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The Druitts

gjwed.jpg Even as a child my grandmother's maiden name of Druitt struck me as slightly amusing. It has a very Victorian London ring to it, and most of the Druitts I've found are in London. My grandmother was no exception to this, a real Cockney lady. Jessie Dora Druitt (seen in her wedding photo, left) was a beauty, a slim redhead with wonderful green eyes. My daughter has taken after her dramatically in appearance, minus the red hair.

Of course the most famous Druitt of all was Montague John Druitt , a key suspect in the Jack the Ripper investigations. Many believe he WAS the Ripper.  Is he family? The resemblance is striking, but he came from a West Country professional family, not the London working classes. Still, there aren't MANY Druitts around, so I guess we're all related somewhere. Spooky.

According to those folk who make the mass-produced family history scrolls Druitt is an Anglo-Saxon name originating in Oxfordshire. Obviously the spelling has changed, as it doesn't look very Anglo-Saxon to me. I always assumed it was Norman, it looks French. I've seen a variation - Drewitt - and I must assume they are variations of the same name. Witt is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning wise counsel, related to the German witten.  

My Druitt tree so far is limited to this:












John Druitt
1845











William Joseph Druitt
24 Jun 1868 - 19 DEC 1944
Stepney















Mary Aubury
1845









Jessie Dora Druitt
1900 - 1972
East Ham, Essex












Henry Joseph Wingfield




Aaron James Wingfield
1841 - 1880








Mary


Rosetta Wingfield
APR 1869 - 1960















Annie Macnamara
abt. 1840  - 18 APR 1908









Jessie Dora died in 1972 after a fall (carrying a heavy vacuum cleaner down the stairs). Her leg was broken but the doctor misdiagnosed it, a few weeks later the blood clot from the injury became a pulmonary embolism, which killed her unexpectedly. I loved and miss my grandmother very much - we lived with my maternal grandparents after my father died - but she left me with two legacies, not just my gorgeous daughter, but also an ability to knit and sew ANYTHING. It is this needlecraft skill that has persuaded me that her grandfather was John Druitt. The dates and places all match up, but in the end it is the profession of the widowed and spinster Druitt women in the family in the 1901 census that clinched it. (See below)


Until I find John Druitt's parents I am collecting all the Druitts I can find. You may find these lists useful.
Entries in italics are taken from the 1901 census, therefore the year of birth can be out. Please read How can the age be out by one year?
Also, place of death for these entries is ASSUMED based on place of residence in 1901 census. More explanations of the quirks of census returns can be found in Harry Broadrick's FAQ. I strongly recommend this service if you have no other access to census records.
OBVIOUSLY, older women named Druitt in 1901 were either spinsters or born with a different name.

It must be considered that two people with the same name, and dates and places that "fit" could be the same person, but I'll leave that to you to decide.

Given name (s)
Born
Married
Died
Occupation
Alfred

1871, Camberwell


Alfred

1883, Hackney


Alfred


1883, St Saviour Southwark

Alfred Charles
1873, Richmond

1873, Richmond

Alfred John
1876, Mile End



Alice Mary E

1894, St Saviour Southwark


Alice Sophia

1882, Stepney


Ann


1838, Kensington

Ann
1845, St George Hanover Square



Ann Frances
1749, Stepney



Anne Maud Mary
1860, Hackney



Annie
1883, Witney



Archibald Joseph S
1873, Woolwich



Arthur Barthold

1884, Lambeth


Arthur Edward
1871, Stockbridge



Barbara
1868, Christchurch



Bernard Donald
1894, Bromley



Caroline
1853, Bermondsey

Bermondsey

Caroline

1879, Bethnal Green


Caroline Sarah
1849, City of London



Celia
1860, Mile End

1890, Poplar

Charles

1848, Wantage


Charles
1858, Brighton

Charlton
Engineers Fitter
Charles
1862, Mile End



Charles

1888, Woolwich


Charles

1888, Aldersbury


Charles


1895, Fulham

Charles James
1894, Whitechapel



Charles Morice C

1888, Hackney


Charles William

1893, Whitechapel


Constance Mildred
1883, Christchurch



Dora Mary
1901, Richmond



Edward
1871, Andover



Edward

1888, Bridport


Edwin Hamilton H
1898, Hendon



Edwin Poulter
1872, Camberwell



Edwin Turrell

1871, Chelsea


Eliza
1845, Newington



Eliza
1847, Islington

Islington
Laundry Cook
Eliza

1898, West Ham


Elizabeth
1871, Lambeth



Elizabeth
1871, Islington



Elizabeth Emaa

1878, Chelsea


Emma


1843, Chelsea

Emma
1855, Pimlico

Lambeth
Servant
Emma

1870, Mile End


Emma

1871, St Saviour Southwark


Emma

1885, Mile End


Emma Eliza J
1872, Camberwell



Emily
1860, Bethnal Green



Emily
1860, Stepney

Limehouse
Tailoress
Ethel Mary
1871, Wimborne



Evelyn Bertha
1901, Bromley



Everard Joseph
1895, Medway



Fanny


1872, Fareham

Fanny

1898, Faversham


Florence May S
1893, Bradford upon Avon



Frances
1853, Brighton

Camberwell
Senior Civil Servant GPO
Francis

1875, Frome


Francis Nathaniel

1873, Brighton


Frank James


1844, Camberwell

Frederick

1894, Witney


George


1844, Camberwell

George
1847, Christchurch



George

1854, Yarmouth


George

1888, Fulham


George Henry

1868, Croydon


George Wilson


1895, Mile End

Georgianna Elizabeth

1886, Kensington


Gertrude Elizabeth
1862, St George Hanover Square



Hannah Sarah Elizabeth


1844, St Saviour Southwark

Harriett

1871, Strand


Harry Percy

1888, St Saviour Southwark


Helen Elizabeth

1872, Mile End


Henrietta
1860, Lymington

Charlton

Henry Clover
1874, Chelsea



James
1845, Christchurch



James
1852, Bermondsey

Bermondsey
Labourer
James

1870, St George Hanover Square


James

1874, Wimborne


Jane

1848, Hungerford


Jane
1850, Christchurch



Jane

1859, Chelsea


Jane


1874, Wimborne

Jane Horler


1883, Bath

John
1846, Camberwell



John
1862, Christchurch



John

1872, Headington


John

1893, Eastbourne


John Basil H
1901, Christchurch



John Joseph

1901, Poplar


John Nathaniel
1847, Chelsea



Joseph
1840, Finsbury

Bethnal Green
Cigar Box Maker
Joseph

1859, Shoreditch


Julia
1857, Croydon

Kensington
Living on own means
Kathleen

1895, Greenwich


Lanslot Henry

1840, Stepney


Lilian Edith

1893, Newport M


Lionel Norman
1894, Bromley

1894, Bromley

Louisa

1887, Islington


Louisa Ellen
1871, Richmond



Margaret
1834, Stepney

Limehouse
Tailoress
Margaret

1888, Barton Regis


Margaret Ada


1872, Fareham

Margaret Eliza

1883, Mile End


Martha
1837, Amesbury



Martha
1851, Brighton

Camberwell

Mary
1842, Ratcliff

Poplar

Mary
1822, Aldham, Essex

Lambeth

Mary Alice
1872, Camberwell



Mary Ann


1843, Kensington

Mary Ann

1895, Islington


Mary Hope


1895, Mile End

Mayo
1870, Christchurch



Minnie Caroline
1862, Lewisham
1887, Dartford


Minnie Harriet

1898, 1898, Mile End


Morgan (Druet or Drewett)
1629, Stepney
1658, Stepney


Nathaniel

1888, Chelsea


Norah Beatrice
1898, Bromley



Percy Stanley

1882, West Derby


Reginald
1894, Weymouth



Reginald Ernest
1883, West Ham



Richard (Drewitt)
1812, Stepney



Richard
1846, Bethnal Green



Richard

1854, Stepney


Richard

1882, St Giles


Richard James
1847, St George Hanover Square



Richard Joseph (Drewitt)
1841, Stepney



Robert


1844, Camberwell

Robert


1873, Marylebone

Robert

1882, Kensington


Robert


1883, Kensington

Rosa Jane

1883, St George Hanover Square


Rose
1883, Woolwich



Rosina Mary
1871, Stepney



Sarah


1838, Rotherhithe

Sophia Elizabeth

1886, Stepney


Thirza Mary Jane

1854, Portsea Island


Thomas Wyard
1860, Croydon
1886, South Shoreham


Walter Percy
1894, Birmingham

1894, Birmingham

William


1844, St Saviour Southwark

William

1854, St James Westminster


William


1883, St Saviour Southwark

William


1885, Wimborne
Surgeon (Father of Montague John)
William


1891, Watford

William Alfred E
1870, Camberwell



William Arthur
1871, Woolwich



William Joseph
24 JUN 1868, Stepney
29 SEP 1895
Rosetta Ann Wingfield
Mile End
19 DEC 1944

William Nathaniel
1898, St George Hanover Square



Winifred Edith
1898, Bromley