Saturday, 26 April 2014

The Hart and Temme family - Shadwell, Plaistow and Rainham

I came across a bundle of certificates for Rosetta Clara Hart and Dorothy Temme. It looks like these had been lovingly kept by a family but then somehow discarded.

Rosetta Clara Hart was born in 1873 in Shadwell. In the 1881 census we find her at her family home with father George, who was born in East Bradenham, Norfolk, and who is a widower, and elder sister Harriet Mary.

Rosetta attended the High Street Shadwell school and there are school certificates from 1881 to 1885.
There is also a certificate for her membership of the Shadwell Band of Hope dated November 1886.

The United Kingdom Band of Hope Union was a temperance organisation for working class children - children were enrolled from the age of six. At the bottom of the certificate are the words "I promise to Abstain from all Intoxicating Drinks". It is interesting to note that at the very bottom in small letters is mentioned that "TOBACCO" may also be included in the form of Pledge.

In the 1891 census Rosetta is a servant in Grove Terrace, Shadwell. In 1892 she married Edmund Temme, a boot maker from Whitechapel, and in the 1901 census they are living in Redriffe Villas, Stratford Road, Plaistow, with daughters Nellie and Dorothy.

Dorothy attended the Holbrook Road School and there are school certificates for the years 1901 and 1902, such as this example from 1902:

In the 1911 census, the family are still living at the same address and more children have arrived - Edward Harry, Elsie Irene and Rosetta Clara (named after her mother). The census shows that the couple had 7 children but that only 5 were living.

I believe that Dorothy Temme may have died in 1921, aged just 24. Her parents moved to Rainham where Rosetta Clare Temme (nee Hart) died on 2 July 1956. Her husband, Edmund, had died on 26 January 1947.

I would be interested to know more about this family and would be happy to provide copies of the other certificates and other ephemera to anyone interested.

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