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1781 "December 22 James Olivant Son of James & Sophia Delahoy" was baptized at St Ann Blackfriars, London. [1]

1784 Elizabeth Omer, daughter of John and Elizabeth, grocer, Broadway, was born on September 10 and baptized on October 3 in St Paul Deptford, Kent. [2]

1808 "James Olivant Delahoy, bachelor" of St Alfege, Greenwich, and "Elizabeth Omer, spinster of the Parish of St Paul, Deptford, Kent, were married" in St. Alphege Church in Greenwich, England, on the nineteenth of May, "in the presence of John Omer (Elizabeth's father), Mary Omer and Charlotte Omer (Elizabeth's sisters), and Sophia Delahoy (James' mother, or possibly his sister)." [3]

1808 "A List of the Master Printers" named Delahoy, Deptford-bridge [4]

1808 On August 19, just three month after their marriage, James and Elizabeth suffered a disasterous fire. “A fire broke out about two o’clock on Friday morning, at the house of Mr. Delahoy, jun., stationer, in Limekiln-road, Deptford, leading to Blackheath. The house was entirely consumed, and the maid-servant lost her life.” [5]

1809 On August 25, daughter Elizabeth was born at No. 6 Deptford Bridge, in the Parish of St. Alphege, Greenwich, Kent. In attendance were J.L. Shirreff, surgeon, and Sophia Delahoy. [6][7]

1811 On January 26, daughter Sophia Olivant was born in S Alphage Greenwich, Kent, England. [8][9]

1812 On March 5, James Olivant Delahoy died. He was buried on March 13 at St. Paul's Church, Deptford [10]. Edith Miles Todd wrote, “James Delahoy died of consumption brought on by exposure shock after fire in his printing house, 2nd fire in 2 or 3 years and he was suspected for a time. My granddmother writes of this fire and says he almost lost his life in it and very valuable manuscripts (family) were destroyed in it.”

1812 On May 14, James Delahoy’s will was proved in London [11], leaving all his possessions including his printing equipment to his wife Elizabeth.

In the name of God Amen, I James Olivant Delahoy Printer and Stationer of Deptford bridge in the Parish of Greenwich Kent being sound in mind though infirm in body do make this my last will and testament in manor & form following first after my just debts are paid I give and bequeath to my lawful wife Elizabeth Delahoy daughter of John Omer Bookseller of Chatham Kent all the Printing Materials in my office on Blackheath Road together with my book debts Goods and Chattels with whatever property I may be found possessed of with full rest and residue for her own use thus leaving her my only and sole heiress with full right and title thereto And I do hereby appoint the said Mr. John Omer Bookseller of Chatham Kent and Mr. Thomas Pewtress Stationer of Newington Causeway in the County of Surry my Executors and I desire that Mr. Omer and Mr. Piwtress may each have a ring.

24th April 1812 On which day appeared personally James Hackett of No. 58 Newington Causeway in the County of Surry Paperhanger and Charles Oram of No. 62 Newington Causeway aforesaid Gentleman and being severally sworn on the holy Evangelists to depose the truth respectively made oath as follows (that is to say) that they knew and were well acquainted with James Olivant Delahoy late of the parish of Greenwich in the County of Kent for some time before and to the time of his death and that by means of having frequently seen him write and also write and subscribe his name they are become well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription and that having now with particular care and attention viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be and contain the last will and testament of the said deceased beginning thus “In the Name of God Amen I James Olivant Delahoy printer and Stationer of Deptford bridge in the parish of Greenwich Kent” ending thus “and I desire that Mr. Omer and Mr. Piwtress may each have a ring” They say that they do verily and in their consciences believe the whole views and contents to the said will and the said writed Names “James Olivant Delahoy” so appearing written at the beginning of the said Will to be all of the proper handwriting and subscription of the said James Olivant Delahoy deceased. Jas Hackett Chas. Oram. Same day the said James Hackett and Charles Oram were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me S. Paroon Sur P. Bu. Wills Not Pub.

Proved at London 14th May 1812 before the Whpful Samuel Pearce Paroon Dr of Laws & Surr by the oaths of John Omer & Thomas Pewtress the Exors to whom admon was granted being first sworn duly to admr.

1812 On 19 September, daughter Charlotte was born in S Alphage Greenwich, Kent, England. [12]

1820 "Eliz. Delahoy, Albion Printing Office, 3, Deptford Bridge, Greenwich" printed A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors by John Rippon. [13]

1823 On 30 October, Elizabeth Delahoy and Mark Moore were married at Saint James Church, Westminster, Middlesex, England Marriage. [14]

1824 "An aplhabetical list of printers" listed "Delahoy, Mrs. Deptford-bridge" [15].

1826 Lydia Moore, daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Moore, was born on May 3 in Greenwich, Kent. Her parents registered her birth in 1837. [16]

Dated 28 day of July 1837
This is to certify and declare, that Lydia Moore the daughter of Mark Moore Gentleman of 2 Queen St. Place in the Parish of St Martin Vintry in the City of London and Elizabeth his wife (who was the daughter of John & Elizabeth Omer Bookseller & Stationer of Deptford in the County of Kent) was born at the house of the said Mark Moore No. 4 Deptford Bridge Greenwich in the County of Kent on the third day of May 1826.
Mark Moore
Elizth Moore, The Parents abovenamed.
We certify and declare that we were present at the Birth of the Child above-mentioned; and that such Birth took place at the time and place aforesaid.
JG Shiruff(?) of Deptford, Kent-M.D.
Charlotte Delahoy of 2 Queen St Place Half Sister
Received, Filed, and Registerd, according to the custom in use among Protestant Dissenters, at the Registry of Births kept at Dr. Williams's Library, Red-Cross Street, Cripplegate, London, this 28 day of July 1837.
By me, Richard Logan

1837 Mark Moore published the following advertisement in The Morning Chronicle, London, on November 13: [17]

House Wanted, containing ten or twelve rooms, with a good-sized yard situate within a half a mile of the centre of Regent-stree. Particulars to be sent (post paid) to Mr. Mark Moore, 2. Queen-street-place, Southwark-bridge, City.

1839 Mark Moore published the following advertisement in The Morning Post, London, on September 13: [18]

Mill-Hill.--A family cottage to be let, with immediate possession, consisting of three parlours, drawing room, five bedfooms, two attics, kitchen, scullery, and large garden. For particulars apply to Mr. Mark Moore, 2. Queen-street-place, Southwark Bridge, City; to Messrs. Paxon, Hampstead; or to view and terms, to Mr. Wood, Builder, Mill-hill, Hendon, Middleses. Mr. Moore, as Receiver and manager, has leisure to undertake another estate, in London or its vicinity, should any Nobleman or Gentleman be in want of such assistance. Terms moderate, references most respectable.

1841 Mark Moore (age 61), private boarding house keeper, Elizabeth Moore (age 55) and Charlotte Delahoy (age 28) lived at 6 Queen Street Place, District 15, St Martin Vintry, Middlesex. [19]

1849 Mark Moore died on August 13 in London. An obituary in The Baptist Magazine states, [20]

Mr. Mark Moore.
Died, August 13th, Mr. Mark Moore of Queen Street Place, Southwark Bridge, many years a deacon of the church meeting in New Park Street. Mr. Moore's health had been failing for some months, but his removal was eventually occasioned by a sudden attack of the prevailing epidemic.

1849 Elizabeth Moore published the following notice in The Newcastle Courant on September 7: [21]

Mrs Eliz. Moore, Widow of the late mark Moore, 5, Queen Street Place, Southwark Bridge, City, London, Begs to inform her Friends that she continues the Boarding Establishment as before, and takes thia Opportunity of thanking her Friends for their kind Support during a Residence of 15 Years in the above Place.

1850 An obituary for Mark Moore was published in Nottingham. [22]

We have the gratification of copying from the Boston (U.S.), “Christian Watchman and Reflector” (written by the Rev. Baron Stow), the following biography of Mr. Mark Moore, brother of the late Mr. B. Moore, of Hockley Mill, in this town, and uncle to Mr. S. W. Moore, the present proprietor, which will be read, no doubt, with interest, particularly by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. – “Many Americans remember with pleasure Mr. Mark Moore, of Queen-street-place, near Southwark Bridge, London. In his boarding-house, superintended by his excellent lady, they have found a quiet Christian home, and there formed acquaintance, not only with a well-ordered family, but also with pious disciples from various parts of the British Isles, and from other countries in both hemispheres. Memory will be quickened, and tender recollections awakened, as they learn that this man of God has recently fallen a victim of that mysterious disease, which has this year (1849) hurried so many of the excellent of the earth to the tomb. Mr. Moore was a member of the New Park-street Baptist Church, whose place of residence is near his late residence, on the opposite side of the Thames. This church was formerly located in Carter-lane, and for more than one hundred years enjoyed the ministry of Drs. Gill and John Rippon, whose portraits hang in the vestry, and whose bodies rest not far from each other in Bunhill-fields Cemetery. Of this church, Mr. Moore was also a deacon who used the office well. For several years he had been mostly free from secular cares, and devoted himself with great industry to works of Christian usefulness; and in various departments, as in the New Park-street congregation, the Religious Freedom Society, and the Christian Instruction Society, he was eminently useful. In the great day, when every man’s work shall be known, few laymen will have more than he to rise up and call them blessed. He was distinguished for dignity, urbanity, and general Christian bearing. Liberal in his feeling, he loved all the followers of Christ, whatever their nation, colour, or creed. His charity was comprehensive. He uttered the shibboleth of no party, and required none of others as a passport to his friendship. At his table, the writer of this has met the descendants of each of the sons of Noah, and all were equally welcomed, served, and honoured. But he has been called to his everlasting home. That fine, manly form, which ever commanded admiration, has yielded to the blast of pestilence. That still manlier soul, noble by nature, and perfected by grace, has closed its mission, and entered the better country with which it had long held intimate communion. Happy, indeed, would it be, if every family had such a head, every church such a deacon, every district such a Christian labourer.”

1851 Elizabeth Moore (age 64), boarding housekeeper, lived at 5 Queen Street Place, District 16, St Martin Vintry, Middlesex with Lydia Moore (age 24), daughter Charlotte Jennings (age 36), and son-in-law Angus Jennings (age 34), merchant. Elizabeth was born in Deptford, Kent. Lydia and Charlotte were born in Greenwich, Kent, and Angus was born in Herts. [23]

1861 At the time of the England census, Elizabeth Moore (age 76), boarding house keeper, and her daughter Elizabeth Cushman (age 50), Baptist minister's wife, were living at 11 Queen Square in the Finsbury bureau of London in the parish St. George the Martyr. The elder Elizabeth was born in Deptford, Kent, and her daughter in Greenwich, Kent. Also in the household were Elizabeth Moore's son-in-law, Thomas A. Burr (age 34, born in Chatham), her daughter Lydia Burr (age 34, born in Greenwich), wife of Thomas, granddaughter Elizabeth Burr (age 6, born in Islington, Middlesex), grandsons Alfred Burr (age 5) and Thomas (age 1), both born in Holborn, Middlesex, sister Martha Omer (age 57, born in Deptford, Kent), teacher in a Ladies School, four servants, and a boarder. [24]

1867 A family Bible record of daughter Elizabeth states, "Elizabeth Moore (my mother) died August 3rd, 1867 aged 84." [25]

Research Notes:

Edith Miles Todd wrote in her genealogy notes that the Delahoy family was of Huguenot origin. [26]

The Delahoys (De La Hayes) of Huguenot origin. The family notable in France and when they first emmigrated to England, but lost all of their possessions. Gilbert Jennings says a lot went to worthless relatives named Merrick. [James Olivant Delahoy's sister married a Merrick.] ... [James] was cast off by family for being a Calvinist and Baptist. Was of a splendid character however. Signs himself Jr. in 1808 in a letter to his sister-in-law Charlotte Omer (which I possess). His wife married again Mark Moore and had 2 children Mary (d.y.) and Lydia (Burr). I have seen his will which Gilbert Jennings owns and have a copy of it. In my grandmother's Bible which I have is a copy of births and deaths from the Bible of Elizabeth Omer Delahoy Moore. She says that James O. was 29 years 4 months when he died. Also says died Mar. 5, 1812.

The Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History [http://www.devon.gov.uk/library/locstudy/bookhist/] provides the following information about James Delahoy but has merged information for the James and his son James Olivant as it is the printing operation of James Olivant Delahoy that was bequeathed to and continued by his wife Elizabeth. The senior James became an auctioneer after his career as a printer.

The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members [http://www.devon.gov.uk/library/locstudy/bookhist/lonbktr.html]

Delahoy, James, printer, auctioneer and broker Deptford Bridge 1795-1809H. Ran Kent Printing Office 1795. Succ. by Mrs. Elizabeth Delahoy 1808-24. Also described as copperplate printer, stationer and binder of 96, Deptford Bridge 1817U.

The London book trades 1775-1800: a topographical guide [http://www.devon.gov.uk/library/locstudy/bookhist/street.html],

Deptford Bridge. Deptford
1808 -1824 Delahoy, Elizabeth PR
1817U Delahoy, Elizabeth PR
1795 -1809H Delahoy, James PR

See also Todd, William Burton. A directory of printers and others in allied trades, London and vicinity, 1800-1840. London: Printing Historical Society, 1972.


[1] London Metropolitan Archives, St Ann Blackfriars, Register of baptisms, 1701 - 1812, P69/ANN/A/001/MS04508, Item 002, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, City of London, St Ann Blackfriars, 1701-1812, image 318, [Ancestry_Image].

[2] London Metropolitan Archives, St Paul, Deptford, Composite register: baptisms Jun 1730 - Jun 1788, burials Jun 1730 - Jun 1788, marriages Jun 1730 - Mar 1754, P75/PAU/001, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, [Ancestry_Image], [Ancestry_Record].

[3] London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Alfege, Greenwich, Register of marriages, P78/ALF, Item 035, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, image 5, [Ancestry_Image].

[4] C. Stower, The compositor's and Pressman's Guide to the Art of Printing (London: 1818), 128, [HathiTrust].

[5] Newspaper, The Bury and Norwich Post, Or, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, and Cambridge Advertiser (Bury Saint Edmunds, England), Wednesday, August 24, 1808; Issue 1365. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

[6] England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977, [FamilySearch_Record].

[7] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, [FamilySearch_Record], [Catalog FHL film 815986].

[8] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, [FamilySearch_Record], [Catalog FHL film 596982].

[9] England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977, England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), [FamilySearch_Record].

[10] England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991, of Bishops transcripts for St. Paul's Church, Deptford, [FamilySearch_Record], [Catalog FHL film 254584].

[11] The National Archives of the United Kingdom Catalog, Will Registers, Oxford Quire Numbers 206 - 258, Prob 11/1533/227, [UK_National_Archives].

[12] England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, [FamilySearch_Record], [Catalog FHL film 596982].

[13] John Rippon, A Selection of Hymns, from the best authors (London: Eliz. Delahoy), [Google].

[14] England Marriages, 1538–1973 , Parish registers, Church of England, St. James' Church (Westminster), Microfilm of original records in the Westminster City Library, Victoria Library no.: 494/14-47, [FamilySearch_Record], [Catalog FHL film 1042319].

[15] J. Johnson, Typographia or the Printer's Instructor, Vol. 2 (London: 1824}, [Google].

[16] Piece 0153, Certificate nos: 14501-15000, Vol 29 (1837 July 28-29), [Ancestry_Image].

[17] Newspapers at the British Library, The Morning Chronicle (London, England), Monday, November 13, 1837; Issue 21216, column 4, second notice from top, [British_Newspapers_UM_Proxy].

[18] Newspapers at the British Library, The Morning Post (London, England), Friday, September 13, 1839; pg. [1]; Issue 21416. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II, [British_Newspapers_UM_Proxy].

[19] England Census, 1841, [Ancestry_Image].

[20] The Baptist Magazine for 1849 (London: Houslston and Stoneman, 1859), 573, [Google].

[21] Newspapers at the British Library, The Newcastle Courant (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England), Friday, September 7, 1849; Issue 9118, p. 1, col. 4, [British_Newspapers_UM_Proxy].

[22] Newspaper, Nottingham Review and General Advertiser for the Midland Counties, 8 February 1850, p. 4, transcribed by Holly McKenzie Adams.

[23] England Census, 1851, [Ancestry_Image].

[24] England Census, 1861, [Ancestry_Image].

[25] Edith Billing Miles Todd, "Ancestors of Edith Marian Billing Miles," Manuscript, FHL Fiche 6004403, this Bible entry appears to be in the handwriting of Elizabeth Delahoy Billing Miles Cushman, [FHL_Catalog].

[26] Edith Billing Miles Todd, "Ancestors of Edith Marian Billing Miles," Manuscript, FHL Fiche 6004403, [FHL_Catalog].

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