Family History Notebook

Jeremiah Larkins

Son of John Larkins and Mary Ryan, born on the 5th of May 1833 at Lambeth, baptised on the 26th May 1833 at St George's Chapel, Bermondsey 2

Married Ann Catherine Holmes on the 25th of October 1857 at St Andrew's Church, Holburn 3

Children 4

John, born on the 13th of June 1858 at St Pancras
George Francis, born on the 25th of July 1860 at Clerkenwell, baptised on the 2nd of September 1860 at St James, Clerkenwell
Elizabeth Ann, born on the 28th of May 1862 at Clerkenwell, baptised on the 7th of November 1864 at St Pancras Parish Church, Camden
Thomas David, born on the 9th of June 1864 at St Pancras, baptised on the 7th of November 1864 at St Pancras Parish Church, Camden from Clarendon Square
Mary Frances, born on the 11th of July 1866 at St Pancras
Charles Daniel, born on the 30th of November 1868 at Battersea
Kate Eliza, born on the 4th of December 1870, at Battersea, baptised on the 14th of March 1871 at St Andrew, Holborn.
(Stillborn), 18th December 1872 {Twins according to Betty}
Walter Jeremiah, born on the 23rd of February 1874 at Clerkenwell, baptised on the 9th of February 1877 at St Andrew's, Holborn.
Ann Florence, born on the 21st of January 1877 at Holborn Viaduct, baptised on the 9th of February 1877 at St Andrew's, Holborn.
Mabel Minnie, born on the 16th of September 1880 at 7 MacNeil Road, Camberwell, London

Died 1907

Jeremiah Larkins 1833 - 1907
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Baptised a Catholic - his mother was Irish - and named after his Godfather, Jeremiah married in the Established Church of England. He was working as a bookbinder at the age of 18 and progressed to owning his own business.   Ann Holmes is described as a former bookfolder so Jeremiah and Ann might have met through their work but (Dec. 2012) "My grandparents knew each other as children in the City of London." Margaret Swindale.

The Waverley Novels bound by Cecil & LarkinsAt one time a partner in Cecil & Larkins before continuing in business on his own. 6

They can't have been regular churchgoers since Walter Jeremiah wasn't baptised until he was nearly three years old.



1861 census at 6, Ann Street, Clerkenwell
    1877 living at 16, Viaduct Buildings (Holborn)
    1881 census at 7, McNeil Road, Camberwell   
    1891 census at 96, Cambridge Street, Newington
    1898 6, Liverpool St, Newington (George's marriage)
    1901 census at 6, Liverpool Street, Newington
    (1909 246 Walworth Road - Kate and Annie's marriages)

2    JAS transcript of the Baptism Certificate states "Catholic Cathedral of St George, Southwark" but the building of the cathedral was only started in 1840 and finished in 1848, so the record must belong to St George's Chapel, Bermondsey, where the first mass was celebrated in 1793.

3    Jeremiah's signature on his marriage certificate could easily be misread as Lustkins or similar by a modern reader.

4    The death of Jeremiah Larkins aged 74 was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1907 in the district of Croydon, Surrey. (FreeBMD 2a 126)

5    "J. Larkins Register of Births 1891" .  The list, apparently compiled by Jeremiah himself, gives Jeremiah's date of birth as 21st May 1834 but the baptismal certificate states 5th May 1833.  The list gives Mabels d.o.b. as 16 Sep 1881 but Mabel herself stated 16 Sep 1880 aqnd this is confirmed by FreeBMD and the 1881 census.

6    More notes on Jeremiah's bookbinding business

7    JAS Red book provided the foundation for much of the above.

8    The picture above was obtained on Ebay along with a business card and a note which reads

6 Charles Street
Hatton Garden
London EC

Oct 13 - 08

   Dear Sir
        I have much
pleasure in sending
you a copy of my
fathers photograph
as you requested.
It was the last one he
had taken & is an
excellent likeness.
              Yours faithfully
                   G.F. Larkins
A. Swasey Esq

These were obtained from a dealer in New Hampshire, USA

There was a William Larkin, bookbinder at 30, St Andrew's Hill, Blackfriars 1799, 14 & 15 Little Britain 1805-1822. He had a son Robert

An Ann Holmes Larkins, daughter of Daniel and Sarah Larkins was baptised on the 28th of October 1832 at St Mary, Battersea, Wandsworth - almost certainly coincidence.

From Margaret Swindale in 2010.

Jeremiah would not allow card games to be played in the house. When he was a young man an argument broke out and one of the group fell, hit his head on the fender and died.

The family changed the  name from Larkin to Larkins to sound less Irish - but Jeremiah was baptised Larkins in 1833. She also says that Jeremiah was a member of the London Irish (Association?)

Towards the end of Jeremiah's life he began to wander away from home and and he was put in a nursing home in Peckham. However entually the home had to tell Mabel that Jeremiah's money (a lump deposit?) had run out  but she was not to worry because he had been moved to the free portion of the home 'which was just as good'. However, when he died this resulted as him being described as 'pauper' on the death certificate. Maud had not mentioned the move to her brothers who were very upset at this description of their father!

History of the Consulate Empire

For sale on eBay 18/12/12 $625 


Title: The Only Authorized Edition. History Of The Consulate And The Empire Of France Under Napoleon. Forming A Sequel To "The History Of The French Revolution." 
Author: M. A. Thiers. Translated By D. Forbes Campbell, Esq.
Published: Volumes I - V 1845, Volumes VI & VII 1847, Volume VIII 1849.
Place Published: London.
Published By: 
Henry Colburn.
Description: First English edition, (not stated). Detailed history of the French empire under Napoleon by French politician and historian Marie Joseph Louis Adolphe Thiers, (17971877). Originally published in French in twenty volumes between 1845 and 1862. This listing is for the first eight volumes, (First English Edition, each bound two per volume) published between 1845 and 1849 and detailing events during the years 1799 - 1808. Please note that volumes IX through XX are not included for sale! All four volumes appear to have at some point been rebound in half leather by renowned London Bookbinder "Jeremiah Larkins", (1833 - 1907)!
Size (for each volume): Approx 9" x 6" x 1 3/4".



Overall very good!

Pages: Very good for year. A very small amount of isolated foxing, vast majority of pages unmarked.
Endpapers: Very good, virtually unmarked.

Binding: Excellent. 
Hinges: Excellent.
Hardcover: Very good with only minor rubbing wear.
Spine: Very good with almost no wear and a small amount of soiling, (please see pictures).

The Antiquities Of Nottinghamshire, Extracted Out Of Records, Original Evidences, Leiger Books, Other Manuscripts, And Authentick Authorities

Full red morocco leather in excellent condition, raised bands, gilt decorations, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, bound by Jeremiah Larkins, c1900, bearing the bookplate, and from the library of, Lionel Phillips. Title printed in red and black, 8 pages of coats of arms, folding map, 13 other double page and folding engraved plates, 22 single page plates and others in the text. The vast majority are by Wenceslas Hollar, engraver and Richard Hall, architect. Extra illustrated with a folding map of Nottinghamshire by Emanuel Bowen, printed by Overton, from the scarce Royal English Atlas, 1764. A little occasional spotting, a couple of professional repairs to some page edges and the odd small blemish, however this is an exceptionally fine example.  

Clarendon Books, Leicester 1450  18/12/12