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|
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|
|Wm Alfrd||son||9||scholar||St Lukes London|
|Louisa F||dau||6||St Lukes|
|Maria Mildenhall||servt||unm||28||servant (domestic)||Bethnal Green|
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||.||4||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)
26 September 1887 William Alfred married Alice Marion Stuart Salter at Herne Parish Church in Kent
The 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)
Second 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)
Third 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|
|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|
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!)
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 Stuart 1888
Frederick Alfred 1907