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John Redington - Family History

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John Redington

=

(1819)

Mary Ann Hicks

 

 

 

Thomas Redington

 

 

 

 

James Redington

 

 

 

 

William Redington

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Redington

 

 

 

 

John Redington

=

(1842)

Eliza Dewey

 

 

 

John Redington

 

 

 

 

Eliza Redington

=

(1877)

Benjamin Pollock

 

 

William Redington

 

 

 

 

John Redington was born 9th November 1819 in Hackney and was baptised at St Matthew, Bethnal Green on 15th May 1820 (IGI-C046981)– the son of John Redington and his wife Mary Ann.

 

With records before 1837 you can never quite sure you have the correct entry in the records, as cross referencing cannot be achieved easily. The most likely fit for John Redingon’s parents are John Redington and Mary Ann Hicks. They were married on 21st January 1819 at Christ Church, Spitalfields, Middlesex.

 

Census Extract 1841

HO107-1055-2 Folio 28 - Page 12

9 Cleaver Street, Lambeth, Surrey

Name

Age

Occupation

Born in County

Jno Reddington

45

Journeyman Printer

No

Mary Reddington

43

 

No

Jno Reddington

20

Apprentice

No

Thos Reddington

20

Breadmaker

No

Jas Reddington

15

Shopman

No

Wm Reddington

11

 

No

Eliza’h Reddington

4

 

Yes

 

Jno was often used as a shortened version of John at this time. Also note that Reddington was spelt with two d’s, again misspelt names were not uncommon..

 

John Redington was described as an “Apprentice”. Unfortunately we don’t know in what trade he was an apprentice or to whom. The location was close to Lambeth Square, where JK Green had his workshop. It is quite conceivable that John Redington was apprenticed to JK Green and if not, then he would have almost certainly come into contact with him and his toy theatre sheets during the 1830’s. Perhaps this is why he entered the business in the first place.

 

Just over a year and half later John Redington married Eliza Dewey, daughter of shoemaker George Dewey, on 30th October 1842 at the parish church of St George the Martyr, Southwark in the County of Surrey. According to the marriage certificate, John was a 22-year-old “Printer”. His father John was also described as being a “Printer”.

1842 M - J Redington = Eliza Dewey (Cut).jpg

 

Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of St George the Martyr, Southward in the County of Surrey

Date

Names

Age

Condition

Occupation

Abode

Father

Father’s Occupation

30th Oct

John Redington

22

Bachelor

Printer

Cole Street

John Redington

Printer

1842

Eliza Dewey

Minor

Spinster

 

Cole Street

George Dewey

Shoemaker

 

 

In the March quarter of 1848 John Redington senior died. His widow was found on the 1851 census living with her unmarried sister-in-law Mary Redington at No.8 Cleaver Street.

 

John Redington and his wife Eliza had several children, but only one had survived by the time of the 1851 Census.

 

The first child to be born was the survivor John Redington (junior). Followed by Elizabeth, James and a stillborn child, who was not named, Unfortunately these three all succumb to illnesses of the time and only went to substantiate the high infant mortality rate of the early Victorian period.

To lose three of the their first children at such young ages must have been devastating to young married couple.

 

Parish Record (Page 69 Entry No.546)

Type

Church

Name

Address

Date

Father Trade

Baptism

St John the Baptist, Hoxton

John Redington, son of John & Eliza Redington

Deverell St

22nd Sep 1844

(Born 29th Aug 1844)

Printer

 

Parish Record

Type

Church

Name

Address

Date

Age

Burial

Baptist Church Hoxton

Elizabeth Redington

Hoxton Town

23rd Nov 1848

21m

 

Parish Record

Type

Church

Name

Address

Date

Father Trade

Baptism

St John the Baptist, Hoxton

James Redington, son of John & Eliza Redington

Hoxton Town

25th Feb 1849

(Born 22nd Jan 1849)

Printer

Parish Record

Type

Church

Name

Address

Date

Age

Burial

Baptist Church Hoxton

James Redington

?

8th July 1849

5m

 

Parish Record

Type

Church

Name

Address

Date

Age

Burial

Baptist Church Hoxton

Stillborn of Mrs Reddington

208 Hoxton Town

29th Dec 1850

-

 

On the 1851 Census John Redington appears at 208 Hoxton Old Town, which was just a stones throw away from the Britannia Theatre, or the “Old Brit” as it was commonly known.

 

Census Extract 1851

HO107-1536 - Folio 93 - Page 9 - Schedule 34

208 Hoxton Old Town, St Leonards, Shoreditch, London

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

John Redington

Head

31

Printer, Compositor, Tobacconist & Stationer

Middlesex, Bethnal Green

Eliza Redington

Wife

26

 

Surrey, Croydon

John Redington

Son

6

 

Surrey, Newington

 

 

Census Extract 1861

RG9-240 - Folio 67 - Page 19 - Schedule 114

208 Hoxton Old Town, Tower Hamlets, Shoreditch, London

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

John Redington

Head

41

Compositor

Bethnal Green

Eliza Redington

Wife

37

 

Croydon, Surrey

John Redington

Son

16

(undecipherable)

Lambeth, Surrey

Eliza Redington

Dau

7

Scholar

Hoxton

William Redington

Son

1

 

Hoxton

 

John Redington (the younger) had flown the nest and married by the 1871 Census.

 

Census Extract 1871

RG10-453 Folio 73 – Page 21 – Schedule 114

73 Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, London

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

John Redington

Head

51

Printer Compositor

Middlesex, Hackney

Eliza Redington

Wife

48

 

Croydon, Surrey

Eliza Redington

Dau

18

 

Middlesex, Hoxton

William Redington

Son

10

Scholar

Middlesex, Hoxton

 

John Redington died in 1876, with his widow moving to 115 Columbia Road with their younger son William. His daughter Eliza remained at 73 Hoxton Street and married Benjamin Pollock the following year.
For the remaining records for Eliza Pollock, please see the Pollock family Tree.

 

Census Extract 1881

RG11-0412 – Folio 27 – Page 49

115 Columbia Road, London

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

Eliza Redington

Head

57

Stationer Line

Croyden

William Redington

Son

21

Printer & Compositor

Hoxton, Middlesex

 

No sign has been found for Eliza on the 1891, therefore it is believe she died in the intervening period

(Most likely - Eliza Redington (Aged 58 - Mar Quarter 1882 Bethnal Green 1c 173))