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The Witpen Family of Whitechapel, London

This is page 4 of 5 tracing the history of the Witpen family, who we believe emigrated from what is now Germany to the east end of London during the latter part of the 18th century, and the link by marriage to the Cochrane family. If you have a connection to any individual or family featured here, or if you want to leave us your feedback, contact us. We’d particularly like to hear from anyone who could shed more light on the family’s German origins. Browse by clicking the last page/next page buttons or following the numbered e.g. [2] or parental [Parents] links.

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11. Herman Witpen censusHerman WITPEN [Parents]. Born about 1825 in Spitalfields, Herman died quarter ending March 1905 in Bethnal Green, age about 79. Occupation: House painter.

In the quarter ending March 1850, when Herman was age about 24, he married Elizabeth JOPSON (1830-1870) in Bethnal Green.

They had the following children:

(1) Elizabeth, born around 1850. It’s not known when Elizabeth died. (2)  Herman, born around 1859 in Spitalfields. It’s not known when Herman died. (2) Thomas, born around 1860 in Spitalfields. It’s not known when Thomas died. (3) Letitia, baptized 13/1/1867 at Christ Church, Commercial Street, Stepney. It’s not known when Letitia died. (4) Frederick, born 1868 in Spitalfields. It’s not known when Frederick died.

12. Walter Cosson Witpen censusWalter Cosson WITPEN [Parents]. Born 4/4/1854 in Haggerston, Walter died November 1940 in Manchester, age 86. Walter was buried 16/11/1940 in the Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. Occupation: Shirt & collar cutter.

In the quarter ending June 1878, when Walter was age about 24, he married Rebecca Ellen STANDLEY (1854-1927), daughter of John STANDLEY & Hannah Gardiner HART, in Chorlton, Manchester.

They had the following children:

(1) Olive, born 7/11/1880 in Manchester & died there quarter ending March 1967, age 86. In 1907, when Olive was age 26, she married Bertram Morphet SCAMMELL (1881-1968) in Chorlton. (2) Violet, born 1885 in Chorlton & died there 1888, age 3. (3) Walter Standley, born 1888 in Chorlton & died there 1889, age 1.

13. Henry Witpen censusHenry WITPEN [Parents]. Born 15/7/1840 in Turnham Green, Henry died 26/5/1882 in Mile End Old Town, age 41. Occupation: Hot presser of paper.

On 10/8/1863, when Henry was age 23, he married Elizabeth HEATHER (1840-9/2/1909) in Peper Harow, Surrey.

They had the following children:

(1) Henry George, born 6/8/1864 in Mile End Old Town & died 27/7/1866 in Peper Harow, age 23 months. (2) George, born 19/11/1865 in Mile End Old Town & died there quarter ending December 1871, age about 5. (3) William [15] (4) Charles, born 1870 in Mile End Old Town & died 19/5/1942, age 72. An entry in the National Probate Calendar reads: “WITPEN Charles of Heather Cottage Hendon Wood-lane Mill Hill London NW7 died 19 May 1942 at 17 Well House Lane, Barnet, Hertfordshire Probate Llandudno 17 August to Ann Elizabeth Witpen widow. Effects £999 13s 7d” (around £46,400 today.) On 28/9/1896, when Charles was age 26, he married Ann Elizabeth COOPER (1871-1955) in Christchurch, Hampshire. There’s no evidence had any children. (5) Alfred [16] (6) Albert, born 11/6/1874 in Mile End Old Town & died there 20/4/1879, age 4. (7) Elizabeth Flora, born 27/6/1881 in Mile End Old Town & baptized 14/8/1881 at Christ Church, Watney Street, St George in the East. She died 29/12/1961, age 80. An entry in the National Probate Calendar reads: “WATLING Elizabeth Flora of 53 Addison Way London NW11 widow died 29 December 1961 at Roxbourne Hospital, Rayners Lane, Harrow Middlesex Probate London 14 February [1962] to Lilian Emma Downer (wife of Alfred John Downer). Effects £357 6s 8d” (around £7,318.50 today.) In the quarter ending June 1922, when Elizabeth Flora was age about 40, she married Philip Lawther WATLING (1872-1953) in Hendon. There’s no evidence they had any children.

14. William Witpen censusWilliam WITPEN [Parents]. Born 31/7/1852 in St George in the East & baptized 5/9/1852 at St Mary & St Michael, Commercial Road, Stepney. William died 21/10/1938 in Tooting, age 86. Occupation: Solicitor's Clerk. William’s entry in Kelly's London Suburban Directory 1902 was: Witpen William, clerk, 114 Pembroke Road, Ilford.

On 23/7/1876, when William was age 23, he married Sarah Jane WELLS (1851-1893) at St Andrew, Holborn.

They had the following children:

(1) Jane Caroline, born 28/4/1877 in Holborn, it’s not known when she died. On 8/9/1901, when Jane was age 24, she married Albert Henry SWAIN (1879-?) in All Saints, Newington. (2) William Charles, born 4/9/1878 in Holborn & died quarter ending March 1882 in Camberwell, age 3. (3) Albert Henry, born 28/11/1879 in Holborn & died December 1900 in Camberwell, age 21. On 5/11/1900 Albert was admitted to St George's Workhouse, Mint Street, Southwark & discharged at own request on 10/11/1900. He was admitted again on 28/11/1900 & discharged 3/12/1900, dying shortly afterwards. (4) Joseph Charles [17] (5) Charles, born 29/9/1885 in Camberwell & baptized 28/9/1888 in Emmanuel, Camberwell. It’s not known when Charles died. (6) Herbert Arthur (his birth was registered under this name but he was baptized Albert Arthur), born 31/3/1888 in Camberwell & baptized 28/9/1888 in Emmanuel, Camberwell. Herbert died 1958 in Poplar, age 70. In 1950, when Herbert was age 62, he married Jessie GRIONI (1871-1953) in Westminster. In 1955, when Herbert was age 67, he married Hertha Meta KOPPEN or GARTH* (1902-1974) in Westminster. *There’s a marriage registration with the same reference for each surname. (7) Walter Arthur, born 25/4/1893 in Camberwell & baptized 18/6/1893 in Emmanuel, Camberwell. He died later that year.

On 27/1/1895, when William was age 42, he married Margaret JENNINGS (1853-1898) in St Mary Magdalene, Southwark. There’s no evidence they had any children.

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