Family History Notebook

 John Larkin

Ancestry untraced1, born c.1794 6

Married Mary Ryan 2


John, born 1827/8 3
Jeremiah, born 5th May 1833 at Lambeth, baptised on the 26th of May 1833 (? at St George's Chapel Bermondsey)
David, born 1834/5 3
Daniel, born 1838/9 3

Buried on the 26th of January 1840 aged 45 at St Mary in Lambeth, Surrey- Address St Albans buildings

A smith 4 though his son David describes him as a labourer on his own marriage registry entry.


1    It is quite possible that John Larkin was himself Irish, like his wife. His great-grandaughter says 'they were an Irish family'. (In 1841 and 1861 Mary is listed as 'from Ireland' and in 1851 'from Munster, Ireland'). Their marriage might have been in Ireland.

2   From Jeremiah's baptismal certificate.

3    1841 census Mary and family living at St Albans Buildings, Lambeth. Mary was a Fruit Woman. Mary listed as "aged 30" - ie 30-34.
1851 Census Mary, Jeremiah, Davy and Daniel living at St Alban's Buildings. Mary 'aged 50'.
1861 census Mary and Daniel still living at St Albans Buildings. Mary now listed as 'aged 60'.

4    From Jeremiah's marriage certificate.

From the western side of Kennington Road the whole district to the river is a poor one. Some of
the streets are worse off than others, whilst Lambeth Walk and Road are com-
paratively comfortable. As a rule the inhabitants are respectable, hard-working, and
steady, many keeping small shops and businesses, but some of the side turnings off
Lambeth Walk and Union Street contain a very rough class, who are constantly
migrating. A Board School in Newport Street, and another off Walnut Tree Walk,
are well filled. The angle north of Saville Place and Walnut Tree Walk does not
contain many of the very poor, but a few are congregated in St. Alban's Buildings
and Walnut Terrace. Off China Walk there is also some poverty and dirt. At
the south-west corner of the Lambeth Road, next to the Wesleyan Chapel, a row
of old houses have been pulled down and fine Baths and Wash-houses are being
built on the site.
A Survey of London South of the Thames 1908

5    The death of John Larkin was registered in the first quarter on 1840 in Lambeth (FreeBMD 4 188)

6    From the burial record for John Larkin

7    John Larkin/Larkins marriage not found in Anstruther Catholic Marriage index

8    Mabel Larkins told her daughter that her two grandmothers visited on alternate Sundays - 'little grannie' was Roman Catholic (Mary Ryan) and 'big grannie' was Church of England (Elizabeth Davis).