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Alfred WEBB (c1816 - 1845), tailor of Bermondsey
Alfred Webb (Neil's great great grandfather) was born on 13 September 1816 to William Webb and his wife, Sarah, the fifth child of what was to be a large family. We are fortunate to know quite a lot about the family - see Alfred's father's page.
Alfred was baptised on 10 August 1817 at St John Horsleydown, Bermondsey, and, like his father, became a tailor. In the oil painting on the right, he is clearly making a feature of his elegantly cut clothes and his hands with their long slender fingers. (These have given rise to his current nickname in the family of 'Banana Fingers'.)
On 25 June 1839 Alfred married Mary Ann Partridge (Neil's great great grandmother) at St Bride's Church in the City of London. The 1841 census shows the couple at 68 Cotton Street, Poplar, with their 11 month old daughter, Mary Ann who had been born nearby at 44 Cotton Street.
Alfred's life was too short for him to know much of his four children - and he did not even live to see the birth of the last one. The four were:
- Mary Ann Webb, born on 11th July 1840 at Poplar, Middlesex, baptised 27 Sep 1840 at All Saints, Poplar,
- Alfred John Webb, born 11 Feb 1842 at Poplar, baptised 19 Feb 1843 at All Saints, Poplar, buried 11 Sep 1848 aged 6 yrs 7 months at St John, Horselydown.
- William Samuel Webb, Neil's direct ancestor, born on 16 December 1843. He has his own page.
- George Frederick Webb, born 5 Dec 1843 and baptised 22 June 1845 at Saint Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey. He married Jane Ann Fairhead on 31 May 1868 at St Jude, Southwark. According to information in the family, the children were Fred, Florrie, Maggie and Alf. Fred married Louie and had a daughter Phillis who married Sid and had four unnamed children.
Alfred died on 26 February 1845 age 28, in Bromley (by Bow, Middlesex) at Tetley? (or Tatley?) Street. The cause of death, as given on his death certificate was "phthisis", an archaic term for tuberculosis. His sister Jane was present at the death. So presumably, the family had decided that it was safest to keep pregnant Mary and the two children away from such a serious infection. I have not seen the death certificate of Alfred's son, Alfred John, but it is highly possible that he died of TB like his father.