Thomas was the third son of William and Lucy Dee. He was born in the late winter
of 1856 at Nine Elms, Battersea, London.
By the age of fifteen he had left home and was a shopman for an oil and colourman
at 21 Mount Pleasant, Holborn. On November 7 1877, aged 21, he married Eliza Sarah
Ann Pounsett who was the daughter of a cabman at Christ Church, Marylebone, London.
His younger brother, George, was a witness and therefore probably best man at the
wedding which indicates the close bond between the two brothers. Thomas gave his
occupation as oilman.
Their son, Percy Reginald was born in late spring 1879 and the next year a daughter,
Ethel Maude, arrived. In 1881, the family was living at 4 Eliza Terrace, High Road,
Tottenham, North London and Thomas owned an oil and station shop. Thomas and Eliza
had another child who died in infancy - possibly Cyril St George Dee who was born
and died in 1882.
By 1891, there had been a shift in employment as Thomas, the entrepreneur, was an
Italian Warehouseman (dealing in Italian-sourced goods such as olive oil) with at
least one shop boy in his employ. Strangely, the family was living at the same place
at which Thomas’ brother, William, was staying in 1861 - 118 Boundary Road, Hampstead.
The family was reasonably affluent as they had a servant, Emily Agomba.
Like his brother, George, Thomas entered the world of local politics, winning election
in the West End Ward of Hampstead as an Independent candidate in 1900 and 1903.
In 1901, Thomas described himself as a private accountant and he remained in this
profession until his death on 24 February 1932 when he was an incorporated accountant
living in a seven-roomed house at 70 Minster Road, Cricklewood. He was admitted as
an associate of the FSAA on 24 May 1906 and then as a Fellow on 14 May 1907.
Thomas’ will is intriguing. Written in his own hand on 12 December 1831, his entire
estate, with a net worth of a not inconsiderable £3,473, was left to his son, Percy.
There was no provision for his married daughter. He also stated his ‘very earnest
wish that no part of the aforesaid estate shall be used for the purchase of any business
or businesses’. This wish was echoed by Percy in his own will, indeed, apart from
a different beneficiary, the two wills are identical and are written using the same
legal stationary. Percy’s will was dated 13 August 1932 - only four months after
his father’s will was proved. He was then in his early fifties and another twenty-five
were to elapse before his death in 1957.
One might conclude that perhaps Thomas had personal knowledge of ‘fingers being burned’
in a business transaction and as a result he was determined that his bequeathed wealth
should not be squandered in the same way. Or, maybe, Percy did not enjoy his father’s
full confidence in his business acumen. Whatever the truth of the matter, Percy
clearly endorsed his father’s views and wishes.
The closeness of Thomas and George Dee continued for many years. Ethel Maude was
a contributor to a scrapbook kept by my grandmother, Edith Dee. She was also a bridesmaid
at both Edith and Gertie Dee’s weddings, which Thomas and Eliza also attended. When
Gertie Dee married, Thomas and Eliza gave her an oak and silver salad bowl and Ethel’s
gift was a bread platter and knife.
Thomas is remembered as being ‘tall, upright with a stiff collar’.
bn Mar Qtr 1856 Nine Elms
d. 24 Feb 1932, Cricklewood
Eliza Sarah Ann Pounsett
bn 1857, Marylebone
d. Dec Qtr 1931 Cricklewood
Percy Reginald Dee
bn June Qtr 1879, Clapton
d. 15 Jan 1957, Chingford
bn June Qtr 1881 Islington
m June Qtr 1903, Islington
Ethel Maud Jones
bn June Qtr 1880 Hackney
m Sept Qtr 1913, Hampstead
b Dec Qtr 1912, Wood Green
Joyce K. Dennis
bn Dec Qtr 1920 Hackney
m Dec Qtr 1941, Epping
Ethel Maud Dee
Between 1901-03, Percy was an electrician. In 1903, he married Margaret Manwaring,
a short-hand typist who was the daughter of a postal inspector. Ten years later,
in 1913 he was a foreign correspondent for a general merchant and their only child,
Ralph Dee, was born.
In 1932, Percy and Margaret were living at 110 Hampton Road, Chiswick. During World
War II, Percy was an office manager. When he died in 1957, the couple were living
at 133 Sinclair Road, Chingford. The gross value of his estate was £3,087 16s 8d.
Ralph Dee was born in 1903. When he married Joyce Dennis he was a Leading Aircraftman
in the RAF. The couple had two daughters who were born at Burton, Staffs (1944) and
in the Epping area (1948). In the 1950-60s, Ralph was a driving instructor and he
and Joyce were divorced. Ralph was the proprietor of a motor factors shop in the
Cyril St George
bn and d 1882
Ethel Maude Dee was born in the late spring of 1880, the only daughter of Thomas
and Eliza Dee.
In the summer of 1913, she married James W. Jones in the Hampstead Registration District.
Ethel was a bridesmaid at the weddings of her cousins, Edith and Gertrude Dee and
gave Harold and Gertrude Saunders a present of a bread platter and knife.
In May 1903, she contributed a page of verse to Edith Dee’s autograph book. Link: