This photograph was just provided to me this past week. I think it is a fascinating photo, the lady was not sure if it was related to us. The Eames name immediately caught my attention as did the English design of the home and the lady’s clothes. I did a little research and this is what I know.
This grocery and provisions store was on High Street in Alperton, Middlesex, England. Thomas Eames is the brother to my Emma Eames Stoker.
Thomas Eames lived in Alperton/Wembley, Middlesex, England his entire life. The 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901 censuses each have him living within the same square mile. The majority of these years were all on High Street, west of the railroad. He was a laborer and carpenter by trade. In the 1871 Census it shows his wife is a general shop keeper. I have a suspicion they took over a shop from his wife’s family. By 1881 he had become a postmaster and was running that within the store as well. In 1891 he was still the postmaster but he had turned the shopkeeping business over to his son, John Eames. By 1901 Thomas no longer worked but still lived next door, or in the same house, as his son John. The censuses do not make it entirely clear to me if these are separate households in separate homes or separate households within the same home. Most of them appear to be living in the same house.
I do not believe this building is still present. The stretch of High Street in the censuses are all to the west of the railroad. Much of this street has been modernized. Working down the street on Google Maps does not provide any buildings with the same design or brick pattern over the windows.
Thomas had a home named Vine Cottage. As shown from this document, it was registered in 1937 and was located at 332 Ealing Rd, Wembley, Middlesex.
We know some of Thomas and his family. He was born 28 June 1826 in Harrow, Middlesex, England to Thomas and Elizabeth Eames. We really do not know a whole lot more about his parents. I suspect he was actually born in Alperton, just that since Harrow was the name of the civil parish Alperton is within and that explains why it shows as where he was born.
He married Harriet Shettick 31 January 1847 in St Mary’s, Harrow on the Hill. She passed away at some point with no known children. He remarried to Christiana Leader in 1853. They had five children, Thomas (1854), Christiana (1856), Alfred (1860), John (1861), Emma (1864). Christiana passed away in 1896. He again remarried to Annie Clayton in 1896. We don’t know anything more about her and doubt any children were born to this marriage.
I know some more of some of the grandchildren, but I think I will leave that for another time. If anyone is related to this Eames line or knows anything more, I would be glad to hear from you.
Reposted with updates from 13 October 2012.