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Simon James

1855 - 1923

Simon James Mitchenall was born in January 1855 in St Mary Cray, Kent, his father, George, was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 25. He married Alice Harriett Gennoe on 2 April 1888. They had five children in 11 years. He died in December 1923 at the age of 68.

It would seem shortly after his arrival, the family moved to South End Lewisham, and he lived here with his mother and father until his mothers death in 1860. He was the second child, and his mother had three further children before her death.

His father remarried, and Simon continued to live at home until at least 1881 and probably until he married in 1888, at Christ Church Gipsy Hill. His wife, Alice Harriet Gennoe, lived on Gipsy HIll, but Simon is still in Gipsy Road.

After his marriage he sets up home with Alice in Gipsy Road, and is named as a Sanitary Engineer in the 1891 census. Their eldest daughter Florence (Flora) is recorded as born 24 12 1888 on school records.

Simon and Alice had two further children, both of whom died in infancy. Edith Mary was born in 1894 and died in 1899, and youngest daughter Elsie was born in 1900 and died in 1905. Florence alone survived her parents.

By the time Florence started school, the address is quoted as 147 Gipsy Road. He appears to have lived here for the rest of his life, as although the 1911 census records him at 56 Old Steine, Brighton, this seems most likely for work. His voter registration shortly before, and his adult Baptism (at St Stephens, Dulwich) both record his address as 147 Gipsy Road.

When he died on 24th December, 1923, he left his effects of £493 9s 3d to his wife Alice, and his address remains 147 Gipsy Road.

His wife survived him by 24 years, also seeing the second world war out at 147 Gipsy Road. She left £557 2s 10d to their sole surviving daughter, Florence Wiggins (now married). See also Simon's Descendants page

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147 Gipsy Road

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