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Reuben HAMBLING

Reuben HAMBLING

Male 1833 - 1892  (59 years)    Has 76 ancestors and 17 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Reuben HAMBLING 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 1833  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptised 28 May 1833  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1851  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • living with parents at time of census
    Occupation Gun maker 
    From 1851 to 1892 
    • Reuben must have been trained in the skill of gun-making by his father. Three of his brothers also became gun-makers. Surely the Blackawton area cannot have been expected to provide enough work for all of them - even if they diversified into related occupations? Probably for this reason all but Henry left the village. Older brothers had already moved to work as gun-makers in nearby towns, William to Totnes and Hiram to Kingsbridge, no doubt forcing Reuben to look to work further afield.
      He must have moved away from Blackawton sometime between the 1851 census and his marriage in Sussex in 1858.

      Unlike his brothers he seemed unable to settle and worked in a number of parts of the country, finishing up in Canterbury.
    Miscellaneous Workman's death by poison 
    1859  Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Singular Death by Poison. - On Monday evening, the
      Borough Coroner, D. Black, Esq., held an inquest at the White Lion
      Inn, North Street. According to the evidence, deceased
      came down from London on the 7th May, to go into the Hospital,
      where he was admitted on Wednesday, the 11th. On the previous
      Monday he went to work for Mr. Hambling, gun-maker, 112,
      North street, whose advertisement for a workman, in the Times,
      he had answered. He also lodged with Mr. Hambling. He said his illness was brough on by diarrhœa. He left the Hospital on
      the following Saturday, and returned to Mr. Hambling's, where he
      continued to lodge and do a little work. The subject of entering
      into partnership with his employer was then spoken of by him,
      as he said he could bring some money into the concern, having saved
      two or three hundred pounds. On the following Wednesday after-
      noon deceased went up the stairs and laid on the bed. Shortly after
      he was seized with a violent retching which continued about three
      hours. Mr. Hambling went to him and enquired of him what
      was the matter, and he replied "I am very ill; I have taken some-
      thing and now it lies on my stomach. Do fetch a doctor, and tell
      him to bring a pump with him." Mr. Dixon was in consequence
      sent for, but he being from home Mr. Hambling went to Mr. Rugg's
      and saw Mr. Richards, whom he informed of deceased's severe
      vomiting, but he could not recollect whether or not he told Mr.
      Richards that deceased wanted a pump. Mr. Richards considered
      it a case of long standing diarrhœa. Mr. Rugg attended deceased
      the following day, and in consequence of a hasty message that he
      was in a fit, he went a second time. He had then partially re-
      covered, and Mr. Rugg asked him if he had anything on his mind
      which he wished to communicte. He said he had, and Mr.
      Hambling left the room to afford that opportunity, when he said
      he had taken some stuff from a bottle in Mr. Hambling's shop,
      that he had gone down stairs unknown to the family, and drunk,
      as he supposed, about half-a-pint. The stuff was what is termed
      "brownings," and is used for browning gun-barrels. It is made
      of 2oz. of corrosive sublimate, 8 drops of nitric acid, a pint and a
      half of water, and a little sal ammoniac. On being asked why he
      had taken it, he replied, "I have been so very low and so ill so
      long, and that drove me to do it." From the evidence of the
      brother it appeared that deceased attempted to drown himself some
      little time since. Deceased had several epileptic fits, and the
      bowels having become ulcerated by diarrhœa and dysentery, the
      poison had aggravated the ulceration and hastened his end; poison,
      then, being the immediate cause of death, the Jury returned a
      verdict of "Temporary Insanity." "
      (The Sussex Advertiser. Surrey Gazette. &c June 7, 1859, p.3 col. 3)
    Residence 1859  112, North Street, Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • His home when a workman took poison.
    Residence 1861  20, Shaftesbury Place, St. Botolph without Aldersgate, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • One of 3 families at this address in the 1861 census (birthplace given as "Blarkent" Devon!)
    Miscellaneous Goods left in Birmingham 
    Aug 1865  Back of 89, Aston Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • For some reason Reuben had left goods in Birmingham. If he had lived there, between being in Aldersgate and Salford, his sojourn would appear to have been brief, as a daughter was born in Middlesex in 1864.Notice in the Birmingham Gazette of Saturday 26 August 1865:
      "Notice. - If Reuben Hambling, of
      Manchester, does not Fetch the goods left at Mr. Hill's,
      back of 89, Aston Street, within Three Days, they will be Sold."
    Miscellaneous Gunpowder Explosion 
    7 Oct 1865  Bexley Street, Salford, Lancashire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Health and safety considerations weren't quite the same in 1865 as they are today as this occurence shows - not just the explosion, but also the selling of gunpowder to boys.

      "Gunpowder Explosion in Salford. - On Saturday
      evening, about half-past seven o'clock, two lads went into
      the shop of Mr. R. Hambling, gunsmith, Bexley-street,
      near the Salford Town Hall, to buy a pennyworth of gun-
      powder. An old man, named Cadden, was serving them
      out of a small canister, when by a mishap the gaslight
      from a bracket near the counter ignited the powder,
      which exploded. The canister contained about one and
      a half pound. The effect of the explosion was signally
      destructive. The contents of the shop window, guns and
      powder flasks, with the window frame and shutters, were
      all swept into the street. The lads and shopman were
      burned on the face and hands, but their injuries were
      not serious."
      (from The Bury Times, Saturday, October 14, 1865)
    Bequest In the will of his father 
    1880 
    • Reuben along with all his siblings equally was to receive a share of what his father left (if anything), after the death of their mother (which occurred in 1880).
    The will of William Bartlett Hambling
    The will of William Bartlett Hambling
    (a 4 x great grandfather of mine)
    Residence 1881  3, Carlton Bridge, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reuben was living with his wife and 7 children at the time of the 1881 census (a couple of mantle makers were living in the same house).
    Residence From 1884 to 1885  82, Ashmore Road, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • 19 May 1884 when dau Maud admitted to school and in the 1884 and 1885 electoral rolls
    Residence 1891  39, New Street, Ashford, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • 'Rueben', living with wife & 5 children (Roger to Mabel) at the time the census was taken
    Bankrupt 21 May 1892 
    Died Cause: Bronchitis and Delirium tremens 
    9 Dec 1892  Coroner’s Court, Westgate, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wikipedia info: Bronchitis and Delirium tremens.

      GRO ref: Hambling, Ruben age 50 q4 1892  Canterbury RD 2a 470

      The date and place of death are as given on Reuben's death certificate but I do find the place puzzling and wonder if it is wrong. At this time inquests were held with a Jury to decide on the verdict, so Reuben could have been present as a Jury member when he died (but would he have qualified, living in Ashford? would his shop in Canterbury have made him eligible for Jury service? were bankrupts eligible anyway?)
      Or, I think more likely, he was there to give evidence. Unfortunately inquest notes to do survive for this period/ Canterbury; the best source of information can be local papers, when an inquest was of sufficient interest to be reported on. I have not found a mention of Reuben in any report, either regarding his own death or present at the inquest for another.
      If Reuben had some important evidence to give I can see that he may have felt he should attend an inquest despite being unwell, but I find it surprising that someone with bronchitis and Delirium tremens of sufficient severity that he would die of them that day should feel able to leave his home in Ashford, travel to Canterbury and attend an inquest there. Even if he had been staying at his Canterbury shop, I still find it suprising he should leave his sick bed to attend the Court. But if he was delerious surely he would not have been thinking straight enough to attend Court if was supposed to? Could the delusions brought on by the condition have taken him there? Reading about death caused by DTs I think it is normally preceeded by the person being in a coma for a couple of days. If he had been it wouldn't make sense for him to die in the Court. Exceptions can be when people had an accident as a result of the DTs, e.g. falling from a window, but if that had happened wouldn't that be mentioned on the death certificate?  
       
      I think there is another possibility. When there was an inquest, as there was for Reuben, the Coroner was the informant for the death, and Reuben's death certificate shows the information had been received by the Registrar on a form. I do wonder if the Coroner absent mindedly entered the Court address instead of the address at which Reuben's death had occurred.
    Death certificate for Reuben Hambling
    Death certificate for Reuben Hambling
    Miscellaneous The unpaid for suit 
    1893 
    • When the Canterbury County Court sat at the Guildhall in Canterbury on Tuesday 8 August 1893, i.e. after Reuben's death, Messers Warren and Summers tried to claim the cost of a suit from his widow:
      "Messrs. Warren and Summers, Canterbury, v. Mrs.
      Hambling, Ashford

      This was a claim for £2 17s. 6d. for a suit of
      clothes. - Mrs. Hambling deposed that her husband
      died whilst a bankrupt. She never knew he ordered
      any clothes. - Judgment for defendant."
      (report from The Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 12 August 1893, col. 3)
    Notes 
    • (Research):Not found in the 1871 census
    Person ID I253  All
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 

    Father Clerk William Bartlett HAMBLING,   b. 1787, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1864, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth BAKER,   b. Abt 1794, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1880, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 14 Jan 1812  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • both signed, James Hambling witnessed
    Children 12 children 
    Family ID F22    |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Mary Ann WISE,   b. Abt 1837, Newhaven, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1891, Ashford, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married Dec Q 1858  Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • GRO ref: Hambling, Reuben to Wise, Mary Ann q4 1858 Brighton RD 2b 348 (Brighton was the only place in Brighton RD at this time so Reuben and Mary must have married somewhere in the town)
    Children 11 children 
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F172    |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Annie Sarah Pleone COCKSEDGE,   b. Between 1843 and 1858 
    Married 14 Nov 1891  The Register Office, Holborn, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Certificate for the marriage of Reuben Hambling to Annie Sarah Pleone Cocksedge
    Certificate for the marriage of Reuben Hambling to Annie Sarah Pleone Cocksedge
    Reuben's 2nd marriage
    Last Modified 28 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F5433    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1833 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 28 May 1833 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Dec Q 1858 - Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMiscellaneous - Workman's death by poison - 1859 - Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Elizabeth Baker HAMBLING - Jun Q 1859 - Brighton Reg Dist, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1861 - 20, Shaftesbury Place, St. Botolph without Aldersgate, Middlesex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Fanny HAMBLING - Abt 1869 - Manchester, Lancashire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Roger HAMBLING - 1872 - High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Thomas William ("William") HAMBLING - Jun Q 1873 - Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Maud Edith HAMBLING - 2 Jun 1875 - Brighton, Sussex, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Herbert Bartlett ("Berty") HAMBLING - 12 Dec 1877 - East Dereham, Norfolk, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - Mabel Ethel HAMBLING - Sep Q 1881 - Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - From 1884 to 1885 - 82, Ashmore Road, Paddington, London, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - 39, New Street, Ashford, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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