Benjamin William GUMBLETON


Name: Benjamin William GUMBLETON  P0019 
Born: 8 Aug 1839  St Luke RD, Middlesex, England
Parents: Benjamin GUMBLETON Theodosia Young CARTER
Died:1912 Chelsea RD, Middlesex, England
Occupation:Photographer. Railway employee   
Spouse 1Mary UNKNOWN
(Died 1895 Kensington RD, Middlesex, England)
Child 1 Q0063 Ann Adelaide GUMBLETON 1877
Spouse 2Elizabeth ELLIS
Married 1895
Chelsea RD, Middlesex, England
Benjamin William Gumbleton was a son of Benjamin and Theodosia Gumbleton, born 8 Aug 1839 in Ironmonger Street, City Road, just outside the boundary of the City of London. His father was a silversmith in London, but Benjamin William's young life must have been marred by the tragic death of his mother, who was accidentally poisoned when he was under three years old.

In 1851 he was 11, still living with his father at 24 Ironmonger Street, Finsbury, London.

In 1860, when Benjamin was 22, his father died, leaving him as the sole beneficiary of his father's estate, there being no other siblings. His father's effects were valued at under £100.

Benjamin William set up as a photographer and was listed as such in the 1861 census, when he, along with another photographer, George Kirkwood, were lodgers in a household in Buckingham Rd, Winslow, Buckinghamshire.

Benjamin's whereabouts in 1871 have not been found but, in 1879, he was granted the Freedom of the City of London by reason of patrimony—he was the son of a previous freeman. He was admitted into the Company of Clothworkers, one of the City Guilds. This would have given him the freedom to conduct a trade within the City, but it is not known whether he ever exercised that freedom.

At some point he seems to have married Mary (surname unknown) and was living with her and their 3-year old daughter in 1881 at 98 Richmond Rd, Kensington. By this stage he was working as a Railway Servant and Mary was a schoolmistress.

In 1886, he got a "worthy mention" for his entry in the Weekly Dispatch's poetry competition—for the best eight lines of original verse having reference to the Easter bank holiday, in which the letters m, n & o do not appear—but he failed to win the first prize of two guineas.

In 1891, he and Mary (Ann) were still living at 94 Richmond Road, Kensington, London, and he was again working as a photographer (she still a schoolmistress).

Mary died, in Kensington, in 1895. Later that year, Benjamin married Elizabeth Ellis in the Chelsea Registration District. He appears in the Electoral Register for 1898 at 6 Markham Sq, Chelsea St Luke, Middlesex, and was still living there in 1901. He was described as a lodging house keeper and the Gumbletons had four boarders living with them in the 1901 census. However, from 1901 onwards he seems to have been in and out of the Chelsea workhouse and its infirmary on several occasions.In 1911, he was in the Chelsea Infirmary, Cale St, Chelsea, London and was recorded as a former photographer. Elizabeth also entered the workhouse in 1907 and died in 1911.

He died in 1912 in the Chelsea Registration District. 

DateEventPlaceReference
1839 Birth registration of Benjamin William GUMBLETON St Luke RD, Middlesex, England Civil registration birth registers
6 Jun 1841 Benjamin GUMBLETON (age 2) living in Finsbury, St Luke, Ironmonger St in 1841 census Finsbury, Middlesex, England 1841 census
30 Mar 1851 B W Gumbleton (age 11) living in 24 Ironmonger Street, Finsbury, London in 1851 census Finsbury, Middlesex, England 1851 census
8 Dec 1860 Benjamin William GUMBLETON referenced in Will of Bejamin Gumbleton of St Luke's, Middlesex St Luke, Middlesex View details
7 Apr 1861 Benjamin GUMBLETON (age 21) living in Buckingham Rd, Winslow, Buckinghamshire in 1861 census Winslow, Buckinghamshire, England 1861 census
4 Jun 1879 Benjamin W Gumbleton: Freedom of City of London London View details
3 Apr 1881 Benjamin W. GUMBELTON (age 38) living in 98 Richmond Rd, Kensington in 1881 census Kensington, Middlesex, England 1881 census
2 May 1886 Poetry prize, 1886 View details
5 Apr 1891 Benjamin Gambleton (age 51) living in 94 Richmond Road, Kensington, London in 1891 census Kensington, Middlesex, England 1891 census
1895 Sep Qr Marriage registration of Benjamin William Gumbelton Chelsea RD, Middlesex, England Civil marriage registers
1898 Benjamin William Gumbleton living at 6 Markham Square Chelsea, Middlesex, England Electoral rolls
1899 Benjamin William Gumbleton living at 6 Markham Square Chelsea, Middlesex, England Electoral rolls
31 Mar 1901 Benjamin Gumbelton (age 53) living in 6 Markham Sq, Chelsea St Luke, Middlesex in 1901 census Chelsea, Middlesex, England 1901 census
1901 Chelsea Workhouse: Benjamin Gumbleton Chelsea, Middlesex View details
2 Apr 1911 Benjamin Gumbleton (age 71) living in Chelsea Infirmary, Cale St, Chelsea, London in 1911 census Chelsea, Middlesex, England 1911 census
1912 Mar Qr Death registration of Benjamin GUMBLETON Chelsea RD, Middlesex, England Civil registration death registers


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