Catherine Cole (1802-1865)

Catherine Cole (1802-1865) was the twin daughter of the nominal founder of the family pottery and brickmaking business and her own descendants followed the tradition. This page provides a summary.

Catherine and her twin Sarah were born on 9 Jul 1802 into a family consisting of their mother Ann, their father Daniel and their brother Thomas. However, at the time of their birth and their baptisms on 1 Aug 1802 at Old Church, St Pancras, their father was away serving in the Napoleonic wars with Nelson's Navy. That stint finished on in December 1803 - although he was to return to the navy - so the toddler twins were suddenly presented with a father they had never seen! Presumably their mother had the support of other pottery and brickmaking families in the area, who may well have been related, but no supporting records have come to light.

Daniel, the twins' father was permanently discharged from the navy on 13 Sep 1805, whereupon the family continued to live in the St Pancras area, at least until son John was born on 14 October 1807. While there Daniel plied his trade as a potter in Tileyard Road. Sometime before 16 November 1809 they moved to the Tile Kilins in Green Lanes, near Stoke Newington, the birthplace of younger brother Daniel as given in later census records.

On 11 November 1821, at the age of 19, Catherine married William Dean at St Anne Church, Soho. (One wonders why they chose this particular church.) Afterwards the couple settled in Islington for a while, and that was where their eldest son was born.

By the time of the 1841 census, the family was at the Tile Kilns where William was a labourer. Their children were:

Rather surprisingly, three of of the Dean siblings went on to marry three siblings - from the Cox family:

  • Daniel James Dean married Emma Cox on 30 March 1856 at the parish church in West Hackney. In 1861 the couple were at the Tile Kilns where Daniel was a carman.
  • Sarah and Charlotte respectively Henry and William Cox. Both couples emigrated to Australia and took the brickmaking trade with them - see the Cox / Dean page.

Catherine and William's grandson, William Dean, was still working with the Cole family in 1901 at their pottery in White Hart Lane. For the continuing Dean line - see the Dean page.

Catherine Dean died age 63 and was buried in Abney Park Cemetery on 21 September 1865. William survived her by nearly two years and was buried in the same plot on 4 Sep 1867.

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