Thomas Roydhouse was baptised on the 28th June, 1772 at St. Giles Church by his parents Henry and Ann.
He was the 7th child of ten born between 1760 and 1777, however only 4 sons survived.
After his father ‘s bankruptcy, the family found themselves living in the Southwark area, which was known for the extreme poverty of its inhabitants.
His father died when he was eleven, and perhaps through a pauper school Thomas was apprenticed aged 15 to a Copperplate printer named William Young of Ozier Street on the 19th September 1787.
Marriage records can be found for three different occasions
1797 Thomas Roydhouse married Anna Place in St Marylebone.
1803 Thomas Roydhouse married Anna Stimpson in St Martins- in- the -Fields
No definite death records found yet for either Anna/Anne/Hannah/Annie, no children found for marriages, at the time of these marriages there does not seem to be any other Thomas Roydhouse in London.
However, a record exists for an Ann Rhodes, buried 29 Sept 1800 at Westminster.
1809 Thomas Roydhouse (36) married Sarah Clark(16) in St Leonards Shoreditch- parents of William John who migrated to New Zealand.
It is my belief that Sarah’s maternal uncle was William Morgan, a copperplate printer, who lived very close to Sarah and Thomas at 16 Goswell Road Clerkenwell age 72 in 1841. He has a daughter Elisabeth aged 43 living with him and is listed as a copperplate printer. A William Morgan was witness at Sarah and Thomas wedding- her uncle and his work mate?
Thomas and Sarah had 4 children:
1.Thomas Henry born in Anthony Street 1816-1849 married Sarah Anstiss 4 sons 2 daughters (3 living children)
2.Louisa Elizabeth 1819-1898 married Richard Clark no children
3.Ann Roydhouse born in Paradise Boulevard (near Brittania Street)1825-1880 married Samuel Bailey, 1 son, 5 daughters
4.William John born in Brewer Street (now Friend Street) 1832-1908 married Mary Jordan, 3 sons, 5 daughters
Sometime between 1838 when his granddaughter Elizabeth and grandson William died of smallpox at 54 Rawstorne Street, and 1841 at the census taking, Thomas and Sarah (senior) moved from Brewer Street North to their son and daughter-in-law’s address, (Thomas and Sarah, junior)and the younger moved to Sidney Grove.
Thomas, Sarah and William were still living at 54 Rawstorne Street in the 1851 census on the 30th March.
He died on the 16th September 1851 aged 79 years, of bronchitis.