Elizabeth Lyons, born 1891 died 1966

She was my father's aunt , but seemingly he had no contact with her 1950- 1966

1891 Elizabeth Lyons born 20/08/1891 at 10 D Block, Peabody Buildings, Bermondsey. B10 . Last and 6th child of Timothy & Elizabeth [nee Tobin] Lyons, he given as Skin Warehouseman . Registered St Olaves Dec 1891. Surviving siblings: William John Lyons 1880, Helen Lyons 1885 & Josie Lyons 1888 [ named Elizabeth Mary Josephine Lyons!] . No baptism yet found


1894. Elizabeth Lyons was living 8 Black Swan Yard, Bermondsey Street, Southwark . Timothy Lyons is there in the London Electoral Roll

1895. Elizabeth Lyons was living 10 Cundall's Place, Tyers Gateway, Southwark - this off Bermondsey Street. Timothy Lyons is there in the London Electoral Roll

1896. Elizabeth Lyons was living 10 Cundall's Place, Tyers Gateway, Southwark. Timothy Lyons is there in the London Electoral Roll

1897. Elizabeth Lyons was living 14 Kipling Street, Southwark. - this runs N/S below Snowsfield. I cannot be absolutely certain this is my Timothy, but only other Timothy in Southwark in this period, 1894-1907, would seem to his his 'nephew' Timothy Lyons at 17 Woolf Street, paying rent to his brother-in-law, William Osbourne [ wife Mary Lyons]. Timothy Lyons is there in the London Electoral Roll

1898-1908 Elizabeth Lyons was living at 9 Wilds Rents from 1898 until 1907-8, when her parents moved to 3 Marcia Road : she, being 17 by then, might have already been working and living in the Pineapple Inn. .

1901 Census. Elizabeth Lyons, 9, living at 9 Wilds Rents Bermondsey
Timothy S. 48 Dock Labourer b.Bermondsey
Elizabeth 45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . b.Bermondsey
Elizabeth 9, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .b.Bermondsey
Josephine 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .b.Peckham
Helen 15 . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . b.Blackfriars
William J. 19 General Carman. b.Bermondsey
David Tobin 30 married Wharf Labourer. b.Bermondsey . Thus the family with 4 surviving children plus Elizabeth's brother, David Tobin, 30, once again.



1911C. Elizabeth A Lyons,19, housemaid, b. Dockhead, with sister, Ellen Lyons , 24, barmaid, at a licensed Victuallers, 8 rooms, at Pineapple I , St. Georges Road, Elephant & Castle. The Pineapple Pub was demolished by 1960 : photos on Ellen's page


1915. Elizabeth Lyons - age~ 24 married John [Jack] Allen 13/9/1915, in Southwark Register office. He, 24, a licensed Victuallers Cellarman, she 24, a Printer's Clerk. Her father, Timothy Lyons is given as a Crane Driver, his, Frederick Allen, deceased, as a Blacksmith journeyman. Her mother, E. Lyons, is a witness. There were no children..


In 1911C, I think he is the John Allen, 20, b.Southwark, barman at 205 Old Kent Road , this the Castle, which was right by Marcia Road . The Castle continued in business until cerca 1985 when it became The Gin Palace, so he may well have continued working here . - convenient from both Darwin Street and Marcia Road.


5/7 Marcia Road seen at end of street

1917. Elizabeth Allen was godmother to her nephew Len Lyons

1918-1923 . They - Elizabeth and her husband - definitely lived on the first floor of 21, Darwin Street , where her brother William Lyons lived with family on the ground floor, from 1918 - early 1924[ Have proof of this from the Electoral Roll books for each year[ in Southwark Local History Library] & also her mother's Will, written February 1924] - and probably she was there from 1915 when they married, he joining up 3 months after their wedding ..

1919. Her husband John Allen in the 1919 Absent Voters List at 21 Darwin Street as 678031 Rfm 1/21 Lond.Regt.

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I cannot find his Silver War Badge on Ancestry

1924. Elizabeth & Jack Allen moved to  3, Marcia Road, Bermondsey, maybe to look after mother, Elizabeth Lyons, in her final weeks/days, or maybe they just took over the tenancy. Elizabeth was the sole beneficiary - of very little - from her mother's death in 1924. Elizabeth & Jack were still there in 1939 [from Electoral Roll books, Southwark Archives] , but not by 1945 when the Electoral Roll books were once again published , only a Grace Marlow & Annie Rogers at 3, Marcia Road then [ nos 3 & 5 in St. Georges ward C - different ward to all the other houses in Marcia Road] . So, they did not live near Croydon [ as Hilda thought] until 1939 at the earliest. And, surely William could not have had too bad a relationship with her from~1915 -1924, as implied by Hilda, as they lived in the same house, albeit on different floors, for at least 6 years: but then, this itself could have caused bad feelings!!. And she was indeed the godmother of one of William's children - Len,1917.

1939 Register. Elizabeth Allen, born 15/7/1891, is living 3 Marcia Road with John Allen, born 8/4/1891, GPO postman. Birthday wrong-different from her b.c.!

Quote from Philippa:" I remember mother[Hilda] speaking about Aunt Lizzie when I was a child[1950s]. From my recollections she lived in a suburb near Croydon with her husband for the rest of her life, close to Aunt Josie. I have a feeling that her husband was a postman but perhaps I'm wrong. Mother gave me a small diamond ring years ago which I think was Aunt Lizzie's. It's quite attractive but not worth a lot I'd imagine."
It is also thought that she wore a wig.

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Nelllie and, possibly, Lizzie on the right of her . . .Could this unknown photo- from Philippa - be Lizzie?? And 188 Stafford Roas, Wallington where she was living just before her death

1966 Elizabeth Allen, 74 ,wife of John Allen, died 3/8/1966 at Sutton General Hospital. Usual address: 188 Stafford Road (top floor) Wallington . Causes of death: 1. cerebral vascular thrombosis. 2. hypertension.3. congestive cardiac failure Informant – C Watkins , causing the body to be buried, of 106a Nightingale Road, Carshalton


Interred at Bandon Hill Cemetery Sutton, plot number XE 421 with headstone. Probate of Elizabeth Allen, 188 Stafford Road, Wallington, Surrey, of £1880 to Clifford Watkins, electronics inspector.( I wonder why she did not entrust probate to her husband?. But, as this same man was the Informant 3 years later on the d.c. of her husband, I suspect her husband was already in Sutton General hospital at the time of her death)


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1969. Her husband, John Allen, 78, postman (retired), born 7/4/1891, died 6/10/1969 at Sutton General Hospital. Usual address: Sutton General Hospital -this odd! Informant – Clifford Watkins 106a Nightingale Road, Carshalton. Cause of death: chronic diarrhoea & Cerebral Arterioschlerosis.


Interred at Bandon Hill Cemetery XE 421* with Elizabeth – but his name not recorded on the headstone

*This plot is close to that of Mary Josephine Collins (XE454 unmarked) who died 14th July 1969 at 28 Elmwood Road, North Croydon (a council run care home)


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Timothy Lyons 1852-1923

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