I am looking for information regarding a great great great grandfather. Can you help?
At the time of the 1881 Census, John Abel, then aged 40, was working at Woolwich Royal Arsenal as a carpenter. He, his wife Lizzie and his young family of 5 children (John, James, Edith, Charlotte and William) were living at 9 Brewer Place, Woolwich. The children were aged between 1 and 10.
Intriguingly, their next door neighbours at no.10 were the King family, a couple in their 40s with 8 children aged 1 to 15. Lizzie Abel's maiden name was King.
On the night of the 1901 Census he, his wife Lizzie and their 6 youngest children were living at 57 Brewer Street, Woolwich. He was still employed as a carpenter.
It is just possible that John Abel was born in 1840 instead of 1841. If so, he could be the John Abel who was christened in Manchester Cathedral on 2nd October 1840, the son of John Abel and Mary Ann.
He may have been the brother or cousin of Bobby Abel (Surrey Cricketer, "The Guv'nor") born November 1857 and died 1936.
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