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EDGOOSE, John Holborn

EDGOOSE, John Holborn

Male 1877 - 1960  (83 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, John Holborn 
    Born 28 Jan 1877  Penshaw, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1960  Easington Colliery, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 10 Apr 1960  Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I308  Edgoose
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, James,   b. 8 Sep 1837, Gedney, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1895, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F197  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family STERLING, Sarah Annie,   b. 19 Oct 1880, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1943, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 28 Jul 1902  Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. EDGOOSE, John Holborn,   b. 10 Apr 1903, Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1986, Easington, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, James Henry,   b. 26 Nov 1905, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1971, Sunderland, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. EDGOOSE, George Albert,   b. 11 Mar 1915, Sunderland Registration District, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 2015, Stockton on Tees, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    JOHN HOLBORN EDGOOSE (1877-1960) and Sarah Ann EDGOOSE nee STERLING

    Date: UNKNOWN

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    Easington Colliery Cemetery:
    DIED JAN 16th 1895, AGED 57 YEARS.
    DIED JAN 16th 1925, AGED 84 YEARS
    DIED APRIL 10th 1960, AGED 83 YEARS.


    Historical Directories
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    JOHN HOLBORN EDGOOSE (1877-1960)

    ADDRESS: 23 Croft Avenue, Chester Street, Sunderland


    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Durham

    Date: 1914

  • Notes 
    • JOHN HOLBORN EDGOOSE 1877-1960

      John Holborn EDGOOSE was born at Penshaw, Co. Durham, on 28 January 1877, son of James and Martha Ellen EDGOOSE.
      (GRO March Q 1877 [TAYLOR] Houghton 10A 530)
      James EDGOOSE had married Martha Ellen TAYLOR at Walsoken, Norfolk, on 17 September 1868.

      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).

      He first attended school in Penshaw, a Roman Catholic school chosen for convenience, not religious reasons. He was later to say that the grounding he received there stood him in good stead when he went to Diamond Hall school in Sunderland, from where he was amongst the first pupils to be sent to what he called the "Higher Grade" and which became the Bede School.

      School records show that John EDGOOSE was admitted to the Bede Higher Grade School - Boys on 28 April 1890. His date of birth was said to be 28 January 1877. His father's name was Jas. EDGOOSE of 7 Duke Street, Sunderland. His last school was Diamond Hall, and the highest standard he achieved there was VII. He left on 11 September 1991.
      (National Board School Admissions and Log-Books, Archive Reference E.SU3/1/2/1)

      In 1891 the family lived at 7 Duke Street, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland:
      James EDGOOSE, head, aged 52, stoker on steamship, born at Gedney, Lincolnshire;
      Martha EDGOOSE, wife, aged 49, born at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire;
      *John EDGOOSE, son, aged 14, scholar, born at Pensher in Co. Durham;
      Elizabeth EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 9, scholar, born at Sunderland, Co. Durham (RG12/4128/9/9)

      As a young boy he used to visit his relatives in Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. He used to speak of "going sampering with Uncle EB in the Gedney Marshes" and recalled how they took a meal with them in the bottom of the boat, part of which consisted of a home-baked loaf of bread from which the middle had been cut out and replaced with a large amount of butter. It made a lasting impression.
      (Samphire is an East Coast delicacy, a succulent, bright green plant with a woody "skeleton", found on marshland. It is boiled and served with salt and lots of vinegar. In season (May?) people head down to the marshes of Lincolnshire to pick the plants - it can be quite a family occasion - equivalent to mushroom picking in France).

      The following are the results of the examination in subject 1, practical plane and solid geometry, of the students belonging to the Sunderland Higher Grade Board School: -
      Passes: John EDGOOSE."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 11 August 1891)

      In later life he often spoke of his mother, but only rarely of his father James EDGOOSE who was probably away at sea for much of the time. He related a tale of his Sunderland boyhood when he was in the back yard trying to stand on his hands. At that moment his father came home with his sea bag and said to him "This is the way to do it" and promptly stood on his hands with his feet up against the wall. It was apparently a source of surprise mixed with pride that his tall bearded father could do such a thing.

      From school he went to serve his apprenticeship to become a marine engineer, part of the time at Wm. Pickersgill & Sons (Shipbuilders) and also at North Shields Marine School. He obtained his Chief's Ticket at the age of 23. He told the story of a fellow pupil who took the final examination at the same time and who first fortified himself with whisky and then attempted to mask the smell with peppermints. The examiner said he would rather have smelt the whisky than the mints.

      The Marine Engineer, xxi page 240, dated 1 August 1899, records that Edgoose, J.H. secured a second class ticket in the Board of Trade Examinations at North Shields.

      His grandaughter Grace EDGOOSE remembered him telling her that the very first ship on which he went to sea was a sailing ship. She recounted the story of another voyage when he heard a tremendous bang as his ship was rounding the Cape of Good Hope, hurried up the companionway from the engineroom to investigate and, as he opened the hatch, encountered a tremendous flash of lightening which blinded him for two days. Apparently he loved sailing to Russia and told many tales of voyages to the Black Sea.

      The following were successful at these examinations, held at North Shields this week:-
      First class - John Holborn EDGOOSE"
      (Shields Daily Gazette 27 April 1901)

      "EXAMINATION OF ENGINEERS. - Passed at North Shields on April 25th, 1901: As first engineer, John Holborn EDGOOSE, 1 Franklin Street, Sunderland."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1 May 1901)

      He is listed as a 24 year old marine engineer in the 1901 census of 1 Franklin Street, Sunderland. At the same address were his mother Martha EDGOOSE and his 19 year old sister Elizabeth.
      (RG13/4709/132/36 & 37)

      He married Sarah Annie STERLING at the United Methodists' Franklin Street Chapel on 28 July 1902. Sarah STERLING was a 21 year old spinster of 20 Westwood Street, Sunderland, daughter of Henry STERLING, a moulder. Witnesses were H. STERLING and Elizabeth EDGOOSE. John Holborn EDGOOSE was described as a sea-going engineer of 26 Well Street, Sunderland.
      (GRO September Q 1902 Sunderland 10a 1068)

      "Local Wedding
      A large company assembled at the Franklin Street Church yesterday afternoon on the occasion of the marriage of Mr. J. H. EDGOOSE and Miss S. A. STIRLING, members of the church and choir. The ceremony was performed by the Pastor, the Rev. A. BAMFORTH. The bride was given away by her father, and she was attended by the bridegroom's sister, Miss E. EDGOOSE, and Miss STIRLING. Mr. J. POTTS acted as best man. The bride looked charming in a dress of cream; she also carried a beautiful bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom, and the bridesmaids looked very pretty in dresses of pale blue. Luncheon was afterwards taken at Westwood Street amid the congratulations and best wishes of numerous friends. They were the recipients of a number of presents."
      (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 29 July 1902)

      Their son John Holborn EDGOOSE was born on 10 April 1903 and their son James Henry EDGOOSE on 26 November 1905.

      He witnessed the wedding of his sister Elizabeth EDGOOSE to William WOOD at the United Methodist Church, Franklin Street, Sunderland, on 26 February 1910.

      He sailed on the "Knarwater", "Lemnos", and "Cyrene" amongst others. He was chief engineer of the "Boldwell" which he left at Tyne Dock in October/November 1913 (1911 according to George Albert EDGOOSE 28.11.2000) because he did not want to go on a three year trip to New Zealand. He then returned to Doxford's on the Wear and was foreman engineer during the 1914-1918 war building destroyers. Only four destroyers were launched there in 1917 according to the Ministry of Defence: HMS Vega, HMS Velox; HMS Ulysses, and HMS Umpire.

      Kelly's Directory of Durham 1914 lists John Holborn EDGOOSE at 23 Croft Avenue, Chester Street, Sunderland.

      Their son George Albert EDGOOSE was born on 11 March 1915.

      The family moved to Easington in 1922 and he set up his son John Holborn EDGOOSE as a market gardener.

      From the 1939 Register of The Bungalow, Paradise Garden, Easington R.D., Durham:
      *John H. EDGOOSE, born 28 January 1876, married, nurseryman and market gardener
      Sarah A. EDGOOSE, born 19 October 1980, married, domestic duties
      George A. EDGOOSE, born 11 March 1915, single, market gardener and retailer asst father

      He was described as a market gardener when his wife Sarah EDGOOSE died on 22 December 1943.

      On 25 June 1959 he wrote from The Bungalow, Paradise Gardens, Easington, to his cousin Halbert EDGOOSE at The Post Office, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, following the death of Elizabeth Duncan EDGOOSE:
      "Dear Cousin,
      I take this opportunity of writing to you to thank you for assisting and giving me details of the passing of a dear old lady, you did right in waiting till she was buried. I can picture the church and surroundings, Harold had us there he loved his church, you may be surprised to know that I haven't been out of this field for ten years, "Just Content", I turned the business over to my eldest son John & his wife live with me, I work in the greenhouses several hours a day and enjoy it, I always remembered Elizabeth in my prayers at night. We are having a very fine spell of weather and hope it will break soon, the watering of plants after planting is a big job even with a sprayer, I dont think we have had a inch of rain in the last three months, some of the land is practically dried out, they still keep at it hoping and trusting and something always turns out good. My grandaughter and her little daughter who is three come every day they just live handy in her mothers house, there is a happy company and I hope you can say the same I love children. Well dear Cousin and family I hope you are all well as this leaves us at present and believe me to Remain
      yours Sincerely John H EDGOOSE"

      John H. EDGOOSE died aged 83 on 10 April 1960 whilst living at The Bungalow, Paradise Gardens, Easington, Co. Durham.
      (GRO June Q 1960 Durham E 1a 360)

      John Holborn EDGOOSE of The Bungalow, Paradise Gardens, Easington, County Durham, died on 10 April 1960. Letters of Administration were granted at Durham on18 July 1960 to John Holborn EDGOOSE, market gardener. Effects 1715 16s. 11d.
      (National Probate Calendar 1960)

      He was buried at Easington Colliery Cemetery.
      Monumental Inscription:
      In loving memory of
      died Jan. 16th 1895 aged 57 years
      beloved husband of
      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"

      1911 census: Untraced. A marine engineer, he was probably at sea.

      (revised 10.04.2016)