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  • ID: I1339
  • Name: William Falconer
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Falconer
  • Prefix: Captain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 Jul 1812 in 24, Wapping High Street, St George In The East, Stepney, London 1 2
  • Christening: 15 Sep 1812 St George in the East, Cannon Street Road, Stepney, London 3
  • Death: 11 Jul 1877 in Gothic House, near St Ann's Road, Stamford Hill, Middlesex 4 5
  • Occupation: Army Captain 6
  • Event: Apprenticeship 12 Jan 1828 Lucas Street, Commercial Road, Middlesex
  • Note:
    Falconer, William, son of James, of Lucas Street, Middlesex, mariner 1828. No more details given. Certificate sent for. Probably 122 Lucas Street as his sister married from here 4 years later.
    This showed that William was apprenticed to his father James, a mariner of Lucas Street in Middlesex, on Jan 12 1828. James agreed to pay his son thirty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain over a period of four years as well as teach him and supply him with sufficient meat, drink and lodging.
    It is highly probable that William Falconer served his apprenticeship on his father James Falconer's ship the Ealing Grove, 383 tons, built at London in 1792. The Ealing Grove was sheathed with copper over boards, the copper being repaired in 1829.

    She traded back and forth from London to the West Indies, including Demerara, a colony in the Guyanas on the north coast of South America, famous for its sugar.
    7
  • Event: fulfilled Apprenticeship 12 Jan 1832 Lucas Street, Commercial Road, Middlesex
  • Note:
    On this day it was confirmed that William Falconer had faithfully served the full term of his written agreement to Jas. Falconer. His apprenticeship was paid as follows:
    1st year: 5
    2nd year: 6
    3rd year: 8
    Last year : 11
    This totalled 30
    7
  • Event: Tithe Award 28 Feb 1837 Coulsdon, Surrey
  • Note:
    He owned land here, measuring over 11 acres, and presumably later built on it as an altered apportionment date for Nov 2nd 1860 has been added.
    Plot 717, later ref AAC, as were all of the plots listed here, 718.
    IR 29/34/39
    8
  • Event: Address 1842-1848 11, Brunswick Terrace, Commercial Road, Wapping 9
  • Event: Tithe Award 16 May 1843 Stamford Hill, Tottenham, Middlesex
  • Note:
    he owned plots 1435-1438, comprising over 3 acres of land in an area which was being developed around Stamford Hill.This was land belonging to St John.
    T1437a was altered on 20 Nov 1873 IR 29/21/53A
    8
  • Event: Witness statement 21 Oct 1844 The Old Bailey, London
  • Note:
    2473. JOSHUA DOE and THOMAS RAINEY were indicted for stealing ing 6 bottles, value 9d.; and 1 gallon of rum, 3s.; the goods of William Falconer, and others, in a vessel in a certain port of entry and discharge.
    WILLIAM FALCONER. I am part owner of the Ealing Grove, which was lying in the West India Docks'97Doe was my apprentice. On the 11th of Oct., there was a cask of rum in the after-hold'97I came on board that morning'97the mate reported to me that the cask of rum had been spiled'97I went below, and found the cask had been spiled, and in Rainey's berth I found four bottles of rum'97he was a sailor in the ship'97two bottles of rum had been previously found in Doe's chest'97I then sent for an officer who took the prisoners'97I have compared the bottles of rum with that in the cask, and I believe it is the same'97neither of the prisoners had any business with any rum'97I asked Rainey about it, but he denied it till he was in custody'97they confessed it before the Magistrate'97I saw Mr. Ballantine sign this'97(looking at the depositions)'97this is his signature'97(read)'97The prisoner Rainey says, "I had a sixpence in my pocket, and I said, 'Let us have a pot;' Doe said, 'We will have plenty to drink, let us have some soft tack;' I handed Scorey the sixpence, and he brought on board some onions and bread; Doe then said, 'Let us have a drop:' I said, 'I don't mind;' Scorey said, 'You had better take rum, because it belongs to the ship;' Doe said. 'Rum is a very strong thing;' Scorey said, 'It will do very well when beating down channel;' Doe said, 'Take a bucket;' Scorey went up and brought a bucket down; he said, 'The two of you go, and I will go on deck to keep a look-out;' we heard a tap, and blew the light out; Scorey then struck a lucifer, and held it down to us; Doe pierced the vent, and he held the bucket while I drew the gimlet out; Scorey met us, and took it from us; we did it between us.' "
    The prisoner Doe says, "I say the same as he does."
    DOE'97 GUILTY . Aged 19.
    RAINEY'97 GUILTY . Aged 22.
    Recommended to mercy by the Jury and
    Prosecutor.'97 Confined Six Days.
    10
  • Event: Address 1848-1850 20, Mercers Terrace, Salmon Lane, Stepney 11
  • Event: testimonial 1848
  • Note:
    My former testimonials including Indentures 19 years service were lodged at the Trinity House when I was examined in August 1848.
    He listed that he was Master of the Alexandrina for 2 years and 4 months.
    12
  • Event: Address 1851-1853 34, Albert Sq., Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex E1 0LH 13
  • Event: certificate of competency application Certificate 31 Mar 1851 34, Albert Sq., Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex E1 0LH
  • Note: His previous certificate was a Trinity House class 1 dated London 28 August 1848. Cert. numbr 1019. 12
  • Event: Master Mariner Certificate 5 Apr 1851 34, Albert Sq., Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex E1 0LH 14 12
  • Event: competency as Master Certificate 8 Apr 1851 34, Albert Sq., Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex E1 0LH
  • Note: Cert no 1019 was also given upon an extra examination passed in London. 12
  • Event: Address 1853-1858 King Edward's Villas, 2, King Edward's Road, Hackney, Middlesex
  • Note: He was living here when some of his children were born. His work partner Mercer also lived here and had his daughter Arabella baptised the same day and place. 11 13
  • Occupation: Ship Insurance Broker 1855-1871 11, Leadenhall Street, City of London
  • Event: Falconer and Mercer, ship & insurance agents Address 1856 19a, New East India Chambers, 23, Leadenhall Street, London 15
  • Occupation: ship agent 1856 23, Leadenhall Street, London
  • Event: Freedom of the City of London 30 Oct 1856 20, Arbour Square, Stepney, M E O T, Middlesex
  • Note:
    son of James Falconer Master Mariner of 20 Harbour Square and occupying premises 23 Leadenhall Street in the City of London ship agent.
    I hereby declare that I am not an Alien nor the son of an Alien, and that I am above the age of twenty one years.
  • Event: Freedom admissions papers 30 Oct 1856 London 16
  • Event: Address 1860 2, Villas, King Edward Road, Hackney, London 17
  • Occupation: Shipping Agent 1861
  • Residence: 1861 The Common, Homefield House, Coulsdon, Surrey
  • Residence: Aft 1861 Hilldrop Road, Camden Road, London
  • Event: Falconer & Mercer office address 1863 3, East India Chambers, Leadenhall Street, London
  • Note:
    http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/diamondflds/id/23/rv/compoundobject/cpd/240 1872
    TO CAPE TOWN.
    Having procured my ticket for a passage to South Africa of the agents in London, Falconer & Mercer at No. 3 East India Chambers, Leadenhall street I was provided with a railroad pass free to Southampton the place of sailing; therefore, on Sunday, the 8th day of January, leaving the great metropolis and all its busy, thronging people, with its deep misery and poverty and its great wealth and profusion all commingled in one vast whirling maelstrom of existence I was soon on board the steamer "Celt," bound for Cape Town and Algoa Bay. This voyage lasted 33 days and was undertaken by a man en route for the diamond fields.
  • Residence: 1870-1876 Gothic House, near St Ann's Road, Stamford Hill, Middlesex
  • Note:
    Head William Falconer M 58 Maesbury, Middlesex
    Wife Ann Falconer F 47 Algoa Bay, South Africa
    Daughter Anne S Falconer F 27 Middlesex
    Daughter Elizabeth M Falconer F 22 Middlesex
    Daughter Maria S Falconer F 19 Middlesex
    Daughter Amelia K Falconer F 14 Hackney, Middlesex
    Son John H Falconer M 12 Hackney, Middlesex
    Daughter Florence M Falconer F 8 Coulsdon, Surrey
    Daughter Edith C Falconer F 6 Coulsdon, Surrey
    Servant Martha Thomsile F 55 Cauldwell, Surrey
    Servant Elizabeth Willis F 27 Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Servant Hannah Willis F 23 Ely, Cambridgeshire
    13 18
  • Event: office premises Bef 1872 23, Leadenhall Street, London
  • Event: F. J. Mercer and Co. office 1872 11, Leadenhall Street, City of London
  • Note: William left the business in 1872.
  • Event: gentleman Status 1875-1876 19
  • Occupation: Captain in the Merchant Service
  • Note: Information on both Florence and Edith's marriages, 9 years after he died.
  • Change Date: 15 Jun 2016 at 22:27
  • Note:
    (Medical):The will (dated the 3rd of March, 1876) of Mr William Falconer formerly of Homefield House Coulsden in the County of Surrey and afterwards of Hilldrop Road Camden Road but late of Gothic House, St Ann's Road, Stamford Hill, both in the County of Middlesex who died 11 July 1877 at Gothic House was proved at the Principal Registry on the 11th of August by Mrs. Ann Falconer widow the Relict Miss Ann Elizabeth Scorey Falconer spinster the daughter both of Gothic House and William Trinder Smith of Finsbury Circus in the City of London Merchant the executors. The personal estate being sworn under 40,000. The testator left all his real and personal estate to his wife for life, and then to his sons and daughters and their children, as his wife shall by will appoint. Illustrated London News. Fri 31 Aug 1877 London Standard

    Edmonton County: Middlesex
    Year of registration: 1877
    Quarter of registration: Jul-Aug-Sep Age at death:64 Volume no: 3A Page no: 119

    William Falconer Year 1877 Court Of Probate Residence STAMFORD HILL
    TNA ref IR27/401
    Record set Index to Death Duty Registers 1796-1903
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    Father: James Falconer b: 1782 in Laurencekirk, Kincardine, Scotland c: 25 Apr 1782 in Laurencekirk, Kincardine, Scotland
    Mother: Elizabeth Samuel b: 1783 in Begrums Farm, Mountnessing, Essex c: 4 May 1783 in St Giles, Mountnessing, Essex

    Marriage 1 (Mary) Ann Scorey b: 1823 in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, South Africa
    • Married: 24 Jun 1841 in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, South Africa 20
    • Change Date: 15 Jun 2016
    Children
    1. Has No Children James Scorey Falconer b: 17 Jul 1842 in 11, Brunswick Terrace, Commercial Road, Wapping c: 5 Oct 1842 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    2. Has No Children Ann Elizabeth Scorey Falconer b: 5 Feb 1844 in 11, Brunswick Terrace, Commercial Road, Wapping c: 14 Mar 1844 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    3. Has No Children William George Scorey Falconer b: 28 Apr 1845 in 11, Brunswick Terrace, Commercial Road, Wapping c: 18 Jun 1845 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    4. Has Children Janet Isabella Falconer b: 31 Oct 1846 in 11, Brunswick Terrace, Commercial Road, Wapping c: 25 Nov 1846 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    5. Has Children Elizabeth Matilda Falconer b: 27 Aug 1848 in 20, Mercers Terrace, Salmon Lane, Stepney, London c: 27 Sep 1848 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    6. Has No Children Alexander Duthie Falconer b: 7 Jul 1850 in 20, Mercers Terrace, Salmon Lane, Stepney c: 1 Aug 1850 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    7. Has Children Maria Sisson Falconer b: 6 Jan 1852 in 34, Albert Sq., Ratcliff, Stepney, Middlesex E1 0LH c: 15 Apr 1852 in St James, Butcher Row, Ratcliff, London
    8. Has No Children Archibald Sinclair Falconer b: Bet 1 Jul 1853 and 30 Sep 1853 in King Edward's Villas, 2, King Edward's Road, Hackney, Middlesex c: 28 Dec 1853 in St John of Jerusalem, Hackney, Middlesex
    9. Has No Children William Francis Falconer b: 1855 in King Edward's Villas, 2, King Edward's Road, Hackney, Middlesex c: 29 Aug 1855 in St John of Jerusalem, Hackney, Middlesex
    10. Has Children Amelia Keith Falconer b: 23 Jan 1857 in King Edward's Villas, 2, King Edward's Road, Hackney, Middlesex c: 17 May 1857 in St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Road, Middlesex
    11. Has No Children John Henry Falconer b: 26 Nov 1858 in King Edward's Villas, 2, King Edward's Road, Hackney, Middlesex c: 20 Mar 1859 in St John at Hackney, Lower Clapton Road, Middlesex
    12. Has Children Arthur Sisson Falconer b: 1860 c: 18 Nov 1860 in Coulsdon, Surrey
    13. Has Children Florence Mary Falconer b: 12 Sep 1862 in Coulsdon, Surrey c: 5 Oct 1862 in Coulsdon, Surrey
    14. Has Children Edith Constance Falconer b: 13 Jul 1864 in Coulsdon, Surrey c: 7 Aug 1864 in Coulsdon, Surrey

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1851 census of England. Digital images.
      Author: England.
      Publication: ancestry.co.uk . \i Census 1851\i0 . n.d.
      Text: The 1851 Census of England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man was taken on the night of March 30.
      Repository:

        Page: digital images, ancestry.co.uk, \i Census 1851\i0 ; citing PRO HO 107
        Quality: 3
        Text: Stepney F24 1551-45 verso and 46 microfilm
      • Title: n/a
        Publication: FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
        Text: Birth, baptism marriage and death records copied to microfilm or microfiche.
        Page: FHL microfilm
        Quality: 3
      • Title: n/a
        Publication: FHL microfilm. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
        Text: Birth, baptism marriage and death records copied to microfilm or microfiche.
        Page: FHL microfilm
        Quality: 4
        Date: 12 Aug 2007
      • Title: Newspaper announcement
        Page: The Standard (London, England), Saturday, July 14, 1877; pg. [1]; Issue 16528
        Quality: 3
      • Title: National Probate Calendar, Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1966.
        Author: Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England.
        Text: http://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/probate/copies-of-grants-wills
        Repository:

          Page: www.ancestry.co.uk
          Quality: 3
          Text: He left 40,000
        • Title: Death Certificates.
          Author: England and Wales. Registrar General.
          Text: The appropriate death certificate is held or has been sighted to confirm the data.
          Page: death certificate
          Quality: 3
          Date: 26 Feb 2007
        • Title: \i Trinity House Calendars\i0 . Digital images.
          Publication: \i Society of Genealogists 1987\i0.
          Text: The record above is an index entry providing a short summary of the information held on this individual within the Trinity House Calendars 1787-1854 collection. You can order a copy of the original documents from The Society of Genealogists, enquiring is free and you are under no obligation to purchase.
          Page: <
          Quality: 3
        • Title: \i Tithe Apportionment and Map\i0; digital image
          Publication: (N.p.: n.p., n.d.) (The Genealogist. I also visited many record offices to view the originals).
        • Title: Parish registers.
          Text: Church records can be found in the appropriate record office relevant to the parish, including the London Metropolitan Archives, the City of London Corporation Libraries, and Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery Department.Sources for High Wycombe were augmented by The EurekA Partnership series of booklets unless personally accessed in High Wycombe Library.
          Repository:

            Quality: 3
            Text: address given upon children's baptisms.
          • Title: "The Old Bailey Proceedings," database, www.oldbaileyonline.org, \i The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court 1674-1913 \i0
            Page: accessed 7 Jan 2016), p. 83; Reference Number: t18441021-2473.
            Quality: 3
          • Title: Parish registers.
            Text: Church records can be found in the appropriate record office relevant to the parish, including the London Metropolitan Archives, the City of London Corporation Libraries, and Archives and Guildhall Art Gallery Department.Sources for High Wycombe were augmented by The EurekA Partnership series of booklets unless personally accessed in High Wycombe Library.
            Repository:
            • Title: Digital images.
              Author: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK.
              Publication: ancestry. \i Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927\i0.
              Text: Master and Mate certificates issued to merchant seamen by the British Board of Trade.
              Repository:
              • Title: "London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965," database, www.ancestry.com
                Author: Electoral Registers. London, England: London Metropolitan Archives
              • Title: 1851 census of England. Digital images.
                Author: England.
                Publication: ancestry.co.uk . \i Census 1851\i0 . n.d.
                Text: The 1851 Census of England, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man was taken on the night of March 30.
                Repository:

                  Page: digital images, ancestry.co.uk, \i Census 1851\i0 ; citing PRO HO 107
                  Quality: 3
                • Title: database
                  Page: 1856 London Directory.
                  Quality: 3
                • Title: "London Freedom of the City Admission Papers ." Digital images.
                  Author: London, England
                  Publication: London Metropolitan Archives. COL/CHD/FR/02. www.ancestry.co.uk : n.d.
                  Text: This database contains papers associated with application for "Freemen" status. Historically, Freedom papers go back to royal charters granted for the privilege to market, trade, or conduct business. Livery Companies (which originated in guilds) are associations of craftsmen whose members can earn Freemen status and who regulated their trade by controlling wages, labor conditions, and admission by apprenticeship. When an individual is granted Freedom papers they are made "Free of the City of London."

                  The three meanings of the word Freeman are: a man who did not have to pay trade taxes and shared in the profits of his borough, a person free of feudal service who had served their apprenticeship and could trade in their own right, and anyone who was a member of a City Guild. "Freedom of the Company" meant that a person had earned freemen status within the company or guild and could then apply for Freedom of the City. The tradition of becoming a Freeman is still practiced today and is a point of pride for both men and women though the practical reasons for membership are no longer necessary.

                  Freedom admission papers can record many biographical details about the individual to whom Freemen status is awarded making this collection of particular interest to genealogists. Many of the documents in this collection are "indentures" or sealed agreements for things like apprenticeship agreements. The original document was made with all copies on the same page of parchment. An "indented" or wavy line was drawn between these copies, which were then cut apart straight through the wavy line. When brought together later these copies could be realigned or "tallied" by matching the indented lines.
                  Fitzhugh, Terrick V. H. and Susan Lumas. The Dictionary of Genealogy.
                  Page: William Falconer (www.ancestry.co.uk); citing London Metropolitan Archive; Reference Number: COL/CHD/FR/02/1904-1905.
                  Quality: 3
                • Title: \i Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser \i0
                  Author: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/newspapers. Copyright British Newspaper Archives.
                  Page: "The Railway Accident," Saturday 24 March 1860, p. 5; digital images.
                  Quality: 3
                • Title: 1871 census of England. Digital images.
                  Author: The National Archives of the UK.
                  Publication: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc. \i Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871\i0 . www.ancestry.co.uk : 2005
                  Text: Census Returns of England and Wales. : Public Record Office (PRO), 1871.
                  The census of 1871 was taken on 2 April 1871
                  Repository:

                    Page: digital images, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., \i Census Returns of England and Wales, 1871\i0 (www.ancestry.co.uk); citing PRO RG 10
                    Quality: 3
                  • Title: Marriage Certificates.
                    Author: England and Wales. Registrar General.
                    Text: The appropriate marriage certificate is held (or has been sighted) to confirm the data.
                    Page: marriage certificate
                    Quality: 3
                  • Title: Digital images.

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