Theodore Grainger1

ID#110, (circa 1811 - between September 1875 and December 1875)
FatherDaniel Grainger1 b. cir. 1782, d. cir. Dec 1864
MotherMary Wright1 b. cir. 1783, d. bet. Jan 1857 - Mar 1857
Relationship4th great-uncle of Peter Grainger
ChartsDescendants of Daniel & Mary GRAINGER
Thomas & Mary (HEATH) GRAINGER
     Theodore Grainger was born cir. 1811 in Worcestershire, England; according to the 1841 census, he was not born county (Warwick), so assumed to be Worcestershire, which is borne out by his baptism in Claines.2 He was christened on 21 Jan 1812 in Claines, Worcester, England.1 He married Mary Farmer on 16 Apr 1832 at St Peter, Worcester, Worcestershire, England.2,3 Theodore Grainger married Elizabeth Whitehouse bet. Sep 1854 - Dec 1854 reg. Dist of Aston, Warwickshire, England.4 Theodore Whitehouse Grainger died bet. Sep 1875 - Dec 1875 reg. Dist of Edmonton, Middlesex, England.5,6,7
     Can anyone confirm the identification here of Theodore as a Whithouse in the 1861 census, and did he have 3 wives?
I think it looks as if Theodore, carpenter born Worcester in 1811, married firstly Mary Farmer, then Elizabeth Whitehouse, then Catherine either Herring or Tredall, but all of this hinges on the correct identification of Theodore's death as Theodore Whitehouse Grainger aged 64 in Edmonton, Middlesex, and as the carpenter in Islington in 1871 with the correct occupation and age, but wrong birthplace, and with a wife Catherine. Certainly son Thomas was also enumerated as Whitehouse in one census.
Probably completely spurious, but I note on the Whitehouse GenForum board that there's a Whitehouse/Farmer connection in Stourbridge, which is where Elizabeth says she was born (Theodore's first wife being a Farmer)!8
     Theodore Grainger appeared on the census of 1841 at Lombard St, Deritend, Par. of Aston, Warwickshire, England, with Mary Grainger, as GRANGER: Theodore 30 carpenter; Mary 30; Assumed Children: Elizabeth 8, Joseph 6, Charles 4, None b cty; Ann 2, Theodore 1, both b Cty (NB instructions to the enumerators for this census were to round ages to the nearest multiple of 5, children tended to have their ages accurately recorded - or at least as accurate as such things can be. These instructions were not always followed.)2
     The census of 1851 showed Theodore with his wife Mary, their sons Joseph, Charles and Theodore at Ravenhurst St (57 ?? Tce), Deriton, Dist of Aston, Warwickshire, England, enumerated as GRAINGER (indexed as GRAINER): Theodore 40 joiner; wife Mary 43 both b Worcester; Children: Joseph 16 joiner, (next page) Charles (GRAINER) 15 brass caster both b Worcester; Theodore 11 b Birm WAR.5 Theodore Grainger was left a widower on the death of Mary Farmer bet. Mar 1853 - Jun 1853 ; (this date fits what looks like Theodore's 2nd marriage (to Elizabeth Whitehouse.2,9))
     Theodore Whithouse appeared on the census of 1861 at 12 Warwick Tce, Brompton, Par. of Kensington, Middlesex, England, with Elizabeth Whitehouse, enumerated as WHITHOUSE (sic): Theodore 50 carpenter b Worcester; wife Elizabeth 54 b Stourbridge, Staff.6
     Theodore Grainger was left a widower on the death of Elizabeth Grangers Whitehouse bet. Mar 1861 - Jun 1861.6,10 It is possible that Theodore Grainger was at 31 Cornwallis Rd, Islington East, Par. of St Mary the Less, Middlesex, England, in 1871 GRAINGER: Theodore 60 carpenter b Weedon, Northamptonshire; wife Catherine 51, no birthplace (although this is the wrong birthplace for Theodore, given I think the 1875 Edmonton, MDX death is him, he has to be somewhere in 1871, and this is the closest I can find - and matches a likely 1862 marriage to a Catherine.)11

Family 1

Mary Farmer (cir. 1808 - bet. Mar 1853 - Jun 1853)
Marriage*He married Mary Farmer on 16 Apr 1832 St Peter, Worcester, Worcestershire.2,3 
  • Elizabeth Grainger2
  • Joseph Grainger2
  • Charles Grainger2
  • Ann Grainger2
  • Theodore Grainger2
  • Hannah Grainger12

Family 2

Elizabeth Whitehouse (cir. 1807 - bet. Mar 1861 - Jun 1861)
Marriage*Theodore Grainger married Elizabeth Whitehouse bet. Sep 1854 - Dec 1854 Dist of Aston, Warwickshire.4 
Last Edited16 Dec 2008


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 21 Jan 1812 Theodore s/o Daniel & Mary GRAINGER, batch P021372 Film 1235450, Claines, WOR, extracted 12 Dec 2004.
  2. 1841 Census, Various, Aston, Birmingham Hundred, Sub Dist Deritend & Bordesley, Dist Aston, WAR, HO107/1148 Bk 6 ED 15 F 12 Pg 16, hsehold of Theodore & Mary GRANGER, extracted Dec 2008.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 16 Apr 1832 Theodore GRAINGER & Mary FARMER, batch M043911, St Peter, WOR, extracted Dec 2008.
  4. Various, births deaths marriages, Marr. 1854 Theodore GRAINGER & Elizabeteh WHITEHOUSE, reg. Aston, Dec qtr 6d/365, extracted Dec 2008.
  5. 1851 Census, Various, Deriton & Bordesley, Civil Par. Aston, Sub Dist Deritend, Dist Aston, WAR HO107/2060 F 521 ED 2i pg 41 Sched 159, hsehold of Theodore & Mary GRAINGER, extracted Dec 2008.
  6. 1861 Census, England, Civil Par. Kensington St Mary Abbott, Par. St Philip, Sub Dist Brompton, Dist Kensington MDX, RG9/22 F 114 ED 14 Pg 28 Sched 134, hsehold of Theodore & Elizabeth WHITHOUSE, extracted Dec 2008.
  7. Various, births deaths marriages, Dth 1875 Theodore Whitehouse GRAINGER, aged 64, reg. Edmonton, MDX Dec qtr 3a/119, extracted Dec 2008.
  8. Interview, Lorna Henderson, Dec 2008.
  9. Various, births deaths marriages, Dth 1853 Mary GRAINGER, reg. Aston, Jun qtr 6d/132, extracted Dec 2008.
  10. Various, births deaths marriages, Dth 1861 Elizabeth Grangers WHITEHOUSE, reg. Islington, MDX, Jun qtr 1b/141, extracted Dec 2008.
  11. 1871 Census, Various, Civil Par. Islington East, Finsbury Parl. Borough, Dist Islington, LND RG10/296 F 71 ED 46 Pg 23 Sched 144, hsehold of Thomas & Catherine GRAINGER.
  12. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 7 May Bap. 6 Jun 1842 Hannah d/o Theodore & Mary GRAINGER, batch C010729, St Martin, Birmingham, WAR, extracted Dec 2008.

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