GEORGE CHRISTOPHERSON

 

Mayor 1855 – 1856.

Second term of office – 1856 – 1857.

 

Member of the Liberal Party.

A Nonconformist – Protestant Dissenter.

George entered the Council in 1839 as one of the representatives of the St. Clement’s Ward.

 

Born: 4th September 1795, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Siblings:

Henry Christopherson, born 22nd May 1798, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised Stoke Green Baptised Church, Ipswich. An Ironmonger and Gentleman. On the 28th March 1822, at St. Peter’s Church, Colchester, Essex, Henry married Harriet Wallis, born 26th April 1804, St. Peter’s, Colchester, Essex, daughter of Joseph & Mary Wallis. In the 1840’s Henry & Harriet and their children immigrated to Ontario, Canada. Harriet Christopherson died 2nd November 1847, at Toronto, Ontario, laid to rest at Potter’s Field Cemetery, Pioneer Burial Ground, Toronto (Toronto’s first non-sectarian cemetery). In 1851, Henry resided at Caledon, Peel County with his children, and in 1861, at Kemptville, Grenville County. Henry Christopherson died 20th September 1862, Prescott, Grenville County, Ontario, Canada. He was laid to rest at Sandy Hill cemetery, Prescott, Leeds & Grenville County, Ontario, Canada.

 

Charlotte Christopherson, born 25th January 1800, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, On the 20th October 1835, Ipswich, Charlotte married James Sprigg, a widower, born 9th June 1796, Cannon Street Meeting House Birmingham, Warwickshire, a Baptist Minister at Stoke Green Baptist Church, Ipswich. Charlotte Sprigg died October 1837, Ipswich, funeral service held 16th October 1837, at the Meeting House, Tackett Street, Ipswich, laid to rest at Stoke Green Meeting Yard.

REVEREND JAMES SPRIGG

Baptist Minister James Sprigg – Adult Ministry, was late of Dublin, Ireland when in May 1828, he accepted the invitation to become the minister at Stoke Green Baptist Church. In April 1842, after fourteen years as a beloved and useful minister, James resigned. James formed a new church at Turret Green, Ipswich. Forty five members of Stoke Green Baptist Church were dismissed to accompany and unite with James. First worshipping at the Temperance Hall, before moving to Turret Green. After six years at Turret Green, James on the first Sabbath in October 1846, became the minister at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Margate, Kent. After 3 years, James resigned and in November 1849, accepted an invitation to become the pastor at West Leigh Baptist Church, Wiltshire. After the death of his fourth wife, Caroline in 1865, 125, Norwich Road, Ipswich, James auctioned the contents of his home and immigrated to Victoria, Australia, to be with his sons. James Sprigg, died 20th March 1868, at the residence of his eldest son, Victoria Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Laid to rest at a family grave, Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria.

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William Christopherson, born 3rd October 1801, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised at Stoke Green Baptist Church, Ipswich. A Merchant & Wholesale Ironmonger, of The Paragon, Blackheath. On the 3rd June 1833, at St. John the Baptist Church, Greenwich, Kent, William married Harriet Green, 17th June 1811, Eltham, Kent – 12th May 1849, Blackheath, Kent, laid to rest at May 1849, at St. John the Baptist Churchyard, Kent. Youngest daughter of John Green & Elizabeth Green (nee Butler), a Gentleman, of Eltham, Kent.

On the 23rd October 1850, at Trinity Church, Wandsbek, Duchy of Holstein, Germany, William married Jane Green, 1805, – 30th August 1858, 5th daughter of John Green & Elizabeth Green (nee Butler), a Gentleman, of Eltham, Kent.

For William to marry Harriet’s sister was considered distasteful and forbidden by the Church, therefore William & Jane had to travel to marry in Protestant Germany where the marriage of a widower with a deceased wife’s sister was permitted by dispensation.

THE PROCEEDING of the OLD BAILEY – 1674 – 1913.

Friday, 27th October 1851, before Mr. Common Serjeant and the fourth Jury. Prisoner Thomas Stephens, an Ironmonger, aged 35. Charged with Uttering Counterfeit Coin. Unlawfully obtaining goods of William Christopherson, by false pretences: to which he pleaded Guilty.

Feloniously uttering acceptance to a bill of exchange for £58, with intent to defraud William Christopherson.

Recommended to Mercy. There were two other indictments upon a like charge against the prisoner.

Found Guilty – confined 12 months.

THE PROCEEDING of the OLD BAILEY – 1674 – 1913.

Monday, 15th June 1846, at the Central Criminal Court, before Mr. Recorder and the first Jury. Prisoners Henry Kinton, a shoemaker, aged 17, and George Stone, a Labourer, aged 15. Charged with Pocketpicking: to which both pleaded Guilty.

For stealing 1 handkerchief, value 4s., the goods of William Christopherson, from his person.

The prisoners have both been convicted of felony on several occasions.

Both found Guilty – Transported for 10 years.

Before the court date, Henr y & George were detained at Newgate Prison, after their guilty charge, they were imprisoned together at Millbank Prison, to awaited transportation. The boys were later separated when George was sent to Parkhurst Prison, Isle of Wight.

Henry Kinton, departed 2nd June 1847, from Spithead, Portsmouth, onboard S.S.’ Joseph Somes’ with 250 other male convicts. Arriving 24th September 1847 at Van Diemen’s Land, before sailing on to Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia.

 

On the 24th November 1848, George Stone, was taken from the prison with 29 other Parkhurst Boys, to board S.S. ‘Hashemy’ for their transportation to Australia. Commander John Ross. George departed from Portsmouth, 2nd December 1848, with 237 other convicts. Arriving 9th June 1849, at New South Wales.

 

Samuel Christopherson, born 7th May 1803, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. A Controller of Her Majesty’s Customs. First at Ipswich, followed by Dovercourt, and finally at Preston, Lancashire. In 1843, Ipswich, Samuel married Mary Sage Bayley, born 9th September 1820, Woodbridge – 1858, Preston, Lancashire, daughter of William Bayley & Mary Bayley (nee Sage), a Ship Owner &  Ship Builder at St. Clement’s Yard, Ipswich. Samuel Christopherson died 16th January 1877, at Ipswich.

 

Charles Christopherson, born 23rd February 1805, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. A British & Foreign Fruiterer, of Tacket Street, St. Stephen’s, Ipswich. In 1843, Ipswich, Charles married Elizabeth Blowers, born 1818, St. Osyth, Essex, daughter of Edmund & Ann Blowers, a Collar & Harness Maker, of Spring Road, St. Osyth. Charles Christopherson died 31st January 1859, Ipswich. In May 1861, Elizabeth Christopherson married Ireland Graham, a Carpenter & Builder, they made their home at St, Osyth, Essex.

 

Frederick Christopherson, born 18th January 1807, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

Hannah Christopherson, born 18th November 1808, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised 23rd October 1808, at Stoke Green Baptist Church, Ipswich. Hannah died 1873, Ipswich. Laid to rest 3rd November 1873, at Ipswich Old Cemetery.

 

Eliza Christopherson, born 3rd March 1812, St. Clement’s, Ipswich. On the 10th August 1841, at Altona, Hamburg, Denmark (from 1640 until 1864, Altona was under the administration of the Danish monarchy), Eliza married her late sister’s widower, James Sprigg, born 9th June 1796, a Baptist Minister at Stoke Green Baptist Church, Ipswich. James Sprigg, died 20th March 1868, at the residence of his eldest son, Victoria Street, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Laid to rest at a family grave, Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria.

For James to marry Charlotte’s sister was considered distasteful and forbidden by the Church, therefore James & Eliza had to travel to marry in Protestant Germany where the marriage of a widower with a deceased wife’s sister was permitted by dispensation.

 

Mary Christopherson, born 7th June 1826, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised 11th June 1826. Mary died 7th July 1908, 59, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

 

Emma Christopherson, born 7th June 1828, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised 5th February 1830. Emma died 18th June 1898, Ipswich.

 

Mary & Emma lived together.

 

Ross Christopherson, born 17th January 1830, St. Clement’s, Ipswich, baptised 5th February 1830. An Auctioneer, Estate, House, & Land Agent. On the 30th July 1864, at St. Margaret’s Church, Lee, London, Ross married his paternal cousin, Rose Christopherson, born 1839, Eltham, Kent, daughter of William Christopherson & Harriet Christopherson (nee Green), of Eltham, Kent & King Street, London.

 

 

CENSUS

 

1841   St. Clement’s, Ipswich, Suffolk.

 

George was 45 years old, an Ironmonger. He was widowed and head of the household.

Hannah, 32.

Eliza, 20.

Mary, 14.

Emma, 13.

Ross, 11.

2 female house servants – Charlotte and Caroline.

 

1851   Fore Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

 

George was 55 years old, an Ironmonger. He was widowed and head of the household.

Mary, 24.

Emma, 22.

Ross, 21, an Auctioneer’s Clerk.

2 female house servants – Charlotte and Caroline.

 

1861   88, Berners Street, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

 

George was 65 years old, a Justice of the Peace and an Alderman of the Borough of Ipswich. He was widowed and head of the household.

Mary, 34.

Emma, 32.

Ross, 31, an Auctioneer and Actuary.

visitor – Abraham Kershaw Francis, 31, a Corn Mercahnt, born Ipswich.

visitor – Margaret Anne Francis (nee George), born Leeds, Yorkshire.

1 cook. – Charlotte.

1 housemaid. –Caroline.

 

Sisters Charlotte and Caroline Cresswell were employed as the Christopherson’s female house servants (cook and housemaid). Caroline, born 1815, Ipswich, left her employment with the Christopherson family in the Spring of 1861, when she married William Bailey, a shoemaker. Caroline died 1876, Ipswich. They made their home at 117, Fore Street, Ipswich. Charlotte, born 1810, Ipswich continued her employment with the Christopherson family until her death in 1884, Ipswich.

 

SOURCES:

Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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