THE MOATES FAMILY

Victorian Studio Photos
Victorian Studio Photos


It shouldn't be necessary to go back to the late 18th century to retrieve a few Moates' relatives, but we need some of them later in connection with family intermarriage. The people in question were William Moates and Sarah, which is confusing in itself as another William and Sarah materialised later and I presume that one William was the son of the other.

The William Moates we are after for Epsom purposes is neither of the above Williams and I think he is the son of the second one, who was a coal merchant/victualler, which means he was born on 8 August 1811 in the City of London. His sister was Sarah Vittoria, born 8 July 1813. Earlier events in the family had been Quaker ceremonies but, by the time these children were born, they seem to have changed to the Church of England. I also need an Elizabeth Blake Moates for this tale and she appears to have been the aunt of William (1811) and Sarah Vittoria.

So, we are here because William Moates and family lived in Epsom from at least 1855 until 1867, initially at The Terrace, but subsequently at The Pines, Parade. Before that they were in Lewisham (1851 census) and Kennington (1841 census). William was a public accountant. Mrs Moates was Henrietta Jones and the couple were married at St George, Hanover Square on 17 April 1834. I think, but don't quote me, that Henrietta was probably a daughter of Francis and Philadelphia Jones.

The Old Pines, The Parade
The Old Pines, The Parade Epsom (The building on the left)
Photograph courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

The children were as follows.

NameInformation
HenriettaBorn 24.1.1835; died 1837. Buried 4.10.1837 St Mark, Kennington.
Frances SarahBorn 29.10.1836; married Frederic Pagden. Died 18.11.1923 Ryde, Isle of Wight.
Caroline Augusta FloraBorn 22.6.1838; married Frederick Startridge Ellis. Died 30.8.1921 Surrey.
Ellen HenriettaBorn 30.11.1839; died 1866 Epsom (unmarried)
Emma MarianBorn 17.6.1841; married Richard Budden Bouquet. Died 1884 West Ham district.
WilliamBorn 22.3.1843; probably emigrated to Virginia, USA and married Annie F Fox.
Edith AminaBorn 17.11.1844; married Rev. Edward Arthur Bradney Bockett. Died 1892 Tonbridge district.
George WilliamBorn 30.7.1846; died 1846 (3 months)
Walter FredericBorn 14.6.1849; married Elizabeth Mary Chapman. Died 6.12.1885 South Croydon.

I can't find much to say about William and Henrietta, who didn't last for very long after their move to Epsom. William died at the Hotel de Ville de Paris, Strasbourg on 19 March 1867. I imagine that he might have been there on business, since he worked on auditing and liquidation for some transport companies. His effects amounted to 'under £ 1000' and subsequently it seems that his creditors pursued Henrietta through the courts. She left his estate unadministered and died herself on 19 August 1868, having moved to Dulwich; her effects were under £ 200.

Frances Sarah Moates

Frances married local brewer Frederic Pagden at St Martin's, Epsom on 29 December 1859. (You can read the history of Pagden's Brewery in Church Street by following the link. )

Frederic Pagden
Frederic Pagden
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

In 1861 Frederic and Frances were living at Batheaston, Somerset, where the former was running a brewery enterprise with his brother Robert (I imagine that the Epsom operation would have been 'overmanned' otherwise, since their father, Trayton, and uncle, Stephen, were still in charge of that - there were a lot of Pagden connections with Batheaston, which will be covered in a separate article about the Pagden family).

By 1871 Trayton and Stephen had retired and Frederic was running the Epsom brewery with Robert. Frederic and Frances were ensconced in Church Street with several more children, so we shall now have the obligatory list.

NameInformation
Beatrice AugustaBorn 12.10.1860 Cardiff; died 29.7.1926, unmarried, then living in Worthing.
Maude EllenBorn 1862 Batheaston; married Harry Edward Bockett*, son of Rev. Edward Arthur Bradney Bockett and Edith Amina Moates. Died 21.1.1929, then living in South Harrow.
Ethel MaryBorn 1863 Batheaston; died 11.2.1956 Albemarle County, Virginia, USA, unmarried. See Florence Evelyn below.
Allan WigneyBorn 1865 Epsom; died 26.3.1910 Epsom, unmarried.
Emmeline Frances EllaBorn 1866 Epsom; married William John Payne. Died 7.7.1954, then living in Dorset.
Florence EvelynBorn 1868 Epsom; married, as his second wife, Matthew Fontaine Maury (died 1912). Died 12.11.1954. Buried with husband and her sister, Ethel Mary, Church of the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Albemarle County, Virginia.
Harold FredericBorn 1871 Epsom; died 1872 (1 year 5 days).
Lilian EmmaBorn 1873 Epsom; married Charles Ferris Sylvester Cope (brewer)**. Died 1955 Hailsham.

*It seems that Harry Edward Bockett was a clerk at the Admiralty for some years, but was dismissed for nothing much, which dismissal even occasioned a question in Parliament. In 1911 he was a theatrical manager.

** It looks as if Charles Cope was working at the Pagden Brewery for some years, since he was in Epsom as a boarder as early as the 1901 census and he and Lilian were still in town in 1911.
Frederic and Frances lived at The Acacias, which was at 49 Church Street, and someone was clearly unwell by the 1901 census, since there was a sick nurse in residence. Frederic died on 26 February 1904 and was interred in Epsom Cemetery (Grave D1A), to be joined later by his son Allan. Frances moved to Ryde on the Isle of Wight at some point and died on 18 November 1923.

Caroline Augusta Flora Moates

Caroline Augusta Flora Moates (Mrs Ellis)
Caroline Augusta Flora Moates (Mrs Ellis)
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

I can now bring out a shelved character, who is Elizabeth Blake Moates, great-aunt (I think) to the Moates children, albeit that she died in 1843. On 6 April 1813 she married Joseph Ellis in Southwark. In 1822 Joseph bought the Star and Garter Hotel in Richmond/Petersham for the sum of £ 11,022 (approximately £ 1.34m in today's terms) and it became a considerable destination for the rich and famous. You can read all about it on Wikipedia or the Richmond Council website. There were several Ellis children, including George, who took over the hotel when his father died in 1858, and Sir John Whittaker Ellis, but the one we require is Frederick Startridge Ellis: he was born in Petersham in 1830.

Frederick Startridge Ellis
Frederick Startridge Ellis
by Window & Grove. Albumen carte-de-visite, before 1897
Image source National Portrait Gallery (NPG x3679) (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Caroline married Frederick at St Martin's, Epsom on 8 January 1861, with the groom described as a bookseller. However, he wasn't just any bookseller and had premises in Covent Garden at 33 King Street, later moving to 29 New Bond Street. Frederick specialised in antiquarian books and became the official buyer for the British Museum; he was also a publisher, editor and author. In 1861 the newlyweds were living in Richmond and they were still there in 1871, plus three children. These were Phillis Marion (1862), Herbert Moates (1864) and Cuthbert Frederick (1866) - neatly spaced and no need for a boxed list this time.

By 1881 the family had moved to West Hill, Epsom and in the 1891 census Caroline and Frederick were probably on holiday, since their address was Marine Parade, Brighton. However, this could have been a test run for retirement, since they subsequently settled at The Red House, Chelston, Torquay (now a hotel). This address may well have been a nod to Frederick's famous friend, William Morris, who once had a house of the same name in Kent (Frederick, who was also a close friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, published and edited some of Morris's work and was one of his executors).

An example of Frederick's publishing activities
An example of Frederick's publishing activities - in this case Swinburne poetry

Frederick died on 26 February 1901 at a hotel in Sidmouth. Caroline remained at The Red House and by 1911 she was there entirely on her own, without so much as a servant (there were 9 rooms, excluding kitchen etc). She died on 30 August 1921, then living in Wimbledon.

Phillis Marion Ellis married stockbroker Walter Henry Paine: they had six children and lived on Chiswick Mall. They died in 1933 and 1934 respectively.

Herbert Moates Ellis was an architect, surveyor, auctioneer and magistrate; he married, firstly, Marion Elizabeth Corsellis (died 1907) and then Jane Elizabeth Hamilton. His son by his second marriage, Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis, known as Chip, was an engineer who wrote about railways and painted railway subjects. I suppose the paintings are quite good in technical terms, but they are curiously static and geometrical, even in cases where the locomotive is clearly in steam and moving fast; his near- contemporary, Terence Cuneo, added the atmospheric dimension that Cuthbert lacked, but David Shepherd was light years ahead of both of them as far as painting locos was concerned. Examples of Cuthbert's work can be viewed on the Art UK website. Returning to Herbert, he was briefly the owner of Garbrand Hall, Ewell, purchasing the property in 1925, but selling it on to Margaret Glyn the following year. However, he was obviously still in Ewell after that, for in the autumn of 1929 he made an announcement in the newspapers, which said, 'I, Herbert Moates Ellis, of Ewell, Surrey, desire to publicly thank the medical and nursing staff of King's College Hospital for their skill and untiring attention during my recent severe illness, also the association through which a transfusion of blood enabled the doctors to save my life'. His abode in Ewell turned out to be a house which was allegedly called Ouzelwood, which would have been 20 or 22 Chessington Road, West Ewell. Herbert died there on 8 April 1930. Please also see our article on Cicely Marion Ellis, 'Ewell's secret suffragist'.

Cuthbert Frederick Ellis was a solicitor; in 1895 he married Evelyn/Eveline Mary Corbould Haywood, a painter of miniatures, and they then became Corbould-Ellis. They died in 1936 and 1942 respectively.

Ellen Henrietta Moates

The writing on the negative wrappers isn't totally helpful regarding the Moates girls who were unmarried when the photos were taken, but I've decided that the one below is likely to be Ellen Henrietta.

Probably Ellen Henrietta Moates
Probably Ellen Henrietta Moates
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Ellen didn't marry and sadly died in the summer of 1866: she was buried at Nunhead Cemetery, Camberwell on 6 July.

Emma Marian Moates

Emma Marian Moates
Emma Marian Moates
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Emma married Richard Budden Bouquet (born 1848 Kingsland, Hackney) at St Martin's on 21 January 1874, at which point the groom was a commercial traveller living in Sutton. By 1881 they were residing in Islington in what looks like part of a house and Richard was a commercial clerk. It seems as if Emma died in 1884 in West Ham district (albeit that the GRO entry says she is Emma Maria): they were living in Stratford, East London at the time. Emma was buried on 22 January of that year in Southwark (probably at Nunhead Cemetery). I don't think there were any children and Richard emigrated to New Zealand, where he took on the running of the Criterion Hotel, Oamuru, North Otago. I don't know if this just didn't work out for him, or perhaps he was ill, but, having acquired the publican's licence in June 1886, he transferred it to someone else in March 1887 and died in the May. There was a sad little notice in a newspaper at the end of that month, advertising an auction by order of the Public Trustee of his entire effects.

Criterion Hotel in Oamaru
Criterion Hotel in Oamaru
Photograph by Pseudopanax at English Wikipedia

Edith Amina Moates

Edith Amina Moates
Edith Amina Moates
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Edith married Edward Arthur Bradney Bockett, son of Epsom's long-time vicar, Benjamin Bradney Bockett, on 28 August 1869 at St Giles, Camberwell. Benjamin went on an outing and performed the ceremony himself. See our Children of the Clergy article for more information. Edith died in 1892 in Tonbridge district. One of her children, Harry Edward Bockett, married Maude Ellen Pagden, who was her niece (see Frances Sarah Moates above).

Walter Frederic Moates

Walter Frederic Moates
Walter Frederic Moates
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Walter was an accountant, like his father, and he married Elizabeth Mary Chapman (born 1845 Ilford) on 17 August 1874 at St Luke, Finsbury. They lived in Croydon and had one son, Ernest Frederic Walter, born 1878 Croydon - another child had died. As with so many of the Moates family, Walter did not survive for very long, dying at home on 6 December 1885 and leaving a very modest estate. Elizabeth moved to Forest Gate and became a dressmaker, whilst Ernest was a drapery salesman and this remained the situation at least until the 1911 census. Ernest died in 1919, followed by his mother in 1922.

Sarah Vittoria Moates/Jones

Mrs Sarah Vittoria Jones (née Moates)
Mrs Sarah Vittoria Jones (née Moates)
Photograph by Cuthbert John Hopkins, courtesy of Bourne Hall Museum

Sarah is included here because, firstly, Cuthbert took her picture whilst she was on a visit to the Moates family in Epsom and, secondly, because she was the sister of William Moates Senior. She was born on 8 July 1813 and married widower John Jones on 12 May 1836. John was a draughtsman/artist. There were several Jones daughters, including at least one from John's first marriage. Sarah died in 1882 and I think John probably followed in 1885.

Epilogue

I wrote this article immediately after the one for the Brooks family of Woodcote Park, where the estates were so substantial that I had to use a historical inflation calculator to gauge the scale. By contrast, the Moates family did not seem to be rolling in money at all and I get the impression that they were just about keeping their heads above water. It's a huge contrast really, since both families came from fairly ordinary beginnings and yet Mr Brooks had vision and ambition, whereas I don't think that was true of Mr Moates.

Linda Jackson 2018