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Joseph King of Woolwich, Kent

My King family starts with Joseph King, born around 1795. He married Mary Fricehurst on 24 November at St Nicolas' in Plumstead, Kent. Mary's surname isn't vary clearly written on the certificate and I'm wondering if the first letter is incorrect. It could be Tricehurst, or Bricehusrt, although the letter looks more like an L or a J. They had 4 children, all born in Woolwich: Joseph William (born 1827), George (born 1829), Frances A (born 1836)and Eliza born 1837). Eliza and Joseph must have caught an illness together from which they both died, as they were buried on the same day - 19 August 1840 at St Mary Magdalene's in Woolwich. The family were liveing at Warren Lane, Woolwich. By the 1941 census, Mary had already remarried, to Thomas Absolom Bennett and had another child, Mary Ann Bennet (born 1841). Mary married Thomas on 22nd February 1841. Her surname is even more badly written than the previous certificate, which makes me think the name might begin with a different letter. Her father's name was William and I can't find any further (older) trace of them anywhere.

Thomas Bennett household, 1841 census, Warren Lane, Woolwich, Kent
Thomas Bennett, 30 yrs, labourer, born in county.
Mary Bennett, 35 yrs, not born in county.
Joseph King, 14 yrs, born in county.
George King, 12 yrs, born in county.
Francis King, 7 yrs, born in county.

Thomas Bennett household, 1851 census
Thomas Bennett, head, married, 46 yrs, stoker gass works, born in Plumstead, Kent.
Mary Bennett, wife, married 55 yrs, born in Breade, Sussex.
Mary Ann Bennett, daughter, 8 yrs, born in Woolwich, Kent.
Joseph King, son in law, unmarried, 23 yrs, labourer, born in Woolwich, Kent.
George King, son in law, unmarried, 21 yrs, apprentice, Woolwich, Kent.
Frances A King, daughter in law, unmarried, 16 yrs, born in Woolwich, Kent, blind.
Mary Holiday, niece, unmarried, 13 yrs, house servant, born in Woolwich, Kent.


Joseph William King married Ann Elizabeth Spalding on 29 August 1852 and stayed in Woolwich where they had at least 7 children.

George King married Phoebe Groves and also stayed in Woolwich, where they had at least 9 chidren. George and Phoebe are my 3 great-grandparents. George was a waterman on the Thames. He died in 1918. Phoebe died in 1927.

I'm looking for anyone who might know anything further about this family, especially Regarding Mary Fricehurst.

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Family surnames I'm researching

The family surnames I'm researching include: Bright, Burrows, Colesill (various spellings), Driver, Ferminger, Fricehurst, Groves, Groombridge, Haddock, Hitchin, Hook, Jobson, King, Lovage, Miller, Minton, Mountenay, Musgrove, Nightingale, Taylor, Threadkell all from England, counties: Kent, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex, London. From Ireland: Coates.


Towns include: Crayford, Dartford, Dorking, Erith, Guildford, Godalming, Hatfield, Helions Bumpstead, Woolwich, Woodbridge, Warnham.