On 24th June 1834, George Gooding was married to Emma Ringe at the parish church in Debenham, Suffolk.
George and Emma were my great, great, great grandparents.
George Gooding (1811 - 1900)
George was born in Debenham in 1811. His parents were William Gooding (born 1774) and Elizabeth (born 1779).
George had two sisters: Sarah (born 1809) and Lucy (born 1817).
George's father,William Gooding, was a bricklayer and he lived with his family at 64, Front Street, Debenham.
Emma Ringe (1812 - 1895)
Emma was also born in Debenham a year after George. Her parents were John and Rose Ringe (1773 - 1853). Rose's obituary was published in the Ipswich Journal in May 1853. This shows that Emma's father, John, was a farmer.
Marriage 24th June 1834
George Gooding and Emma Ringe were married at the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene in Debenham.
George was employed in the building trade and Emma worked as a dressmaker.
George worked with other members of his extended family as a bricklayer as this extract from an 1860 Trades directory illustrates.
I discovered in the British Newspaper Archive a report from 1884 of a meeting of some of the Debenham trades people which indicates that some years later the Goodings continued to do well.
George, Ellen and Emily Gooding
George and Emma had three children: George, Ellen and Emily.
You can read more about George Jnr. in this blogpost.
In 1871, Emily was still living at home (now Church Row, Debenham) and she was working as a milliner. Her father, George, was still working as a bricklayer.
That same year Ellen married William Carruthers, a marble merchant, at the Debenham parish church.
William Carruthers came from Carlisle. Maybe it's not a coincidence that Ellen's brother George had re-located to the North-West and his daughter, Minnie, was living with her grandparents in Debenham.
George and Emma continued to live at Church Row for the next twenty years. In 1891 their granddaughter Isabel Carruthers was living with them and she was employed as a pupil teacher. George himself continued to work as a bricklayer.
I found several references to George Gooding of Debenham in the British Newspaper Archives and as the census records show only one person of that name living there I am confident these references are to my ancestor.
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee 1887
Debenham Conservative Association
George was present at a number of meetings of the Debenham Conservative Association including this one in 1886 where the speaker was explaining the British Constitution.
Gladstone's Liberal government had pushed through the third Parliamentary Reform Act in 1884 extending the vote to males in rural areas who met the same £10 owning or leasing criteria that had been introduced to urban areas in 1867. This had been opposed by the Conservatives who didn't think extending the franchise to less wealthy people would work in their favour. A deal was done to alter some parliamentary boundaries to compensate and the law was changed. Consequently George Gooding and other tradesmen who didn't necessarily own property but had a leasehold property of more than £10 could vote and clearly the Debenham Conservative Association went on a charm offensive to ensure they got all the new votes.
These newspaper reports show how concerts and dinners were used to make politics more appealing!
Emma died in 1895 and her death was recorded in The Ipswich Journal May 1895.
George Gooding died in 1900 in the place where he'd lived all his life.