Second Marriage

In 1869, two years after his first wife died, Thomas married Mary Wale (1825-1907) in Marylebone, London.


Mary Wale

Mary, the eldest child of William Wale (1792-1852) and Ann Chapman (1798-), was born in Loughborough and had four siblings John (1827-1849), William (1828-1861), Henry (1830-1915) and Frederick (1832-1913). Whilst in Loughborough, the family may have lived in Pinfold Gate[1], where her father was working as a joiner. By 1841[2], her mother having died, the family split up; Mary, her father and two brothers, William and Henry were living in Horsefair Street, Leicester. Frederick was living with his uncle, Thomas Chapman in Pinfold Gate, Loughborough. John (1828-1949), an apprentice, had also remained in Loughborough, living in Mill Street.

It appears that the family had truly split up by 1851[3]. Mary had moved to London and was living at No. 6, York Place[4], Marylebone, with her father, now a cow-keeper and her cousin Elizabeth Chapman. Henry, aged 20, was an apprentice plumber and glazier, living with his employer, John Shenton, in Market Bosworth. Frederick had remained in Loughborough and was now an apprentice painter, again living with his employer, William Fisher, in Church Gate. John, the eldest brother, had died in London, in 1849.

Mary’s father, William, died three years later in 1852 and by 1861[5], Mary employed as a cow-keeper was living with her two cousins, Elizabeth, and Lucy Anne Chapman, along with a servant, at No. 3 York Place, Marylebone. By this time, her three brothers, Henry, Frederick and William, had joined Mary in London. Henry, a tea dealer, was living at No. 16, Seymour Place, Marylebone, just a few streets away. Frederick, a grocer, had married Emma Hardwick, in Bourne, Lincolnshire, in 1857 and was living with his wife, three children, mother-in-law and sister-in-law in an adjacent street, at No. 19, Gloucester Place, Marylebone. The two brothers had been in partnership, as tea dealers and grocers since the 1850s, operating from premises at No. 16 Seymour Place and No. 36, Little Pultney Street. The partnership was dissolved on 27th October 1858, with Frederick continuing the business[6]. The third brother, William, had married Sarah Hardwick, Emma’s sister, in Bourne, in 1853. He also described himself as a grocer, presumably part of the family business. He was living with his wife and three children, at No. 16 Fitzroy Place, again not far from his sister and brother. Later the same year[7] William died and his widow continued in the business, being described in 1871 as a grocer, living at No. 83, High Street, Marylebone. The business obviously flourished as in 1923 when two of Frederick’s children, Henry Frederick and Thomas[8] broke up their grocer and tea dealing partnership, they still trading as Wale & Co., with outlets at No. 34, Little Pulteney Street, W1; No. 74, Great Titchfield Street, W1; No. 63, Hampstead Road, NW1; No. 255, High-Street, Camden Town[9].


No. 5, Leicester Road, Loughborough

How Thomas Messenger met Mary Wale is unknown, especially as it appears, that Mary left Loughborough prior to 1841, well before Thomas himself, arrived.


Location Map

Thomas’ move to Leicester Road may have coincided with his remarriage, where in 1871[10], he was living with Mary and his three children from his first marriage. The couple did not have any children of their own. Thomas’s widowed mother was visiting them at the time of the census and his nephew Thomas Messenger Upton was also living with them.


No. 55, Park Road, Loughborough
No. 55, Park Road, Loughborough

They appear not to have stayed at Leicester Road more than a few years. By 1875[11], Thomas and family had moved to what is now known as No. 55, Park Road, where he remained until 1891 when he relocated around the corner to No. 20, Burton Street, one of four almost identical 4-storey, 5-bedroom brick-built terraced houses.


Nos. 19-22, Burton Street, Loughborough
Rear of Nos. 19-22, Burton Street, Loughborough



  1. Pigot and Co.’s National Commercial Directory for 1828-9; comprising Cheshire, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Rutlandshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Westmoreland, Worcestershire, Yorkshire … North Wales … [Part 1: Ches – Northumb].
  2. Census.
  3. 1851 Census.
  4. Presently known as Baker Street (renamed in 1920).
  5. 1861 Census.
  6. The London Gazette, 29th October 1858.
  7. 31st June 1861.
  8. They were half-brothers; Fredericks’s first wife Emma died in 1863 and less than a year later, on 27th July 1864, he married Sarah Ann Brookes (1834-1914) at The Woodgate Baptist Chapel, Loughborough. Sarah Ann was the daughter of John and Hannah and was living with her parents in Wellington Street, Loughborough, at the time of her marriage. Frederick and Sarah had at least five children Clara (1866-), Mary (1868-), William (1870-), Louisa (1873-) and Thomas (1884-1937)
  9. The London Gazette, 2nd January 1923.
  10. 1871 Census.
  11. S. Barker & Co.’s General Topographical and Historical Directory for the counties of Leicester, Rutland, &c. … The historic sketch of Leicester by James Thompson … [1875].