After a brief interlude, it’s time to resume and conclude this series on the Casbons of Peterborough.
Generation 4, Children of John Casbon (1832-1885): Thomas (1854 – 1910), Sarah (1855-1859) Mary (1860 – ?), Elizabeth (1861 – ?), John (1863 – 1925), and Sarah Jane (1865 – ?) Casbon
If you’re keeping track, Thomas, born 1854 in Peterborough, is the sixth Thomas I’ve mentioned in this series, beginning with Thomas Casborn (Generation “Zero”) of Littleport. His son Thomas (Generation 1) was the first gardener. Thomas (G1) had two sons (Generation 2) named Thomas: the first died in childhood; the second was the first to reside in Peterborough. His sons (Generation 3) were Thomas and John. The final Thomas (Generation 4) is John’s son.
Thomas (Generation 4) was also a gardener, the final generation of gardeners in the family. He married Elizabeth Pettifor in Peterborough in 1876. They probably lived briefly in Yorkshire, since their first child, Emily, was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in 1878. In 1881 they were living on Green Lane in Peterborough with Emily and their son Charles Arthur (also known as just “Arthur,” b. 1880 in Peterborough).
Thomas and family were living in the village of Hemingfield, Yorkshire in 1891, but returned to Peterborough, where they were again residing in 1901. Elizabeth died there in 1906 and Thomas died in 1910.
It seems that Thomas was an active member of the Methodist church, occasionally preaching in and around Peterborough.
Mary Casbon, oldest daughter of John, was born 1860 in Peterborough. She was married to John Thomas Cornwall in 1880, and had at least nine children., As of 1911, she and her family were still living in Peterborough. I have not located a record of her death.
Of John’s daughter Elizabeth, I have even less information. She was born 1861 in Peterborough. In the 1881 census she was either living or visiting at the household of her brother Thomas, and employed as a dressmaker. She married either William Buxton or Albert Edward Swain in 1907.
John’s son John, born 1863 in Peterborough, married Jane Rolfe in 1884. They had three daughters: Edith, Lillian, and Nellie. Edith was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, so it seems likely they lived there for a time. In the 1891 census, John’s occupation was Grocer, but from 1901 on he was listed as a cab proprietor. John died 1925 in Peterborough, and Jane died in 1947.
Excerpt from 1910 Peterborough city directory, showing Generation 4 brothers John and Thomas Casbon (Click on image to enlarge)
Generation 4, Children of Thomas Casbon (1840-1887): Charles W (1866 – ?) and Edith Emily Casbon
Recall that Thomas Casbon (b.1840) married Emily Cantrill in 1865, and she filed for divorce in 1868. The children then grew up with their mother in London.
Charles W. Casbon was born in Peterborough in 1866. He appears with his mother in the 1871 through 1891 censuses. In 1901 he is listed on the census as a visitor in the home of Marian Carter. His occupation is listed as Photographer’s Draughtsman. This is the last record I’ve been able to find of Charles.
Edith Emily Casbon was born in Camden Town, a part of London, in 1868. Given the location, she was probably born after her mother separated from Thomas. She is recorded in the 1871 through 1891 censuses with her mother and brother. Edith married Paul Alexandre Taupenot in Tendring, Essex, 1897. There is a separate marriage record for them in Paris, France, 1899. Since I can find no further records of her in England, I suspect that she remained in France.
This concludes the series on the Peterborough Casbons. It does not conclude their role in the Casbon Journey. They are the forebears of some of today’s Casbons. They may pop up from time to time in future posts, as may their descendants. If any of their descendants read this post, I hope they will leave a comment and hopefully fill in a few blanks.