Family tree: Rose Russell ancestors

Edith Rose Anthony’s mother was Rose Russell, daughter of Charles Russell, a master pork butcher who ran a shop on the High Street in Watford. He married Martha Catherine Slark of Chelsea in Marylebone London in 1860.

Rose Russell b18Nov1873 & Eadie b1897

Rose Russell with daughter Edith


Charles was the eldest son in a family of twelve; at least three of the boys were trained as butchers by their father, Arthur Russell. Of the girls, Hannah was a dressmaker, whilst Emma was a miller’s apprentice at the tender age of fourteen.Arthur’s wife was Dorcas Philpot of Boxmoor. Her parents were William Philpot who was born in 1786 in St Albans and Ann nee Farrow of Codicote.

Martha Slark’s parents were Lewis and Ann Slark. Lewis was the fourth of five children born to Thomas Slark and Elizabeth nee Goodchild in Easthampstead in Berkshire. They must have moved to London at some stage because, according to the Pallot Marriage Index (a useful resource for researching London marriages), their youngest daughter Theodosia married Jas Platt in St Marylebone Parish Church near Baker Street in London. Lewis’ death was recorded in 1851 in St George, Hanover Square.

‘Slark’ means an inlet (in land from sea) in old Norse, so was most likely a Viking name.