Person:Gustave Timothy (1)

Gustave Vincent Timothy
m. 11 Nov 1854
  1. Kathleen Ellen Timothy1856 - 1857
  2. Claude Vincent Timothy1859 - 1864
  3. Eustace Bertram Timothy1861 - 1892
  4. Edith Lizzette Timothy1864 - 1944
  5. Beatrice Eveline Timothy1865 - 1956
  6. Alice Blanche Timothy1867 - 1968
  7. Victor Leopold Timothy1871 - 1893
  8. Gustave Vincent Timothy1872 - 1925
  9. Mabel Constance Timothy1874 - 1970
  10. Cordelia Irene Jet Timothy1875 - 1943
Facts and Events
Name Gustave Vincent Timothy
Gender Male
Birth[1][8] 8 Nov 1872 Lewisham, Kent, England
Census[2] 3 Apr 1881 Southport, Lancashire, England20 Princes Street
Census[3] 5 Apr 1891 Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England6 School Street
Census[7] 15 Apr 1910 Washington, District of Columbia, United States6 Foxhall Road
Census[9] 1 Jan 1920 Washington, District of Columbia, United States4564 Conduit Road
Death[10] 27 Nov 1925 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Burial[10] 30 Nov 1925 Suitland, Prince George's, Maryland, United StatesCedar Hill Cemetery

Gustave Vincent Timothy was born on 8th November 1872 at Lewisham in Kent, in the south-eastern suburbs of London. He was the son of Elizabeth Timothy, formerly Hutchings, and her husband Peter Vincent Timothy, a surgeon and physician. Gustave was the eighth of ten children. He had a younger sister born in 1874 also in Lewisham and another born in 1875 in Hastings, on the Sussex coast.

Gustave's parents appear to have separated around the late 1870s or early 1880s. The 1881 census finds Gustave living with his mother and siblings at Southport on the Lancashire coast, whilst his father was living with another woman (with whom he would have a son later that year) in Manchester.

By 1891 Gustave was working as a civil engineer's apprentice in Barrow-in-Furness in Lancashire. His older brother Victor was lodging in the same house as him and was also a civil engineer's apprentice.

In 1893 Gustave appears to have married in the Stepney area of London. It is not clear who his bride was, nor what became of her. It seems reasonable to conclude that they separated.[13]

In February 1901 Gustave joined the crew of a ship at Liverpool, serving as 4th engineer. He returned and was discharged after just under three months.

The following year, Gustave boarded another ship at Liverpool, the Rhynland, this time as a passenger. He was accompanied by a "Florence Timothy", who presented herself as his wife. She was Florence Martha Whitfield, and she was about four months pregnant when they sailed from Liverpool on 26th March 1902 bound for Philadelphia. Gustave and Florence reached Philadelphia on 7th April 1902. Gustave's youngest sister had emigrated a few years earlier and lived at Kensington in Maryland, a little way north of Washington DC, and they named her on their shipping papers, suggesting they may have initially stayed with her on their arrival. By August 1902 they were living in Washington itself, when Florence gave birth to their daughter. Florence and Gustave appear to have had five children between 1902 and 1911, although one died young.

Back in England, Gustave's mother died in 1904.

The 1910 census finds the family living at 6 Foxhall Road in Washington, with Gustave working as an engineer at a power plant.

During the First World War, Gustave's details were taken for the draft registration scheme. He was described as being tall and slender, with grey eyes and grey hair. He was working at the time as a substation operator.

Gustave's father died in England in 1919.

By 1920 Gustave, Florence and their children had moved to Conduit Road (later renamed MacArthur Boulevard). On 11th September 1924 Gustave's son Cyril was killed aged 22 in a joy-riding car crash, when the stolen car he was travelling in swerved off the road and hit a tree.

Just over a year later, on 27th November 1925, Gustave died in Washington aged 53. Florence survived him by nearly fourteen years.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

    b. Gustave Vincent TIMOTHY, December Quarter 1872, Lewisham Registration District, Volume 1d, page 873, mother's maiden name Hutchings

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 3751; Folio 14; Page 22, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: 20 Princes Street, North Meols (Township), Southport (Borough), Lancashire
    Elizabeth Timothy, wife, married, female, 42 [1838/9], Broker's Wife, b. Dorney, Buckinghamshire
    Edith L. Timothy, daughter, unmarried, female, 17 [1863/4], b. Markyate Street, Bedfordshire
    Beatrice E. Timothy, daughter, unmarried, female, 15 [1865/6], Scholar, b. Markyate Street, Bedfordshire
    Alice B. Timothy, daughter, unmarried, female, 14 [1866/7], Scholar, b. Markyate Street, Bedfordshire
    Victor L. Timothy, son, male, 10 [1870/1], Scholar, b. Shoreditch, Middlesex
    Gustave T. Timothy, son, male, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Lewisham, Kent
    Mabel C. Timothy, daughter, female, 7 [1873/4], Scholar, b. Lewisham, Kent
    Cordelia I.J. Timothy, daughter, female, 5 [1875/6], Scholar, b. Hastings, Sussex
    Mary [illegible surname], servant, unmarried, female, 25 [1855/6], Cook Domestic Servant, b. Castletown, Ireland
    Elizabeth A. Holmes, servant, unmarried, female, 15 [1865/6], Housemaid Domestic Servant, b. Barrow, Lancashire

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1891 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG12; Piece 3482; Folio 119; Page 30, 5 Apr 1891.

    Address: 6 School Street, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire
    William Bamber, head, married, male, 62 [1828/9], Retired Coachbuilder, b. Wainfleet, Lincolnshire
    Jane Bamber, wife, married, female, 53 [1837/8], b. Gedney, Lincolnshire
    George F. Bamber, son, single, male, 19 [1871/2], Chemists Apprentice, employed, b. Spalding, Lincolnshire
    Arthur J. Roberts, boarder, single, male, 28 [1862/3], Clerk in Holy Orders, employed, b. St Asaphs, Flintshire
    Victor L. Timothy, boarder, single, male, 20 [1870/1], Civil Engineer's Apprentice, employed, b. London, Middlesex
    Gustavus V. Timothy, boarder, single, male, 19 [1871/2], Civil Engineer's Apprentice, employed, b. Lewisham, Kent
    Alfred H. Thomas, visitor, single, male, 19 [1871/2], Solicitors Clerk, employed, b. Great Malvern, Worcestershire

  4.   Liverpool, England, Crew Lists 1861-1919 (Liverpool Record Office /

    Signatures of Crew: G.V. Timothy
    Age: 28
    Birthplace: Lewisham
    Home address: 177 Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool
    Particulars of engagement: signed 4 Feb 1901, Liverpool as 4th Engineer, last ship Sokoto, wages per months £7 10s
    Discharge: 20 Apr 1901, Liverpool

  5.   United Kingdom. Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960. (

    Ship: Rhynland
    Departed Liverpool 26 Mar 1902, bound for Philadelphia
    Passengers include:
    Gustave Timothy, Engineer, 29 [1872/3]
    Florence Timothy, Wife, 27 [1874/5]

  6.   Pennsylvania, United States. Passenger and Crew Lists, 1800-1962 (The National Archives, Washington DC /

    Ship: Rhynland
    Arrived Philadelphia 7 Apr 1902 from Liverpool
    Passenger including:
    Gustave V. Timothy, 29, male, married, last residence Manchester, destination Kensington, Maryland, relative Mrs Appelby
    Florence Timothy, 27, female, married, last residence Manchester, destination Kensington, Maryland

  7. United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624)
    15 Apr 1910.

    Address: 6 Foxhall Road, Washington, District of Columbia
    Timothy, Gustav V. / head / 37 [1872/3] / married 10 years / year of immigration 1920 / alien / born England, both parents born England / Engineer - Power Plant / rent home
    Timothy, Florence / wife / 35 [1874/5] / married 10 years / 4 children born / 3 children still living / born England, both parents born England / years of immigration 1902
    Timothy, Cora / daughter / 7 [1902/3] / single / born D.C. / both parents born England
    Timothy, Sybil / daughter / 4 [1905/6] / single / born D.C. / both parents born England
    Timothy, Violet / daughter / 1 5/12 [1908] / born D.C. / both parents born England

  8. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. /

    Name: Gustave Vincent Timothy
    Address: 4535 Conduit Road, Washington D.C.
    Date of Birth: 8 Nov 1872
    Subject of Great Britain
    Occupation: Substation Operator
    Nearest Relative: Florence C. Timothy, 4535 Conduit Road, D.C.
    Height: Tall
    Build: Slender
    Eyes: Gray
    Hair: Gray

  9. United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625)
    1 Jan 1920.

    Address: 4564 Conduit Road, Washington, District of Columbia
    Timothy, Gustave / head / rent home / 47 [1872/3] / married / immigration year 1902 / alien / born England / Rotary Attendant - Electric Co.
    Timothy, Florence / wife / 46 [1873/4] / marriaged / immigration year 1902 / alien / born England / Occupation None
    Timothy, Cora / daughter / 17 [1902/3] / single / born Washington / File Clerk - Nat. Geographic Co.
    Timothy, Cyril / son / 14 [1905/6] / single / born Washington / Occupation None
    Timothy, Violet / daughter / 11 [1908/9] / single / born Washington / Occupation None
    Timothy, Harold / son / 8 [1911/12] / single / born Washington / Occupation None

  10. 10.0 10.1 District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961 (

    Name: Gustave V. Timothy
    Date of death: 27 Nov 1925
    Place: District of Columbia
    Address: 200 R St. N.E.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 53
    Marital Status: Married
    Occupation: Power Co.
    Birthplace: London, England
    Burial Date: 30 Nov 1925
    Burial Place: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Maryland
    Father's name: Peter V. Timothy
    Father's birthplace: England
    Mother's name: Elizabeth
    Mother's birthplace: England

  11.   Evening Star, Washington D.C. (Library of Congress)
    Page 7, 2 Dec 1925.

    Deaths Reported.
    Gustave V. Timothy, 53, 209 R st. n.e.

  12.   Evening Star, Washington D.C. (Library of Congress)
    12 Sep 1924.

    Youths on Joyride Killed When Car Crashes Into Roadside Tree.
    Two youths are dead after a joyride; one boy is in a serious condition at Casualty Hospital, and four minor injuries were recorded by police as a result of traffic accidents last night.
    The deceased are James Hunter, 21 years old, of 24 Foxall road northwest, and Cyril G. Timothy, 22, of 4564 Conduit road northwest. They were in an automobile reported stolen by Hobson Hardee of 3328 M street northwest, and were traveling along New Cut road near the juncture of Foxall road, when the machine swung off to the side and crashed into a tree. Police were unable to learn what caused the accident.
    The victims were picked up and taken to Emergency Hospital in the seventh precinct patrol automobile, where Timothy was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Searle, while Hunter survived for about an hour afterward. The accident took place at 11:20 o'clock last night. Ten minutes later the report that the automobile had been stolen was given to police at the seventh precinct station by Mr. Hobson, who said it disappeared from in front of his house at about 11 o'clock. Coroner Nevitt will conduct an inquest into the deaths this afternoon or tomorrow.

  13. The marriage index shows that a Gustave Vincent Timothy married either Mary Hannah Anderson or Christina Annie S. Hardie. The other bride married a Michael Joseph Bowden - but the marriage certificate would need to be obtained to confirm which bride married which groom. There do not appear to be any other records suggesting that there was momre than one Gustave Vincent Timothy, making it highly likely that the 1893 marriage was the man the subject of this page. Neither couple has been found in the British censuses after their marriage. The fact that no marriage record has been found for Gustave and Florence Martha Whitfield with whom he lived as though married from 1902 onwards supports the notion that there was some reason why they could not marry - co-habiting without marriage was exceedingly rare at the time. It is worth noting that a Christina Sarah Annie Hardie appears to have emigrated to New Zealand some time before 1907, when she had a son, Sydney Wallace Hardie Watkins, whose father was a man she was not married to either.