Underdowns near Maidstone and in London
I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone whose Underdown ancestors include my own (discussed below).
My ancestors include John Underdown, who was born in Loose, Kent, about 1786. His parents were William Underdown (born about 1730, unknown location, but probably in Kent) and Mary Freebody. Loose is just outside of Maidstone. John was a shoemaker (or boot maker) and so were at least three of his sons: John (born in Loose abt. 1813) was a shoemaker in London's Whitechapel district. William (born in Loose abt. 1814) went to New York and was a shoe maker there. Charles stayed in the Loose/Maidstone area and was, I believe, the last Underdown shoe maker in that area. The 1840 UK Census, indicates that the wife of John (the Loose shoe maker) was Sarah, born in St. Marlebone, London.) John (the Whitechapel shoe maker) and his wife Jane (nee Carr) had several sons, one of whom was John U. (born 1837 in Whitechapel, London) who came to Montreal, Canada and married Catherine Clark (Ireland). John's other sons included William, Edward, Henry, Frederick, Charles, and James. John married a second wife, Catherine, after Jane's death. They had a daughter named Mary Jane. James U., born in 1852, married Amelia Underdown (nee Jackson), who was the widow of his deceased brother Edward U.(took me a while to sort that one out). The 1871 UK Census shows William, Henry, and Edward and their families living on Drury Lane in Whitechapel, London. James worked as a ship's cook and purser and later, as a grocer. James and Amelia and several of their children are found in the 1901 UK Census, living in Mile End Old Town, in London's east end. Around 1911, they were living in Barking, Essex. Getting back to William, born in 1730, I suspect he was from West or East Farleigh but am having trouble finding information. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Alan Underdown, Ottawa, Canada