Albert Jacques Cheeper's Family
This directory contains information and documents about the children of Albert
Jacques Clarke, by his two wives.
For details of Albert Jacque Cheeper (1862-1937) and his two wives, see his
own page. Albert's parents and descendants are shown in this
rough family tree.
This page documents what we know about the four children by each of two wives.
Albert claimed to have married Evangeline Amy Leigh/Lee on 15 March 1885 or
1886. We infer that because their children's birth entries show him, and they
were given his surname. She was known as Amy, and according to the 1901 Census
was born in Manchester. She is shown as 38 in that Census, impying she was
born 3 Apr 1862 - 4 Apr 1863. During this time, the family appears to have
moved with Albert's employer, from West London, via Chester, to Queensferry
Albert was 22-34 during their time together, and she appears to have been
the same. Albert and Amy had four children between 1885 and 1893, the first
whom died as
a baby. Albert
to have abandoned the household by the end of 1896. Presumably he was posted
out of Scotland. he left Amy with children aged 9, 7 and 3.
We infer that Amy remarried, although, if so, that
may have been even more short-lived, c. 1897-1900. This is because,
in the 1901
she is in East London, and shown as wife (although not as widow),
but also as head of household, and as dressmaker,
with the surname Raymond, together with her 3 children.
In the 1911 Census, aged 49, she says she is a widow, being married 11 years.
- Reginald Albert Cheeper (Leigh?) (1885-1885)
certificate shows that he was born 31 January 1885, at 34 Gowrie
Rd, Battersea, Surrey, with the birth registered on 12 March.
in the same year
- Raymond Charles Cheeper (Leigh? Raymond?) (1887->1914)
He was born
10 May 1887, at Chester Castle, Chester.
We assume that he was in the household
in Queensferry, Linlithgow (on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth,
about 10 miles NW of Edinburgh) in April 1891.
(The census entry refers
to a 3-year-old,
as Raymond would have been; but the name given is Reginald instead of
He is in
the 1901 Census, as Ray C. Raymond,
aged 13, with Amy, at 21 New Gravel Lane Dwellings in Shadwell (East London).
m. as Charles Raymond, 25 Dec 1907 – certificate
m. Violet Maud Payne, aged 20(?), of 22 Dorset St (West End, just north of
The church was, St. Thomas, Stepney (Tower Hamlets, East End). This was at
Arbour Square, but was bombed out in 1940. There's no sign of a church there
by a park.
On the marriage entry, Charles' father is shown as Albert Jacques RAYMOND (dec'd),
Customs Officer. Charles is shown as 21 (actually 20 and 7 months). His address
was 232 Oxford St. He was shown as a Clerk.
Anne has their 1911 Census entry.
- Charles D. Raymond, 1911-1992
b. 3 Jun 1911? – Sep
qtr 191 W.Ham 4a 633 (East London)
We're not aware of any marriage, or children.
d. Jan qtr 1992, aged 80 – Southend on Sea 9 3112 192, i.e. in Essex
- Arthur Albert D. Raymond, 1914-2000
b. 27 Aug 1914? – Dec qtr 1914 W.Ham
qtr 1935 – Rochford 4a 1049
m. Doris M Smith
We're not aware of any children from the marriage.
d. Dec qtr 2000, aged 86 – Southend on Sea 4751C C7C 229 12DD
- Ellen Amy Cheeper (Leigh? Raymond?)
She was born 2 November 1889, also at Queensferry 670/00 0096.
The census entry in April 1891 shows her as a 1-year-old in the household in Queensferry.
She is in the 1901 Census, as
Ellen A. Raymond, aged 11, with Amy, at 21 New Gravel Lane Dwellings in
Shadwell (East London).
m. 20 Nov 1915 to Heskett Bland Fletcher (Registry Office,
Epsom, Dec qtr 1915 2a 109)
He was recorded as being 29, a bachelor, and a draper's assistant.
He was b. 8 Sep 1886.
She was 26, and also shown as a draper's assistant.
Both were shown as resident at 6 London Rd, Cheam (on the SW edge of London).
His father was shown as Thomas Henry Fletcher, plumber, deceased.
They had two children.
In the 1939 War Census, they were at 3 Wigton Gardens, Harrow (Stanmore)
His occupation is shown as 'Drapery Window Display.
Heskett B. d. Jun qtr 1955, aged 68, Lothingland (nr Lowestoft) 4b 818
Ellen d. Sep qtr 1973, aged 83, Swindon 7C 1920
- Heskett W. Fletcher (1916-1942)
b. 10 Mar 1916 – Epsom 2a 39
In the 1939 Census, he's shown as a Retail Boot Shop Manager, Single
Anne found an entry in the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission database.
He was a musician in the Royal Marine Band
[which, from other family experience, suggests that he was 'orphaned'
into the Marines
at about age 12-14, on an extremely long and unbreakable contract
m. Kathleen Maud Chappell (?1918-1960), Mar qtr 1940 – Surrey Mid. E.
d. 18 Nov 1942 aboard HMS Arethusa, aged 26.
She was a cruiser 1934-50, for much of 1941-42 in the Med on the
Malta convoy runs. Wikipedia says "While on operation 'Stoneage', a torpedo from an Italian aircraft struck her on 18 November 1942 and caused heavy casualties". That was a fortnight after El Alamein.
His name is engraved at Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common.
This is for the 14,918 naval dead with no known graves.
(Southsea Common is very familiar to our family, and I was there in mid-July
Kathleen re-married, to Norman Laidlow, Mar qtr 1949 – Cambridge 3a 498.
Anne made contact with John Clark, who married Jill Chappell, the granddaughter
of Kathleen Chappell's brother, and established that ...
Kathleen Laidlow, nee Chappell, formerly Fletcher, d. Aug 1960.
There appear to have been no children, from either marriage.
- Marion Amy Fletcher (1925-2018)
b. Mar qtr 1925 – Wandsworth 1d 1006
We had no further knowledge of her until Anne found her death cert in 2020
m. Jun qtr 1946 to George E. BIGWOOD Hendon 3a 1530
Marion d. 13 Dec 2018, Winchester district
- Catherine Alice Cheeper (Leigh? Raymond?) (1893->1914)
She was born 24 Apr 1893, also at Queensferry 670/00 0019
She is in the 1901 Census, as
Catherine A. Raymond, aged 7, with Amy.
They were then at 21 New Gravel Lane Dwellings in Shadwell (East London).
m. 25 Dec 1912, so aged 19 – Poplar 1c 1013, i.e. East London – certificate
m. Harry Thomas Arthur MAYS (1893-?1969), also aged 19.
He was then a meat porter. They were both of 23 Stafford Rd (East End, near Upton Park).
Her father is shown as Albert Jacques RAYMOND (dec'd), Excise Officer
We know nothing of them post child 2's birth in 1914, both aged 21 ...
Although child 2 Catherine Mays and her children did escape the East End
A possible entry for Harry T.A. Mays is Dec qtr 1969 Chelmsford 4a 1441,
because it says b. 21 Mr 1893, which means 19 when married on Christmas Day 1912
- Harry C. Mays, 1913-?
b. Jun qtr 1913 – Mile End 1c 814
We have no further knowledge of him
- Catherine A. Mays, 1914-1959
b. Sep qtr 1914 – Bethnal G. 1c 257
m1. Arthur Bernard CLINTON Dec qtr 1933 – Poplar 1c 711
Arthur was 20 and Catherine 19.
2 children, twins, b. 27 Aug 1934 (so Catherine was 20 when the twins were born).
In the War Census of 29 Sep 1939, Catherine and Arthur B. are recorded in separate locations, 1km apart.
Catherine was at 24 Roslyn Road, Tottenham, with a family called Joyce.
Arthur B. was at 24 Bernard Road, Tottenham, with the twins.
Arthur B. was b. 5 Aug 2013, so 26 at the time, and a Butcher's Manager
The other occupants in Bernard Rd appeared to be Arthur B.'s siblings:
Violet M. Clinton b. 16 May 1906, Louisa E. Clinton b. 10 ? 1918 and widowed,
Stanley B. Clinton b. 10 Sep 1919, Butcher's Cutter, and
another still alive in the 21st century ('record closed')
Were they separated, or was she feigning spinsterdom to get work, because
she was employed as a Ladies Wear Machinist, when marriage meant no job.
Catherine m2. Robert B.D. Cuthbert Jun qtr 1952 Marlboro' 7c 899
Catherine d. Jun qtr 1959 only 44, Ashton 10b 125 (180 mi N, East of Manchester)
Arthur B. d. Jun qtr 1973 Dudley 9B 36 (West of Birmingham)
One of a vast number of mysteries in the family, which could mean tragedies,
cheating, violence, misunderstandings, families jealousies, or a sensible arrangement
whereby everyone could stay sane, and get on with life, who knows??
- 1A. Arthur A. Clinton, b. 1934
Twin, b. 27 Aug 1934 – Finsbury 1b 701
m. Mar qtr 1960 to Christine J. Franklin, Worcester 9d 705
No match found in Deaths index in 2020, and the 1939 Census was still closed,
meaning that he was (bureaucratically) alive in the 2010-2020 period
- Janice C. Clinton b. Jun qtr 1964, Bromsgrove (Worc) 9D 88
- Sharon Louise Clinton b. Jun qtr 1967, B. 9D 34 (15mi SW of Birmingham)
m. Richard M. WOOD Sep qtr 1993, Bromsgrove 29 190
- 1B. Bernard Edwin Clinton (1934-1993)
Twin, b. 27 Aug 1934 – Finsbury 1b 701
m. Sep qtr 1956 to Irene A. Axford, Worcester 9d 781
Bernard d. Sep qtr 1993 Worcester A40E 135
Irene was at 7 Hornsby Ave, Worcester WR4 0PN, 2002-18, and by then 84
Other occupants had surnames Trowbridge (3), Williams, and Irish (3)
(The last 2 lines are published by the UK Electoral Registry!?)
- David J. Clinton b. Sep qtr 1957 Worcester 9D 360
- Brian Clinton b. Dec qtr 1958 Worcester 9D 296
- Diana Clinton b. Sep qtr 1963 Worcester 9D 393
We've not made any contact with any people in these lines.
On 28 April 1897, Albert married Jane Dawson. At the time of their marriage,
he was 35 and she was 19.
Albert and Jane had four children:
- 5 – Thomas Hunter Cheeper
b. 8 Feb 1898, at Wentworth Place, Allendale, near Hexham,
He was always known as Hunter. His story is in a
- 6 – Ursula Mary Cheeper (1901-1974)
b. 15 Sep 1901, at Wentworth
Place, Allendale, Northumberland – birth
m1. 13 May 1920, to William
GRIGOR, in Glascow.
Ursula was an 18-year-old typist.
William was a student of engineering, 26 years
William's father was William Grigor, a wine merchant, and his mother
was Christine McIntosh, deceased.
William dies not appear again, and Ursula's next entries are in London.
Ursula had 1 child, b. 10 Jan 1927, but no father's name appears on the
m2. 15 Jun 1929, to William TATMAN, 28, a coal porter – certificate
Registry Office, Wandsworth,
At that stage, Ursula was 28, with a 2-year-old child.
She presents as a domestic servant and spinster, and says her father
was Albert Grigor, with an Occupation consistent with that of her
father Albert Cheeper.
They were at two different addresses in Streatham.
Ruth Phillips never knew her, but believes that she had a pub in Somerset.
Ruth thinks that there was only one child.
Ursula Mary Tatman d. 11 Aug 1974, Bedford General Hospital – certificate
Consistently with Ruth's memory, she is listed as 'Widow of William Tatman,
Publican'; but not in Somerset, but at 14 Marsh Lane, Milton Ernest, Bedford
(which, at least in September 2009, is a house not a pub).
was c/- The Vicarage in that village.
The village is 5 miles north of Bedford. (Completely separately, my mother's
family was from Houghton Conquest, 10 miles south of Bedford).
The date and place of birth were vague ('about 1901, England'),
suggesting no next of kin were involved at the end.
7– Dorothy Elsie Cheeper (1909-1983)
- Nance Grigor, b. 10 Jan 1927 – certificate
We know nothing more about her
Mother Ursula Mary Grigor formerly Cheeper, a Waitress of Lewisham.
The address is Sydnenham Hill.
No father is listed.
b. 4 Jun
1909, Aberlour/Banff 145/00 0028 (50km E of Inverness, Speyside).
At that stage,
Albert was 47 and Jane was 31.
Albert was listed as a supervisor
for the Inland Revenue.
The family appears to have been at Inverness through
the period of Dorothy's early childhood, because certificates in Ruth's
show that Dorothy took piano exams with the Franciscan Convent, Inverness,
each year from 1919 to 1923 (at ages 10 to 14).
She passed her Junior Local
Examination at 16 in December 1925 (at 16), and her School Certificate Examinations
at 18, in December 1927 (at 18).
The certificates refer to the 'Centre'
being Bournemouth, and Bournemouth High School, suggesting that the family
moved south in 1924-5.
Dorothy did nursing at King's College Hospital Nursing
School in London from 1934-37, aged 25-28, winning first place in the final
exams and the Monk Memorial Prize.
There is a photo
of her in 1936, with her father and others of the family, at Deal in
Ruth and David both say that she did not marry, and she had no children.
She was near Falmouth in Cornwall during WWII.
Ruth says that Dorothy chose
to have no contact with the family, apparently because of some (all-too-common!)
embarrassment about pre-marital relationships.
She either stayed in Cornwall, or returned there, because she died in NW
qtr 1983, at the age of 73 (or 74 or 76) – Mar Qtr, 1983, Camborne-R
David ended up with some photos from her estate dated in the 1850's – so
quite probably of Anthony Jacques Cheeper and Catherine Spilsbury; but they
were of people he didn't know, so regrettably he disposed of them.
8– Kathleen Jean Cheeper (1913->1945)
b. 1913, at Kiltearn/Ross and Cromarty 070/00 0009 (25km N of Inverness)
m. James (Jim) Meadows, Sep
Qtr 1947 Hendon MX 5f 557
It appears that
Jim had a son by a previous marriage, Tony Meadows.
Tony was a Concorde pilot, presumably b. in the 1930s?
Ruth knows that Jean was burnt in a fire resulting from an air-raid in WWII.
During WWII, she would have been 26-32.
Jean presumably died some years after WWII.
By 2005, Ruth was no longer in contact with Tony.
Tony lives in Boreham, near Chelmsford, Essex.
The only issue we're aware of from these four children are Ursula's child,
Nance Grigor, and Ruth Cheeper-Phillips and her considerable family (see the
We're missing a lot of information; and we'd love to
This a page within Roger
Clarke's Family Web-Site
Contact: Roger Clarke and/or Anne
Created: 15 Oct 2005; Last Amended: 27 Sep 2009, 12-13 Aug 2020 (Ellen's and Catherine's lines)