Samuel & Lydia Woods of Surrey
Samuel Woods, a son of Richard and Maria, was born in Godalming in 1833 and baptised there on 7 June.
Lydia Monk, illegitimate daughter of Louisa Monk, was born in Send & Ripley in about 1836. Her mother later married Robert Turner.
Samuel married Lydia Monk in Godalming on 21 March 1857 and they had the following children:
|Robert||bapt. 11 Oct 1857||Seale (born in Tongham)|
|Louisa||bapt. 3 Oct 1858||Hambledon|
|Andrew||bapt. 25 Oct 1860||Shalford (born 14 Oct)|
|Obed||bapt. 5 Apr 1864||Shalford|
Samuel worked as a tanner and in 1861 the family were living in Church Road, Farncombe, where they appeared again in 1871 and by this time his eldest son, Robert, was also a tanner. Kelly's directories for about this time show the local tanyard as Edwin Ellis & Co, The Shalford Tanneries.
In about 1874 they all moved to Redhill where Kelly's again shows a tannery, Samuel Barrow & Brother of Tanyard Lane. In 1881 the census returns show that the family were living at 3 Grange Cottages, Tanyard Lane and that Samuel and Obed were tanners, Louisa was a housemaid, Andrew was a groom and Jesse was a grocer's errand boy. Their eldest son, Robert, was also a tanner but he was married and living at number 6 with his wife and daughter.
Both tanneries have long since disappeared, and Tanyard Lane has been renamed. However there are some old cottages in Oakdene Road, which may have been Grange Cottages.
They were still in Tanyard Lane in 1891 with Jesse, Walter, Ethel, Horace, Catherine and Archibald. Samuel, Jesse and Walter were all tanners and Horace was a telegram messenger. Robert and Obed were both married and tanners, Robert in Horsham, Sussex, and Obed in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
Samuel died in 1899 and in 1901 Lydia was living with her sons Horace and Archibald, and a 6-year-old grandson, Sidney Woods, son of Jesse who had married and was working in Lewisham as a stage manager.
Lydia died in 1909 and was remembered (by her grand-daughter, Marjorie) as being very strict and always wearing a hairnet.
Of their children:
- Robert became a tanner, like his father, and probably worked for the Shalford Tanneries. After the family moved from Farncombe to Redhill, in about 1874, he married Isabella Robinson (born 1853) at Redhill, St Matthew, on 24 March 1880. In 1881 he was living at 6 Grange Cottages, Tanyard Lane with Isabella and her daughter, Caroline, and he was working as a tanner for the Barrow brothers. There known children were:
Caroline (Robinson) Q2 1875 (probably not Robert’s dau.) Robert Q1 1881 Reigate Louisa Q1 1884 Horsham Eliza Q3 1886 Horsham Lydia ca. 1889 Horsham Reginald Q4 1892 Reigate Evelyn Q3 1895 Reigate
- Louisa worked as a governess and nurse for John Hart, a music hall manager and proprietor whi lived at 1 Belmont Road, Lewisham, in 1901 and 1911. She died in Lewisham in 1919.
- Andrew was a tanner and married Kate Chapman from Romsey in 1883 (see Andrew & Kate Woods).
- Obed married Sarah, from Ashton-under-Lyme, and they lived in Kenilworth with their children:
Samuel Q2 1890 Eric Q1 1892 Elsie Q2 1894 Jessie Q3 1896 Louisa Q4 1898
- Jesse initially worked as a tanner and in 1894 he married Alice Andrews and they had seven children:
Sydney Q4 1894 Redhill Ethel Q1 1896 Peckham Horace Q4 1896 Peckham Lilian ca. 1899 Peckham Ivy Q3 1900 Lewisham Leslie Q3 1902 Lewisham Charles Q3 1903 Lewisham
The 1942 and 1948 Kelly’s directories show Jesse living at 18 Garlands Road, Redhill. He died in 1948 aged 80. The 1951 directory shows Mrs A Woods at that address and from 1954, Horace Woods, possibly their son.
It is believed that one of their daughters was married to a London fireman and rented the top floor of 101 Grovehill Road, Redhill, from Kate after Andrew died (1934).
- Ada died in 1886, aged just 17.
- Walter married Clara Musty in 1899 and their children were:
Francis Walter Q2 1901 Reigate Cyril Q3 1903 Reigate Clara Edith Q1 1910 Reigate Eric L Q1 1916 Reigate
- Horace was a telegram messenger in 1891 and a postman in 1901. He married Clara Jupp in 1901 and they had five children:
Henry Edward Q1 1903 Redhill Emma Ada Q1 1905 Redhill Lydia Q4 1909 Redhill Mary Q2 1912 Redhill Samuel Q2 1917 Redhill
- Henry died at the age of 4 in 1881.
- Kate was a housemaid in 1901, at 75 Ladbroke Road, Redhill, the home of Robert Mew, an architect. In 1911 she was at 'Ewhurst', 11 Elms Road, Redhill, working as a house and parlour maid. The house was run as a small private school by Edward Taylor and his sister.
- Archibald was a carpenter still living at home in 1901 and boarding in Epsom in 1911. He married Emily Cooke in 1914 and they had two children:
Muriel O M Q1 1917 Redhill Ethel Q1 1918 Redhill