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
|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.
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)
|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:
|Died:||c. 03.1889||Aged 80, registered in Pancras.|
|Baptised:||22.08.1810||at St. Pancras|
|Died:||c. 09.1856||Aged 46, registered in Marylebone|
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 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.
|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 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.
|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).|
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.|
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.
|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).|
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).|
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:
JAMES CALKIN (1862)
VICTOIRE CALKIN (1871)
CAROLINE (Daughter of the above) (1887)
MARY PROSSER (Daughter of the above) (1887)
JAMES JOSEPH CALKIN (1868)
MARY ANN WHITING CALKIN (Widow of J J Calkin) (1903)
LEE HOOPER (1896)
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
GEORGE CALKIN Died July 1911
EMILY MARY CALKIN (Wife) Died Sept 1913
FRANK L0VELL CALKIN (son) Died March 1871, aged 1
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
JOHN WILLIAM ARCHIBALD CALKIN (son of Joseph (Tennielli)) Died 5th Nov 1924, aged 75.
ALICE ELIZABETH (wife) Died 5th Nov 1880, aged 29.
Here are some important moments in History during the life of this Calkin family !
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 XVI1800
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
American civil war.