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Charlotte SMITH[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Female 1845 - 1887


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  • Born  10 Feb 1845  71, Commercial Road, Lambeth, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Gender  Female 
    Occupation  Jun 1856  Bold Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charlotte's was performing as 'The Infant Magnet' in Bold street, Liverpool. 
    Occupation  Nov 1856  Lecture Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 

    The Infant Magnet was performing in Manchester before her move to London. 
    Occupation  Aug 1857  Royal Cremorne Gardens, Chelsea, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Infant Magnet had moved to London by July 1857 and was performing at the Royal Cremorne Gardens in Chelsea. Her performance impressed the Princes of Oude, in exile from India. 
    Census  1861  29, Marylebone Street, Westminster, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1861 Charlotte (16) and Ellen (50) were back in London at 29 Marylebone Street, St James, Westminster. They were described as having 'no profession'. 
    Occupation  1859-1861  Yorkshire and Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Further performances as The Infant Magnet. 
    Residence  11 Feb 1862  30, Gerrard Street, Soho, London, Middlesex,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of child, William Fossett. Father Charles Fossett, mother named as Charlotte Fossett (formerly Smith) - but not married until 3 months later. 
    Married  4 May 1862  Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, near Tower of London, Whitechapel, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Both were living at 24 Sparrow Corner, close to the Tower of London.
    Witnesses were Helen Smith and Thomas Kennett. This would be the Ellen Philp, Charlotte's sister, who later cared for her children Charlotte and Albert. 
    Married  18 Mar 1870  St James' Parish Church Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1870 John married Charlotte Fossette in London. His address was 48 Bacceer St, St James', Westminster, London. Charlotte's address was 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Witnesses were Selina Fossett (neice of Charlotte's first husband) and J F Clarke (executor of first husband's will).
    (Westminster St J. 1a 583 Q1 1870) 
    Residence  29 Jul 1870  24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Son Albert Alfred Robertson was born. 
    Census  1871  24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1871 John (36) was living at 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London with his wife Charlotte (26), baby son Albert Alfred (8 months), mother Jean Tannahill (63), adopted daughter Mary Ann Walton (15) and a visitor Malvina Curti (18). John was a master decorator (out of employ). 
    Residence  5 Sep 1871  24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Son John tannahill robertson born. Informant: Charlotte Robertson, late Fossett, formerly Smith 
    Residence  1 Sep 1875  9, Davenant Road, Islington, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son Montague Hollingham Robertson.Parents named on birth certificate as George Robertson and Charlotte Robertson, formerly Smith. Evidence that his father was George Hollingham and that marriage to John T Robertson was over. 
    Residence  20 Mar 1878  188, Euston Road, Pancras, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of daughter Charlotte Hollingham Robertson. Charlotte, the mother, was described as a lodging house keeper. No father was named. Ellen Murray was present at the birth. 
    Census  1881  37, Loraine Road, Islington, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Albert and little Charlotte were not living with John Tannahill Robertson.They were living as son and daughter with 'Charles Robertson' (36) - could this be Charlotte (36)? 
    Will  20 Mar 1884  60, Albany Street , Regent's Park, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Charlotte wrote her will at this address. 
    Residence  15 Feb 1887  Strand, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Birth of son James Hollingham Robertson at this address. 
    Died  20 Feb 1887  81, Farringdon Street, City, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Charlotte died of acute bronchitis (5 days. Her son James had been born 5 days before her death. He himself died 2 weeks later.
    Buried  26 Feb 1887  ,Western Cemetery, Swain's Lane Highgate,London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • grave no. 27399 square 53
    Probate  1 Apr 1887  Principal Registry, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1 April 1887 the Will of Charlotte Robertson, wife of John Tannahill Robertson late of 60 Albany Street, Regents Park in the County of Middlesex died 2.2.1887 at 81 Farringdon Street, City of London was proved at the Principal Registry by William Fossett of 40 Oxford Street in the said County, gentleman the son and Ralph Aveling Apsey tailor of 20 Victoria Street in the said city, the executors. Probate granted under certain limitations. Personal estate of 333.13s.3d. 
    Person ID  I2561  Brian's Family Tree
    Last Modified  18 Oct 2011 

    Father  Samuel SMITH,   b. 1816, ,,,Ilfracombe, Devon,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1870 
    Mother  Helen Smith Gaskill,   b. 1808, ,,,Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2115  Group Sheet

    Family 1  George Hollingham,   b. Abt 1834, ,,,Brighton, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1891, 33(a public house), Bishopsgate Street, City, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Montague Hollingham Robertson,   b. 1 Sep 1875, 9, Davenant Road, Islington, London, Middlesex,England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Charlotte Hollingham Robertson,   b. 20 Mar 1878, 188, Euston Road, Pancras, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James Hollingham Robertson,   b. 15 Feb 1887, ,,Strand, London, Middlesex,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1887, 56, Brunswick Road, Islington, London, Middlesex,England Find all individuals with events at this location
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    9 Devenant Road U. Holloway
    9 Devenant Road U. Holloway
    Montague Hollingham Robertson was born here on1 Sep 1875. Parents named on birth certificate as George Robertson and Charlotte Robertson, formerly Smith. Further evidence that his father was George Hollingham.
    Documents
    Montague Robertson Birth 1875
    Montague Robertson Birth 1875
    9, Davenant Road, Islington, London, Middlesex,England
    Parents named on birth certificate as George Robertson and Charlotte Robertson, formerly Smith. Further evidence that his father was George Hollingham.
    Last Modified  15 Apr 2010 
    Family ID  F2214  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Charles FOSSETT,   b. 1807, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Dec 1866, 25, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 May 1862  24, Sparrow Corner, Whitechapel, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Both were living at 24 Sparrow Corner, close to the Tower of London.
      Witnesses were Helen Smith and Thomas Kennett. This would be the Ellen Philp, Charlotte's sister, who later cared for her children Charlotte and Albert.
    Children 
     1. William FOSSETT,   b. 11 Feb 1862, 30, Gerrard Street, Soho, London, Middlesex,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1903, Consumption Hospital, Broughton,Kensington, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Henry FOSSETT,   b. Sep 1863, Soho, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1917, Melbourne, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Charles Fossett & Charlotte Smith M1862
    Charles Fossett & Charlotte Smith M1862
    William Fossett Birth
    William Fossett Birth
    30, Gerrard Street, Soho, London, Middlesex, England.
    Father Charles Fossett, mother named as Charlotte Fossett (formerly Smith) - but not married until 3 months later.
    Last Modified  6 Jan 2013 
    Family ID  F2142  Group Sheet

    Family 3  John Tannahill ROBERTSON,   b. 1831, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1902, Kensington Infirmary, Kensington, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Mar 1870  St James' Parish Church Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In 1870 John married Charlotte Fossette in London. His address was 48 Bacceer St, St James', Westminster, London. Charlotte's address was 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Witnesses were Selina Fossett (neice of Charlotte's first husband) and J F Clarke (executor of first husband's will).
      (Westminster St J. 1a 583 Q1 1870)
    Children 
     1. Albert Alfred ROBERTSON,   b. 29 Jul 1870, 24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John Tannahill ROBERTSON,   b. 5 Sep 1871, 24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1940
    Photos

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    2 Hartham Road Upper  Holloway
    2 Hartham Road Upper Holloway
    83 Hartham Road U. Holloway
    83 Hartham Road U. Holloway
    Site of 98 Junction Road U. Holloway
    Site of 98 Junction Road U. Holloway
    Cheyne Walk
    Cheyne Walk
    Rossetti & Swinburne plaque, Cheyne Walk
    Rossetti & Swinburne plaque, Cheyne Walk
    Documents

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    John T Robertson & Charlotte M 1870
    John T Robertson & Charlotte M 1870
    18 Mar 1870 John married Charlotte Fossette in London. His address was 48 Bacceer St, St James', Westminster, London. Charlotte's address was 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Witnesses were Selina Fossett (neice of Charlotte's first husband) and J F Clarke (executor of first husband's will).
    (Westminster St J. 1a 583 Q1 1870)
    Cheyne Walk map
    Cheyne Walk map
    Fairbridge Road, Archway
    Fairbridge Road, Archway
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2010 
    Family ID  F795  Group Sheet

    Married  4 May 1862  Holy Trinity Parish Church in the Liberty of the Tower of London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Both were living at 24 Sparrow Corner, close to the Tower of London. Witnesses were Helen Smith and Thomas Kennett. This Helen would be the Ellen Philp, Charlotte's sister, who later cared for her children Charlotte and Albert.
    Last Modified  6 Jan 2013 
    Family ID  F2466  Group Sheet

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    127 Duke Street, Liverpool in 2010
    127 Duke Street, Liverpool in 2010
    Still standing and for sale in April 2010. Properties below 127 have been demolished.
    In 1851 Charlotte (6) was living here with her mother Ellen (or Hellen) Smith (42) and siblings Hellen (15), William (14), Sidney (8), Edwin (2), Susan (17) and Susan's husband John Burge(25). William and John worked as tailors. Samuel was not present for the census.
    81 Farringdon Street
    81 Farringdon Street
    Charlotte Smith died here of acute bronchitis on 20 Feb 1887, five days after giving birth to her son, James Hollingham Robertson. The baby died on 8 Mar at his aunt Ellen's home.
    Sparrow Corner
    Sparrow Corner
    Charlotte was living at Sparrow Corner, Whitechapel, London at the time of her marriage to Charles Fossett in 1862.
    Duke Street, Liverpool by the 1950s
    Duke Street, Liverpool by the 1950s
    In 1851 Charlotte (6) was living at 127 Duke Street, Liverpool with her mother Ellen (or Hellen) Smith (42) and siblings Hellen (15), William (14), Sidney (8), Edwin (2), Susan (17) and Susan's husband John Burge(25). William and John worked as tailors.
    Next to 81 Farringdon Street
    Next to 81 Farringdon Street
    properties adjoining Albany Street, Regent's Park
    properties adjoining Albany Street, Regent's Park
    188 Euston Road (left) 1878
    188 Euston Road (left) 1878
    188 Euston Road, Pancras, London is where Charlotte Hollingham Robertson was born on 20 Mar 1878. Charlotte, the mother, was described as a lodging house keeper. No father was named. Ellen Murray was present at the birth.
    188 Euston Road
    188 Euston Road
    Euston Road in the 21st century.
    24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
    24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
    In 1871 John (36) was living at 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London with his wife Charlotte (26), baby son Albert Alfred (8 months), mother Jean Tannahill (63), adopted daughter Mary Ann Walton (15) and a visitor Malvina Curti (18). John was a master decorator (out of employ).

    Documents

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    Charlotte Smith's Birth
    Charlotte Smith's Birth
    10 Feb 1845 at 71, Commercial Road, Lambeth, London,,England.
    Charlotte & Albert Robertson 1881 census
    Charlotte & Albert Robertson 1881 census
    37, Loraine Road, Islington, London,,England
    Albert was not living with his father. He and his sister were living as son and daughter with Charles Robertson (36) - could this be Charlotte (36)?
    Charlotte 1861 census
    Charlotte 1861 census
    In 1861 Charlotte (16) and Ellen (50) were back in London at 29 Marylebone Street, St James, Westminster. They were described as having 'no profession'.
    Charlotte Robertson D1887
    Charlotte Robertson D1887
    Died at 81, Farringdon Street, City, London, England of acute bronchitis on 20 Feb 1887, 5 days after the birth of her son, James Hollingham Robertson.
    Charlotte 1851 census
    Charlotte 1851 census
    In 1851 Charlotte (6) was living at 127 Duke Street, Liverpool with her mother Ellen (or Hellen) Smith (42) and siblings Hellen (15), William (14), Sidney (8), Edwin (2), Susan (17) and Susan's husband John Burge(25). William and John worked as tailors.
    Highgate Cemetery reply to Alex
    Highgate Cemetery reply to Alex
    Charlotte's Will ii
    Charlotte's Will ii
    Charlotte's Will i
    Charlotte's Will i
    Fossett creditors - Gazette 14.5.1872
    Fossett creditors - Gazette 14.5.1872
    John T Robertson & Charlotte M 1870
    John T Robertson & Charlotte M 1870
    18 Mar 1870 John married Charlotte Fossette in London. His address was 48 Bacceer St, St James', Westminster, London. Charlotte's address was 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Witnesses were Selina Fossett (neice of Charlotte's first husband) and J F Clarke (executor of first husband's will).
    (Westminster St J. 1a 583 Q1 1870)
    John Tannahill Robertson 1871 census
    John Tannahill Robertson 1871 census
    24, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London,England
    In 1871 John (36) was living at 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London with his wife Charlotte (26), baby son Albert Alfred (8 months), mother Jean Tannahill (63), adopted daughter Mary Ann Walton (15) and a visitor Malvina Curti (18). John was a master decorator (out of employ).
    Will of Charlotte Robertson (nee Smith. Previously Charlotte Fossett.
    Will of Charlotte Robertson (nee Smith. Previously Charlotte Fossett.
    The Infant Magnet Jun 20 1856 from The Liverpool Mercury
    The Infant Magnet Jun 20 1856 from The Liverpool Mercury
    Transcription of text in document
    Extraordinary powers of a child. Those who ... in such matters may now witness some of those ... but inexplicable manifestations ascribed to mesmeric or magnetic influence. The subject of this power is a little girl aged eleven years, daughter of Mr S. Smith, tailor, Benson Street. By simply placing her hand upon any article, she removes it as if by some magic influence, with the greatest ease imaginable. As a test of these singular efforts it may be stated that she has no difficulty in raising from a table large pressing irons used by tailors. Two of these are respectively 17lbs. and 21lbs. weight, and could not be moved in a similar manner by a powerful man. On several occasions she lifted chairs, tables, and other articles of furniture, and performed almost incredible feats of a similar kind. This singular power was first exhibited about nine months ago, and at that time she had never been placed under the influence of mesmerism. She was ony mesmerised a few ... ago, and is considered a highly sensitive subject.
    ST GEORGE'S PRINTING OFFICES .. ROE STREET ...
    The Infant Magnet Jul 1856
    The Infant Magnet Jul 1856
    Second of 2 newspaper cuttings provided by Colin Parker, great grandson of Ellen (nee Smith) Parker, who was Charlotte's sister. From Kathleen Lewis, daughter of Elizabeth Harriet Parker.
    33 Bold street Liverpool 1851
    33 Bold street Liverpool 1851
    Census detail for 1851. This was the address where Charlotte performed as The Infant Magnet during the summer of 1856. Described in advert as 33 Bold Street, next to Russell's French and Italian warehouse.
    John Tannahill Robertson's birth certificate 1871
    John Tannahill Robertson's birth certificate 1871
    Funeral Bill details Charlotte Robertson
    Funeral Bill details Charlotte Robertson

    Headstones
    Charlotte Robertson's Grave
    Charlotte Robertson's Grave
    Western Cemetery, Swain's Lane Highgate,London,,England
    grave no. 27399 square 53

  • Sources 
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      Name: Charlotte SmithBirth Date: abt 1845Birth Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, EnglandResidence Date: 1851Residence Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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      Name: Charlotte SmithBirth Date: abt 1845Birth Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, EnglandResidence Date: 1851Residence Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
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      Birth date: abt 1845Birth place: Lambeth, Surrey, EnglandResidence date: 1871Residence place: Chelsea, London, England
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=uki1871&h=29054167&ti=5538&indiv=try&gss=pt

    6. 4 Collingwood Street, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire

    7. 81 Farringdon Street, City of London.
      (address of G. Hollingham who was the informant of the death)
      London 1c 34 Q1 1887

    8. 24 Sparrow Corner, very near the Tower of London, Whitechapel, London
      Both were living at 24 Sparrow Corner, close to the Tower of London.
      Witnesses were Helen Smith and Thomas Kennett. This would be the Ellen Philp, Charlotte's sister, who later cared for her children Charlotte and Albert.

    9. 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea
      In 1870 John married Charlotte Fossette in London. His address was 48 Bacceer St, St James', Westminster, London. Charlotte's address was 24 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. Witnesses were Selina Fossett (neice of Charlotte's first husband) and J F Clarke (executor of first husband's will).
      (Westminster St J. 1a 583 Q1 1870)