Geoffs Genealogy Update 10 August 2015

Monday August 10th, 2015 | Geoff

I’ve been spending a bit of time looking further at the Archer line. Unfortunately at the moment I can’t develop the line back further than Thomas Archer (c1720-1794), but I’m putting some effort into developing the line down from Thomas Archer’s generation towards the present day. A few years ago this type of research would have been difficult to do, but with the resources that are now available online, and a bit of luck, it is now quite possible to do this.

I have been concentrating on the line down from Rachel Archer (c1759-1816) and her husband William Dover (c1764-1837). As I wrote in my June blog this couple married at St John, Hackney in November 1796, and lived at Edmonton in Middlesex. I have traced three children of this couple:

Rachael Dover was born c1796 and died in 1799, being buried in All Saints, Edmonton churchyard in June of that year. We have not yet traced a baptism for Rachael, but calculate her birth date from the age stated in her burial entry.

William Dover (1799 – 1851). More on him below.

Thomas Dover was born in 1801 and died in 18o6, being buried in All Saints, Edmonton churchyard.

William was a farmer in Edmonton, but at some time the family had moved to Peckham, then in Surrey, and it was there that he was enumerated in 1851. He died in October 1851, by which time the family was living in Morden, Surrey, but he was returned to his old home parish for burial in the graveyard of All Saints church, Edmonton.

The Dovers had nine children, so far as I know. They were:

Robert Charles Dover (b  abt 1827)
Mary J Dover (b abt 1830-32)
Louisa M Dover (b abt 1830)
James Dover (b abt 1833)
Frances E Dover (b abt 1835)
Frederick Dover (b abt 1836)
Francis Dover (1838-1922)
George Edwin Dover (b abt 1840)
Arthur Dover (b abt 1842)

The first eight of  these children were born in Edmonton, and Arthur was born at Walthamstow, Essex.

As you will appreciate, potentially there is a lot of work needed to trace all these families down towards the present day, and so far I have only scratched the surface. For no particular reason I have started by researching Francis Dover (1838-1922). He was married on 12 March 1862 to a certain Jane Parker (c 1840-1921). Like his father and grandfather before him, Francis was married at St Stephen Walbrook, London. In 1871 and 1881 his occupation was recorded as Electroplate Traveller, and in 1891 he was said to be a Hardware Factor. According to the 1901 census he was a Hardware Merchant, so it seems that he was a salesman of hardware goods that were electro plated. Maybe cutlery.

These Dovers lived in Forest Gate, Essex in the first 20 years of their marriage, and this is where their two children were born. By 1891 they had moved to Lewisham in South East London, and in 1911 they were at Crofton Park, which is near Catford Bridge. Francis died in 1922.

As I mentioned above, we have identified two children of Francis & Jane Dover:

Francis William Dover (1864-1927)
He married Eleanor Whybrow (b 1865) at St Giles, Cripplegate, London.

Agnes Dover (b 1864). She married Clarence Brandon (1862-1917) at Christ Church. South Hackney on 25 July 1903. Charles was a London Barrister.

That is as far as I have got with this research at the moment. I think it is likely to take me quite a while to complete this work, as I have a couple of other projects on the go that I really need to give some time to, but I look forward to finding out more about the Dovers as soon as I can.

In the meantime, if you are interested in these people I would be pleased to hear from you.

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