My three times great grandmother, Susannah Divall was probably born in Lewisham Village in Kent at the end of 1820 as she was baptised in St Mary’s, Lewisham on the 15th January 1821. Her parents were John Divall and Mary Ann, and her father was an innkeeper in the Village. She joined siblings John (born 1815), Fanny (born 1817) and Maria (born 1818); John’s baptism record is the only one to place the family at the Castle public house, while they all say he is either a Victualler or an Innkeeper. At first glance Fanny’s name does not appear in the baptism register, instead a Job Divall is baptised on the 16th February 1817. There is no further trace of Job and I believe this record should be for Fanny and that the register entry is incorrect. The following record is for a Fanny Trevett born to parents Job and Sarah from Sydenham. In the 1871 census there is a Job Trevett born in Sydenham in about 1821. I think the Vicar (Ed. Offord) got the christian names of the babies transposed as Fanny Divall definitely did exist! The Divall children’s grandparents were Henry Grubb and his wife Fanny, and their mother was Henry and Fanny’s daughter Mary Ann who married John Divall on the 18th March 1813 in Southwark. An inscription on a tomb in Lewisham churchyard explains what has happened to the family and also looks ahead: 112. Flat tomb In memory of | Fanny GRUBB | who died August 7th 1802 in her 39th year. Also Mary Ann DIVALL daughter of the above who died October 2nd 1824 in her 33rd year. Also John Divall husband of the above Mary Ann Divall who died September 27th 1827 aged 48 years. Also John Divall son of John and Mary Divall who died 16 November 1841 aged 26 years. Also Henry Grubb husband of the above Fanny Grubb who died July 29th 1845 in his 82nd year. Also Henry Grubb son of the above died September 30th 1863 aged 77 years. In the 1841 census Susannah, with her brother John and sister Maria are living with their grandfather Henry Grubb, and their uncle of the same name in Lewisham village next to the Black Bull. The Grubbs are both Greengrocers, while John Divall is a Collector. Their sister Fanny had married Kemsey Ingersoll  on the 6th August 1839 at St George the Martyr in Southwark. She is 23, and he is 21 and a Farrier; one of the witnesses is John Divall, presumably her brother. Kemsey and Fanny went on to have ten children all born in Lewisham, and by one of those strange genealogical coincidences their son Frederick Riley Ingersoll, born in 1857, went on to become the step-father of my grandfather who married one of Fanny’s sister Susannah’s great grandchildren! Susannah’s brother John died in November 1841 from a ruptured blood vessel. On his death certificate his occupation is given as Gentleman and the informant is a neighbour, Isabella Turpin. There’s more about the Turpins on the Grubb page. Their sister Maria Divall seems to disappear from the records, though a possible candidate was buried at St Alphege, Greenwich on 14 July 1854, age 32, from the Workhouse. Susannah gave birth to a daughter Louisa Frances Robson on the 31st December 1843 in Lewisham Village. She was baptised at St Mary’s Lewisham on the 31st January 1844. On both her birth certificate and her baptismal register entry her father’s name is given as John Robson, Coachman. However so far I have been unable to find a marriage for Susannah Rosina Divall and John Robson. Considering how well known the Grubbs, Divalls and Ingersolls must have been in Lewisham Village at this time, it would be surprising if she was not married, unless of course the families closed ranks ... The problem is not helped by being unable to find her and her daughter in the 1851 census, and no likely John Robson either. Susannah and Louisa re-appear on the 1861 census lodging at 87 Railway Grove, Deptford. Susan Robson is a widow, 39 and a needlewoman; Louisa Robson is 18. They were both to get married in the October of that year at St Paul’s, Deptford. Susan married William Charles Cater, a widower and a Labourer “of this parish” on the 13th. A week later on the 20th Louisa married Isaac Cattley. Each couple acts as witnesses to the other couple’s weddings. In early 1864 letters of administration were granted to Fanny Ingersoll and Susannah Rosina Cater, both of Lewisham, the nieces of Henry Grubb the younger who died intestate. Documents relating to the disposal of the estate are at Lewisham Archives, and at some stage I must get there to look at them to see if there is any clue to Susannah’s whereabouts between her marriage in 1861 and her death on the 10th March 1875 in Angus Street, Deptford which was registered by her husband. The most likely couple in the 1871 census are a Charles and Susan Cater living in the parish of Horton in Bradford. Charles is an excavator, aged 50 and born in Cambridge; Susan is a laundress, aged 40, and born in Kent. They are both a long way from home, and if this is them they were back in Angus Street, Deptford by 1875, when Charles registered Susan’s death from cancer. Louisa and her family are all living in Deptford in 1871, and her story is continued on the Cattley page. William Divall a Victualler of Lewisham wrote his will on the 29th March 1831 and died shortly afterwards as it was proved on the 19th April of the same year. The coincidence of name, occupation and place makes it almost certain that he is a brother of John Divall senior. His will is quite detailed: he probably never married as he doesn’t mention children and leaves all his property to his brothers and sisters and also to the orphaned children of his brother John - which would fit in with the death of John Divall senior in 1827. His executor is Henry Grubb the elder. Will of William Divall Victualler Lewisham 1831 This   is   the   last   will   and   testament   of   me   William   Divall   of   Lewisham   in   the   county   of   Kent victualler.   First   I   direct   that   all   my   just   debts   and   funeral   and   testamentary   expenses   may   be   fully paid   and   satisfied   as   soon   after   my   decease   as   conveniently   may   be   and   after   payment   thereof and   subject   thereto   I   give   and   bequeath   to   my   brother   James   Divall   the   sum   of   ten   pounds   of   like lawful British money for his absolute use. Also   to   my   brother   Stephen   Divall   the   sum   of   thirty   pounds   of   lawful   money   for   his   absolute   use. Also   to   my   brother   David   Divall   the   sum   of   fifteen   pounds   of   like   lawful   money   for   his   absolute use.   Also   to   my   sister   Martha   Randall   the   sum   of   twenty   pounds   of   like   lawful   money   for   her absolute   use.   Also   to   my   sister   Mary   .......   late   Mary   Divall   Spinster   the   sum   of   twenty   pounds   of like   lawful   money   for   her   absolute   use   and   to   my   niece   Isabell?   Divall   the   sum   of   five   pounds   of like   lawful   money   for   her   absolute   use   and   which   said   six   special   Legacies   I   direct   may   be   paid   to my   respective   Legators   as   soon   as   the   sum   may   be   conveniently   raised   by   my   Executor   after   my decease. Also   I   give   to   my   said   brother   the   said   David   Divall   all   my   wearing   apparel   of   every   kind   and description   whatsoever   to   be   delivered   to   him   immediately   after   my   decease   for   his   absolute   use. Also   I   give   to   my   said   brother   the   said   Stephen   Divall   my   watch   and   whatever   appendages   may be attached thereto to be delivered to him immediately after my death for his absolute use. And   as   to   all   the   Rest,   Residue   and   Remainder   of   my   goods,   chattels,   debts,   credits,   Estate   and Effects   and   property   of   every   description   whatsoever   and   wheresoever   which   I   shall   be   possessed of   and   not   .....   before   by   me   disposed   of   I   give   and   bequeath   the   same   respectively   and   the   whole and   every   part   thereof   and   all   my   right   title   and   interest   therein   and   thereto   with   the   appurts unto   and   equally   between   all   and   every   the   lawful   child   and   children   of   my   late   brother   John Divall   deceased   who   shall   be   living   at   my   death   if   more   than   one   share   and   share   alike   and   if only one the whole thereof to such only one absolutely. And   I   so   hereby   nominate   constitute   and   appoint   Henry   Grubb   the   Elder   of   Lewisham   aforesaid Yeoman   sole   Executor   of   this   my   will   and   I   direct   that   my   said   executor,   his   executors   and administrators   shall   be   answerable   only   for   so   much   monies   and   property   as   shall   come   to   his or   their   hands   by   virtue   hereof.   And   that   he   and   they   shall   and   may   retain   to   and   reimburse himself   and   themselves   out   of   the   monies   which   shall   come   to   his   or   their   hands   under   this   my will   all   loss   costs   and   expenses   which   he   or   they   may   sustain   or   be   put   to   in   the   execution   of   ..... this my will or relating thereto. And   lastly   I   do   hereby   revoke   and   make   void   all   former   wills,   codicils,   testamentary   dispositions by   me   made   and   do   publish   and   declare   this   only   to   be   my   last   will   and   testament.   In   witness whereof   I   the   said   William   Divall   the   testator   have   to   this   my   last   will   and   testament   set   my   hand and   seal   this   twenty   ninth   day   of   March   one   thousand   eight   hundred   and   thirty   one   Wm.   Divall [signed]   Signed   sealed   published   and   declared   by   the   said   William   Divall   the   testator   as   and   for his   last   will   and   testament   in   the   presence   of   us   the   words   "Mary   Divall   Spinster"   having   been first interlined in the first side. Geo. Parker Lewisham [signed] James Richards Lewisham [signed] Proved   at   London   19th   April   1831   before   the   Worshipful   John   Danbary   Dr   of   Laws   &   Sur.   By   the oath   of   Henry   Grubb   the   sole   executor   to   whom   admon   was   granted   having   been   first   sworn duly to administer. There’s enough collateral information here to suggest that this Divall family came from Cuckfield in Sussex, and were the children of Thomas Dival and Mary King who married in Cuckfield on the 10th April 1782. They are John (born c1780, so annoyingly before the marriage of Thomas and Mary, whose baptism I cannot trace, and the father of Susannah); James (baptised on the 12th February 1786); William (baptised on the 1st July 1787 and the writer of the will above); Stephen (baptised on the 16th November 1788, and married Susan Davey on the 7th February 1821 in Clayton, Sussex); David (baptised on the 28th November 1790); Mary (baptised on the 7th October 1792, who may or may not have married according to the will above); and Martha (baptised on the 22nd  March 1795, married James Randall 13th October 1813 in Clayton, Sussex).
Murray families: The Divalls of Lewisham and Cuckfield