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George William

1852 to 1910

When George William Mitchenall was born on 26 December 1852 in Edenbridge, Kent, his father, George, was 20 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 22. He was the only child of George and Elizabeth who was born in their home town of Edenbridge. Father George had been an apprentice to a blacksmith, and his mother Elizabeth was brought up in difficult circumstances and living independently of her mother in lodgings. George William was born a bare month after the marriage of his parents

George William married Marion Sarah Hutchinson in 1877 in Surrey. They had two children during their marriage. He died on 26 August 1910 in Surrey at the age of 57.

George William moved with his family to St Mary Cray before his brother Simon was born in 1855, and then to Woolwich by the time brother John was born in 1857. A further move to Southend, Lewisham took place before 1858, and the family then settled for a little while with sister Mary (1858) and youngest brother David (1859) being born in Southend, Lewisham The 1861 census records George at home with his maternal and paternal grandmothers, along with his aunt Ann and her husband. They were all at Southend for the census, helping his father as his mother has died - father is described as a widow. 

Father married again (step mother Mary) and half brother Charles was born in 1861. The family then moved to Norwood, where possibly father already had a shop. By 1871, George was working as a Smith and Farrier, the same occupation as his father,, and they lived at 8, Caroline Cottages, just of Gipsy Road. As well as his 9 siblings, his aunt is living with them.

At the age of 25 he married Marion Sarah Hutchinson (jul/ aug/ sep), and their eldest child was born in May 1878. He was again named George - George Samuel. The family set up home just around the corner from George senior, in 2 Gloucester Terrace, Hamilton Road. (1881 Census)

Second son Frank Rowland was then born in April 1883. George appears on the 1895 Electoral register at 59 Hamilton Road, the same address as the 1891 census.

details of his descendants can be found here.

59 Hamilton Road George William Mitchena

His wife Marion died in 1898, at the age of 45. George continued to live at 59 Hamilton.

in 1901 Joanna Marer shares the house with George W, George S and Frank, and Janet M Friller (sister in law) is named as housekeeper. (Janet is wife Marions half sister, Marions mother having remarried in 1867)


George W continued living at 59 Hamilton until at least 1904, but at the time of his death in 1910 he is living at 246 Gipsy Road, his fathers shop. Father George had died in 1906, so presumably George William took over the business until his own death at 58.


Probate records he left his effects fo £115 1s 10d to David Stevens, a tailor. 

Burial records record he was buried at Norwood Cemetary and that his grave has been reused.

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