Southon ~ First Generation


James was born c1776 (ref his DC). His origins are unproved, but he was very likely a son of James SOUTHON and Ann HOLLAND, bap 5 Jun 1776 at Tortington, Sussex (ref FamilySearch); they had married 16 Jul 1775 at Tortington. The marriage image is available in FamilySearch in the Tortington parish register: "James Southon of this Parish and Ann Holland, of the Parish of Horsham, were married in this Church by License, this sixteenth day of July in the year of Our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and twenty five by me John Carr Curate. This marriage was solemnized between us, James Southon, Ann Holland (both signed) in the presence of Joseph Harvey, Robert Legatt." There are two subsequent baptisms which may be siblings of James: Mary SOWTON, bap 11 Jun 1780 at Tortington, dau of James & Anne; and Thomas SOWTON, bap 15 Oct 1782 at Tortington, son of James & Anne. There are no other marriages of a similar James and Ann in Sussex around this time.

Occupation: Tin Plate Worker (ref his DC); Tinsmith (from DC of his daughter Mary).

Married 28 Jan 1805 at Saint Mary-St Marylebone Road, Saint Marylebone, London to Hannah SUMMERSETT; they were bachelor and spinster of the parish, and the witnesses were Robert Trotter (her brother-in-law) and Susannah Summersett (her sister) (ref Ancestry London marriages).

Circumstantial evidence is that Hannah was a daughter of Dalton SOMMERSET (from Sudbury, Suffolk) and Hannah MAYHEW, who married in 1781 at Westminster. Other children included Martha, who married Robert Trotter, and Susanna. Hannah's baptism has not been found and the family were probably non-conformist; she was probably born c1784 (ref 1861 census). SEE THE SOMMERSET TREE FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

James died 28 June 1839 at 28 William Street, registration district Saint Pancras, sub district of Regents Park (ref his DC which gives his age as 63 years).
His death reg Jun qtr 1839 at St Pancras dist (ref FreeBMD).

Ref 1841 census at William Street, Regents Park, Middlesex.
Together with children Hannah (25), Thomas (20), Charles (15) and a nurse, Margaret Ford (50):
Hannah Southon. Age 55. Ind. Not born in Middlesex.

No record has been found of Hannah Southon in the 1851 census; William Street, Regent's Park (district 7) was searched but there were no family members found living there, and she was not with the Underwood family of 1861 census.

Ref 1861 census. Middlesex, England. Parish of St Pancras. Address: 49 Drummond Cres, St Pancras.
Together with Fishwick and Underwood families:
Hannah Southon. Lodger. Widow. Age 77. Born Suffolk, Sudbury, Deaf.
[indexed as Seythony]

Ref 1871 census. London, England. Civil Parish of Pancras. Parliamentary borough of Marylebone. Ecclesiastical district of St Mary. Address: 49 Drummond Crescent, St Pancras.
Together with Atkinson and Underwood families:
Amy Southam. Wid. Age 86. Formerly Charwoman. Born Sussex [sic], Sudbury

Hannah died 5 Dec 1874 at 49 Drummond Crescent, registration district Pancras, sub district of Somers Town (ref her DC which gives her age as 95 years); buried 11 Dec 1874 at Finchley Cemetery. Her death reg Dec qtr 1874 at Pancras dist aged 95 (ref FreeBMD).



Death certificates

1841 census

1861 census

1871 census

Death certificates
1. Ann SOUTHON born 1805 at Marylebone, London  
2. Mary SOUTHON born 1807 at Marylebone, London  
3. Sarah SOUTHON born 1809 at Westminster, London  
4. James SOUTHON born 1810 at St Pancras, London  
5. Elizabeth SOUTHON born 1812 in London  
6. Hannah SOUTHON born 1814 in London  
7. George SOUTHON born 1816 in London  
8. Charlotte SOUTHON born 1817 at St Pancras, London  
9. Thomas SOUTHON born 1820 in London  
10. Charles SOUTHON born 1823 in London  

Revised 10 Jun 2020