James Storey & Family 1851 to 1900
James Storey was born in Abbotsley on 16th September 1851 to Thomas Storey (1821-1890) and his wife Ann ( nee Barringer). According to the 1871 census , James was an agricultural labourer, but he left home soon after 1871 to move to London to join the Great Northern Railway where, at one point, he was staying with his maternal uncle Jonathan Barringer and his wife, Maria, at 10 Railway Street near Kings Cross. In 1872, James joined the City of London Police and around this time he met his wife, Catherine Musgrove. They were married on 30th November 1876 at All Saints Church, Battlebridge and she was at that time living at 14 Railway Street, very near to his uncle Jonathan !
Catherine was the daughter of Richard Musgrove and his first wife, Emma. Richard came from Cheltenham but was now working for Thomas Holloway, famous for his rather dubious pills, and for the founding of Holloway College and Hospital. Richard is variously described as a messenger and a pill maker.
Catherine and James went on to have five children : Emily, who sadly died soon after giving birth to a daughter who was named Catherine who was brought up by her grandmother; James, Lavinia, Albert and Richard. Richard also died young at only 19.
James’ career with the City of London Police was varied. Records show that he was admonished on a couple of occasions for neglecting to detect insecure premises and for being late at muster !
The family moved back to the Abbotsley area around 1897 living in Eynesbury, perhaps because of his bad health , as James sadly died of TB on 19th October 1900.
In the photograph James is sitting with Albert on his lap and Catherine with baby Richard. At the back L to R are Lavinia, Emily and James