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William Thomas Gaskin 1865

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William Thomas Gaskin and his eldest daughter Clara, taken about 1865. William Thomas was, according to the 1881 census, born in 1834 or 1835 at Finsbury but appears to have been baptised at St. Leonard's Shoreditch, together with his brother, George Samuel, on 1st March 1837. Existing evidence suggests he was the eldest child of William Gaskin, a carman, and his wife Mary (formerly Bowden). Their other children were Robert, (born 23/1/1838), and Sara Ann, born 1840. William Thomas's occupation at the age of 25, when Clara was born, was a Tugboat Fireman and the family was living at No.8 Thomas Street (later Havannah Street) Millwall. Clara's birth certificate gave her mother's name as Jane Gamble. However, Jane's marriage to William Thomas post-dates Clara's birth and took place at St. Thomas's, Arbour Square, on the 14th September 1864. By this time the family was resident in Stepney and William Thomas changed his occupation to Engine Driver. He appears to have worked on the Railway in this capacity, or as a Stoker, until he retired. Clara, the eldest of eight children, married her cousin, Robert Charles Gaskin, who became proprietor of the Golden Boot shoe store. She and her husband had eleven children, all born above the shop. She died aged 72, in 1932, at Twickenham. by Mr Gaskin