Front row: [my assumptions -2009] left to right seated: - Alfred. William, Walter, Benjamin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back row, left to right: - prob. Thomas & maybe George Goodey who had married Susannah in 1888. . . . . . . Probably taken at the funeral of his mother in 1893
Thomas Mead 1855- 1920 . Parents Thomas Mead & Elizabeth Savill. Born.‘Mar’ 1855 . Baptised in G.D. Church, 14/1/1855, father a Servant.[ERO] [Ancestor of Rachel Meade, Terry Mead & Valerie Dolan].
1861C Aged 6, living at the Wheatsheaf, with parents, siblings & older half-brother William
1871C. Aged 16, a painter & decorator, at the WheatSheaf with all his family.
1879. A Thomas Mead, painter, was apprehended at the Six Bells- for out of hours drinking . Chelmsford Chronicle FMP
1881C. Aged 26, a painter, at the Wheatsheaf .
Rachel Meade has provided details of his subsequent life.
1881. Thomas Mead married Louisa Davis[ from Chattisham, Suffolk] on 6/3/1881 ?? - definitely Jun 1881 in Bmd, so maybe I mean 3/6/1881?? - as still single in censusu April - in G.D.Parish Church. The m.c. lists his father as Thomas Mead (brewer) and her father as Robert Davis (labourer).
1883. Minnie M F Mead born 14/11/1883 at The Down, Great Dunmow, to Thomas Mead a Painter and Glazier and Louisa Mead (formerly Davis).
1885. Elsie Maud G.D.Mead born Dec 1885 Dunmow. - initials on Bmd. Born Great Easton -from 1891C. I cannot find her in 1901C/1911C, nor a death nor mariage for her
1891. George Robert Mead born Gt. Dunmow
1891C, Thomas Mead, aged 36, a painter, living in Parsonage Downs, G.D.., with wife Louisa, 38, & 3 children, 2mths -7., George[Robert] 2mths, Elsie Maud 6, b.Gt.Easton & Minnie 7.
1894. Cecil Claude Mead born
1896. Wife Louisa dies 12/10/1896, aged 44, of Typhoid fever/haemorrhage at Philpott End, G.D.
1897/8. A Thomas Mead was in court for neglecting his 4 children - this almost certainly he . Chelmsford Chronicle FMP
1901C. Thomas Mead, aged 46, painter, a widower at Workhouse Yard, Gt. Easton, with 3 children 6-17 , Elsie missing
1911C. Thomas Meade, 56, widower, is a lodger, painter, at 6/7 Church End Dunmow with James Coates, bricklayer. . .
1920 Thomas Mead died, aged 66, at 51, Rayne Road, Bocking in 1920[ this must have come from Rachel Meade- & there is a death, aged 66, Sep 1920 4a.641 Braintree]
Corrections: first wife of Thomas Mead 1821 was a Sarah Wood. Also Terence Courtney ,not Terence Claude 1937
Children of Thomas Mead
1. . . . .. Minnie F.Mead [see above for her b.c.]1883-1950: Rachel Meade's Ancestry site shows she is descended from Minnie, who' married'/ had a liaison with a Frederick T. Meade in 1906: he was born West Ham, Essex, Sep 1884, and in 1911 was an able seaman , 26, single, aboard the Venus, Royal Navy.
Frederick Thomas Meade 1884 & Minnie Mead 1883 are the greatgrandparents of Rachel.[ although her family lore suggests the father of Frederick 1906 was a local landowner]. Minnie had Frederick Mead on 28/11/1906, registered as Frederick Thomas Mead in West Ham Mar 1907: no actual father listed on his b.c.- Minnie's address is 86 Dawlish Rd, Leyton and her occupation is listed as domestic servant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1911C. Minnie Meade, 24, single, housemaid domestic, b. Great 'Dunnrow' , is working at Weir Cottage Shepperton for William Yates- her son is not with her[ and have searched exhaustively for him, with any Mead/e or Frederick & variant ! b.1905-7, in this census ].
Frederick Mead 1906 moved to Wales when he was about 14 years of age. He married Morfydd Jenkins, born 1914 Cydwelli, Wales, on 30/3/1932 in Carmarthen Registry Office, putting his name as Frederick Thomas Clement Mead, living at Four Rds, Llangeideire, Wales and occupation Coal Hewer. His 'father' is listed as Frederick Mead[deceased] Private, his majesty's regular army. [ Have found a Frederick T Mead, private, killed in action April 1918, Tyne Cot Memorial: also his medal card. Why would he not have remained in the Navy?]] . Witnesses were on the brides side - Christine Jenkins (Rachel's grandmother's sister) and Thomas Jenkins (her father).
Frederick Meade 1906 was a miner, learnt welsh and died of Emphysema. Morfydd, Rachel's grandmother, worked as a domestic - they were very poor! they only had the one child, David T C Meade, Rachel's dad. He married Enid Williams and they had Rachel
Minnie Mead later married a Timothy Conner and although she apparently kept in limited touch with her son we [Rachel & family] have no real info on her at all. Rachel has a copy of her marriage certificate- she married Timothy Connor on 3/2/1921 in Willesden Registry Office. Her occupation was listed as a cook - residence 14 Park Drive, Golders Green.. He was a hotel Porter - residence 15 Torbay Mansions, Willesden Lane. His father was John Connors (deceased). Rachel's dad believes that she went on and had other children and later lived in Bexhill on Sea. Children were: Arther W Conner Mar 1921, Beatrice E Conner Mar 1922, Albert R Conner Mar 1925 & Joan L Conner Dec 1929, all registered in Hackney. 3 variations here: Conner, Connor & Connors!!
2 ..........Elsie Maud G D Mead 1885. Born Dec 1885 Dunmow. . From 1891C, born Great Easton. No details on her - vanished by 1901C & 1911C. .
3.. . . . . .George Robert Mead, 11/1/1891-19xx?? probably did not marry and was torpedoed during WW1?. Was he killed - not listed under naval casualties on Findmypast. In 1911C., 20, b.Dunmow, Std 2 Cl Er Ratings, Royal Navy ships at sea, ship the Duke of Edinburgh, 5th Cruiser Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, Gibraltar. One page of his Navy service record exists on FMP. Service no. K3177. Not on CWGC- which would indicate he did not die whilst serving . Served on HMS Vindictive from 1912 - march 1918- that ship then scuttled as a blockship at Ostend/Zeebrugge . No BMD death of ~correct age 1918-1983
4. . . . . . Cecil Claude Mead,1894- 1982 Hounslow. A stable lad,16, at Black Lion High Road Epping in the 1911C. Married Grace Ann Henley in New Southgate in 1918: they had a daughter Barbara?- cannot find the Bmd entry for her, could she be the Lilian Margaret Mead born Wandsworth Mar 1909. I cannot find a death for this Grace Mead . on BMD or is there one in 1930??. Then seems to have married Lilian W M Jackson Mar 1929,Willesden: they had their first son Ivor C Mead Mar1926, Barnet. Thought Lilian W M Mead might have died Jun1931, aged 28, Lewisham, but this is actually a Lilian I M Mead!!.. Cecil seemingly had 5 more children, difficult to follow!, but photo of them all below. The last son, Terence Courtney was born in 1937 to Lilian, nee Jackson . This Terry C Mead commisioned research into the family from a firm called Achievements in the 1980s : 2 of the letters are attached at the end of this page.
I am in contact with Valerie[Dolan], niece of Terry 1934 & one of the daughters of Ivor Mead 1926 : he had a very bad childhood with his father, Cecil, and left home aged 15, that would be ~ 1909 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Info from Mike, 12/1/2015, son of Terry, grandson Cecil Claude :
Cecil Claude MEAD; 17/09/1894- 17/2/1982. His sister Minnie is buried in Feltham, Middlesex cemetery ( my dad Terence was at the funeral - in 1950??). His brothers were killed in the 1st Worlds war we believe. I think he only had one brother, George Robert Mead 1891 - see above
Lillian 26/01/1909- Dec 1983. Maybe Bmd Lilian Margaret Mead Wandsworth Mar 1909 . Cecil Claude would only have been 14+. A Lilian M Mead died Greenwich Mar 1910, aged 1
Ivor C. 18/02/1926-1998. Mother Jackson Bmd reg. Barnet Mar 1926
Barbara Nash (nee Mead)- 31/03/1928- 27/03/1982. No Bmd reg. for any girl. No marriage of a Nash to a Mead 1943 onwards- 'cos she had been married twice before!. No death of Barbara Nash 1982. "She was murdered by her husband Albert Nash is Staines,Middx in late March 1982, just 6 weeks after Grandad died. She married in Summer 1975 in Ashford ,Middx ( 3rd marriage ). her date of birth 30-31/3/1928, I believe in Harrow,Middx"
Cecil Claude Mead – 20/09/1929-2001. Mother Jackson, died St. Austell . Bmd reg Hendon Dec 1929
Geoffrey Arthur Mead- 26/01/1931-Oct 1997. Mother Jackson. Bmd reg Hendon Mar1931
Arthur (Tony) Mead – 22/06/1933-22/08/1990. Mother Jackson . Bmd reg Uxbridge Jun 1933
Terence Courtney Mead- 04/06/1937- present. Mother Jackson . Bmd reg Staines Sep1937
Cecil Claude Mead 1894, second wife?,and offspring,L to R, Terry, Ivor,Tony,Barbara, Geoff & Cecil
. . .. . . . .Ivor . . . ... . . . . . . .. . . . . .. .Terry & Cecil . .. . . . . . . . . . . .Wedding of Terry & Wendy, Tony on left.
I phoned up Terry Mead ,St. Austell in 2009. He recontacted me late 2014 and now I am in contact with his son, Mike
Return Thomas Mead 1821
The letters below from Achievements actually refer to earlier Mead ancestors, also Savills, Morells & Poulters