Gurney, Joseph 1 2

Birth Name Gurney, Joseph
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1890-03-16 Watford, Hertfordshire, England   3a
Baptism 1890-11-05 Watford, Hertfordshire, England ~ probable 3b
Birth 1890-10-12     4a
Birth 1891 Watford, Hertfordshire, England   5a
Residence 1891-04-05 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 2 Ballard Building 5a
Event Note

1891 Census  of England:
Gurney:  James 42, Emma 38, Hannah 11,  James 8, George 5, Joseph 6 months.  
Occupation: James (Snr): General Labourer.
Born: All - Tring, Herts, except Joseph, born in Watford, Herts.
It is a stand-alone dwelling - 2 Ballard Building, St Mary's, Watford.

They have six lodgers: Rafe Smith 25, General Labourer, and William and Ann Young and  their three children.

Findmypast transcription adds "Wells Yard" - have queried.

Files: 1891EnglandCensusFor JamesGurney.jpg and 1891EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg.

Note: An overseas researcher, Julie Simmons, with Gurney family links say that Ballards Building was “One of the worst slums in the town, over crowded.” and resultingly unhealthy. When we see that James and Emma have six lodgers it lends weight to the suggestion. [“julesi” in the Simmons Family Tree – and . See also article: from which the map is sourced.] - SJL

Residence 1897-02-01   25 Ballard Building 3a
Education 1897-02-01 Watford, Hertfordshire, England Beechen Grove Board School (Infants) 3a
Education 1898-01-03 Watford, Hertfordshire, England until 11 Jan 1904 when left as "labour certified" 3c
Residence 1901 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 1 Fearnley St 6a
Event Note

1901 Census  of England:
Gurney:  Hannah aged 21, single, head of household, James 17, George 15, Joseph 10; and Mary Ann Searfield*, 21, Boarder, living at 1 Fearnley St, Watford, a stand-alone dwelling.
Born: Hannah, James, George - Tring, Herts; Joseph - Watford, Herts; Mary Ann - Luton, Beds.
Occupation: Hannah and May Ann - Laundry Maids; James - Carman [carter]

* transcribed as Sinfield by findmypast.

Residence 1911-04-02 Watford, Hertfordshire, England 18 Merton Road 7a
Occupation 1911-04-02 Watford, Hertfordshire, England Carter  
Marriage     Edith?; children Sybil, Cyril, Stanley, Maurice, may be more  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Gurney, JAMES18471892
Mother Simmons, EMMA18531900
    Sister     Gurney, Hannah/Annie 1880
    Brother     Gurney, James 1882-05-10
    Brother     Gurney, GEORGE 1885-05-03 1968-03-17
         Gurney, Joseph 1890-03-16
    Sister     Gurney, ?Ethel
    Sister     Gurney, ?Rose


Family of Gurney, Joseph and Humphrey, Edit M V

Unknown Partner Humphrey, Edit M V ( * 1890-09-09 + ... )
Name Birth Date Death Date
[Living], [Living]
[Living], [Living]
[Living], [Living]
Gurney, ?Sybil
Gurney, Cyril W1917-03-21
Gurney, Stanley A1919-04-17

Source References

  1. Vera (Gurney) Stuart via E J Leader: Gurney Family - Vera Stuart via EJL
  2. Vera (Gurney) Stuart copied by S J Leader: Gurney Family by Vera Stuart
  3. Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
      • Page: HED2/34/2; 1897 Joseph Gurney School record transcript - note transfer note in red.pdf and 1897 Joseph Gurney School record GBOR_SCHOOL_HER_HED2_34_2_0073.jpg
      • Page: 1890 baptism James Gurney transcription.pdf and 1890 baptism James George and Joseph Gurney GBPRS_HERT_004948059_00424.jpg
      • Citation:

        "Mass baptism" for James, George, and Joseph - all on 5 Nov 1890 at St Mary's. [I know cost could be an issue so this was not uncommon - SJL]. The minister, J C  Berkley noted birth-dates for the older two
        (May 10 1882 and May 5 1885) to James and Anna Gurney of 8? Courts?, Watford.

        [Note: I've already got George baptised to James and Emma Gurney at 25 Ballards Building (correct from Census) on  30 Jan 1888, same Minister. It seems unlikely that that run of names and dates is another family, but leaving as "probable". - SJL]

      • Page: HED2/34/2; 1898-1904 Joseph Gurney school GBOR_SCHOOL_HER_HED2_34_2_0078.jpg
  4. UK Goverment: 1939 Register of England and Wales
      • Page: RG101/1669A/025/20 Letter Code: DFQM; 1939 Register Joseph Gurney and family TNA_R39_1669_1669A_025.jpg and 1939 Register Joseph Gurney and family transcript.pdf
  5. 1891 Census of England
      • Page: 1891 Census/England/Hertfordshire/Watford/St Mary's/pg 14/ln 3; 1891EnglandCensusForJames Joseph George Gurney.jpg
  6. 1901 Census of England
      • Page: Watford/Watford St Mary/pg 1; 1901EnglandCensusForGeorgeGurney.jpg
  7. 1911 Census of England - see Event Note for details
      • Page: RG14PN7712 RG78PN380 RD140 SD2 ED14 SN178/7712; 1911 Census Joseph Gurney boarding with the Butlers - transcript.pdf and 1911 Census Joseph Gurney boarding with the Butlers GBC_1911_RG14_07712_0357.jpg
      • Citation:

        1911 Census;

        Butler, WIlliam H 36, Head; Hannah 31, Wife, and daughters Florence Mary 8, Emily 6, Ethel 4 and
        Rose Evelyn 5 months. Boarder is Joseph Gurney, 20, single,

        Joseph is a Carter for a Cartage Contractor, and William a Stoker for a Poor Law Institution,