Emily Emmett Kingham
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EMILY KINGHAM; 1875-1929
Emily Emmett Kingham (nee Tompkins) was born in Berkhamsted in 1875 and was baptized on 13th June that year. Her family lived in Berkhamsted’s High Street and her father, Thomas Tompkins, was a butcher. Emily was the sixth of seven children born to Thomas and his wife, also called Emily. Thomas is recorded in the 1881 census as employing one man, this presumably being Job Sills who, age 21 years, was living with the family at the time of the census and who is described as a servant to the family as well as a butcher. Emily, then 5 years old was attending school, being described as a scholar.
By the time of the 1891 census Emily’s father, Thomas, must have died. Her mother, Emily, is noted as the head of the family and her occupation is given as butcher. She was presumably running the business following the death of her husband. Emily’s two older brothers, Thomas age 21 and Edward, 19, are both also described as butchers and must have been assisting in the running of the business. The family were still able to maintain a servant. Emily, then aged 15, has no profession or occupation noted against her name.
Eight years later on 21st June 1898 Emily married Arthur Kingham, a baker. The marriage was registered in Berkhamsted. In 1900 Emily gave birth to the couple’s first child, Phyllis. In 1907 she gave birth to a son, Charles. The 1911 census discloses the fact that Emily had, by 1911, given birth to three children, but only two of whom were living, Phyllis and Charles, the third having died. Henrietta Tompkins Kingham was born on 4th October 1905. She only lived for 18 hours, dying on 5th October 1905.
In 1901 Emily and Arthur were living at 23 Chapel Street and they were still at that address in 1911.
The electoral roll for 1920 tells us that Arthur and Emily had moved from Chapel Street and were then living at 87 High Street and that was the address at which Emily died on 21st February 1929. She was 53 years old. The cause of her death recorded on her death certificate was acute bronchitis and cardiac dilation.