1870 adoptions?

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  1. eric kingsley

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    Hello again. This is a long story. My barber told me his cousin had told him that he (the barber) had an ancestor called Edward B Crichton who was a contortionist who had travelled widely and often been photographed. He went on to say that his (the contortionist) photo was part of the personal collection of the famous American photographer Richard Avedon and that it could be seen in an on-line slide sequence on the lensculture web site.
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    https://www.lensculture.com/articles/richard-avedon-richard-avedon-s-private-collection-of-photographs
    The shot is titled Harlequin, but it's easy to spot, it's a contortionist.

    Away from the hurly-burly of the barber's shop I looked at the photo and its caption again and it became clear that there had been a misunderstanding. The 1st name in the caption for each slide is actually the photographer and the 2nd name is the subject. So, in fact, it's the photographer that is Edward B Crichton not the contortionist. My barber said there was a Crichton forebear on his Mum's side and he'd be interested in seeing if there was a family connection, even if Edward was not a renowned contortionist after all. I offered to have a look.

    I found Edward B Crichton (in my barber's tree I guarantee), it was hard. Ancestry has him mis-transcribed as "Edward Blrichton" in the 1871 census at 94 Shrubland Grove, Dalston, Hackney. In 1881 him and his family (minus daughter Louise) are living in 40 Parkholme Road, Dalston, Hackney which is a pub called the "Prince George". It's still there. Edward is the "licensed victualler". No signs of photography in 1871 or 81. However there is something unusual about his household.

    Three of the children were born outside the UK. In the 1871 census Louise (Louisa) (17yrs) has the birthplace Breslau,Prussia (which is now Wrocław in Poland), Alexander (13yrs) was born in Russia and Harriett (9yrs) was born in France additionally there is a "Visitor" whose name is unreadable who is also from Russia. In 1881 Alexander's birthplace is refined to "Russia , St Petersburg" and Harriett's to "France, Paris". Why might this be?

    Initially I thought Edward and his wife, Agnes, were "citizens of the world" and she had given birth in 3 different countries. But this is highly unlikely. I don't think they are their children. So, what's going on? Adopted orphans? The Crimea War lasted from 1853 to 56 and the Franco-Prussian War from 1870 to 71. If Edward was just the cheery local landlord why did he have children from all over the globe living in his household? What were they all living on in 1871 when he wasn't running a pub? Any suggestions gratefully received.

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    *There is no photographer called Edward B Crichton as far as I can see. There is a Thomas B Chrichton who produced "cartes de visite" in the 1860s. Maybe the curators of the exhibition just made a mistake.
    *1871 - Registration district : Hackney, Sub-registration district : West Hackney, ED, institution, or vessel : 14b, Household schedule number : 335, Piece : 323, Folio : 80, Page Number : 64
    *1881 - Registration district : Hackney, Sub registration district : West Hackney, ED, institution, or vessel : 17b, Neighbors: (etc), Piece : 301, Folio : 5, Page Number : 3
     
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    Marriages Mar 1852
    Crichton Edward Barnes Shoreditch 1c 265
    Wardrop Agnes Shoreditch 1c 265
    A copy of this marriage is on Ancestry. Edward's occupation is given as Artist.

    Children from both census, but not the French born one.

    CRICHTON, AGNES WARDROP
    GRO Reference: 1864 D Quarter in HACKNEY Volume 01B Page 385

    CRICHTON, MAUDE WARDROP
    GRO Reference: 1867 S Quarter in HACKNEY Volume 01B Page 413

    CRICHTON, WILLIAM EDWARD WARDROP
    GRO Reference: 1870 J Quarter in HACKNEY Volume 01B Page 438

    CRICHTON, DELIA GEORGIANA LENTON WARDROP
    GRO Reference: 1873 M Quarter in HACKNEY Volume 01B Page 512

    CRICHTON,
    EDITH WARDROP
    GRO Reference: 1875 D Quarter in HACKNEY Volume 01B Page 523

    From FMP Russia Births & Baptisms.

    Alexander Crichton
    Mother's Agnes Wardrop
    Father's name Edward Crichton
    Birth date 02 Aug 1857
    Baptism date 03 Oct 1857
    The Baptism place is British Chaplaincy, St Petersburg, Russia

    Amy Crichton
    Mother's Agnes Wardrop
    Father's name Edward Crichton
    Birth date 05 Jan 1860
    Baptism date 30 Jan 1860
    The Baptism place is British Chaplaincy, St Petersburg, Russia

    Possible death of Edward, but not sure as the death is in Hampshire.OK think they got the County wrong in the transcription.

    NAME: Edward Barnes Crichton
    ESTIMATED BIRTH YEAR: 1828
    REGISTRATION YEAR: 1891
    REGISTRATION QUARTER: Apr-May-Jun
    AGE AT DEATH: 63
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT: Christchurch
    INFERRED COUNTY: Hampshire
    VOLUME: 2b
    PAGE: 484
     
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    I got as far as born 1827 and baptised in 1855. Well done @Sis
     
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    I was bored.:rolleyes::D
     
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    His probate on Ancestry says he died in Bournemouth.

    He retired to Hampshire.

    1891 census
    Place: Bournemouth, Holdenhurst, Hampshire, England
    Sub reg district: Christchurch
    ED, Institution or Vessel: 13
    Piece: 903
    Folio: 129
     
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    I have had a look for him, careerwise, maybe the Editor in Chief will come up with something in a newspaper
     
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    An Edward B Crichton applied for a passport in 1862. If it's him it's a bit weird as his Russian born children were born in the 1850's.o_O
     
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    They didn't get the county wrong.:rolleyes:
     
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    Maybe he worked in a circus. Just a thought.
     
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    A good thought as well.
    There is a baptism in the Same place in St Petersburg for another baby in 1860 father William Crichton.
    Brothers?
     
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    Richard Crichton wasn’t born until 1923
     
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    Looks like William Crichon Scottish engineer may be the brother of Edward. His biography has him with brothers Edward and Alexander. He was arrested during the Crimean War and was transferred to St Petersburg, released a short time later with the help of family connections.
    Their father was a Scottish shipowner.
    His children are, Louisa 1856, George 1858, William 1860, Alexander Owen 1862, Anne Mary 1864, John Allan 1865, Alfred 1868, Rurik 1870, James Dunlop 1874, Margaret Jemima 1876, Fanny Julin 1879.
    In 1850 he moved to Turku to lead a steam engine construction project.
    His grand uncle was Sir William Crichton who was a doctor to Grand Duke Nicolas before he became Tsar Nicolas. Wikipedia.
    Some of these children may have come back with Edward to England for their education.
    Williams wife was Annie Owens
     
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    I meant Richard Avedon :rolleyes:
     
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    In 1876 Edward Barnes Crichton was a member of the London Freemasons.
     
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    This from the Hackney and Kingsland Gazette 29th June 1891
    On the 25th inst., at Bournemouth, Edward Barnes Crichton, of Claremont, Osbaldeston Road, Stoke Newington, late of Dalston, aged 63. Interment at Abney Park Cemetery tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 o’clock.
     
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    I read it as Elizabeth James - FMP has Elizabeth Jones (and I think they are right:))
     
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    Sporting Life 13th January 1885
    The Parkholme Musical Club
    The members of this club held their first smoking concert of the new year on the 8th inst., at the Prince George, Parkholme Road, Dalston
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    There follows a list of performers which includes
    Mr E. B. Crichton concluded the first part by singing “What will you do, love?”

    There are a lot of adverts along the following lines
    Hackney and Kingsland Gazette 19th April 1878
    The Prince George, Park Road, Dalston
    Entire Charge
    The Best of Everything
    Reid’s Celebrated Stout 8d per pot
    do Porter 3½d per pot
    do Ale 4d per pot
    The only appointed agent in the neighbourhood for the Sale of Sir E. Lacon’s Yarmouth Ale, this in quality and brilliancy is far superior to Ales usually retailed at Sixpence per pot – 4d per pot.
    Spirits on Draught
    Booth’s Old Tom and Unsweetened Gin, Lorne Scotch Whisky, Dunville’s Irish Whisky, Mantell’s and Hennessey’s Brandies.
    Billiards, Pyramids & Pool
    Subscription Room. Players should enquire for particulars as this offers many advantages to ordinary Public Rooms.
    E. B. Crichton, Proprietor
     
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    From the National Archives website
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    So he would not have needed one (perhaps it was a status 'thing' so he got one)
     
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    I didn't know that MM. Learn something new all the time on this forum!:)
     
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