Mary Wiedhofft (Fleming)

Baptism of Mary Wiedhofft 1829

Mary Wiedhofft was born on the 4th of July 1837 in Bloomsbury, London and christened at St Georges Church on the 31st July as recorded in the neatest handwriting I have come across in a parish register.

1841 Census
our family are at Hyde Street, Bloomsbury (The ages of over 15s are rounded down to the nearest 5 years males in first column, females in the second), Ormolu manufacturer= maker of gilding paste. Y = born in county, F = born in foreign parts. Mary is listed as Maria.

1841 Census Hyde Street, Holborn, London 1841
Frederick Wiedhofft 45   Ormolu M   F
Mary do   40   Y  
Frederick do 15   Furrier Y  
George do 15     Y  
Charles do 14        
William do 12     Y  
Alfred do 10     Y  
Louisa do   7   Y  
Maria do   3   Y  

25th December 1848 oldest brother Frederick Augustus married Amelia Pike at St Marks Church, Clerkenwell.
12th May 1850 she became an auntie when Amelia is born to Fred and Amelia.

She appears on the 1851 census as a 14 year old daughter born in Middlesex. At this point older brother Charles had left for America and William and Alfred were possibly making plans to leave the following year. As brother Johan George cannot be found I wonder if he went off with Charles.

1851 Census 47 Devonshire St. Holborn (St George the Martyr ) Holborn
Frederick G Wiedhofft Head M 55 Chaser Germany
Mary E Wiedhofft Wife M 51   Middlesex
William Wiedhofft Son U 22 Brazier Middlesex
Alfred Wiedhofft Son U 19 Cabinet Maker Middlesex
Louisa Wiedhofft Daur U 17   Middlesex
Mary Wiedhofft Daur U 14   Mddx (see later)

We know that brothers William and Alfred sailed to the USA in 1852 on the Ship Hibernia.

1861 census Here we note that Frederick was recorded as being born in Manahiem (Mannheim) Germany. Frederick has aged 10 years since the previous census whereas his wife has put on 12 years, Louisa 8 and Mary only 7 years.

1861 Census 1 Hannah Cotts, Coml. Rd Camberwell. Lambeth, Peckham, Surrey.
Frederick Wiedhofft Head M 65 fund-holder Manahiem, Germany.
Mary wife M 63   Bloomsbury, London
Louisa Daur U 25   Bloomsbury.
Mary Daur U 21   Bloomsbury

4th January 1862 brother Charles marries Ellen Caine of New York in Lake, Illinois, USA. I have notes of daughters Charlotte, Isabella and Sophronia Charlotte from before this time and only know that Sophronia only lived for 6 months and 21 days when she died in July 1861.
7th June 1862 sister Louisa Ann married mercantile clerk William Rayner Filler in St Giles Church, Camberwell.
Apx. 1862 brother Alfred Henry marries Isabella Turner from Preston, Lancs. in the USA (probably Illinois).

Mary Wiedhofft & William Fleming Marriage 1865

Mary Wiedhofft married Scotsman William Fleming on Saturday the 27th May 1865 at St Giles Church, Camberwell. William was a 25 year old batchelor with address given as Hill Road. Peckham (same as the bride) his occupation was given as warehouseman, and his father also William as a merchant. The bride's father (Frederick Gottlieb) was described as a Gentleman. The marriage was performed by the rites & ceremony of Superintendant Registrars Certificate at the parish church, and the witnesses were Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft and Mary Ann Franke? (possibly Tranche or similar).

Mary's father (Frederick Gottlieb) died of Bronchitis on the 19th December 1865 at home at 19 Langdale Road, Peckham (then Surrey, now London). His age was given as 70 years, Occupation: formerly a modeller in Bronze. The death was registered by  husband William Fleming (present at the death) also of 19 Langdale Road. The burial was at Nunhead Cemetery, Southwark on the 28th December.

Their first child William Frederick Wiedhofft Fleming was born in the June quarter of 1866 in the Camberwell registration district.

The March Quarter of 1868 brought the birth of their first daughter Mary Elizabeth also in Camberwell, Surrey.

Another daughter Louisa Ann Calder Fleming joined the family in Camberwell in the September quarter of 1869.

1871 Census 27 Pleasance?, Camberwell, Surrey
William Fleming Head M 30   Agent and merchant Scotland
Mary         do Wife     30   Bloomsbury
William F   do son   4     Camberwell
Mary         do daur     3   Camberwell
Louisa       do daur     1   Camberwell
Brisella Stead Serv U   16 General Serv Lincs

We see from this that they have now moved up in the world with William as an agent and merchant living in Camberwell, Surrey. They even have a servant now!

Third daughter Georgina Edith Susanna Fleming was born before the 8th of March 1874, the date of her christening at St Giles, Camberwell.

18th March 1874 Mother (Mary Elizabeth Wiedhofft) died in Peckham aged 77, the death was registered by sister Louisa Ann Filler (present at death).

Somewhere between 1874 and April '76 our family moved across to 62 Tressillian Road, Deptford, Kent. where daughter Davida Jane Amy was born although her christening was at St Giles, Camberwell on the 9th April 1876.

Son Charles Percival was born in the April quarter of 1878 and the birth was registered in the Greenwich district.

15th January 1879 brother Johann George dies in Hackney.

1881 Census 62 Tressillian Rd Deptford St Paul, KentFHL Film 1341166 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0713 Folio 104 Page 2
William FLEMING Head M 40 M Woollen Agent Glascow, Scotland
Mary FLEMING Wife M 40 F   Bloomsbury, Middx,
William F.W. FLEMING Son U 14 M Scholar Camberwell, Surrey,
Mary E. FLEMING Daur   13 F Scholar Camberwell, Surrey
Louisa A.C. FLEMING Daur   11 F Scholar Camberwell, Surrey
Georgina E.S. FLEMING Daur   7 F Scholar Camberwell, Surrey
David J.A. FLEMING Son   5 M   Deptford, Kent,
Chas. P. FLEMING Son   3 M   Deptford, Kent,
Shows daughter Davida as David J A and has been changed from daughter to son!

Something will have happened in this period!

Census: 1891     62 Tressillian Rd Deptford, London 1891
William Fleming Head M 50 M Woollen Agent Glasgow
Mary Wife M 50 F   London Bloomsbury
William Son S 24 M Woollen Warehouseman ",Peckham.
Mary Daur S 23 F   " Camberwell
Louisa Daur S 21 F   " Peckham
Georgina Daur S 17 F Pupil Teacher ", "
Davida Daur S 15 F Pupil Teacher " Brockley
Charles Son   10 M Scholar ", "

28th December 1891 brother Frederick Augustus died in Kingston, Surrey.
William is named as an executor to the will of Fredk. Aug Wiedhofft (brother-in-law.) and is described as a Foreign Agent of 62 Tressillian Rd. St. Johns, Lewisham, Kent.(24 February 1892)

14 August 1897 daughter Georgina married Sidney Alfred Wilkes at St Peters Parish Church, Brockley, he was a 24 year old clerk from Putney, London. dad William is described as an agent and the address is given as 62 Tressillian Rd. (Davida Jane Amy Fleming was one of the witnesses)

9th Sept 1899 30 year old daughter Louisa married Harry Dawkins a 39 year old batchelor tailor of 8 Kew Rd. Richmond at St Peters, Deptford. Louisa of 62 Tressillian Road daughter of William Fleming Woollen Merchant. (witnesses Mary Elizabeth Fleming & Arthur J Smith) .

1901 Census  62 Tressillian Road, St Pauls, Deptford, London
William Fleming Head M 60 woollen Manufacturers agent own account
Mary wife M 59   London, Bloomsbury
William F son S 34   ", Peckham
Davida daur S 25   ", Deptford

31st October 1909 daughter Davida married master draper Samuel David Lockhart a 37 year old Batchelor at Lewisham Road Congregational Church, Greenwich. Witnesses Wm Fleming & Chas P Fleming

4th March 1909 Mary Fleming died aged 69 (actually 72) at the family home of 62 Tressillian Road, Deptford.
Probate Mary (Wiedhofft) Fleming

Mary Wiedhofft b. London 1837,
m. William Fleming Camberwell 1856,
d. Deptford 1909
St George the Martyr

Recent picture of St George the Martyr Church (close to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital)


Simon Wiedhoefft & Anna Christina Bissinger.


Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)


Frederick Augustus 1823
Johann George 1825
Charles James 1827
Alfred Henry 1831
Louisa Ann 1835


William F W Fleming 1866
Mary E Fleming 1868
Louisa Ann C Fleming 1869
Georgina E S Fleming 1874
Davida J A Fleming 1876
Charles P Fleming 1878


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