Thomas Blayney, tailor of London link
including a New Zealand branch
Thomas Blayney baptised Westminster 1754 - descendants
The oral tradition is that this branch of Greater London Blayneys descended from Irish Blayneys, moving after an inter-family religious feud. Recent research has placed this story in doubt, at least as it applies to our Thomas Blayney.
We have, with the help of a number of others, particularly Terry Muff  and Kevin McKenzie , been able to establish a relatively clear line of descent all the way from the first Blayney (Evan of Tregynon, Wales) to our Thomas.
See the ancestry of Thomas Blayney born 1754 in London
Here is a mix of information received from Terry Muff , descended from Thomas Blayney (1827-1913), Ian Blayney , descended from Frederick Blayney (1840/1-?1894/5), Bob Bowles , descended from Harriet Blayney (1824-1897), Michael (& Juliet) Blayney , descended from Benjamin Blayney (1829-1897), Jane Gibson , descended from Francis Blayney (1839-1903) and my family, descended from Alexander Blayney (1843-1924). Other information comes from some secure Internet info, as well as information obtained from memories and histories of living New Zealand Blayneys (some now deceased). Terry's list of Thomas & Rebecca Blayney's children has nine matches with my list [shown in bold], including the correct birth year for my g-grandfather Alexander, so I am more than confident Terry is my 3rd Cousin once removed. Names of children of Thomas & Rebecca confirmed by census or BDM records are underlined
Research by Terry Muff  linked to that from Robert (Bob) Blayney and Kevin Mckenzie has identified the link back to Montgomeryshire which you can see in my Link page.
1 Thomas BLAYNEY b.14Aug1754 London, England.
bpt.29Aug1754 (Parish of St John, Westminster)
Oral tradition has him as the son of a shoemaker, and the evidence uncovered
by T Muff has his parents as Mary and Richard BLAYNEY of London].
Thomas learned his trade working for his cousin Richard, (son of Rev Blayney)
and James Smith (Haberdasher) at 156 Cheapside . He subsequently worked
as a tailor at No 2 St Agnes (Well) Circus, Old St Road, Finsbury 1808 to 1816,
[see the Blayney London] and was variously named Mr, Thomas, or Thos Blayney,
Blany or Blaney.
He also appears to have learnt his trade from James Smith in the haberdashery
shop at 156 Cheapside.
d.1819; bur.4Jul1819 (Bethnal Green) [Non-Conformist Record Index RG4-8] 
It is now clear that he was married twice
+(1)Mary [IGI] HOLMES m.1780
2 Thomas BLAYNEY chr.9Apr1781 (St Clement Danes, Westminster, London) [IGI]
(previously thought to have been our ancestor, but it would now appear that
he could have died young, explaining why the first son of Thomas b.1754 and
his second wife was also named Thomas )
2 John BLAYNEY chr.2Nov1783 (St Clement Danes, Westminster, London) [IGI]
Quite likely named after Richard "of London" Blayney's youngest son.
+(2)Priscilla Charlotte SARGEANT b.2Mar1775;
bpt.29Mar1775 (St Luke, Old Street) m.4Aug1795 St Luke Old Street, Finsbury.
d/o William and Susanna SARGEANT; d.1841 in Bethnal Green.
Two children identified, Thomas & Elizabeth, although a third (Arthur) now
looks likely .
2 Thomas BLAYNEY b.1796 See Thomas below.
2 Elizabeth BLAYNEY b.7Sep1805, bap.31Aug1830 (St Leonards, Shoreditch) 
Her father, Thomas was shown as being deceased on the baptism certificate
and that they were living in Ashford Street, Finsbury. 
+ Joseph WRIGHT m.1829 (St Luke Old St)
and most probably:
2 Arthur BLAYNEY grocer/milkman/dairyman b.~1813 (St Lukes)
d.?1884 (Islington, Middlesex) aged 72 
+ Elizabeth HANSON b.~1818 (Shoreditch); m.1838 (Bethnal Green) 
3 William Cornelius BLAYNEY b.~1839 (Bethnal Green); d.1895 (Hackney) 
Occ. Warehouseman then Green Grocer
Possibly the same person as William (Bill) Cornelius BLAYNEY
3 Walter Hanson BLAYNEY b.1841 (Bethnal Green) ; Warehouseman in 1861
Possibly the same person as Walter Hansen BLAYNEY
3 Joseph BLAYNEY b.1847 (Bethnal Green) ; Milkman in 1861; Builder in 1881;
Bricklayer in 1901
+ Eliza BRAZIER b.~1846/7; m.1878 (both Hackney)
4 Eliza BLAYNEY b.~1872 (Hackney)
? = the Elizabeth Louisa Blayney b.1873 (Hackney)
4 Joseph BLAYNEY b.~1887 (Hackney)
3 Sarah Ann BLAYNEY b.1849 (Bow / Poplar) 
+ William Frederick SMITH m.1880 (Bethnal Green)
3 Emma BLAYNEY b.1851 (Bethnal Green) 
3 May Ann BLAYNEY b.1853 (Bethnal Green) 
+ William DAVIES m.1878 (Bethnal Green)
3 Jonah BLAYNEY b.1857 (Bethnal Green) 
2 Thomas BLAYNEY b.1796 (Finsbury)
?chr.10Nov1797 St Matthew Bethnal Green 
Occ. Journeyman Tailor. d.Sep1854 (Hackney Wick) of Cholera.
It is possible Thomas fathered a child when he was about 17.....
3 Arthur BLAYNEY b.~1813 Occ. Grocer, milkman, dairyman
+ Rebecca LAMBERT b.27Dec1804 Bethnal Green, London,
chr. 1804 Bethnal Green ; d.?1889 ; d/o Francis and Mary LAMBERT
m.15Oct1823 St Matthew, Bethnal Green  ;
Witness was Elizabeth, the sister of Thomas consistent with a pre 1823 death
of Thomas Blayney b.1754.
Living with son Henry Alexander Blayney at 1881 Census
A description of conditions in Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, and a story about an apprentice tailor named Thomas is given on the Blayney London page. |
3 Harriet BLAYNEY b.22Oct1824; d.9Jan1897(2)
+ Shadrach RAVEN (Tailor) b.10Jan1824 (Willingham, Cambridge); d.30Aug1883 
m.27May1844 (Christ Church)  
They lived at 27 Whiler St. In 1854 they moved with their children to USA,
settling in Syracuse NY in 1855; d.30Aug1883
See the Harriet BLAYNEY family
3 Beatrice (Beatie) BLAYNEY b.~1825
I don't think she was the Beatie I have photos of.
Other details unknown
3 Catherine BLAYNEY b.(Mar)1838  [or b~1826 as aged 15 in the 1841
census but could be a guest).
Probably the Catherine BLAYNEY witness to Harriet and Shadrach's wedding
+ James Francis MARETT married a Katherine Emma Blayney 1(4)Jul1848 (Saint Pancras, London)
3 Thomas BLAYNEY b.1827 d.1913. Cabinet Maker,
presumably a more profitable business than haberdashery, particularly
with cheap imported goods flooding the market in the later 19th century.
Thomas married thrice:
+(1)Mary Ann HARRISS m.Sep1850 (Hackney) 
+(2)EmilyEmily Martha GRIMWOOD, a dressmaker m~1864
+(3)Rosina m.1878/81. ).
See the Thomas Blayney family
NOTE: This is not the same person as the Thomas b.1820, who was
born, married (to Margaret, not a Mary Ann) and died in Wales.
3 Benjamin BLAYNEY b.1829 chr.1830 Bethnal Green 
d.Mar1898 (Hackney)  Dealer in Poultry
Listed as Benjiman BLAYNEY, Salesman, age 52 in the
1881 British Census 
+ Mary Ann HARLING b.1832-1903 they had 9 Children.
See the Benjamin BLAYNEY family
3 ?Robena or Martha BLAYNEY
Possible confusion with Martha BARRETT, Fred Blayney's wife.
3 Rebecca BLAYNEY b.1833 (1831)
Occ. 1851 "Servant"
+ ___ McCARTHEY [1861 Census had the family as "Blaney" and
Rebecca McCarthey as a daughter
The picture of ?Rebecca McCarthey looks very much another Rebecca Blayney
(the wife of Alexander) and has written on the back (in Muriel Blayney's
handwriting) - "Mother of Thomas Athol Blayney and Frank Blayney" so
the photo is more likely to be Alexander's wife
3 Elizabeth (Lizzie) BLAYNEY . The photo is the only real evidence she was
a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (she is not in any census record with them
so she may well be Bill's daughter, Elizabeth (Eliza).
3 William (Bill) C BLAYNEY b~1834 chr.1840
+ Mary Ann TINSON (see photo)
See the Bill BLAYNEY family
Latest evidence suggests that Bill's father was Arthur, not Thomas 
but clearly treated like a son of Thomas (as demonstrated by photos held by
Alexander's son Thomas, my grandfather).
William is not found listed with Thomas and Rebecca's family in the 1841
or 1851 Census
3 Mary Ann BLAYNEY b.1835 chr.1835 Bethnal Green 
+ ?Richard PARISH b~1834
See the Mary Ann PARISH née BLAYNEY family
3 Samuel (Sam) BLAYNEY b.(Sep)1837 (Bethnal Green) [BDM];
chr.1838 Bethnal Green 
Occ. Milkman and/or Policeman
+ Mary Ann FRANCIES m.(Jun1)857 (Bethnal Green)
See the Samuel BLAYNEY family
3 Francis (Frank) BLAYNEY b.(Mar)1839 (Bethnal Green);
chr.1839 Bethnal Green 
d.1903). Occ. cabinet maker in Bow 
+ Mary Ann HARVEY m.(Dec)1859 ]
See the Francis BLAYNEY family
3 Frederick BLAYNEY b.1841 chr.1841 Bethnal Green 
m.1864; occ: Cabinet Maker; ?d.1894/5
+ Martha BARRETT of Cork, Ireland. b.1842
m.(Sep)1864 [BDM] at St Mary, Bow but they moved to Hackney (London).
See the Fred BLAYNEY family
3 Walter Hanson (Hansen) BLAYNEY b.(Sep)1841 at Bethnal Green 
[Most likely to be cousin to Fred (same age), son of Alfred]
Emm to NZ ?arriving Auckland, 4Feb1884 on the Manapouri 
Also lived in Argyl Street Morningside, Auckland
Walter Hanson BLAYNEY, Settler; Fined 5s (7s costs)
for leaving his cart unattended (Beach Road, 1900)!
d.unm.11Jun1914 (Auckland)   
Probably the "William" Hanson BLAYNEY who sold land in Avondale 1911 
and the Walter Hanson Blayney whose Death Duties came to £1,248 in 1915 .
3 ?Nathan BLAYNEY [No records]
3 Alexander Henry BLAYNEY My great-grandfather,
A.K.A. Henry Alexander BLAYNEY  but using Alexander by 1861 Census
b.1843 (Bethnal Green) chr.1843 Bethnal Green ,
16th of 17 children ; Occ. Cabinet Maker (1881)
Em. to New Zealand in 1893, d.11Sep1924
+ Rebecca (Beckie) NICOLS b~1865 (Hackney, England);
Living as "niece" with Henry (Alexander) and his mother at the 1881 Census
Possibly niece of Thomas Nichols (Lodger with the Blayneys in 1861 Census)
m.1893 ?London (no record) so probably on shipboard;
d.22Aug1948 (Auckland) age 83 (Brain tumour)
See Alexander & Rebecca's family
3 Percival BLAYNEY b.1844 chr.1844 Bethnal Green ; d.Jun1897.
This name suggests (but not proves) a reasonably close link with the
Blayney-Percival "African line".
+ Emma ("Emily") Elizabeth COLE m.Mar1869 (Hackney) 
See Percival's family
The 1841 Ossulstone Census has Thomas listed as 40 (he was about 45) and
Rebecca as 35 (she was 36), but the children generally match. They were
more accurate in 1851 [See 1841 & 1851 Census returns here.]
Oral tradition is that there were up to 17 children! ], so I have listed
those with confirming evidence in bold.
I have 17 names from various sources, having eliminated those belonging
to Thomas b.1820. However only 11 are in the 1841, 1851 or 1861 census lists [see here.]
Note that the four (five) oldest boys all married a (separate) Mary Ann!
The following are actually children of Thomas Blayney (1820-75),
who has been confused by some with our Thomas Blayney b.1770.
These ARE NOT candidates for the 17!
- Hayster BLAYNEY [No records]
- Arthur BLAYNEY [No records 1823-44]
- Edward BLANEY (em. to Cincinnati, USA);