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Edmund GOODWIN (1887-1953)


Edmund James GOODWIN


Spouse: Mary Jane PENFOLD


Spouse: Mabel PENFOLD, 1908, age 18

1 Edmund James GOODWIN (1887-1953) [112].

Born 1887. Marr Mabel PENFOLD 6 Sep 1913, St. Georges, Hanover Square, England. Marr Mary Jane PENFOLD 28 Jan 1939, Westminster, London, England.1 Died 15 Mar 1953.

Sp. Mary Jane PENFOLD (1888-1966) [110], dau. of John Robert PENFOLD (1857-1924) [86] and Mary Jane WILMSHURST (1856-1905) [87].


Mary Jane Penfold was John Robert’s fourth child and first daughter. She was born on 16th March 1888 at 25 Queen’s Road, Chelsea, where her father ran a bookmaking/repair shop. Her mother, Mary Jane Penfold (nee Wilmshurst) registered the birth on 23rd April.

Mary went to Christ Church national School, Chelsea and later Ashburnham Road School and Horseferry Road School when John Robert and the family moved to the new council flat in Hogarth Buildings on the Millbank Estate.

At some stage in her late teens she fell from a cart and infection set in which resulted in Mary having to have her kneecap removed. For the rest of her life she walked without being able to bend her left leg and had to learn to tuck her ‘unbendable’ leg out of the way.

Extract from Arthur Penfold’s reminiscences (Arthur being Mary Jane’s elder brother):

“About the year 1900 our own mother’s health gave way and gradually worsened to the inevitable end in 1904. Mary Jane who was still quite young and at school had to contrive household matters for her father and brothers who were keeping the home together and did everything possible to preserve its cheerful atmosphere. During his council service, father had been appointed to the Management Board of a group of schools and he found time to attend the schools and interest himself in their manner of working and in the staff of teachers. Mary Jean’s form teacher and the headmistress of Horseferry Road Council School as well, were hoping that she would go into training for that calling. However, the position of the remaining members of the family rendered a continuance at school out of the question, and instead the younger sister Mabel two years later went into training at the centre in Battersea, gained her certificate, married, and became one of the staff of St.James the Less school in Westminster….”

Although registered as Mary Jane, she was known as Mary Jean, and in fact ‘Din’ was substituted for Jean and she was known as Din or Aunty Din by the family.

Being the oldest daughter Din obviously had a tough time helping to run her father’s bootmaking shop and looking after her father and siblings Frederick, Arthur, Charles and Mabel during her mother’s long illness and after she died on 29th January 1905.

Her maternal grandmother who lived with the family had also died the previous august of 1904, so by the age of sixteen Din had a lot to contend with. Her father remarried on 6th June 1906 and he moved to Rampayne Street, Westminster, with his new wife Louisa. Din continued to run the shop (which by now was in Chapter Street, Westminster) and look after the home and family but less than a year later her brother Charles took his own life by jumping off Vauxhall Bridge into the Thames on 6th April 1907. He was 21 years old. The family was devastated but Din courageously continued to hold the fort.

Her sister Mabel must have started her teacher training circa 1910 as she commenced teaching in Gillingham, Kent, in April 1912. She married Edmund James Goodwin on 6th September 1913 at the register office, St. George Hanover Square, and their daughter Daphne Jean was born on 29th January 1914 at 28 Buckingham Chambers, Westminster. Edmund fought in the First World War so Mabel and Daphne moved into the flat above the bootmaking shop in Chapter Street and lived with Din. Mable took up her second teaching appointment at St. James the Less School, Westiminster.

Din's oldest brother Frederick had joined up for the First World War, but during training on Salisbury Plain he developed a growth on the brain and after a long illness he died in 1st London General Hospital (R.A.M.C) Camberwell on 1st January 1918. This was yet another loss for Din and her family to cope with.

At some stage Din became engaged to a young man whose surname was Gable. He eventually broke off the engagement. Could it have been because he was related to Din's stepmother whose maiden name had been Gmble before her first marriage?

Din's father John Robert died on 15th March 1924 at Charing Cross Hospital, but she continued to run the shop.

When her older sister Mabel died in April 1934, Din continued to look after the home for Edmund James Goodwin (Mabel's widowed husband, Din's brother in law), as he had been living there on his return from the war. On 28th January 1939 Din married Edmund James, he being 51 years old and a widower, and she being 50 years old and a spinster and his sister in law. They married at The Register Office, Westminister and witnesses were Arthur J. Penfold, Din's brother, and Daphne Jean Moore (nee Goodwin), Edmund's daughter from his marriage to Mabel Penfold. She now became Daphne's stepmother as well as her aunt. Daphne never felt entirely comfortable with her.

They continued to live above the shop until the Second World War broke out and then they lived in a cottage in Byfield, Northamptonshire for five years. When they moved back to London they found a flat at 285 Putney Bridge Road and Edmund worked as an instructor in woodwork at the Wandsworth Technical Institute. Unfortunately in 1953 he had to have an operation as a result of a previous war wound and died shortly afterward on 15th March 1953. Mary made her will on 18th March 1953 and this was signed by Winifred Stock and Maurice Morre, her niece Daphne's husband.

Din gave up the Putney flat and went to live in Herne Bay with her friend Dee. This only lasted for fifteen months and they Mary was lucky enough to become a resident receptionist for daphne's doctor in Kennington, in fact in the same street in which Daphne lived.

Din sadly contracted breast cancer and suffered a long and unpleasant illness. She had to resign from her Doctor's receptionist job and moved in with her niece-cum-stepdaughter Daphne at 86 Courtenay Street, Kennington, firstly having the upstairs bedroom as a bed-sit and later moving to the front room downstairs. She died on 16th August 1966 in Queen mary's Hospital, London. S.W.15.

She often played 'Patience' to pass the time. She enjoyed reading and writing and frequently wrote leters to newspapers and magazines many of which were published. She also had a short children's story published in 'Kiddies' magazine in the 1950s. She saved many postcards, birthday cards, concert programmes, children's drawings, and family photographs, and made notes of special events and kept them in aspecially made Scrap Book. This Scrap Book has proved to be invaluable for the Family History Research.

Because she was Daphne's stepmother but also her aunt, she was known to Diana and Roger, Daphne's children, as Aunty Granny.

(Notes by Diana Smith)


Sp. Mabel PENFOLD (1890-1934) [113], dau. of John Robert PENFOLD (1857-1924) [86] and Mary Jane WILMSHURST (1856-1905) [87].

Mabel was born the last of John Robert Penfold's children on 11th November 1890 at 25 Queen's Road Chelsea, and she was 4 months old on 1891 Census for that address. She went to Christ Church National School, Chelsea, then Ashburnham Road School. After the family moved to Westminster she attended Horseferry Road School. Whilst living in Westminister the family attended Pimlico Chapel where their father was a lay preacher.

Her elder sister, Mary Jean, had been singled out at the Horseferry Road School to train as a teacher, but as she had to look father her father and the rest of the family after their mother's death on 29th January 1905; it was Mabel who later trained at Battersea to become a teacher.

It is thought she may have taught Gipsies after she had first trained as she later spoke of them to her daughter. This may have been a temporary appointment.

Mabel lodged with Eve Jarvis in Byron Road, Gillingham, Kent and on Monday 15th April 1912, when Mabel was 21 years old, she took up a full time teaching appointment at Barnsole Road Junior School, Gillingham, Kent. This was the day the school re-opened after the Easter Holidays and 50 children were received from the Infant School and the classes were rearranged and Mabel was allotted Standard 3.

The following extracts are taken from the School Log Book:


Monday June 3rd - School re-opened after Whit Holiday

Tuesday June 4th - Mabel Penfold absent owning to illness

Friday June 7th - Mabel Penfold forwarded Medical Certificate

Monday June 10th - Mabel Penfold retuned to duty

Wednesday October 16th - Mabel Penfold absent with a cold

Monday 21st October - returned bringing Medical Certificate for the last week


May 5th - Classes rearranged and Mabel allotted Class 4 Standard V

Wednesday July 23rd - Mabel absent owing to indisposition

Friday July 25th - Returned to duty

Monday September 1st School re-opened after summer holidays. Mabel absent owning to sister's illness.

Monday September 8th - Mabel resigned on account of sister's health

Mabel Penfold married Edmund James Goodwin (who she had met through Eve Jarvis at her lodgings) on 6th September 1913 at The Register Office, Westminster. This was two days before she handed in her resignation at the Barnsole Road School in Gillingham. She had not returned to the school since the beginning of the new term. Both gave their address on the marriage certificate as 28 Buckingham Chambers, Westminster. May Harrison, one of the witnesses, was a very great friend of Mabel's.

Mabel gave birth at 28 Buckingham Chambers to Daphne Jean on 29th January 1914, approximately 5 months after the wedding. At some stage shortly after the birth they moved into the flat above Mabel's father's (John Robert's) shoe shop at 17 Chapter street and lived with her sister Mary Jane.

Edmund James Goodwin fought in the First World War and spent a long time in a hospital in Birmingham suffering from wounds. Daphne remembers running along the passageway at Chapter Street to greet him on his return.

At some stage Mabel recommenced teaching. She took a post at St. James the Less School in Westminster where initially she taught the older boys in the Junior Department. Later she taught the infant children. He daughter Daphne was childminded by a Mr. and Mrs. Wilmshurst. Mr. Wilmshurst was a tailor and Daphne can remember him sitting in the window stitching. When Daphne was four she went along to the school with her mother.

Daphne can remember shopping in High Street, Kensington, with her mother and going to buy hats in Bourne and Hollingsworth.

Mabel and Edmund enjoyed playing Bridge, often with Tommy Thompson, a good friend.

Mabel also enjoyed cooking and often cooked for the cricket team as well as other visitors who came to the flat, one of them being Molly Reid, a teaching friend from Ealing, who lived well into her nineties and remained a good friend to Daphne.

Mabel was instrumental in finding Daphne a job when she left school with the London Tramway Company and over the course of time met all the 'girls' Daphne befriended, i.e. Winifred Stock, Daph Bourne, Elsie Marsh, Rene Wakeman.

Mabel went every Saturday to Raynes Park where Edmund played cricket and she used to score for the team.

At Christmas time Lena Goodwin, Cousin Joan and Auntie Grace would visit Chapter Street.

Mabel was healthy and fit all of her life other than regular monthly migraines. However, she became ill when she was only 44 years old and was admitted to Middlesex Hospital where she died on 7th April 1934 of an Intestinal Obstruction. Mabel had said to her daughter Daphne before she died 'Remember, Aunty's your best friend'

She made a will on November 7th 1927 at the age of 37. The will was witnessed by B.Olding, the Head teacher of St. James the Less School.

(Notes by Diana Smith).


1"Paper Cutting: Mary Jane Penfold - Tree001:W14".

Source: Paper Cutting: Mary Jane Penfold - Tree001:W14, Tree001-W14-Marriage