The first English census started in 1841. For the first time the
Moore family address is recorded as York Buildings, Wendover,
Buckinghamshire (just off the Tring Road) which is north west of
London in the farmlands of the rolling Chilton chalk hills. In
the later 1861 census the house number is recorded as 19 York
Buildings. The head of the household John Moore, then aged 51,
is not recorded as being at the address. His wife Martha is
shown aged 45 living there with her children. Her occupation is shown as a Lace worker. She
is sharing her home with an elderly 70 year old lady called Mary Lampton who is also a Lace worker. She now only has three
children staying with her. Steven aged 13 and two new children,
Daniel aged 9 and George aged 6. George Moore was born in 1835
and baptized on 19th July 1835. Missing from the census are Jane Moore who
would have been 29 and married, Abel Moore aged 21, Thomas aged
19 and Mary aged 14. The first three would have left home but
Mary may have died or was working as a servant. I believe that
John Moore died in 1863 aged 73.
Joel Moore is important to our story as he is
a direct descendant of the London Moore’s. He married Lucy
Beckley on 30th October 1837 in St Marys Church.
Wendover. This was the same year that the 18 year old Victoria
was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Empire.
Joel and Lucy had a child the following year called James who
was baptized 5th August 1838 in St Marys church,
Wendover. They have moved out of the family home in Edinburgh
Buildings. The location of Joel and Lucy’s new home was not
recorded but in 1840 they had a baby girl called Mary. She was
born in Lambeth, London.
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