William Simpson Croasdell and Eliza Roberts

William Simpson Croadell was born in Great Dunmow, Essex, around 1832 the fourth child of Edward and Thirza Simpson. Although his baptism as a Simpson and the re-confirmation as a Simpson Croasdell was not recorded in the register of Dunmow Congregational Church along with his brothers and sister, he nevertheless appears with the rest of the family in the censuses of 1841 and 1851 at Dunmow and Ulverstone. The church registers were not kept very methodically and it is likely that he was baptised but that this was not recorded. In 1855 on 23 April William married Eliza Roberts at St Anne's church, Richmond in the parish of Liverpool and they settled and brought up their family in Liverpool and the nearby area. William was aged 22 at the time of his marriage and Eliza was 27, daughter of Robert Roberts a master pilot. Both gave their address as 26 Morton Street where William was working as a Green Grocer. William seems to have stuck to the name Simpson as a middle name but didn't pass it on to his children. William and Eliza had 9 children, five of whom died in infancy. Details are mainly from certificates, GRO indexes and probate documents. Baptisms and birth dates for some of the children were found in the registers of St John's church, Old Haymarket.


In 1861 William and Eliza were living at 225 Great Homer Street, Liverpool with Robert William and Annie and with William's younger brother John. William is described as a greengrocer and John as a Shop Man and both were shown as having been born in Great Dunmow. In 1871 the family home was still in Great Homer Street and by this time Robert and Annie have been joined by Florence and Frances. John had moved on by now but there is a domestic servant and a nurse, aged 14, in residence. William is described as a Fruiterer and appers in Gore's Directory of Liverpool for 1871 as Wm S Croasdell, Fruiterer and Fish Dealer of 225 Great Homer Street. So it does appear as though the family was living over the shop. By 1881 the family had moved to Everton and William and Eliza were at 116 Hamilton Road with their two youngest daughters. However, William was now described as a coal agent. The family has not yet been traced in 1891 but in 1901 William and Eliza were at 172 Fountains Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool. William was described as a coal dealer and coal agent working on his own account. All the children had left home by now and there was one domestic servant in the household.

William died aged 72 on 21 June 1904 at Liscard in Cheshire at Trafalgar Road, his daughter Annie's address. He left a will (value £213 9s 6d) proved on 23 July 1904 by his son Robert William, described as a fruit salesman. The will was made on 17 April 1903 when William's address was 172 Fountain's Road, Liverpool. He described himself as a Coal Agent and left everything to his wife Eliza.

Eliza's death was registered in 1911 in the Birkenhead Registration District


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