ENGLAND: Alexander WOODCOCK and Annie Elizabeth JAHN of Westminster
My Great Grandfather, Alexander WOODCOCK was born 19 June 1877 at 16 Vincent Street, Westminster, England to parents: George James WOODCOCK 1844-1909 and Isabella BUCHAN 1837-1919. Alexander was born the 7th child, and his father worked as a butcher in London's East End, whilst his Scottish mother Isabella worked as a Laundress.
From what I can gather, Alexander worked as an Electric Light Wire Man. Family says that he used to get a lot of shocks in his trade. He can be found on the 1901 Census as a lodger at 29 Vincent Street as 'Alexander Woolcock' sic. The Head of the house at the time was Edward HOVEGAN aged 57, born Whitechapel, his wife Elizabeth aged 56, born Westminster and 2 children: Frederick aged 23; and Alfred 15, both born Westminster.
Alexander married when he was 25 years old on 12 April 1903 at the Parish Church of St. Anne's, Soho, Westminster, England, to Annie Elizabeth JAHN (my great grandmother). Her occupation was listed as 'Tailoress'. Annie was born 5 Oct 1879 at 59 Wardour Street, Westminster, England to parents: Ernest JAHN 1851-1908 of Germany and Elizabeth HANSFORD 1854-1923. It is thought that Ernest was born in the Harz Mountains (Kingdom of Hanover) Germany and escaped to England to avoid conscription.
Alexander & Annie WOODCOCK had 8 children:-
1.Annie Isabella (known as Peggy) WOODCOCK born 19 Oct 1904 London, England d. 1 Feb 1981, never married.
2.Bertha Ellen WOODCOCK born 1 Jun 1906 Westminster, London England, died 25 Dec 1984, married 6 Jul 1946 to Benjamin JONES. The couple later divorced.
3.Dorothy Elsie (known as Dolly) WOODCOCK born 21 Dec 1909 Fulham and Hamersmith, London, England, died 22 Jun 2002 Northwick Park Hospital, Brent, London, England; married 30 Jun 1935 St.Oswald's Church, Fulham, London, England to George Frederick CLARKE, born 13 Sep 1909 Fulham, London, England. They had two sons, who both unfortunately died young. (a) Roy CLARKE born 31 Jan 1938, died 3 Jan 1951 Pediatric Hospital, Goldsmith Avenue, Middlesex, England; aged 12 years from a golden staff infection, and (b) Geoffrey CLARKE born 24 Jun 1946 City of London Maternity Hospital, 76A Liverpool Road, England, died 2 Nov 1969 9A Station Approach, South Ruislip, England, aged 23 yrs from a heart condition.
4.Alexander Ernest (known as Alec) WOODCOCK born 6 Apr 1908, died 6 Mar 1909
5.Edgar (Ted / Eddie) Gerald WOODCOCK ... my grandfather, was born 6 March 1912, 29 Racton Road, Fulham, London, England. Emigrated to Australia in 1928 onboard ship "Queen Mary", married 1938 Inverell, New South Wales, Australia to Ethel Mary VOSS 1916-2001. She was the daughter of Henry Frederick VOSS and Elsie Louisa Rhodes MERRY. My grandfather served World War II. Edgar died 4 Jan 1980 Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital, Brisbane.
6.Stanley WOODCOCK born 1914 London, married March 1936 Fulham to Ermenia M. VOLPE (known as Mini) and had 5 children: June, Brian, Kevin, Liam, and Valerie. I would dearly love to get in contact with my mother's cousins.
7.Phyllis Francis WOODCOCK born 17 Dec 1920 Westminster, England, died 20 Apr 1979 married Victor (Henry) KENT they had a daughter Diane who married a STOCKWELL. I am in contact with Phyllis' granddaughter.
8.Betty Eileen WOODCOCK born 9 Jul 1923 Westminster, London, England died 6 Feb 1924, aged under 7 months.
Regards, Alison in Queensland, Australia.
Attached photograph below is of my great grandparents, Alexander and Annie Woodcock perhaps taken C1903.