I Have reached a bit of a dead end for now with James Fellowes Cullum, so maybe I can open up a few more lines of enquiry by stepping one generation further back to his father, James Henry Cullum.
James Henry Cullum was born in Bethnel Green or Chelsea in about September 1851. He was the son of James and Mary Ann Cullum who were both aged about 23 when James Henry was born. James Henry Cullum had one other known sibling born in 1859 in Chelsea – Mary Ann Phoebe Cullum. As far as we know, James Henry followed in the steps of his father James Cullum (confusing I know with all of these James’s) by running the family grocery business. It is alleged that the Cullum family grew produce in Northamptonshire and sent two lorry loads a week to London.
The firm of Lucas and Bailey Solicitors of Fleet Street London acted on behalf of James Henry and his father. The Baileys had three generations in law. After Arthur Bailey, his son did not wish to carry on in the law profession. The Bailey’s were also family friends and it is believed that James Henry had a brief marriage with one member of the Bailey family. It is not known if this ended through death, divorce or annulment.
In 1888, James Henry married Agnes Elizabeth Fellowes in Fulham. Earlier census returns do indicate that James Henry did however have an earlier marriage to someone called Mary A. who was like Agnes was also born in Islip, Northamptonshire. At the time of marriage, James Henry was aged 37 and Agnes Elizabeth was aged 23. Their first daughter Elizabeth Lavinia was born one year later.
By 1901, James Henry and his family are living at 5 Lincoln Street, Chelsea. At this time, James Henry is listed as a rent collector. Presumably he has another property at least that he is renting out. Could this be 18 Coulson Street where the family previously had their shop? 18 Coulson Street at this time is inhabited by Frank Baker and his family. Frank is recorded as a Guilder and Decorator.
During the early 1900s, James Henry moved with his family to Northamptonshire. This was apparently due to the fact that James Henry had contracted T.B. and the Northamptonshire air was healthier for his condition than the London smog.
By the time of the 1911 census, James Henry and Agnes are living at Park House, Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire. The same census reveals that James Henry and Agnes had a total of 8 children but only 7 were surviving at this point. James Henry is listed as a farmer and employer. The family also had a servant called Edith Clara York living with them.
Apparently James Henry and Agnes used to buy £6.00 of fireworks each year for the village and hold a fireworks event at Park House, Titchmarsh. On a similar vein, Agnes is alleged to have bought joints of meat on a weekly basis and hung them in the kitchen named for the paupers of the community.
- 1851, James Henry born in Bethnell Green
– 1861, James Henry is living with his parents at 18 Coulson Street, Chelsea and is listed as a scholar
– 1871, James Henry is living with his parents at 18 Coulson Street, Chelsea and is listed as a Green Grocer
– James Henry marries Mary A. ?
– 1881, James Henry and Mary A. living 25 Draycott Place, Chelsea. James is listed as a Greengrocer’s Assistant
– Mary A. dies
– 1888, James Henry marries Agnes Elizabeth Fellowes in Fulham
– 1889, daughter Agnes Elizabeth born in Chelsea
– 1891, son James Fellowes born in Chelsea
– 1891, Living at 18 Coulson Street in Chelsea and listed as a Greengrocer
– 1894, son Henry William born in Chelsea
– 1895, daughter Dorothy May born in Lambeth
– ?, son John born
– 1899, daughter Madeline Emily born in Chelsea
– 1899, Listed in the Post Office Trades directory at 18 Coulson Street, Chelsea
– 1901, Living at 5 Lincoln Street, Chelsea. Listed as a rent collector living on own account
– 1901, daughter Agnes Mary born in Chelsea
– 1906, Listed in Kellys Directory at Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire
– 1910, Listed in Kellys Directory at Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire
– 1911, Living at Park House, Titchmarsh. Listed as a Farmer
– 1914, Listed in Kellys Directory at Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire
– 1915, son James Fellowes Cullum marries Phoebe Ane David in Chelsea. James Henry is listed as a Gentleman on the marriage certificate.
– 1920, James Henry dies at Watford, Northamptonshire
- Confirm where and when James Henry was born?
– What was £5.00 worth in 1873
– Who was James Henry’s first wife?
– How did James and Mary A. meet?
– How were the family connected to the Baileys?
– Where did James Henry and Agnes Fellowes marry?
– Who was James Henry and Agnes’s 8th child?
– When did James move the family to Northamptonshire?
– Where did the family first move to in Northamptonshire?
– What were the symptoms/causes of T.B. and was fresh air a cure?
– Does Mary Anne Phoebe Cullum have any descendents?