THE GOODLIFFE FAMILY OF BATTERSEA
Beginning with Joseph Goodliffe (1812-1887)
As you will see from other pages on my website, I have collected a lot of information about the Goodliffe family from Belton in Rutland. My grest-great-grandmother was Sarah GOODLIFFE, daughter of Arnold GOODELIFFE and Ann SPEED from Nottingham. But there are other GOODLIFFE families, probably all related if we were able to go far enough back in time. One of these families is that of Joseph GOODLIFFE. Joseph was born in Yorkshire but lived most of his life in Battersea, London. His descendents are now dispersed around the United Kingdom with one branch in New Zealand. Here is the story I have been able to piece together about the Goodlife family from Battersea.
Based on the census and other records, Joseph was born in Yorkshire in about 1812, although these records fail to record where in Yorkshire he was from. By 1841 he had moved to London, where he was residing at West Mews, Belgrave Sq. His occupation is listed as M.S., which I think was Man (or Male) Servant.
Marriage to Emma Louisa KITCHINGMAN
Joseph and Emma had 4 children before Emma died in late 1850 (Sevenoaks Dec 1850 5/298). As this is the same quarter that son James was born in, she probably died in childbirth or soon after.
In the 1851 census Joseph is a widower, living at Seal in Kent, where he was the Coachman for Sir George Charles PRATT, 2nd Marquess of Camden (see peerage).
The four children were living with a local family in Sevenoaks, William & Sarah ROOTS in Park Lane.
In 1861, Joseph and his four children are living in Charles St, Kensington where Joseph is a Licenced Vitualler. He is still a widower but has Sarah Elizabeth COLE with him as a "servant".
Marriage to Sarah Elizabeth COLE
In 1871 Joseph was working as the Publican at the Windsor Castle Pub in Windsor Terrace, Marylebone. His second daughter Emily is still living with him. His age is wrong in this census, it should be 60 not the 50 as recorded.
I have not found Joseph and family in the 1881 census. The only death record for a Joseph is in Dec 1887 at Croydon (2a/157) aged 77. This would give a birth of 1810 that is about right for Joseph.
Sarah Elizabeth died in Ayott-green, Welwyn, Herfordshire on 14 May 1905. The probate register lists her effects at £1056/14/6, with administration to Daniel Cole lighterman, her brother.
The Children of Joseph and Emma
Maria was born in Sevenoaks, Kent on 8 April 1845. Joseph is listed as a Coachman living at Belgrave Mews.
In 1864 she married William BARKER (Jun 1864 Shoreditch 1c/412) who was born in 1843 in Iford, Essex. Note the witnesses to her marriage were Joseph Harrison and Emma KITCHINGMAN. These would have been her uncle & aunt or cousins, as Maria's mother was a KITCHINGMAN.
In the 1871 census they were living at Mile End New Town, Tower Hamlet, with daughter Minnie, born in 1865.
After this date Maria and William BARKER seem to vanish from the records. There are no more births registered, they are not in the 1881 census yet there do not appear to be any death records either. I may be missing something.
Minnie Maria Ann BARKER, their only daughter is in the 1881 census (this is probably her) as a servant for Thomas RICHWELL of Westbourne Lodge, Coverdale Road, Chelsea, Cigar Merchant.
Minnie married William JORDAN at St John the Baptist, Hoxton on 2 December 1889. Although the full name and age for Minnie is correct, her father's occupation of Veterinary Surgeon does not seem to be correct, but I cannot find William BARKER in any subsequent census to check this.
in 1891 William and Minne were living at 20 St John;s Rd, Shoreditch.
Minnie and William had one child, Lawrence William James JORDAN, born and died in Shoreditch in early 1892.
Emily Mary was born in Chelsea, London on 12 November 1846 and was baptised at St Lukes, Chelsea on 28 March 1847. Joseph is shown as a Coachman living at Belgrave Mews.
In 1871 Emily was working at the Windsor Castle pub in Marylebone with her father. She married Edward PAYNE on 3 April 1873 at St Georges Church, Camberwell. The witness was Frederick DUNN, her brother-in-law (having married Louisa Ann GOODLIFFE in 1870).
After marriage, Emily and Edward vanish from the records. There are no children registered and they are not obvious in the census records.
Louisa Ann was born in Seal, Kent in early 1849 and was baptised at St Peter & St Paul Church, Seal on 5 April 1849. Joseph is shown as a servant living in Seal, but in reality he was the coachman for Sir George Charles PRATT, 2nd Marquess of Camden. Joseph probably lived on the estate at Wildernesse House.
Louisa GOODLIFFE married Frederick DUNN on 29 December 1870 at Holy Trinity Church, Hull, Yorkshire. Louisa and Frederick DUNN had three children:
In 1881 Louisa and the children were living at 15 Spark St, Aston, Birmingham. Louisa was married but Frederick was absent.
The family become difficult to find after this date. There is a record for a Louisa DUNN in the Birmingham Workhouse in the 1901 census and a death in 1905 but this may not be the correct person.
James was born in Sevenoaks Kent in late 1850. His story is told here.
Last updated 23/02/2020