Family of George Calkin

George Calkin Emily Calkin
George Calkin 1829-1911 Emily Calkin 1837-1913

Calkin, George
Youngest of 8 children born to James and Victoire
George was a well-known organist, cellist, choral conductor and prolific composer for the organ, including 16 books of organ voluntaries.
1841 census has George (aged 11) living with his parents.
The Royal Society of Musicians records the following entry dated - 1st August 1852 :
        "George plays violincello and is engaged at,
        the Royal Opera, the Philharmonic Concerts and at Drury Lane theatre.
        He also plays organ at St. Mark's temporary church."
1861 Census - Occupation = "Professor of Music".
        living at 23, Mornington Crescent, Regents Park, Pancras with
        his wife Emily, sons George (Lance) and Harry and three other people.
        (Son Percival was with his grandparents on census night
        see Robert Riviere (below) and on Percival's own webpage)

        The other three people listed in the 1861 census are:
                 Eliza Read a boarder, aged 42, occupation of "Fundholder",
                 Caroline Archea a house servant from Suffolk aged 23, and
                 Eliza S. Grapee a house maid from London aged 25.
The London Gazette of 4th September 1868 reports that George Calkin, of Mornington Crescent, registered a patent in the county of Middlesex,
for the invention of "a new instrument or apparatus for attaching to pianofortes in order to facilitate the study of the notes".
1871 census has George, his wife and five of his sons living at 23, Mornington Crescent, Regents Park, Pancras.
        living at 14, Mornington Crescent, Regents Park, Pancras.
        1871 occupation states, "Professor of Music".
        The other three people listed in the 1871 census are:
                 Francis Smith (70) a Nurse from "London City",
                 Maryann J. Cuthbert (30) a servant from Holloway, and
                 Eliza Glass a servant from St. Pancras aged 18.
1881 Census - Occupation = "Professor of Music".
        with an address of 47, Gloucester Road, London.
George's home addresses as listed in Historical Directories include:
1882 George's address is still given as 47, Gloucester Road N.W.
1895 He now lives at 26, King Henry's Road, Hampstead N.W.
1901 Census - Occupation = "Professor of Music (Retired)".
        Living at 26, King Henry's Road, Hampstead, London,
        with his wife and two unmarried children.
        Incidentally, the 1901 census also includes two servants,
        Mary E. Sutton (b.1851) - cook, and Florence J. Kearsley (b.1883) - Housemaid.
1911 Census - Occupation = "Professor of Music (Retired)".
        Living at 110, King Henry's Road, Primrose Hill, Hampstead, London,
        with his wife and two unmarried children.
        Incidentally, the 1911 census also includes two servants,
        Mary Ann Isaac (b.1872) - cook from Camden Town
        Ellen Esther Whybrow (b.1894) - Housemaid from Hampstead.

George is buried at Highgate Cemetery (as is his brother John Baptiste).
The following information has been confirmed by Jean Pateman, Chairman of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery:
There are two Calkin graves in Highgate. George's grave contains - Frank Lovell (infant son of George and Emily) 1871, George 1911 and Emily 1913.
The last registered owners in 1913 were Percival Robert and George Lance (both sons of George).

         Born: 10.08.1829 at St. Pancras, London
         Baptised: 06.09.1829 at St. Pancras
         Married: 22.01.1857 to Emily Mary Riviere at Old Church, St. Pancras.
         Died: 13.07.1911 Aged 81, registered in Hampstead
Buried in Highgate Cemetery
Calkin (nee Riviere), Emily Mary
Daughter of Robert Riviere and Eliza Pegler who married in 1830 in Gt. Stanmore, Middlesex.
Robert Riviere was the foremost bookbinder of the time, and many of his books are held at Windsor Castle.
Robert Riviere was the son of Daniel Valentine Riviere and Henrietta Thunder (b.1784) who married 1800.
         Baptised: 18.01.1837 in Bath, Somerset.
         Died: c. 09.1913 Aged 76, registered in Hampstead
Buried in Highgate Cemetery

Robert Riviere Robert Riviere
Robert Riviere Robert Riviere - A Portrait

1861 Census - Robert Riviere
The 1861 census has Robert Riviere living at 2, Bayham Cottages, Camden Town, Pancras with, amongst others, his grandson Percival Robert Calkin.
       Full entry reads thus:
       Robert Riviere aged 51, a bookbinder employing 14 men and 6 women. Born in Marylebone.
       Eliza Riviere, wife aged 52, born in Halmore, Middlesex.
       Elizabeth Pegler, mother-in-law aged 86. Described as "Fundholder" born in Hoxton, Middlesex.
       Augustus Bishop, Nephew aged 22. A Commercial Clerk in the wine trade, born in Marylebone.
       Louisa Bishop, Niece aged 22. A Private Governess, born in Marylebone.
       Theresa Millar, Niece aged 14. A Scholar born in Bath.
       Percy Calkin, Grandson aged 3.
       Plus two servants, Charlotte Peak (26) and Elizabeth (unreadable) aged 23.
The 1871 census has Robert Riviere living at High Road, Finchley with, amongst others, his grandson Walter Lewis Calkin.
       Full entry reads thus:
       Robert Riviere aged 63, a bookbinder employing 23 men. Born in Marylebone.
       Eliza Riviere, wife aged 52, born in Halmore, Middlesex.
       Walter Calkin, Grandson aged 8.
       Plus three servants, Mary West (54), Mary A. Sanders (17), and Thomas Newman (20).

I believe this link takes you to the web site of the company that bought Robert's bookbinder firm The Bayntun-Riviere Bindery because within it's company information it says,
"George Bayntun was keen to expand the business, taking over several smaller binderies on the retirement of their owners, but his biggest acquistion was in 1939. He purchased the famous Riviere Bindery, founded in Bath in 1829, acquiring their unique collection of finishing tools and equipment, which remains unparalled today". Note that Emily above was born in Bath.


Nine Children
Percival Robert
The 1861 Census has Percival Robert staying with his grandparents (on his mother's side), see above.
1871 census lists Percival R. aged 13, living with his parents as above.
Occupation as declared in 1881 census = "Bookbinder".
Occupation as declared in 1901 census = "Wholesale Bookseller and Bookbinder".
1901 census shows Walter living at Oak Cottage, High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk with his wife and one child.
1911 census has Percival living with his wife and daughter at Grey Walls, Aldeburgh.
Occupation as declared in 1911 census = "Retired Publisher".
The 1911 census also shows two servants :
    Emily Wallis from Stoke Newington, London (b.1863)
    Sarah Lilian Smith from Aldeburgh (b.1889)
         Baptised: 09.12.1857 at Old Church, St. Pancras, London
         Married: c. 09.1882 to Emily J. Thompson at Old Church, St. Pancras, London
         Died: c. 03.1919 Aged 61, registered in Plomesgate.
Lance .. (born George Lance Calkin)
Artist (see art website detail at - The Art Museum)
Lance is listed in the 1861 census, see his father's entry above.
1871 census lists George L. aged 11, living with his parents as above.
Although living until 1936, there doesn`t appear to be any trace of Lance in either the 1881 or 1901 censii ?
He does appear in the 1911 census ....
See Lance's own page by clicking on his name for much more detail of his life.
         Born: 22.06.1859 registered in Pancras
         Married: c. 09.1891 to Alice Annie O'Brien in Camberwell.
         Died: 10.10.1936 Aged 77 at 49, Cresilton Road, Fulham
Harry Bernard ("Henry" in 1881 census)
Harry is listed in the 1861 census, see his father's entry above.
1871 census lists Harry B. aged 10, living with his parents as above.
Occupation as declared in 1901 census = "Underwriter".
1901 census shows Harry living at 11, Lymington Road, Hampstead, with his wife and five children
After that date, Harry became a senior Underwriter at Lloyds and was heavily involved in the underwriting of the Titanic.
         Born: c. 03.1861 at Camden Town, London (registered in Pancras)
         Married: c. 06.1891 to Margaret Agnes Palfrey registered in Hampstead
         Died: c. 06.1926 Aged 65, registered in Hampstead.
Walter Lewis
1871 census lists Walter aged 8, living with his grandparents in High Road, Finchley.
               (Robert and Eliza Riviere)
Occupation as declared in 1881 census - "Clerk".
For further full details see Walter's own webpage at his link above.
         Born: c. 03.1863 registered in Pancras
         Married: c. 06.1890 to Isabel Low at St. Pancras, London
         Died: c. 03.1919 Aged 86, registered in Fulham.
Arthur Edward
1871 census lists Arthur E. aged 5, living with his parents as above.
Occupation as declared in 1881 census = "Clerk"
For full details of Arthur and his family click his link above.
Click here to see a picture of Arthur with niece Dorothy circa 1929 (Arthur on the right, Dorothy A. (daughter of Percival above) on the left).
         Born: c. 06.1866 registered in Pancras
         Married: c. 09.1890 to Helen Dalgleish in Hampstead
         Died: c. 12.1943 Aged 77, registered in Brentford.
Charles Riviere
1871 census lists Charles R. aged 3, living with his parents as above.
Confirmed in 1891 census as member of George and Emily's family.
Unfortunately, Charles was listed as an "Imbecile", which explains
his solo appearance in the 1901 census, (I believe living in a home)
where he is referred to as "feeble minded from birth"
The 1911 census has Charles Riviere (aged 43) still living with his parents as above.
No occupation is listed.
         Born: c. 12.1867 at Hampstead (registered in Pancras)
         Died: c. 03.1941 Aged 73, registered in Bedford.
Frank Lovell
         Born: c. 09.1869 registered in Pancras
         Died: c. 03.1871 Aged 1, registered in Pancras
Buried in Highgate Cemetery
Ada Riviere
The 1901 census also shows Ada still living at home with her parents (above).
Her occupation is given as "Professor of Music".
The 1911 census has Ada Riviere (aged 39) still living with her parents as above.
Her occupation is given as "Professor of Music".
         Born: c. 03.1872 at St. Pancras, London
         Died: c. 12.1942 Aged 70, registered in Poole, Dorset.
Mabel Riviere
Occupation as declared in 1901 census = "Professor of Music (Vocalist)".
The 1901 census also shows Mabel still living at home with her parents (above).
         Born: c. 12.1875 at St. Pancras, London
         Married: c. 12.1906 to Arthur Haywood, registered in Hampstead.

Daughter Helen Riviere Haywood (b. 1908) is a painter and illustrator of children's books.



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