Parish Register Newsletter: September 2011

Welcome to the September newsletter of parishregister This month we have another St Dunstan Stepney database for you, 1725-1730, and another two new CDs. This is the final piece in the jigsaw for St Dunstans, and we now have all of the baptisms from 1568 to 1848; Jim you're a transcribing machine! To search these and all our baptism records click here: Good luck!

Don't forget to visit our facebook page for updates on all our new uploads and products, and for more of my rambling!

New CD 

This Month

Vol 85 St Andrew, Bethnal Green 1843-1876

Vol 89 Christchurch, Jamaica Road, Rotherhithe 1840-1871
Baptism, Marriage & Burials

Compendium 8 is now in stock, and ready for immediate despatch!

Last Month

Vol 84 St James the Great 1844-1869
To mark the final installment of St Dunstans here's some info on the parish :
The church is surrounded by a churchyard of nearly seven acres. In the 17th century the churchyard was enlarged to cope with the massive number of deaths during the Great Plague of London. The church has a traditional link with the sea and many sailors were buried here. It was once known as the 'Church of the High Seas', and until quite recently births, marriages and deaths at sea were registered here. The graveyard is also where Roger Crab the 17th-century hermit is buried after living on a diet solely of herbs, roots, leaves, grass and water (Wiki) 

We have several of Capt Cook's crew of the Endeavour who claim to be of Wapping, although it is unclear whether they were they born there, or just dossed down when in port like William Bligh. 

Others from in and around Stepney include:
Zachariah Hicks from the Endeavour - first sighted Australia, claims to have lived in Wapping
John Newton who wrote Amazing Grace born 1725
James Edmeston a hymn writer
Francis Holmes a marine artist, lived in Wapping possibly had children there 
Samuel Elias aka Dutch Sam a bare-knuckle boxer born in Petticoat Lane 1775
Samuel Evans aka Young Dutch Sam son of Samuel Elias, born Wells Street 1808
William Alexander Mouat  married Mary Ann Ainsley on 8 August 1854  at  St Dunstan's. He began his sailing career as an apprentice in 1835 at the age of fourteen. In 1844 he served as second mate of the Hudson's Bay Company steam bark Vancouver under the command of Captain Andrew Cook Mott. From 28 April 1845 until the end of February 1847 he was first officer of the Cadboro under Captain James Scarborough.
Humphrey Marten, baptised in St Dunstan on 27th November 1771 was Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Post at Fort York. Like many of his contemporaries he defied the regulations of the Company and took a native wife, Pawpitch, daughter of the “Captain of the Goose Hunters”.

Seventy-five sea captains are buried in St Paul Shadwell's churchyard; Captain James Cook had his son baptised there. St. Paul's Shadwell with St. James Ratcliffe, is traditionally known as the Church of Sea Captains. In 1656 the church was established as a Chapel of Ease, from St Dunstan's, at Stepney.  , 

St Dunstan's was also birth place to many Sirs, including these from out earliest database: 

St Dunstan Stepney 1568-1608 
Baptism Date Firstname Father Mother Surname Address Occupation
03 May 1592 John Right Hon [illegible] Sir John   Hunnington Stepney Knight
07 December 1606 George Sir Houghe   Woorall Stepney Knight
06 January 1605 John Sir Thomas   Arundell Lymehouse Knight
29 October 1607 John Sir John   Paynes Stepney Knight
06 October 1587 Frances Sir John   Harrington Stepney Knight
15 March 1606 Martha Sir Thomas   Bladder Mile End Knight

 To browse all our single CDs please click here: single CDs


Now In Transcription


St George in the East 1877-1893

St Matthew 1746-1790

St Luke Limehouse 1846-1875


St Paul Shadwell 1760-1770

St John Wapping 1665-1707

St George in the East 1729-1754

St Mary Whitechapel 1691-1733

Also coming next month, the 1827 list of Free Watermen!


Everything Watermen and Lightermen 

You can browse all of the Watermen and Lightermen products here: W&L

Popular W&L products:

Apprenticeship Bindings 1688-1692

These are the earliest known surviving
indexes from the original register at Waterman's Hall, these records complete the coverage of the apprenticeship bindings App1688

Apprenticeship Bindings covering the years 1692-1959   APPBIND

Company of watermen compilation CD 1 : CompCD1

My Ancestor Worked On The River Thames  A guide to help you find where they worked.   Guide

East of London Family History Society Click on the title to view all their products


Catholic Records

Compendiums' Department 

'Thames & River Medway Series - Compilation CDs'

'Thames & River Medway Series - Single Parish CDs' 

Research Srevices: If you've come to a dead end, give Esme an email  at


Map Department

Ecclesiastical Map-County of London 1903: Parishmap

Map of Middlesex 1611   Middlesex

A Balloon View of London 1851


Devastated London



London and Its Environs 1813



Rocque's 1745 Survey of London


To view our Alan Godfrey maps collection click here Alangodfrey  (still only £2.25)

Book Shop

East Enders' Postcards
(Archive Photographs: Images of London) by Brian Girling.


Under Oars: Reminiscences of a Thames Lighterman, 1894-1909, by Harry Harris.

A rare book, one of the only ones written by a lighterman
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My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors,WATERMEN2.jpg

A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations By Colin Waters

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Dockland Apprentice by David Carpenter

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Ramblings from the Council Estate


Race report time. I think I'll start at the end; I strolled over the line in 3 hours and 54 minutes, fresh as a cucumber, coming
23rd out of 140; well 2 of those facts are true! Now we'll re-wind to the morning when I lay awake for hours waiting for the
clock to tick along to 7 a.m. At last it was breakfast time, when I had one last top up of carbs; 4 slices of toast with a liberal
supply of jam. Then I hopped on an empty bus and hopped off it again at Hackney Marshes. I looked across dozens of
football pitches to see a handful of athletes warming up at the start line. My heart missed a few beats and my blood
pressure rose-were they about to start, had I got the start time wrong? I picked up my heals and raced over to the start
area only to discover there was a 5K race before mine! After registration I started warming up and sizing up the oppo, all
who looked like seasoned veterans and much faster than me. I met one chap who said he was aiming for 7 mph, a little
faster than I intended, but we decided to run together. Then we were off! After a mile or so we were joined by two others,
and for the next 12 miles we merrily skipped along exchanging training tales. At this point however, one by one, my
compadres dropped off , until I was completely on my own, no-one behind me and no-one for miles in front. As soon as I
turned around at half way I noticed for the first time that there was a strong breeze; in my face! I soldiered on though,
and one by one I over-hauled another flagging dozen runners who had over-cooked it at the start. My own pace tested my
resolve over the last few miles, but knowing I was under last year's time by some 13 minutes spurred me on, as did Her Indoors
who was cheering me on for the last hundred metres. Talking of the good lady, she has to be applauded for giving up the evil
weed (ciggies, not the class C drug!) probably demonstrating as much will power as I needed to run the marathon!

        Shortbread Biscuits-quick and easy!

        500g softened butter
        200g caster sugar
        2 t'spoons vanilla extract
        500g plain flour

        Pre-heat oven to 180 C/ gas mark 4
        Cream butter & sugar until fluffy, stir in vanilla, add flour, mix well
        Roll out to 1cm thickness & cut out desired shape with biscuit cutter
        Bake for 10-12 minutes

       A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day. 30,000 to a man's 15,000.  
       The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men.
       The husband then turned to his wife and asked, 'What?'

        Here's an amusing marriage Jim found 


From a Somerset FreeReg transcriber.....

the marriage of Henry Blacker, who is a whitesmith, and Louisa White, whose father is a blacksmith



Jonathan and the gang 



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