- William 1785
- William 1835
- William 1860
- William 1915
- ...... and me Billy Musgrove in 1954 (William John Musgrove) prior to my adoption.
William John Musgrove or Will, as he was known, was born on 13th May 1885 at 38 Treverton Street in the slums of Kensington.
- At the age of nearly sixteen on the 1901 census, he was described as an "office boy". Ten years later he had begun trading as a "newsagent (on own account)" living with his widowed mother and her two youngest children at 27 Southam Street.
He married Mabel Butler in August 1913, who was born almost next door to Will at 33 Treverton Street. Their address were both given as 38 Rackham Street. They must have moved to 45 Golborne Road shortly after the wedding.
They had three children :
- William Herbert Musgrove - 1915 to 1918 - born and died at 45 Golborne Road
- Stanley George Musgrove - 1919 to 1982 (see his story in Chapter 3)
- Vera M Musgrove - 1923 to 1997
"A bridge was next to his shop and the Great Western Railway passed by the end of his garden and along past Caroline's house. My brother, Gerald, and I used to train spot and watch the shunting from the roof of what would have been Nell Lowe's flat below." The nearest station was Westbourne Park.
I wonder how long he had the shop ? Probably most of his working life. When did they move to Langley Crescent, Hayes ?
Mabel died in 1977 aged 91.