Henry George Langworthy 1850 - 1923

Henry was the second of 7 children of Benjamin & Eliza Langworthy. He was born on 24 April 1850 at Lake Lane, Portsea. His older sister Eliza Jane and he were baptised on the same day 19 May 1850 at St Mary’s, Portsea Parish Church. The family moved to 57 North Street, Alverstoke, Gosport during the first year of his life and the next sister, Kitty, was born there on 24 June 1852. By1854 they were back in Portsea where Mary Ann was born in 1854. Again there was a double Baptism at St Mary’s, Portsea on 15 Oct 1854 for Kitty and Mary Ann, abode North Street (probably North Street Portsea but could be North Street Alverstoke if they still lived there and had been staying with Eliza’s parents in Lake Lane for the birth of Mary Ann).

The 1861 Census shows the family at 163 Lake Road (the same road that had been Lake Lane a decade earlier). Eliza Jane was now 13, Henry 10, Kitty 8 and George 2. The birth of Elizabeth was registered in the first Quarter of 1861, but she is not mentioned on the Census.

Sister Mary Ann died the following year at the age of 8 and was buried in Kingston Cemetery, Portsea  in November 1862.

On 6 July 1863, at the age of  13, Henry started his apprenticeship as a Ship’s Carpenter at HM Dockyard.

His maternal grandparents, George & Catherine (Kitty) Matthews were at 55/57 Lake Road in the 1861Census; they had been living in Lake Road previously but we don’t know whether it was the same house or a different one. They both died in 1865 and were buried in Kingston Cemetery, George on 3 Feb and Kitty on 31 December 1865. By 1871 Henry and his siblings were with their mother at 55/57 Lake Road, by then called the Foresters Arms.

Henry’s father Benjamin died at the age of 45 and was buried in Kingston Cemetery on 9 July 1870.

The 1871 Census shows Eliza Langworthy, widow 47, Public House Keeper at the Foresters Arms, with her children Kitty 20, Henry 19, Ship’s Carpenter (Apprentice), Scholars Ellen 14, George 12, & Elizabeth 9, married daughter Elizabeth Sibson 23, grandson William Sibson 7m, and a boarder James Benjamin 22 Ship’s Carpenter.

In 1876, Henry’s mother married again but her second husband, Frederick Hardham, died in 1878. In March 1881 Eliza Hardham died at Clarendon Street and was buried on 12 March 1881 in the same grave as her first husband Benjamin. A few weeks later, the 1881 Census shows that only Henry Langworthy 30 Shipwright (Dockyard) and his sister Kate 28 Tailoress were at 3 Clarendon Street. They both married later that year. Kitty Langworthy married in Q2 1881 and Henry on Christmas Day.

On 25 December 1881 at St Pauls Church in the Parish of St Pauls Southsea, the marriage took place of :                                                                                      Henry George Langworthy, 31, Bachelor Shipwright of 7 Lerwick Street, father Benjamin Thomas Langworthy, deceased.

Mary Ann Lutman 30 spinster of 7 Lerwick Street, no name of father,
after Banns, both signed in the presence of J Horton and E Langworthy.

John Horton was husband of Henry’s sister Ellen; Elizabeth was Henry’s youngest sister who married John’s brother Alexander Horton in 1882).

Henry and Mary Ann had two sons. They were living at 14 Amelia Street when Harry George Arthur was born on 4 December 1882 and baptised at St Mary's Portsea on February 4 1883.

Bertie Benjamin Thomas was born on 4 October 1884 but we have not yet found his baptism. (Harry was baptised in the old Church but the new St Mary’s Church was being built when Bertie was born).

In 1891, the family was living at Hereford Street. The enumerator apparently mixed up the children, wrongly entering Harry as 6 and Bertie as 8.

In the 1901 Census they were at 65 Princes Street, Mile End:

Henry Langworthy, Head, Mar, 49, Shipbuilding Worker, worker, born Portsmouth.Mary Langworthy, wife, Mar, 50, born Wickham.
Henry Langworthy, Son, S, 18, Shipbuilding Worker Apprentice, worker, born Portsmouth.

Bertie Langworthy, Son, S, Shipbuilding Worker Apprentice, worker, born Portsmouth.

Kelly’s Portsmouth Directories from 1901 to 1923 show 65 Princes Street as the residence of Henry Langworthy.

Both sons married in 1907 at All Saints, Portsmouth by Banns:

On 30 March 1907 Harry George Langworthy, 25, B, Shipwright of 65 Princes Street, father Henry George Langworthy, Shipwright and Alice Eveline Wingate, 26, S, father George Wingate deceased, in the presence of William Irvine & Philip Wingate.

On 3 October 1907 Bertie Benjamin Thomas Langworthy, 22, B, Shipwright of 65 Princes Street, father Henry George Langworthy, Shipwright and Ethel Louise Locock, 23, S, of 65 Princes Street, father William George Locock, sailor in the presence of Henry George Langworthy (Henry or Harry?) and Alice Langworthy.

Bertie and Ethel also lived at 65 Princes Street until 1915, when they were expecting their third child.

Henry died on 12 July 1923 at 14 Toronto Road, the home of younger son Bertie. He was buried on 16 July in Kingston Cemetery. His widow Mary Ann lived for another 10 years, dying at the age of 85 in St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth on 9 January 1933. and was buried in the same grave above her husband on 11 January 1933. The grave was marked until the kerb was removed under the 1959 Act.