This page details all census entries we have found relating to the Gordon family.
These are transcribed as is (no extra information added) apart from "dittos" being expanded
The dates of the census were:
- 1841 was the night of 6 June 1841.
- 1851 was the night of 30 March 1851.
- 1861 was the night of 7 April 1861.
- 1871 was the night of 2 April 1871.
- 1881 was the night of 3 April 1881 .
- 1891 was the night of 5 April 1891.
- 1901 was the night of 31 March 1901.
- 1911 was the night of 2 April 1911.
- 1 1841 - -
- 2 1851 - 4 Plough Alley, Wapping - Joseph Gordon
- 3 1861 - 11 Plough Alley, Wapping - Joseph Gordon
- 4 1871 - St Gabriel, Fenchurch, London - Samuel Gordon
- 5 1881 - 84 Marchmont Street - Samuel Gordon
- 6 1891 - 60 Compton Street, St. Pancras - Samuel Gordon
- 7 1901 - 60 Compton Street, London - Samuel Gordon & Janet Hunter
- 8 1911 - 76 Marchmont St, London - Samuel Gordon
- 9 1861 - - []
1841 - -
1851 - 4 Plough Alley, Wapping - Joseph Gordon
On the night of 30 March 1851 here are Joseph Gordon and his wife Mary. The only problem is that the ages don't match with the Joseph and Mary Gordon that appear with Samuel in 1861...
For Mary this can be explained, as when Joseph Gordon married Mary Healey in 1860 he was recorded as a Widower (and we know that Samuel Gordon and Hannah Gordon were probably born illegitimately in 1855 and 1858 respectively). So this Mary probably died between 1851 and 1855. But I haven't yet found a match for that.
But it's harder to excuse the difference in the age of Joseph, and where is young Mary?
|1851 - 4 Plough Alley, Wapping, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex. Parish of Saint George in the East .|
|Joseph Gordon||Head||Married||42||Labourer||Wapping, Middlesex|
|Mary Gordon||Wife||Married||41||St George, Middlesex|
|Thomas King||Visitor||14||Errand Boy||Wapping, Middlesex|
Each of the numbered addresses at Plough Alley has many families in them, so were probably some kind of apartment buildings.
For some reason their first daughter Mary Gordon (who would be aged 2) isn't at the house.
A few doors down at 9 Plough alley is another Gordon family, this time Robert Gordon (28) from Newfoundland and his wife Mary, their children Henry (6) and James (4) and a lodger John Gordon (18) all from Jersy.
1861 - 11 Plough Alley, Wapping - Joseph Gordon
On the night of 7 April 1861. here are Joseph Gordon and his wife Mary. They were hard to find (I've been looking for years) as their name has been spelled wrongly as Gording or Gooding.
How do we know that they are Gordons and not Goodings? Because there is a registry of birth for a Samuel Gordon at 11 Plough Alley in April 1855 (6 years earlier) to a Joseph Gordon. It seems highly unlikely that a Joseph and Samuel Gordon move out of a house, only for a Joseph and Samuel Gooding (of the same age) to move in.
Joseph's age (46) matches that (46) listed in his marriage to Mary Healey 4 months earlier, which if accurate would indicate that his birthday wasn't between 1st Dec and 7th April. However, her age seems to have gone up 2 years in just 4 months... Which might indicate that she'd had a birthday in that time (and maybe also a recalculation).
|1861 - 11 Plough Alley, Wapping, Tower Hamlets, Middlesex. Parish of Saint George in the East .|
|Joseph Gording||Head||Married||46||Labourer||St Georges, Middlesex|
|Mary Gording||Wife||Married||33||Cork, Ireland|
|Mary Gording||Daughter||12||St Georges, Middlesex|
|Samuel Gording||Son||6||St Georges, Middlesex|
|Hannah Gording||Daughter||3||St Georges, Middlesex|
1871 - St Gabriel, Fenchurch, London - Samuel Gordon
Here, on the night of 2 April 1871, I hope, is Samuel Gordon and a sister Hanna. The age is correct, and it correctly it says he was born in Wapping - although unusually it gives an address of his birthplace as 11 Gt. Hermitage St., Wapping.
|1871 - 25 & 27 Rood Lane, St Gabriel, Fenchurch, London, England (PRO Ref RG10 Pc-432 Fo-53 Pg-19).|
|Mary Ann Coates||Head||U||57||Office Keeper||Fresingfield, Suffolk|
|Mary Cirinoss||Visitor||U||28||Draper's Clerk||Stafford|
|William L. William||Boarder||U||19||Clerk to Estate Agent & Lawyer||South Sea, Hants|
|John Hall||Lodger||U||27||Pork Butcher||4 Willow Walk, Kentish House?|
|Samuel Gordon||Lodger||15||Clerk||11 Gt. Hermitage St, Wapping|
|Hanna Gordon||Sister||13||Scholar||11 Gt. Hermitage St, Wapping|
1881 - 84 Marchmont Street - Samuel Gordon
Here, on the night of 3 April 1881, are Samuel Gordon and Janet Gordon living in Marchmont Street where he had a fish and game shop. Interestingly his next door neighbour had a book keeper called Eugenie Chinnock, so their daughter Eugenie may not have been given a family name...
|1881 - 84 Marchmont Street, St Pancras, London, England (PRO Ref RG11 Pc-0190 Fo-4 Pg-1).|
|Samuel Gordon||Head||Married||26||Fishmonger||E, Middlesex|
|Mary Gordon||Daughter||4||Pancras, Middlesex|
|Helen Gordon||Daughter||2||Pancras, Middlesex|
|David Gordon||Son||2m||Pancras, Middlesex|
|Eliza Singleton||Servant||Unmarried||22||Domestic Servant||Pancras, Middlesex|
|Caroline Wate||Nurse||Unmarried||14||Nurse||Paddington, Middlesex|
1891 - 60 Compton Street, St. Pancras - Samuel Gordon
Here Eugenie Gordon (Jean's mother) gives us our link back to her father Samuel Gordon's birthplace of Wapping, and her mother Janet's birthplace of Fife. There is a daughter Hannah - reminding us of Samuel's sister Hannah.
|1891 - 60 Compton Street, St. Pancras, London, England (PRO Ref RG12 Piece:122 Folio:111 Pages:18 & 19).|
|Samuel Gordon||Head||M||36||Fishmonger||Wapping, London|
|Janet Gordon||Wife||M||39||Fife, Scotland|
|David Gordon||Son||10||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Samuel J. Gordon||Son||2||Pancras, London|
|Mary Gordon||Daughter||14||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Helen Gordon||Daughter||12||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Hannah I. Gordon||Daughter||8||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Jane Garvie Gordon||Daughter||8||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Isabella Gordon||Daughter||6||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Alice Gordon||Daughter||5||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Eugenie Gordon||Daughter||3||Scholar||Pancras, London|
|Josephine Butterfield||Servant||Single||20||General Servant (Domestic)||Pancras, London|
1901 - 60 Compton Street, London - Samuel Gordon & Janet Hunter
Here on the night of 31 March 1901, the family is still in the same house - although there are three extra children, and young Samuel is missing, presumed dead.
|1901 - 60 Compton Street, London, England (PRO Ref RG13 Piece:139 Folio:98 Page:27).|
|Samuel Gordon||Head||Married||45||Fishmonger (Employer) (At home)||St Pancras, London|
|Mary Gordon||Daughter||Single||24||Milliner||St Pancras, London|
|Helen Gordon||Daughter||Single||22||Shop Assistant||St Pancras, London|
|David Gordon||Son||Single||20||Shop Assistant||St Pancras, London|
|Hanah Gordon||Daughter||Single||18||Shop Assistant||St Pancras, London|
|Jeanie Gordon||Daughter||Single||18||Shop Assistant||St Pancras, London|
|Isabella Gordon||Daughter||Single||17||St Pancras, London|
|Alice Gordon||Daughter||Single||15||St Pancras, London|
|Eugenie Gordon||Daughter||Single||13||St Pancras, London|
|John Gordon||Son||Single||9||St Pancras, London|
|George Gordon||Son||Single||7||St Pancras, London|
|Eva Gordon||Daughter||Single||5||St Pancras, London|
1911 - 76 Marchmont St, London - Samuel Gordon
Here, on the night of 2 April 1911, is Samuel Gordon and his family at 76 Marchmont Street, London. The house is listed as having 14 rooms (not including any scullery, landing or bathroom).
Both Samuel and Janet are listed as having had 12 children, of whom 11 were still alive at the time of the census.
|1911 - 76 Marchmont Street, London.|
|Samuel Gordon||Head||Married (34 years)||55||Fishmonger (Employer)||St. John, Wapping.|
|Janet Gordon||Wife||Married (34 Years)||58||Torryburn,|
|Hannah Gordon||Daughter||Single||28||Worker at home.||St. Pancras|
|Isabella Gordon||Daughter||Single||26||Typist||St. Pancras|
|Alice Gordon||Daughter||Single||25||Book-keeper (home)||St. Pancras|
|Eugenie Gordon||Daughter||Single||23||Cook (home)||St. Pancras|
|John Gordon||Son||Single||19||Chauffeur||St. Pancras|
|George Gordon||Son||Single||17||Fishmonger Assistant (home)||St. Pancras|
|Evelyn Marsh||Servant||Single||21||General Domestic||Sevington, Somerset|
1861 - - []
|1861 - .|