The Bower & Collier Family History

Research by Colin Bower

Brecht One-Name Study

Lucy Ann (Cornwell) Brecht

Lucy Ann Cornwell lead an extraordinary life, as did her husband George Henry Brecht!

Some of the information is difficult to find, so I have summarised what research has been undertaken:

Christening 1881

St Luke's, Millwall

bp 30.10.1881 born 6.10.1881
(parents Charles, Coffee House Keeper, 209 West Ferry Road & Sarah

1891 Census

12 Sanford Street, West Ham

Louisa Cornwell Age 9 living with parents Charles& Sarah

Birth of son Charles Albert Cornwell 1900

Charles Albert Cornwell born Workhouse, West Ham (father George Henry Brecht)

1901 Census

77 Lansdowne Road, West Ham

Louisa Cornwall Age 19 Jam Factory Hand (living with mother Sarah, Widow)
Albert Cornwall Age 10 months born West Ham, Essex (grandson of Sarah)

1911 Census

1 Oak Road, Canning Town, Essex

Lucy Ann Brecht Head Married 29 Factory Hand Bottle Fillers born Millwall, Middlesex
Albert Ernest Brecht Son 10 born Tidal Basin, Essex
George Henry Brecht Son 8 born Tidal Basin, Essex
Alf Brecht Son 5 born Plaistow, Essex
Frank Bert Brecht Son 15 months born Plaistow, Essex

Husband in HM Prison, Pentonville

Second Marriage 1916

Register Offive, West Ham

Edward John Rutter Age 38 Widower
Dock Labourer of 66 Adamson Road, Custom House
(father Edward Rutter (deceased), Coal Porter
married 3 June 1916
Lucy Ann Brecht Age 35 Widow, 59 Adamson Road, Custom House
(father Charles William Cornwell (Deceased), Carman

George Henry Brecht

One of the extraordinary finds in 2007 was tracing a further cousin, a descendant of George Henry Brecht of whom I knew very little.

It appears that he was something of a rogue and bully:

A newspaper article at the time gave more details:

Murder of George Brett

His descendants have since obtained other newspaper articles and a copy of George Henry Brecht's criminal record in Australia. which includes his crimes in England.

They also obtained George Henry Brett's death certificate:

7 Agar Steps, Millers Point, Sydney

George Henry Brett, Widower, Wharf Labourer, Age 74 died 12 July 1951 "from the effects of a fracture of the skull and injury to the brain feloniously and maliciously"
- finding of an Inquest held at Sydney on 4 August and 20 September 1951.

Married Louise Cornwell


Cornwall A.E. 51 years
George H 49
Alfred 47
Bert 45
One female deceased

Informant: G. Brett, son, 52 Bream Street, Googee or Coogee

Colin Bower
17 July 2017

Links to:

Brecht One Name Study - Index

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