(originally published in Journal 54, July 2012, of the NLRHS)
Andrew Ivison was born in 1833 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire. His parents were William Ivison, born circa 1799 in Kingsgrove, Cumberland, an accountant, and Elizabeth Parke, born circa 1813 in Cheapside, Middlesex. He was one of eight children. Andrew married Amy Puxley who was 23 years old from Alby, Norfolk, on 11 October, 1856, at Lee Green, Lewisham. They had four children between about 1857 and 1862, only three survived, one died as an infant. His occupation on marriage and at the 1861 census was dairyman. He appeared to be doing reasonably well as he was able to employ a house servant.1
He joined the NLR as a porter on the 21 October, 1868, on a wage of 18 shillings a week. He gave his previous employment as a porter at Savill’s brewery and his age as 30. It was also the very day he “married” bigamously a lady named Emma Underwood. On the 21 November, 1868, his left arm was cut off when he fell between a moving train and the platform at Homerton station. He was taken to hospital where he died on the 4 December, 1868, of, according to his death certificate, “violent exhaustion fractured arm accident on a railway.”
It would appear that Andrew may have lied about his age, especially as he appears to have had another family, between Amy Puxley and Emma Underwood. He is believed to have “married” Mary Ann Dann sometime between Amy in 1856 and Emma in 1868, resulting in the birth of Albert Edward Ivison 27 December 1863 in Aldgate. Albert is the ancestor of a co-researcher of this family, both she and the author have searched extensively for a marriage between Andrew and Mary Ann but nothing has been found. Neither has any trace of Albert’s birth registration, another mystery! His baptism is also strange, as it was not until 12 June 1881, when he would have been 18. The baptismal register shows Andrew as his father and his occupation as a railway guard, even though Andrew had been dead for 13 years. Mary Ann Dann, who was born in Sussex, might possibly have taken his name, because she was pregnant and that a marriage did not actually take place. Oddly enough on the 1871 Census, Mary Ann “Ivison” was living with Albert Edward her son at 15 Haydon Street, Whitechapel, which was the same address Andrew gave when he married Emma Underwood in 1868.
Just another snippet, Andrew was baptised Matthew Andrew, which seems to have helped him with his deception!
When Amy Ivison, the author’s great-great-grandmother, died in 1914 she was described as the “widow of Andrew Ivison Railway Porter.” Did she not know about his bigamous marriage, although she would have still been his widow, or, because he died within about five to six weeks of the “marriage,” did it never come to light?
From the North London Railway side there appears to be a blank in connexion with his death: the committee minutes concerning his accident and his death does not contain the usual “grant of £10 to the widow plus £5 funeral expenses;” and the result of the coroner’s inquiry does not appear to have been recorded in the minutes as was usual. He was, however, granted half pay sick leave, as was normal in cases such as this, but this would have ceased on his death. Strangely the staff register mentions neither his accident nor his death. The right hand page of the ledger, where a railwayman’s history with the NLR is recorded, is completely blank. Whether anything can be read into the lack of ‘standard procedures’ is anyones guess. Did he believe that his amorous affair and bigamous marriage were about to catch up with him and suicide was on his mind? When attempting suicide people normally jump in front trains, not between moving trains and platforms. The latter was an occupational hazard with station staff, a not uncommon cause of injuries and deaths.
Like most things historical about the North London Railway there is conflicting evidence, and Ivison’s death was no different. He died in two places. The NLR version is the London Hospital yet the coroner recorded the German Hospital. Both hospitals were used regularly by NLR railwaymen who were injured in accidents.
Should anyone reading this article, feel they have any additional information, which could add to this story, Sue would be interested in hearing from them. Sue can be contacted though the Editor.
Sue Johnson, his great great granddaughter,
with railway research by Peter Bloomfield
Family records in the possession of the author.
RAIL 529/132/745 Folio 151 (NLR staff register).
3 Nov 1868, Loco Com Min 548 (appointment to NLR);
1 Dec 1868, Loco Com Min 565 (accident);
1. NLR clerks employed domestic servants when their salary reached about £250-£300.
Andrew Ivison – Working Notes
21 Oct 1868. Appt. Porter, Shoreditch. New appt. Pay 18s. Previously a porter at Savill’s Brewery. Age 30. Height 5ft 7ins. [RAIL 529/132/745 Folio 151 (staff register), RAIL 529/43, 3 Nov 1868, Loco Com Min 548.]
21 Nov 1868. Porter. Fell between train and platform at Homerton, when his left arm was cut off by the train. Granted half pay [RAIL 529/43, 1 Dec 1868, Loco Com Min 565.]
4 Dec 1868. Porter. Died as a result of injuries in the London Hospital. [RAIL 529/43, 29 Dec 1868, Loco Com Min 585.]
Name: Matthew Andrew Ivison
Baptism/Christening Date: 03 Sep 1834
Baptism/Christening Place: INDEPENDENT, BRIGSTOCK, NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND
Birth Date: 27 Mar 1833
Father’s Name: William Ivison
Mother’s Name: Elizabeth
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C07446-1
System Origin: England-ODM
Source Film Number: 825336
Marriage Dec qtr 1856, Ivison, Andrew, and Puxley, Amy, Lewisham, 1d, 943
Marriage Dec qtr 1868, Ivison, Andrew, and, Underwood, Emma, Whitechapel, 1c, 813. (21 Oct 1868)
Death Dec qtr 1868, Ivison, Andrew, 30, Hackney, 1b, 314.
Death Jun 1914, Ivison, Amy, 81, Brentford, 3a, 191
1841 Census [HO 107/659, Book/Folio: 1/32, Page: 17]
Registration District: Whitechapel
Civil Parish: Old Artillery Ground
Address: Steward Street, Old Artillery Ground, The Tower Hamlets
IVISON, William M 40 1801
IVISON, Elizabeth F 30 1811 Middlesex
IVISON, Thomas M 15 1826 Middlesex
IVISON, William M 10 1831
IVISON, Andrew M 8 1833
IVISON, Fletcher M 5 1836 Middlesex
IVISON, James M 2 1839 Middlesex
CAMBRIDGE, Ann F 60 1781
1851 Census [HO 107/1613, Folio: 118, Page: 9]
Registration District: Sevenoaks
Civil Parish: Shoreham
Address: Shoreham Street, Shoreham, Kent
IVESON, William P Head Married M 52 1799 Accountant Kingsgrove
IVESON, Elizabeth Wife Married F 38 1813 Wife Cheapside
IVESON, William George Son U/m M 20 1831 Farmers Assistant Brigstock
IVESON, Andrew Son U/m M 18 1833 Maltsters Assistant Brigstock
IVESON, Fletcher Son U/m M 15 1836 At Home Vale House, Middlesex
IVESON, James Son M 11 1840 At Home Vale House, Middlesex
IVESON, Elizabeth Emma Daughter F 9 1842 At Home Stewart Street, Middlesex
IVESON, George Son M 7 1844 At Home Hackney
IVESON, Benjamin Son M 5 1846 At Home Hackney
IVESON, Henry Son M 2 1849 At Home Shoreham, Kent
1861 Census [RG 9/413, Folio: 39, Page: 2]
Registration District: Lewisham
Civil Parish: Lewisham
Address: Montpelier Vale, Lewisham
IVISON, Mathew AndrewHead Married M 28 1833 Dairyman Brigstock, Bugbrooke, Northants
IVISON, Amy Wife Married F 28 1833 Alby Common, Norfolk
IVISON, Mary Elizth Daughter F 4 1857 Lee, Kent
*IVISON, Andrew Ths Son M 2 1859 Lee, Kent
BROOKS, Margaret Servant U/m F 19 1842 House Servant Lambeth, Surrey
1871 Census [RG 10/759, Folio: 54, Page: 59]
Registration District: Greenwich
Civil Parish: Greenwich
Address: Lizbar Cottages, Greenwich
IVISON, Amy Head Widow F 38 1833 Seamster Alby Common
IVISON, Mary E Daughter F 14 1857 Lee
IVISON, Thomas Son M 11 1860 Lee
IVISON, Benjamin Son M 9 1862 Greenwich
*There is someone called Andrew Fletcher Thomas Ivison and when he married on 29 Jul 1883 in St John the Evangelist, Blackheath, he said his father Andrew was a dairyman. Therefore he did not know about his father being on the railway?
*ANDREW FLETCHER THOMAS IVISON WAS MY GREAT GRANDFATHER, HE WAS ONLY NINE YEARS OLD WHEN HIS FATHER DIED, AS HIS FATHER HAD WORKED ON THE RAILWAY FOR SUCH A SHORT TIME ANDREW F.T. PROBABLY, NEVER KNEW ABOUT HIM WORKING FOR THE RAILWAY. ALSO ANDREW SNR. MAY NOT HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH HIS FAMILY FULL TIME AFTER ABOUT 1864, SO A.F.T. COULD HAVE BEEN ONLY FIVE WHEN HE LAST KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT ANDREW SNR.
1871 Census [RG 10/523, Folio: 131, Page: 6] née Dann
Registration District: Whitechapel
Civil Parish: Holy Trinity Minories
Address: Haydon Street, Whitechapel
IVESON, Mary Anne Head Widow F 28 1843 Seller of Milk Heathfield, Sussex
IVESON, Albert Son M 7 1864 Aldgate, Middlesex
His baptism is also strange, as it was not until 12 June 1881, when he would have been 18. The baptismal register shows Andrew as his father and his occupation as a railway guard, even though Andrew had been dead for 13 years.