Family History


Thomas Curtis SPITTY was born on 3 Sep 1783 in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex1. He was christened on 21 Nov 1783 in Horndon-on-the-Hill1. He died on 11 June 1849 in Westminster, London2.

His occupations have been recorded as :-
Farmer (Marriage Licence Bond 1812)
Publican 1812-14 (Victualler Licences, son's baptism 1813)
Gentleman (Mother's Probate Administration 1814)
Fishmonger (Daughter Elizabeth's baptism 1826)
Stone Mason (1830 daughter Sarah's baptism, 1841 Census)
Marble Worker (daughter Elizabeth's Marriage Certificate)
Stone Sawyer (Death Certificate)
Stone mason journeyman (1865 husband's details on wife's death certificate, as informed by daughter Elizabeth Turney)

Thomas was briefly a publican at sign of  'The Bull', Hornchurch, Essex (Havering-atte-Bower Minute Book ERO ref - P/Hv/M1). The pub is now know by the sign of "The Fatling & Firkin". Thomas' father-in-law was a publican in Hordon-on-the-Hill. Perhaps he influenced or helped in Thomas' change in occupation upon marriage from farmer to publican.

It seems Thomas never really settled down into one occupation. His generation seems to have reached the end of the line as gentlemen farmers, forcing Thomas out into the general workforce. The status with which he thought of himself, especially early on, is reflected in his discription as a "Gentleman" in 1814.

Recorded addresses :-
Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex (Marriage Licence Bond 1812)
Hornchurch, Essex (Publican 1812-14, Son's baptism 1813, Mother's Probate 1814)
Vincent St, Westminster (Daughter Elizabeth's baptism 1826)
New Cross, Deptford, Kent (1830 daughter Sarah's baptism)
Wilton St, Westminster St. John (1841 Census)
28 Wilton St, Westminster (Death Certificate & Burial Register)

He was married to Anna Maria SLATER on 12 Feb 1812 in St. Botolph, Aldgate, London1, by Licence [Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury 11 Feb 1812]. The Licence and Bond describe Thomas as a farmer of Horndon-on-the-Hill, a batchelor and aged over 21 years, and Anna as of the Parish of St. Botolph, Aldgate, London, a spinster and aged over 21 years. The Bond was made by Thomas and a John Doe.

Anna Maria SLATER was christened on 10 Apr 1791 in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex1. She died on the 3 Nov 1865 in Westminster St. John4  and was buried in the Victoria Park Cemetery, Hackney, on the 8th of Nov 1865.

Her occupations have been recorded as :-
Dress Maker (1841 Census)
Housekeeper (1851 Census)

Recorded addresses :-
Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex (Baptism 1791)
Parish of St. Botolph, Algate, London (Marriage Licence Bond 1812)
Hornchurch, Essex (Son's baptism 1813)
Vincent St, Westminster (Daughter Elizabeth's baptism 1826)
Wilton St, Westminster St. John (1841 Census)
74 Regent St, Westminster St James (1851 Census)
38 Wilton St, Westminster St John (1861 Census)

Children were:

child James Slater SPITTY was born on the 26 December 18121. He was christened on
27 June 1813 in Hornchurch, Essex1.
child ii. Elizabeth Mary Malt SPITTY was born about 1825. She died on 8 April 1878 in Lambeth, Surrey.
child iii. Sarah Emma SPITTY was christened on 14 Feb 1830 in St. Paul, Deptford, Kent1.

Sources :-
1 - Parish Register.
2 - Thomas's Death Certificate - 1849, Jun Q, Westminster, 1-356.
3. Census returns :-
    1841 - HO107/737/2/f.4/p.3
    1851 - HO107/1484/f.p1/p.22
    1861 - RG9/47/f.68/p.39
4. 1865, Dec Q, Westminster, 1a-229
Other sources as quoted in the text.