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radstockjeff
04-04-2011, 7:24 PM
Ggf Henry Gane Rogers, coachbuilder,wagon repairer, blacksmith and undertaker lived and carried on his business at Clandown , Radstock near Bath until about 1902 when the business failed and his wife died. Rumour has it that when the Bailiffs were coming up the garden path Henry did a bunk out of the back door!
He eventually settled at Cox Street in Coventry but in the meantime he had met and married Jane Isabel Scruby (in service in 1901 in Hounslow Middx) at the Guildford Register Office.

He does not feature in any records that we have seen until the 1911 Census and Coventry Rate book (1911)
He died in 1922 and Jane in 1932.

What did he do between 1902/3 to 1906? Why Guildford? Did he work for Dennis Bros or some other such company? We have looked at old employment records of Dennis Bros in the Surrey History Centre at Woking but found no mention of him.
We have suspicions that he may have worked in Coventry for Daimler or Cross and Ellis.

He virtually ignored his family in Radstock / Midsomer Norton, returning on only a couple of occasions between 1903 and his death, to his son in Bristol.

Any light to be shed on the last 20 years of his life would be welcome or suggestions as to where we might look next. Difficulty being the missing years between the 1901 and 1911 Census.

radstockjeff

carolchipp
04-04-2011, 11:47 PM
It looks like Henry's buisness might have been struggling for some time. The London gazette has notices in the late 1880s under the Bancruptcy Act, for Henry Gane Rogers of Clansdown Midsummer Norton (examination by official receiver/ notice of first and final dividend). No help with his later years, sorry but interesting if you don't already have the above.