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PIDGEONs of London & Reading, Berkshire

John Winter PIDGEON was born at Henley, Oxfordshire, the son of Joseph PIDGEON and Frances AYRES (see the PIDGEONs of Shiplake, Oxfordshire family tree). As a young man, he left Henley to work as a clerk to the London merchant company of Jonathan SILLS. Jonathan was also born at Henley, and was probably an acquaintance of John’s father Joseph, this leading to John’s employment. After Jonathan SILLS’ death in 1800, the business was taken over by his sons Joseph and Jonathan junior. In 1802 John PIDGEON marred their cousin Elizabeth CLARK. (For the relationship between the SILLS and PIDGEON families, see the ALLENs of Pangbourne family tree.)

John and Elizabeth named their first son after Elizabeth’s uncle and John Winter’s benefactor. Four of their eight children died in infancy, but two of their sons did well. Jonathan Sills PIDGEON became a stockbroker in the City of London. Henry Clark PIDGEON became an artist, quite well-known, and a founder member of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

In 1811, the merchant business, of which Joseph SILLS, Jonathan SILLS junior and John Winter PIDGEON were partners, went bankrupt. It was subsequent to this event that the PIDGEON family returned to their origins, and settled at Reading, Berkshire, where John Winter became a grocer. On his death, this business was taken over by his youngest son Charles. Daughter Jane also became a grocer, but lived and worked with her second cousin Daniel ALLEN at Hungerford.

Although there are living descendants of this family, the PIDGEON name has died out.

Contribution: Sam Block

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   Places in italics = Registration districts
John Winter PIDGEON (bp.15/12/1771, Henley, Oxon – d.1856, Reading) Clerk, Grocer, Oil & Colourman
   m. (1/2/1802, St Mary Woolnoth, London) Elizabeth CLARK (b.15/11/1775, Pangbourne, Berks – d.1856, Reading)
    |    1841:  at 20 Middle Row, Reading – John & Elizabeth;  Henry, Charles + 1 servt
    |    1851:  at 20 Middle Row, Reading – John W & Elizabeth;  Jane, Charles + 1 servt
    |
    |– Jonathan Sills PIDGEON (b.4/11, bp.6/12/1802, St Martin Vintry, London – d.10/7/1882, 79y, Warley Elms,
    |       :                                                                                                                 Brentwood, Essex) Stockbroker
    |      m. (10/12/1836, Bloomsbury, Lon) AnnPINCARD (b.ab1803, Winkleigh, Devon  – d.1865, Bayswater)
    |       |    1841:  at Friar St, Reading – Jonathan S & Ann;  Jane, Louisa, Ann P
    |       |    1851:  at 8 Chepstow Villas West, Kensington – Jonathan Sills & Ann;  Jane, Louisa, Anne P  + 2 servants
    |       |
    |       |– Jane PIDGEON (b.1837, Reading – d.1913, 75y, Newbury)
    |       |      m.(1862, Kensington) Oliver Edmund SLOCOCK (b.ab.1834 – d.1907, 72y, Newbury) Vicar
    |       |       |    1871:  at 3 ?bank Villa, Hammersmith, Lon – Jane;  Arthur E, Bennett F, Richard, Francis, Reginald,
    |       |       |                                                                                     Mary  + Mary SLOCOCK (sister)  + 4 servants
    |       |       |               at Oxford Rd, Shaw, Berks – Oliver E (visitor to Charles Saml SLOCOCK & family)
    |       |       |    1881:  at Greenham Vicarage, Greenham, Berks – Oliver E & Jane;  Mary, Clara, Edmund, Agnes G,
    |       |       |                                                                       Gertrude L, Rosa C, Rachel + 1 governess & 6 servants
    |       |       |               at St Nicholas College, Lancing, Susx – Arthur Edmund Oliver, Ernest Frederick, Richard
    |       |       |                                                                                                                             (3 of 180 scholars)
    |       |       |               at Wyndersham House, Church St, Amesbury, Wilts – Francis (1 of 18 scholars)
    |       |       |    1891:  at Donnington, Shaw, Berks – Oliver E & Jane;  Ernest Fred, Agnes Grace, Rachel, Irene,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                              Rosa C  + 5 servts
    |       |       |    1901:  at “Godwell”, Newbury – Oliver E & Jane;  Arthur E O, Francis, Mary, Clara, Edmund, Rachel,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                        Irene R C + 4 servants
    |       |       |    1911:  at 4 Maze Hill, St Leonards-on-See, Sussex – Jane (wid);  Gertrude Louisa 
    |       |       |                                                                                    [10/14 ch alive]          (visitors at lodging house)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– George Edmund SLOCOCK (b.1863, Kensington – d. 1863, 0y, Berkhampstead)
    |       |       |– Arthur Edmund Oliver SLOCOCK (b.1864, Chelsea – d.1943, 80y, Newbury)
    |       |       |– Ernest Frederick SLOCOCK (b.1865, Chieveley, Berks – d.1940, 74y, Wortley, Yorks)
    |       |       |– Richard SLOCOCK (b.ab.1866, Chieveley, Berks – d.1936, 70y, Erpingham)
    |       |       |– George Herbert SLOCOCK (b.1867, Chieveley, Berks – d.1868, 0y, Newbury)
    |       |       |– Francis SLOCOCK (b.1868, Chieveley, Berks – d.1902, 34y, Caister)
    |       |       |– Reginald SLOCOCK (b.1869, Hammersmith – d.1871, 2y, Newbury)
    |       |       |– Mary SLOCOCK (b.1871, Hammersmith – d.1949, 79y, Newbury)
    |       |       |– Clara SLOCOCK (b.ab.1873, Newbury, Berks – d.1956, 83y, Lewisham)
    |       |       |– Edmund SLOCOCK (b.1874, Newbury, Berks – d.1963, 89y, I Wight) Tutor
    |       |       |– Agnes Grace SLOCOCK (b.1875, Greenham, Berks – d.1952, 77y, Brighton)
    |       |       |– Gertrude Louisa SLOCOCK (b.ab.1876 – d.1955, 76y, Kensington) Hospital Nurse
    |       |       |– Rachel SLOCOCK (b.ab.1878, Greenham – d.1956, 77y, Warminster)
    |       |      └ Irene Rosa C SLOCOCK (b.1880, Greenham – d.1956, 77y, Newbury)
    |       |
    |       |– Louisa PIDGEON (b.25/1/1839, Reading, bp.4/5/1839, Bloomsbury – d.1925, 86y, Steyning)
    |       |      m.(1863, Kensington) Frederick Anderson STEBBING (b.1838, St Pancras, Lon – d.1908, 70y,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                 Marylebone) Major, Infantry
    |       |       |    1871:  at 1 St Andrew’s Ter, Stretford, Lancs – Frederick A & Louisa;  Edith B, Florence L, Gertrude,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                            Maude M
    |       |       |               at 2 St Andrew’s Ter – Henry PIDGEON & Family (see Pidgeons of Chorlton)
    |       |       |    1881:  at 4 Cleveland Gards, Ealing, Middx – Frederick A & Louisa;  Florence L, Gertrude,
    |       |       |                                          Maud M, Ethel R, George A, Frederic A + 1 governess & 4 servants
    |       |       |    1891:  at 5 Royal Cres’t, Melcombe Regis Dor – Louisa;  Gertrude, Ethel R
    |       |       |    1901:  at Ingolsby, Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards-on-Sea, Susx – Frederick A
    |       |       |               at Burlington, Queen’s Rd, Shanklin, I.Wight – Louisa;  Gertrude, Ethel R
    |       |       |    1911:  at Summerleigh, Gower Rd, Weybridge, Sur – Louisa (wid);  Gertrude
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Edith Beatrice STEBBING (b.ab.1864, Malta – d.)
    |       |       |      m.(30/4/1889, Ealing) Charles Joseph BIGGER (b.ab.1862, Londonderry – d.) Ship builder
    |       |       |– Florence Louisa STEBBING (b.1865, Bayswater, London – d.)
    |       |       |      m.(25/7/1893, Ealing) Thomas Herbert CLARK (b.ab.1857, St Saviour, London – d.)
    |       |       |– Gertrude STEBBING (b.1869, Aldershot, Surrrey – d.1929, 60y, Winchester)
    |       |       |– Maud Mary STEBBING (b.1870, Mossley, Lancs – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Ethel Rose STEBBING (b.1872, Ealing – d.1941, 69y, Chactonbury, Susx)
    |       |       |      m.(1903, Chertsey) Edward HICKS (b.1868, London – d?1928, 60y, Steyning, Susx)
    |       |       |       |                                                                                                                    Lloyd’s underwriter
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at Copthorne Lodge, Leatherhead, Sur – Edward & Ethel Rosa;  Ethel Janet,
    |       |       |       |                                                                                           2/3 ch alive]               Maud Marrion
    |       |       |       |– Ethel Janet HICKS (b.1905, Leatherhead – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Douglas HICKS (b. Leatherhead – d.1907, 0y, Leatherhead
    |       |       |      └  Maud Marion HICKS (b.1909, Leatherhead – d.1980, 71y, Hove, E Susx)
    |       |       |              m.() Leslie Kenneth A BLOCK (b.9/8/1906 – d.19801980, 74y, Brighton)
    |       |       |               |
    |       |       |                           Sam BLOCK
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– George Anderson STEBBING (b.1874, Ealing – d.1929, 55y, Cuckfield)
    |       |       |      m.(1904, Staines) Helen Beatrice FREEMAN (b.1878, Tadcaster – d.1951, 73y, Abingdon)
    |       |       |       |  1911: at The Dial House, Lower Halliford, Shepperton, Midx – George Anderson & Helen Beatrice;
    |       |       |       |                                          [2/2 ch alive]                                     Phoebe Beatrice, Barbara Mary
    |       |       |       |                                                                           + Peter Redford Scott LONG (visitor)  + 4 servts
    |       |       |       |–Phoebe Beatrice STEBBING (b.29/7/1907, Shepperton – d.8/1994, 87y, Mendip, Som)
    |       |       |       |      m.(1931, Steyning) Godfrey Henry S DU PONTET (b.11/6/1906, Walton, Sur – d.1983, 77y,
    |       |       |       |       |                                                                                                                    Taunton, Som)
    |       |       |       |      └  see below
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |      └ Barbara Mary STEBBING (b.1910, Shepperton – d.1944, 34y, Oxford)
    |       |       |              m.(1937, Fulham) Malcolm MacEwen (b. – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |      └ Frederic Anderson STEBBING (b.1876, Ealing – d.)
    |       |
    |       |– Anne Pinckard PIDGEON (b.1841, Reading – d.1925, 84y, Reigate)
    |       |      m.(1870, Kensington) William STEBBING (b.ab.1832, Pentonville, London – d.1926, 95y, Reigate)
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                            Barrister
    |       |       |    1871:  at 13 Pembridge Villas, Kensington – William & Anne P (with Jonathan S PIDGEON)
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                       + 3 servants
    |       |       |    1881:  at Heathland Lodge, Hampstead, London – William & Anne P;  William P, Henry M,
    |       |       |                                                                                             Sylvia W A, Rachel T, Nigel A + 4 servants
    |       |       |    1891:  at Heath House, Headley, Sur – William & Annie P;  William P D, Henry M, Sylvia W A,
    |       |       |                                                 Rachel I, Nigel A  + John J Stevenson (visitor, 59, architect)  + 3 servts
    |       |       |    1901:  at Frith Park, Walton on the Hill, Sur – William & Annie P;  Harry M, Sylvia W A, Rachel I
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                           + 5 servts
    |       |       |    1911:  at 11 Cumberland Mansions, Marylebone, Lon – William & Anne Pincard  + 3 servts
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– William Pinckard Delane STEBBING (b.1873, St Giles, London – d.1961, 88y, Dover) Architect
    |       |       |      m.(1904, Northampton) Jessie Muriel UNDERWOOD (b.1873, Sywell, Northants – d.1940, 67y,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                              Eastry)
    |       |       |            1911:  at 78a Lexham Gardens, Kensington, Lon - William Pinckard Delane & Jessie Muriel
    |       |       |                                                                                                                  [0 ch]                + 2 servts
    |       |       |– Henry Mark STEBBING (b.1874, St Giles, London – d.1953, 80y, Amersham) Insurance Underwriter,
    |       |       |                                                                                                                                            Barrister
    |       |       |– Sylvia Winifred Annette STEBBING (b.1876, St Giles, London – d.)
    |       |       |      m.(1906, Reigate) Edward Alexander Coles McCURDY (b.1871, Nottingham – d.) Author
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at Oakdene, Oakfield Rd, Ashtead, Sur – Edward Alexander Coles & Sylvia Winifred
    |       |       |       |                       [2/2 ch alive]                                    Annette;  Ursula Sylvia, Helen Mary  + 2 servts
    |       |       |       |
    |       |       |       |– Ursula Sylvia McCURDY (b.1907, Abingdon, Berks – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Helen Mary McCURDY (b.1909, Ashtead, Sur – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Margaret E McCURDY (b.1912, Epsom – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Alison I McCURDY (b.1913, Epsom – d.)
    |       |       |       |– Alexander K S McCURDY (b.1914, Epsom – d.)
    |       |       |      └  Robert H C McCURDY (b.1918, Epsom – d.)
    |       |       |
    |       |       |– Rachel Irene STEBBING (b.1877, Bloomsbury, London – d.1913, 35t, Pancras)
    |       |       |      m.(1905, Marylebone) Clement A A DU PONTET (b.1875, Paddington, London – d.1950, 75y,
    |       |       |       |                                                                                          Surrey Mid E) Harrow schoolmaster
    |       |       |       |    1911:  at Hillside, Peterboro Hill, Harrow, Midx – Clement & Irene;  Godfrey, Mary
    |       |       |       |                                                                  [2/2 ch alive]         + 5 schoolboy boarders + 5 servts
    |       |       |      └  Godfrey Henry S DU PONTET (b.11/6/1906, Walton, Sur – d.1983, 77y, Taunton, Som)
    |       |       |              m.(1931, Steyning) Phoebe Beatrice STEBBING (b.29/7/1907, Shepperton – d.8/1994, 87y,
    |       |       |               |                                            [see above]                                                     Mendip, Som)
    |       |       |
    |       |      └ Nigel Austin STEBBING (b.1879, Hampstead, London – d.1955, 76y, Surrey Mid E)
    |       |              m1.(1917, Paddington) Gladys M de HAVILLAND (b. – d.)
    |       |              m2.(1935, Westminster) Helen B CLAY (b.1877 – d.11/1951, 73y, Abingdon)
    |       |
    |      └  Caroline Amelia PIDGEON (b.18/7/1843, Westminster – bu.9/11/1843, 15w 5d, Kensall Green, London)
    |
    |– Jane PIDGEON (b.2/12/1804, bp.8/1/1805, St Martin Vintry, London – d.1884, 78y, Hungerford**) Grocer
    |            1871:  at High Street, Hungerford, Berks – Jane (cousin) with Daniel ALLEN & family
    |            1881:  at Church Street, Hungerford, Berks – Jane (cousin) with Daniel ALLEN & family
    |                                                                                                                             (see ALLEN family tree)
    |– Frances PIDGEON (b.7/1, bp.10/2, 1805, Islington, London – bu.4/8/1806, 7m, St Michael Paternoster Royal,
    |[twins]                                                                                                                                                    London)
    |– Joseph PIDGEON (b.7/1, bp.10/2, 1805, Islington, London – bu.18/2/1807, 13m, St Michael Pat. Royal)
    |
    |– Henry Clark PIDGEON (b.26/3, bp.21/4/1807, St Martin Vintry – d.1880, 74y, St Pancras, Lon) Artist
    |      m.(20/7/1844, Paddington) Jane HAMBLEN (b.ab.1804, >Wandsworth, Sur – d.1880, 76y, St Pancras)
    |            1851:  at 37 Berner’s St, Marylebone, London – Henry Clark & Jane + Elizabeth HAMBLEN (visitor)
    |            1871:  at 10 St Leonard’s Ter, Paddington, Lon – Henry C & Jane + Louisa, Caroline, Frederick
    |                                                                                   HAMBLIN (in-laws)  + Catherine, Rebecca CLARK (servts)
    |– George PIDGEON (9/10, bp.16/12/1808, St Martin Vintry – bu.17/4/1809, 6m, St Michael Pat. Royal)
    |
    |– John William PIDGEON (b.4/6, bp.1/11/1810, St Martin Vintry – bu.15/11/1810, 5m, St Michael
    |                                                                                                                              Paternoster Royal, London)
   └  Charles PIDGEON (bp.7/5/1812, Reading – d.1879, 67y, Reading) Grocer & oilman
                 1861:  at Middle Row, Reading – Charles  + Adam ROBERTS (visitor), Sarah CLARK (boarder, wid, 70) 
                 1871:  at 49 Broad St, Reading – Charles  + 2 assistants, 1 servant                                      + 3 servants
 
 

 ** Assignment by Jane Pidgeon of Church Street, Hungerford, to Jonathan Sills Pidgeon of Throg¬morton Street, London of her claim to certain property in return for an annuity of £300. The property comprising 49-50 Broad Street, Reading, nos. 20-21 Union Street, Reading; also 6 leasehold premises nos. 15-20 Spring Gardens, Reading; also freehold land about 1½a. at South End, Bradfield, a cottage at Goring Heath; also the goodwill and stock in trade of a grocer's business at 49 Broad Street, Reading.

D/EX 551/63 1881
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