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JORDAN, Edward George

b.1877 – d.1917

Taking his year of birth from his age at death, only two children with his name were born in 1877 according to the GRO. One died in 1879, the other, born to Isaac and Mary, was registered in June quarter 1877, Romford, Essex, (v4a/p186), mother’s maiden name Pettit. I also found his sister, Alice Maud who was born in 1876. During my research I found Edward had half-siblings – same father, different mother.

  • Births Jun 1877   (>99%) JORDAN Edward George  Romford 4a 186 
  • Births Dec 1877   (>99%) JORDAN Edward George  Lewisham 1d 1030 
  • Deaths Sep 1879   (>99%) Jordan Edward George 0 Lewisham 1d 518 

1860s

Because Edward’s father was a widower when he married his mother, I looked for his first marriage and found Isaac’s marriage to Eliza Pettit in September quarter of 1862 and she presumably was the mother of Agnes, Louisa and Henry W.

1870s

The 1871 census has Isaac Jordan with his first wife, Eliza and three children, Agnes, Louisa and Henry W.

Eliza must have died between this and 1875, but I have not searched for her death. I have found a Jordan/Pettit marriage registered in Lambeth in 1875 – Isaac was a stone mason and widower age 35 when he married Mary Pettit who was 32.

Marriage of Isaac Jordan to Mary Pettit

1880s

In the 1881 census Isaac, children Agnes, Henry, Alice and Edward are listed as lodgers at 1 John Street Chatham Kent. I have not found his wife, Mary, in this census nor have I found her death, but it seems reasonable to think she may have died and so all the children are with Isaac.

When looking for Mary, I checked if all the children were hers as Isaac was a widower when they married – they all had Pettit as the mother’s maiden name, but Agnes and Henry William were born before the marriage. I double-checked Isaac – (see 1870 census) and all the children did have Pettit as the mother’s maiden name BUT it was not Mary but her sister Eliza – Isaac’s first wife and her sister.

Isaac died in the March quarter of 1882, registered in Medway. I still have not found Mary’s death registered.

1882, March 29, Medway Union Chatham Workhouse registers death of Isaac Jordan, buried in Chatham Cemetery.

1890s

From the 1891 Census, Edward, 13, is living with his aunt, Ann Kendall, a widow, his grandmother Mary A Pettit age 86 and his sister Alice M Pettit age 15. Life has been hard for these two children – only 13 and 15 and both parents dead and their grandmother has buried two daughters.

1900s

There is an Edward Jordan, a servant, working for a music teacher in the 1901 census who, although the right age, says his birth place was Lee, Kent so although this may be our Edward, I have not assumed it is.

Sometime between 1908 and 1910, he was admitted to ward 5 at the Camden St Pancras workhouse and his occupation was hotel porter. He was admitted by order of ‘Ashton’ – could this be a local medical person? – from 8, Edward Street. His birth year is given as 1877.

Workhouse, admitted 02.06.08, Discharged to Long Grove Asylum 08.07.08

The 1911 census of Long Grove Hospital Epsom has his age as 34 and occupation as hotel porter. He did not know where he was born.  Of course, he may never have been told his place of birth, or he could just have forgotten. Some of the treatments given to patients in the early 20th century may well have contributed to memory loss.

Edward George Jordan, died on 14th April 1917. He was admitted to Long Grove on 8th July 1908, and was a private patient from 24th July ’08 to 1 Dec 1910.  We may, as more records are available to us, find who was paying for him.

Admitted 8 Jul 1908, Discharged (Died) 14 Apr 1917 (Private 24-Jul-1908/Pauper 1-Dec-1910)

Edward George Jordan was buried 6 days later in grave #1164a at Horton Cemetery, Epsom, Surrey after spending 3,202 days as a patient of Long Grove.

We need access to his hospital records to perhaps fill in more details. The name Pettit has slight variations – Pettit and Petitt are two – but I have accepted them if other details agree.


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