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Charles Peter Whitaker

Male abt 1787 - 1867  (~ 80 years)



  • Name Charles Peter Whitaker  [1
    Known as "Charley" 
    Birth abt 1787  Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4
    • Son of Charles Whitaker
    Marriage 16 Jun 1811  St George the Martyr, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location ; Elizabeth Jane Kerry (1783-1848)  [1
    • Children: Charles Kerry (abt 1812), Francis Augustus (abt 1813), Henry Adams (abt 1814), Reginald (abt 1816), Tyrone (1820), Edward (1823), Katherine (abt 1827).
    Occupation abt 1820  Lieutenant, Prussian Navy  [1
    Residence Mar 1836  Hoxton Square, Shoreditch Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Residence Jul 1849  Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Marriage 03 Jul 1849  St George the Martyr, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location ; Susannah Newland (~1812-1872)  [1
    • - Charles Peter Whitaker, 56, widower, gent, resid Borough, father Charles Whitaker, banker;
      - Susannah Newland, 37, spinster, resid Borough, father James Newland, surgeon.
    • Child: William Walter, b Addlestone 06 May 1851
    Residence Mar 1851  Weybridge Rd, Addlestone Find all individuals with events at this location ; Gentleman  [2
    • with wife Susannah [Newland], 39 b Stamford, Lincs; children b London, surname Whitaker: Susan, 10; Adolphus, 12; Alonso, 11; + 1 serv.
    Occupation Apr 1861  Professor of Foreign Languages  [3
    Residence Apr 1861  19 Bridport St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • - With wife Susannah, portrait painter, 48 b Stamford; son William, 9 b Addlestone.
      - House occupied by 7 households.
    • These houses shelter a large number of painters, bricklayers, carpenters, and similar labourers, with their families, and many laundresses, and charwomen. Each room, with a few exceptions, is the home of a different family, and the kitchens are often more crowded than any other parts of the house. This is particularly the case in old and faded neighbourhoods - as I stated in my chapter upon St. James's, Westminster - and it is also the case in Marylebone, near the Regent's Park. Squares and terraces that are scarcely thirty years old are still surrounded by hopelessly faded streets - some of them builders' mistakes, and others designedly built for the class who now occupy them. They all bear a melancholy family likeness to each other. Their street doors are always open; a few trucks are generally standing in the gutter; a marine store dealer's coloured placard sticks out prominently from one of the houses; and a flock of chickens are always strutting in the road. They often contain more uncomplaining poverty than some of the courts and alleys I have just been describing, or may be going to describe. Many of their inhabitants cherish a spirit of independence which a long course of intrusive visiting charity has not been able to crush.
      In the district of St. Paul's, Marylebone - a neighbourhood lying to the right of Lisson Grove, as you enter from the New Road - there are many streets that answer to this description. Byron Street, Brand Street, Bridport Street, are all filled with houses let out in tenements, each room fetching a rental of three shillings or three shillings and sixpence a week, and containing a large family. Externally the two latter streets look like what are called "genteel thoroughfares." Several families will be gathered under one roof; most of these families will have six members of both sexes--some grown to the age of youth--and each house will thus contain a dense population of poor working people in a very small space. Many of these poor lodgers, when periodically pressed, will sell everything saleable, even to their clothes, rather than ask for a sixpence from the local charities. The Rev. Mr. Keeling, who watches over the district, assures me that one half of his parishioners - or about five thousand people - have nearly all their garments in pawn at the present moment [Jan 1861]. Many have told the visiting clergyman that a year's constant work, with the greatest thrift on their part, will hardly raise them out of the distress into which they have fallen. [John Hollingshead, Ragged London, 1861]
    Residence Nov 1861  214 Edgware Rd, Maida Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Residence Nov 1863  Memel Cottage, West Cliff, Ramsgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Death 08 May 1867  12 Vernon St, Fulham Find all individuals with events at this location ; Cause: Natural decay  [4
    • Died 08 May 1867 at 12 Vernon St, Fulham, Charles Whitaker, 80 years, annuitant, cause natural decay, no medical attendant, informant present at the death Mary Ann Nicholls [granddaughter], 18 Kensington Crescent, Kensington, registered 11 May 1867.
    Notes 
    • His mother was of German origin and he spent a good portion of his youth with his mother's family in Germany; from all indications this side of the family was quite wealthy and well known. His early education was in Germany and Paris and he graduated from the University of Göttingen. He spoke several languages including English, French and German - fluent in all and well versed in several others. Soon after graduation he became a Lieutenant in the Prussian Navy. His father was a banker in the London area and after leaving the navy Charles followed in his footsteps but was not successful with this endeavor. He fell back on his skill with languages and became a teacher, publishing several instructional books in his field of languages. Because he was able to publish his books he was fairly well known in literary and education circles - this was apparently where his group of friends originated. In his last years his letters portray him to be an unhappy and bitter man and, to some extent, estranged from his family. [Tom Montgomery]
    • not found in 1841 E&W census
    Person ID I4952  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 17 Nov 2013 

    Family Susannah Noon,   b. abt 1808, London? Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1840, 13 Maida Hill West, Maida Hill Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Marriage Type: Not married 
    Notes 
    • Adolphus Henry Noon questioned his father, Charles Peter Whitaker, about the marital status with his mother, Susan, and his response was an injured "of course we were married" but there is no proof of any sort that they were. It is unknown what triggered the desire for Adolphus to question the marriage status of his parents but it would appear he had strong doubts. [Tom Montgomery]
    • I do not understand what you infer by asking me such an extraordinary question "whether your mother was not more or less deceived in relation to the legality of the marriage ceremony" - I answer, certainly not! [Letter, 02 Nov 1863, Charles Whitaker to his sons Adolphus & Alonzo]
    Children 
    +1. Clara Jane Noon,   b. abt 1835, Shoreditch Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1908, Exmouth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years)
     2. Susan Noon,   b. 1840, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1927, Pietermaritzburg, Natal Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 04 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F1536  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt 1787 - Southwark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Elizabeth Jane Kerry (1783-1848) - 16 Jun 1811 - St George the Martyr, Southwark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1836 - Hoxton Square, Shoreditch Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jul 1849 - Southwark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Susannah Newland (~1812-1872) - 03 Jul 1849 - St George the Martyr, Southwark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Gentleman - Mar 1851 - Weybridge Rd, Addlestone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - 19 Bridport St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Nov 1861 - 214 Edgware Rd, Maida Hill Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Nov 1863 - Memel Cottage, West Cliff, Ramsgate Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Cause: Natural decay - 08 May 1867 - 12 Vernon St, Fulham Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S59] Tom Montgomery.

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 57 b London

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 73 b Borough of Southwark

    4. [S41] Death Certificate.
      d. 08 May 1867 age 80

    5. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Leonard, Shoreditch, 04 Mar 1836.
      son Charles Napoleon

    6. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St George, Southwark, 03 Jul 1849.

    7. [S33] Family Letters, Charles Whitaker, 04 Nov 1861.
      to son Adolphus

    8. [S33] Family Letters, Charles Whitaker, 02 Nov 1863.
      to sons Adolphus & Alonzo