He was born in the Kings Brompton district of Somerset. He was a shoemaker and a cordwainer.
The photo to the left (source : Wikipedia) is a statue found in front of St Mary Aldermary in Watling Street in the City of London. This was the main shoe and boot making area of London and it still includes the Cordwainer Ward.
The word ‘cordwainer’ is derived from the name of the city of Cordoba in Spain, which was renowned for its fine leatherwork. A cordwainer worked on particularly fine leather so only the more skilled shoemaker would work with it. Hence, describing yourself as a cordwainer meant you considered yourself to be a better class of shoemaker.
- William born 11th June 1835 (my 2 x great grandfather)
- Joseph born 28th April 1837 (died 14th April 1921; possibly murdered at goldfields)
- Samuel born 26th August 1838
- Rachel born 2nd November 1842
- Matilda born 9th April 1845
- Fanny born 7th June 1850 (died 3rd February 1854)
The first four children were all baptised on 24th July 1844.
John died of bronchitis on 1st February 1871 at 9 St Paul Street, Marylebone. His wife died on 31st January 1873 at 11 North Street West, Marylebone.