Josiah William Dornford GUMBLETON

Name: Josiah William Dornford GUMBLETON  O0022 
Born: 27 May 1809  Deal, St Leonard, Kent, England
Baptised: 21 Jun 1809  Deal, St Leonard, Kent, England
Parents: Robert GUMBLETON Ann ENSOR
Died:7 Aug 1870 Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago
Spouse 1Lydia REVELL
Married 6 Sep 1832
Ibstock, Leicestershire, England
(Died 1 Jan 1863 Hackney RD (Registration district), Middlesex, England)
Child 1 P0003 Josiah William GUMBLETON 1833
Child 2 P0007 Lydia GUMBLETON 1835
Child 3 P0010 Richard GUMBLETON 1837
Child 4 P0011 John Thomas GUMBLETON 1838
Child 5 P0020 Mary Anne GUMBLETON 1839
Child 6 P0029 Henry GUMBLETON 1842
Child 7 P0045 George GUMBLETON 1844
Child 8 P0052 Elizabeth GUMBLETON 1846
Child 9 P0065 Robert GUMBLETON 1849
Child 10 P0071 Harriet GUMBLETON 1851
Spouse 2Lydia STEELE nee REVELL
Married 26 Oct 1864
Westminster, Middlesex, England
Josiah GUMBLETON, a son of Robert GUMBLETON and Ann (nee Ensor), was born on 27th May 1809 and baptised on 21 Jun of the same year, at Deal, St Leonard's church. At the time his father Robert was a grocer in Deal.

Josiah became a cordwainer and merchant, first in London and, later, in Trinidad. He was married twice and had 10 children by his first wife. He died on 7 Aug 1870, in Trinidad.

Early working life

Little is known of his early life. His father, Robert, a grocer in Deal, died in 1820, when Josiah was 11 years old, but Robert may not have been resident in Deal for a few years before that. Josiah must have been brought up in Deal by his mother, then apprenticed as a cordwainer. The first record we have of him, after his baptism, is in London, when he appeared as a witness at the Old Bailey on 28 Oct 1830. By this stage, he had set up a shoe shop at 20, Cleveland Street, London and it was from this shop that three pairs of shoes had been stolen on 22 Oct 1830.

On 31 Aug 1831, Josiah Gumbleton of 20 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square, boot and shoe maker took out a policy with the Sun Fire Office. Another case of a theft of shoes from Josiah at this address took place in December 1833.


He was married, on 6 Sep 1832, to Lydia REVELL, in Ibstock, Leicestershire. The visit to Ibstock may have been simply for the marriage: certainly, Josiah is described as 'of the parish of Mary-le-Bone' and he appears in a London directory of 1833 as a bootmaker, still living in Cleveland Street. In 1834, he took out a fire insurance policy for premises at 79 Tottenham Court Road. A newspaper account describes a case in which a supplier was badly treated by him in 1834. It suggests that he had recently moved to larger premises (ie his shop in Tottenham Court Road). In 1835, a case was heard at the Old Bailey regarding a further theft from his shop (though no address is noted).

In 1839, he was a cordwainer, living at Staverton Row, Walworth, as recorded at the baptism of his daughter, Mary Ann.

In the 1841 census he is to be found in East Lane, Walworth, with his wife and four of his children: Lydia, Richard, John and Mary Anne.

In 1846, he was a shoemaker at 24, St. Martins Court, Long Acre, London.

In 1847, he had a shoe shop in Grosvenor Row, Pimlico, in which there was a fire that destroyed all his stock. A newspaper account mentions that he was insured.

Five years later, in the 1851 census, the family (now with six children) are at 4, Tiverton Street, Newington. By 1861 they had moved to High Street, Farnham, Surrey.

Lydia, his wife, died of acute bronchitis on 1 Jan 1863, at which time they were living at 1, Alma Cottages South, Roseberry Place, Dalston, Middlesex. She was buried in Abney Park Cemetery. In February that year, Josiah was a witness at his daughter Mary Anne's marriage to Samuel MECHAM in Camberwell.


Josiah and Lydia had the following children:
  • Josiah William GUMBLETON, born ca. 1833
  • Lydia GUMBLETON, born 1835
  • Richard GUMBLETON, born1837
  • John Thomas GUMBLETON, born 1838
  • Mary Anne GUMBLETON, born 1839
  • Henry GUMBLETON, born 7 Mar 1842
  • George GUMBLET)N born 1844
  • Elizabeth GUMBLETON, born 1846
  • Robert GUMBLETON, born 1849
  • Harriet GUMBLETON, born 21 Feb 1851

Second marriage and later years

Josiah remarried on 26 Oct 1864. Surprisingly, his second wife was named Lydia Steele, nee REVELL, a widow aged 44. They were married at St John's, Westminster and Josiah's residence was given as 7, Sloane Street, Chelsea. Although this was in a fashionable district, an examination of the 1861 census (before Josiah was there) shows that 7 Sloane Street was divided into 4 separate dwellings.

According to the wedding announcements in The Times, and Morning Post, Lydia was of Trinidad, and it is believed that she owned a haberdashers and milliners business there, and that Josiah and his new wife travelled to Port of Spain, Trinidad to run that business. In 1869, Josiah was declared bankrupt and the notice in the London Gazette describes his business as a 'Milliner and Haberdasher, and Dealing in the purchase and sale of Dry Goods generally, under the name, firm or style of Gumbleton late Steele, from before the 1st day of October, 1867, up to the 15th day of January, 1869'.

His son, Josiah and daughters Harriet and Elizabeth were married in Port of Spain between 1867 and 1872. Josiah himself died there on 7 Aug 1870: his death was announced in the Cambridge Independent Press in September 1870. 

21 Jun 1809 Baptism of Josiah William GUMBLETON Deal, St Leonard, Kent, England Baptisms index
28 Oct 1830 THOMAS CRAMP, theft: simple grand larceny, 28 Oct 1830 London View details
31 Aug 1831 Josiah Gumbleton: Sun Fire Insurance policy London View details
6 Sep 1832 Marriage of Josiah GUMBLETON and Lydia REVELL Ibstock, Leicestershire, England Marriage index
1833 - 1834 London 1833 dirctory London, Middlesex, England View details
20 Dec 1833 Case of George House and William Asgill London View details
17 May 1834 The Poor Man's Guardian (London), 1834 London, Middlesex, England View details
28 May 1834 Josiah Gumbleton: Sun Fire Insurance policy London View details
2 Mar 1835 RICHARD HENDON: Theft; stealing from master London View details
1835 London, 1835 London, Middlesex, England View details
6 Jun 1841 Joseph GUMBLETON (age 32) living in East Lane, Walworth in 1841 census Walworth, Surrey, England 1841 census
12 Mar 1842 Named as father in birth certificate of Henry Gumbleton Market Bosworth RD (Registration district), Leicestershire, England Birth certificate
3 Apr 1847 Northern Star and National Trades Journal: Fire at Gumbleton's shop, 1847 London View details
21 Feb 1851 Named as father in birth certificate of Harriet Gumbleton Newington, Surrey, England Birth certificate
30 Mar 1851 Josiah GUMBLETON (age 42) living in 4 Tiverton Street, Newington in 1851 census Newington, Surrey, England 1851 census
1853-56 Land Tax Assessment, East St, Walworth, 1853-56 Walworth, Surrey View details
7 Apr 1861 Joseph Gumbleton (age 51) living in High St, Farnham in 1861 census Farnham, Surrey, England 1861 census
1 Jan 1863 Named in death certificate of Lydia Gumbleton Hackney, Middlesex, England Death certificate
1 Feb 1863 Named as father in marriage certificate of Samuel Mecham and Mary Anne Gumbleton Camberwell Marriage certificate
1 Feb 1863 Named as a witness in marriage certificate of Samuel Mecham and Mary Anne Gumbleton Camberwell Marriage certificate
10 Mar 1863 Named as father in marriage certificate of James Colmer and Lydia Gumbleton Hampstead Marriage certificate
26 Oct 1864 The Times, 1864:Marriage of J W D Gumbleton Westminster, Middlesex, England View details
26 Oct 1864 Marriage certificate of Josiah William Dornford Gumbleton and Lydia Steele St John, Westminster, Middlesex Marriage certificate
1864 Dec Qr Marriage registration of Josiah W D Gumbleton Westminster RD, Middlesex, England Civil marriage registers
7 May 1867 Josiah William Dornford GUMBLETON referenced in Marriage of Elizabeth Gumbleton, 1867 Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago View details
14 Apr 1868 Named as father in marriage certificate of Richard Gumbleton and Elizabeth Bowditch Lambeth, Surrey Marriage certificate
25 Jan 1870 London Gazette: J W D Gumbleton bankruptcy Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago View details
17 Sep 1870 Death notice of Josiah Gumbleton Port of Spain, Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago View details
21 Mar 1871 Named as father in marriage certificate of John Thomas GUMBLETON and Martha Simons Toft, Cambridge Marriage certificate
27 Feb 1951 Josiah William Dornford GUMBLETON referenced in Letter re Gumbleton family Birchington, Kent View details

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