Thomas Burgin: Costermonger & Killer?

Thomas was the 2nd youngest of 6 (known) children safely delivered to Sarah and Charles. Born in Paddington on 3rd November 1828. By the age of 12 his family had moved to Little North Street (which used to run off Capland Street), in the St John’s area of Marylebone. Initially Thomas’ father, Charles worked as a labourer but by December 1845 he’d started to branch … Continue reading Thomas Burgin: Costermonger & Killer?

A Military Romance: The Life of Elisha George Pithers; Part Two

This is Part Two of the life of Elisha George Pithers. Please read Part One first. Elisha’s childhood neighbourhood had grown considerably since his birth in 1849, soaring from a population of about 26,800 in 1841 to 166,300 by 1881. North Kensington was a sprawling mass of buildings, with no overarching vision, a chaotic jumble of poorly built dwellings. Town planners and building companies tried … Continue reading A Military Romance: The Life of Elisha George Pithers; Part Two

A Military Romance: The Life of Elisha George Pithers – Part One

My 3x Great-Grandfather, Elisha George Pithers was born in the month we traditionally associate with romance, his birthday being two days after Valentines Day on 16th February 1849 in Kensington, London. The son of Elisha George Pithers (born c. 1823) and Elizabeth Rebecca Neate (born 06/07/1823), Elisha was the 2nd eldest child, and one of nine children, born to the couple. Elisha grew up in … Continue reading A Military Romance: The Life of Elisha George Pithers – Part One