Paulina (Pauline) Free [Croxford] (1871-1943)


Birth: July-September 1871 Bromley, Middlesex, UK
Father: John Free 1840-1914
Mother: Eliza Lashmar 1842-1879

Christening: Unknown

Marriage: October-December 1893 Kensington, London, UK
Husband: Edward Croxall 1868-1947

Death: October-December 1943 Bromley, Kent, UK


Lena Helen Croxford 1896-1980
Muriel Croxford 1898-1996
Edward Gerald Croxford 1902-1976


Birth of Paulina Free in FreeBMD in July-September 1871 in Poplar (1c 612).

Her sister was born in Bromley in 1873.

Her mother died in 1879.

In the 1881 census as Paulina Free aged 9, born in Bromley, Middlesex, and living with her father (John), brother (Charles), and three sisters (Eliza, Ellen and Emma) at 17 Bright Street, Bromley St Leonard, London.

Her father married Emma Beaumont in Poplar in 1881.

In the 1891 census as Pauline Free aged 20, born in Bow, London, single and a housemaid living with three other servants (Ada Eliza Elms aged 62, born in Shoreditch, London and a housekeeper, Margaret Farley aged 24, born in Kent and a cook, Flora A Hart aged 19, born in Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire and a housemaid) at The Gables, Wing Road, Linslade, Buckinghamshire. Her future parents-in-law and family (but not her future husband) were living next door.

Marriage of Pauline Free and Edward Croxford in FreeBMD in October-December 1893 in Kensington (1a 210).

Her daughters were born in Lewisham in 1896 and 1898.

In the 1901 census as Pauline Croxford aged 29, born in Bromley, London, and living with her husband (Edward) and two daughters (Lena H and Murial) in four rooms at Elswick Road, Lewisham, London.

Her son was born in Wandsworth in 1902.

In the 1911 census as Pauline Croxford aged 39, born in London, married for 17 years with three children, all still living, and living with her husband (Edward), son (Edward Gerald) and two daughters (Lena Helen and Murial) in five rooms at 56 Fordel Road, Catford, London S E.

There are four entries in Ancestry All London, England, Electoral Registers, 1847-1965 for Pauline Croxford (Cmxford in the 1918 index) living at 56 Fordel Road, Catford, Lewisham between 1918 and 1925. Edward Croxford (husband?) lived at the same address from 1905.

Death of Pauline Croxford in FreeBMD in October-December 1943 aged 72 in Bromley (2a 1225).

Mark Lashmar has an entry in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Paulina Free born in 1871 in Poplar, Essex, parents John Free and Eliza Lashmar. Four other entries place the birth in 1872 in Bromley, Middlesex. There are three entries for Pauline Free born in 1871 in Essex, parents John Free and Eliza Lashmar. Nigel Bernard adds her marriage to Edward Croxford in 1893 and her two daughters.

Note that Bromley, Middlesex and Bromley, Kent are two very different places.


Paulina Free was my eighth cousin three times removed.

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