The Family of Albert Ernest Wiedhoft

Albert Ernest Wiedhoft was born on Wednesday the 21st of May 1873, the youngest of eight children to William Daniel & Elizabeth (Bridgman) Wiedhofft in Holborn, London. When Albert was just two the wedding of his oldest brother (19 year old William Edward Frederick) to Johanna Sullivan took place in Holborn. In the July of the same year (1875) 20 year old sister, Elizabeth Agnes married James Samuel Peck at St James, Clerkenwell. The next we know of young Albert comes from the 1881 census. The family have now moved down the road from Holborn to Clerkenwell

1881 Census Dwelling: 15 Cyrus St Census Place: Clerkenwell, London, Middlesex, England Source: FHL Film 1341075 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0346 Folio 18 Page 14
Rel Marr Age Sex Occ: Birthplace
William WIEDHOFT Head M 52 F ?? Turner (Wood) Soho
Elizabeth WIEDHOFT Wife M 48 F   Holborn, Middlesex
Edwin WIEDHOFT Son U 20 M No Occupation Holborn, Middlesex,
Emily WIEDHOFT Daur U 18 F Perfumer (M C) Holborn, Middlesex
Arthur WIEDHOFT Son U 16 M Standard Office Printer Holborn, Middlesex,
Alice WIEDHOFT Daur 13 F   Holborn, Middlesex
Alfred WIEDHOFT Son 11 M Scholar Holborn, Middlesex
Albert WIEDHOFT Son 7 M Scholar Holborn, Middlesex

11th December 1883 Sister Emily married Edward Hewitt at St Pancras Register Office.
23rd August 1888 wedding of 19 year old sister Alice Amelia to Sydney Smith at St Pancras Church. It was at this time that Jack the Ripper was committing his gruesome murders in the locality, but terrible news was to come just 4 days after the wedding.
27 August 1888 Brother Edwin whilst adjusting a tarpaulin from an upstairs window of the Sun Fire Office in Threadneedle St. fell 40ft to the ground. He died 2 hours later that day in St Bartholomews Hospital from a fractured skull.

1891 Census 4 Seaford Street, St Pancras, London Note he has the 2 f's back in the name
William Wiedhofft Head M 67 Die Maker Employed Soho
Elizabeth Do Wife M 63     Holborn
Arthur Do Son S 27 z   Do
Albert Do Son S 17 z   Do

12th December 1892 his mother (Elizabeth) died aged 60 of phthisis at home in 4 Seaford Street, St Pancras.
9th February 1893 his father (William Daniel) died at home (4, Seaford Street). The death certificate gave the cause of death as"Cardiac disease Exhaustion"
28 May 1893 brother Arthur Henry married Christobel Alice Chambers May of this year at St Peters, Saffron Hill.

Ada Miriam (Chaffey) Wiedhoft

weddingAlbert married Ada Miriam Chaffey on the 14th March 1897 in St.Giles, Bloomsbury, London.


storkThey were blessed with a daughter Ada Miriam Agnes on the 13th February 1898 in Islington, North London.

1901 census 59 Winchester St. Islington (occupying 2 rooms)
Albert E Wiedhoft Head 27   electrician (employed) Holborn,
Ada M " do wife   24   Holborn,
Ada M " do dau   3   Islington

1905 Electoral Roll shows 10345 Wiedhoft, Albert Ernest 2 rooms unfurnished 2nd floor, 59 Winchester St. Islington.
Towards the end of 1905 Albert's brother Arthur Henry passed away in Islington aged 41 leaving wife Christobel with young Arthur aged 5 and 2 year old Christobel.

storkA second daughter Florence Elizabeth was born on the 22nd July 1907 in Islington

storkOn the 8th of February 1909, a son Albert William was born at 50 Winchester St. Barnsbury, Islington, N London; (On the birth certificate father Albert Ernest is described as a Journeyman electrician).

59 Winchester Street, Islington, London N
Albert Wiedhoft Head 37 married         Electrician Power & Lighting worker Holborn
Ada Wiedhoft Wife 34 married 14 3 3 0       Holborn
Ada Wiedhoft Daughter 13 single               Islington
Florence Wiedhoft Daughter 3 single               Finsbury
Albert Wiedhoft Son 2 single               Finsbury

Middle columns show married 14 years, three children born, 3 children still living, nil children that have died.

11th of January 1911 Brother and fellow electrician Alfred Albert Wiedhoft died when Ada would have been heavily pregnant

storkThe youngest member of the family May Frances was born on the 4th May 1911, also in Islington, N London

13th November 1918 brother William Edward Frederick Wiedhoft died at 8 Skinner Street, Clerkenwell, London (his engineering works?) and was buried on the 21st November in Highgate Cemetery.

Albert and AdaWiedhoft and family


Clipping from London Gazette 6 March 1925The next snippet I have found was an entry in the London Gazette 6th March 1925 giving details of civil service appointments for the 17th February 1925 showing that Florence had been taken on as a telephonist for the GPO (where she was to get the nickname of "Dutchy")

Son Albert William marries Winifred Avis Crocker from Pontypridd, Wales in the March quarter of 1940 in the Hendon registration district. (The BMD index shows the name as Albert E Weedhoft- but by the time they registered their first daughter the name had changed to Weidhoft)

A grand-daughter Hazel Mary Weidhoft was born on the 2nd June 1940 and the birth was registered in the Edmonton district.

reaperAlbert Ernest Wiedhoft died on the 14th March 1941 in Mill Hill, (Probate, Wiedhoft, Alfred Ernest of 110 Devonshire Road Mill Hill London NW7 died 14th March 1941 administration Llandudno to Ada Miriam Wiedhoft widow £264 16 3d.)

reaperAda Miriam Wiedhoft died on the 8th January 1969 also in Mill Hill, North London. She was cared for in her final years by her daughter May (always a caring & gentle person).

Our thanks to Lauren Payne for much of the detail and the lovely pictures shown on this page.

Albert Ernest Wiedhofft
b. Holborn 1855,
m. Ada Miriam Chaffey Bloomsbury 1897,
d. London 1941
Albert Ernest Wiedhoft about 1896


Daniel Chrystal Wiedhofft 1798 & Martha Baker,


William Daniel 1828 & Elizabeth Bridgman


Elizabeth Agnes 1855
William Edward F 1857
Edwin Edgar 1860
Emily Mary Ann 1862
Arthur Henry 1864
Alice Amelia 1869
Alfred Albert 1870


Ada Miriam Agnes 1898
Florence Elizabeth 1907
Albert William 1909

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