Janet Balfour

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Janet Hunter Balfour was born on the 15th April 1852 in Torryburn, Fife, Scotland, and was christened on the 27th April 1853.

Her parents were David Balfour and Janet Hunter.

On the 9th April 1876 she married Samuel Gordon,  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 Janet came to meet Samuel (or why there live there). 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 and 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:

  • 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?).