Samuel Gordon was born in around 1855 at 11 Great Hermitage Street, Wapping, London (the docks).
His parents are currently unknown! I haven't found Samuel in the 1861 census, and he is not living at Hermitage Street.
The address for his birth comes from the 1871 census where a Samuel Gordon of the correct age, 15, is living as a lodger with his sister 13 year old Hanna Gordon at 25&27 Rood Lane, St Gabriel Fenchurch, London. He is a clerk, and she is a scholar, and under "Where Born" the address of "11 Gt. Hermitage St. Wapping" is given.
On the 9th April 1876 he married Janet Hunter Balfour, from Fife in Scotland, at the Regent Square Church, St Pancras, London.
By 1881 they are living together at 84 Marchmont Street, St Pancras, London with their first three children, Mary, Helen and David. Samuel is a fishmonger, and they have both a servant girl, and a nurse. On the opposite side of the street, in number 77, is a household with James and Mary Balfour (42 and 43) which (if they are relatives) may possibly explain how he came to meet Janet. The family says that he had a fish and game shop on Marchmont street.
By 1891 they have moved to 60 Compton Street, St Pancras where they have had six more children, twins Hannah and Jane Garvie, Isabella, Alice, Eugenie and Samuel J. Gordon. At this time Samuel is still a Fishmonger, but his place of birth is given as Wapping in London (rather than St Pancras). Even with this number of children they can still afford a servant!
They are still at 60 Compton Street for the 1901 census, where they have gained three more children, John, George, and Eva, although sadly we appear to have lost young Samuel, whose death (Samuel James Gordon) was registered in the September quarter of 1891 in St Pancras at the age of 2 (Pancras, 1b, 49).
Here is the list of their children:
Samuel and Janet were buried in the Christian portion of the Jewish Cemetery at Golders Green (Hoop Lane?).
His entry in the telephone book in 1941-56 read:
"Gordon, Samuel Fishmonger, 76 Mrchmnt st W.C.1 *EUSton 2271"
Those for 1951-1963 had a top of the page advertisement as well (as shown above).
By 1984 the advertisement had gone, and the entry said:
"Gordon Samuel Ltd. Fishmgr, 76 Marchmont St W.C.1 01-387-2271 & 01-387-0089"
Currently 76 Marchmont street contains something called "Bar-B-Lo"...
In 2001 a planning application was granted to add some signage to the basement entrance for "Bloom's Bar" The main shop has a sign entitled "1 HOUR PHOTOS".
The main shop is currently "Snappy Snaps".
Next door, 77 Marchmont Street is now "La Bardigiana", an Italian restaurant.
Other unconnected information:
BMD: Samuel Gordon died aged 1, SeptemberQ 1892 Whitechapel Vol 1c Page 203
BMD: Samuel Gordon died aged 1, JuneQ 1901, St.Geo.East, Vol 1c, Page 209
BMD: Samuel Gordon died aged 81, MarchQ 1909, Lambeth, Vol 1d, Page 242
BMD: Samuel Gordon died aged 57, MarchQ 1903, Prestwich (Lancs) Vol 8d, Page 306
BMD: Hannah Gordon died aged 47, DecemberQ 1904, Elham (Kent) Vol 2a, Page 665
BMD: Hannah J. Gordon died aged 53, September 1910, Ashton (Chesh/Lancs) Vol 8d, Page 307
BMD: Isabella Mary A. Gordon married either William Robert C. Luckhurst or Henry Augustus Brown (Minnie Johnson other female) in SeptQ 1904, Holborn, 1b, 1367
BMD: Isabella Gordon married either Walter Archer or Edward Robert West (Charlotte Rackstraw) in MarQ 1902, Camberwell, 1d, 1037
BMD: Jean Garvie Gordon, Marriage, Jun 1908, St. Giles, Volume 1b, Page 1059 (males on that page transcribed so far are Thomas Bateman Bassham and William Chatwynd Gardiner). Images confirm that there is no Robert Watson on that page.
Descendent of Samuel Gordon:
From: "Wayne & Lyn" <