Frederick Wiedhofft & Wives

Frederick was born on the 10th of January 1854, at 20 Goswell Terrace, Clerkenwell, the third child but eldest son of Frederick Augustus and Amelia (nee Pike) Wiedhofft

On the 20th of January 1855 another sister, Charlotte was born at 6 Singleton Street, Hoxton, Shoreditch, London but sadly she died only months later (22nd April 1855) at the same address. The cause of death was certified as Inflammation and supporation after vaccination 3 weeks. She was buried on the 29th April at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington. (Weidhoffe, Charlotte 03m 013423 D07 1S07)

The June quarter of the following year (1856) saw the birth of brother, Charles, also born in Shoreditch, but again the registration of his death took place in Shoreditch in the June quarter of 1858. Another sister Ann Wiedhofft was born at 4 Temple Street, Dalston, Hackney on 21st May 1859

1861 Census RG9-202 18 Regent Street, City Road, St Lukes, Holborn, London
Frederick Augt Wiedhofft Head Marr 37 Furrier St Geo. the Martyr, London
Amelia Wife Marr 34   St Sepulcre, Middx
Amelia Daur   10 Scholar Clerkenwell
Mary Daur   9 Scholar Clerkenwell
Frederick Son   8 Scholar Clerkenwell
Ann Daur   1   Hackney


On 14th May 1861 brother William Alfred was born at 18 Regent Street, St Lukes, Holborn

Aunt Louisa Ann married William Rayner Filler on the 7th June 1862 at St Giles Church, Camberwell, Surrey

The birth of brother Arthur was registered in the St Lukes, Holborn district in the September quarter of 1863. Once again tragedy seems to strike with his death being registered in the same district in the June quarter of 1864.

Sister Louisa Florence Wiedhofft was born in the March quarter of 1865 in the St Lukes parish of Holborn.

On the 19th December 1865 Frederick's grandfather (Frederick Gottlieb) died at his home in Peckham.

1871 Census 35 Liverpool Rd? Clerkenwell (St Silas) (corner James St?)
Frederick Hackner Head Mar 50   Oil & Colourman Clerkenwell  
Frances do wife Mar   54   Kent, Tenterden  
Emma do daur unm   23 do Clerkenwell  
Fanny do dau unm   18 do Clerkenwell  
Martha M do sister unm   53   Clerkenwell  
Fredk Wiedhofft Apprentice unm 18   apprentice Clerkenwell  

In the December quarter of 1873 when he was 19 Frederick's mother (Amelia) died aged about 57.


In the January of 1875 Frederick would have turned 21. I will take a guess that he received a sum of money at this point to start his own business. (In his father's 1892 will he leaves- to my son Mark when he arrives at the age of twenty one the sum of two hundred pounds to start him in business which later goes on to say but in no case shall a sum be taked from the sum provided for the starting in business of my sons Frederick, William Alfred and Mark )

Sister Amelia was married at Holloway Congregational Church on the 5th July 1875.


In the first quarter of 1876 father (Frederick Augustus) remarries to widow Emma Huntsman (maiden name Sinkler ), the 1871 census shows her as a widow with 4 children ranging from 11 years to 18 months at 42 Upper St, Islington.

Frederick's 77 year old grandmother (Mary Elizabeth) died on the 16th March 1874 and the estate and effects were granted to his father (Frederick Augustus) of 20 Tyndale Place, Upper St, Islington. manufacturing furrier and natural son . Effects under £1500

Uncle Johann George (age 51) married Amelia Elizabeth Fordham on the 23rd April (St Georges Day) 1876 at St Pauls Church in Islington

Sister Mary married schoolmaster David Salmon at Islington Register Office on 17th June 1876.

The December quarter of 1876 saw the birth of half brother Mark Wiedhofft in Islington (the first child with stepmother (Emma) and half sister Emma was born in the March quarter of 1878 in Islington 1878

Post Office Directory shows Wiedhofft, Frederick, Oil & Colourman, 99 Grays Inn Rd. WC

Uncle Johann died in the March Quarter of 1879 in Islington age 54

1880 Post Office Directory Wiedhofft, Frederick Oilman 7 All Saints Road, Notting Hill

Frederick married Clio Newton on the 17th of May 1880 at St Marks Church, Clerkenwell. Frederick is described as an oilman of 12 Gt Percy St. Father (Frederick Augustus) as a brushmaker and Clio's father (Charles) as a gentleman (although a look at the 1881 census return for 12 Percy St shows...!)

1881 Census 12 Gt Percy St Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, England Source: RG11 Piece 0349 Folio 89 Page 22
C. NEWTON Head Mar 68 M House Joiner (Carpenter) Mile End, Middlesex,
A. NEWTON Wife : M 57 F . Battle, Sussex,
F. NEWTON Daur U 29 F . Dalston, Middlesex
N. NEWTON Son U 24 : M Stationers Assistant Hackney, Middlesex
R. NEWTON Daur U 19 F . Hackney, Middlesex
A. NEWTON Son U 16 : M Scholar Hackney, Middlesex

Frederick and Clio were eventually found transcribed as Frederick and Celia Widdihoft
1881 Census West Side 7 All Saints Rd Kensington, London, Middlesex, RG11 Piece 0037 Folio 83 Page 20
Frederick WIDDIHOFT Head M 28 M Oilman Hoxton, Middlesex
Celia WIDDIHOFT Wife M 22 F   Hackney

On the 6th of May 1882 Clio Wiedhofft died of complications in pregnancy (Albuminuria from pregnancy. Convulsions) at 12 Gt Percy St. Clerkenwell. (her parents' house) The death was registered by N B Newton (Brother) present at the death.

1882-1886 Post Office Directory of London Wiedhofft, Frederick Oilman 7 All Saints Road, Notting Hill. New to the directory in 1886 was brother William Alfred also an oil & colourman at 218 Essex Road (Islington)

26 September 1887 brother William Alfred married Alice Salter Herne Parish Church, Kent

1888 & 1889 Post Office Directory of London Wiedhofft, Frederick Oil & Colourman 201 Balls Pond Road, Also listed was Wiedhofft Brothers 43 South Street, New North Road, N and brother William's oil & colourman business at 218 Essex Road. (Note: Oil & colourman would have been a shop selling (and probably mixing) paints, lamp oil, etc.) When I was a boy the "oil shop" sold paraffin, paints, hardware, etc. and in 1986 I was regularly calling on a couple of painters and decorators on the Balls Pond Road.
1891 Census 201 Balls Pond Road, Islington RG12-0164 page 45
Frederick Wiedhofft Head Wid 38 Oilman Colour Employer London, Hackney
Maria Wedlake Housekeeper Mar 35 . . Norfolk, Blouston
Albert Wedlake Son S 18 Tin-box maker Employed Suffolk, Eye
William Wedlake Son S 14 Oilmans assistant Employed London, Hoxton

On the 28th December Frederick's father (Frederick Augustus) died at his home in Kingston on Thames


Post Office Directory of London 1893
Wiedhofft, Frederick Oil & Colourman 201/203 Balls Pond Road; 43 South Street, New North Road, N.
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 7 All Saints Road, Notting Hill
(So it would appear that he had extended his shop on the Balls Pond Road (203 was possibly a coffee shop in the 91 census) and taken complete control of the South Street site while brother William seems to have resurrected the Notting Hill shop.)
Post Office Directory of London 1895
Wiedhofft,Frederick Oil & Colourman 201/203 Balls Pond Road,
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road, North; Oil & Colourman 40 Hyde Road. N
(Fred's South St branch gone, William moved from Notting Hill branch to two new branches)
Post Office Directory of London 1896
Wiedhofft,Frederick Oil & Colourman 201/203 Balls Pond Road,
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road, North Oil & Colourman 40 Hyde Road. N
(Frederick must have been training to be a photographer here because in the following year...)
Post Office Directory of London 1897
Wiedhoff,Frederick Photographer, 338 New Cross Road, SE
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road, North; Oil & Colourman 40 Hyde Road. N; Oil & Colourman 203 Balls Pond Road,
(Now Frederick has the photographers business and brother William has taken over the smaller? Balls Pond Road branch.)
Post Office Directory of London 1898
Wiedhofft,Frederick Photographer, 338 New Cross Road, SE
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road, North; Oil & Colourman 203 Balls Pond Road, (Hyde Road gone)

In the June quarter of 1899 Frederick ged 46 married 42 year old Maria Wedlake (nee Mullinger) (his housekeeper in the 1891 census) in St Pauls, Deptford, Both were widowed.


Post Office Directory of London 1899
Wiedhofft,Frederick Photographer, 338 New Cross Road, SE
Wiedhofft W A Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road, North; Oil & Colourman 203 Balls Pond Road, Wiedhoft. William Embossing Press M 10 Little Greys Inn Road. WC 4

1901 census 338 New Cross Road, Deptford
Frederick Wiedhofft Head M 47   Photographer Own Account At home Do. (London, Hammersmith)
Maria Do. Wife M   44       Norfolk
William Wedlake Stepson S 23   Photographic Printer Worker   London
Beatrice Do Stepdaur S   21 Photographic Clerk Do. At Home Do

On the 29th July 1910 Frederick died at his home 358 Romford Rd. Forest Gate, (Essex/East London) his brother William A was present at and registered the death. The cause of death was given as acute pneumonia syncope (sudden death) In his will he left to his widow Maria £631 0s/7d

Post Office Directory of London 1914 still lists the following
Wiedhofft, Frederick Photographer, 338 New Cross Road, SE
Wiedhofft,Frederick Photographer, 106 Holland Park Ave, W
Wiedhofft,Frederick Photographer, 26 Junction Road, N

Maria died on the 13th December 1915 at her home 358 Romford Rd, Forest Gate, London. In her will she left £1219 8s 2d to William Henry Orme Wedlake (photographer) and John James Avery (gentleman)

Frederick Wiedhofft
b. London 1854,
m. Clio Newton 1880 Clerkenwell
m. Maria Wedlake 1899 Greenwich
d. Forest Gate, E London 1910

Grandparents

Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)

Parents

Frederick Augustus & Amelia (Pike)

Siblings

Amelia 1850
Mary 1851

Charlotte 1855
Charles 1856
Ann 1859
William Alfred 1861
Arthur 1863
Louisa Florence 1865
____ with Emma____
Mark 1876
Emma 1878

Children

no

Although we know of no photos of Fred and his family here are some from his studios.
  • Postcard
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