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    Thomas Farmiloe[1, 2]

    Male 1824 - 1897  (72 years)

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    • Name Thomas Farmiloe 
      Born 2 Jul 1824  [3
      Christened 25 Jul 1824  Clerkenwell (St. James) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Gender Male 
      Misc Between 1828 and 1850  [4
      had a savings account with the Finsbury Bank of Savings 
      • Thomas' savings account book with the Finsbury Bank for Savings has survived. On 4 February 1828, he deposited £5. His balance steadily increased until the final credit - interest of 6s. 7d. to bring the total balance to £132 4s. which was withdrawn on 23 January 1850. This withdrawal took place two years before Thomas first appears in the Westminster rate book as occupier of no 12 Rochester Row.
      Business 1851  [5
      He carried on business with William as window glass cutters at 33 James Street, Westminster 
      • Neighbours were Martin Charles Burney at no.26 and John Crouch at no.35, an oil and colorman. Perhaps the brothers got to know the paint business through their neighbour.
      Residence 1852  Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
      at 12 Rochester Row 
      • Thomas is first recorded at this address in the ratebook. He was occupying the property with a meakin, presumably a relative of his mother. The 1853 rate book shows him in occupation with William. Thomas is recorded in the 1861 Census as residing at this address. His household consisted of himself and his housekeeper, Elizabeth Stringer (see the enumerator's schedule). He had a warehouse next door. He was aged 36. The street was working class; neighbours included a bookmaker, tailor and a tobacconist's messenger with their families.
      Trustee 7 Mar 1855  Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
      He was aTrustee in Bankruptcy for Stephen PUZEY 
      • Title: Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette; Containing a Complete Register of English, Scotch, and Irish Bankrupts,Insolvents, Assignments, Assignees, Dividends, Certificates, Dissolution of Partnerships, &c.Calculated to Promote the Interests of Merchants,Traders, and Solicitors.
        Thomas Perry, 1855: xxx 352 308
        1 April 1855
        ASSIGNMENTS Gazette - Mar. 20, 1855.
        PUZEY Stephen, (Mar. 7,) of Sloane-st, Chelsea, house decorator. Trustees - Thomas Farmiloe and William Farmiloe, of Rochester-row, Westminster, lead merchants, & Joseph Field Clifton, of Little Cadogan-pl, Chelsea, corn dealer. Sol. - E. Draper, of Charlwood-st, Pimlico
      Business 1856  Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
      He was carrying on business as Lead and glass merchants at 12 Rochester Row 
      • Rochester Row south side:
        neighbours were St. Stephen's Parish Church clergy and school staff
        no.11 Frederick Littlejohn, saw maker
        n o.10: Richard Legg, bootmaker
      Elector From 1865 to 1877  [11, 12, 13
      was recorded as an elector in Westminster for 1866/67 and in 1877 as a ratepayer. 
      • The register shows Thomas registered at this address with his brother William (qv). The 1869 Ordnance Survey map shows the lay out of the streets in the districts of Westminster and Victoria. This was an area of great contrasts. Half a mile to the west of Rochester Row, the wealthy district of Belgravia had been developed between 1820 and 1860 as part of the Grosvenor Estate by Thomas Cubitt. Victoria Street was still being developed at the time of this map. This development was part of the major slum clearance schemes of this period. There were still very deprived alleys or "rookeries". Very near Rochester Row was Pye Street, the home to many street musicians and coiners. The adjoining Duck Lane comprised low lodging houses and was a notorious resort of thieves. Prostitutes lived in Anne Street and in Orchard Street there are said to have been as many as 60 double beds in one lodging house. There were two prisons nearby, Millbank (just southof the OS map) and the Middlesex House of Correction.

        With the construction of Victoria Street, many of the poor were evicted, 75% having to go south of the river. Slum clearances in other parts of London led to thousands of inhabitants being made homeless. Many working men could not afford the time or cost of living in the suburbs. Discontent led to serious public diisorder. In the bitterly cold February 1886, a rally of 20,000 unemployed dockers and building workers gathered in Trafalgar Square. As the crowd was led to Hyde Park, the leaders lost control; Club windows were smashed in Pall Mall and St.James's Street and shops were looted.

        Thomas and William are recorded as ratepayers in 1877. The property seems to be have been nos. 19-29 Rochester Row, including a Counting House and two warehouses. The amount valued for the "Poor rate" was £417 and the rate in the £ was 2s 1d.

      Occupation Bef 1865  12 Rochester Row, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
      trading in partnership 
      • From the electoral register, he seems to have been at this address in business with brother William in 1865 or earlier.
      Court case 19 Jul 1869  Salisbury, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
      • The Times reported that the action was heard before Mr Justice Lush and a Common Jury in the Western Circuit, Civil Side. Mr Falkend appeared for Mr Tanner, the Plaintiff and Mr Kingsdon QC and Mr Collins appeared for the Defendants. The Plaintiff was a painter and glazier at Chippenham. The Defendants were all merchants in London. The Plaintiff had been in the habit of purchasing his oils from the Defendants. In June of the previous year, the Plaintiff purchased some which he alleged were so bad that the paint mixed with it would not dry and in consequence he sustained loss by being injured in his trade and not being paid for work he had done.
        On the part of the Defendants, it was alleged that the oil was good and must have been mixed by the Plaintiff with other injurious matter.
        The case lasted almost the entire day and resulted in a verdict for the Defendants.
        (Note: the reference in the report to the Defendants being "all" merchants suggests that there were more than two and therefore that John Farmiloe was already a partner).
      Will 19 Mar 1888  [16
      • At this time, Thomas was still living in Rochester Row. He appointed his brothers William and John as his Executors and bequeathed each of them £1,000 for their trouble. To Emma Pearson, he bequeathed also £1, 000 in recognition for "the constant kindness and attention she has bestowed upon my father". He left £2,000 to each of his nephews and nieces who attained the age of 21. The residue of his estate was left equally to such of his brothers George, William, Lewis, James and John as survived him. The will was drawn up by Thomas' solicitor R Albert Rundle of 80 Coleman Street, E.C.
      Inv. 16 Jul 1890  [17
      about a new type of water closet 
      • TF filed a patent claim for a new type of water closet, along with Frank Richard and William Panario. TF probably financed the patent application. It appears the application was accepted on 9th May 1891.[copy held]
      Court case 8 Sep 1890  the Old Bailey, City of London Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
      was the victim in a trial of two men for fraud relating to white lead of which one was convicted 
      • 677. THOMAS RAISBECK and WILLIAM DAVIS, Unlawfully conspiring to obtain, and obtaining white lead and other articles, the goods of Thomas Farmiloe and another, by false pretences, with intent to defraud.
        MESSRS. SCRUTTON and BOOTH Prosecuted; MR. PURCELL Defended Raisbeck.
        WILLIAM SHACKLE . I am clerk to Thomas and William Farmiloe, lead and glass merchants, of Rochester Row, Westminster—on the afternoon of 7th August, Davis, whom I had not seen before, came to the shop, and presented me with this order, purporting to be from Messrs. Prestige and Co., of Cambridge Wharf, customers of ours. (This was for 3 cwt. of white lead, 1 cwt. of putty, 10 gallons of linseed oil, and 10 gallons of turps. Signed H. West, Prestige and Co.)—he took the things away in a van belonging to Saunders—the order from Prestige and Co., which we thought was genuine, induced us to give him the goods.
        FRANCIS BRYANT . I am clerk to Messrs. Farmiloe—on 11th August, Davis came and presented this order. (Dated Cambridge Wharf for 6 cwt. of white lead, 1 cwt. of driers, 1 cwt. of stone ochre, 10 gallons of boiled oil,10 gallons of turpentine, 20 gallons of linseed oil, 10 gallons of oak varnish,6 1-lb brushes, 1 dozen sash tools, 4 stock brushes, 5 cwt. of No. 10 zinc, and56 lbs. of solder. Signed H. West, Prestige and Co.)—I took it to our counting-house and had it passed in the usual way, and the goods, which were of the value of £34, were delivered to Davis—the invoice price of the white lead was 22s. 6d.—the prisoner's representation that he came from Prestige and Co., and my master's signing the order, induced me to give him the goods—the day Davis was apprehended at Canning Town, I pointed him out to the inspector—the same day I went to his house, 14, Garberry Road, Canning Town—I there found twenty-two painter's brushes, and two rolls of zinc, part of the goods supplied with this order—the same day I went to Mr. Fisher at North Woolwich, where I found other goods, also part of the order.
        Cross-examined. Davis represented that he was a builder, and that these things were wanted for building purposes—they were such things as a builder would require—14, Garberry Road is Raisbeck's house—he was not there when I wont—I went with Detective Beard; we fetched Raisbeck from the Freemasons' Tavern, and he knocked at the door, and we were let in—one roll of zinc was standing up in the passage, and one in the front parlour—the rolls were three feet high and three feet wide—at the back of the house is a place used as a workshop—Beard found the brushes; they and the zinc were the only part of the order found at Garberry Road.
        FREDERICK MAGER . I am clerk to Messrs. Prestige and Co., builders, of Cambridge Wharf—they are customers of Messrs. Farmiloe—neither of these orders was given by Messrs. Prestige—there is no foreman named West in their employment.
        BENJAMIN FISHER . I am a painter of 58, Portland Road, Tidal Basin—I do contract work—on Saturday, 9th August, I saw Raisbeck at Freemason's Road—he said he knew a party that had got some white lead and oil for sale cheap; I said I could do with it—I had known him previously—he said, "I don't know where he (meaning Davis) is, but if you come with me we will try to find him"—I knew Davis by sight—we found him at the Freemasons' Tavern—Raisbeck introduced me to Davis; he said, "This is Mr. Fisher, who is come about the stuff you have for sale"—Davis said, "I have sold what I had to Mr. Abrahams, but if you tell me what you want, I can get you anything you require," or something to that effect; I then gave him an order for some white lead, oil, and turps, and Oxford ochre—I ordered no varnish, boiled oil, or brushes—I asked Davis the price of white lead; he said he thought it would be about 16s. a cwt.—he promised to deliver it about two o'clock on the following Monday, the 11th—on the 11th I waited all day for him; he did not turn up till the evening—about eight o'clock Raisbeck came to the door with Davis, and said, "We have got your stuff"—he said it was waiting down at the Freemasons' Tavern in the van—ultimately, I, Raisbeck, Davis, and the carman went there, and the goods were unloaded at my works at Silvertown—Raisbeck said at the house, "Do you know what your things come to?"—I said, "No"—he took a book similar to this out of his pocket, and said, "It comes to about £10"—nothing was said about brushes, because going along Davis said, "I have brought more than what you ordered; I have brought ten gallons of varnish, some driers, and some boiled oil; will you take the lot?"—I said, "It must be at a low price then, because I have no immediate use for it"—Raisbeck said at the house, "You had better bring some cash with you"—I took £5 with me, which I paid to Davis—I was to meet him at the Prince of Wales public-house the following evening to have an account with him—they did not keep the appointment—next evening Raisbeck came to the house about nine o'clock, and said, "Here is Davis, he wants £2 tonight bad"—I declined to give him £2; I said, "He can have £1 if it is any use to him"—Raisbeck said, "Very well, you had better give it to him himself"—I went out and gave it to Davis—I took Bryant to my works, and he identified the goods as those supplied by Farmiloe—on the Monday night Raisbeck said he had some brushes that were of no use to him, and I could buy them if I liked—I said I would call round and see them—I called round on the Tuesday evening, I think it was, and he was not at home.
        Cross-examined. I am only a painter, and do not execute building contracts—I have known Raisbeck seven or eight years, he is a plumber and zinc-worker—the greater part of the time I have lived near Garberry Road, and before that he was living at Plumstead—during the time I have known him he has always borne the character of a respectable man—he was a member of Lady Ash-burton's mission—he said, "I don't know whether he has sold them yet, but if you will come with me I will try and find him"—he did not tell me first of all it was Davis who had the things to sell; he said a party—I formed the impression that perhaps Davis had sold them—the conversation with Davis and Raisbeck was in the Freemasons' Tavern—it lasted a few minutes, or perhaps a quarter of an hour—in the course of conversation it was suggested that some memorandum should be taken of what I would buy—Raisbeck said to Davis, "You had better take it down in writing properly, to make no mistake;" something like that—I then took out a piece of paper and wrote down the things I wanted—he did not say he had any goods, but that he could get me any I required, and I put down what I wanted, and then tore the leaf out of my book and handed it to Davis—Raisbeck did not then interfere with his book—I did not see this till the goods were delivered; I never saw it at the Freemasons' Tavern—the only price we went into was that of white lead—until Monday evening Raisbeck said nothing after introducing me to Davis; he left us to discuss it—the first time I saw this book was on Monday evening, when Raisbeck said, "Do you know how much it comes to?" outside my door—Davis was there, and the sum was mentioned—Raisbeck said, "You had better bring some cash with you, because Davis wants some," and I brought £5 and paid it to Davis—when the goods were unloaded zinc and metal were left in the van—the place where the goods were unloaded, and from which they took the zinc and metal away, was in Silvertown, which is about a mile from "Garberry Road—the unloading was completed I daresay at nearly 9 o'clock—when Raisbeck came to my house some nights after I saw Davis standing some distance off against the lamp post—I said I could not give him more than £1 till I had had a bill or a settlement.
        By the COURT. I do not usually purchase goods in this way, but knowing Raisbeck for some years I thought the thing was straightforward—Raisbeck is a zinc-worker and plumber.
        CHARLES BEARD (Detective A). On 14th August I saw Raisbeck at the Freemasons' Arms Tavern—I called him outside, and said, "I am a police officer; I want you to give me an account of some zinc and solder and brushes that you have received from a man named Davis, who is in custody"—he said, "All that I know, he asked me to take them in to mind them for him"—I then went to No. 14, Garberry Road, where he said he lived—in the front passage I found a large roll of zinc, and in the front parlour another roll—in the-back bedroom, under the head of the bed, on the floor I found twenty-two brushes—Bryant, who was with me, identified them as Farmiloe's goods—I said to Raisbeck, "Your account is very unsatisfactory. I shall take you into custody for being concerned with Davis, for obtaining a great quantity of oils, white lead, and other articles from Messrs. Farmiloe"—he said, "Yes, that is all right"—I conveyed him to Canning Town; he was searched, and this book was found on him.
        Cross-examined. Davis's address is in Queen's Road, Upton Park; I know nothing of that neighbourhood.
        WILLIAM DOUGAL (Detective A). (Not examined in chief.)
        Cross-examined. I apprehended Davis at Argyll Road, Canning Town—on the way to the railway station Raisbeck was going in front with Beard—Davis said, "What has Raisbeck to do with it? No one knows about the job except myself"—Davis gave the address 151, Queen's Road, Upton Park—Garberry Road is nearer Canning Town where Fisher lives than Upton Park—the carman told me he came over the bridge, and came close by Upton Park.
        At the close of the evidence the case was adjourned till next day, when one of the jurors did not appear. Another juror was added to the eleven; the notes of the evidence were read over to the witnesses by the shorthand writer, and they assented.
        BENJAMIN FISHER added in cross-examination: Raisbeck said, "I don't know whether he has sold it yet, but if you will come I will try and find him"—Raisbeck did not come to me afterwards—I only went to him once—I never said he could not have the brushes without Davis's knowledge or anything of that kind.
        EAISBECK received a good character— NOT GUILTY .
        DAVIS— Eighteen Months' Hard Labour.
      Business 23 May 1895  [19
      Thomas Farmiloe entered into a deed of partnership with four of his brothers. 
      • An Indenture dated 23 May 1895 records that James Farmiloe entered into partnership with his brothers Thomas, William, John and George to establish a formal partnership to carry on business as lead manufacturers at the Island Lead Mills, Island Row, Limehouse with effect from 1 January 1895. The deed records that the business had been carried on for some time before that. It would appear that James was the senior or majority partner and was to be the Manager of the business.
      Co form 16 Dec 1896  [20
      • The company was known as T & W Farmiloe Limited. Thomas subscribed for one share in the Memorandum of Association, as did brothers William and John and also William's son George Arthur and John's sons Henry John, Harold and James Lewis. On the same date, the three brothers signed an Agreement whereby they transferred the assets and liabilities of the Lead and Glass and Colour and Varnish manufacturing business, carried on in partnership under the name of T & W Farmiloe. This firm had been started by Thomas and William in the middle of the century. The implicit value of the firm was £300,000 as the consideration for the transfer of the partnership assets to the new company was the allotment of 3,000 shares of £100 fully paid.
      Died 11 Feb 1897  Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
      • The date of death is recorded in the Principal Probate Registry.
      Buried 17 Feb 1897  Highgate, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
      • The funeral invoices have survived. There was a hearse drawn by four horses accompanied by mourners. The total cost came to about £55.
      Probate 29 May 1897  [16
      • Probate was granted to John Farmiloe. The gross value of the estate was £133,714 18s 2d
      _UID 7BD924CD6A3BD84C88B01ED9870502BF8A54 
      Person ID I14  Farmiloe
      Last Modified 18 Dec 2011 

      Father George Farmiloe,   b. 9 Feb 1799, Clerkenwell, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1891, Islington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
      Mother Elizabeth Meakin,   b. 1794, Stone, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1871, Tyllerye House, Park Road, Holloway, Islington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
      Married 31 Aug 1823  Christ Church (Spitalfields) Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
      • George and Elizabeth married by licence (like George's grandfather William). The marriage was solemnised by Neil Sheldale Buter. Thomas Meakin and Mary Noble were witnesses
      Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Sources 
      1. [S2] GEDCOM file imported on 25 Dec 2003.

      2. [S1] GEDCOM file imported on 4 January 2012.

      3. [S3] P C Edwards Pedigree.

      4. [S62] Farmiloe, John: papers, Savings Book (Finsbury Bank for Savings).

      5. [S27] Post Office London Directory, 1851 page 316 (Reliability: 3).

      6. [S25] Census: 1861, PRO ref. RG 9/49/115.

      7. [S79] Westminster Archives enquries, Farmiloe: ref 248.

      8. [S78] Westminster Rate Books, 1853.

      9. [S153] Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette, 1855: xxx 352 308 (Reliability: 2).
        supplied by FONS

      10. [S27] Post Office London Directory, 1856 (Reliability: 3).
        reference supplied by FONS

      11. [S43] Westminster Register of Electors, Parish of St. John.

      12. [S44] Old Ordnance Survey Maps.

      13. [S45] Poor Rate Book, p.291 [ref. E 753].

      14. [S43] Westminster Register of Electors.

      15. [S61] Times, the, 22 July 1869 p.10 col.d.

      16. [S37] Probate Calendar National Index, 1897.

      17. [S146] Patent Office (Reliability: 3).
        Purchased from The Internet Bookshop on 8 March 2004.

      18. [S141] Old Bailey proceedings, 677 (Reliability: 2).

      19. [S186] Indenture dated 23 May 1895 (Reliability: 3).

      20. [S32] Company file, T.&W. Farmiloe, Limited no. 50598 (microfiche).

      21. [S37] Probate Calendar National Index.

      22. [S62] Farmiloe, John: papers.

      23. [S21] Christ Church Spitalfields PR, Page 279.