The Furniss Family
Part 2 - Thomas Senior And Thomas Junior

The children of William Thomas Furniss are shown in the chart below.

Name Born Died Spouse
Thomas c.1827 1908 (1) Elizabeth
(2) Marian Elliott
William 1829 1914 Annie Bayley
Frederick 1831 1871 Emma Clowser, daughter of a Sutton lime burner
James 1833 1898 Ann Bradley
Alfred 1836 1871 -
George 1837 1899 (1) Frances Elizabeth Steer
(2) Sarah Anne Percy
Sarah 1840 1914 Thomas William Baylis (civil engineer, Worcestershire)
John Lewis 1842 1844 -
Frances 1847 1926 Albert Adds (butcher, Surrey)

William Thomas's eldest son, Thomas, was born in about 1827 and emigrated to the United States in 1849. Having settled initially in Yonkers, New York State, he established a building business. He married a girl called Elizabeth and she died during the 1860s. There were two daughters, both born in Yonkers, being Sarah (known as 'Sis'), born c.1854, and Elizabeth ('Lizzie'), born c.1861; Lizzie was unfortunately a hunchback. Little is known about Thomas's life in the United States, but after the American Civil War began in 1861 he was attached to the Northern forces in the US Sanitation Commission. He was also once a member of a Masonic lodge in Louisiana. By 1870 he was back in Epsom with his two daughters. Initially he and Lizzie lived with his father, William Thomas, and Sis lived next door with his brother, George. His brother James lived in the same row of houses, which were 94, 96 and 98 Yew Tree Cottages (Number 96 was the old Post Office run by the Andrews family). Next, Thomas bought a triangle of land in West Street, between the railway and Station Approach, and built himself a concrete Dutch-style house of the type found in Yonkers. He set up in business as a builder and corn and coal merchant and the West Street premises - numbers 26 and 28 - were his dwelling, shop, stores and offices: this business became T Furniss & Son.

Sarah 'Sis' Furniss
Sarah 'Sis' Furniss.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

Thomas Furniss
Thomas Furniss.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

In 1871 Thomas married Marianne (known as Marian), daughter of James Elliott, who was an ex- Metropolitan Police constable and Parish Beadle of Epsom. They had three children, who were Thomas (1872), Marian Elizabeth (1874) and William George (1885).

The original premises of T Furniss & Son in West Street c.1905.
The original premises of T Furniss & Son in West Street c.1905.
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

Thomas Senior died on 1 December 1908 and Marian Senior on 3 March 1917. Neither Lizzie nor Sis married and they died in 1930 and 1937 respectively.

Furniss coal carts in Epsom High Street.
Furniss coal carts in Epsom High Street.
Image courtesy of Surrey Libraries and is held in the
Epsom & Ewell Local And Family History Centre Collection

By 1901 the newly-married Thomas Junior had already taken over the business; his wife was Edith Clara, daughter of local saddler Samuel Crocker. They had three children, being Ruth Edith (c.1902), Margery (c.1903) and Thomas ('Tommy' - born 1910). Thomas and Edith retired to Salcombe, Devon in 1924, dying in 1928 and 1965 respectively.

Grave of Thomas and Edith, Epsom Cemetery.
Grave of Thomas and Edith, Epsom Cemetery.
Image ©Linda Jackson 2012

Thomas Furniss Junior
Thomas Furniss Junior
Image courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum.

Before continuing with the history of T Furniss & Son, we need to look at another family concern, which was G & J Furniss, builders and undertakers. 'G & J' were George and James, two younger brothers of the Thomas who had established T Furniss & Son.

James was born c.1834 and was originally a carpenter; he married Ann (Annie) Bradley, who had been orphaned in 1844 when her young parents, James and Sarah, both died. James and Ann had five children, who were James Bradley (1863), Marian (1866-71), Thomas (1869), Alfred Frederick (1872-1946) and William Thomas (1875). Alfred Frederick ('Alf'), a builder and decorator, married Maggie Brewer and they lived at 98 Yew Tree Cottages until he died in 1946. James died in 1898 and Annie in 1914.

Grave of James, Annie, Alfred Frederick and Maggie, Epsom Cemetery.
Grave of James, Annie, Alfred Frederick and Maggie, Epsom Cemetery.
Images ©Linda Jackson 2012

James Bradley Furniss was known as 'Brad'. In 1887 he married Minnie Clara Chadband, daughter of local tailor and draper Alfred Chadband. Initially they lived in Clapham, where their first child, Annie, was born that same year. They then moved to Brighton, where Brad was in business as an undertaker, and their second daughter, Dorothy Bradley, was born there in 1891. In 1892 little Annie died and by 1901 the family was back in Epsom, with Brad now described as a builder. They then had a son, Ralph James Bradley (2 February 1901 - 1969). Brad died in Epsom on 26 June 1930, followed by his unmarried daughter, Dorothy, in 1936. Minnie died in 1954.

Grave of Brad, Minnie and Dorothy in Epsom Cemetery.
Grave of Brad, Minnie and Dorothy in Epsom Cemetery.
Image ©Linda Jackson 2012

Picking up the history of T Furniss & Sons, William George (known as George) joined his older brother, Thomas, in the business. George and family will be the subject of Part 3.

Linda Jackson © May 2012


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