Monica English's parents, the Barretts

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The Barrett family

 

John Byrne Barrett   ( ca 1882/1885 - 1946)

~ Army 2nd Lieutenant and Professor of Mathematics ~

husband of
Margery May Gibson

 

 

~ ca. 1882 or 1885

 

1.          JOHN BYRNE BARRETT  was born ca. 1882 or 1885.

 

Father:     John Barrett

Mother:   ---?---  ---?---

 

The newspaper notice of his death says he was age 61 in 1946 which calculates to being born ca. 1885.

The age in the death index says he was age 64 when he died in 1946 which calculates to being born ca. 1882.

On the 1953 marriage certificate of his daughter, Mary Monica, to Robert English, his middle name is spelled "Byrnes".  But on the 1976 death certificate of his wife, Margery May, his middle name is spelled "Byrne".  The source of these information on both certificate is his daughter Monica.

 

Research note:

Both the names Byrne and Barrett are used by the Irish people as surnames.

John Byrne Barrett was a Roman Catholic and that he had a daughter named Bridget, makes it likely that this Barrett family before originally came from Ireland.

 

~ 1909

In 1909, John Barrett beat out the competition when he applied for and was tested among others for the job of Assistant Examiner in the Patent Office.

From the newspaper, The London Gazette, August 3, 1909:

Page 5918  The London Gazette, August 3, 1909.

July 22, 1909.

After Open Competition.

Board of Trade:  Assistant Examiner in the Patent Office, John Barrett.

 

~ 1910's

According to the birth certificate of his daughter of 1920, he was an "Ex Army" so this mean he was in the Army and probably retired after World War I which ended in 1918.

There are pension and service records of several John Barrett that served during World War I that are available to search.  But without knowing when exactly or where he was born and that his father has the common name of John too, it makes it hard to narrow down to the correct John  Barrett on the pension records.

 

~ 1917

John Barrett  married MARGERY MAY GIBSON on November 24, 1917 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Harrow Road, Wembley, Middlesex.

From the marriage certificate:

Registration District:  Hendon
1917.  Marriage solemnized at St.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Harrow Road, Wembley in the District of Hendon in the County of  Middlesex.

No. 199

When Married                 Twenty-fourth November 1917

Name and Surname                              John Barrett                                      Margery May Gibson

Age                                                             32 Years                                             24 Years
Condition                                                 Bachelor                                              Spinster

Rank or Profession                                2nd Lieutenant Special Reserve R.G.A. (assistant Examiner Patent Office)


Residence at the time of Marriage     The Hut Oakington Avenue Wembley   The Hut Oakington Avenue Wembley

Father’s Name and Surname               John Barrett                                       Henry Gibson
Rank or Profession of Father               Farmer                                                 Estate Agent

Married in the St. Josephs Catholic church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Roman Catholics by Licence by me, John Egan, R.C. Priest

This Marriage was solemnized between us,
J. Barrett          Margery May Gibson

in the Presence of us,
J. A. L. Brasseur    Henry Gibson   Mary Craig

Registrar   Arthur Bone

 

Margery (also spelled as Marjorie) was born November 23, 1892 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.  She was the second daughter of Henry Gibson and his wife, Penelope Alice Redden.  Henry Gibson was an Auctioneer and Estate Agent.

Margery lived in St. Albans and then Wembley Park, Middlesex where her father became a Land Agent developing Wembley Park.

 

Click here: For more information about the Gibson family.

 

Note that they were married in a Roman Catholic church.  The Barrett family were most likely Roman Catholics.

 

John Barrett at this time was listed as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Special Reserve R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery) and he is the assistant Examiner in the Patent Office.

 

~ 1920

In 1920, John Barrett was an Ex Army soldier and at the time he was a Civil Servant working in the Patent Office.

John and Margery Barrett were living  at 'Sunnyside' in Cecil Park in Pinner, Middlesex.

Pinner is a suburb in the London Borough of Harrow in Greater London, England.  The area was in the county of Middlesex until 1965 when it became part of Greater London.

Their daughter Mary Monica was born there on January 8, 1920.

 

~ 1922

In 1922, John and Margery Barrett were still living in the Hendon registration district of Middlesex when their daughter Bridget was born there in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1922.

 

~ Between 1922 and 1924

Somewhere between 1922 and 1924, John and Margery Barrett and their daughters moved from Middlesex to Kingcup Farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

John Barrett was now running a farm.

 

~ 1924

John and Margery Barrett are living in Kingcup Farm, in Denham, Buckinghamshire from 1924 or earlier to 1928 base from the information given in British Phone Books.

From the British Phone Books

1924, Image No. 333

Page 33

Denham … 28   Barrett John ………………………………………… Kingcup farm  Denham

 

The information is identical for the years - 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928

 

~ Also in 1924

John and Margery's son, John P. A. Barrett, was born May 25, 1924 at Kingcup Farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

From the newspaper, The Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1924

BIRTHS.

BARRETT. - On the 25th May, at Kingcup Farm, Denham, to Margery May, wife of J. Barrett - a son.

 

~ 1927

John Barrett at Kingcup Farm, Denham was also involved with Bees and supplied some hives.

From the book, The British Bee Journal, 1927

Page 152 & 174 (same advertisement on each page)

Several 10-frame Stocks in Taylor's W. B. C. non-swarming chamber hives, delivered free in May. £3. - BARRETT, Kingcup Farm, Denham.

 

~ 1928

John Barrett at Kingcup Farm, Slough Road, Denham was a pedigree stock breeder and supplied Jerseys.

From the book, International directory of pedigree stock breeders, 1928

Page 111

Barrett, J.   Kingcup Farm Slough Road, Denham, Bucks. / Jersey

 

~ 1942

In 1942, John and Margery Barrett's daughter, Bridget Barrett, married Michael J. Cavanan in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1942 in the Eton registration district of Buckinghamshire.

 

~ 1946

John Barrett died, at the age of 61 or 64, on July 4, 1946 in Godrecynen, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

From the death notice in the newspaper we now know what was John Barrett college degree, it was a B. Sc., N. D. A.

 

From the newspaper, The Times, Saturday, July 6, 1946

BARRETT. - On July 4, 1946, at Godrecynen, Carmarthen, JOHN BARRETT, B.Sc., N.D.A. (late examiner, H.M. Patent Office), beloved husband of Margery, aged 61 years.

 

From the England & Wales, Death index:

Name: …………………………………. John Barrett
Death Registration: ……………….. 1946
Age: ……………………………………... 64 
Quarter: ……………………………….. Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration District:…………….… Carmarthen
Inferred County: ……………………. Carmarthenshire
Volume: ……………………………….. 8a
Page: ……………………………………. 222

 

The death notice in the newspaper says he was age 61 when he died but the age given in the death index is 64.

 

~ 1951

In 1951, John and Margery Barrett's son, John P. A. Barrett, married Ruby E. Reynolds in the 2nd Quarter (Apr-May-Jun) of 1951 in the Carmarthen registration district of Carmarthenshire, Wales.

 

~ 1953

In 1953, Margery May Barrett was living in "The Old Cottage" in Aldeburgh, Suffolk.  In that year there was some East coast flooding and Margery was one of the victims of the flood.

On April 29, 1953, a thank you letter signed by Margery May Barrett and Sheila T. MacDonald was published in The Times.  It mentioned their appreciation for all the help.

From the newspaper, The Times, Wednesday, April 29, 1953

A  LETTER OF THANKS

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir, - As victims of the recent east coast floods we should be so grateful if you would let us through your columns express our thanks to the many thousands who have helped us so magnificently.

To those who gave us practical help and hospitality at the time, to others who have sent such wonderful presents from all over the world, and to those who distributed them we would like to say how immensely grateful we are, and to add that such wonderful kindness and generosity have more than wiped out the unpleasant memories of the floods.

We are, Sir, yours faithfully,

Margery M. Barrett.

Sheila T. MacDonald.

The Old Cottage, High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, April 26.

 

~ also in 1953

In 1953, John and Margery Barrett's daughter, Mrs. Monica Barnes, who was a widow, married Robert G. G. English.

Also according to the 1953 marriage certificate of Monica to Robert English ,  John Byrnes Barrett was mentioned as deceased and that his occupation was a Professor of Mathematics.

 

~ 1956

Margery May Barrett sailed on the ship 'Liberte' which left Southampton, England on July 12, 1956 and arrived in the port of New York on July 18, 1956.

Margery gave the address of 864 Carroll St. Brooklyn N.Y. as the place she was going to.

Then she sailed back to Plymouth, England, arriving there on September 13, 1956 on the same ship 'Liberte'.

She gave her home address as The Old Cottage, Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

 

For the trip to New York:

From the Passenger list of the 'Liberte'

Manifest No. 38
Manifest of In-Bound Passengers (Aliens)

On ……………………………………………… French S/S "Liberte"
Class ………………………………….……….. Cabin
From ………………………………..…………. Southampton Engl, July 12th 1956
Arriving at port of ………………………... New York N.Y.  July 18th 1956

Line No. ………………………….…….…….. 4
Name …………………………….…….….….. Barrett Margery
Age …………….……………………….……… 63
Address ………………………………..…….. 864 Carroll St. Brooklyn N.Y.
Travel Doc. No., Nationality ……….....  V. 1592826  England

 

One wonders who were living at the 864 Carroll St. Brooklyn N.Y. address where Margery Barrett was visiting.  Relatives ?

 

For the trip back home:

From the Passenger list of the 'Liberte'

Ship's name ......................................................................... S/S. "Liberte"
Date of arrival .....................................................................  September 13th 1956

Passengers landed at the Port of ………………………………….. Plymouth

No. on list ………………………………………………………………….. 4
Name of passenger ............................................................... Barrett Margery
Class ...................................................................................... Cabin
Port of Embarkation ............................................................  New York
Sex ……………………………………………………………………………. F
Date of Birth ………………………………………………………………. 23.11.92
Married or Single (Widowed or divorced to be entered as single) …….. S
Address in the United Kingdom. ........................................... The Old Cottage. Aldeburgh. Suffolk.
Occupation ...........................................................................  Housewife
Country of which a citizen …….……………………………………… U.K.
Country of last permanent residence. .................................. England
Country of intended future permanent residence. .............. England
Intended duration of stay in U.K. ………………………………….. Permanent

 

~ 1970's

It is not known when Margery May Barrett began living with her daughter and her husband, Monica and Robert English.  She may have been living with them for years.

But it is known that Margery was living with them at Brafferton Hall, Helperby, Yorkshire at the time of her death.

 

~ 1976

Margery May Barrett died, at the age of 84 years, on December 27, 1976 at Brafferton Hall, Helperby, Yorkshire.

From the death certificate, the following is extracted.

Date and place of death: ....................  Twenty seventh December 1976  Brafferton Hall, Helperby, York

Name: .................................................  Margery May Barrett
Sex: ……………………………………………… Female
Maiden surname: ................................ Gibson
Date and place of birth: ....................... 23rd November 1892  St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Occupation and usual address: ............
Widow of John Byrne Barrett -  Professor of Mathematics.  Brafferton Hall, Helperby, York.

Name of informant:.............................. Mary Monica English
Qualification:........................................ Daughter
Usual address:...................................... Brafferton Hall. Helperby. York

 

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN BYRNE AND MARGERY MAY (GIBSON) BARRETT

 

2.          MARY MONICA BARRETT  was born January 8, 1920 in Pinner, Middlesex.

 

Monica married 1st. Mr. ---?--- Barrett.

Monica married 2nd. Robert G. G. English.

 

Click here: to read about Monica English's life

 

 

3.          BRIDGET A. BARRETT  was born in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1922 in the Hendon registration district of Middlesex.

From the England & Wales, Birth index:

Name: .......................................... Bridget A Barrett
Mother's Maiden Surname: .......  Gibson
Date of Registration: ................... Oct Nov Dec 1922
Registration district: ................... Hendon
Registration county: ................... Middlesex
Volume Number: ........................ 3a
Page Number: ............................ 532

 

Bridget Barrett married Michael J. Cavanan in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1942 in the Eton registration district of Buckinghamshire.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Name: ................................. Bridget Barrett
Spouse Name: .................... Michael J Canavan
Date of Registration: ......... Oct-Nov-Dec 1942
Registration district: ......... Eton
Registration county: ......... Buckinghamshire
Volume Number: .............. 3a
Page Number .................... 3200

 

 

4.          JOHN P. A. BARRETT  was born in the was born May 25, 1924 at Kingcup Farm in Denham, Buckinghamshire.

 

From the newspaper, The Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1924

BIRTHS.

BARRETT. - On the 25th May, at Kingcup Farm, Denham, to Margery May, wife of J. Barrett - a son.

 

His birth wasn't registered until the 3rd quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep) of 1924 in the Eton registration district of Buckinghamshire.

From the England & Wales, Birth index:

Name: ......................................... John P A Barrett
Mother's Maiden Surname: ....... Gibson
Date of Registration: .................. Jul Aug Sep 1924
Registration district: .................. Eton
Registration county: ................... Buckinghamshire
Volume Number: ......................... 3a
Page Number: ............................. 1487

 

John P. A. Barrett married Ruby E. Reynolds in the 2nd Quarter (Apr-May-Jun) of 1951 in the Carmarthen registration district of Carmarthenshire, Wales.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Name: .............................. John P A Barrett
Spouse Name: ................. Ruby E Reynolds
Date of Registration: ....... Apr-May-Jun 1951
Registration District: ...... Carmarthen
Registration County: ....... Carmarthenshire
Volume No.: .................... 8a
Page No.: ......................... 374

 

 

 

Sources:

1.     1909 John Barrett appointed Assistant Examiner for the Patent Office.  From the London Gazette, August 3, 1909, page 5918.  Online at London Gazette http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28276/pages/5918/page.pdf.  Searched January 1, 2011 Saturday 7:59 PM.

2.    1917 marriage of John Barrett and Margery M Gibson.  Civil Registration Index, Marriage, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1917, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 786.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 2, 2010 Saturday 10:48 PM.

3.     1917 marriage of John Barrett and Margery May Gibson.  Certificate from the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD, United Kingdom.  Received December 31, 2010 Friday morning -- New Years Eve.

4.    1920 birth of Mary M. Barrett.  Civil Registration Index, Birth, 1st Quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar), Year 1920, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 828.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:13 PM.

5.     1920 birth certificate of Mary Monica Barrett.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD,United Kingdom.  Received October 21, 2010 Thursday 10:15 AM.

6.    1922 birth of Bridget A. Barrett.  Civil Registration Index, Birth, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1922, District Hendon, County Middlesex, Volume 3a, Page 532.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:13 PM.

7.  1924 to 1928.  John Barrett listed at Kingcup Farm, Denham, Buckinghamshire.  British Phone Books online at ancestry.com.  Searched January 8, 2011 Saturday 7:20 PM.

8.    1924 birth of John P. A. Barrett.  Civil Registration Index, Birth, 3rd Quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep), Year 1924, District Eton, County Buckinghamshire, Volume 3a, Page 1487.  Online at Ancestry.com.   Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:13 PM.

9.     1924 birth of John P. A. Barrett.  The Times, Wednesday, May 28, 1924; pg. 1; Issue 43663; col A.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched January 8, 2011 Saturday 6:34 PM.

10.     1927 Barrett mentioned as involved with Bee hives.  The British Bee Journal, volume 55, British Bee Publications, 1927.  Online at Google Books.  Original from The University of California,  Digitized December 21, 2007.  Searched January 8, 2010 Saturday 7:47 PM.

11.  1928 John Barrett mentioned as a pedigree stock breeder.  International directory of pedigree stock breeders, by R de Toll, The Vernon Press, LTd., 1928.  Online at Google Books.  Original From Cornell University, Digitized Nov 4, 2009.  Searched January 8, 2010 Saturday 7:47 PM.

12.    1942 marriage of Bridget Barrett and Michael J. Cavanan.  Civil Registration Index, Marriage, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Year 1942, District Eton, County Buckinghamshire, Volume 3a, Page 3200.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched October 3, 2010 Sunday 7:25 PM.

13.     1946 death notice of John Barrett in the newspaper.  The Times, Saturday, Jul 06, 1946; pg. 1; Issue 50496; col B.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched December 17, 2010 Friday  7:55 PM.

14.     1946 death of John Barrett.  Civil Registration Index of Death, 3rd Quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep), Year 1946, District Carmarthen, County Carmarthenshire, Volume 8a, Page 222.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched November 16, 2010 Tuesday 8:32 PM.  Double checked with actual image and it states age 64 -- December 17, 2010 Friday 8:26 PM.

15.     1951 marriage of John P. A. Barrett and Ruby E Reynolds.  Civil Registration Index, Marriage, 2nd Quarter (Apr-May-Jun), Year 1951, District Carmarthen, County Carmarthenshire, Volume 8a, Page 374.  Online at Ancestry.com.  Searched November 16, 2010 Tuesday 8:28 PM.

16.     1953 Margery May Barrett mentioned in the newspaper, a thank you letter published.  The Times, Wednesday, Apr 29, 1953; pg. 7; Issue 52608; col G.  Online at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched November 9, 2010 Tuesday 8:44 PM.

17.    1953 marriage certificate of Robert Graham Godfrey English and Mary Monica Barnes.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received October 1, 2010 Friday morning.

18.     1956 Margery Barrett arrive at New York, N.Y. as a passenger on the ship S/S Liberte.  The passenger list online at Ancestry.com.  New York Passenger Lists, 1956, July, 18, Liberte, Image No. 39.  Searched November 9, 2010 Tuesday 8:04 PM.

19.     1956 Margery Barrett a passenger  on the ship Liberte that arrived at Plymouth from New York.  The passenger list online at Ancestry.com.  UK Incoming Passenger Lists, Plymouth, England, 1956, September, Liberte, Image No. 1.  Searched November 9, 2010 Tuesday 7:50 PM.

20.    1976 death of Margery May Barrett.  Ancestry.com, Civil Registration Index, Year 1976, 4th Quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec), Birth Date 23 Nov 1892, Registration District Thirsk, County Yorkshire North Riding, Volume 2, Page 2760.  Searched October 21, 2010 Thursday 4:36 PM.

21.     1976 death certificate of Margery May Barrett.  From the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD United Kingdom.  Received December 16, 2010 Thursday morning.

 

 

Last updated January 10, 2011 Monday 7:41 PM

 

 

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

 

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