William Alfred Wiedhofft & Family

William Alfred Whitcroft
William Alfred (Wiedhofft) Whitcroft

At the time of the 1861 census (7th April) our family are found living in the St Lukes parish of Holborn.In the household the parents, sisters Amelia, Mary and Ann and brother Frederick. Amelia would have been heavily pregnant with William Alfred.

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

William Alfred was born on the 14th May at 18 Regent Street, Holborn to Frederick Augustus and Amelia Wiedhofft.

In 1864 baby brother (Arthur) was to pass away before his first birthday.

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

1871 Census 29 Cross Street, St Mary, Islington
Fredk A Wiedhofft (t looks like an s) Head Mar 47   Furrier employs 1 man 2 boys & 10 women St George the Martyr London
Amelia wife Mar   44   St Sepulcre London
Amelia dau Unm   20 Student Clerkenwell
Mary dau unm   19 Scholar Clerkenwell
Annie dau     11 scholar Hackney
Wm Alfrd son   9   scholar St Lukes London
Louisa F dau     6   St Lukes
Maria Mildenhall servt unm   28 servant (domestic) Bethnal Green
Mary Coleman lodger widow   79 annuitant Clerkenwell

In the last quarter of 1873 William's mother (Amelia) died.


On the 5th July 1875 sister Amelia married Charles Alfred Cooper at Holloway Congregational Church.

William's father remarried about 6 months later. 5 July 1875.

1881 Census: Dwelling: 42 Upper Street Census Place: Islington, London, Middlesex, England Source: FHL Film 1341049 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0225 Folio 5 Page 9
Fredk.Augs. WIEDHOFT Head M 56 M Brush Maker St George The Martyr, Middlesex,
Emma WIEDHOFT Wife M 44  F . Brompton, Middlesex
Wm. WIEDHOFT Son U 19  M Clerk St Lukes, Middlesex,
Louisa WIEDHOFT Daur U 16 F Pupil Teacher St Lukes, Middlesex
Wm. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 20 M Brush Maker Islington, Middlesex
Chas. HUNTSMAN Stepson U 15 M Pupil Teacher Islington, Middlesex
Alfred HUNTSMAN Stepson . 11 M Scholar Islington, Middlesex
Mark WIEDHOFT Son . M   .Islington, Middlesex
Emma WIEDHOFT Daur . 3 F   .Islington, Middlesex
Elizth. VICKER U . 17   F Housemaid St Lukes, Middlesex

On the 6th of May 1882 brother (and fellow oilman) Frederick's wife Clio died of complications in pregnancy.


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

Marriage Certificate Walliam Alfred Wiedhofft & Alice Marion Stuart Salter

26 September 1887 William Alfred married Alice Marion Stuart Salter at Herne Parish Church in Kent

birthThe September quarter of 1888 saw the birth of their first child William Stuart Wiedhofft in Islington

1888 & 1889 Post Office Directory of London
Wiedhofft, William Oil & Colourman 218 Essex Road.
Wiedhofft, Frederick Oil & Colourman 201 Balls Pond Road,
Also listed was Wiedhofft Brothers 43 South Street, New North Road, N (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.

Electoral Register 1890 William Alfred Wiedhofft, 218 Essex Road (Dwelling House)

birthSecond son Charles Wiedhofft was born in the December quarter of 1890 in Islington.

On the 28th December 1891 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)

birthThird son Jack was born in the June quarter of 1892 in Islington


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

Fourth son Frederick Alfred was born on the 8th February 1907 in 87 Whyteville Road, Forest Gate (Birth Certificate details - Sub District Forest Gate County of West Ham Eighth February 1907 87 Whyteville Road. U.D. - Frederick Alfred - Boy - Father William Alfred Wiedhofft - Mother Marion Stuart Wiedhofft formerly Salter - Storekeeper - informant W A Wiedhofft Father 87 Whyteville Road, Forest Gate - egistered 7th March 1907)

1911 Census 27 Upton Lane Forest Gate, E
Name Relation Age Age Status Married   Occupation Worker? Business Born
William Alfrd Wiedhofft Head 49   Married 23yrs   Ironmonger own a/c at home Islington
Marion Alice Stuart W" wife   43 married 23yrs 4 children all living       Herne Bay, Ken
William Stuart W" son 22   single     insurance clerk worker   Islington
Charles son 20   single     brokers clerk for company agent worker   Islington
Jack son 19   single     assistant in business worker at home Islington
Frederick Alfred son 4               Essex West Ham
Thomas Edwin Salter father-in-law 84   widower           Devon Exmouth
William Alfred (L) & Jack (R) outside their shop.
London Gazette March 1918 Deed Poll

In 1914 he is described as an Oil Merchant, Trade Valuer and in 1918 as an Estate Agent, Trade Valuer. We also know that in the March of 1918 he and his family changed their name by deed poll to Whitcroft.

William died suddenly at a football match (Clapton v Wycombe W) in Upton Park, West Ham on the 15th March 1930. (note. My grandfather John Arthur Hewitt used to be a steward at this ground!)

Western Gazette Clipping

Alice died on the 14th May 1940 in Surrey

WHITCROFT Alice Marion Stuart, of Fowey Harbury-road Carshalton Beeches Surrey widow died 14 May 1940 Administration London 12 June 1940 to Charles Whitcroft accountant Effects £593 0s 8d

William Alfred Wiedhofft (Whitcroft)
b. Holborn, London 1861,
m. Alice Marion Stuart Salter, 1887 Herne, Kent
d. Upton Park Football Ground

Grandparents

Frederick Gottleib Wiedhofft & Mary Elizabeth (Ruppersburg)

Parents

Frederick Augustus & Amelia (Pike)

Siblings

---mother Amelia---
Amelia
Mary 1851
Frederick 1853
Charlotte 1855
Charles 1856
Ann 1859
Arthur 1863
Louisa Florence 1865
--- mother Emma---
Mark 1876
Emma 1878

Children

William Stuart 1888
Charles 1890
Jack 1892
Frederick Alfred 1907

Grandchildren

Yes