Family of James Calkin

Calkin, James
Second of 8 children born to Joseph and Mary
Pianist, violinist, cellist, composer and notable music teacher.
The Royal Society of Musicians records the following entry dated - 6th March 1808,
"James performs on the Piano Forte, the Violin, Tenor and Violincello.
James is engaged at, the Drury Lane theatre and the Covent Garden Oratorios."
At one time James was Director of the Philharmonic Society.
James was one of four Calkin musicians listed in the program for a Royal Musical Festival in Westminster Abbey in 1834.
The detail I have states that the performance was, "The Fourth Performance" Tuesday July 1st 1834 of Handel's Sacred Oratorio of THE MESSIAH.
The leader of the violin section was Signor Spagnoletti. This was probably Paulo Spagnoletti who taught Joseph Calkin the violin.

The 1841 census lists James living in Harrington Street, Pancras, Middlesex with
   his wife Victoria and five children: Caroline, Joseph, Mary, John and George.
   His occupation is listed as "Artist".
The 1851 census lists James living at 107, Eversholt Street, Pancras, Middlesex with
   his wife Victoria and three children: Caroline, Mary, and George.
   His occupation is listed as "Professor of Music".
   One servant is also listed in the household:
         Ann Geary aged 28 from Ireland.
The 1861 census lists James living at 12, Oakley Square, Somers Town, Pancras with
   his wife Victoria, his daughter Caroline (aged 49 and unmarried),
   plus daughter-in-law Eliza (Joseph's wife) with her children Archibald and Louisa.
   Two servants are also listed in the household:
         Susan Saunders aged 11 from Ottery St. Mary, Devon
         Ann Lea aged 21 from Swindon, Wiltshire.

         Born: 19.09.1786 in London
         Baptised: 21.09.1786 whilst lying in hospital, Endell Street, Holborn, London.
         Baptised: 19.11.1807 at St. Giles in the Fields, Holborn, London
         Married: 30.04.1808 to Victoire Tenniel at St. Marylebone
         Died: 18.01.1862 Aged 75, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery (plot 11529)
Calkin (nee Tenniel), Victoire
Daughter of Noah Tenniel (1745-1811) and Margaret Parker (1751-1835) - (note: Noah is listed as Noel in some places)
1871 census lists Victoria aged 83, living as head of the household at
5, Harrington Square, Pancras. Her two surviving unmarried daughters are living with her.
         Born: 15.12.1787 registered at St. Anns, Middlesex.
         Baptised: 06.02.1788 at St. James, Westminster
         Died: c. 12.1871 Aged 84, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery.
Historical interest with reference to Victoire Tenniel
A nephew of Victoire Tenniel was Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) a most popular and influential Victorian illustrator.
Sir John illustrated Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.
He created more than 2000 cartoons for Punch and painted one of the frescos in the Houses of Parliament.


Eight Children
Victoire Josephine
In 1841 census Victoire lives with her husband John and children at Crescent Place, St.Pancras
In 1881 census living at 6, Rochester Terrace with her sisters Caroline and Mary,
and grandson Lionel Lewis.
    (There is much more information on V.J.'s own webpage)
         Born: 06.02.1809 in London
         Baptised: 30.04.1809 at Old Church, St. Pancras, London
         Married: 25.09.1838 to John Lewis at St. Pancras, London.
Victoire had three Lewis children with John:
Angelo John Lewis
Albert Calkin Lewis
Victoire Josephine Lewis
Click on Victoire's name for detail of Angelo and Albert's families.
         Died: c. 03.1889 Aged 80, registered in Pancras.
Louisa
         Born: 25.07.1810 in London
         Baptised: 22.08.1810 at St. Pancras
         Died: c. 09.1856 Aged 46, registered in Marylebone
Caroline
The 1841 census has Caroline aged 29 living with her parents as above.
The 1851 census has Caroline aged 39 living with her parents as above.
The 1861 census has Caroline aged 49 and unmarried living with her parents.
The 1861 census lists her occupation as "Professor Piano Forte".
The Royal Society of Musicians has an entry for Caroline:
Entry dated - Between 6th June 1866 and 3rd June 1867
... but it contains no detail.
1871 census lists Caroline aged 59, living with her mother as above.
1871 census lists her occupation as "Professor of Music".
In 1881 census living at 6, Rochester Terrace with her sisters Victoire and Mary
         Born: 21.12.1811 registered in Marylebone, Middlesex.
         Baptised: 24.01.1812 at St.Mary, St. Marylebone, London
         Died: 11.01.1887 Aged 75, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery.
James Joseph
James Joseph was one of four Calkin musicians listed in the program for the 1834 Westminster Abbey performance.
The Royal Society of Musicians records the following:
Entry dated - 2nd August 1835
"James Joseph plays the violin and piano forte and is engaged at,
the Covent Garden theatre."
1841 census has James aged 28 living away from his parents at what looks like "Fortes Green" (?)
1851 census has James living with his wife at 25, Harrington Street North, Pancras, Marylebone.
His occupation is "Professor of Music".
Also staying with them is Emily Calkin (20) his cousin from Arundel.
1861 census has James, living with wife Mary and daughter "F.H." at 25, Harrington Street North.
Mary is listed as 45 and F.H. is listed as being 6 years old, both shown as born in Plymouth. But ....
1871 census, after James Joseph's death, has Mary Ann W. Calkin living at 39, Harrington Street, with
her "neice", Fanny Hooper (could this be the F.H., was she really James's child. I can find no birth reference.)
There was a third person interred in James plot along with him and his wife, one Lee Hooper (d. 1896).
1882 - Mary is listed in a trade directory as being a "Linguistic Tutor" living at 39, Harrington Street.
         Born: 08.04.1813 in London
         Baptised: 05.04.1813 at St. Mary, St. Marylebone, London
         Married: 13.03.1845 to Mary Ann Whiting Batten in Newington.
Mary Ann was born in Plymouth, Devon (1851 census)
Mary Ann Whiting Calkin, died c. 03.1903 aged 88, registered in Kensington and buried at Highgate Cemetery.
         Died: 11.10.1868 Aged 54, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery (plot 16272).
Joseph (Tennielli)
Singing Master.
Joseph was a successful Tenor who sang under the name of "Tennielli".
Deriving his italianate operatic name from his mother's maiden name.
The 1841 census has Joseph (25) living with his parents as above.
         Born: 13.01.1816 at ?
         Baptised: 14.02.1816 at St. Marylebone
         Married: c. 12.1848 to Eliza Hunt at Marylebone
         Died: 06.06.1874 Aged 58, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery (plot 20071).
Mary Prosser
1841 census has Mary (23) living with her parents as above.
1851 census has Mary P. (33) living with her parents as above.
1871 census lists Mary aged 53, living with her mother as above.
1881 census has her living at 6, Rochester Terrace with her sisters Caroline and Victoire
         Born: 23.01.1818 at St. Marylebone
         Baptised: 20.02.1818 at St. Mary, St. Marylebone, London
         Died: 16.01.1887 Aged 70, registered in St. Pancras and buried at Highgate Cemetery.
John Baptiste
Wrote the music to the classic hymn "A Christmas Carol", to which Longfellow supplied the words.

1841 census has John (14) living with his parents as above.
Occupation as declared in 1881 census - "Professor of Music"
The 1881 census has him living at 55, St. Augustines Rd., St.Pancras.
Occupation as declared in 1901 census - "Composer and Music Teacher"
The 1901 census now shows him as living at 37, Hornsey Rise Gardens, Islington.
    (There is much more information on J.B.'s own webpage)

         Born: 16.03.1827 at Middlesex
         Baptised: 11.04.1827 at St. Pancras
         Married: c. 09.1857 to Mary Eurgain Edwards registered in Islington
         Died: 15.04.1905 Aged 78, at Crouch End, Middlesex (registered in Islington) and buried in Highgate Cemetery (plot 17965).
George
1841 census has George (11) living with his parents as above.
1851 census has George (21) living with his parents as above.
1861 census has George (31) living at 23, Mornington Crescent, Regents Park, Pancras.
1871 census has George (41) living at 23, Mornington Crescent, Regents Park, Pancras.
1881 census has George (51) living at 47, Gloucester Road, London.
1901 census has George (71) living at 26, King Henry's Road, Hampstead, London
1911 census has George (81) living at 110, King Henry's Road, Primrose Hill, Hampstead, London
    (There is much more complete information on George's own webpage, including career)
         Born: 10.08.1829 at St. Pancras
         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 and buried at Highgate Cemetery (plot 17997).


Highgate Cemetery

This detail was sent to me by Ian Bernard Calkin, who I thank:
When Jean Pateman died The Pateman Memorial Fund was set up with two specific aims for Highgate Cemetery;
improving the archives and restoration of the graves.
We (Ian's people) made a substantial donation to the Fund around 2013 and asked whether our two graves could be restored.
The graves were almost invisible and in a very poor state.
However, the remarkable discovery, certainly unknown to my father's generation, was that alongside were
four further Calkin graves making a total of six and containing the bodies of twenty members of the family and friends.
These include the four Calkins who played in early performances of Messiah, i.e. James, Joseph, James Joseph and Samuel.
James, Ian's great great grandfather, is also referred to on page 571 of Thayer's Life of Beethoven.
The minutes of the Philharmonic Society record that he was one of the directors who voted to
make a contribution of 100 "to be applied to his comforts and necessities during his illness".

There are 18 Calkin family members interred at Highgate Cemetery, in these six plots:

Highgate Cemetery

11529

JAMES CALKIN (1862)
VICTOIRE CALKIN (1871)
CAROLINE (Daughter of the above) (1887)
MARY PROSSER (Daughter of the above) (1887)

16272

JAMES JOSEPH CALKIN (1868)
MARY ANN WHITING CALKIN (Widow of J J Calkin) (1903)
LEE HOOPER (1896)

17965

JOHN BAPTISTE CALKIN Died April 1905
MARY EURGAIN CALKIN (Wife) Died 1890
EDITH ELLEN CALKIN Died March 1871, aged 10
ANNIE CALKIN (Daughter) Died Feb 23rd 1944
RUTH EDWARDS (Sister of Mary) Died May 1911

17997

GEORGE CALKIN Died July 1911
EMILY MARY CALKIN (Wife) Died Sept 1913
FRANK L0VELL CALKIN (son) Died March 1871, aged 1

20071

JOSEPH (Tennielli) CALKIN Died 6th June 1874, aged 58
ELIZABETH CALKIN (his wife) Died 5th July 1901
LAURA ISABEL LYNOTT (LILY) CALKIN (their only daughter) Died 5th April 1910

24144

JOHN WILLIAM ARCHIBALD CALKIN (son of Joseph (Tennielli)) Died 5th Nov 1924, aged 75.
ALICE ELIZABETH (wife) Died 5th Nov 1880, aged 29.



Historical Data

Here are some important moments in History during the life of this Calkin family !

On The English Throne

1760-1820 George III
1820-1830 George IV
1830-1837 William IV
1837-1901 Victoria

Important Inventions or Moments In Time

1789
George Washington becomes the first U.S. President.
1789
There is a mutiny on board the Bounty in the South Pacific.
1789
Beginning of the French Revolution.
1790
U.S. population tops three quarters of a million, 20% are from Africa.
1793
Execution of Louis XVI
Execution of Louis XVI
1800
World population tops One Billion people.
1800
Parliamentary union of Great Britain and Ireland.
1802
First factory act. Providing for factory inspection.
1803-1815
The Napoleonic Wars.
1804
Napoleon proclaimed Emperor of France.
1805
Battle of Trafalgar. destruction of the French fleet.
1812
Napoleon's retreat from Moscow.
1815
Battle of Waterloo.
1822
Louis Pasteur born.
1823
At Rugby school, the game of Rugby is invented.
1825
Johann Strauss born.
1827
Louis Braille publishes first book for the blind.
1832
First parliamentary reform act.
1834
Poor Law amendment act.
1835
Samuel Colt patents the Revolver, the first revolving barrel multi-shot handgun.
1838-1848
Chartist movement in Britain.
1840
Samuel Morse invents morse code, and the telegraph.
1846
Repeal of the corn laws.
1851
Big Ben (the bell tower) was built.
1852
Vincent Van Gogh born.
1853
Levi Strauss began making trousers out of tough material for California miners.
1854-1856
Crimean War.
1861-1865
American civil war.


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