3rd Jun 17751 - 1851

Ivory Turner2

Life History

3rd Jun 1775

Born in St Sepulchre, Middlesex.1

27th Jun 1775

Christened in St Sepulchre, London.1

s/o Wm. and Jane

18th Feb 1800

Married Ann WEBB in St Clement Danes, Westminster.11


Birth of son James William KINGSMAN in Holborn, Middlesex


Resident in Holborn, Middlesex (Grays Inn Lane).3

Jan 1805

Birth of son John KINGSMAN in Pancras

Feb 1805

Death of son John KINGSMAN in Clerkenwell

between 1806 and 1810

Resident in Clerkenwell, Shoe Lane.5,5,5


Resident in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane).4

Sep 1806

Birth of daughter Elizabeth KINGSMAN in Holborn, Middlesex.1


Resident in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane).6

24th Jan 1808

Birth of daughter Mary Ann KINGSMAN in Holborn, Middlesex

5th Jan 1809

Birth of son Richard KINGSMAN in Clerkenwell, Middlesex.10


Resident in Holborn, Middlesex (Shoe Lane).7


Resident in Holborn, Middlesex (Grays Inn Lane).8

Feb 1812

Birth of son Benjamin KINGSMAN in Holborn, Middlesex

May 1812

Death of son Benjamin KINGSMAN in St Pancras

about 1813

Death of Ann WEBB

13th May 1814

Married Mary Ann SPENCER in Old Church, St Pancras.1

James was a widower when he married Mary Ann Spencer, a spinster at the Old Church St Pancras, following Banns.  James signed and Mary made her mark.  The witnesses were James Fountain (James' brother-in-law) and G Hamp.


Resident in Bowling Green Lane.9


Resident in 11 Kings Street, Lambeth.2


Death of Mary Ann SPENCER in 63 East Street, Lambeth


Died in Lambeth workhouse

31st Aug 1851

Buried in St Mary, Lambeth.1

of the workhouse, aged 82


  • From the burial records of William and some of his children, they lived in the parish of St Sepulchre, in and around places named as Newcastle Street, Seacoal Lane and Durham Yard.

    John Strype's Survey of London in 1720 describes this part of Farringdon Ward as:

    "Chich lane, an ordinary Place, both for Buildings and Inhabitants. It comes out of Smithfield by the Sheep Pens, and runneth down to Field lane. In this Lane are several Courts and Alleys: As Newcastle Street, or Durham Yard, pretty open to receive Carts and Coaches; having at the lower end a Yard for Stabling. And at the upper end is a passage into Katherine Wheel Yard, which is none of the best. Blue Boar Court, is ordinary, and ascended up by Steps. Churchyard Alley, but narrow and ordinary. At the upper end is a Churchyard which belongs to St. Sepulchre's Parish."

  • On 22nd October 1792 James was in trouble with the law. He and an accomplice, John Brown, were detained in Newgate Prison, accused with stealing silk stockings from Mr Yeomans.

    James is described as 17 years old, five fooot tall, dark eyes, dark brown hair, dark complexion, a labourer from London.

    He was "Discharged by Proclamation", i.e. acquitted because no evidence was offerred against him.

  • In 1793 (said to be aged 15) James was convicted of stealing a cotton dress from John Hayman (journeyman tailor) in Fleet market.  The witness statements include the fact that James's father had died before then and he was living with his mother (Jane).  Jane and the mother of the other boy also charged (John Delmore) had attempted to persuade the tailor to "go easy on the boys" and had paid him two guineas to do so.

    Hayman denied this [if he had admitted it he would have been guilty of compounding the felony].  I suspect that Hayman had taken the money, but had not given the officers of the watch their cut [stated to have been half a guinea each] and hence it had still gone to court.

    James was found guilty and sentenced to twelve months imprisonment and to be publicly whipped.  The imprisonment was later reduced to six months and a whipping, and then to six months and a fine of one shilling.

    Brought to Newgate on 3rd January 1793
    Aged 15 years
    Five foot tall
    Fair complexion
    Dark brown hair
    Born in London

    Committed to New Complex (Newgate)

    Brought by Crosby to Newgate
    Stealing a gown in Middx.  Mrs Haymans
    Tried January 12 before the Recorder
    Sentence 6 months in house of correction.  Fined one shilling.
    Sentence discharged.

    For the full transcript please see the Old Bailey trial record of James Kingsman.[Opens in a new window]

  • In 1818 James appeared in court in the Old Bailey again, this time as a witness in the trial of James Grindley, Henry Gibbs and Charles Laing.  In his witness statement, James descibes himself as an ivory turner living in Bowling Green Lane, Clerkenwell.  The defendants had stolen 100 lbs of ivory and tried to sell 40 lbs of it to James who refused believing it to be stolen.  The defendants were found guilty and each sentenced to seven years transportation.

    For the full transcript please see the Old Bailey trial record of James Grindley and Henry Gibbs.[Opens in a new window]


  • 1. Parish Register
  • 2. 1841 England Census
    • HO107; Piece 1058; Book: 8; Civil Parish: St Mary; County: Surrey; Enumeration District: 19; Folio: 16; Page: 26
  • 3. Baptism record
    • of James
  • 4. Baptism record
    • of Elizabeth
  • 5. Baptism record
  • 6. Baptism record
    • of Mary Ann
  • 7. Baptism record
    • of Richard
  • 8. Baptism record
    • of Inock
  • 9. Old Bailey Trial record
  • 10. 1861 England Census
  • 11. International Genealogical Index

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