For the descendents of Richard Dearie and his son John Russell

Henry Mossop can be seen with his family occupying most of the right hand side of his daughter Madeleine's wedding photograph.

Walter on the right lived in Essex between 1932 and 1939 and died on 16 October 1945. Pru Addison recalled him sending Christmas cards. She didn't think he ever married. His address in Hilda Russell's address book was 52, Queen Victoria Street , London, and in May's address book, Fairlop, Avenue Road, Witham, Essex. He was an electrical engineer in 1891 and 1901.

The other brother in the picture could be Charles, a clerk at the Bank of England in 1891,or possibly Samuel, since John is described as of Hong Kong in the family tree.

Mary was engaged for years to a man called Withers, but Lily, her sister, went off with him and took him to British Guyana. He was considered a weakling, and the family story is that she forced him to work very hard, and he came back reasonably well off. Their daughter Grace married a man whose surname was Henry, who was a policeman in Cyprus and they had two daughters who lived in Bransgore. There are four addresses for Lily Withers in a 1940 address book of Hidas: in 1940: Pineways, Tiekel Avenue, Camberley. Flat 2, Northcote Lodge, London Road Blackwater. The Old Rectory Bunwell Norwich and The Bridge Hotel, Sutton Bridges Lincs, and for 1927 :Stack House Settle. See the newscutting at the bottom of this page..

Left: Mary. Read three of her letters sent to Madeleine Russell.



Mossop brother?
Elizabeth Mossop nee Cross. Henry's mother

Walter Mossop Henry's brother

May Mossop nee Fox, Henry's wife

Mary Mossop, Henry's sister.

Above: A family tree written by John Russell. Below: click on the button below for a more detailed Mossop family tree. Original sources still have to be checked for most of this information.

Henry Mossop

Henry's Parents

Henry’s father John Mossop was born in Long Sutton, Lincoln on 28th October 1830. He seems to have had at least three occupations. On his marriage cerificate in 1857 he was a Stockbroker. By 1860 he was a "glass manufacturer" on his son Henry’s birth cerificate and on the 1861 census when he is living at The Butts, New Brentford, Brentford. By the 1871 census when the family was living at 6, Bank Buildings, Bank, his profession was "bank manager" which he continued to be until he retired. In 1881 the family was living at 7, Pembridge Villas, Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth. By 1891 he had moved to Pevensey, Fountain Road, Enfield. The 1901 census shows his new address is 129, West End Lane, Hampstead, and by 1911 his widow's address is Lincoln Lodge, Headstone Drive, Harrow. As the cutting on the right shows he worked at the St Johns Wood Branch of the London and South Western Bank.

Henry's mother, seen in George and Madeleine’s wedding photograph looking like Queen Victoria, was Elizabeth Cross, born in Brentford. Her father Salem Cross was a soap manufacturer. She was remembered by Hilda Russell as doing little more than walking very slowly from the kitchen to the drawing room and back again and if the fire was low she would ring and tell the maid to put more coal on.

Salem Cross's grandson was to become the inventor of rayon.


Henry's grandfather was Robert Mossop the founder of the firm of Mossop and Mossop, solicitors of Long Sutton, which became Mossop and Bowser in 1916 and is still going in Long Sutton today, although the last Mossop to work there retired in 1990.

He was said to have had 19 children, records have been found of 18.

More of this picture of Robert can be seen on the web site of the firm Mossop & Bowser http://www.mossops.co.uk/who.htm

Robert was baptised on 4 April 1805 at Deeping St James Lincolnshire. He founded the firm in 1826. He married Mary Elizabeth Peele on 30 June 1829 at Long Sutton. She was to have 18 children. In 1841 they lived on West Street, Sutton St. Mary. By 1851, aged 48 describing himself as Attorney at Law, he was living with his wife and 5 children in West Street, Sutton Saint Mary, Long Sutton. He retired in 1868. By 1871 aged 66 he and his wife were living at High Street, St Mary, Long Sutton and by 1881 they were in London Road, Sutton St Mary. He died in the 1880s.

This undated death notice was found among family papers. Henry's father, died in 1907.
Above The Spalding Free Press December 14 1926 celebrated the firm's centenary. Right: The obituary of Samuel Septimus Mossop in The Lincolnshire, Boston and Spalding Free Press April 8 1930.
The Spalding Guardian December 11 1926 celebrated the centenary of the firm.
Right: The dress and physical features of this unknown man leads us to believe he may be a Mossop. The photograph is by Elliot and Fry whose studio was at 55 Baker Street.
Left: This undated funeral notice was stuck into the Bible of Gertrude Fox. Henry's first cousin, who became a barrister, was called Leonard. Educated at Trinity College, he was the son of Charles Mossop, a solicitor in Chelsea, whose father was Robert Mossop. His address on the 1911 census was Crescent Home, Fordbridge Road, Ashford. Henry's address in 1911 was The Grange, Ford Bridge Road, Ashford, Staines. So it seems very likely that the death notice refers to him. Perhaps Leonard was the reason that Henry moved his family home to Ashford.

A huge amount of research has been done on the Mossops. There are two excellent websites: Jill Coulthard has photographs of Cumbria and Lincolnshire, the will of Robert Mossop and even a photograph of him at a wedding.

Marshall Mossop has web pages on Mossops in Cumbria going back to the mid 1600s, links to others researching the Mossops, and information on the origin of the name.




Robert's father the Reverend John Mossop was perpetual curate of Deeping St James for 52 yrs. He was baptised in Whinflatt, Gosforth Cumberland on 14 October 1753, educated at St Bees school and went to university before arriving at St. Johns College Cambridge. He married Ann Berridge in Deeping St James on 30 April 1787. They had 13 children before his wife died in 1806. He was Vicar of Langtoft and Baston and there is a window in the church dedicated to him. His father was also called John and came like many of the Mossops from Cumbria.
Two Mysteries
Left: A recently discovered partial cutting about Lillie Withers