother Anna Etherington whom it appears he did not marry. I am unable to trace any descendents living who might know anything about him.


Gins Report 6 May 2013 17:18


Have you got the Will for Fergus?

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
Name: Fergus Stewart
Probate Date: 16 Nov 1890
Death Date: 19 Nov 1890
Death Place: Southampton, England
Registry: Principal Registry

It might give you more information

Liz 47

Liz 47 Report 6 May 2013 17:22

Is this of any help - Liz

Household transcription 1881 census

Person: STEWART, Fergus

Address: 14, St Johns Road, Prittlewell

STEWART, Fergus Head Married M 47 1834 Matting & Mat Maker
London Bermondsey, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Elizabeth Wife Married F 42 1839
London Bermondsey, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Fergus W Son Single M 12 1869 Scholar
London Bermondsey, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Elizabeth M Daughter Single F 10 1871 Scholar
Tottenham, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Nelson A Son Single M 8 1873 Scholar
London Peckham, London, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Alexander E Son Single M 4 1877
London Bermondsey, London, Middlesex VIEW
STEWART, Christopher R Son Single M 2 1879
London Bermondsey, London, Middlesex VIEW


MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 17:37

Looking at the address of 108 Spa Road in 1891 there are actually people living there - working in the matting business:

??? William Head Widower M 43 1848 Coconut Fibre Material Manufacturer Southwark, London
??? William F Son M 13 1878 Camberwell, London
?, ? H Son M 11 1880 Camberwell, London
HANCOCK, Elizabeth E Head Widow F 38 1853 House Keeper Newington, London
HANCOCK, Louisa E Daughter Single F 20 1871 Laundry Servant Camberwell, London
HANCOCK, Florence Rosina Daughter Single F 18 1873 Book Folder Camberwell, London
HANCOCK, Emma Daughter Single F 16 1875 Book Folder Camberwell, London
HANCOCK, Chas F Son Single M 14 1877 Printing Machine Lay? Camberwell, London
HANCOCK, Annie A Daughter Single F 16 1875 Book Folder Camberwell, London
LONSDALE, Alice L Boarder Single F 23 1868 Book Folder Clerkenwell, London
LONSDALE, Herbert Boarder Single M 6 1885 Peckham, London

RG number: RG12 Piece: 380 Folio: 21 Page: 37
Sub District: St James Bermondsey
Ecclesiastical Parish: St James

Address: 108, Spa Road, Bermondsey County: London


Gins Report 6 May 2013 17:45

Ancestrys version!

1891 England Census
Name: Florence Roaua Hancock
Age: 18
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873
Relation: Daughter
Parent's Name: Anabel E Glaucook
Gender: Female
Where born: Camberwell, London, England

Civil parish: Bermondsey
Ecclesiastical parish: St James
County/Island: London
Country: England

Registration district: St Olave Southwark
Sub-registration district: St James Bermondsey
ED, institution, or vessel: 31
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 380
Folio: 21
Page Number: 38
Household Members: Name Age
Anabel E Glaucook 38
Louisa E Glaucook 20
Florence Roaua Hancock 18
Emma Hancock 16
Chas L Hancock 14
Anna A Hancock 12
Alice L Lonsdale 23
Herbert Louthan 6


Irene Report 6 May 2013 22:07

Thank you so much one and all. I do have the will of Fergus in which he left his wife (whom brought the divorce petition) £90. I also have all the Census'. Thank you for the 1891 census. He was at 108 Spa Road in 1886 and was the master. It is very well explained in the divorce petition - by 1890 he died of tuberculosis in Shirley, Southampton. It would seem that someone took over and not any of his sons. I will add the 1891 census to my records.

Regards Irene


MarieCeleste Report 6 May 2013 22:18

Hello Irene, must admit that my curiosity was piqued and I had a look at the divorce petition and the order for restitution of conjugal rights, how humiliating for his poor wife - certainly sounded like something was going on with that housekeeper.


Irene Report 7 May 2013 17:13

Hello MarieCeleste

Yes you are right. He is a mystery to me as it seems he did not marry my great great grandmother and left her with two children - she in turn was married previously to a James Warr and what happened to him is also a mystery. I am unable to find any living descendants from his 'second' marriage as they might have known more about him!!
Thanks for your contributions


MarieCeleste Report 7 May 2013 18:39

Irene, I notice that on Fergus' probate that administration was granted to his widow Elizabeth. I've had another look at those divorce papers and I don't think the divorce did actually go ahead. Proceedings were commenced 1886 but there is a note in 1887 that the cause be stayed - looks like Fergus didn't come up with the money for the costs. In 1888 there is a recording that the cause be struck off the lists for hearing.

So Elizabeth was still legally his wife so I guess he wasn't legally free to marry Anna (so he was a cad and a bounder but at least he wasn't a bigamist!) - I'm presuming Anna came after Elizabeth?

If you want give us some details on James Warr could take a look ......

EDIT: Looks like Anna was married to James in 1842 so must have been earlier


Janet Report 7 May 2013 19:18

Which is this Fergus Stewart ? the son? and he is with an Anna

Name: Fergus W Stewart
Age: 23
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Relation: Boarder
Spouse's Name: Anna C Stewart
Gender: Male
Where born: Southwark, London, England

Civil parish: St Andrew
Ecclesiastical parish: St Luke
County/Island: Northumberland
Country: England

Registration district: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sub-registration district: St Andrew
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 4204
Folio: 5
Page Number: 3
Household Members:
Name Age
John W Stokoe 30
Francis H Stokoe 26
Edwin H Stokoe 5
Frederick W Stokoe 8/12
Fergus W Stewart 23
Anna C Stewart 24


Irene Report 7 May 2013 20:31

Fergus was born in 1833 and was baptised in South London. He was with Anna in 1861 census in Tottenham. It appeared they ran a sort of pub - I have my great grandmother's birth cert and she was born there in 1859. There is no record of marriage though Anna called herself Stewart. She was married to James Warr prior to this and had two sons then had my great grandmother and another son names Emily Lavinia Stewart and Samuel Fergus Stewart. Within a few years he married Elizabeth Parr. What happened to James Warr? I am in contact with Anna's descendants who would love to know what happened to him. I have looked at every route possible and cannot find them in 1851 census which might give us some information. In fergus' death cert. he is attended by his son Alexander who would have been only 14 or so at the time. So strange that he was in Hampshire and the address has been a pub since the mid 1800's. He is definitely my most intriguing ancestor. Fergus Wiiliam was his son.


MarieCeleste Report 7 May 2013 20:32

Looks like he's Fergus and Elizabeth's son:

London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906
Name: Fergus William Stewart
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 20 Dec 1868 - born 22 Sep
Father's Name: Fergus Stewart - Matting Maker
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Stewart
Parish or Poor Law Union: Camberwell St Philip the Apostle
Borough: Southwark
Register Type: Parish Registers

Lived 98 Upper Grange Road.


Irene Report 7 May 2013 20:37

You are right and I believe Fergus William was in the army and moved around quite a bit even to Jersey.


MarieCeleste Report 7 May 2013 20:38

Just posting Anna and James' marriage for info about him:

London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921

Name: Anna Etherington
Spouse Name: James War - Mariner
Record Type: Marriage
Event Date: 19 Apr 1842
Parish: Brixton St Matthew
Borough: Lambeth
Father Name: Joseph Etherington - Builder
Spouse Father Name: John War - Carpenter
Register Type: Parish Register

Both bride and groom said to be of full age and residents of Brixton. Neither married before.

Witnesses: Harriet Etherington and John Dummer?


MarieCeleste Report 7 May 2013 20:48

I wonder if this could be him?

Merchant Navy Seamen 1835-1941

Last name: Warr
First names: James (also has middle name John)
Day of birth: 02
Month of birth: 04
Year of birth: 1820
Place of birth: Pulham
County/country of birth: Dorsetshire
Card type:
Discharge number:
Identity certificate no.:
Series: BT113
Date range: 1845-1854
Piece number: 123

This ticket was issued Poole 25 March 1845. It states that when he's not working he resides St Olave, Middlesex.

First went to sea in 1839.

There's a note scrawled that this ticket was cancelled because he was sent to Quebec ??


MarieCeleste Report 7 May 2013 20:56

Irene, from your post above about Anna - "She was married to James Warr prior to this and had two sons then had my great grandmother and another son names Emily Lavinia Stewart and Samuel Fergus Stewart."

Could you give us the names of the children she had with James Warr ?


Eringobragh1916 Report 7 May 2013 21:05

Re Janets Post.....(19.18)

Fergus Wm Stewart was married to Anna "Dally".......(Daley) child Fergus Xavier Wyndam Stewart baptised St Mary's Clayton St. Ncle. (1891) and a Francisca Marie Stewart (1893) same Church......

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 7 May 2013 22:02

Is this correct 1861 Anna was a Beerhouse Keeper and Fergus was a Ship Fender Maker.
Address Nags Head, High Road Tottenham

Name: Fergus Stewart
Age: 38
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1823
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Anna Stewart
Gender: Male
Where born: Horsleydown, Surrey, England
Civil parish: Tottenham
Ecclesiastical parish: St Paul
County/Island: Middlesex
Country: England
Street Address:


Condition as to marriage:

View image
Registration district: Edmonton
Sub-registration district: Tottenham
ED, institution, or vessel: 8
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 70
Piece: 794
Folio: 35
Page Number: 15
Household Members:
Name Age
Fergus Stewart 38
Anna Stewart 35
Walter Stewart 11
William Stewart 9
Charles Stewart 4
Lavinia Stewart 2
William Coleman 30


Irene Report 8 May 2013 17:16

Joseph James Warr 1845 - 1847 Address on baptism cert. Abdy St., Southwark occupation Sail Maker
Walter James Warr 1849. Know a lot about him as I am in contact with his granddaughter who has knowledge and documents passed to her. Walter also tried to find out what happened to his father.
William Warr 1852.

Samuel Fergus Stewart 1856. So somewhere between 1852 and 1855 James Warr goes missing. Sometimes John James Warr. I don't think James Warr was born in Dorset - so though it is intriguing I don't think the information is him. Though I would like to know where you found this. I also found a prison record for a James War (sailor) 1 year hard labour in Dorset - as there seemed to be a gap between marriage and child I thought maybe - but we can never be sure.

Thank you for all your contributions - there is some discrepancy about his age but I do notice that these things happen in many census'.


MarieCeleste Report 8 May 2013 18:44

Hello Irene, the Merchant Navy record was from FindMyPast. Do note the note I put on that although it states he was born in Dorset, he lived in St Olave, Middlesex - I believe that's part of Southwark. The address on Joseph James' baptism was Southwark.

Where do you believe James Warr was actually born? Could you give details of any census you have him on.