Woolwich, Greater London

A Trewin Tidbit

Tuning fork (Wikimedia Commons- public domain)

Tuning fork (Wikimedia Commons- public domain)

I had to move some cobwebs around in my head, but I do remember seeing a very old-looking tuning fork somewhere along the line among old family papers and belongings. No doubt it will resurface again some day, and when it does I will now know what its significance is thanks to a recently discovered note left behind by my grandmother, Zillah Trewin: Tuning fork used by Grandpa Trewin [Thomas Trewin, 1817-1875] when he led the singing at the chapel in England.

A note left behind by Zillah Trewin, my grandmother

A note left behind by Zillah Trewin, my grandmother

Born on 12 August 1817 to Thomas Trewin and Sarah Larcom, Thomas was christened at the Wesleyan Methodist Church on William Street in Woolwich, Co. Kent, England. According to the Londonburials website, that chapel is now part of a Gurdwara (a Sikh temple).

Whether or not Thomas grew up in and then led the choir in the William Street chapel, I do not know. But I found it very interesting to discover that Thomas had such musical ability and devoted himself to leading choir activities at his church.

As always, comments, corrections, & additions are welcome.

 

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Thomas Trewin of Woolwich, Co. Kent — Last Will & Testament (22 June 1854)

Almost a year ago, I mentioned finding the will of Thomas Trewin online via Discovery at the UK National Archives. You can find that post here. I believe I paid about $10 to download it. Well, I finally got around to deciphering it, sadly not in its entirety, but I think I ‘got’ most of it; the handwriting is difficult to read and the bottom portion is somewhat smudged. I’ll keep taking a stab at figuring out the bits left blank so hopefully at some point they’ll all get filled in.

I’m not allowed to publish the original document so here is my transcription. Feel free to offer corrections. Update 11/2/13: Thanks to Pat Trewin for filling in the blanks of my original transcription.

Google Maps’ link to 27 Joseph Street

Will retrieved from Discovery, UK National Archives online. Transcribed and published in this blog with permission of PJ/UK National Archives

Will retrieved from Discovery, UK National Archives online. Transcribed and published in this blog with permission of PJ/UK National Archives

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Elizabeth Sargent, newly discovered photo

I recently came upon this new (to me) photo of my great grandmother Elizabeth Sargent (her family’s original surname, Slaymaker, was changed to Sargent prior to 1870), second wife of William Trewin. Seems many of us descendants are blondes/redheads, and though the photo is in black and white, I think it is fairly safe to say that her hair may have been ginger/chestnut in appearance. Her daughter Zillah’s hair had reddish tones. The photo may have been taken circa 1882 — around the time she married William.

(Image from my family’s personal collection) Elizabeth [Slaymaker] Sargent Trewin, wife of William Trewin; she emigrated to the US from Northampton, England, with her parents Mary (Wills) and William Sargent and siblings in 1870.

(Image from my family’s personal collection) William Trewin, emigrated to Canada from Woolwich, England, in 1857 with his parents, Mary Ann (Phillips) and Thomas Trewin, and siblings Emma and Thomas; they all relocated to NJ two years later.

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Taking our Trewin line back another generation

1851 Census record for Thomas and Sarah Trewin, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent (Record HO107, piece1588, folio215, page 22)

I came upon an 1851 census record that holds key information: the places of birth of Thomas and Sarah Trewin! The record also lists their ages which makes it possible to calculate a year of birth for each. In 1851, they were living at 63 Prospect Row in Woolwich, Co. Kent, England. He was 66 and she was 60. We know that his will was proved in 1857, which means he lived to roughly 72.

Red balloon marks the possible location of Prospect Row in Woolwich, Co. Kent, England

Suspicions that Cornwall was at least one of the birth places was confirmed. Thomas (shipwright, b. 1785) came from a tiny hamlet named Launcells, which is just 3 miles to the east of the coastal town of Bude. Ironically, on a tour that included Cornwall about a decade ago, I visited Bude briefly before heading back up along the coast towards Cardiff. Had I only known then what I know now about the Trewins’ origins!

Sarah (b. 1791) was born in Poole, Dorset. I have seen her surname listed in a christening record for son William as both Larsen and Larcom. Who knows how Thomas and Sarah would have met each other given the considerable distance between Poole and Launcells. Perhaps their families were both involved in ship-building and that caused their paths to cross. Perhaps Sarah’s father worked in Poole in ship-building and Thomas came to Poole looking for work.

Poole, Dorset is on the right. Launcells is a considerable distance away, on the northwest coast of Cornwall just east of Bude. (Map Credit: see below)

Poole, Dorset, on the north side of Poole Harbour (Map Credit: see below)

NW corner of Cornwall; Launcells is just below “STRATTON” (Map Credit: see below)

Well, the best news of all is that I went on Family Search and found Thomas’s christening record; it confirms his birth as 11 July 1785, and provides the names of his parents: William and Alice! That enabled me to find Thomas’ siblings: Hannah, Joshua, William, Elizabeth, and an unnamed male. The latter two children were born in a hamlet called Poughill, which is a mile north of Bude.  So, given that William and Alice were probably born around 1755-1760, we’re now back to the mid-1700s on our Trewin family line! Hooray!

Thomas Trewin Christening record found on Family Search

1851 Census record for Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas’ family; Sophia Cottages, Wellington Rd, Lambeth (Record HO107, piece1574, folio 563, page10)

1841 Census record for Thomas and Mary Ann (Phillips) Trewin; Thomas was one of Thomas and Sarah Trewin’s three sons.

And, on a side note, I may as well mention here my discovery of an 1851 census record for Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas’s family. They were living in Lambeth at the time, and listed are my grandfather William (age 5; born in Woolwich) and his two siblings, Thomas (11; born in Woolwich) and Emma (5 months; born in Lambeth). Ten years prior to that Thomas and wife Mary Ann were living in Woolwich; Thomas (the youngest) was just a baby. That’s all for today. See below for an updated Trewin tree showing the first four generations. Now hoping to get back even further!

Distance from Woolwich (A) to Lambeth (B)

1-William Trewin
+Alice

|–2-Hannah Trewin b. 15 Sep 1779, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-William Trewin b. 4 Jun 1781, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-Joshua Trewin b. 14 Jul 1783, Launcells, Cornwall, England
|–2-Thomas Trewin b. 11 Jul 1785, Launcells, Cornwall, England, d. Bef Nov 1857
| +Sarah Larcom b. 1791, Pool, Dorsetshire, England, d. After 1851
| |–3-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle
| | Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
| |–3-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep
| | 1817, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England,
| | d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen
| | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | +Mary Anne Phillips b. 1820, Deptford, Co. Kent, England, d. 30 May
| | 1878, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, bur. 2 Jun 1878, Evergreen
| | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-Thomas John Trewin b. 31 Dec 1839, 9 Powis Street, Woolwich, Co. of
| | | Kent (now Greater London), d. Jul 1913, bur. 31 Jul 1913, Evergreen
| | | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-William Trewin b. 21 Mar 1847, Hardin Street, Woolwich Dockyard, Co.
| | | Kent (now Greater London), England, d. 4 Dec 1916, Elizabeth General
| | | Hospital, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 7 Dec 1916, Evergreen
| | | Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
| | |–4-Elizabeth Trewin b. 12 Apr 1848, 18 Maxey Rd., Plumstead, Charlton,
| | | Co. of Kent, d. Bef 1857
| | |–4-Emma Trewin b. 4 May 1850, Campbellwell, England, d. 9 Jun 1933,
| | | Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 12 Jun 1933, Evergreen Cemetery,
| | | Hillside, NJ
| |–3-Sarah Trewin b. 29 May 1822, c. 23 Jun 1822, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-John Trewin b. 10 Jun 1824, c. 4 Jul 1824, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-Mary Ann Trewin b. 23 Nov 1825, c. 9 Apr 1826, Wesleyan Methodist
| | Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
| |–3-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
| | William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. After 1881
| | +Susannah Barrett Coad b. 1832, Lambeth, Surrey, London, c. 20 Aug 1832,
| | China Terrace Wesleyan Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England
| | |–4-Sarah J. Trewin b. Abt 1854, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-Thomas Trewin b. Abt 1856, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-Henry Trewin b. Abt 1858, Plumstead, Kent, England
| | |–4-Jessie Trewin b. Abt 1860, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-William Trewin b. Abt 1862, Bromley, London, England
| | |–4-Merriam Trewin b. Abt 1865, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-John Trewin b. Abt 1867, Poplar, London, England
| | |–4-Arthur Trewin b. Bef 1870, Bromley, London, England
| |–3-Joseph Trewin b. 22 Jul 1831, c. 14 Aug 1831, William St, Wesleyan
| | Methodist Church, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 9 Apr 1833
|–2-Trewin b. 10 Jun 1788, Poughill, Cornwall, England
|–2-Elizabeth Walkey Trewin b. 20 Mar 1791, Poughill, Cornwall, England

MAP CREDIT: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
Cary’s New Map of England And Wales, With Part Of Scotland. On Which Are Carefully Laid Down All the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, the Course of the Rivers And Navigable Canals … Delineated from Actual Surveys: and materially assisted From Authentic Documents Liberally supplied by the Right Honourable the Post Masters General. London: Published Jun 11th 1794 by J. Cary, Engraver & Map-seller, No. 181 Strand. TMC 43, pp40-47.

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An Update on the Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent

Two posts ago, I was wondering what became of my great great grandfather Thomas Trewin’s brothers, William and John. There was quite an age difference between the brothers. William was roughly five years older than Thomas, and John was roughly ten years younger. Thomas emigrated to the US via Canada, and I’d thought perhaps one or both of the brothers may have done the same. Well, I am still not sure about William, but I found three World Connect family trees corroborating that John, house and ship joiner, was already married (Sept 1852) to Susannah Barrett Coad of Lambeth (Surrey, London) at the time Thomas Sr.’s will was written and proved. Susannah was also of the Wesleyan Methodist faith as is evidenced by her baptism on August 20, 1832, at the China Terrace Wesleyan Church in Lambeth. Her parents were originally from Cornwall, her father having been born in Polperro, and her mother in Talland.

Cornwall, 1830 Map; Talland can be seen closer to the northeast corner (for map credit, see below)

Census records presumably (I say presumably, because I have not seen these records with my own eyes) indicate that John and family lived at 4 Watkins Terrace, Bow, Bromley, in 1861; at 62 Fore Street, St. Anne, Limehouse, in 1871; and at New Cross, 33 Brunswick Rd., St. Leonard, Bromley, in 1881. The 1871 Census shows Susannah keeping a coffee shop.

Proximity of Polperro and Talland, Cornwall, UK

John and Susannah had nine children according to all three World Connect Trees; only one tree lists the children and that list contains eight children, so I don’t know about the ninth. The eight listed are Sarah, Thomas, Henry, Jessie, William, Merriam, John, and Arthur. By the 1881 Census, Henry is working as a warehouseman, and William as an “asst. measurer” at the docks. Eldest daughter Sarah married Walter James Odgers Jane in Stepney, London, in 1877. She had five children: John, Edith, Mabel, Lillie, and Arthur.

London Map from 1831, with Woolwich, Lambeth, Limehouse, Bromley and Poplar circled in red (for map credit, see below)

My impression is that these World Connect trees were done by individuals researching the Coad family. Unfortunately, they provide no clues that can take us back to prior generations of our Trewin line. I am going to search the census records to see if I can find older brother William. I doubt he emigrated as age and family commitments probably would have ruled out such a huge undertaking, but you never know. Below is an updated tree showing what we now know about the three brothers.

 Thomas & Sarah Trewin Children*  
1-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
1-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|   +Mary Anne Phillips b. 1820, Deptford, Co. Kent, England, d. 30 May 1878, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, bur. 2 Jun 1878, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-Thomas John Trewin b. 31 Dec 1839, 9 Powis Street, Woolwich, Co. of
|     |    Kent (now Greater London), d. Jul 1913, bur. 31 Jul 1913, Evergreen
|     |    Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-William Trewin b. 21 Mar 1847, Hardin Street, Woolwich Dockyard, Co.
|     |    Kent (now Greater London), England, d. 4 Dec 1916, Elizabeth General
|     |    Hospital, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. 7 Dec 1916, Evergreen
|     |    Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
|     |–2-Elizabeth Trewin b. 12 Apr 1848, 18 Maxey Rd., Plumstead, Charlton, Co.
|     |    of Kent, d. Bef 1857
|     |–2-Emma Trewin b. 4 May 1850, Campbellwell, England, d. 9 Jun 1933, Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ,
|     | bur. 12 Jun 1933, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ
1-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|   +Susannah Barrett Coad b. 1832, Lambeth, Surrey, London, c. 20 Aug 1832, China Terrace Wesleyan Church, Lambeth, Surrey, England
|     |–2-Sarah J. Trewin b. Abt 1854, Poplar, London, England
|     |   +Walter James Odgers Jane b. Sep 1852, Limehouse, Middlesex, England
|     |     |–3-John W. Jane b. Abt 1878, Poplar, London, England
|     |     |–3-Edith S. Jane b. Abt 1881, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Mabel J. Jane b. Abt 1883, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Lillie M. Jane b. Abt 1886, Paddington, London, England
|     |     |–3-Arthur T. Jane b. Abt 1890, Paddington, London, England
|     |–2-Thomas Trewin b. Abt 1856, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-Henry Trewin b. Abt 1858, Plumstead, Kent, England
|     |–2-Jessie Trewin b. Abt 1860, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-William Trewin b. Abt 1862, Bromley, London, England
|     |–2-Merriam Trewin b. Abt 1865, Poplar, London, England
|     |–2-John Trewin b. Abt 1867, Poplar, London, England
|     |–2-Arthur Trewin b. Bef 1870, Bromley, London, England

*There were additional children who did not survive to adulthood. See S-U tab of this blog for full tree.

Below are some photos of the children of Thomas and Mary Anne (Phillips) Trewin who left England in 1857. At the time, Thomas Jr. would have been about 18, William about 10, and Emma about 7.

Thomas John Trewin (Jr), bookbinder, son of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin; Thomas never married and, in his later years, lived with his sister Emma and brother-in-law. (PHOTO COURTESY of Ruth Kirby Dean, descendant)

William Trewin, son of John & Mary Ann Trewin; William married Edith Fry who died after giving birth to their third child; William then married Elizabeth Sargent with whom he had one child, Zillah.

William Trewin, son of John & Mary Ann Trewin; William married Edith Fry who died after giving birth to their third child; William then married Elizabeth Sargent with whom he had one child, Zillah.

Emma Trewin, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin

Emma Trewin, daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Trewin

Jersey City, NJ, where the Thomas Trewin Family eventually settled after leaving England in 1857

Maps from David Rumsey Map Collection Cartography Associates:

  • Cornwall close-up: England IV. Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Published by Baldwin & Cradock, 47 Paternoster Row, June 15th. 1830. J. & C. Walker, sculpt. (London: Chapman and Hall, 1844)
  • East London close-up: The environs of London. Drawn & engraved by H. Waters. Published by Baldwin & Cradock, Paternoster Row, under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, February 1st, 1832. (London: Chapman & Hall, 1844)
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Thomas & Sarah Trewin Family of Woolwich, Co. Kent, England

I was excited to discover that the June 22, 1854, will of Thomas Trewin (the elder) is available online through the UK National Archives.

The document is very difficult to read but so far I have been able to make out the names of three sons—William, Thomas (my ancestor who immigrated to the US with wife Mary Anne Phillips and children in 1857), and John. The fact that a William was listed seems to confirm a previous post’s suspicions that the William Trewin born in Gosport, Hampshire, to a Thomas and Sarah Trewin and christened at the Wesleyan Church there, was indeed the William of this family. Previous research I did showed that Thomas and Sarah had four children who died as infants: two sons, John (the 1st) and Joseph, and two daughters, Mary and Sarah, and that all fits with the three brothers being the sole surviving heirs:

  • William Trewin  b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
  • Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817,  Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 19 Sep 1875, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur. 22 Sep 1875, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union, NJ
  • John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England

Section of an 1832 map* of London; see Woolwich & Plumstead on the right, well beyond what were then the borders of the city and surrounded by marshes and fields. You can see the Tower of London along the river (upper left corner).

Age-wise they would have been 42, 38, and 26 when the will was drawn up. The document was proved several years later on 12 November 1857. By then the “boys” would have been 45, 40, and 30.  Thomas would have left for Quebec City, Canada, on the ship Ion, with his family some four months prior to that, in July 1857 (they later relocated to Jersey City, NJ. See previous posts for details on the circumstances and journey). I have yet to see mention made in the will of Thomas Sr.’s wife Sarah. It seems likely she predeceased him.

In any case, I am going to try to transcribe the will for posting here. It mentions properties in Plumstead and Woolwich (neighboring areas) and a gift to the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Woolwich. It will take some head-scratching, but I will do my best to decipher it.

I would love to know what brought Thomas Sr. and Sarah from Gosport to Woolwich; I presume it was work-related–perhaps to work at the Royal Arsenal or to help build the Wesleyan Chapel in Woolwich. I’d also love to know what  happened to William and John, whether they remained in the Woolwich area, moved elsewhere, or also emigrated to North America.  Are there any descendants out there?

So there is plenty more to learn, but the will provides wonderful new evidence of their lives in Woolwich. Stay tuned…

SEE FOLLOW-UP POST: https://chipsofftheoldblock.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/thomas-trewin-will/

*Map is in the public domain and available for sharing for non-commercial purposes under Creative Commons.

Categories: Death, Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, NJ, Gosport, Hampshire, Jersey City, Hudson Co., Last Wills and Testaments, Quebec City, Quebec, The Ion, Trewin, Wesleyan Methodist, Woolwich, Greater London | 4 Comments

Trewin Ancestral Plot Thickens

Some recent digging on the Family Search website helped me find some siblings for Thomas J. Trewin (b. 1817) whose apprenticeship papers appeared in the last post: Sarah, John, Mary Ann, and John. And the search confirmed that baby Joseph was definitely Thomas’s brother. (Last June, I’d written a post about the condolence letter written to Thomas (Sr.) and Sarah Trewin by someone named Featherstone on the sad occasion of Joseph’s passing in 1833. At the time I had been uncertain as to whom baby Joseph belonged.) Parents Thomas and Sarah were Wesleyan Methodists and all the children mentioned above were baptized in the Wesleyan Methodist Church on William St. in Woolwich (Greater London). We know from biographical information that Thomas (Jr.) took part in the construction of one of London’s first Wesleyan chapel. Whether it was the Woolwich chapel or one elsewhere, I do not yet know.

Early 19th century image of Gosport, England (from http://www.sopse.org.uk)

I have always wondered about parents Thomas and Sarah’s own origins since the Trewin surname seems to have originated in Cornwall in Southwestern England, and at one time, most Trewins were concentrated there. So my curiosity was piqued when during my search I found a William Trewin, born in 1812 to a Thomas Trewin and a Sarah Larsen. Now, I can’t be sure that those parents are our Thomas and Sarah, at least not yet, but the fact that William was baptized in the Wesleyan Church–albeit on Middle Street in Gosport, Hampshire (located near Portsmouth on England’s south coast)–is intriguing. Could it be that the couple migrated from Cornwall to Hampshire, had William (and perhaps some other children) there, and then sometime between 1812 and 1817 traveled up to the Woolwich area, perhaps for work reasons or to join other Wesleyan Methodists, and ended up settling there?

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich (no known copyright restrictions per Wikipedia)

I did find a marriage record for a Thos. Trewin and Sarah Larcom (Larcom and Larsen are close; same number of letters; both begin with “Lar”; perhaps the discrepancy boils down to differing interpretations during document handwriting analysis) dated 27 February 1811. They were married in Alverstoke, Hampshire, which is just two miles from Gosport. This would certainly fit with William Trewin’s birth in Gosport about eleven months later. Now, if only we can prove that this Thomas and Sarah are indeed our Thomas and Sarah who lived in Woolwich–that would be quite something!  Hopefully it won’t take a trip to Alverstoke to figure this out! Anyone with information on the Trewins in Alverstoke or Woolwich, please get in touch. [see update posted on 6/15/12.]

1-Thomas Trewin 
 +Sarah
|--2-William Trewin b. 23 Jan 1812, c. 23 Feb 1812, Wesleyan Church, Middle
|    Street, Gosport, Hampshire, England
|--2-Thomas J. Trewin b. 12 Aug 1817, Woolwich, Kent, England, c. 7 Sep 1817,
|    Wesleyan Methodist Church, William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Sarah Trewin b. 29 May 1822, c. 23 Jun 1822, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-John Trewin b. 10 Jun 1824, c. 4 Jul 1824, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Mary Ann Trewin b. 23 Nov 1825, c. 9 Apr 1826, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-John Trewin b. 17 Aug 1827, c. 14 Aug 1831, Wesleyan Methodist Church,
|    William St, Woolwich, Kent, England
|--2-Joseph Trewin b. 22 Jul 1831, c. 14 Aug 1831, William St, Wesleyan
|    Methodist Church, Woolwich, Kent, England, d. 9 Apr 1833
 
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1833 Condolence Letter for Baby Joseph Trewin’s Parents

One of the last items I can share about the Trewins–at least for the time being–is the enclosed letter of condolence which was written for “Brother and Sister Trewin” on the sad occasion of their 20-month-old son Joseph’s passing on 9 April 1833. The letter, written by someone named J.J. Featherstone (perhaps their church pastor), is disintegrating, and today’s scan has finally preserved it once and for all, for it will surely not survive another 178 years!

Condolence Letter on the Occasion of Baby Joseph Trewin’s Passing, page 1

Now, who was this baby Joseph Trewin? He would have been born in 1831, which would make it unlikely that this was the son of Thomas J. Trewin (b. 1817) and his wife Mary Anne Phillips (b. 1820).  As you may recall from a previous post, this was the Trewin couple who departed England on the ship Ion in 1857 to relocate to Canada and later settle in NJ.  I can only assume at this point that Joseph was Thomas J. Trewin’s brother and that the letter was written to the two boys’ parents, Thomas and Sarah Trewin who in 1831 were living in England, probably still in the Woolwich area, and probably still parishoners of the same Wesleyan Methodist Church in which Thomas J. Trewin had been christened in 1817.

Condolence Letter on the Occasion of Baby Joseph Trewin’s Passing, page 2

This letter obviously meant a great deal to the family as it was passed down for many years. Was J.J. Featherstone someone of importance? Someone important in the Wesleyan Methodist Church? A writer of hymns? I’ve tried to find out more, but so far have come up empty-handed.

It is my hope to learn more about the Trewin family’s English roots, beginning with Thomas and Sarah Trewin and going as far back as possible, and, of course, to learn more about Mary Ann Phillips’ roots as well. We have other family lines traced back to 1500s/1600s and one or two even farther back than that. So I have my work cut out for me with the Trewins. On some genealogy sites, I’ve noticed quite a few Trewins in Cornwall, England. Perhaps there’s a link there, but I have yet to confirm that. If anyone out there reading this has information to share, please let me know!

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On the Ship Ion

To continue last post’s topic of the emigration of Thomas J. Trewin and Mary Ann Phillips to Canada in 1857, a while back I came across The Ships List website when searching for information on the ship Ion. The site lists news from the Canadian News and American Intelligencer 1857. The entry for July 8, 1857, states:

“The ship Ion leaves Woolwich Arsenal jetty this day, having on board 187 emigrants (about 240 souls), bound for Quebec. On Saturday 17 single men will leave in the Hibernia, which will complete the shipment of the unemployed artisans connected with the Government works. These poor people have all been shipped under the superintendence of the shipping committee of the Wellington Emigration Fund.”

I was very intrigued by this information since I had no idea the Trewin family had emigrated to Canada because of impoverished circumstances. The web page contains news and information on many different ships (both commercial and passenger) making the crossing from Europe. Some passenger names are listed. These are mostly those who were located in cabins. As the Trewins are not listed, I can only surmise that they were in steerage. I also was curious to see what caused these artisans to be unemployed and what the role of the Wellington Emigration Fund was. I discovered that there was an armaments factory located in Woolwich which is located on the south side of the River Thames in southeast London (formerly in County of Kent). The arsenal expanded greatly during the Crimean War (1854-1856), but once the war ended, a substantial number of the workers there became unemployed. Evidently, the Wellington Fund Emigration Committee worked to resettle many of these unemployed artisans, together with their wives and children if married, in Canada.

Another entry from the Canadian News and American Intelligencer for June 10, 1857, which is located on the same web page, states:

“We are glad to learn that the Wellington Emigration Fund Committee are exercising the utmost vigilance, in conjunction with the Woolwich Committee, to ship off a number of the unemployed workmen from that locality to Canada with all speed. On Thursday next, the ship Midlothian will call at the Arsenal Jetty to take on board sixty adults. These will consist of the most extremely destitute cases, and sad, indeed, was their condition when mustered for inspection. The gentlemen forming the Woolwich Committee, however, have behaved most liberally towards the unfortunate people, all of whom appeared very thankful for the generosity exhibited towards them. Each emigrant will be supplied with a railway ticket franking them from Quebec (the port of debarcation) to Toronto. Next week, from 150 to 200 adults will be shipped in the Henry Cook, from Liverpool, and they will be speedily followed by about a similar number in the Ion, from London. By this means the severe distress at present existing in the neighbourhood of Woolwich will be partly alleviated…”

This explains how the Trewins ended up in Toronto for the two years before heading south to resettle in New Jersey. The July 22, 1857, entry of the Intelligencer informs as to how many individuals emigrated to that point under the umbrella of the Wellington Fund Emigration Committee’s efforts. From May 24 to July 17, 1857, the total number of “souls” was 1,097. Two hundred forty-eight of them had traveled on the Ion.

So this explains the circumstances under which the Trewins came to Canada. I don’t yet know what prompted them to leave Toronto and head south to New Jersey. More on the Trewins in the next post.

Categories: Crimean War, Quebec City, Quebec, The Ion, Toronto, Ontario, Trewin, Woolwich, Greater London | 5 Comments

Trewin Family of Woolwich, County of Kent

Not long ago, I discovered a little scrap of paper with a faded handwritten note in pencil tucked away with some old family papers: “Thomas and Mary Trewin and three children sailed from England to Quebec on the ship Ion on July 8, 1857.

The other side of the note provided a bit more information:”Were living in Woolwich, County of Kent at that time. Grandpa age 40, Grandma 38, Uncle Will 10 1/2″ I presumed that William referred to our great grandfather William Trewin.

Intrigued, I decided to dig around for some more information about this line of the family about which little was known.

One discovery was a biography about  William Trewin (1845-1916) which I came across in the Memorial Cyclopedia of New Jersey, Ed. Mary Depue Ogden, Vol. III, (Newark: Memorial History Company, 1917). It can be found at Internet Archives. From this bio I was able to learn not only that he had the amazing privilege of meeting Pres. Abraham Lincoln while serving for the Commissary Dept. during the Civil War, but also was able to confirm the details found in the handwritten note as to where in England he and his parents had come from and how and when they ended up in New Jersey.

As confirmed by the bio, William Trewin’s parents were Thomas J. Trewin and Mary Anne Phillips Trewin of Woolwich, England, which at the time of William’s birth (March 21, 1845) was located in the county of Kent. Today it is part of London. If the handwritten note is accurate, Thomas would have been born circa 1817 and Mary circa 1819. Thomas is described in the bio as “the builder and founder of one of the first Wesleyan Methodist chapels erected in London.” I tried to research that angle online, but have yet to find details connecting him to the construction of a Wesleyan Methodist chapel in London. The bio confirms that Thomas and Mary Anne Trewin moved their family to Canada in 1857. William would have been 12. They lived in Toronto and two years later resettled in New Jersey.

The names of William’s two other siblings I have from a genealogy passed down by family: Thomas and Emma. Emma married Francis C. Ludey. Together they had a daughter Mary Emma (Minnie). I do not have any information yet as to what happened to Thomas. Note: Of the two siblings, only Emma is mentioned in the bio as having survived William at the time of his death in 1916.

William was married first to Edith H. Fry, daughter of Judge Asa Fry of Jersey City. Together they had two sons, William Clarence Trewin and Albert Phillips Trewin. Some time after Edith passed away (1879), William married Miss Elizabeth Sargent, also of Jersey City. Together they had one daughter, Zillah.

More on the Trewins in the next post.

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