William Benjamin SHORT was the only? child of James SHORT and Mary BLOXHAM.
He was born in 1834.
William Benjamin Short married Caroline Ellen Allsop on 13.11.1853 at
the parish church, St Luke. (Sophia Allsop & Geo.MacLachlan were married
(8.3.1852) at the same church and from the same address 27 York St.) His
father was then a builder, and her father (George Allsop), an office clerk.
William himself was a plumber. The three children that we know of were
Edmee Isabel 14.9.1855 Henstridge Place, St.John's Wood 1920(3) Fulham
Frederick Augustus 7.10.1859 45 Suffolk St, Poplar 25.7.1903 Fulham Infirmary
Allan Granville 1863(1) Marylebone 27.10.1946 30 Twickenham Rd,Isleworth
1841 shows the Short's living in Henry St, Marylebone James(25), Mary(40),
Wm. Benjamin(8) and James(6). This means James' age was 25-29 and Mary's
40-44. House nos were not recorded in 1841 but the layout is consistent
1851 The Short family address has not been traced. (We looked in York
St, Seymour St, Henry St, Henstridge Place.)
1861 shows the Short's living at 11 Henry St, St John's Wood together
with the MacLachlan's and another family (the Langford's).
1871 shows the Short's and the male MacLachlan's still at 11 Henry St.
Caroline's mother (described as an Annuitant) is living with the Short's.
George Allsop died at this address 19.8.1861. In Jan.1876 Sarah Allsop
died at 56 Earls Court Rd)
1881 The Short's (less Allan Granville) are at 38 Earls Court Rd. Harry
& Edmee are at no.40 plus lodger C.J.MacLachlan. We have not found
the MacLachlans in the 1881 census.
1891 William and Caroline are at 19 Musard Rd, Fulham/Hammersmith (shared
with another family).
The father James appears in Trade directories for 1842,1844 & 1846
variously as builder, plumber, publican at New Inn, 1 Henry St East, Avenue
Rd and at 13 New Henry St. We cannot find William (or his father) in the
P.O. trade directories in the 1850's and 60's, but we know the Short's
(and the MacLachlan's) were in Poplar 1859 where Fred Augustus (and his
cousin C.J.MacLachlan) were born. From 1876 onwards he is listed in various
directories (P.O. Northern Suburbs, West Kensington local) as Wm.Short
plumber, Short & Co plumber, builder & contractor, even after
his death in 1897! The census entries also describe him as a plumber.
William died from cancer on 5.2.1897 at Musard Rd, the informant being
his son Allan Granville. He was buried on the 11th at Fulham Palace Rd
cemetery no.55 row K section 10. We visited the cemetery but unfortunately
without a plan. However almost all gravestones of that period are either
unreadable or weathered to dust. William's death certificate was how we
first heard of Allan Granville who was almost certainly the person known
to our family as "Uncle Pink". We cannot trace the death of
Caroline from 1891-1913. (Look up Shore?) She would be 70 at the time
of her husband's death. Edmee Isabel married Harry Brooker as presented
Fred Short married a Jane Spalding on 11.1.1896. She was the daughter
of a Farm Bailiff, Thomas Spalding deceased. Fred is described as a paperhanger.
They were both aged 35 and gave their address as 85 Adeney Rd, Fulham.
Harry Brooker was a witness. The West Kensington local directory 1898/9
shows him living at 39 Percy Street. The 1903 P.O. Northern Suburbs directory
lists Fred Short, Painter at 19 Musard Rd. Fred died aged 43 in 1903.
He died intestate but in 1907 his wife Jane (as sole relict) was granted
administration of his estate which had swollen significantly in the meantime.
Presumably somebody had left him money which passed to his widow. We don't
know whether there were any children.
Allan Granville Short married a Beatrice Helena Hawker on 29.11.1885.
both living in Stanford Rd, Fulham (nos 14,27). He was a plasterer. They
first with her family at no.27 (1891 census) until 1893 when they moved
Escourt Rd, Fulham. In 1898 they moved to Brentford where his eldest son
Albert Edward was born (1898(3) Brentford 3a 138). At the time of writing
we cannot be certain who the mother was because we know from Allan's will
that he subsequently married a a Laura Jane XXX. He eventually moved to
Isleworth (30 Twickenham Rd). He died in 1946 aged 83 at his son's home
in Twickenham (29 Heathfield South). From his will, made about a year
earlier, we learn he had 2 sons, 2 daughters and 2 daughter-in-laws, and
a grandson; and that his wife (Laura Jane) predeceased him.
Albert Edward, a civil servnt, married Mary Pansie Bates in 1931(3) (Hammersmith
1a 401). They had 2 daughters Mavis Granville 1931(3) Brentford 3a 407
and Rosemary Granville 1936(1) Brentford 3a 454
According to the wills index at Somerset House Albert died 23.7.1958 "at
Ealing", his address being 2 Cross Deep Gardens, Twickenham. However
we cannot trace his death at St.Catherines House or at Richmond Registry
Office. His will appoints a 'nephew' Desmond Ellerman as executor. Rose
Agnes Ellerman was a witness.
Tony has been in touch with Rosemary Granville (McCreddie) who still lives
in Twickenham. It would appear that Allan Granville had 7 children because
she referred to her aunts Winifred, Elsie and Rose (presumably Rose Agnes
Ellerman). More interesting she confirmed the "French Connection"
story about a wealthy French relative, but she didn't know anymore than
we did. She suggested her cousin Allan Granville Leighton might be able
to help. Tony has written to him but no reply! She confirmed that her
grandfather had been a builder in Chiswick. She also said he died after
being knocked down by a car. We are still unclear about the period post-1896.
The West Kensington local directory of 1898-9 covers both Fulham and Hammersmith
and lists William Short at 19 Musard Rd and Fred Short at 39 Percy Rd
(Shepherds Bush). The Hammersmith directory for 1901-2 lists Fred Short
at both addresses, which suggests his mother survived his father and continued
to live at Musard Rd until she died in 1900/1901, but we cannot trace
her death. Indeed we cannot trace her death from 1891 - 1912! William
is still listed in the 'commercial' section as a plumber even though he
died in 1897!. The 1902-3 directory also lists Fred at both addresses
but the commercial entry for his father has been removed. The same holds
in the 1903-4 directory but in 1904-5 there are no entries for Fred: he
is dead and we know from the grant of administration that his widow has
moved to Armadale St.
William died in 1897.