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Thomas Studds

Thomas Studds was born in Bath, Somerset,  England in approximately 1820. Thomas' parents were Thomas Studds and Mary Wells. Based on information about the births of his younger siblings, it appears the family re-located to London by the time Thomas was seven years old.

He was, according to his death certificate (and like his father before him), a coachman. On his daughter Mary Ann's marriage certificate, Thomas is described as a coach driver.

On 12 November 1843, he married Martha Weston at St. George, Hanover Square, London. Thomas was described as a coachman residing in Davis Mews. Witnesses to the marriage were Joseph Spiller and Thomas' sister, Mary Ann.

In the 1851 census, Thomas (age stated as 32)  and Martha (age stated as 30) were residing at 23 Wilton Crescent Mews (St George Hanover Square, Belgrave).

The children of the marriage are included with information about Martha.

Thomas died of "dropsy" at the age of just 41 years, on 7 September 1861. Thomas' death certificate states that his wife Martha was with him as he died at their usual residence at 108 Gloucester Mews West, Marylebone, in London.

There is a Gloucester Mews West which still exists in London but it is not known if this is the same as Gloucester Mews West, Marylebone. The existing street is not far from Paddington Railway Station, one of the early railway stations in London; the currently standing grand station was erected in 1854. One can imagine Thomas with his horse and coach, waiting on foggy English evenings for passengers, as they left the old steam trains at Paddington, to take them to their London accommodation. However there is a warning that "in 1888 the General Post Office and London County Council conducted a renaming and renumbering scheme to eliminate duplicate road names throughout the LCC and to renumber houses consistently with the lowest number being closest to the local post office." (



thanks to Christina Didsman,
a descendant of Thomas and Martha,
for providing additional information.



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