|Thomas Usborne of
Born September 11th 1838 at 5.New London Street.
Baptised at St Olaves, Southwark.
Married June 1st 1871 at Coates, Gloucestershire
to Agnes Elizabeth, who was born in 1850,
daughter of T.E.Gibbs, Rector of Coates.
Thomas died July 14th.1898. Buried at Bradfield.
Agnes died February 4th.1901 at Umballa, India.
Thomas was educated at Charterhous(?).
He lived first at Godden Green, near Sevenoaks, Kent, then moved to The Cottage (now Mead House) in Bradfield, Berks.
He was a director of the Baltic Company (later the Baltic Exchange). Hugh Barty-King wrote of the Baltic Company in 1874: "There were 62 preference shareholders. The Usborne family of Godden Green held 9075 shares. Two more Usbornes in Cork held 2800. These were the people who were reaping the rewards of the Baltic". In 1877 Usborne & Son were recorded as Corn & Flour merchants trading from South Sea House, Threadneedle St. London EC.
His daughter, Dorothy remembers him with no great affection as a domineering character who seems to have a grudge against her for being so small and once lifted her up by the head to stretch her a bit longer. On his death he was discovered to have rather less money than his affluent mode of living had suggested.
Agnes died in Amballa, India, aged 51, while visiting her son Charlie who had recently taken up an Indian Civil Service post.
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J.E.Harding, head clerk of Usborne & Son
wrote in 1939: "I came into the firm in 1882. Mr Usborne had retired from the
business that spring to Bradfield. The office of the firm when I came was
South Sea House, Threadneedle st., before that it was 5 New London St, Crutched
Friars where they occupied the whole house. The sole proprietor was my uncle
Edward Saltmarsh. At one time the firm was called Usborne, Son & Moore."