Henry Roydhouse Invitation to Dinner

The ancestor I would most like to invite to dinner is my great x 5 grandfather, Henry.Surely over a glass of wine and a platter of cheese hewould tell me exactly where his father Thomas was born in Yorkshire!

Henry Roydhouse was christened on the 14th of December, 1730 at St. James, Westminster.His parents were Thomas and Elizabeth. They came from Yorkshire to London after they married.Thomas died before  1750, Elizabeth’s will identified her as a widow at that time.

On the 31st August, 1749 Henry  married Ann Appleby, of Beenham, Berkshire at Fleet according to the Rules of the Prison. It was at that time a debtors prison.If you owed more than 100 pounds you were forced into debtors prison until your debts were paid off. I believe Henry speculated with buildings and property at this time—you had to have money to lose it!

No children were recorded for this marriage until 1760, perhaps reflecting the length of time it took Henry to pay his debts off.

Elizabeth was christened on the 30th July 1760 at Hertingfordbury, Hertfordshire.

James was christened there in 1763..James married Mary Ann Smiths in 1792 and died in 1827. Mary remarried Walter Mapperley. No children found.

William was christened in 1766.He married Christiana Buckland, was a butcher with own shop on Oxford Street, they had no children. He died in 1825.Christiana left an annuity for her brother-in-law of 20 pounds per annum for the term of his natural life.

Ann was christened on the 28th April 1767 at Westminster, and died in 1769.

 John was born before 1768, married Mary Graynes in 1788.

Henry was a carpenter, and in partnership with William Richmond  leased land and built houses on a street in Percy Street, Camden, London from Francis and William Goodge. They were granted leases on the south side in 1764 and the north side in 1766, with 14 homes to their credit.Unfortunately for Henry, this enterprise left him declared bankrupt in 1768.(reported in :The London Magazine, or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer Volume 37  July 1768)


Joseph was christened on the 16th March 1770 at St Pancras, and died on the 17th march 1772.

Thomas was christened in 1772 at Hackney. He married Sarah Clark 13th Nov 1809 at Shoreditch, St Leonards. He died on 16th Sept 1851.

Harriott was christened on the 15th August 1777 at Lambeth, Surrey. She died as a young baby.

Henrys death at age 48 is recorded in Southwark in 1778, at that time an extremely poor area.

His wife Ann appears to have drowned in the Thames 30 September 1792.


Francis Goodge and William Goodge granted building leases of land on the south side of Percy Street in1764and on the north side in 1766, in 1770 28 houses were complete. A lease for 63 years was demised to William Richmond and Henry Roydhouse in 1764.A partnership between them and William Franks and J Pritchet developed the following 14 properties between 1764 and 1770:

Numbers 12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20, 28,29,30,32,33

All buildings are described as  terraced houses with multi coloured stock brick,  stucco ground floor with plain bands. They have a slated mansard roof with dormers. The buildings have 3 storeys with 3 windows at each level.

The plans of all the houses in Percy Street seem to have been alike, the ground floor having a front room and an entrance hall, east or west of it, with an archway leading to the staircase behind and a back room narrower than that in front. The stairs are not all exactly alike; they are of doglegged type and mostly have cut strings with brackets carved on the end of the steps. Many of the houses have had modern shop-frontage installed and a few now include a 4th storey also.

Muriel Crawley

I chose my great-grandmother Muriel for this post about  longevity mostly because I am using this year and the Challenge to thoroughly document the Roydhouse family. Next year I will work more on my Dads side of the family, where under this topic I would have two ladies  to write about.

Muriel Blanche Crawley was born on the 25th September 1883 in Carterton, New Zealand, the eldest daughter of John and Helen [nee Cadenhead].

She attended Belvedere School, Carterton between 1888-1890, and then Carterton School until 1896, with her four brothers Bertram, Rupert ,John and Harold and sisters Mary and Alice.

In May 1905 she married Francis William Roydhouse at St Marks in Carterton, New Zealand.

Their first child ,William John, was born later that year.

The first of three sets of male twins were born next:

Donald & Malcolm December 1909, then Muriel Blanche, the only daughter was born in 1910.

Rupert & Cedric followed in 1914, with  Howard (Chick)and Frank  in 1916.

The photo below is taken on the Ruamahanga river near Greytown 1914/1915 :

L-R river side : Francis; Malcolm; Muriel jnr; Donald; William

L-R background: Pram contains either Rupert or Cedric; Muriel Blanche sitting, and mother-in-law Annie Roydhouse holding the 2nd twin.

Between 1914 and 1919 as a result of a Physical Education Instructor teaching appointment for Francis, the family moved to Wanganui, 3 hours north-west of Greytown on the coast. The family lived at a few different addresses in the Wanganui area before Francis died in 1941.

Sometime between 1938 and 1946 Muriel moved to a house in Tinirau St, Wanganui , and lived there until her death on the 2nd of November 1973.

Muriel was my great grandmother, and lived to be 90 years, 1 month and 7 days old.

Muriel and Francis are both buried in Karori Cemetery, in Wellington.

John Charles Roydhouse It’s all his fault..

My mothers Great Uncle John was born in Wellington,New Zealand in 1869 to William and Mary Johns Roydhouse nee Jordan.
When he was a year old his family moved to Greytown, where his father tried various occupations before returning to journalism and newspaper ownership.
John was a keen sportsman, and participated in walking races and hurdles, and played cricket and football for local teams. He was also a member of the Fire Brigade in Greytown.
It is believed that he travelled to South Australia with a team-mate to play rugby, and a double wedding was celebrated in December 1891 with the Thomas sisters.

His work in Adelaide was poorly paid, and with a wife and two children to support he decided to follow the gold rush to Kalgoorlie. He had a wooden barrow and he walked the 2,000 kilometres, which included  crossing the Nullabor Desert. He spent a few weeks looking for gold, but with no luck , so he walked to Perth in search of work in his trade as printer.

He gained work at the Government Printing Office, and by 1902 had his wife and family of three sons in Subiaco, West Australia.

Photos: Grace c 1895; John c 1925

John and Grace had three sons:
Jack, b 1892 Adelaide, South Australia
Alan, b 1894 Adelaide, South Australia
Noel, born 1902 Perth, West Australia.

In the 1903 electoral Rolls John is entered as living in Rokeby Road, Subiaco, Perth, and his occupation as compositor/printer.
In 1912 the family built a 4 bedroom house in Townsend St, Subiaco.Their eldest son Jack enlisted in WW1 and was Mentioned in Dispatches and completed his service as a Captain. The two younger sons saw service in WW2, in the Army and Air Force.

 L-R: Jack,Noel, Alan

John held a seat on the Subiaco Municipal Council for many years and became Mayor of Subiaco for a period of three years between 1926 and 1929. It was for this service he had a street named after him in Subiaco, Perth.

John was 62 when he died on the 3rd of July, 1931.