William Homer & Elizabeth Barnard
St Mary Church at Lambeth circa 1850

William (Homer) Barnard  was b: Abt. 15 Aug 1829 in Lambeth, London. Sadly, he was never to know his mother, Mary Ann - she died from complications in childbirth and was bur. at Little Hadham, Hertfordshire on 17th August 1829. New-born son William was bapt: on 21st August, 1829 at St Mary Church, Lambeth, London.

William mar: 25 Dec 1851 in St Paul, Bermondsey widow Elizabeth Gorbell nee Ward - her parents, JOHN WARD (b: abt 1784 - d: Bet. 1841 - 1851 in Lambeth, London) and mother MARY JONES (b: abt 1756 - d: Bef. 1851)The Wards had 5 children - they were:
              i.      ELIZABETH WARD (b. Abt. 1821, Cripplegate, London, England)
              ii.     JOHN WARD (b. Abt. 1821, Newington, Surrey, England)
              iii.    ROBERT WARD (b. Abt. 1826, Newington, Surrey, England)
              iv.     SAMUEL WARD (b. Abt. 1826, Newington, Surrey, England)
              v.      HENRY WARD (b. Abt. 1829, Newington, Surrey, England) 

Elizabeth 1st mar: 5 Jul 1842 in Holy Trinity Church, Newington, Surrey to John Samuel Gorbell (b: 14 Sep 1820 in Whitechapel, Bapt 19 Dec 1832 St Mary's, Whitchapel, Stepney - his parents Samuel Gorbell and Sarah Page) They had 4 children:

i Hephzibah Gorbell (b: Apr 1843 in Newington, Surrey; 1861 Census - a Servant, aged 18, at New Kent Road, Surrey for the Chatfield family

ii Elizabeth Grace Gorbell b: Abt. Jun 1845 in Newington, Surrey

iii John James Gorbell b: 1848 in Newington, Surrey

iv Ebenezer Gorbell b: Abt. Dec 1849 in Bermondsey, Surrey

John Gorbell d: 02 Sep 1849 in Bermondsey, Surrey. Bur: 7 Sep 1849 Southwick Chapel, Bermondsey. The substance of Charles Waters Banks's funeral sermon for John Samuel Gorbell was "What has Cholera done to London in 1849? Can an attack of Asiatic cholera be prevented?"

1851 Census - 9 Printers Place, St. Mary Magdalen, Southwark

GORBELL(mispelt as GORBETT) Birth       Occupation         Birth Place

Elizabeth                      37           1814       Widow - Broken Furniture Cripplegate

Hepzibah                       7             1844         Dau                    Newington SRY

Elizabeth                       5             1846        Dau                            ditto

John Jame (s)               3             1848         Son                            ditto

Ebenezer                       1             1850         Son                    Bermondsey SRY

WARD, John                67      1784     Father - Ret. Green Grocer  Cambridgeshire

WARD Robert             25           1826   Brother - Green Grocer  Newington

HAYWOOD Isabelle   7m         1850    Grandchild                Bermondsey SRY

Next door lived;

BARNARD, William     21           1830       Tailor                       Lambeth SRY

22 yr old William Henry Barnard became Elizabeth Ward's *2nd husband when they mar: 25 Dec 1851 in St Paul, Bermondsey. Their children:

1 Mary Ruth Barnard (b: Dec Q 1852 in Bermondsey, London, Surrey d: Mar Q 1890 in St Olive, London, Surrey) She mar: 27 Jun 1875 in Christchurch, Bermondsey, Surrey to Alfred Gill Crocker

Src: Croker Research: Alfred Gill CROKER mar: Mary Ruth BARNARD.163 (daughter of William BARNARD and Elizabeth GORBELL) b: abt Oct 1852 in Bermondsey, Surrey 156,164  1881 census living at 163 Southwark Park Rd, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.158 Mary d: at St Olave, Southwark (RD).165

Alfred Gill CROKER was b: on 13 Sep 1851 in Lambeth.156,157 He was bapt: on 19 Oct 1851 in Saint Mary Newington.157The census on 3 Apr 1881 was at 163 Southwark Park Rd, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.158 In 1884 he was a hairdresser in 163 Southwark Park Rd, Bermondsey, Surrey, England.159 In 1891 census was a House Decorator at 33 Strath----- Street, Bermondsey.160 In the census, 31 Mar 1901 in 120 Neate Street, Camberwell.161 He d: about Oct 1932 in Deptford, Kent, England.162


1911 Census - 61 Verney Road, Rotherhithe New Road, SE CROKER,

Alfred                     59           1852       Paper Hanger                       Walworth, SRY

Louisa                    47           1864                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Harold                   25           1886       Woodbender (?)                   ditto

Blanche                 16           1895       Tin Turner                             Camberwell SRY

Daisy                      13           1898                                                       Walworth SRY

Dora                       9             1902                                                       ditto

Edward                  4             1907                                                       Camberwell SRY

Harry                     2             1909                                                       ditto


Mary and Alfred  had the following children:

i.

1911 Census - 6 Clayton Road, Peckham, London MURRAY,

Alfred George       33           1878       Postman                       Guildford SRY

Edith Mary           33           1878                                             Wandsworth SRY

Ivy Lilian                6             1905       School                          London

Census states they were married 8 years with 1 child

ii.

1911 Census - 35B Slippers Place, Rotherhithe BURRETT,

George Thomas Brisley    34    1877       Leather Dresser         Rotherhithe LND

Florence Alice       32           1879                                                 Bermondsey LND

George Harold      7             1904                                                       ditto

Alfred Ernest        5             1906                                                       ditto

Mabel Florence    1             1910                                                   Rotherhithe LND

Census states they were married 10 years;  had 4 children, 1 of whom had died.

iii.

Ethel Maud CROKER b: abt Jul 1880 in Bermondsey, Surrey 156,166  1881 Census was at 163 Southwark Park Rd, Bermondsey, Surrey.158 She d: abt Oct 1881 in St Olave, Southwark (RD).167

iv.

1911 Census - 17 Garsdale Road, Peckham, SE. MARSHALL,

Henry     31           1880       Carman Furniture                Rotherhithe LND

Lily         29           1882                                                       Bermondsey LND

Marie                     9             1902                                              

v.

Ada Louise CROKER.

vi.

Harold Thomas CROKER b: abt Oct 1885 in Bermondsey, Surrey, E 168 1901 census - a Printer's boy at 120 Neate Street, Camberwell.161 He d: abt Jan 1951 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England.169

After Mary's death Alfred Gill CROKER remarried Louisa Maria MILLER (nee SMITH) on 24 Sep 1893 in St Stephens Church, Walworth, Surrey, England.170,171,172 (daughter of Stephen SMITH) b: in 1862 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England. In the census on 31 Mar 1901 at 120 Neate Street, Camberwell.161 1911 census at 61 Verney Road, Rotherhithe New Road. She d: about Jan 1943 in Epping (RD).173 They had 7 children:

i.

Maude CROKER: b: abt 1893 in Newington, Surrey, England. 31 Mar 1901 census lived at 120 Neate Street, Camberwell.161

ii.

Blanche Ida Violet CROKER.

iii.

Daisy Elizabeth CROKER.

iv.

Alfred Reginald N CROKER; b: abt Jan 1900 in Camberwell, Surrey.174 He d: abt Oct 1900 in Camberwell, Surrey.175

v.

Dora CROKER.

vi.

Edward Richard CROKER: b: abt Jul 1906 in Camberwell, Surrey.176 d: abt Apr 1925 in Southwark.

 vii.

 

1881 Census - 163 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey CROKER,

Alfred G.               29           1852       Hairdresser employing 1 man   Lambeth SRY 

Mary R.                 28           1853                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Edith M.                4             1877                                                       Battersea SRY

Florence A.            2             1879                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Ethel M.                 8m         1880                                                       ditto


1891 Census - 33 Strathbourne Street, Bermondsey CROKER,

Alfred G.                                39           1852       House Decorator - Widower    Walworth, SRY

Edith M.                14           1877                                                   Battersea SRY

Florence                 12           1879                                                   Bermondsey SRY

Lilian A.                 8             1883                                                      ditto

Ada L.                    7             1884                                                      ditto

Harold                   5             1886                                                       ditto

MACKEY, John   58           1833       Uncle                                      Deptford

NOTE:  Mary Ruth Croker nee Barnard died 1890.


1901 Census - 120 Neath Street, Camberwell CROKER,

Alfred                     49           1852       (Can't read occ.)     Newington, LND

Louisa                    38           1863                                         Bermondsey SRY

Lilian                      18           1883       Scullery Maid           ditto

Harold                   15           1886       Printer's boy              ditto

Maude                   8             1893                                            Newington LND

Blanche                 6             1895                                            Camberwell LND

Daisey                    3             1898                                            Newington LND


1911 Census - 61 Verney Road, Rotherhithe New Road, SE CROKER,

Alfred                     59           1852       Paper Hanger             Walworth, SRY

Louisa                    47           1864                                             Bermondsey SRY

Harold                   25           1886       Woodbender (?)             ditto

Blanche                 16           1895       Tin Turner                    Camberwell SRY

Daisy                      13           1898                                              Walworth SRY

Dora                       9             1902                                                ditto

Edward                  4             1907                                              Camberwell SRY

Harry                     2             1909                                                ditto


NB: After 2nd daughter, Sarah Ann Barnard mar: William Henry AKAM in 1878, her father William changed his middle name and was afterwards known as William Homer Barnard. When William was bapt: on 21st Aug 1829 his parents were living in Homer Street  (his father Thomas was a Clerk to a Jeweller) It is thought this was the reason William adopted the middle name of "Homer" and used this in his daughter's marriages, his burial etc.

2 Sarah Ann Barnard (b: Abt. Sep 1854 in Bermondsey, London, Surrey; d: Abt. Mar 1934 in Dartford, Kent) mar: 10 Mar 1878 in St James Church, Bermondsey, Surrey to William Henry Akam (b: 2 Apr 1852 in Rotherhithe, Kent; d: 9 May 1919 in Greenwish, Kent) 1881 Census Wm H Akam aged 29; occ: Human Hair Preparer - ie wig maker; Address 121 Sr James Rd, Bermonsey; 1891 - Address 13 Archer St, Bermondsey; 1901 and 1911 - Address 14 Warndon St, Bermondsey Their 6 children:
i Lilian Edith Akam (b: Abt. Mar 1879 in Bermondsey Surrey) Mar: 28 Sep 1907 in St Mark's Church, Peckham, Surrey to Thomas Henry Lissenden (b: 1875 in Canterbury Kent; Occ: Warehouseman, 1911 - Compositor, Printing Trade; (Read 369 ) Their dau: Winifred Lilian Lissenden (b. 1908, St. Olave, East Dulwich, London)
 
ii William Albert Akam (b: Abt. Sep 1881 in Bermondsey Surrey; Residence Canada; Soldier World War 1, 1914-1918.)
 
iii Sidney Edwin Akam (b: 1883 in Bermondsey Surrey) Mar: Abt. Sep 1911 in Camberwell, Surrey to Louisa F Wadley - their 4 children: Doris L. (b: 1912);   William E. (b: 1915); Irene M. (b: 1922) and Leslie G. Akam (b: 1927)
 
iv Evelyn Isabel Akam (b: 1886 in Bermondsey Surrey d: Bef. 1935) Mar: 11 Apr 1915 in St Katherine's, Rotherhithe, London to  Horace Charles Brown (b: Abt. 1880)
 
v Archibald Ernest Akam (b: 1889 in Bermondsey Surrey)  mar: Nellie M Prince d: Abt. Mar 1915 in Camberwell, Surrey - their children:  Joyce N. (b: 1920); Edward E. (b:1924); Stanley A. AKAM (b:1927)
 
vi Ethel Florence Akam (b: 1895 in Bermondsey Surrey) Mar: Abt. Sep 1935 in Camberwell, London to Horace Charles Brown (b: Abt. 1880) 
 

 1881 Census - 121 St. James Road, Bermondsey AKAM,

William H.             29           1852       Human Hair Preparer (Wig)              Rotherhithe SRY

Sarah A.                26           1855                                                                        Bermondsey SRY

Lilian                      2             1879                                                                       ditto


1891 Census - 13 Archer Street, Bermondsey AKAM,

William H.             39           1852       Human Hair Preparer         Rotherhithe SRY

Sarah Ann             36           1855                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Lilian                      12           1882                                                       ditto

William                  9             1882                                                       ditto

Sidney                    7             1884                                                       ditto

Eveline                   5             1886                                                       ditto

Archibald              2             1889                                                       ditto


1901 Census - 14 Warndon Street, Bermondsey AKAM,

William                  48           1853       Human Hair Preparer         Rotherhithe SRY

Sarah                     46           1855                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Sidney                    19           1882       Envelope Cutter (Machine)   ditto

Eveline                   15           1886       Errant Girl                             ditto

Archie                    12           1889                                                       ditto

Ethel                       6             1895                                                       ditto


1911 Census - 14 Warndon Street, Bermondsey AKAM}

William                  59           1852       Human Hair Preparer         Rotherhithe SRY

Sarah Ann             57           1854                                                       Bermondsey SRY

Sidney                    27           1884       Human Hair Preparer         ditto

Eueline                   25           1886       Domestic                               ditto

Archabald             22           1889       Human Hair Preparer         ditto

Ethel                       16           1895       Hair Knotter                         ditto

Census states they were married 33 years;  had 6 children and all still alive.


William Edwin Barnard (b: Abt. Sep 1856 in Bermondsey, London, Surrey, occ: Tailor's Assistant, to his father) mar: Jane ? (b: Abt. 1855 in Peckham, London) 


1861 Census - 8 Cecilia Place, Bermondsey, BARNARD:

William                                  31          1830       Tailor                           Lambeth SRY

Elizabeth                               40           1821                                             London City

GORBELL, Elizabeth G.    16           1845       Step-daughter               Newington SRY

John S.                                   13           1848       Stepson - Tailor's Attendant  ditto

Ebenezer                               10           1851       Stepson - Scholar        Bermondsey SRY

BARNARD, Mary R.           8            1853       Daughter - Scholar      Bermondsey SRY

Sarah A.                                6            1855       Daughter                            ditto

William E.                             4            1857       Son                                      ditto

WARD, Robt                39     1822    Brother-in-law-Annuitant   Southwark, St.George 


1871 Census - 123 St. James Road, Bermondsey  BARNARD:

William                  41           1830       Tailor                                     Lambeth SRY

Elizabeth                53           1818                                                      Islington MDX

Mary R.                 18           1853                                                       Bermondsey SRY


William Horner Barnard d: Abt. Sep 1877 in Poplar

 

1881 Census - 121 St. James Road, London BARNARD:

Elizabeth               66           1815       No occ. - Widow     Hoxton MDX

William E.             24           1857       Warehouseman                   Bermondsey SRY


1891 Census - can't read addrress - Walworth, London; BARNARD,

William                          34            1857        Tailor                       Bermondsey LND

Jane                                35            1856                                        Peckham LND


1901 Census - 17 Dowin Street, St. George the Martyr; BARNARD,

William                          44            1857        Tailor             Bermondsey LND

Jane                                46            1855                               Camberwell LND


 
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