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Alfred WOODGATE

Male 1867 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Alfred WOODGATE 
    Born Mar 1867  Acton, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID B12C920BC498472A97DF8C1D9127BBB28BB2 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • 1901 census: in Swan Lane, Long Melford, Thomas LANGHAM (head, married, 45, salesman, born Hinckley, Leicestershire), Rose WOODGATE (boarder, married, 34, horse hair weaver, born Long Melford), Archie DOWNEY (son, 12, born Long Melford), Maud DOWNEY (daughter, 9, born Long Melford), William Langham WOODGATE (son, 3, born Long Melford), Rose Langham WOODGATE (2, born Long Melford) and Fred Baden Powell WOODGATE (11 months, born Long Melford).

      1911 census: at Girling Villa, Sudbury (9 rooms), Thos DOWNEY (head, 54, married, salesman (hardware), born Hinckley, Leicestershire), Rose DOWNEY (wife, 43, married 24 years, 8 children 7 living 1 dead, born Long Melford), Archie DOWNEY (son, 21 single, gardener, born Long Melford), William DOWNEY (son, 14, school, born Long Melford), Rose DOWNEY (daughter, 12, school, born Long Melford), Fred DOWNEY (11, school, born Long Melford), 'Elsia' DOWNEY (daughter, 3, born Sudbury), Will BAILES (boarder, 29, married 4 years 2 children 1 living 1 dead, cinematograph operator, born Stockton Tees), Nissim NATHANOFF (lodger, 29, single, traveller, born Bulgaria) and Thomas POLLOCK (lodger, 53 married 19 years, 5 children, traveller, born Lanark, Scotland)
      Form signed 'Thos. Downey'.

      The picture above is a strange one! Rose Downey married Alfred WOODGATE in 1895: at that time, if the 1891 and 1901 censuses are accurate, she already had a son Archie and two daughters Florence and Maud. By 1901 she is living with Thomas LANGHAM but since 1895 has had 3 more children all registered with the surname WOODGATE but with middle names LANGHAM. In 1911, all the surnames appear as DOWNEY, even Thomas LANGHAM's.

      It would seem that the marriage of Alfred and Rose didn't last long - he appears in the 1901 census living back with his parents in Acton, Suffolk. He is shown on the census form as married (see Alfred's afther's Notes for full details).
      There are several unanswered questions including:
      - where did Thomas LANGHAM spring from? I can't find him in censuses before 1901.
      - why were some of Rose's children given the surname WOODGATE and a middle name LANGHAM?
      - how significant is it that the 1911 census says that Rose had been married 24 years and had had 8 children from the marriage?
      - why was everyone in the 1911 census called DOWNEY?
    Person ID I2301  Great Horkesley, Essex
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2017 

    Father William WOODGATE,   b. Abt 1828, Acton, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1907, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Mother Sarah TWITCHET,   b. Abt 1830, Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1913, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married Jun 1852  Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F780  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rose Florence DOWNEY,   b. Abt 1868, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1961, Sudbury RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years) 
    Married Jun 1895  Sudbury, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. William Langham WOODGATE,   b. Jun 1897, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rose Langham WOODGATE,   b. Mar 1899, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Frederick Baden Powell Langham WOODGATE,   b. Jun 1900, Long Melford, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1976, Norwich RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     4. Elsie WOODGATE,   b. Sep 1907, Sudbury, Suffolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 8 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F772  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Sources 
    1. [S19] BMD index, Q1 1867 Sudbury 4a/456. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S19] BMD index, Q2 1852 Sudbury 4a/505. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S19] BMD index, Q2 1895 Sudbury 4a/1079. (Reliability: 3).