1854 – 1933
I have recently been researching my GGG Uncle Charles Holdgate and discovered that he is buried at the Horton Cemetery, which is how I came upon your website, so very sad to hear of the state of the Cemetery now and that Charles is a forgotten name below the overgrown scrub, thank you to all those that are trying to preserve the memory of those buried. Below is the research I have on my GGG Uncle Charles, hoping he may be added to the memories of those forgotten.Letter from a Nari Fairbanks, living relative
Charles was born ~1854 in Stratford, Essex, England to parents Henry Holdgate and Mary Eve, he was baptised on the 3rd of September 1854 at St John in Stratford, Essex, England.
Charles’s father Henry worked as a Railway / Bricklayer Labourer and his mother Mary a Dressmaker, his siblings where Louisa 1838, Jane 1842, James 1846, Ellen 1848, George 1854 and Alfred 1856.
After the death of his father in 1863 Charles’s mother Mary remarried William Nash on the 16th of July 1866 in Essex, England.
During the 1861 census Charles was recorded as a 6-year-old scholar living at 4 Prospect Place, All Saints, West Ham, London & Essex, England with his parents Henry aged 48 years and Mary aged 43 years and his siblings Jane aged 19 years, George aged 7 years and Alfred aged 5 years.
During the 1871 census Charles was recorded as a 16-year-old Messenger living at Alma Street, West Ham, London & Essex, England with his married sister Jane Knight aged 25 years, her husband George Knight aged 30 years and their son Charles Alfred Knight aged 10 months.
During the 1881 census Charles was recorded as a 27 year old Greengrocer living at 69 High Street, West Ham, London & Essex, England with his mother Mary Nash aged 64 years old.
During the 1891 census Charles was recorded as a married 36-year-old Agent living at Cardigan Road, Bow or Stratford Le Bow, Poplar, London & Middlesex, England with his wife Harriett aged 30 years and their children Harriett aged 6 years, George aged 5 years, Gertrude aged 1 year, and Ellen aged 3 months, also staying with the family at the time was their niece Eva Walker aged 11 years.
During the 1901 census Charles was recorded as a married 46-year-old patient admitted to the Cane Hill Asylum in Coulsdon, Croydon, Surrey, England, occupation recorded as a Canvasser of Coals.
During the 1921 census Charles was recorded as a married 66-year-old Inmate admitted to the Long Grove Mental Hospital in Epsom, Surrey, England, occupation listed as Canvasser of Coals.
Charles married Harriett Sharp on the 8th of December 1884 at the St Marks Church in Bow, Middlesex, England.
Charles was recorded as a 30-year-old Batchelor from 90 Jodrel Rd working as a Railway Porter, Father Henry Holdgate (deceased).
Harriett was recorded as a 24-year-old spinster of the same address, Father James Sharp a Labourer.
Witnesses to the marriage where George Nash and Susannah Gregg.
Charles and Harriett went on to have 5 children, Harriett Mary 1885 / George 1886/ Gertrude Florence 1890 / Ellen 1891 and Henry 1900.
Charles aged 49 years old was admitted to the Poplar Workhouse in Tower Hamlets, London on the 12th of January 1903, cause of admission was recorded as Insane 3 days.
He was discharged from the Workhouse recorded as Sick on the 24th of January 1903 and sent to the Cane Hill Asylum which is a psychiatric hospital in Coulsdon in the London Borough of Croydon, unsure how long and if eventually discharged from Cane Hill but he was located again through records at the Long Grove Asylum in Epsom, Surrey, England where he eventually passed away in 1933.
After Charles admission and death Harriett lived the rest of her life as a widow residing at 108 Parnell Road Bow, Poplar Borough, London & Middlesex, England, she passed away in 1944 aged 84 years.
Charles passed away on the 16th of April 1932 at the Long Grove Asylum in Epsom, Surrey, England aged 77 years old, a Coals Canvasser from 108 Parnell Rd, Bow, England.
Charles was buried on the 21st of April at the Horton Estate Cemetery in Epsom, Surrey, England, informant on death certificate was recorded as David Ogilvy, occupier of The Grove, Epsom, Horton Lane, Epsom, England. Grave Number 1105a.
Authored by Nari Fairbanks