Samuel Gordon

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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!


The Fishmonger's at Marchmont street in 1977

This picture taken in 1977 shows the fishmonger's shop on Marchmont street. The tiles on the wall behind the unfortunately placed Jaguar car still spell out the name "Gordon", although it is unknown if a Gordon still ran the shop at this time.

I suspect that the tiles are no longer there (as the shop is no longer a fish monger, but when Google's StreetView finally goes live then we'll know for sure).

There is more about the fishmonger's shop on this page, as given it was established in 1803 (according to the adverts) then it predates Samuel's birth!



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:

  • Mary Gordon (~1877)
  • Helen Gordon (~1879)
  • David Gordon (~1881)
  • Jane/Jean/Jeanie Garvie Gordon (~1883)
  • Hannah I. Gordon (~1883)
  • Isabella Gordon (~1885)
  • Alice Gordon (~1886)
  • Eugenie Gordon (~1888)
  • Samuel J. Gordon (~1889-1891)
  • John Gordon (~1892)
  • George Gordon (~1894)
  • Eva Gordon (~1896)

Samuel and Janet were buried in the Christian portion of the Jewish Cemetery at Golders Green (Hoop Lane?).


Telephone Directory

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" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 11:06:41 +1100

Hello to the list,

I am researching my family from Torryburn Fife Scotland. Some migrated to Middlesex so I am posting the surnames to see if any other researcher is about linking to these families.

Janet Hunter BALFOUR born 1853 Torryburn married Samuel GORDON born 1855 Middlesex Eng in 1876 Saint Pancras London. They appear on the 1881 Census living at 84 Marchmont Street London with their children Mary, Helen and David.
Janet's parents were David BALFOUR and Janet HUNTER. Samuel GORDON was a fishmonger by trade.

James BALFOUR born 1839 Torryburn Fife and his wife Mary are also on the 1881 Census living at 77 Marchmont Street London. James was a Baker by trade, his parents were James BALFOUR and Mary RITCHIE.

Kind regards

Lyn in Melbourne Aust