Gaymer family, including Doris Goldsmith, nee Gaymer

Notes on the Gaymer family, including Doris Goldsmith, nee Gaymer

For Fred and his wife Evelyn see interview tapes 68, 74, 75, 120, 121.
For Doris Goldsmith see interview tape 141.

Gaymer family tree



1907 in Park Cottages, Maldon Road.

Albert (Bert)and Eliza. Fred’s father said he was born in Whitechapel. When Fred was born his father was working at Freebornes Farm as estate carpenter. Fred’s grandfather, his father’s father, was a guard on the railway and lived in Braintree Road as a boy. His other grandfather, Ezekiel Thake, was a foreman at Freebornes farm.

  Fred had one brother and twin sisters. The latter born c 1914-15.

Fred’s family moved to Cuppers farm, Blunts Hall Road, in c 1915. Uncle previously had smallholding there but went to the War so the Gaymers took over. Then Fred’s father also went to the War and his grandfather took over.

When married January 1930, Fred and Evelyn lived at a bungalow he built himself, 47 Blunts Hall Road, for seven years, then to 56 Church Street and then in bungalow called Grasmere in Stevens Road, next to Cuppers Farm.


Fred started working with father till 1930s [perhaps c 1932], then to Richards builders in Church Street, then on emergency repair squad as carpenter during Second World War, then to Chelmsford Rural District Council as maintenance foreman.

Then after about five years to similar job with Colchester Hospital Group in Notley, Halstead, Braintree etc. Promoted to General foreman, then Assistant Building Supervisor, then General foreman of the whole group based at Colchester. Then Clerk of Works there. Then Clerk of Works at Halstead UDC for about four years.

Then to Greater London Council building scheme in Witham, c 1965,  becoming ‘Handover Clerk of Works’ checking the finished buildings for handover to Witham UDC.

Children Daphne le Sage, Pam, Joan.

Evelyn in October 1988 aged 80. Fred in 2006 aged 98.

Parents. Father was George Cook. Mother died when she was four and father remarried.
Siblings One sister and one brother.
Residence. Lived in Bures in Suffolk for a time when she was small. Moved to Witham when she was six and lived in Chipping Hill terrace in Church Street till seventeen, then parents went to Hatfield Peverel.
Work. She herself was in service first at Witham for Mannings (Mr M was painter and decorator). Then after three years, when about 20, to Terling Place as a housemaid..

Children Daphne born 1930s, twins girls born 1939-40.
Died Evelyn in October 1988, aged 80.

Extracts from documents

1891 census, RG 12/1425, f.50, p.10, schedule 47, Braintree Road
William Gaymer    Head    M    37    Rail passenger guard    born Essex, Bradfield
Jane Gaymer    Wife    M    31        born Essex, Witham
Arthur Gaymer    Son        12    Scholar    born Essex, Brightlingsea
Albert E Gaymer    Son        10    Scholar    born London, Poplar
Jessie E Gaymer    Dau        8    Scholar    born Essex, Forest Gate

1901 census, RG 13/1725, f.64, p.19, schedule 135, Braintree Road
William Gaymer    Head    M    47    Railway guard    born Essex, Bradfield
Jane Gaymer    Wife    M    41        born Essex, Witham
Albert E Gaymer    Son    S    20    Railway porter    born London, Poplar
Edith A Gaymer    Dau    S    14    Draper’s apprentice    born Essex, Forest Gate
Robert Gaymer    Son        9        born Essex, Witham
Frank W Gaymer    Son        5        born Essex, Witham

1911 electoral register
Ownership electors
William Gaymer, of Braintree Road (qualified by freehold house in Braintree Road)
Occupation electors
Albert Edward Gaymer, Park Cottages, Witham, qualified by dwelling house, Park Cottages
William Gaymer, Grosvenor Villas (county only: qualified by dwelling house, Grosvenor Villas)

1920 electoral register
Albert Edward and Eliza Esther Gaymer, Cuppers Farm
Robert Cole Gaymer, Millfield House
William, Jane, and Frank Wilfred Gaymer, Grosvenor Villas, Braintree Road
Maria, and Harry William Richards, Church Street
Charles Edward and Edith Alberta Richards, Albert Road

2 thoughts on “Gaymer family, including Doris Goldsmith, nee Gaymer”

  1. Do you know the name of William Gaymer’s father?

    My great great grandfather was Edward John zgsymer birn in 1805. I believe he is buried in Halstead and am going there tomorrow. I wondered if there were any Gaymers still living in Halstead?

    1. Sorry I didn’t reply quicker, Victoria. I don’t seem to get told about comments any more.
      By William Gaymer, I presume you mean the one at the family tree, with mistyped dates. I didn’t go back before him, but you’ll see from the census entries that he was born in Bradfield. So if you saw Bradfield parish registers (at Essex Record Office or no doubt with copies elsewhere) that might tell you.
      In the past, you could get quite a good view of present-day residents from the phone book, but there aren’t many of those now. Probably the best thing would be to write a short letter to the local newspaper.
      Good luck with everything and best wishes from Janet

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