Charles James Greaves 1834-1913

Charles James GREAVES is my 3rd great grandfather – the father of my 2nd great grandfather, Henry GREAVES. Henry GREAVES was born on 10 May 1872 at the family home at 78 Wick Road, Homerton1.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Surname of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
10 May 1872. 78 Wick RoadHenryBoyCharles James GREAVESJane Emma GREAVES formerly CAMPBELLBuilderJ E GREAVES. Mother. 78 Wick Road, South Hackney20 June 1872


Charles James GREAVES was baptised on 22 June 1824 at St Matthew’s Church, Brixton, Surrey. His parents were James and Elizabeth GREAVES, from Stockwell, Surrey2.

When BaptisedChild’s NameParents’ NamesAbodeQuality, Trade or Profession
22 June 1824Charles James son ofJames and Elizabeth GREAVESStockwellGardener

1841 Census

In 1841, Charles GREAVES was living at James Street, Clapham, Surrey with his parents James and Elizabeth GREAVES3. Charles’ youngest sister at this time was Elizabeth GREAVES who was born during the civil registration period. The GRO index gives her mother’s maiden name as CHESHIRE4.

NamesAgeProfession, Trade or EmploymentBorn in the County of Surrey?
James GREAVES29M[ale] S[ervant]Yes
Elizabeth GREAVES29Yes
Charles GREAVES7Yes
William GREAVES2Yes
Elizabeth GREAVES3 monthsYes

1851 Census

In 1851 Charles James GREAVES was living with James & Elizabeth GREAVES at 1 Stockwell Cottages, Lambeth, Surrey5. Charles was 16 years old and working as a plaster labourer. His father James was a gardener, which matches the occupation on Charles’ baptism record.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
James GREAVESHeadMarried40GardenerBucks
Elizabeth GREAVESWifeMarried40Dress makerStockwell, Surrey
Charles GREAVESSonUnmarried16Plasterer lab[ourer]Stockwell, Surrey
James GREAVESSon14Errand boyStockwell, Surrey
Albert GREAVESSon12Stockwell, Surrey
Elizabeth GREAVESDaur.10Stockwell, Surrey
Henry GREAVESSon8Stockwell, Surrey
Clara GREAVESDaur.4Stockwell, Surrey


Charles James GREAVES married Jane Emma Thrail CAMPBELL at St John’s Church, Hackney, Middlesex on 04 July 18586. This record further confirms that Charles’ father James GREAVES was a gardener.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
04 July 1858Charles James GREAVESFull ageBachelorPlastererMare StreetJames GREAVESGardener
Jane Emma Thrail CAMPBELLFull ageSpinsterMare StreetJames CAMPBELLBaker
Witnesses: James CAMPBELL & Amelia Eliza CAMPBELL

1861 Census

In 1861, newlyweds Charles and Jane GREAVES were living with Jane’s parents (James and Elizabeth CAMPBELL) at the Baker Shop at 1 Campbells Terrace, Tower Hamlets, Kent7. Charles was working as a plasterer and the couple had two young sons: Charles (age 1), and William (4 months).

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
James CAMPBELLHeadMarried54BakerSurrey
Elizabeth CAMPBELLWifeMarried55Middlesex
Robert CAMPBELLSon15Hackney, Middlesex
Charles GREAVESSon in lawMarried25PlastererHackney, Middlesex
Jane GREAVESDaurMarried23Hackney, Middlesex
Amelia CAMPBELLDaurSingle19Hackney, Middlesex
Margaret CAMPBELLDaurSingle17Hackney, Middlesex
Charles GREAVESGrandson1Hackney, Middlesex
William GREAVESGrandson4 monthsHackney, Middlesex
Hannah HEYWOODBoarder80Devonshire

1871 Census

In 1871 Charles and Jane GREAVES were living at 78 Wick Road, Hackney, Middlesex8. They had 6 sons and 1 daughter living with them during this census year. Charles was working as a plasterer.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Charles J GREAVESHeadMarried35PlastererStockwell, Surrey
Jane E GREAVESWifeMarried33Hackney, Middlesex
Charles J GREAVESSon11ScholarHackney, Middlesex
William GREAVESSon10ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Elizabeth L GREAVESDaur8ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Wallace C GREAVESSon6ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Alfred R GREAVESSon4ScholarHackney, Middlesex
James C GREAVESSon3ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Archibald C GREAVESSon5 monthsHackney, Middlesex

1881 Census

In 1881, Charles and Jane GREAVES were living at 45 Church Road, Homerton, Middlesex9. Charles was working as a builder, his sons Charles and William were young adults and working as house decorators.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Charles J GREAVESHeadMarried45BuilderStockwell, Surrey
Jane E T GREAVESWifeMarried43Hackney
Charles J GREAVESSon21House decoratorStockwell, Surrey
William GREAVESSon20House decoratorHackney, Middlesex
Elizabeth GREAVESDaur.18NoneHackney, Middlesex
Alfred GREAVESSon14ClerkHackney, Middlesex
James GREAVESSon13ClerkHackney, Middlesex
Henry GREAVESSon9ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Amelia GREAVESDaur.6ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Donald M GREAVESSon4ScholarHackney, Middlesex
Miron WOODLodgerUnmarried43CookStrand

1891 Census

In 1891, Charles and Jane GREAVES were living at the same address as before: 45 Church Road, Homerton, Middlesex10. Charles was working as a builder, and his sons Alfred and Harry were also working as builder’s foreman and assistant.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Charles J GREAVESHeadMarried54BuilderStockwell, Surrey
Jane E T GREAVESWifeMarried53Homerton, Middlesex
Alfred R GREAVESSonSingle24Builder’s foremanHackney
Harry GREAVESSonSingle18Builder’s assistant, journeymanHackney
Margaret A GREAVESDaur.16Candidate L B S SchoolHomerton
Donald M GREAVESSon14Upholsterer’s assistantHomerton
Louisa LAVERVisitorSingle19Typist & short hand writerShoreditch
Amy ANDERSONServant18Domestic servantShoreditch

1901 Census

In 1901 Charles and Jane were still living at 45 Church Road, Homerton, Middlesex11. Charles James GREAVES was 66 years old and had retired working as a builder. 2 of their children were still living with them: Alfred and Margaret. The family also had a domestic servant.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadConditionAgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
Charles J GREAVESHeadMarried66Retired builderStockwell, Surrey
Jane E GREAVESWifeMarried63Hackney, London
Alfred R GREAVESSonSingle34Decorator (paint)Hackney, London
Margaret A GREAVESDaurSingle25School mistressHackney, London
Amy ANNELYServantSingle24DomesticHackney, London

1911 Census

In 1911 Charles and Jane GREAVES were living at 9 Claremont Road, Forest Gate, Essex12. When this census was taken, the couple had been married for 53 years (Charles died 2 years later, taking their marriage to 55 years). The couple weren’t living at 45 Church Road, Homerton, as they had been for the previous 3 censuses but the property stayed in the family as it was mentioned on Charles James GREAVES’ death certificate, and the death certificate of his son Henry GREAVES in 192413.

Charles and Jane wrote that they had 10 children during their marriage. These children were: Charles James, William C, Elizabeth Louisa, Wallace Campbell, Alfred Robert, James Clyde, Archibald Campbell, Henry, Margaret Amelia, and Donald Major GREAVES.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirthplace
Charles James GREAVESHead76MarriedRetired builderClapham
Jane Emma Thrail GREAVESWife73Married 53 years. 10 children, 7 living, 3 diedHomerton


Charles James GREAVES died on 05 July 1913 at 45 Church Road, Homerton, Middlesex at the age of 7914. Wynn WESTCOTT, the coroner, was the informant for the death – Charles had died from a fatty degeneration of the heart.

When and Where DiedName and SurnameSexAgeOccupationCause of DeathInformantWhen Registered
05 July 1913. 45 Church Road, HomertonCharles James GREAVESMale79 yearsA retired builderFatty degeneration of the heartWynn WESTCOTT, coroner for North East District of London. Inquest held 09 July 191309 July 1913


This is the last will and testament of me Charles James GREAVES of No 45 Church Road Homerton in the county of Middlesex Builder and decorator I give devise and bequeath my freehold dwellinghouse and premises situate at No 45 Church Road Homerton aforesaid with the yard and garden outhouses and appurtenances thereto belonging and the goodwill and benefit of the business of Builder and Decorator which I am now carrying on there and also all my capital and property which shall be employed in the said business at my decease and all my estate and interest in the land and buildings and their appurtenances situate and being No. 43 in Church Road Homerton aforesaid and all other the property both real and personal and of what nature or kind soever which I shall at my decease be possessed of or entitled to or over which at my decease I shall have any power of disposition by will unto my dear wife Emma Jane Thrail GREAVES absolutely and I appoint my said wife sole EXECUTRIX of this my will IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand the thirteenth day of October One thousand eight hundred and eighty. Charles J GREAVES. Signed by the above named Charles James GREAVES as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses – Charles J GREAVES Jun. 45 Church Road Homerton Decorator – Edward C HARDY 47 Ballance Road Homerton Solicitors Clerk. 

On the 21st day of August 1913 probate of this will was granted to Jane Emma Thrail GREAVES the sole Executrix.

The Will of Charles James GREAVES, 45 Church Road, Homerton. 21 August 1913.

Family Members:

Wife:Jane Emma Thrail CAMPBELL 1838-1935
Son (Direct Ancestor):Henry (Harry) GREAVES 1872-1924
Father:James GREAVES 1814-1885
Mother:Elizabeth Ann CHESHIRE 1811-1854

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  1. Births (CR) England. Hackney, Middlesex. 10 May 1872. GREAVES, Henry. Entry No. 137.
  2. Baptisms (PR) England. Brixton, Surrey. 23 June 1834. GREAVES, Charles James. Collection: London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906. : accessed 08 October 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Clapham, Surrey. 06 June 1841. GREAVES, James. PN 1053. Book 3. FN 23. p. 8. : accessed 12 May 2021.
  4. Birth Index (CR) England & Wales. RD Wandsworth and Clapham Union, [Surrey]. 1st Q., 1841. GREAVES, Elizabeth Susannah. Vol. 4. p. 579. Mother’s maiden name: CHESHIRE. : accessed 11 February 2022.
  5. Census Records. England. Lambeth, Surrey. 30 March 1851. GREAVES, James (head). ED 17. SN 28. PN 1574. p. 8. : accessed 08 October 2021.
  6. Marriages (CR) England. Hackney, Middlesex. 04 July 1858. GREAVES, Charles James and CAMPBELL, Jane Emma Thrail. Collection: London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921. : accessed 18 October 2020.
  7. Census Records. England. Tower Hamlets, Kent. 07 April 1861. CAMPBELL, James (head). ED 11. SN 36. PN 164. p. 7. : accessed 09 October 2021.
  8. Census Records. England. Hackney, Middlesex. 02 April 1871. GREAVES, Charles I (head). ED 11. PN 333. FN 9. p. 11. : accessed 18 February 2021.
  9. Census Record. England. Hackney, Middlesex. 03 April 1881. GREAVES, Charles J. (head). ED 41. PN 309. FN 76. p.39. : accessed 18 February 2021.
  10. Census Records. Hackney, Middlesex. 05 April 1891. GREAVES, Charles I (head). ED 46. PN 203. FN 12. : accessed 18 February 2021.
  11. Census Records. England. Hackney, Middlesex. 01 April 1901. GREAVES, Charles J (head). ED 31. PN 234. FN 63. p. 2. : accessed 18 February 2021.
  12. Census Records. England. Forest Gate, Essex. 02 April 1911. GREAVES, Charles James (head). RD 188. ED 13. PN 9386. : accessed 09 October 2021.
  13. Deaths (CR) England. Whitechapel, Middlesex. 06 January 1924. GREAVES, Harry. Entry no. 244.
  14. Deaths (CR) England. Hackney, Middlesex. 05 July 1913. GREAVES, Charles James. Entry no. 272.


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