b.1870 – d.1917
Long Grove records show Charles as being buried on 27th November 1917 age 45 – giving a birth date about 1872.
The only Charles Hennessey I found between 1870 and 1875 was actually registered in the June quarter of 1870 in Camberwell, mother’s maiden name Bryant. This fits well with the 1871 Census record taken on 2nd April, where Edmond and Mary Hennessey are living at 25 Lovegrove Street, St Giles, Camberwell, with their son Charles, aged 10 months. Edmond is a bricklayer’s labourer and both he and his wife were born in Ireland. Charles is recorded as born in Surrey because at this time the Vice County of Surrey extended as far as Southwark.
I have not found a marriage between a Edmond Hennessey and Mary Bryant, but they may have married in Ireland. Several Edward Hennessey’s born about the right time in Ireland but I am unable to identify if one is Charles’ father.
On Census night – 3rd April 1881 – the family is lodging at 32 Lovegrove Street and have a daughter, Mary A, aged 6. I checked for her birth and found a Mary Hennessey born in the March quarter, 1875 – no second name and mother noted as ‘Bryan’ – but even so I feel this is possibly Charles’ sister as no other mother has a name so similar to ‘Bryant’.
His father is recorded as Edward, but the rest of the family matches with the 1871 details – Edward is still a bricklayer’s labourer and Mary is now working as a charwoman. Charles and Mary are at school.
On 7th October 1881, Westminster Workhouse records a Charles Henessey (sic) found destitute and ill, being discharged to his mother after breakfast. Could this be ‘our’ Charles? Possible but not sure.
In 1884 we find Charles again in the workhouse and on 2nd August discharged ‘to Police’. I cannot find whether he was charged with anything or just released. Again, on 2nd December the same year he is discharged ‘ to police court’. Unfortunately I have not found any details. It might suggest that Charles was at a bit of a loose end so far as work was concerned, though both parents appear to have set an example and been employed.
The 1891 Census shows Mary Hennessey, now a widow aged 41 and a laundress, with son Charles, 25, and a labourer, and daughter Mary Ann,16, also a laundress, all at 5 Lovegrove Street in Camberwell.
Charles’ age does not quite match – he is actually nearer 21, and Mary senior is nearer to 46 compared with the 1871 Census .
Constance Road Workhouse records Charles’ admission on 20th May 1908 from Camberwell Parish by order of ‘Milton’ – alleged insane. His occupation is labourer and he is of the Roman Catholic Faith.
On 3rd June 1908, he is discharged with the reason ‘DD expired’. (I have not found what these initials stand for).
Later that year, on 27th November 1908, Charles is once again registered at Constance Road Workhouse having been transferred from ‘GRW’ – a labourer and Roman Catholic.
On December 12th 1908, Charles is discharged from Constance Road Workhouse – where he is recorded as destitute – to Long Grove Asylum.
There are several gaps which we may be able to fill once we have access to more records.