The Odds and Ends Page

As we travel over cyberspace and dusty library shelves we pick up all sorts of references to Brinsmeads. Sometimes these references fit into the bigger picture. At other times, like the blue sky bits of a puzzle, they sit on the sidelines waiting for their place to be found. 

We have wondered where John Brinsmead (born 1814) was when the 1891 census was taken. We recently found the answer. He was on his holidays, at the beach in Hastings with his son Thomas James and Thomas' family. We doubt the venerable 76 year old was renting a deck chair under the sun with knots tied in the corner of his hankie. He is indexed as John Brinsonead (a new one for the collection!). He is staying in a rooming house run by Henry and Georgina Smith at 61 Warrior Square. Another guest was Gustav Libottons, listed as a Professor of Music. Thomas James' family is also there, including his wife Elizabeth, age 44, son Herbert, age 19, an apprentice to piano manufacturer, son Reginald, age 15, a student, daughter Elsie, age 13, Winnifred, age 11, a scholar, and nephew Walter B. Billinghurst, age 14, a scholar.

The new National Burial Index CD listed only two Brinsmeads (largely because Devon is not included in the project). They are:

A family history page for the Scadding family  includes the following reference. If he worked at the firm in 1861 he would have been with the firm when it still had a relatively small staff.

George Robert Scadding (John, Robert Scadden, John, JohnScadding, Moses, Mark, Aaron, Mark, John) was born on 13 Mar 1838 at Westminster, Middx. He married Elizabeth Green on 21 Jan 1866 at St. James's Church, Bermondsey, Surrey He married Mary Norris, daughter of John Norris, on 2 Jun 1872 at Saint Olave, Southwark. He died on 17 Sep 1917 at London at age 79.

He was Pianoforte Maker (1861) Insurance Agent (1905). He Worked in Camden Town at Brinsmead's piano manufactury. He and Elizabeth Green According to Jessima Alice Scadding, George Robert tore the references to his second family out of the family Bible. He would not let anyone see the family notes until the relevant sheets had been removed. George Robert had a drink problem, but ended life a strict tea-totaller. George Robert lived in Allcroft Road, then moved to Burghley Road t be near John William's family in Evangelist Road, in about 1911. There he had a small flat with his carpenter's bench set up.

BRINSMEAD Lt. Col. H. (M.C., O.B.E.)
A pilot in WW1 , he became the first Controller of Civil Aviation after the war. He fiercely defended Government policy of not allowing Airways to compete with the Railways, thus frustrating the hopes of QANTAS at the time. He had a difficult task controlling not only development of aviation ,but also the daredevil flyers of the era. They were a wild ,unruly lot.

('Flying Matilda',Norman Ellison) Information from:

Tombstone Ck 3: (Flat) in Northam Cemetry reads:

Lie The Remains Of Elizth The Wife Of
Robert Day Who Departed This Life The
10 Day Of May 1803 Aged 22 Years
Also Here Rests The Remains Of Mary
H. Brinsmead
Of This Parish Who Died
The 15th July 1837 Aged 22 Months
Reader Prepare To Meet Thy God.

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