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EDGOOSE,  James

EDGOOSE, James

Male 1837 - 1895  (57 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, James 
    Born 8 Sep 1837  Gedney, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 1 Oct 1837  Gedney, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 299 
    _UID 88CEBAC4BD9A4C13B3E9B521B4B1CA79A499 
    Buried 1895  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 16 Jan 1895  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I299  Edgoose
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, John,   b. 1802, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1841, Gedney, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Mother HOLBORN, Mary,   b. 1803, Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1886, Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1837  Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family TAYLOR, Martha Ellen,   b. 30 May 1841, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1926, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1868  Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. EDGOOSE, John James,   b. 16 Mar 1875, Shiney Row, Penshaw, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1875, Shiney Row, Penshaw, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, John Holborn,   b. 28 Jan 1877, Penshaw, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1960, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. EDGOOSE, George William,   b. 11 Feb 1879, Painshaw [Penshaw], County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1879, Painshaw [Penshaw], County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. EDGOOSE, Elizabeth,   b. 10 Sep 1881, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1957, Newbottle, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Headstones
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    Easington Colliery Cemetery:
    IN LOVING MEMORY OF
    JAMES EDGOOSE
    DIED JAN 16th 1895, AGED 57 YEARS.
    BELOVED HUSBAND OF
    MARTHA E. EDGOOSE
    DIED JAN 16th 1925, AGED 84 YEARS
    ALSO OF SARAH A. EDGOOSE
    DIED DECEMBER 22ND 1943, AGED 63 YEARS,
    ALSO F JOHN H. EDGOOSE
    HUSBAND OF THE ABOVE
    DIED APRIL 10th 1960, AGED 83 YEARS.

    "ANGELS EVER BRIGHT AND FAIR."

    Personal Letters
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    Fragment 1 of 5 of a letter or letters from seaman James Edgoose (1837-1895) to Martha Ellen nee Taylor (1841-1926).
    "wether we was coming hear or goaning to Cherburge till we was out side the arboure we are goaning to sunderland from hare we shall sail on to.................."
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    Fragment 2 of 5 of a letter or letters from seaman James Edgoose (1837-1895) to Martha Ellen nee Taylor (1841-1926).
    "....... to Thomas Lambard as she thanks so much of Mrs Hill he sent his best love to hor when I was thear last tine but I than(k) we will let it stop"
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    Fragment 3 of 5 of a letter or letters from seaman James Edgoose (1837-1895) to Martha Ellen nee Taylor (1841-1926).
    "...... all of your frind so now I must con clude with my Kind love to you and belive me to remane your ever......"
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    Fragment 5 of 5 of a letter or letters from seaman James Edgoose (1837-1895) to Martha Ellen nee Taylor (1841-1926).
    "...... Clude with my Kind love to you I reamen yours ever and affectionately till Death James Edgoose"
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    Fragment 4 of 5 of a letter or letters from seaman James Edgoose (1837-1895) to Martha Ellen nee Taylor (1841-1926).
    "...... time we arived hear yestaday and I recevd your Kind and welKom letters and the bridsKake was very nice but I should...............
    for coals but I had not time to rite from there we went in on fridy eveng and com out satad(ay) morning we had it very ruf on sunday"

  • Notes 
    • JAMES EDGOOSE 1837-1895

      James EDGOOSE was born at Gedney, Lincolnshire, at 8am on 8 September 1837 and was baptised there on 1 October 1837, son of John and Mary EDGOOSE. John EDGOOSE had married Mary HOLBORN at Wisbech St. Peter, Cambridgeshire, on 25 June 1837. The parish register refers to John HEADGOOSE, publican, of Gedney Rampart; the birth certificate to John EDDGOOSE (sic), pig jobber, and to Mary EDDGOOSE formerly HOLBOURN (sic).
      (GRO September Q 1837 Holbeach 14 308)

      The family was listed at two places in the 1841 census, an apparently not uncommon occurrence. On one return they are listed as living with John EDGOOSE's sister Ann OLDFIELD at West Walton:
      Ann OLDFIELD, aged 40, farmer, born in Norfolk;
      William OLDFIELD, aged 12, born in Norfolk;
      John BALLS, aged 35, agricultural labourer, born in Norfolk;
      John EDGOOSE, aged 35, agricultural labourer, born in Norfolk;
      Mary EDOOSE, aged 35, born in Norfolk;
      *James EDGOOSE, aged 3, not born in Norfolk;
      John EDGOOSE, aged 1, not born in Norfolk.
      (HO107/770/13/10/11)

      On the other return they are listed at Church Street, Gedney, Lincolnshire:
      John EDGOOS (sic), aged 35, stock jobber, born in Lincolnshire;
      Mary EDGOOS (sic), aged 35, not born in Lincolnshire;
      Sarah EDGOOS (sic), aged 10, not born in Lincolnshire;
      *James EDGOOS (sic), aged 3, born in Lincolnshire;
      John EDGOOS (sic), aged 1, born in Lincolnshire;
      James GUNMAN, aged 75, labourer, born in Lincolnshire;
      A.......... MORE, aged 20, born in Lincolnshire;
      Mary SMITH, aged 75, born in Lincolnshire.
      (HO107/607/2/47/6)

      By 1851 the family had moved to Walsoken, Norfolk:
      Mary EDGOOSE, head, aged 49, widow, pauper, born at Terrington, Norfolk;
      *James EDGOOSE, son, aged 13, scholar, born at Gedney, Lincolnshire;
      John EDGOOSE, son, aged 10, scholar, born at Gedney;
      Elizabeth EDGOOSE, aged 9, scholar, born at Gedney;
      Mary Jane EDGOOSE, aged 3, born at Tydd St. Mary, Lincolnshire;
      William BODGER, lodger, aged 19, jobbing gardener, born at Walsoken.
      There was no mention of Sarah Ann.
      (HO107/1767/289/19)

      Jas EDGOOSE of Walton is listed in the Register of Seamen's Tickets 1845-1854. His ticket was No. 572378.
      (National Archives BT114)

      James EDGOOSE, born at Wisbeach, aged 18, sailed on the Sunderland of Sunderland in 1855 as an ordinary seaman. In 1856 the records show that he arrived home on the Zephyrus of Whitby and the Sunderland of Sunderland.
      (Merchant Navy Seamen 1853-1857, National Archives BT116/30)

      At the time of the 1861 census he was visiting his uncle and aunt at Marsh Field, Terrington St. Clements:
      Robert HOLBORN, head, aged 50, agricultural labourer, born at Moulton, Lincolnshire;
      Ann HOLBORN, wife, aged 52, born at Tottenhill, Norfolk;
      Sarah A. HOLBORN, daughter, aged 22, domestic servant out of place, born at Terrington St. Clements;
      John HOLBORN, son, aged 17, agricultural labourer, born at Terrington St. Clements;
      James HOLBORN, son, aged 12, bricklayer's boy, born at Terrington St. Clements;
      *James EDGOOSE, nephew, aged 23, unmarried, sailor, visitor, born at Gedney, Lincolnshire.
      (RG9/1051/50/31)

      He married Martha Ellen TAYLOR, daughter of mariner John TAYLOR and his wife Mary Ellen, by licence at Walsoken, Norfolk, on 17 September 1868. James EDGOOSE was described as a mariner and Martha Ellen TAYLOR was a 26 year old servant from Tydd St. Giles, Cambridgeshire. Witnesses were Elizabeth EDGOOSE (James's sister), and John William THOMPSON who married James's younger sister Mary Jane EDGOOSE in 1871.
      (GRO September Q 1868 Wisbech 3b 1009)

      The 1871 census of 2 Allonby Street, Bishop Wearmouth, Sunderland, Co. Durham:
      *James EDGOOSE, head, aged 33, mariner, born at Gedney, Lincolnshire;
      Martha E. EDGOOSE, wife, aged 29, born at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire.
      (RG10/5000/75/50)

      His son John James EDGOOSE was born at Shiney Row, Penshaw, County Durham, on 16 March 1875. He lived only 5 minutes.

      His son John Holborn EDGOOSE was born at Penshaw on 28 January 1877. He died in 1960.

      His son George William EDGOOSE was born at New Pensher, Painshaw, on 11 February 1879. He died there on 10 May the same year.

      In 1881 he was living at 22 Cirencester Street, Bishopwearmouth, County Durham:
      *James EDGOOSE, head, aged 43, engine man at factory (engine driver), born at Gedney;
      Martha E. EDGOOSE, wife, aged 39, engine man's wife, born at Sutton Bridge, Lincoln;
      John H. EDGOOSE, son, aged 4, born at Shiney Row, County Durham;
      John TAYLOR, visitor, aged 44, mariner, born at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire (presumably Martha ELLEN's brother).
      (RG11/4990/61/26)

      His daughter Elizabeth EDGOOSE was born at 22 Cirencester Street, Sunderland, on 10 September 1881. She died in 1957.

      The Sunderland street directories list E. BOUILLET, glassmaker, at 22 Cirencester Street in 1879-1880 and T. McQUIRE, grocer, in 1883-1884.

      According to his grandson James Henry EDGOOSE (1905-1971) he was a mariner and worked largely on colliers taking coals from Sunderland to Wisbech and London. Most of the ships he sailed on belonged to Lampton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries. The ships had black funnels with three red bands.

      He spent about a year in London as a prison warder but did not like the job. A photograph exists of him in uniform. In January 1999 George EDGOOSE said that his grandfather was a prison warder at Pentonville for a short time - hence the uniform.

      Both he and his sister Elizabeth had a drooping eyelid, apparent in most photographs. (A photograph of Walter Leeder EDGOOSE has the same drooping eyelid).

      During a period of depression when the ships were laid up he worked at a colliery in Penshaw. He was described as a colliery stoker on the birth certificates of his children in 1875 and 1879, but as a seaman merchant service of 22 Cirencester Street, Sunderland, in 1881.

      His ship was sunk on 18 August 1886 off Scarborough after colliding with the steamer "J.M. Strachan" of London. The ship, the "Houghton", was on a voyage to Dieppe with a cargo of coal. According to Lloyd's Casualty Reports 1886 the weather was very thick at the time. Captain SWINSON and crew were landed at Sunderland. His grandson, James Henry EDGOOSE, said he injured his heart being pulled from a hatch, an injury which ultimately caused his death. Martha Ellen EDGOOSE, his wife, remembered saying goodbye to him and a few hours later finding a strangely clad man on the doorstep - her husband clad in whatever clothes could be found for him.

      "THE DOUBLE COLLISION OFF WHITBY
      [Paragraph 3]
      Some wreckage was landed at Scarborough on Saturday morning from the steamer Houghton, sunk off Scarborough, and taken charge of by the Superintendent of Mercantile Marine.
      Some wreckage from the steamer Houghton, which was sunk by collision with the steamer J. M. Strachan, has been picked up, and landed at Scarborough on Saturday morning. The J. M. Strachan sustained severe damage to starboard bow, and has gone into dock for repairs.
      A meeting of the North of England Seamen and Sea-going Firemen's Society was held on Friday night at Lockhart's Cocoa Rooms, High Street West, Sunderland, Mr H. FRIEND presiding. The first business of the meeting was to consider the claims of two of the crew of the steamer Houghton, who were members of the association. - The Chairman said he had much pleasure in recommending that the claims be paid. He suggested that all seamen and firemen should join such associations, and thus render themselves independent of help from charitable institutions in times of need. - Mr EDGOOSE thanked the society for the prompt manner in which the claim had been paid, and moved a vote of thanks to the crew of the steamer Grenadier for the kindness shown to the crew of the Houghton whilst on board that steamer. - Mr CHAMBERS seconded the motion, which was carried, and the meeting terminated.
      Captain SWINSON, late master of the Houghton, on behalf of himself and crew, tenders sincere thanks to Captain WILLIAMSON, officers, and crew of the Grenadier, for their great kindness towards them while conveying them to Newcastle after their vessel had been run down off Scarborough."
      (Shields Daily Gazette, Monday 23 August 1886)
      (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

      He claimed to have seen the name EDGOOSE above a shop in a Dutch port. Rotterdam and Delfzijl were the two Dutch ports receiving coal from Sunderland at this time, but the name EDGOOSE is not listed in the directories for either place between 1851 and 1895. (Gemeentarchief Rotterdam 07.10.1968)
      (Gemeente Delfzijl 10.11.1968)
      (Dutch Centraal Bureau Voor Genealogie 05.09.1968)

      In 1891 James EDGOOSE was living at 7 Duke Street, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland, with his wife Martha EDGOOSE. He was 52 years old, employed as a stoker on a steamship, born at Gedney in Lincolnshire. His wife was 49 years old, born at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire. Their son John was a 14 year old scholar born at Pensher in Co. Durham and their 9 year old daughter Elizabeth was a scholar born at Sunderland, Co. Durham.
      (RG12/4128/9/9)

      He moved to 19 Duke Street, Sunderland, after 1893. The street directory for 1893-1894 shows J. SHICKLE, trimmer, to have been living there. The directory for 1895-1896 lists J. EDGOOSE, mariner. According to the Register of Electors for 1895-1896 the house was occupied by Charles MARSHALL.

      He died on 16 January 1895 at 19 Duke Street aged 57. His sister Elizabeth EDGOOSE of 15 Dickinson Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, was with him when he died and informed the registrar.
      (GRO March Q 1895 Sunderland 10a 338)

      He was buried at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery. According to his grandson Martha Ellen EDGOOSE's circumstances did not permit her to purchase a stone to mark the grave - hence the addition of James EDGOOSE to the family memorial in Easington Colliery Cemetery, County Durham.
      Monumental Inscription, Easington Colliery Cemetery:
      In loving memory of
      JAMES EDGOOSE
      died Jan. 16th 1895 aged 57 years
      beloved husband of
      MARTHA E. EDGOOSE
      died Jan. 16th 1926 aged 84 years
      also of SARAH A. EDGOOSE
      died Dec. 22nd 1943 aged 63 years
      also of JOHN H. EDGOOSE
      husband of the above
      died April 10th 1960 aged 83 years
      "Angels ever bright & fair"

      NOTES & QUERIES:
      Which EDGOOSE had a shop in a Dutch port?

      (revised 09.09.2012)