Family History

This is the family of my great-grandmother's brother. If you have any contributions or comment to make please contact me on I would particularly like to know what happened to my grandfather's cousin Alfred George Steer ABRAHAM STEER Born: 22/6/1842 Lancing Father: John Steer Mother: Margaret Nottingham Baptised: 24/7/1842 St James the Less, Lancing Died: 10/11/1899 St Mary’s Hall Lodge, Cheltenham Married: 1865 in Cheltenham district. Spouse: Emma Gough Baptised: 12/5/1842 Sutton Bengor, Wilts Parents: Worthy Gough and Ann. Died: 8/4/1914 4 Belmont Terrace, Portland Cheltenham Children: Harry John Steer b 1866 Cheltenham Charley Gough (Charles George) Steer b 1867 Cheltenham William Steer b 1869 Cheltenham Emmaleno Minnie Steer b 1870 Cheltenham Annie Margaret Steer b 1872 Cheltenham Emmaleno Minnie Steer b 1875 Cheltenham Ernest Arthur Steer b 1876 Cheltenham Alfred George Steer b 1878 Cheltenham 1861 census: Residing Upper Cokeham, Sompting with George Slaughter, carter. Occupation: gardener. Emma a servant to George Engall, Estate Agent and Auctioneer, Battlrdown House, Charlton King, Cheltenham 1871 census: Residing St Mary’s Hall Female training College, Cheltenham. Occupation: gardener. College founded 1847 as a teacher training college. 1881 census: Residing St Mary's Hall Lodge, Cheltenham. Occupation: gardener. . Daughter Emmalino was living with maternal grandparents in 1881 1883: (Cheltenham Chronicle 14/8/18830. Abraham on jury of ‘The fatal affray in New Street. Death of John Richard Johnson on Monday evening’. The jury viewed the body in his house. George Davis was accused of hitting the landlady of a public house, Gloucester beer house, in New Street in the face and Thomas Johnson ‘s son tried to pull him off. John Johnson was knocked to ground and kicked several times. Apparently the argument started when two Italians walked into pub and Davis said they had no business being there, Mrs Oakley told him to go. Davis was committed for trial on charge of murder, Thomas Rivers also accused was released due to insufficient evidence. The Chairman of magistrates said ‘ If you live to see another Bank Holiday try and find some other way of spending it than in a public house’. Prisoner ‘Yes I will’. 1885: (Cheltenham Chronicle 16/6/1885) Annual reunion of Protestant Trinitarian Benefit Society on Tuesday. Service held at parish church by Rev T K Allen, and tea T Pittville Pump Room instead of schoolroom St James Square, Had 346 members, with Abraham on committee. In previous year paid out sick pay £462.16s.6d (increase of £131,11 over last year), 11 deaths and eight deaths of wives, £217.7s.6d and £90.13s respectibely (total £308.0s.6d). Since its start in 1843 paid out nearly £16 000 1891 Residing St Mary's Hall Lodge, Cheltenham Occupation: gardener. 1901 Emma a widow living at 18 Winstonian Terrace, Cheltenham. 1911: widow Emma living 5 Sandford St Cheltenham with brother Alfred aged 66, verger and his wife Emma 65 1914: Death of Emma. Administration to son Charley Gough Steer cinematograph operator, Estate £256.4s.9d St Mary’s was the female part of Cheltenham Teacher’s Trainign College. This had been founded in 1847 when it was recognised that more teachers were needed particularly owing to the growth in urban population, and this coincided with new ideas on teachers’ training coming from France. The Church of England was being divided between the Tractarians and the Evngicals, and the College was to be a national one, on Evangical lines. The women’s college was from 1850 to 1869 in the old hospital of St Mary’s . By the mid 1860s there were about 60 students, and by the early 1900s about a hundred. In 1869 it benefited from a new building, built on the site of a farm (it is now called Shaftesbury Hall). Until the 1890s the college year lasted 40 weeks with holidays at Christmas and in the summer. The male and female students had different holiday dates to prevent them meeting at the railway station, as they were strictly segregated. The women were particularly regimented; apart from study they were only allowed a little reading and music in the evenings and late Saturday afternoon. On Sunday there were two church services. Otherwise there was only class walks. In the 1890s the regime relaxed, the college changed to three terms and female students were allowed to go out shopping in pairs, and both sexes had more time for sports and hobbies. The St Mary’s students were called Sims. During this time the Sims lived in dormitories with wooden partitions to create cubicles, the stydents woulkd decorate these. Around 1880 the women ate about 13lb of meat and 6 loavesof bread each a month; they ate more biscuits than the men, ilb each and 10 pints milk. They also had beer, but only 8 pints a month, at this time Cheltenham water was decidedly not good to drink. Until the 1890s the staff was small, three or four women. Between 1864 and 1886 the Lady Superintendent of St Mary’s Hall was Isabella Reynolds who taught in the college since 1847. She combined both the domestic and academic roles, and the high reputation of the college owed much to her. At the beginning emphasis was very much on English grammar, arithmetic and basic history and geography, for the women there was needlework as well. Later on in the century French was added for the women (the men had scoence), there was also poetry, fiction and plays. The women had thirty one hours of teaching and eleven for private stusy. The college had a practice school and women went to local schools for lessons, and this included criticism lessons when they were observed by staff and other students, Apart from the walks the only sport allowed the women was croquet, although in the 21890s a tennis net was bought. HARRY JOHN STEER Born: 1866 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 8/11/1911 30 Carmarthen St, Plymouth Married: 7/1/1896 St Jude Plymouth Spouse: Jessie Gloyn Born: 1872 Plymouth. Parents: James and Sarah Gloyn. Died: 1909 Stonehouse Children: Gladys Jessie Steer b 1897 1891 census: working a photographic artist in Cheltenham, living with parents, Jessie was living with her widowed father, a wheelwright and her siblings 39 Exeter Street, Plymouth. Occupation: milliner 1901 census: living St Judes, Plymouth, working as photographic artist. 1911 census: Widower living 38 Union Street, East Stoneham with daughter and housekeeper Lily Rice. No trace of Jessie’s death before 1911. Occupation: photographer 1911: Probate stated he lived 38 Union Street East Stonehouse and 30 Carmarthen Road Plymouth. Probate to Harry Hillman, licensed victualler Gladys Jessie Steer died 1971 Plymouth district married 9/12/1925 East Stonehouse Methodist, Edgcumbe Street. East Stonehouse Robert Victor Westlake Jago born 1894 Stonehouse, son of Robert & Edith Jago died 1976 Plymouth district. Children: possibly Kenneth R Jago born 1928 West ham district died 1998 Plymouth district CHARLES (CHARLIE) GOUGH STEER Born: 1867 Cheltenham; Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 24/1/1929 Union Infirmary Cheltenham 1891 census: Residing 9 Holbrook St, Swindon . Occupation: railway coach builder . Recorded as George on the census 1901 census: Residing in lodging house King St Wolverhampton. Occupation: cinematograph operator. Recorded on census as CG Steer, place of birth Swindon. 1911 census: possibly lodging ^ college Street Lambeth electirical engineer. Place of birth given as near Cheltenham 1929: At time of death was living 34a North Place, Cheltenham. Administration to Annie Margaret Fox. Estate: £1666.1s.4d WILLIAM STEER Born: 1867 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 1869 Cheltenham EMMALENO MINNIE STEER Born: 1870 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 1871 Cheltenham ANNIE MARGARET STEER Born: 1871 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 1948 Cheltenham Married: 1900 Cheltenham Spouse: Frederick Fox Born: 1853 Marylebone, London. Died: 1939 Cheltenham aged 93 Parents: John & Mary Fox 1901 living 77 Portland Road, Kensington. Frederick working as house decorator 1911 census: residing 4 Belmont terrace, Cheltenaham. Occupation : housepainter. Annie a domestic cook EMMALENO MINNIE STEER Born: 1875 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 23/9/1907 29 Pysrer St. Wrexham. Married: 9/9/1900 All Saints Church, Cheltenham Spouse: Archibald Ellis Jones Born : 1/10/1879 213 Keelings Lane, Hanley, Father: John Jones Mother: Florence Marks. Died: 15/7/1917 in Salonica, Greece.from wounds sustained in bombing Children: Ernest Archibald Steer-Jones b 1/8/1901 Wrerxham George Steer-Jones b 12/8/1902 Wrexham Dora Steer-Jones b 17/11/1904 Wrexham Harry Steer-Jones b 13/7/1907 Wrexham 1881 census: Emmalino Minnie Steer living with her maternal grandparents Worthy and Ann Gough, Park Lane, Sutton Benger, Wilts. 1900: At time of marriage living with parents 18 Winstonian Terrace, Cheltenham. He was working at Wrexham Post Office. Witnessed by Ernest Arthur Steer and Eva Lawrence 1901 census: Residing 21 Gibson St, Wrexham. Occupation: postman 1911 census: Residing 38 Palmer St Wrexham. Occupation: urban postman ERNEST ARTHUR STEER Born: 1876 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 6/10/ 1900 18 Winstonian Terrace Cheltenham 1891 Residing with parents. Occupation: tailors apprentice ALFRED GEORGE STEER Born: 1878 Cheltenham Father: Abraham Steer Mother: Emma Gough Died: 7/12/1954 18 Westbourne Place, Porthcawl Married: 1925 Cheltenham district Spouse: Florence Estelle Hardiman Born: 1879 Kineton Hill, Temple Guiting Died: 21/1/1961 18 Westbourne Place Porthcawl 1901census: Residing with widowed mother 15 Winstonian Terrace, Cheltenham. Occupation: breadmaker. Florence a parlourmaid, Ludgrove House, Miserden, Glos. 1905: 25/3/1905 Cheltenham Chronicle. Alfred G Steer baker pleaded guilty to having no scales in his vart when delivering bread. Mr Taylor inspector of weights and measures to the County Council proved the case and the defendant was fined 5s (at Thursday’s police court) 1954: Left estate of £2040 11s 5d. Probate to wife Florence 1911 census: Florence a parlourmaid at Kingsham Lodge, Cheltenham. 1961: Florence’s residence was 18 Westbourne Place Porthcawl, left estate £2078 12s 4d Probate to Lloyds Bank Starting as a large village straggling along one main street Cheltenham had grown in the early part of the nineteenth century as graceful Georgian and regency terraces spread out over the surrounding fields. By mid 19thC its heyday was over and many houses occupied by retired Anglo-Indian officers or East India Co men/ Cheltenham British School for Boys as well as the 3Rs they were taught commercial education, book keeping, drawing, drill, singing by note and science and Swedish carpentering in senior class. 1887 Jubilee – big civic service in St Matthews church after which mayor laid foundation of public library. After that a civic procession to new swimming baths. Local newspaper ‘the appearance of the town was such as to almost baffle description, and a stranger on visiting the place after dusk might have thought himself transported into an oriental city on a day of carni