The Anonymous Widower

The Tailor Of Bexley

When I had my family traced, the earliest ancestor of mine that could be found was Robert Miller, who was a tailor in Bexley in 1837.

He was found to have had one son; Edward, who was born about 1816 in Bexley, Kent and died in 1871 at Shoreditch.

Linking backwards from the modern day.

My father was Wilfred Ewart born in 1904

My paternal grandfather was Herbert born in 1878 and died in 1929

My paternal great-grandfather was William born in 1853 and died in 1911.

My paternal great-great-grandfather was Edward born in 1816 and died in 1871.

So the tailor of Bexley was my paternal great-great-great grandfather.

My father once told me, that his grandfather, who must have been William, once told him, of a first hand account of Robert the tailor of Bexley, who was his grandfather.

He said that he was German and that he didn’t speak any English. Because of my coeliac disease, which is quite common in East European Jews and his profession, we can probably assume that Robert; the tailor of Bexley was Jewish. My father also told me that the family name was Müller, which had been Anglicised.

Robert Winder in his excellent book; Bloody Foreigners, talks about how many poor Germans came over to London in the early days of the nineteenth  century and lived in terrible conditions in the East End of London.

So was Robert one of those poor Germans?

When you dig into your family history, you find professions that are no longer PC. Some of my ancestors were ivory turners and skin dressers in the fur trade.


October 12, 2015 - Posted by | World | , , ,


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