Thomas John Audley was baptised at Corfe Castle on 16 May 1824. He was the son of labourer Thomas Audley (1805-1880) and Mary Ann Audley nee White (1801-1880). By 1841, Thomas was a shoemaker’s apprentice living with his family at Market Place, Corfe Castle.
On 29 July 1845, Thomas, then aged 21 and a cordwainer (shoemaker), married 19 year old Sarah Keats (1825-1873) at Corfe Castle. Sarah was baptised at Corfe Castle on 28 November 1825 and was the eldest child of James Keats (1804-1851) and Harriet Keats nee Day (1809-1879). In 1841, Sarah was a servant of Corfe Castle baker and grocer John Shitler in West Street.
Thomas and Sarah had ten children – five sons and five daughters (see below). In 1851, Thomas & Sarah, along with their second daughter, were living at East Street, Corfe Castle. In 1861, the family was still at East Street, with wife Sarah shown as a laundress, and with two sons present but two daughters absent. Ten years later they were back in Market Place with four sons and one daughter present.
Sarah died in May 1873 and is buried at Corfe Castle. By 1881, Thomas was living at Scoles Gate Cottage, Kingston with three sons and two daughters:
On 5 August 1884, Thomas (senior) was ordered at the County Petty Sessions at Wareham to send his child to school – this would have been Thomas (junior) then aged 12.
Sadly by 1891 Thomas (senior) was in the Union Workhouse at Wareham and he died there five years later in June 1895. He was buried at Corfe Castle.
Children of Thomas & Sarah:
1. Sarah Audley (1845-?)
Sarah went to London in service – in 1871 she was a housemaid in Princes Street, Hanover Square – on 27 February 1872 she married commercial traveller John William Hill at St James, Hatcham Park (now known as New Cross)
2. Harriet Audley (1849-1874)
Harriet also went to London in service and married Frederick Frances Banks at Islington on 25 September 1867 – Harriet and Frederick had two daughters, Morna Mabel Audley Banks and Ethel Sunny Audley Banks
3. John Audley (1857-1914)
John married Elizabeth Ann Bettles at all Saints, Clapham on 25 October 1885 – he became a Military Prison Warder in London and Dublin – John and Elizabeth had nine children, Constance Maud Audley, George William Audley, Edith Annie Audley, John Frederick Audley, Albert Edward Audley, Gertrude Helen Audley, Walter Audley, Beatrice Gwendoline Audley and Reginald Herbert Audley (who died shortly after birth) – after retiring, John (senior) became a Factory Night Watchman
4. George Audley (1860-)
George was in service as a valet married Sarah Ann Sleeper at Hammersmith – George became publican of Talbot Inn, Quemerford, Calne, Wiltshire – in 1915 – he
5. Mary Susan Audley (1861-1861)
Mary died shortly after birth
6. Emily Susan Audley (1864-1887)
Emily married Thomas Major – they had two children – Sarah Audley Major and Mary Elizabeth Major together – sadly Sarah and both daughters died in 1887 – Thomas remarried
7. Henry James Audley (1865-1952)
Henry married Alice Goodchild Dorey and had four children: Frederick Charles Audley (1888-1940), Jessie Louisa Audley (1889-1981), Dennis John Audley (1893-1980) and Olive Grace Audley (1899-1983)
8. Frederick Frances Audley (1868-1939)
Frederick married Martha Ann Smith (1875–1956) and had six children: Herbert Francis Audley (1896-1963), William John Audley (1900-1929), Frederick George Audley (1902–1982), Sydney Charles Audley (1903-1967), Winifred Florence Audley (1907-1958) and Gertrude Amy Audley (1910–1991)
9. Bessie Mabel Audley (1870-1953)
In 1887, Bessie had a daughter Harriet Susan Audley (1887-1981). In 1890, Bessie married fisherman Montague ‘Mont’ Hooper (1867-1951). Bessie and Mont had a daughter Florence Mabel Hooper (1891–1968) and a son Harold Montague Audley Hooper (1900-1900)
10. Thomas Charles Audley (1872-1895)
Gamekeeper Thomas married Susan Hooper (1873-1967) at Sidcup in Kent on 5 March 1901 – Susan was the sister of Mont Hooper – Thomas and Susan had a son Ralph Clifford Audley (1902-1978) who lived in Flintshire and was a groundsman. Ralph married Isabella Roberts and they had a daughter Jean who is married and living in Droitwich.
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