Name: John Thomas GUMBLETON  P0011 
Born: 1838  Newington RD, Surrey, England
Parents: Josiah GUMBLETON Lydia REVELL
Died:1910 Toxteth Park RD, Lancashire, England
Buried: 7 Jan 1910  Toxteth Park Cemetery, Lancashire, England
Spouse 1Martha SIMONS
Married 21 Mar 1871
Toft, Cambridgeshire, England
(Died 1914 Bedford RD, Bedfordshire, England)
Child 1 Q0039 John Henry GUMBLETON 1872
Child 2 Q0052 Martha Harriet GUMBLETON 1874
Child 3 Q0056 Josiah GUMBLETON 1875
Child 4 Q0062 Fanny Maria GUMBLETON 1877
Child 5 Q0066 Robert George GUMBLETON 1878
Child 6 Q0080 Janet GUMBLETON 1881
Child 7 Q0163 Fanny Emma GUMBLETON 1882
Child 8 Q0101 George GUMBLETON 1885
Child 9 Q0106 Elizabeth GUMBLETON 1887
Child 10 Q0117 Richard GUMBLETON 1888
John Thomas Gumbleton, a son of Josiah William Dornford GUMBLETON and Lydia nee REVELL was born in 1838 in the Newington Registration District, in South London, probably in East Lane, Walworth, where he appears, aged 2, in the 1841 census. He was the fifth child of the family, having had an older brother, Josiah William (b. 1833), a sister, Lydia, born in 1835, another brother, Richard, born in 1837, and a sister, Mary Anne, born in 1839. By 1842, the family were in Ibstock Leicestershire where John's younger brother, Henry, was born on 7th March. Ibstock was the place where John's parents had been married in 1832.

The family appears in Tiverton Street, Newington, in the 1851 census, but John was not present, and his location has not been found. Nor is he with the family, in Farnham, in 1861.

Nothing is known about John until 1869, when the Kelly's directory for Cambridge includes a reference to 'Gumbleton Brothers, Boot and Shoe Makers', at 4, Market Street. He set up this business with his brother Henry and on the 1st Jan 1870, a Christmas notice appears in the Cambridge Independent newspaper for J & H Gumbleton's Boot and Shoe Factory.

On the 21st Mar 1871, at the age of about 33, John was married to Martha SIMONS, daughter of George Simons, in Cambridge. The marriage certificate confirms that John was a cordwainer, and his brother Henry was a witness.

In the Cambridge 1871 census, the family were living at 4 Market St, Cambridge. Bertie MECHAM (son of his sister Mary Anne GUMBLETON) was staying with them.

In January 1872, the Ipswich Journal gives an account of an attempted robbery from the shop. The thieves were apprehended by Mr Gumbleton.

On Good Friday, the 29th March 1872, John's brother, Henry, was tragically drowned in a boating accident on the River Cam. Details of the inquest appear in several newspapers, including the Cambridge Independent. Shortly afterwards, a newspaper notice from John, indicates that he intends to 'conduct the business as heretofore - viz as Gumbleton Brothers'. However, Henry was presumably a joint partner in the business and as he apparently died intestate, his share of the business must have had to be divided according to the the rules of intestacy. Thus, John was not able to carry on the business as before but had to sell off the assets—a notice to that effect appearing in a May edition of the Cambridge Independent. He then presumably had to rebuild the business from scratch.

On the 12th April, John and Martha produced their first child, and named him John Henry. More children followed in quick succession: Martha Harriet in 1874, Josiah in 1875, and Fanny Maria in 1877, who was born in Cambridge but died in Camberwell in the same year, so John and his family must have moved back to London at this time.

John's business in Cambridge must have failed, because he was declared bankrupt in 1875. A son Robert George was born in Camberwell in 1878 and Janet in 1881. In the 1881 census, John and his family (including Martha and their children, John, Martha, Josiah, Robert and Janet), were living at 17 Amott Rd, Camberwell, where John was a commercial traveller.

By 1885, the family had moved again, and were now living in Runcorn, Cheshire, where they had a further son, George, daughter Elizabeth (in 1887), and son Richard (who was born and died in 1888). In 1887 they were living in Bridge Street (with dwelling house in Ellesmere Street and Bridge Street).

In 1891 the family were living at 59 Church Street, Runcorn, where John Thomas was described as a salesman and hawker. An 1890 directory for Runcorn lists John Thomas Gumbleton, bootmaker and knitted hosiery manufacturer at 59 Church St: the 1892 directory lists Mrs. Martha Gumbleton, wool repository, at that address.

By 1893, the family is believed to have moved to Bedford, where their son, John Henry, died at the age of 21. They were certainly living at 40 Newnham St, Bedford when, on 17 Nov 1897, their daughter Martha Harriet, a nurse in Kings Lynn, died of Enteric Fever, and were still there in 1901.

John Thomas GUMBLETON died aged 71 in 1910, in the Toxteth Park registration district. In 1911, His widow was living at 25 St Peter's Street, Bedford, where she was a knitter and hosier, along with her sons Josiah and Robert. She died in 1914 in the Bedford Registration District.


1838 Sep Qr Birth registration of John Thomas GUMBLETON Newington RD (Registration district), Surrey, England Civil registration birth registers
6 Jun 1841 John Gumbleton (age 2) living in East Lane, Walworth in 1841 census Walworth, Surrey, England 1841 census
4 Mar 1865 Cambridge Police Court Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1869 Cambridge 1869 directory Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1 Jan 1870 Christmas notice for J&H Gumbleton, 1869 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1870 John Gumbleton Advertisement Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1871 Mar Qr Marriage registration of John Thomas Gumbleton Caxton RD, Cambridgeshire, England Civil marriage registers
21 Mar 1871 Marriage certificate of John Thomas GUMBLETON and Martha Simons Toft, Cambridge Marriage certificate
2 Apr 1871 John T. GUMBLETON (age 32) living in 4 Market St, Cambridge in 1871 census Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England 1871 census
13 Apr 1872 John Thomas GUMBLETON referenced in Birth notice of John Henry Gumbleton, 1872 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
4 May 1872 Sale of Gumbleton Brothers' stock Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1873 Cambridge 1873 directory Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1873 John Thomas GUMBLETON referenced in Cambridge 1873 directory Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
1875 Cambridge 1875 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
2 Apr 1875 Bankruptcy notice, 1875 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England View details
15 Sep 1879 John Thomas GUMBLETON referenced in John Henry Gumbleton school record Southwark, Surrey View details
3 Apr 1881 John Thos. GUMBLETON (age 44) living in 17 Amott Rd, Camberwell in 1881 census Camberwell, Surrey, England 1881 census
1887 John Thomas GUMBLETON living at Bridge Street Runcorn, Cheshire, England Electoral rolls
11 Feb 1887 Named as father in birth certificate of Elizabeth Gumbleton Runcorn, Cheshire, England Birth certificate
1890 John Thomas GUMBLETON living at 59 Church Street Runcorn, Cheshire, England Electoral rolls
5 Apr 1891 John Thomas GUMLETON (age 54) living in 59 Church Street, Runcorn, Cheshire in 1891 census Runcorn, Cheshire, England 1891 census
23 Feb 1895 Advert for Gumbletons knitting establishment Bedford, Bedfordshire, England View details
31 Mar 1901 John T Gumbleton (age 63) living in 40 Newnham Rd, Bedford in 1901 census Bedford, Bedfordshire, England 1901 census
7 Jan 1910 Burial of John Thomas Gumbleton Toxteth Park Cemetery, Lancashire, England Burials index#386
1910 Mar Qr Death registration of John T GUMBLETON Toxteth Park RD, Lancashire, England Civil registration death registers

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