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Alexander (Alex) BOOKER [Parents] was born on 11 May 1842 in Liverpool. He died on 23 Aug 1914 in St. Scholastica's Retreat, Lower Clapton, Hackney, London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. Alexander married Agnes Mary BUCKLEY on 11 May 1881 in Our Lady of Victories Church, High St., Kensington.

Other marriages:
BUCKLEY, Theresa Mary

Although born in Liverpool, Alex moved to London with his family as a child. In 1851 the family was living in Lambeth; by 1861 they were in Clapham; and in 1871 they were back in Lambeth. Alex is recorded in the census of that year as living with his parents and siblings at 5 Cowley Place. He was 29 years old and working as a stained glass artist, a profession in which he became highly regarded.     

In 1878 it is known that Alex was working from 64 Portland Road, Notting Hill, and between 1880 and 1894 he worked at his home at 6 Euston Square, St. Pancras. His first wife, Agnes Buckley, moved to 6 Euston Square after their marriage in 1881.

Alex worked for a time for the firm of Cox, Sons & Buckley, an ecclesiastical furnishings company based in London. Note that there appears to no family connection whatsoever between Irish-born Michael Joseph Cunningham Buckley (1848/49-1905), the Buckley partner in Cox, Sons & Buckley, and Alex's wife, Agnes. However, just in case they were related, here is some further information on Michael, taken mainly from the Dictionary of Irish Architects, 1720-1940:

Michael was an antiquarian and designer of church furnishings, of London, Youghal in Co. Cork and Bruges in Belgium, and was active from the 1860s until his death in 1905. He was a son of John George Buckley of Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, although the New Zealand Tablet edition of 28 September 1905 tells us that Michael came from an old Youghal family. John, Michael's father, had attempted to emigrate to Newfoundland in 1815 but was captured en route by a French privateer and taken as a prisoner to France where he remained for some time after his release. Michael himself was born in Cahir, Co. Tipperary in 1847 or 1848 and educated at Mount Melleray Abbey School, Co. Waterford, and in Louvain, Belgium. He subsequently served his time as an architect under Brangman of Brussels and in 1881 became a partner in the firm of Cox, Sons & Buckley, ecclesiastical art manufacturers of London. However the firm failed, possibly about 1893 (as the company was taken over by Curtis, Ward & Hughes in that year), causing Michael severe financial loss. He moved back to Ireland, where he established a stained glass and metal works in Youghal, Co. Cork. He also acted as agent and designer for the Decorative Arts Guild of Bruges and was about to bring a number of Belgian art workers to work in Youghal at the time of his death. He died after a short illness on 2 August 1905 at his home, 'Montmorenci', Gillets Hill, Youghal and was buried in the North Abbey churchyard in Youghal. He was unmarried.      

Interestingly Alex's brother Clement, also a stained glass artist, was living in Youghal at the end of the 19th century. As the Bookers had no known Youghal connection it many have been that Clement moved to Youghal because he was offered employment at Michael's stained glass works in the town.

Getting back to Alex, his commissions includes glasswork in All Saints Church, Salhouse, Norfolk (1874 - 1899); St. Thomas's Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight (1883); Stoke St. Gregory Church, Somerset (1886); St. Edmund's Church, Costessey, Norfolk (1889); St. Michael and All Angels Church, Booton, Norfolk (1891); St. Mary's Church, Mold, Flintshire, Wales (1891); St. Michael and All Angels Church, Appleby, Leicestershire (1893); St. Edmund's Church, Fritton, Norfolk (1900); and St. Patrick' Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand (1906 and 1907).

In the early 1990s Alex moved to Bruges, Belgium, where some of the above works were executed. Perhaps he worked with or for Michael Cunningham above who had a branch of his business in the city. We know that Alex was resident in Belgium in 1894 as an article in the Cheshire Observer of 14 April of that year on the installation of his stained glass window in Mold Parish Church refers to him as having moved to Belgium from St. Pancras. It appears that he had moved to Brussels from Bruges by about 1907 as mention is made of the stained glass window by 'the well-known artist Alex Booker of Brussels' (according to the New Zealand Tablet edition of 14 February 1907).

Sometime after returning to London Alex and his second wife, Theresa (a sister of his first wife, Agnes) lived in St. Scholastica's Retreat, Kennington Road, Clapton. The Retreat, now demolished, was designed by architect E. W. Pugin and was built to provide accommodation, in self-contained units, for elderly Catholics of diminished means.

Agnes Mary BUCKLEY [Parents] was born on 17 Apr 1854 in 28 Maiden Lane, St. Paul, Covent Garden, London. She died in 1888 in probably 6 Euston Square, St. Pancras, London. Agnes married Alexander (Alex) BOOKER on 11 May 1881 in Our Lady of Victories Church, High St., Kensington.

Agnes is listed in the 1871 census return for the household of her uncle, George Butler, as an "apprentice to dressmaking". Her name appears again in the 1881 census return for her uncle's household. Her occupation is now dressmaker. It appears that she and perhaps her sisters, Lucy and Mary Ann (who are also listed with the Butler family in the 1871 census), lived with their uncle. The sisters' mother died in 1864 when Agnes was only 10 years old and it appears likely that their father died young too, especially in light of the adoption of their younger brother George by a Mrs Brett of Aberdeenshire.

Agnes's address at the time of her marriage (May 1881) was 32 St. Mary Abbotts Terrace, Kensington, the residence of her uncle George Butler.

Agnes was only 33 years of age when she died in 1888.

Marriage Notes:

Witnesses to the marriage of Alexander and Agnes were George Butler, James Butler and Eustace Booker.

They had the following children.

  F i Etheldreda (Ethel) Matilda BOOKER was born on 13 Mar 1882. She died on 5 Jun 1928.

Thomas BOOKER [Parents] was born about 1804 in Reading, Berkshire. He died in 1879 in London. Thomas married Martha STEWARD in 1839 in London.

In 1837 Thomas, along with his aunt Mary Booker and a first cousin, Charles Dolman, took over the running of the Catholic publishing company founded by Thomas's grandfather Thomas Booker. Mary died in 1840 and the company's name was changed to Booker & Dolman. The business was located at 61 New Bond St., London.

By 1840 Thomas had left London to set up a branch of the business in Liverpool, returning to London in 1848. The company was eventually run solely by Charles.

Martha STEWARD was born about 1810 in St. James, Middlesex. She died in 1875. Martha married Thomas BOOKER in 1839 in London.

They had the following children.

  M i Alexander (Alex) BOOKER was born on 11 May 1842. He died on 23 Aug 1914.
  M ii Clement BOOKER was born in 1844. He died on 17 May 1929.
  F iii
Juliana BOOKER was born in 1845 in West Derby, Lancashire. She died in possibly 1896 in possibly Prescot, Lancashire.

Juliana entered the convent.

A Juliana Booker, aged 56, died in Prescot, Lancashire in 1896. As the age at death ties in with our Juliana's year of birth, this may be our Juliana.
  M iv
Rhodolphus BOOKER was born in 1848 in Kensington, London. He died in 1862 in Wandsworth, London.
  F v
Angelina BOOKER was born in 1850 in Chelsea, London. She died in 1918 in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Angelina entered the convent. She lived at the Convent of Notre Dame in Birkdale, Lancashire.
  M vi Eustachius (Eustace) BOOKER was born on 8 Oct 1854. He died on 16 Dec 1931.

Thomas BOOKER [Parents] died in 1826. Thomas married Cecilia GREGSON.

Cecilia GREGSON. Cecilia married Thomas BOOKER.

They had the following children.

  M i Thomas BOOKER was born about 1804. He died in 1879.

Thomas BOOKER died in 1793. Thomas married Elizabeth 'UNKNOWN'.

Thomas established a publishing business in London that produced and sold Catholic publications.

Elizabeth 'UNKNOWN' died. Elizabeth married Thomas BOOKER.

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary BOOKER died in 1840.

After the death of her brother Joseph in 1837 Mary took over the running of the family publishing business along with her nephews Thomas Booker and Charles Dolman. Mary herself died only three years later.
  M ii Thomas BOOKER died in 1826.
  M iii
Joseph BOOKER died in 1837.

Joseph was a founder of the Associated Catholic Charities, an organisation set up to provide support for the children of poor Catholics and for destitute orphans. He also took over his father's Catholic publishing business in New Bond Street, London, which his nephews Thomas Booker and Charles Dolman eventually ran.
  F iv Mary Frances BOOKER was born in 1783. She died in 1843.

Robert Alfred STANSELL [Parents] was born on 29 Apr 1879 in Taunton, Somerset. He died in 1968 in Exeter, Devon. Robert married Etheldreda (Ethel) Matilda BOOKER on 3 Apr 1906 in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Road, Dover.

Other marriages:
DORAN, Myrtle S.

Robert, who came from a family of builders, was a gas engineer. He lived in Wembury, Devon.

Etheldreda (Ethel) Matilda BOOKER [Parents] was born on 13 Mar 1882 in 6 Euston Square, St. Pancras, London. She died on 5 Jun 1928 in Exeter, Devon. She was buried in St. Werburgh’s Churchard, Wembury, Devon. Etheldreda married Robert Alfred STANSELL on 3 Apr 1906 in St. Paul's Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Road, Dover.

It appears Etheldreda (known as Ethel) may have been named after St. Etheldreda as her father completed a commission for St. Etheldreda's Church, Ely Place, London about a year after her birth. It is possible he may have been working on the two paintings, each on a wooden screen on either side of the chancel, around the time she was born.

An only child, Ethel lost her mother when she was only about six years of age. At the age of 19 she is listed in the 1901 census as a visitor at the home of Sarah Saunders, a 64-year-old widow living at 29 Montague Road, Richmond, Surrey. Ethel is described as a student. By the time of the 1911 census Ethel was married with a family and living in Devon. Her address at the time of her death was The Yews, Pennsylvania, Exeter.

Ethel's husband was Robert Stansell from Somerset. It is probable that they met though Ethel's father's connection with the Stansell family who were involved in the building and church decoration business. Alexander Booker, Ethel's father, worked with the Stansells in the mid-1880s on stained glass windows in Stoke St. Gregory Church in Somerset. According to the Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser edition of 6 January 1886, "The window has been supplied by Messrs Stansell and Son, of Taunton... the design being the combined works of Mr. Alexander Booker, of Euston-square, London, and Messrs Stansell. The cast window of this church was designed by Mr. Stansell, about 40 years ago". Alexander and the Stansells may have worked on other projects together but so far I have no documented evidence of this.

Marriage Notes:

The marriage certificate of Robert and Ethel tells us that at the time of the marriage both were resident at the Esplanade Hotel, Dover, with Robert having formerly lived on Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset. Robert was a builder and contractor (although he later became a gas engineer), as was his father, William. The marriage was witnessed by Alexander and Theresa Booker (Ethel's parents) and by Samuel Beaufoy. Ethel's middle name is given as Mary rather than Matilda on the certificate.

Dover seems an unlikely location for a wedding taking place in the early years of the 19th century between a man from Somerset and a woman from London. A possible explanation for choosing Dover might be the fact that Ethel's father and stepmother were living in Belgium at the time and the Dover location would have made travelling to the wedding easier for them.    

They had the following children.

  M i Robert STANSELL was born on 28 Feb 1907. He died.
  M ii
Jack STANSELL was born on 30 Apr 1909 in Exeter, Devon. He died.

According to the 1939 Register Jack was a flying instructor.
  M iii
Alexander E. STANSELL was born in 1911 in Exeter, Devon. He died.
  M iv Richard W. STANSELL was born on 10 Jan 1914. He died in 2003.
  F v
Mary E. STANSELL was born in 1915 in Exeter, Devon. She died.
  M vi Living.

Alexander (Alex) BOOKER [Parents] was born on 11 May 1842 in Liverpool. He died on 23 Aug 1914 in St. Scholastica's Retreat, Lower Clapton, Hackney, London. He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kensal Green, London. Alexander married Theresa Mary BUCKLEY in Aft 1890 and bef 3 Apr 1906.

Other marriages:
BUCKLEY, Agnes Mary

Although born in Liverpool, Alex moved to London with his family as a child. In 1851 the family was living in Lambeth; by 1861 they were in Clapham; and in 1871 they were back in Lambeth. Alex is recorded in the census of that year as living with his parents and siblings at 5 Cowley Place. He was 29 years old and working as a stained glass artist, a profession in which he became highly regarded.     

In 1878 it is known that Alex was working from 64 Portland Road, Notting Hill, and between 1880 and 1894 he worked at his home at 6 Euston Square, St. Pancras. His first wife, Agnes Buckley, moved to 6 Euston Square after their marriage in 1881.

Alex worked for a time for the firm of Cox, Sons & Buckley, an ecclesiastical furnishings company based in London. Note that there appears to no family connection whatsoever between Irish-born Michael Joseph Cunningham Buckley (1848/49-1905), the Buckley partner in Cox, Sons & Buckley, and Alex's wife, Agnes. However, just in case they were related, here is some further information on Michael, taken mainly from the Dictionary of Irish Architects, 1720-1940:

Michael was an antiquarian and designer of church furnishings, of London, Youghal in Co. Cork and Bruges in Belgium, and was active from the 1860s until his death in 1905. He was a son of John George Buckley of Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, although the New Zealand Tablet edition of 28 September 1905 tells us that Michael came from an old Youghal family. John, Michael's father, had attempted to emigrate to Newfoundland in 1815 but was captured en route by a French privateer and taken as a prisoner to France where he remained for some time after his release. Michael himself was born in Cahir, Co. Tipperary in 1847 or 1848 and educated at Mount Melleray Abbey School, Co. Waterford, and in Louvain, Belgium. He subsequently served his time as an architect under Brangman of Brussels and in 1881 became a partner in the firm of Cox, Sons & Buckley, ecclesiastical art manufacturers of London. However the firm failed, possibly about 1893 (as the company was taken over by Curtis, Ward & Hughes in that year), causing Michael severe financial loss. He moved back to Ireland, where he established a stained glass and metal works in Youghal, Co. Cork. He also acted as agent and designer for the Decorative Arts Guild of Bruges and was about to bring a number of Belgian art workers to work in Youghal at the time of his death. He died after a short illness on 2 August 1905 at his home, 'Montmorenci', Gillets Hill, Youghal and was buried in the North Abbey churchyard in Youghal. He was unmarried.      

Interestingly Alex's brother Clement, also a stained glass artist, was living in Youghal at the end of the 19th century. As the Bookers had no known Youghal connection it many have been that Clement moved to Youghal because he was offered employment at Michael's stained glass works in the town.

Getting back to Alex, his commissions includes glasswork in All Saints Church, Salhouse, Norfolk (1874 - 1899); St. Thomas's Church, Ryde, Isle of Wight (1883); Stoke St. Gregory Church, Somerset (1886); St. Edmund's Church, Costessey, Norfolk (1889); St. Michael and All Angels Church, Booton, Norfolk (1891); St. Mary's Church, Mold, Flintshire, Wales (1891); St. Michael and All Angels Church, Appleby, Leicestershire (1893); St. Edmund's Church, Fritton, Norfolk (1900); and St. Patrick' Cathedral, Auckland, New Zealand (1906 and 1907).

In the early 1990s Alex moved to Bruges, Belgium, where some of the above works were executed. Perhaps he worked with or for Michael Cunningham above who had a branch of his business in the city. We know that Alex was resident in Belgium in 1894 as an article in the Cheshire Observer of 14 April of that year on the installation of his stained glass window in Mold Parish Church refers to him as having moved to Belgium from St. Pancras. It appears that he had moved to Brussels from Bruges by about 1907 as mention is made of the stained glass window by 'the well-known artist Alex Booker of Brussels' (according to the New Zealand Tablet edition of 14 February 1907).

Sometime after returning to London Alex and his second wife, Theresa (a sister of his first wife, Agnes) lived in St. Scholastica's Retreat, Kennington Road, Clapton. The Retreat, now demolished, was designed by architect E. W. Pugin and was built to provide accommodation, in self-contained units, for elderly Catholics of diminished means.

Theresa Mary BUCKLEY [Parents] was born in 1858 in Covent Garden, London. She died on 4 Mar 1955 in St. Joseph's Hospice, Hackney, London. Theresa married Alexander (Alex) BOOKER in Aft 1890 and bef 3 Apr 1906.

The 1871 census of England has a Theresa Butler, aged 12 and born in Haymarket (near Covent Garden) listed as a visitor in the home of a Mrs. Emma Bean of 7 Tavistock Crescent in Paddington. Could this be our Teresa? And if so, given that, at the time of the 1871 census, her three older sisters seem to have been living  with their uncle George Butler and her younger brother, George, was living in Scotland with an adoptive mother, was Theresa being raised by the widowed Mrs. Bean and her extended family (which included six nieces and nephews)?

A Theresa M. Buckley, aged 21 and born in St. Paul's (near Covent Garden), is listed in the 1881 census as a visitor in the household of John and Anastasia Redmond and their family in Islington, London. It is likely that this is our Theresa as two of the Redmond children listed, Margaret and Mary, are living at the same address as Theresa and her future husband, Alex (6 Euston Square, St. Pancras) 10 years later, at the time of the 1891 census. The Theresa from the 1881 census was a "court shoe maker".     

The 1891 census indicates that Theresa was living in the home of her widowered brother-in-law Alex Booker and his daughter, Etheldreda, at 6 Euston Square, St. Pancras. At that time Theresa was working as a clerk and bookkeeper. As mentioned above, sisters Margaret Waller (née Redmond) and Mary Redmond are living at the same address (although apparently in a separate unit), along with another sister, Kate Redmond.  

Theresa and Alex later married. As no record of their marriage can be located among English records, it could be that Alex and Theresa married in Bruges, Belgium, where Alex worked for many years from about the early 1890s. It would not have been possible for them anyway to have married in England as the 1835 Marriage Act prohibited marriage to one’s deceased wife’s sister in Britain and its colonies. This act was overturned by the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act 1907, an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, allowing a man to marry his deceased wife's sister. We do not know the date of their marriage but it was before 3 April 1906 and therfore it is likely it took place in Belgium.

Theresa died at the age of 97. She left her estate, valued at £174 6s 10d to Laurence Hussey (1896-1970), a first cousin once removed (on her mother's side).


Eustachius (Eustace) BOOKER [Parents] was born on 8 Oct 1854 in Milton Terrace, Wandsworth Road, Clapham, London. He died on 16 Dec 1931 in St. Andrew's Hospital, Dollis Hill, London. Eustachius married Matilda LINSTEAD in 1881 in Marylebone, London.

Eustace was a stained glass artist. He appears to have lived in Illinois in the 1910s and 1920s although he died in London.

Matilda LINSTEAD was born about 1858 in Marylebone, London. She died in U.S.. Matilda married Eustachius (Eustace) BOOKER in 1881 in Marylebone, London.

Matilda may also have been known as Emily.

They had the following children.

  F i Elfreda Mary BOOKER was born on 6 Nov 1882. She died in 1962.
  F ii
Mary BOOKER died after 1974 in U.S..

Mary joined the Sisters of Providence religious order, becoming Sr. Mary Basiline. At the time of the 1940 census she was living in Sugar Creek, Indiana.
  M iii
Basil Eustace BOOKER was born on 19 Jan 1885 in Willesden, London. He died in 1954 in Thurrock, Essex.

Basil became a priest, becoming a canon. In 1939 we know he was living at the Presbytery, Cambridge Park, Wanstead, Essex.
  F iv
Dorothy Emily BOOKER was born in 1888 in Hendon, London. She died in between 1961 and 1962 in Chicago.
  F v Ursula BOOKER was born in 1893.
  F vi
Elaine BOOKER was born about 1899 in London.

Charles DOLMAN died in 1807. Charles married Mary Frances BOOKER.

Charles was a surgeon in Monmouth, Wales.

Mary Frances BOOKER [Parents] was born in 1783. She died in 1843. Mary married Charles DOLMAN.

Other marriages:
BUCKLEY, Thomas

They had the following children.

  F i
Louisa DOLMAN died.
  F ii
Elena DOLMAN died.
  M iii Charles DOLMAN was born on 20 Sep 1807. He died on 31 Dec 1863.

Thomas BUCKLEY died. Thomas married Mary Frances BOOKER in 1818.

Mary Frances BOOKER [Parents] was born in 1783. She died in 1843. Mary married Thomas BUCKLEY in 1818.

Other marriages:
DOLMAN, Charles

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