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Lookin for help with a Watson Tree. Pretty please!

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Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Sep 2013 21:54

I was talking to my partner today about my previous obsession of geneology. He has now asked me to try to track down a few of his ancestors, but am a bit rusty in the game and was wondering if any of you can help.....?

(I am by no means an expert and could really use some expert help)

Parents: Margaret (peggy) Prentice Gordon, b. 1930, Belfast..
Albert John Waston, d. april 1994, N. Ire.

G.parents: Edith Rose Watson(maiden name not known) b.1902, d. 1944
Albert John Watson, b. 1902, d. 1944.

The grandparents named here where both killed in their own home in the blitz in 1944 when a bomb struck their house, when they where living at 3 Caladonian Terrace, borough poplar, Millwall, London. The house no longer exsists.

If anyone here can find me any information on this or point me in the right direction, i would be so terribly thankful.

Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Sep 2013 22:10

Addition info is that Albert John Watson (Jnr) who married Margaret Gordon, served in ww2 in the royal navy and was in a submarine that was torpedoed, but he survived......

I am really now old to this as its been so long since I looked at a tree, but I would love to find some info on this. Whilst my partner was talking to a relative about this today, in order to get background dates, etc., the relative got quite emotional and if I can get at least some sort of tree going for said relative, and indeed my partner, would be such a lovely thing for them to have. Thank you in advance. :)


MarieCeleste Report 12 Sep 2013 22:17

A possible for their marriage:

Surname First name(s) Spouse District Vol Page
Marriages Jun 1923
Brett Edith R Watson Poplar 1c 699
Watson Albert J Brett Poplar 1c 699

Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Sep 2013 22:18

Thank you so much much Reggie, that definately looks like them :D


MarieCeleste Report 12 Sep 2013 22:20

This could be the birth of Albert John who died in 1994:

Surname First name(s) Mother District Vol Page
Births Dec 1923
Watson Albert J Brett Poplar 1c 690


ErikaH Report 12 Sep 2013 22:21

1911 census..............possibly

Person: BRETT, Edith Address: 28 Salter Street

BRETT, Frederick Thomas Head Married M 52 1859 Dock Labourer Whitechapel London VIEW
BRETT, Elizabeth Wife Married24 years F 45 1866 Limehouse VIEW
BRETT, Elizabeth Daughter Single F 21 1890 Machine Hand Mile End London VIEW
BRETT, Fredrick Son Single M 19 1892 Baker Mile End London VIEW
BRETT, Mary Daughter Single F 17 1894 Machine Hand Shadwell VIEW
BRETT, Jane Daughter F 13 1898 Shadwell VIEW
BRETT, William Son M 11 1900 Shadwell VIEW
BRETT, Edith Daughter F 8 1903 Shadwell VIEW
BRETT, Lilian Daughter F 6 1905 Limehouse VIEW
BRETT, Helen Daughter F 4 1907 Limehouse


ErikaH Report 12 Sep 2013 22:23

Albert jnr seems to have had a couple of siblings (one of each)............I'll let you look for the info


MarieCeleste Report 12 Sep 2013 22:24

Fox, if you use the FreeBMD link that Reggie posted you can find some possible siblings for Albert J jnr.

To find out more about Albert John snr and Edith Rose you really need to order their marriage certificate. You can get this from GRO, costs £9.25


MarieCeleste Report 12 Sep 2013 22:28

In 1931 Edith Rose was living at 5 Perrys Close with Albert John

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965
Name: Edith Rose Watson
Year: 1931
County or Borough: Tower Hamlets
Ward or Division/Constituency: Poplar

It may have been flats as there were quite a few other names listed.

Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Sep 2013 22:28

Thank you so much for your help. Its been so long since ive been on here. I'll keep you all posted :D

Fox On The Rocks

Fox On The Rocks Report 12 Sep 2013 22:45

I must admit, that I've never really used the freebmd before as all my ancestors came from scotland. I just poodled around on scotlandspeople. gov for a few month, interchanging between ancestry and genes. But ive got the adrenaline buzz right away again.............I feel another addiction coming on!! lol :)


rootgatherer Report 12 Sep 2013 23:32


Births Mar 1902 Watson Albert John St. Germans 5c 40


Name: Albert John Watson
Age in 1911: 9
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1902
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Southampton
Civil Parish: St Mary
County/Island: Hampshire
Country: England
Street Address: 17 Paget Street, Chapel, Southampton
Registration District: Southampton
Registration District Number: 99
Sub-registration District: Southampton Eastern
ED, institution, or vessel: 43
Household Schedule Number: 90
Piece: 5977
Household Members:
Name Age
Albert John Watson 33, Dock Labourer
Amelia Jane Watson 31
Albert John Watson 9
William percy Watson 3
Charlote Watson 1


mgnv Report 13 Sep 2013 02:31

The English 1911 is free right now, with images, at:

The English 1881 is free (but no free images) at:

Devon 1861 (missing one piece # in Plymouth) & 1871 (complete) are free at:®ion=UNITED_KINGDOM_IRELAND
in particular:
Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958 (for all Ireland pre-1922, but only the republic post partition):

One can purchase certs (or cheaper still, the uncertified images of the rego) via:

The Irish 1901/1911 censuses are free (with images) at:

Saltash is at the Cornwall end of Brunel's rail bridge across the Tamar just 5km out of Plymouth. Saltash is in St German's RD.


Rachel Report 27 Aug 2019 15:53

I’m the granddaughter of Albert John Watson and Margaret Prentice (nee Gordon). My mum (Carol) is my grandas 2nd child and 2nd daughter and my granny’s 1st born and only daughter. My grandas parents are Albert John Watson and Edith Rose (nee Brett) and his grandparents are Albert John Watson and Amelia Jane. My granda was 1st married to Wilhelmina Snodden who died in 1953 (I don’t know what she died of) and they have a daughter (Sylvia). My granny and granda married in October 1954. My granda passed away April 1997 and my granny passed away March 2017. I’m looking into my family history if anyone has anymore information I would greatly appreciate it. Any further questions I will try to answer. Thank you


Rachel Report 27 Aug 2019 16:05

Ericka H my granda had a brother Freddie and a sister Vera


Rambling Report 27 Aug 2019 16:16

Rachel this is an old thread, are you needing help with the same Watson family?

edit yes i see it seems to be the same family, are you the original poster under a different name?if not have you tried messaging them?

What info in particular are you looking for please as it will help with knowing what to advise :-)


ArgyllGran Report 27 Aug 2019 16:53

Rachel seems to be a niece of Fox on the Rocks's partner..

Albert John and Margaret were FOTR's partner's parents, so it looks as if Rachel's mum Carol is the partner's sister


ArgyllGran Report 27 Aug 2019 17:15

Edith Rose and Albert (1902) in 1939:

Edith R Watson
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: Edith R Watson
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Birth Date: 19 Mar 1903
Residence Year: 1939
Address: 86
Residence Place: Poplar, London, England
Occupation: Hemp Dryer
Schedule Number: 74
Sub Schedule Number: 2
Enumeration District: AQPE
Registration district: 19/2
Inferred Spouse: Albert J Watson
Household Members:
Albert J Watson - 7 Feb. 1902; roofing felt machinist; ARP Barking Council
Edith R Watson
(and one closed record on Ancestry)

[EDIT: the closed record is likely to be son Albert, as Freddie and Jennie Vera were in Oxford - see later post.]

Their marriage:

Albert John Watson
in the London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932
Name: Albert John Watson
Marriage Age: 21
Record Type: Marriage
Birth Date: abt 1902
Marriage Date: 1 Apr 1923
Marriage Place: St Matthias, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, England
Father: Albert John Watson, sailor
Spouse: Edith Rose Brett [ Father: Frederick Brett , labourer ]

Marriages Jun 1923 (>99%) (already posted in 2013 by MarieCeleste)
Brett Edith R Watson Poplar 1c 699
Watson Albert J Brett Poplar 1c 699

Three children of the marriage, all born in Poplar reg district - and Rachel mentions siblings Freddie and Vera in her post):

Albert J 1923, Frederick Ed 1928, Jennie V 1931.


ArgyllGran Report 27 Aug 2019 17:23

So the 1911 for Edith, posted by Erika in 2013, and the 1911 for Albert, posted by RG in 2013, are the correct ones.


ArgyllGran Report 27 Aug 2019 17:31

Deaths as mentioned by FOTR in opening post:

Died 21/06/1944
Aged 42
Civilian War Dead
of 3 Caledonian Terrace. Wife of Albert John Watson. Died at 3 Caledonian Terrace.

Died 21/06/1944
Aged 42
Civilian War Dead
Air Raid Warden; of 3 Caledonian Terrace. Husband of Edith Rose Watson. Died at 3 Caledonian Terrace.