Susannah Braine (1812, Morden – 1895, Pancras)

Her husband Frederick (1811, St Ann’s, Middlesex – 1889, St Pancras district) was an ivory cutter or “Cutter of Ivory and Hard Wood (1861) in the 1841, 1851, 1861 and 1881 censuses. They had married by 1841, when they were living on Thomas Street in St Mary’s parish, Lambeth with four children – Lydia (1836, Lambeth), Susanna (1837, Lambeth), Elizabeth (1839, Lambeth), Herbert Burgess (1841, Blackfriars or Lambeth). Another daughter soon followed, Alice (1849, Camberwell – 1916, Pancras). In 1851 Susanna and Frederick were living at ‘Retreat’ in Camberwell with their five children and a “House Servant”. In 1861 they were at 8 Stanmore Place, Pancras district with Lydia, Herbert and Alice – Lydia was already a governess and Herbert an insurance office clerk.

Fred and Susannah were still in their 1861 address in 1871, now just with Alice. In the meantime their son Herbert had married Mary Elizabeth Dunbar (1837, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire) on 26 October 1864 in the Anglican church in Coalbrookdale, though Herbert gave his residence as Newington, London at the time of the marriage. Baptised on 22 April 1838, she was the daughter of the fitter Isaac and his wife Mary and had been living with them at Office Bank in Madeley parish in 1841. They had two children, Alice Mary (1868, St Giles, Camberwell) and Edith Annie (1872, St Giles, Camberwell). On census night in 1901 Herbert’s wife, their children Alice and Edith, his wife’s sister Alice and a servant were living at 154 East Dulwich Grove, Dulwich, but he was not. In 1911 he was back with his family at 53 Hatherley Road, Sidcup, Foots Cray, Kent – by then he was a secretary at an insurance company.

By 1881 they had moved to 36 Georgiana Street in St Pancras district, now with only Lydia and Alice, both of whom were working Lydia as a governess and Alice as an art teacher. The July 1884 parish magazine reported a sale of ready-made clothing at the Mission Room on 19th June that year, made at the Dorcas Meetings “which are held on Wednesday evenings at Miss A. Braine’s, 36, Georgiana Street, under the able presidency of Mrs. Dalby”. This seems likely to have been Susanna’s daughter Alice. Frederick Braine died in the Pancras district in 1889. Alice continued working as an art teacher or “Teacher of Drawing working partly at home” (her profession in the 1911 census) and never married – in 1901 and 1911 she was living in Herbert’s household.