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The Card Family
My great great great grandfather
born in Hartfield, then married in Scotland
where he was in the Arsenal, and had, I think,
seven children. He then moved back to Plumstead
and had their last child born in 1898.
Great great great grandfather then
was in the Arsenal at Woolwich for many many
years. All of his children growing up in this
area and having their own family and many of
them working in the Arsenal.
I guess I should start with names,
some still living in Plumstead today. But they
are elusive and hard to track down. I am also
after the basic history on Plumstead to include
into my family tree records.
Great great great grandfather, John
Card, married Eliza Janet Sims, on 16 Dec. 1882,
at The Manse, North Leith, Scotland.
Frances, my great grandmother.
Charles born Plumstead 1898.
Family stories have it that my great
grandmother, either had a quick fling or was
raped by a Sgt. from the Arsenal which resulted
in her giving birth to a son in 1906. To have
this child, Charles Herbert Card, she was sent
to a home for unwed mothers in Hackney, where
she gave birth. Upon returning back to
Plumstead, her parents, John and Eliza, raised
Charles as their son. Frances was only 16 at the
time of giving birth. To this day no one has
really been told who his father was. Charles
grew up thinking that John and Eliza where his
parents. Because they already had a son by the
name of Charles, Charles Herbert was nick named
The Card family lived then at what was known as
84 Kirkham Street, and later, when Frances
married in 1918 to a Alfred Perryman. It is
stated on her marriage cert. her address as
living at 63 Francis Street. Also showing that
she was a Munitions Worker and that Alfred was a
Ferrier Sgt. living at AVC Barracks Woolwich.
John Snr. and sons John, Henry and Charles, all
worked in the Arsenal. Charles Herbert Card left
England and went to Australia in 1923 where he
also joined the Army.
Munitions Workers at the Arsenal
. Photo taken before 1920. 'A'. being my
great-great grandmother Frances Mary Card and
'B'. Jessie Goodrich, Frances's cousin. (Click
on the Photo for a much bigger view)
Taken at 84 Kirkham St. taken
in 1918. Eliza Janet, daughter. Anne in
uniform, her 2 daughters (Joan and Mary) and
the young Charles Herbert Card, in a scouts
John Card Snr. and Sgt. Henry
I would really love to hear from anyone that
has any information on the Card Family.
Can any one help with any further
information on any of the above?
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The Austin Family
(Click on Photo for very large
This is a picture of my
grandmother and granddad. ( with the X's)
Probably it was celebrating the Coronation of
Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
They lived in Ancona Rd; Plumstead (Orchard
Rd). Their house was an old large Victorian
house. It covered three floors including a
cellar. During the war the family would use
the cellar to shelter from the air raids as
you could climb under the house from the
cellar and climb back up to the front room.
I'm looking for old photo's of Plumstead High
Street, circa 1900 era, as my Great grand
parents had a shop along there, but no one has
any photo's of it or this part of the High
Street. It was a sweet shop and their surname
Can anyone help here?
Can any one help with any
further information on any of the above?
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The Jeal Family
Louise Vernon, who is currently researching
her family's early historical connections to
Plumstead, sent me this lovely photograph
which has the following information written on
the back of it, which says:
My information regarding the
Jeal's is a little confusing but here is the
text that was written on the back of the photo
by my 2nd great grandaunt Elizabeth Annie
"This photo is my mother's aunt and uncle, Mr.
and Mrs. Jeal. They lived in a cottage by the
"Brewery Tap" in Lakedale
Road, Plumstead. I used to go and see
them and meet my mother there when I came from
school and we would walk home together. My
mother died suddenly of a heart attack when I
was 13. I was in the Ex 7th and left school
then. My sisters, Dolly then 17 and Kate 15
were mother's helps."
I really could do with the first names of Mr.
and Mrs. Jeal so that I can begin to clarify
exactly what relationship they were to Lizzie.
It's possible their names were James and
Rebecca but I cannot find them on the 1891
census. Until I can verify their names I
cannot go any further.
Update: Louise Vernon wrote: "I've
had the Death Certificates of the people I
think were in the photo. The address given is
Orchard Road and the death information was a
William G. Jeal, he also lived on Orchard
I wonder whether it is their son
William that Lizzy remembers visiting?"
Can any one shed more
light on this couple?
If so, email
The Headd(Head) Family
John 5 Headd 1771
HEAD Family History ©
Pat Lunnon and Mark Head, 1999
web pages © Jerry England, 1999
John HEADD was born in Millbrook, Hampshire
BEF. 25 DEC 1771; baptized in Romsey,
Hampshire, 25 DEC 1771; married Sophia SMITH
in St. Nicolas, Plumstead,
Kent, 14 MAY 1802; died 3 JUN 1855 in
Notes for Sophia Smith:
b about 1770/75; died 15 JAN 1846 at Plumstead
The children of John HEADD and Sophia (SMITH)
i. Mari Ann HEAD was born BEF. 10 JUN 1810;
baptized in St Nicolas, Plumstead,
Kent, 10 JUN 1810.
ii. William HEAD was born 1 MAY 1803; baptized
in St Mary Magdalene,
Woolwich, Kent, 22 MAY 1803.
iii. Eliza Ann HEAD was born 20 OCT 1812;
baptized in St Nicolas, Plumstead,
Kent, 15 NOV 1812.
iv. Sarah HEAD was born 11 DEC 1814; baptized
in St Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 24 AUG 1817;
married Thomas BUTCHER in St. Nicolas,
Plumstead, Kent, 12 JAN 1836.
about 1837 Plumstead, Kent, England
about 1841 Plumstead, Kent, England
about 1843 Woolwich, Kent, England
about 1846 Plumstead, Kent, England
+v. Stephen 6 Head was born in Plumstead,
Kent 29 JUL 1817; baptized in St. Nicolas,
Plumstead, Kent, 24 AUG 1817; married Margaret
WILKIE in St. Nicolas, Plumstead,
Kent, 9 DEC 1844; died 28 DEC 1881 in
Plumstead, Kent, at 64 years of age.
John Headd joined the 1st Regiment Royal
Artillery and first appears on muster and pay
rolls in Aug. 1795 when it was noted that he
had served 61 days already. The Battalion
mustered at Brighton, Sussex.
In Sep. 1795 the Battalion moved to Portsmouth
and on the 13th Nov Capt. John Roger's Company
embarked on HMS's Arethusa and Concord for
passage to the West Indies. John appears to
have been on board the Concord as he did not
appear on the muster or payroll of the
Arethusa. John's pay as a gunner was ninepence
ha'penny (equiv. 4p today, or 2.5 cents).
Capt. Roger's Company landed at Barbados on
5th Feb. 1796 and on 1st April the Company
embarked on the Troop ships John, Jane and
Arethusa for San Domingo, Haiti. A muster was
held on 7th April. The next muster took place
at St. Nicolas Mole, San Domingo, on 8th May.
The muster Roll taken at the end of June
showed that 28 deaths had occurred in the
company that month, including the Captain who
died on 30th June.
Sometime during July/August 1786 the main body
of the Company moved to Port-au-Prince.
However, John Head remained at the command at
St. Nicolas Mole where he was stationed until
he returned to England.
By March 1797 the Company had been reduced by
deaths to under half it's former strength. A
new Captain, Capt. Wiltshire Wilson, was
appointed and the Company was brought up to
strength in May by replacements from other
In July all NCOs and gunners were awarded Five
shillings and Threepence (about 26 pence or
about 18 cents) shoe money.
Capt. Wilson was transferred in September and
Capt. G. Koehler was appointed to the Company.
John Head had a pay rise of two pence (1/2p or
1/4 cent) per day in Jan. 1798, but this was
not in fact paid to him until September.
John Head was part of a detachment that
returned to England aboard the Iris which left
San Domingo in June 1798.
It was not stated in the muster rolls just
whereabouts in England John Head was
stationed, but at some time before 1802 he
went to the Royal Artillery Barracks at
John was discharged from the First Battalion,
the Royal Artillery on 31st March 1810, having
served a total of 16 years 45 days, which
includes his service in the West Indies prior
to him enlisting with the First Battalion. His
discharge was due to rheumatism. His
description on the discharge papers is given
as: Aged 35 and 3/4; height 5' 8''; brown
hair, gray eyes, fair complexion. He was
granted a pension of One shilling (5p or 3
cents) a day from 1st April 1810. (he was
latterly earning something above 11.5 pence a
day- so his pension was near his salary in
John Headd's occupation is a gardener at the
time his son is married in 1844.
On the 1851 census John
is living with son-in-law Thomas Butcher in
Jerry England 1989 - 2003
Family History © Pat Lunnon, Mark Head, and
Jerry England, 1999
pages © Jerry England, 1999 - 2005
6 Head was born in Plumstead, Kent 29
JUL 1817; baptized in St. Nicolas,
Plumstead, Kent, 24 AUG 1817. He married Margaret
in St. Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 9 DEC 1844;
died 28 DEC 1881 in Plumstead, Kent, at 64
years of age.
children of Stephen Head and Margaret
(Wilkie) Head are:
Mary HEAD was born 29 NOV 1845;
baptized in St Mary Magdalene,
Woolwich, Kent, 25 DEC 1845. I believe she
died before 1851 because she is not on that
Margaret HEAD was born 14 APR 1848;
baptized in St. Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 1
OCT 1854; married George MORRIS in
St. Margaret's, Plumstead, 31 DEC 1871.
[George Morris b. about 1845 at Kingston on
Thames, Surrey, England.]
(left to right) Margaret
Head nee Wilkie, Maria Cummin nee Head,
Thomas Cummin Jr, and Winnie Cummin about
Maria HEAD was born 29 MAY 1850;
baptized in St. Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 1
OCT 1854; m. Thomas CUMMIN 1868 in
Woolwich, Kent. [Thomas Cummin b. about 1849
in Chatham (aka Medway), Kent, England; d.
1886 in Woolwich; occupation carpenter; s/o
Thos Cummins b about 1817 Stockton,
Durham and Agnes b about 1824]
Maria Cummin nee HEAD. Thanks to Ron Foster for the photo.
Children of Thomas
and Maria Cummin:
Margaret Cummin about 1870
Thomas Cummin about 1872
Roseina M. Cummin about 1875
Stephen G. Cummin about 1877
Amelia W. Cummin about 1879
Nellie E Cummin about 1882 Plumstead
Harold W Cummin about 1885 Plumstead
John 7 HEAD [Jerry's Line]
was born 16 APR 1853; baptized in St.
Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 1 OCT 1854;
married Susannah AVERY in St.
Mary's, Lewisham, Kent, 4 MAY 1876.
Stephen John Head and
Susannah Head nee Avery in Plumstead about
Ethel M. Head (Dressmaker) b. 1877 Plumstead
Florence S. Head b. 1878 Plumstead; m: Henry
Clements WALKEM or WALKEN 1908 Woolwich
Constance M.A. Head about 1880 Plumstead; m.
HARRIS, Unknown about 1902
Lillian M. Head b. 1882 Plumstead; m.
Frederick CRAWFORD 1908 Woolwich
Annie Leighton Head b. 1884 Plumstead
Edith M. Head b. 1887 Plumstead; m. William
H. DUMBRILL about 1908
Stephen W Head about 1889 Plumstead
emigrated to USA about 1910
Herbert H Head about 1893 Plumstead
emigrated to USA before 1913
Charles 7 HEAD [Mark
Head's Line] was born 7 FEB 1856; baptized
in St. Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 23 MAR
1856; married Esther GILBERT in St.
James, Plumstead, 26 DEC 1881.
Esther Head about 1882 Plumstead
Matthew C Head about 1883 Woolwich
Anie A Head about 1887 Plumstead
George Head about 1888 Plumstead
Thomas W Head about 1892 Plumstead
John Head about 1894 Plumstead
Elizabeth Head about 1895 Plumstead
Ethel M Head about 1896 Plumstead
James F Head about 1898 Plumstead
Walter E Head about 1899 Plumstead
vi. Fanny Sophia HEAD was born 15 JUN
1856; baptized in St. Nicolas, Plumstead,
Kent, 4 JUL 1858; m. Alexander George
POPE 22 JUN 1887. [Alexander G Pope b.
about 1865 in Plumstead, Kent, England.]
Alexandrina Pope about 1889 Plumstead
Mabel Pope about 1892 Plumstead
Morris Pope about 1896 Plumstead
vii. Emma HEAD was born 21 NOV 1860;
baptized in St. Nicolas, Plumstead, Kent, 13
JAN 1861; m. George William BROWN in
St. Margaret's, Plumstead, Kent 26 MAR 1883.
[George W Brown b. about 1861 in Plumstead,
George S Brown about
William B Brown about 1887
Frank E Brown about 1889
Emma F Brown about 1891
Edith M Brown about 1893
Arthur H Brown about 1895
Florence A Brown about 1897
viii. Thomas HEAD was born 23 APR
1863; baptized in St. Margaret's, Plumstead,
17 MAY 1863, m. Fanny ASHDOWN 1885
in Woolwich, Kent. [b. about 1863 in
Charlton, Kent, England.]
Thomas E Head about
Nellie M Head about 1889
Albert W Head about 1891
Arthur S Head about 1894
ix. Ann HEAD was born 6 DEC 1866;
baptized in St. Margaret's, Plumstead, 3 MAR
1867; m. Walter Edward BARLING in
St. Margaret's, Plumstead 23 FEB 1889.
[Walter Barling b. about 1865 in Chatham,
Walter Barling about 1890 Plumstead
x. Alice HEAD was born in Landport,
Hampshire, England 18 NOV 1869 at 98 Surrey
Street, Landport , Portsea Island (say
Portsmouth), Hampshire, England; baptized in
St. Margaret's, Plumstead, 31 MAR 1872; m. William
Henry FRENCH in Holy Trinity Church,
Woolwich 25 DEC 1898. [William H French b.
about 1874 in Woolwich, Kent, England.]
Alice E E French
about 1900 Plumstead
Information collected and © 1999 by Pat
Lunnon as part of her research into the Head
Notes for Stephen Head:
Stephen married Margaret Wilkie, the
daughter of Thomas Wilkie, a Warrant Officer
(probably with the Royal Artillery or in the
Royal Arsenal in Woolwich). Magaret was only
18 whilst Stephen was already 27. They
Married, like their parents before, at St.
Nicolas, Plumstead, in the presence of Eliza
Bates and William Manning. Both Stephen and
Margaret made their marks, and so were
The vicar was Revd. H. J. Shackleton.
By the time their third daughter, Maria, was
born, Stephen and Margaret Head were living
in 3, Sprays Buildings, Plumstead, according
to the 1851 census. Their eldest daughter,
Mary, does not appear and presumably died,
as she would have been only 5 years old at
the census date. (30th March, 1851)
Stephen is recorded as being a Boiler Maker.
Their first son, Stephen John, was born on
16th April 1853. it was only on 1st Oct.
1854 that all three remaining children were
baptised; margaret was 6 and Maria 4.
Stephen's occupation was shown on the
baptism record as being 'labourer' although
this description could mean many things.
When Matthew Charles was baptised on 23rd
March 1856 Stephen was back to being
identified as a 'Boiler Maker'.
see also notes under John Head.
Up until 1859 St. Nicolas Church was the
Parish church of Plumstead. On 25th April
1859 the newly constructed St. Margaret's
Church was consecrated and became joint
parish church as baptisms and marriages took
place in both buildings until Nov. 1860. St.
Margaret's officially took over as Parish
church in1864, with St. Margaret's as a
district church only.
By 1878 Stephen and Margaret had moved to
20, Station Road. In May 1878 Stephen made
By 31st. Mar 1881 Stephen and Margaret had
moved again, to 19 Maxey Road, Plumstead.
The census of that date indicates that their
children living with them were thus:
Matthew Charles, 26 unmarried Foundry
Fanny 23 unmarried Formerly cook
Thomas 17 unmarried Foundry Labourer
Ann 14 unmarried
Alice 11 unmarried scholar
Stephen was described as a Fitters Labourer
and Margaret as Wife only (no trade)
Staying in the house also were unrelated
David Stevenson 26 Iron Moulder Born
Louisa Stevenson 27 Needlewoman Born
Stephen died on 28th Dec. 1881, 2 days after
the marriage of his son, Matthew Charles
Head (Mark's g.g.f) to Esther Gilbert. His
funeral took place in Plumstead Cemetery on
7th Jan 1882. Stephen's Will was proved in
London on 20th Feb 1882, leaving all his
possessions to Margaret.
Margaret continued for many years, seeing
many children married and many grandchildren
She died on 5th Sep 1910 in the Infirmary,
aged 84. Her funeral took place on 10 Sep
1910 in Plumstead Churchyard. Mourners at
her funeral were her eldest son and his
wife, Stephen John Head and Suzannah Avery
Head, her daughters and sons-in-law Margaret
and George Morris, Fanny Pope, Emma and
George Brown, Annie and Walter Barling and
Alice and Will French. Latterly, Margaret
had been living at 32 Ennis Road, Plumstead,
until her deterioration and committal to the
The Kentish Independent Newspaper published
an account of the funeral, and was more like
an obituary. Margaret was greatly loved and
respected in the locality. The account is as
The funeral took place on September 10th at
Plumstead Churchyard, of Mrs Margaret Head,
widow of the late Mr. Stephen Head, (at one
time a foreman at Woolwich Dockyard) who
died aged 84 years. The deceased, who was a
well known resident of Plumstead, had been
ailing for some considerable time. She was
born at the Fort of Signal Hill,
Newfoundland, in 1826, her father being the
Armourer-Sergeant at the Fort. She is
believed to be the first English child at
the Fort, and almost to the last was happy
telling anecdotes of what took place at the
Fort. She was taken, as a child, to England
and returned to Newfoundland in the old
sailing ship days (there were no steamers in
those times) when ships often had to be
battened down because of storms. Her husband
(who pre-deceased her in 1881) was a man
well-known and respected in his time: he was
born on Plumstead common in the old house
that adjoins St. Margaret's Church, he and
his father before him being gardeners to the
owners of Vicarage Park, which , at one
time, extended for some distance round
Mourners at the funeral on Saturday were :
Mr. Stephen (John) Head (eldest son) and
Mrs. (Susannah) Head, Mrs. Margaret Morris
(eldest daughter) and Mr. Morris, Mrs. Fanny
Pope (daughter), Mrs. Emma Brown (daughter)
and Mr. Brown, Mrs. Annie Barling (daughter)
and Mr. Barling, Mrs. Alice French
(daughter) and Mr. French.
The wreaths were numerous and beautiful,
among them being tributes from:-" Stephen
and family", " Margaret and George", " Fanny
and children", "Annie and Walter and son",
"Matthew and Ester", "Alice and Will", "Eva
The funeral was conducted by Messrs. Messent
© Jerry England 1989
John Head 1853
Jerry England 1999
Stephen John 7 HEAD was born 16 APR 1853 in
Plumstead, Kent, England. He married
at St. Mary's church in the parish of
Lewisham, Kent, England, 4 May 1876.
Stephen John HEAD and Susannah (AVERY)
John HEAD retired from the RG&CF (Woolwich Arsenal)
as its Assist. Foreman of the RCD in NOV
1917 after 42 years of service.
The children of Stephen John Head and
Susannah (Avery) Head are:
i. Ethel Mary HEAD was born in
Woolwich, England Mar 1877. She was a dress
Florence Susannah HEAD was born in
Woolwich, England Jun 1878; m. Henry
Clements WALKEM(N) - Qrt Jun 1908 -
District: Woolwich - Vol: 1d - Pg: 2013.
Henry was born about 1882 in Plumstead,
Constance May A. "Connie" HEAD was
born in Woolwich, England Sep 1880; m.
HARRIS, Unknown about 1902.
iv. Lilian Mabel HEAD was born in
Plumstead, England Sep 1882; m. Frederick
Crawford - Qrt Sep 1908 - District: Woolwich
- Vol: 1d - Pg: 2272. Frederick was born
about 1887 in Chatham, Kent, England.
v. Annie Leighton "Nance" HEAD was
born in Plumstead, England Dec 1884.
vi. Edith Maria HEAD was born in
Plumstead, England Jun 1887; m. William H
- Retirement watch presented to
my great grandfather in 1917
William 8 HEAD was born 20
MAY 1889, in Plumstead; m. Annie McNEIL 1913
in Detroit, MI, USA
Herbert Henry HEAD was born 11 APR
1893, in Plumstead, Kent, England. He
married Amy Daisy GLIDE in 1915. They had 3
children Harold Fredrick, John Henry and
Wilfred James and 12 grandchildren.
Susannah AVERY Head
d/o William AVERY (b.
about 1818 Hastings, Sussex, England)
Family legend has it that Stephen John HEAD
died about 1918 as a result of injuries from
a WWI German Zeppelin raid over Plumstead.
He was a Civil Defence Warden and got
everyone in a shelter except himself. He
survived the air raid, but died sometime
later from his injuries.
1881 Census living at 39 Walmer Road,
1891 Census living at 116 Orchard Road,
1901 Census living at 25417 Manthorpe Road,
1920 Ship Manifest living at 36 Admaston
Road, Plumstead, England
At time of their marriage both bride and
groom were residents at Exchequer Place,
death certificate information: died 14 OCT
1918 at 36 Admaston R; Stephen John Head;
65years; assistant foreman RCD Arsenal;
cause: mitral incompetence,anasarca 6 months
'no pm'; informant: F Crawford, son-in-law
in attendance of 37 Shooter's Hill Gardens,
death certificate reveals that she died 5
MAR 1921 at 8 Porthall Place, Preston,
Brighton Susannah Head 70 years, widow of
Stephen John Head,foreman coppersmith. Cause
of death: cerebral haemorrhage, informant:
Ethel M Head, daughter present at the death
and of the same address.
obituary for Stephen John
© Jerry England 1989
William 8 Head 1889
Jerry England 1999
Stephen William HEAD was born in Plumstead,
Kent, England 20 MAY 1889; married Annie
Margaret "Anna" MC NEIL in
Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, March 24, 1913; died
October 25, 1942 in Santa Monica, Los
Angeles Co., CA, at 53 years of age.
Stephen William Head and
Annie (McNeil) Head about 1914
The children of Stephen William Head and
Annie (McNeil) Head are:
(left to right) Leonard, Anna, Helen,
Stephen, Robert, and Herbert Head
Leonard John HEAD was born 22 JUN 1914 in
Detroit, Wayne Co., MI; he died 31 DEC 1998
in Thousand Oaks, CA at age 84.
ii. Herbert William HEAD was born 5 MAR 1917
in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI. He married Ann
Lixvar. He died 15 MAY 1972.
iii. Helen Avery HEAD was born 30 SEP 1918
in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI. She married Fred
Arthur MORGAN, Helen died 6 OCT 1970 in
iv. Robert J. HEAD was born 3 JUN 1925; d.
20 NOV 1999 in Porterville, CA.
Annie McNeil was born in Detroit, Wayne Co.,
MI November 8, 1892. She was the daughter of
Allan MC NEIL and Adaline PROCTOR. Annie
died December 31, 1964 in Santa Monica, Los
Angeles Co., Calif., at 72 years of age.
emigrated to the US in 1910. In 1920 he went
back to England to visit his mother.
(Source: ships manifest "Imperator" from
Southampton, 11 JUL 1920).
1930 census living at 13117 Cloverlawn,
obituary for Stephen
Wm and Anna Head
© Jerry England 1989
WARWOOD & WORWOOD in Kent
& London & all HISEMAN &
ISEMAN in Kent and anywhere else
I am researching
the families that descended from Richard
ISEMONGER (born 1766 Caterham Surrey) and his
wife Sarah FULBROOK) who moved to Kent with
their children in about 1815.
There are a number of descendents of
this couple, who changed their name first to
ISEMAN and then to HISEMAN when they moved to
Kent, that eventually moved to PLUMSTEAD and had
their children there. All HISEMAN in Kent and
the areas in and around Plumstead are
descendents of Richard ISEMONGER (Hiseman) and
Sarah FULBROOK). Indeed, all wherever now in the
world are also!
I am particularly interested in
finding any descendents of these HISEMAN
families in Plumstead and also want to learn
more about the areas of PLUMSTEAD that they
lived and died in. I would love to gather any
photos of the places mentioned below to go with
the One Name Study that I am preparing on the
The HISEMAN Families of PLUMSTEAD
1. Edward HISEMAN (ch 19 Oct 1823
Chelsfield) s/o Henry ISEMONGER/HISEMAN b. 24
Feb 1801 Coulsdon Surrey (s/o Richard
Isemonger/Hiseman & Sarah Fulbrook) and
Lydia WHITEHEAD. Edward and his wife Mary
(Unknown) lived at first in Crockenhill but had
moved to PLUMSTEAD by 1861 and in the Census of
that year were residing at 12 Elm Grove Slades
Plumstead. In 1871: 16 Hopgood Cottages
Plumstead. In 1881 13 Slade Cottage Plumstead.
1891: 1 Prospect House Kings Highway Plumstead
1901 Prospect House Plumstead Common Children of
Edward HISEMAN and Mary born in Plumstead were:
1. Sarah HISEMAN b. 1859 (ch 18 Dec
1859 Crockenhill) Sarah married Henry PHILLIPS
in 1876 and had children: Annie Phillips 1880,
Alfred Phillips 1883, Willie Phillips 1885,
Daisy Phillips 1887, Lily Phillips 1889, Thomas
Phillips 1891 & Walter Phillips 1900 all
born Plumstead. In 1881 residing 12 Slade
Cottage Plumstead, 1891 & 1901 residing 30
Pendrell Street Plumstead Henry PHILLIPS was
2. Frank HISEMAN b. 1862 Plumstead.
Frank married Alice HICKLIN in 1890. Alice was
born 1862 in Plumstead (d/o Francis HICKLIN
& his wife Harriet). Frank & Alice had
(before 1901) children: Alice Minnie Hiseman
1892, Elsie Hiseman 1894, Frank Hiseman 1900 all
born Plumstead. In 1901 Frank & Alice
resided 55 Sladedale Road Plumstead.
Alice\u2019s family had lived in 1 Park Cottages
Horsleys Park Plumstead 1871) and 7 Parkdale
Place Plumstead (1881) and 4 Alcester Terrace
Park Dale Road Plumstead. Frank HISEMAN was a
street mason laying curb stones.
3. Alfred Roderick HISEMAN b 1866
Plumstead d. 1902. Alfred married Annie Beatrice
HEAD/HARDEN (b. 1868 Dartford) in 1891. Annie
Beatrice was the daughter of Annie HEAD Annie
Beatrice was recorded in the census as Annie
Beatrice HARDEN daughter of Robert Benjamin
HARDEN however Robert HARDEN and Annie HEAD did
not marry till 1872. Alfred HISEMAN and Annie
Beatrice HEAD/HARDEN had children: Robert E
Hiseman 1892, Lucy Annie Hiseman 1894, &
Gwendoline Beatrice Hiseman 1897 d. 1898 all
Plumstead. By 1901 Alfred was the licensed
victualler of the Red Lion in Swanley Street
4. Leonard HISEMAN b. 1868
Plumstead. Leonard married Louisa Ann EVERSON
(b. 1867) in 1894. She was the d/o Edward
EVERSON and his wife Louisa. Leonard HISEMAN and
Louisa Ann EVERSON had before 1901 Irene Louise
HISEMAN b. 1895 Plumstead. In 1901 Leonard was
employed as a Cartridge Machinist in Arsenal and
he resided 72 Lakedale Road Plumstead
5. Amelia Abigail HISEMAN b. 1870
Plumstead. Abigail married Arthur HIGGS in 1892.
Children of Abigail and Arthur: Arthur Edward
HIGGS 1892, Leander Cecil HIGGS 1896, Harold
Clifford HIGGS 1899 all born Plumstead. In 1901
Abigail and Arthur resided Prospect House
Plumstead Common. Arthur was a Metal Turner at
Another child of Edward HISEMAN was
Lydia HISEMAN (born 1852 in Crockenhill). Lydia
married Samuel Simmons HOPGOOD in 1873. Samuel
HOPGOOD was born 1852 in Plumstead s/o Robert
(b. 1825 Plumstead) & Eliza Ann HOPGOOD.
They had 5 children in Battersea.
2. Henry Cornwall HISEMAN (bapt 31
Jan 1843 Eynsford) s/o Henry HISEMAN b. 1801
(s/o Richard) and Elizabeth BACON (2nd wife of
Henry). Henry Cornwall HISEMAN married Mary Ann
SPICE in 1871. Henry HISEMAN was a Watchman at
Royal Arsenal in 1871. Mary Ann\u2019s father
John SPICE b. Broughton Kent was in 1881 an Iron
Worker in Royal Arsenal. In 1871 & 1881
Henry HISEMAN resided 6 Park Road West,
Plumstead. In 1891 resided 12 Park Street
Plumstead. In 1901 resided 12 Waverley Road
Plumstead. Henry C and Mary Ann had children:
1. Henry George HISEMAN 1872
Plumstead. Henry married Laura Annie M CORDOCK
in 1893. In 1891 Henry G was a Postman. In 1901
a General Labourer and resided 23a Waverley Road
Plumstead Henry & Laura had child William
Leonard HISEMAN 1898.
2. William John HISEMAN 1874
Plumstead William married Eliza Jane LUNN (in
3. Mary Ann Winifred HISEMAN 1877
Plumstead. Mary Ann married Walter BOWDEN in
1893. In 1901 Mary Ann and Walter were residing
18 Old Mill Road Plumstead They had children:
Gladys Constance Bowden 1895, Eva Dorcas Bowden
1899, Winifred Rose Bowden 1905, Kenneth C
Bowden 1911. All born Plumstead. Walter BOWDEN
was Inspector of Telegraph Messages in 1901.
4. Herbert Cornwall HISEMAN 1879
5. Rosabulia Beatrice B HISEMAN
Researching: All WARWOOD &
WORWOOD in Kent & London & all HISEMAN
& ISEMAN in Kent and anywhere else.
The Brind Family
I'm trying to find any information
on the history of my family (Brinds).
They lived in the Plumstead area
from around 1840 until at least the 1920s. My
great-grandfather was Walter John Brind,
who was born around 1889. He worked as a
labourer at the Royal Arsenal before joining the
army in 1907.
His father was Richard
William Brind, who worked in the labs
at the Arsenal. WJ Brinds mother was Mary
Ann Brind (nee Parsons) and his
siblings were Richard William Jnr,
Herbert Edmund and Annie Louise.
From 1891-1901 they lived at 58 Elm
Street, Plumstead, Kent.
In 1920 I believe Mary Ann was
living in Richmond Road/Place in Plumstead.
Richard William Snrs parents were Richard
Brind and Eleanor Brind (nee Collings).
His siblings were Herbert, Walter, Edgar,
Eleanor, Ernest, Edmund, Ada and Amy.
Thanks in advance.
Smith, Harry Smith and family
Georgina Briody asks the following;
I wonder if you can help my cousin and myself?
My Grandmother, Grace M. Smith, was born in
Woolwich and we are led to believe that her
father, Harry Smith, a music teacher, was head
organist at Woolwich Barracks Church, which we
believe to be St. George's. We know this was
bombed during WWII and destroyed along with it
Do you know of any local organisations we can
contact who might be able to confirm these
The story goes that he died early and Grace was
left with Kate, her mother, to fend for herself.
Kate was in service and when she was working
Grace would hide on the Woolwich Ferry from the
men and ride all day until Kate had finished
If you could help in any way, we would be very
If you have any information that
might help Georgina Briody please email me.
Rhett Hiseman writes;
Greetings from South Africa !
There are only two Hiseman`s in
South Africa, one is my mom Dorothy Elisabeth
Hiseman (nee Brown ) originally from Shropshire,
England. She is 86 years of age and is living in
Cape Town. Then there is myself: Rhett Edmund
Hiseman, born on the 22 July 1953 in Cape Town
and now 54 years old living in Riversdale South
My dad was Roderick Edmund Hiseman,
born 20 February 1929, died November 1992. I
found some of his old documents which show
during WWII he was in the Royal Air Force. The
address on his card was 789 Rochester Way,
Sidcup, Kent. I know that he was born in
Ramsgate, Kent, where his parents had a hotel.
He had five brothers of which only one still
survives. His name is Michael Hiseman and he
lives near Sherwood Forest. The other side of
the Hiseman family, on my fathers side, was
Fortune . Apparently some of the family tree
call themselves Hiseman-Fortune. I donít know
too much about the Hiseman side of my family,
although I have contact with a cousin, Malcolm
Hiseman (son of Michael Hiseman).
Derek Hiseman adds;
My great-great grandfather Henry
Hiseman was married to Elizabeth Hiseman late
Bacon formerly Cornwell. They had a son Henry
Cornwell Hiseman, my great grandfather, born
on1/12/1842 at Crockenhill in the Parish of
Eynesford, Kent.He became at one time a Watchman
on a powder magazine ship moored in the River
Thames by the Woolwich Arsenal.
This is a photo of Great Uncle
Ned, but I don`t know where he fits in the
Hiseman tree, the obituary of my
Great-grandfather and a cutting from a newspaper
written by, I believe, my grandfathers brother.
My grandfather was born on 1/10/1878 at 6 Park
Road Plumstead, my father was born 1/8/1904 and
I followed on 13/9/1934.
PLUMSTEAD IN DAYS GONE BY.
For the information of the younger
fraternity living in Plumstead, I will now
describe the place as it was in the early
We will start from lower Durham
Road. On the right of this road, coming up,
was a beautiful park called Tongues Field
running as far as Plumstead Common. In front
of Waverley Road, running down to the bottom
of Griffin Road, where there were only four
houses at that time, was nothing but market
fields and meadows. Now carry on a bit
further, where Parkdale Road and Chesnut Rise
are, was a park called Moraley Park. In line
with the Slade Hollow there was an orchard
with a cottage standing in the centre called
Sweet Briar Cottage where a man by the name of
Weeks lives who was noted for his display of
Upon the other side at the top of
Lakedale Road was an old cottage. It was a
familiar sight to see the owner, Mr Turner,
going to and from the stream in the Hollow
carrying water up this steep incline in pails
attached to a yoke on his shoulders.
I thought the foregoing would
really enlighten some of our readers of the
"Local Rag" as to what Plumstead looked like
in days gone by. - Yours faithfully.
Henry G Hiseman
179a Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.
Also this further info.
'I am Maria Lewis (nee Hiseman)
sister of Malcolm Hiseman and cousin of Rhett
Hiseman. Our Father is Michael Hiseman born
1934 who had 4 brothers (Roderick, Dennis,
Peter, Alan and my dad). Their father (my
granddad) was Robert Edward Hiseman born 1891
who married Ellen Fortune 1919.
Unfortunately I have not had the time to go
back further with the Hiseman side. I have
gone back two more generations on the Fortune
My Dad was born in Birchington, Kent and his
family owned and ran several pubs in the Kent
If you have anything further on
Hiseman's please email me
Kenneth Bielby Himsworth
Elizabeth Kaegi is researching the
"life and times" of family member Kenneth Bielby
Himsworth (1919-1978) .
Ken grew up on Wernbrook Street,
Plumstead and attended Plum Lane School in the
period 1924 - 1934?.
His father William Bielby Himsworth was an
Instructor at the Ordnance College.
Ken lived with his family at 64
Wernbrook Street from the time of his birth
(1919) until he went into the Army in 1939.
He attended Plum Lane School in the
After his school days he worked in
an office at the Royal Arsenal Co-operative
When war broke he went into the Army
(1939) and then overseas to India, Burma and
Siam. eventually serving as a Captain for the
Queens Royal Regiment.
He also served as the Regimental Adjutant for
Before going into the Army he worked
as a window dresser and cashier. He married
Freda in 1942 in Guilford and ended up living in
that area and then in Cambridgeshire for the
rest of his life. He was a Divisional Officer at
the National Fire Service College at Moreton in
Marsh for many years. He died unexpectedly in
1978 in Cambridge.
He was always very energetic and
known to be full of fun.
2020 update: Julie Talbot (nee
Himsworth) writes she is the daughter of Micheal
Himsworth who is the son of Kenneth and Freda
Any information please email me.
Wickhan Lane school teacher
Sally St Clair is asking if anyone
has any memories and/or possibly any school
photo(s) of her father.
"My father was Sam Dunham, and was a
teacher at Wickham Lane School. (during and
around the 1940's through 1950's)
He was also a teacher at Oakmere School during
the 1960's. Oakmere School was formally the
Wickham Lane Secondary School for boys.
I would be very grateful for any
memories of my father, whether they are good or
bad recollections (!)"
If you can offer any recollections,
however small, please email me.