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PIDGEONs of Bristol (Richard)

This Bristol family seems to have been one of the better educated families of Pigeons (as they consistently spelt their name). Walter Pigeon was a successful solicitor in Bristol. His eldest son Richard also became a solicitor, while his youngest son Henry became a surgeon. Richard's son Henry Walter also became a surgeon and Henry's son John Henry was a medical practitioner. The family was also closely related to that of W G Grace, the famous cricketer.

Richard Walter (1832-1887) was widowed in 1863, and a year later he married the actress Henrietta HODSON. After giving birth to a son George Walter Noel, Henrietta went back to the stage in London, openly living with the MP and journalist Henry Du Pré LABOUCHÈRE. After Richard attempted to divorce Henrietta in 1869, Labouchère reputedly paid Richard £10,000 to “shut up and go away”. He and Henrietta were eventually married after Richard’s death in 1887.

The living descendants of this family are now to be found mainly in the south-east of England and Stockport, Cheshire. One descendant (another surgeon) emigrated to New Zealand.

Contributor:  Bob Pigeon

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   Places in italics = Registration districts
Richard PIGEON (b.ab.1770 – bu.28/5/1817, 47y, Clifton)
   m. (1804, Walcot, Som) Mary WERRETT (b.ab.1767 – d.11/8/1839, 72y, Clifton)
    |
    |– Walter PIGEON (b.28/7/1805, Clifton – d.8/7/1873, 67y, Clifton) Solicitor
    |      m.() Elizabeth GRACE (b.28/5/1803, Enfield, Midx – d.9/9/1875, 72y, Clifton)
    |       |    1841:  at Aston Street, Long Ashton – Walter & Elizabeth;  Louisa Grace, Mary, Ann, Henry
    |       |               at Coronation Road, Bedminster – Richard (9, pupil)
    |       |    1851:  at Ashton Terrace, Bedminster – Walter & Elizabeth;  Louisa, Richard, Anne, Henry
    |       |                                                                                     + GeorginaHOLLOWAY, John BELLRINGER (servts)
    |       |    1861:  at Victoria Cottage, Stapleton, Gloucs – Walter & Elizabeth;  Louisa G;  Ada E (g-dau) + svti
    |       |    1871:  at 43 Clyde Rd, Westbury-on-Trim – Walter & Elizabeth;  Louisa G;  Ada E (g-dau) + servt
    |       |
    |       |– Louisa Grace PIGEON (b.19/8/1830, Long Ashton – d.1/5/1893, 62y, Bristol) House proprietor
    |       |            1881:  at 34 Alma Road, Clifton – Louisa G, Richard W (bro), Ada E (niece) PIDGEON
    |       |                                                                                                        + EllenBARNES, Eveline HIGGS (servts)
    |       |            1891:  at 4 Alton Villas, Westbury – Louisa Grace, Ada Elizabeth (niece), Jno Henry A (neph),
    |       |                                                                                                                     Walter Hugh (neph) + 1 servant
    |       |
    |       |– Richard Walter PIGEON (b.10/1/1832, Long Ashton – d.1887, 55y, Keynsham) Solicitor
    |       |      m1.(1857, Clifton) Harriet May KEMBALL (b. – d.1863, Bristol)
    |       |       |    1861:  at 6 Somerset Place, Clifton – Richard W & Harriette M;  Henry W + 2 servts
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ada Elizabeth PIGEON (b.1858, Clifton – d1936, 78y, Bristol)
    |       |       |      m.(1894, Hull) George Henry GRACE (b.1867, Bitton, Gloucs – d.1901, 36y, Chipping Sodbury)
    |       |       |       |    1901:  at 6 Albion St, Hull – Ada E with brother Hry Walter PIGEON & family
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at 9 South Parade (828 Fishponds Rd), Bristol - Ada Elizabeth (wid) + Sarah Ann GRACE
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                                                   (wid, 58)
    |       |       |      └  Leeanna Marjorie GRACE (b.1896, Keynsham – d.12/9/1896, 8m, Bristol)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Henry Walter PIGEON (b.1859, Clifton – d.1935, 76y, Poole) Surgeon
    |       |       |      m.(1886, London) Ellen Elizabeth GRINDLEY (b.ab.1863, Wandsworth – d.1942, 78y, Poole)
    |       |       |       |    1901:  at 6 Albion St, Hull – Hry Walter & Ellen E;  John Walter, Kath. Mary, Eliz. Marjorie,
    |       |       |       |                                                                        Louisa E, N Joan + Ada E GRACE (sis) + 3 servts
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at 127 Princes Avenue, Hull – Henry Walter;  Kethleen Mary, Nellizzie Joan + 2 servts
    |       |       |       |               at Chatfield House, Alton Rd, Parkstone, Poole, Dor – Ellen Elizabeth (with mother
    |       |       |       |                                                                       [4/5 ch’n alive]       Mary Jane GRINDLEY & family)
    |       |       |       |– John Walter PIGEON (b.1887, Hull – d.1920, Mesopotamia) Doctor, Indian Army
    |       |       |       |      m.(1912, Holborn) Elsa Marie NASH (b.ab.1888, Darjeeling, India – d.)
    |       |       |       |                                                                                        d/o George Jephson NASH (tea planter)
    |       |       |       |– Kathleen Mary PIGEON (b.22/2/1888, Hull – d.1981, 93y, Surrey Mid E)
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Elizabeth Marjorie PIGEON (b.1890, Hull – d.1906, 16y, Skirlaugh [Hull] )
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Louisa Eveline PIGEON (b.1894, Hull – d.1962, 76y, Poole) Surgeon, Medical missionary in
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                                                   Palestine
    |       |       |      └  Nellizie Joan PIGEON (b.1900, Hull – d.1962, 62y, Poole)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Walter Kemball PIGEON (b.1860, Clifton – d.1861, 0y, Clifton)
    |       |       :
    |       |      m2.(2/7/1864, London) Henrietta Ellen HODSON (b.26/3/1841 Lambeth – d.1910, Italy) Actress
    |       |       |                                       m2.(1887, Holborn) Henry Du Pré LABOUCHÈRE (b.9/11/1831, London –
    |       |       |                                        |                                                  d.15/1/1912, Florence, Italy) MP, Journalist
    |       |       |                                       └Mary Dorothea LABOUCHÈRE (b.4/2/1884, Paris, France – d.1944)
    |       |       |                                              m.(1903) Carlo EmanueleStarabba, 2nd Marchese di Rudinì
    |       |       |    1871:  at 9 Northumberland St, Westminster, London – Richard W (boarder with Thomas BARKER)
    |       |       |               at 9 Bermers St, Marylebone – Ellen JONES (20, nursemaid) & Noel PIGEON
    |       |       |               at 2 Bolton St, Westminster – Henry LABOUCHERE + 2 servants
    |       |       |    1881:  at 34 Alma Road, Clifton – Richard W;  Ada E with Louisa G (see above)
    |       |       |               at 10 Queen Ann’s Gate, Westminster, Lon – H & Henrietta (concubine) LABOUCHER
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                      + 4 servants
    |       |       |    1891:  at Pope’s Villa, Deep Cross, Twickenham – Henry & Henrietta; Dora(7) LABOUCHERE
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                      + 7 servants
    |       |      └  George Walter Noel PIGEON (b.8/4/1865, Clifton – d?ab.1920, India)
    |       |                    1871:  9 Berners St, Marylebone – Ellen JONES (20, nursemaid) & Noel PIGEON
    |       |                    1878-79:  at Christ’s College in Finchley – Registered as George Walter NOEL.
    |       |                    1889-1892:  at Bangalore with Royal Artillery – George Walter NOEL
    |       |                    1911:  at 3 Charlotte St, Brighton – George Walter NOEL (44, Un, Bombay Police Inspector)
    |       |                                                                                           + Florence Mary WATSON (30, Un, b. Bombay)
    |       |– Mary Elizabeth PIGEON (b.29/5/1833, Clifton – d.22/11/1841, 8y, Clifton) ¼
    |       |
    |       |– Ann PIGEON (b.25/7/1835, Long Ashton – d.29/7/1855, 20y, Long Ashton)
    |       |
    |      └  Henry PIGEON (b.27/4/1840, Long Ashton – d?1890s) Physician & Surgeon
    |              m.(1868, Exeter) Martha Luton QUARRELL (née ROSS) (b.ab.1841 – d.1888, 48y, Newton Abbot)
    |               |    1881:  at Adderley Villa, Clifton – Henry & Martha;  John H, Walter H, Philip
    |               |                                                                     + Constance, William D, Gertrude M QUANELL (step chn)
    |               |                                                                     + Charlotte ROSS (sis.L) + 3 servts
    |               |– John Henry Reginald PIGEON (b.24/3//1869, Clifton – d.20/2/1908, 38y, Bristol) Medical Practitioner
    |               |      m.(1893, Keynsham) Blanche Grace DANN (b.30/7/1871 – d.29/3/1908, 36y, Keynsham)
    |               |       |    1901:  at Stanley House, Downend, Mangotsfield – John H R & Blanch G;  John H,
    |               |       |                                                                         Arthur T, Blanch G + Mary A Woodey (servt)
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– John Henry PIGEON (b.5/9/1894, Downend – d.14/1/1977, 82, Silloth, Cumb)
    |               |       |       :    1911:  at Downend Vicarage, Mangotsfield – John Walter & Elizabeth Blanche;  Alice
    |               |       |       :                                                                            Maud, Fanny Mildred, Dorothy May DANN 
    |               |       |       :                                                                    + John Henry, Arthur Thomas PIGEON  + servt
    |               |       |      m.(21/6/1924, Downend) Marion Kate LAWRY (b.18/7/1902, Bristol – d.20/1/1979, 76y,
    |               |       |       |                                                                                                                              Carlisle)
    |               |       |       |– Janet Mary PIGEON (b.12/6/1925, Wembley, Mdx – d.26/5/2002, 76y)
    |               |       |       |      m1.(19??, Barnes, London) Albert Robert Thomas OWEN (b. – d.)
    |               |       |       |      m2.(13/12/1956, Shenfield, Esx) Harold Ernest HOGBEN (b. – d.)
    |               |       |       |
    |               |       |       |– John David PIGEON (b.20/9/1928, Wembley, Mdx – d.27/6/2005, 76y, Silloth, Cumbria)
    |               |       |       |
    |               |       |       |– Elizabeth Grace PIGEON (b.19/6/1930, Wembley, Midx – d.7/1/1983, 52y, High Ongar,
    |               |       |       |                                                                                                                                Essex)
    |               |       |       |– Dann PIGEON (b.1932, Hendon – 1938, 6y, Edmonton)
    |               |       |       |
    |               |       |       |– Roger L PIGEON (b.1937, Barnet – d.1937, 0y, Barnet)
    |               |       |        
    |               |       |                       Bob PIGEON
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Arthur Thomas (Tom) PIGEON (b.11/5/1896, Bristol – d.1962, Honduras)
    |               |       |            1911:  at Downend Vicarage, Mangotsfield – John Walter & Elizabeth Blanche;  Alice
    |               |       |                                                                                    Maud, Fanny Mildred, Dorothy May DANN 
    |               |       |                                                                             + John Henry, Arthur Thomas PIGEON  + servt
    |               |       |– Blanche Grace PIGEON (b.14/7/1899, Downend – d.17/8/1906, 7y, Downend)
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Mary Elizabeth PIGEON (b.8/12/1902, Downend – d.22/1/1911, 8y, Downend)
    |               |       |
    |               |      └  Dorothy Grace PIGEON (b.22/3/1908, Downend – d.)
    |               |
    |               |– Florence Mary Louise PIGEON (b.4/1871, Clifton – d.19/8/1871, 4m, Clifton)
    |               |
    |               |– Walter Hugh PIGEON (bp.2/6/1874, Clifton – d.1926, Wainui-o-mata, NZ) Dr of Medicine, Surgeon
    |               |       :    1890s:  Qualified as MD at Montreal, Canada
    |               |       :    1901:  at Burghstead Lodge, Gt Burstead, Esx – Walter H (visitor of Brydes R BRANFILL)
    |               |       :    1902:  Emigrated to New Zealand on Waimate, dep. Liverpool 26/4 – arr. Auckland 23/6
    |               |      m.(7/1904, Wellington, NZ) Fanny Hansel PARKER (b. – d.)
    |               |       |
    |               |       |– Elizabeth Joan PIGEON (b.5/11/1906, NZ – d.1996)
    |               |       |      m.(1929, NZ) Stanley BRASSEY-EDWARDS (b. – d.)
    |               |       |
    |               |      └  Pamela PIGEON (b.NZ – d.)
    |               |
    |              └  Philip Stanley F PIGEON (b.1877, Clifton – d.)
    |                            1891:  at 113 Hampton Rd, Westbury-on-Trym – Philip S F (bro-law) with James &
    |                                                                                                                    Constance M C CRANSTON & family
    |                                                                          + Gertrude M J QUARRELL (sis-law)  + Charlotte M ROSS (aunt)
    |– Mary Ann PIGEON (b.12/11/1806, Clifton – d.)
    |
    |– Louisa PIGEON (b.19/12/1807, Clifton – bu.24/4/1830, 22y, d.Nelson Bldgs, Clifton)
    |
   └  Henry PIGEON (b.6/1/1810, Clifton – bu.11/5/1811, 16m, Clifton)
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