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Charles Hunt apparently had a shop on the Hallsville Road in Canning Town, London, probably in the late 1800's. My great aunt said it was some kind of a pet shop but he also sold rabbits for meat.(This must be the origins of my nan's rabbit stew, one of my favourite meals as a child - served in a white basin with doorsteps of crusty bread. Mmmmmm delicious!) This shop was next to Cribbs the undertakers, and I am still researching this and hoping to find photos in existence.

Later he moved this business to 1 Rathbone Street where he rented some kind of a "yard" on Fox Street, rented first by him and later by his son-in-law, Samuel (my great-grandfather)

The lady who owned it was named Rachel Lee. After his first wife's death, Charlie remarried and took a lady named Alice as his second wife. She already had quite a few children herself, apparently.

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Hunt Family History

Thus far, we have(from my great-aunt's recollection:
Charles Hunt
, Kate. 2nd wife - Alice
Eight children
Kate
Nellie
Mary Ann (my grandmother)
Maggie
Tillie
Charlotte
Charlie
Danny

In the 1901 census we found the following:

Chas H Hunt ... 39 ... boiler maker born Poplar
Kate (wife) ... 38 ... born Bow
Kate (daughter) 18 ... factory/hand match...born in Canning Town
Mary (daughter)16 .........................born in Canning Town
Margaret (daughter) 13 servant domestic,....born in Canning Town
Ellen (daughter) 12.........................born in Canning Town
Rose (daughter)11...........................born in Canning Town
Matilda (daughter)9.........................born in Canning Town
Maud (daughter)7............................born in Canning Town
Chas (son) 6................................born in Canning Town
Charlotte (daughter)4.......................born in Canning Town
Daniel (son)2...............................born in Canning Town
Living on Sabberton Street, Canning Town.

Although the address was unknown to us, and we are still trying to find where this street was located, all the names matched and gave us an additional two children Maud and Rose, and the name of Charlie's first wife, Kate,who the eldest daughter was obviously named for.


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In the 1911 census we found the following:

Charles Hunt ... 50 ... Bird shop Keeper born Poplar
Alice (wife) ... 52 ... born Bethnal Green
Tillie (daughter)19 .........................born in Canning Town
Maud (daughter) 17............................born in Canning Town
Chas (son) 14................................born in Canning Town
Daniel (son) 12...............................born in Canning Town
And this was at the 1 Rathbone Street address as my distant cousin, Louise, has found in the Canning Town commercial entries for Kellys directory of 1912:
Hunt CHARLES BIRD DEALER 1 RATHBONE STREET.

Mary Ann (known as Polly) married Samuel Poyser
and had five children:
Rose born 9th January 1908, my grandmother.
Ivy,
Lily,
Harry, and
Alice.

A photograph of Sam and Polly's grave is here. The inscriptions show the depth of love that Sam had for Mary Ann.

If anyone has any additional information, memories, or photographs of any of the people and places mentioned, please email me at mrsrosedempsey@aol.com. Would also love to hear from distant relatives.



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