Covington History Generations Report

Descendents of: HENRY COVINGTON. Ref:468. Born: Apr-Jun 1840 at Hanover Square Compiled 19/12/2010

GENERATION One

HENRY COVINGTON. Ref: 468. Born: Apr-Jun 1840 at Hanover Square. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Died:

17 Dec 1905 at Wandsworth aged 65. Mar: Apr-Jun 1869 at Hanover Square to Mary Ann 3873. Poss siblings: Edwin (238), Edward (232).

Lighterman, Barge Owner, Carman, Dust Contractor, Sand Merchant & Wharfinger at Railway Wharf, Battersea S.W., Cremorne Wharf, 27 Lots Road,

Chelsea S.W., Horseferry Wharf, 67 Millbank St., Westminster S.W., Eagle Wharf, Grosvenor Rd., Pimlico S.W. In 1871 lived at 23 Bloomfield

Terrace, Pimlico, S.W.London. In 1878, 14 Claverton St., Pimlico, S.W.London. In 1881, 31 Claverton St., Pimlico, S.W. London. In 1886, 3

Claverton St., Pimlico, S.W. London. In 1897, 46 St Georges Road, S.W.London. In 1904, 19 Streatham High Road, S.W. London (Post Office

Directory London 1871, 1878, 1883, 1886, 1897 & 1904)

Correspondence from Michael Head in March 2003 states:

"I am busy researching H. A Covington & Son at the moment, having spent Saturday at the Guildhall Library and the Family Records Office. I am

interested in Covington genealogy in order to establish the origins of the company.

My major interest is the activities of the company and its sailing barges. My Grandfather was skipper of the Covington barges Pickwick and Sam

Weller. Whilst my Father obtained his lighterman's licence from The Company of Watermen and Lightermen, after serving an apprenticeship with

Covingtons. I would very much like to write something on Covingtons and that would be quite a challenge. Although they ceased trading only fifty

years ago no one seems to know much about them. I have been in contact with The Society for Sailing Barge Research and they have provided me

with a Covington fleet list. However, they seem to know very little else.

I am going to apply for the death certificates of Henry and Harry Covington, to get the exact dates of their deaths. I will then check the local

newspapers for their obituaries. Harry died in 1936 and The Times of April 30th, of that year recorded that he left 176,000. Proving for all time the

adage "where there's muck there's brass". I will also get copies of their wills. This could be interesting as the Covington fleet was sold shortly after

Harry's death. Their better barges going to The London and Rochester Trading Company. My Father always told me that Covingtons activities were

taken over by William Cory the coal, rubbish disposal and lighterage company. This is something else that will have to be checked.

I have the Covington family living at 19 Streatham High Road in 1901. They appear to be well set up with servants and a cook living in. Another

citizen of Streatham at that time was Stenton Covington, who was a frequent contributor to The Times letters page. Stenton had property in the

Fowey area of Cornwall, which I believe he left to the nation on his death. I have no connection as yet with Henry's family."

HARRY ALFRED. Ref: 458. Born Jan-Mar 1870 at Hanover Square. Mother: Mary Ann, Ref: 3873

HERBERT. Ref: 495. Born Jul-Sep 1877 at Hanover Square. Mother: Mary Ann, Ref: 3873

FREDERICK. Ref: 334. Born Apr-Jun 1884 at Hanover Square. Mother: Mary Ann, Ref: 3873


GENERATION Two

HARRY ALFRED COVINGTON. Ref: 458. Born: Jan-Mar 1870 at Hanover Square. Father: Henry, Father Ref: 468. Mother: Mary Ann, Mother Ref:

3873. Died: 13 Feb 1936 at Wandsworth aged 66. Appears in 1911 Census living in Wandsworth aged 41. Appears on lists of emigration by boat

travelling from Liverpool to the Cape in South Africa in 1929.

Ran a couple of 46 ton spirtsail barges called Pickwick & Sam Weller, built Sittingbourne 1903, on the Thames in London, registration

118334/118320.

The London Gazette 29 May 1936 reports the following: Pursuant to the Trustee Act, 1925. All persons having claims against the estate of Harry

Alfred Covington, of The Whittaker,

6. Broadlands Avenue, Streatham, London, S.W., formerly of Railway Wharf, Battersea, S.W., Lighterman and Contractor, who died on the 13th day

of February, 1936, and whose Will was proved by William Eastoe, Cyril Tim Covington, Harry

Kennard and Edward John Blair, the executors therein named, on the 27th day of April, 1936, in the Principal Probate Registry, are hereby required

to send particulars thereof, in writing, to us, the undersigned, on or before the 17th day

of August next, after which date the executors will proceed to distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which they shall then have

had notice. - Dated this 27th day of May, 1936."

HERBERT COVINGTON. Ref: 495. Born: Jul-Sep 1877 at Hanover Square. Father: Henry, Father Ref: 468. Mother: Mary Ann, Mother Ref: 3873.

Died: 10 Mar 1923 at Hassocks aged 45. Mar: Apr-Jun 1901 at Lambeth to Schuberth, Violet Louisa 4415. Described as a Commercial Clerk in 1901

Census. Address in 1904, Cremona, Oakdale Rd., Streatham & in 1914, The Laurels, Leigham Ave, Streatham. Just prior to his death he lived at

Friar's Oak Cottage, Hassocks, Sussex.

HARRY EDWARD. Ref: 460. Born 2 Apr 1902 at Wandsworth. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Ref: 4415

JACK. Ref: 530. Born Jan-Mar 1906 at Wandsworth. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Ref: 4415

RUTH M. Ref: 831. Born Jan-Mar 1914 at Brighton. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Ref: 4415

JAMES HENRY. Ref: 1208. Born 10 Mar 1922 at Cuckfield. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Ref: 4415

FREDERICK COVINGTON. Ref: 334. Born: Apr-Jun 1884 at Hanover Square. Father: Henry, Father Ref: 468. Mother: Mary Ann, Mother Ref: 3873.

Died: Oct-Dec 1920 at Westhampnett aged 36. Mar: Jan-Mar 1912 at Lambeth to Moore, Vivian B 4438. Described as a Commercial Clerk in 1901

Census. Appears in 1911 Census living in Wandsworth. Was considered unfit for service in WWII. Was at Davos sanatorium after end of WW1. Height

6 ft 2 ins. Company Director. Died in Bognor Regis sanatorium, having suffered from tuberculosis for many years

FREDERICK ERNEST. Ref: 343. Born 29 Oct 1912 at Thames Ditton. Mother: Moore, Vivian B, Ref: 4438

VIVIAN JOHN. Ref: 889. Born 10 Mar 1915 at Kingston. Mother: Moore, Vivian B, Ref: 4438


GENERATION Three

FREDERICK ERNEST COVINGTON. Ref: 343. Born: 29 Oct 1912 at Thames Ditton. Father: Frederick, Father Ref: 334. Mother: Moore, Vivian B,

Mother Ref: 4438. Died: 3 Jul 1995 at Poole aged 82. Mar: Oct-Dec 1939 at Marylebone to Swithenbank, Sally D F 4606. 2nd Mar: April 1947 at

Switzerland to name not known . 3rd Mar: 31 Aug 1951 at South Africa to Clarke, Cicely May 5042. Related to Harry Alfred Covington (see entry

458), uncle & Cyril Tim Covington, cousin (see entry 197). Educated at Rockport, Craigavad, Co.Down, N.Ireland. Harrow & Cambridge. Appears on

lists of emigration by boat travelling from Liverpool to Canary Islands in 1922, Liverpool to Cape in South Africa in 1924, Avonmouth to Kingston in

Jamaica in 1931 & from Southampton to the Port Elizabeth, Algoa Bay (1950) & Cape (1952) in South Africa.

Was captain of cricket at both Rockport and Harrow, also played a few games for Cambridge, where he was captain of Eton Fives in 1935. In 1936,

he played First Class Cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club, as an amateur in six first-class matches including 83 on his debut against

Warwickshire at Lord's, the highest score of the match. And had a batting performance of 9 Inns, 2 not outs, 142 Runs, Average 20.29.

A left hand batsman & slow left arm authodox occasional bowler, he played at the same time as Allen, Hendren, Compton, Hulme, Human, Robins,

Gray, Sims, Peebles, Smith, Hart, Webster, Tindall & Butterworth. In 1937-38 toured Argentina with Brinkman's Team.

Also played a lot of squash. In 1924 started ski-ing in Switzerland

Joined Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in June 1941 as Ordinary Seaman (H.M.S. Ganges) shore-station. Oct 1941 H.M.S. Cumberland (cruiser) in

Chatham and went to Scapa Flow, Iceland and Murmansk. Left March 1942 for officer's course. Became Sub Lieut. And joined Tank Landing Craft

L.C.T. 324 as 1st Lieut. At Beaulieu River, Hants in July 1942, became C.O. five weeks later. Made Lieutenant in October 1942. Transferred with

whole crew to Scapa Flow to take on L.C.T. 359, Dec 1942. Left for Troon, March 1943 to take over L.C.T. 421; thence to Appledore, Devon, en

route for the Mediterranean, based in Malta. Landings incl. Sicily (Augusta), Reggio di Calabria, Vibo Valencia, Salerno, Anzio, Elba, S.France (St

Raphael). Then sailed to the Adriatic, based on Bari & Ancona. Mostly ferried Tito Partisans in Yugoslavia up the coast, north of Zadar (Zara).

Landed on Island of Rab in April 1945 and spent the Summer of 1945 sailing between Ancona, Venice and Trieste. Left Mediterranean in Sept

1945 to become Sea Transport Officer at Southampton, until demobbed in March 1946 having reached rank of Lieutenant/Captain Tank Landing

Craft. Awarded 1939-45 Star, Italy Star, War Medal 1939-45 and twice mentioned in despatches.

After leaving Cambridge he joined the stockbroker firm of his cousin, Cyril Tim Covington, Coni & Covington, 10 Throgmorton St., London E.C. until

he left them in 1937. He then became a director of H. Covington & Sons, Lightermen & Wharfingers, Cremorne Wharf, Chelsea.

The business was eventually sold to Redlands in 1957. His first wife was Swiss, she died 7/11/1949. He married again in South Africa, where they

lived until 1959. His hobbies include walking, gardening and ornithology. He has also travelled extensively, visiting nearly all European countries,

Central America, West Indies, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.

In 1990, he made his 38th trip to Switzerland. After WW2 he lived for 11 years in Cape Province, South Africa where he owned the Regal Cinema,

Knysna, before returning to Devon in 1959. Has since lived 5 years in Tenerife, 7 years in Guernsey, 7 years in Ringwood, Hants and in 1985 moved

to his present address. In 1990, 3 Carlton Gate, Balcombe Road, Poole, Dorset BH13 6DX. He writes; "You may be interested to know that I have a

copy of the American Covingtons written by William Slaughter Covington and printed in 1941.

He came to London in WW2 and met my cousin to whom he gave 2 or 3 copies, mine being no.187. He wrote a very detailed account, including the

original English names and different spellings etc. I was particularly interested as I was the only Englishman then living, who was mentioned in his

book, as being well known as a cricketer at the time of writing, although he did not actually know my initials" (Wisdens Cricket Almanac) (History of

Middlesex County Cricket) (Personal correspondence February 1990)

VIVIAN JOHN COVINGTON. Ref: 889. Born: 10 Mar 1915 at Kingston. Father: Frederick, Father Ref: 334. Mother: Moore, Vivian B, Mother Ref:

4438. Died: Oct-Dec 1957 at Salisbury aged 42. Appears on lists of emigration by boat travelling from Southampton to the Cape in South Africa in

1924 & from Avonmouth to Kingston, Jamaica in 1931.


HARRY EDWARD COVINGTON. Ref: 460. Born: 2 Apr 1902 at Wandsworth. Father: Herbert, Father Ref: 495. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa,

Mother Ref: 4415. Died: 24 Feb 1974 at Eastbourne aged 71. Mar: 18 Jul 1941 at Perth, W.Australia to Mudie, Ida Mary T 5419. Children:

adopted natural son of his wife, Michael Peter(532). Was born at Cremona, Oakdale Road, Streatham. His wife died on 27th May 1981 in Fareham

MICHAEL PETER. Ref: 532. Born 4 Oct 1933 at Australia. Mother: Mudie, Ida Mary T, Ref: 5419

JACK COVINGTON. Ref: 530. Born: Jan-Mar 1906 at Wandsworth. Father: Herbert, Father Ref: 495. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Mother Ref:

4415. Died: Jul-Sep 1963 at Brighton aged 57. Mar: Jul-Sep 1925 at Brighton to Grant, Ethel Violet 4518. Address in 1938, 48 Denmark Villas,

RICHARD. Ref: 1158. Born Jan-Mar 1926 at Steyning. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Ref: 4518

JOYCE A. Ref: 2251. Born Jul-Sep 1928 at Steyning. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Ref: 4518

JOHN A. Ref: 605. Born Jan-Mar 1930 at Croydon. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Ref: 4518

RUTH M COVINGTON. Ref: 831. Born: Jan-Mar 1914 at Brighton. Father: Herbert, Father Ref: 495. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa, Mother Ref:

JAMES HENRY COVINGTON. Ref: 1208. Born: 10 Mar 1922 at Cuckfield. Father: Herbert, Father Ref: 495. Mother: Schuberth, Violet Louisa,

Mother Ref: 4415. Died: Mar 2005 at Chelmsford aged 83. Mar: Jan-Mar 1946 at Brighton to Whitehead, Edith V 4669. Served in Emergency

Commissions, Indian Army. 2nd Lieutenant 9/7/1942. In 1995 tel. dir check lived at 1 Monkhams Drive, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0LG.

RONALD J. Ref: 1090. Born Apr-Jun 1948 at Stepney. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Ref: 4669

ANGELA V. Ref: 2317. Born Apr-Jun 1951 at Stepney. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Ref: 4669

JUDITH E. Ref: 2152. Born Oct-Dec 1953 at Stepney. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Ref: 4669

GENERATION Four

MICHAEL PETER COVINGTON. Ref: 532. Born: 4 Oct 1933 at Australia. Father: Harry Edward (adopted), Father Ref: 460. Mother: Mudie, Ida Mary

T, Mother Ref: 5419. Mar: 10 Jan 1959 at Eastbourne to Blanche, Averil Margaret 4745. In early 1990s & still in 2010 lived at 30 Furneaux

Gardens, Fareham, Hants PO16 7HD, tel 01329-319305. Mike was adopted by Harry Edward Covington and his natural mother in 1941 when they

married in Perth, Western Australia. He writes "I could not imagine having or knowing, any other man who I could have called father or dad".

DEBRA JAYNE. Ref: 1456. Born 17 Feb 1963 at Eastbourne. Mother: Blanche, Averil Margaret, Ref: 4745

JULIE ANNE. Ref: 1628. Born 3 Aug 1965 at Gosport. Mother: Blanche, Averil Margaret, Ref: 4745

RICHARD COVINGTON. Ref: 1158. Born: Jan-Mar 1926 at Steyning. Father: Jack, Father Ref: 530. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Mother Ref: 4518.

JOYCE A COVINGTON. Ref: 2251. Born: Jul-Sep 1928 at Steyning. Father: Jack, Father Ref: 530. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Mother Ref: 4518.

Mar: Apr-Jun 1965 at Brighton to Cooper, Robert E .

JOHN A COVINGTON. Ref: 605. Born: Jan-Mar 1930 at Croydon. Father: Jack, Father Ref: 530. Mother: Grant, Ethel Violet, Mother Ref: 4518.

Died: Apr-Jun 1930 at Croydon aged 0.

RONALD J COVINGTON. Ref: 1090. Born: Apr-Jun 1948 at Stepney. Father: James H, Father Ref: 1208. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Mother Ref:

4669. Mar: Jul-Sep 1972 at Redbridge to Welsh, Carol A 4819. Possibly wife married before, shown also as Tapping on Marriage Certificate. Lived

at 4 Steele Close, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1XD in early 90s, but not in 1995 tel. dir. check.

JUSTIN RICHARD. Ref: 1654. Born Oct-Dec 1973 at Colchester. Mother: Welsh, Carol A, Ref: 4819

STEVEN JAMES. Ref: 1881. Born Jul-Sep 1975 at Colchester. Mother: Welsh, Carol A, Ref: 4819

ANGELA V COVINGTON. Ref: 2317. Born: Apr-Jun 1951 at Stepney. Father: James H, Father Ref: 1208. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Mother Ref:

4669. Mar: Apr-Jun 1976 at Redbridge to Smith .

JUDITH E COVINGTON. Ref: 2152. Born: Oct-Dec 1953 at Stepney. Father: James H, Father Ref: 1208. Mother: Whitehead, Edith V, Mother Ref:


GENERATION Five

DEBRA JAYNE COVINGTON. Ref: 1456. Born: 17 Feb 1963 at Eastbourne. Father: Michael Peter, Father Ref: 532. Mother: Blanche, Averil

Margaret, Mother Ref: 4745. Mar: 9 Oct 1993 at Fareham to Hole, Anthony Graham . Children: Jack James Covington-Hole, born 5 Jan 1995 in

London. Debra took on name of Covington-Hole once married. Family lived in Clapham in 1995.

JACK JAMES. Ref: 5463. Born Feb 1995 at Lambeth. Mother: Covington, Debra Jayne, Ref: 1456

JULIE ANNE COVINGTON. Ref: 1628. Born: 3 Aug 1965 at Gosport. Father: Michael Peter, Father Ref: 532. Mother: Blanche, Averil Margaret,

Mother Ref: 4745. Mar: 18 Jun 1994 at Fareham to Harbin, Robert Norwood . In 1995 was living in Cambridge, but planned to move to USA in

July of that year as her husband is a US citizen.

JUSTIN RICHARD COVINGTON. Ref: 1654. Born: Oct-Dec 1973 at Colchester. Father: Ronald J, Father Ref: 1090. Mother: Welsh, Carol A, Mother

Ref: 4819.

STEVEN JAMES COVINGTON. Ref: 1881. Born: Jul-Sep 1975 at Colchester. Father: Ronald J, Father Ref: 1090. Mother: Welsh, Carol A, Mother

Ref: 4819. Lived at 4 Steele Close, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1XD in early 90s, but not in 1995 tel. dir. check.

GENERATION Six

JACK JAMES COVINGTON-HOLE. Ref: 5463. Born: Feb 1995 at Lambeth. Father: Andrew Hole, Father Ref: 1456. Mother: Covington, Debra

Jayne, Mother Ref: 1456. Mother is Debra Jayne Covington (who took the name Covington-Hole once married) ref no. 1456.

GENERATION Spouses

Mary Ann COVINGTON. Ref: 3873. Born: 1842- 1843 at Hanover Square. Father: not known, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Died:

Apr-Jun 1916 at Wandsworth aged 73. Mar: Apr-Jun 1869 at Hanover Square to Henry 468. Appears in 1911 Census living in Wandsworth, age

Violet Louisa M COVINGTON. Ref: 4415. Born: 1878- 1879 at U.K.. Father: Schuberth, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Died: 22

Nov 1965 at Hendon aged 86. Mar: Apr-Jun 1901 at Lambeth to Herbert 495.

Vivian B COVINGTON. Ref: 4438. Born: during 1893 at U.K.. Father: Moore, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: Jan-Mar 1912

at Lambeth to Frederick 334.

Ida Mary T COVINGTON. Ref: 5419. Born: 23 Oct 1895 at Australia. Father: Mudie, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 18 Jul

1941 at Perth, W.Australia to Harry Edward 460.

Ethel Violet COVINGTON. Ref: 4518. Born: 22 Mar 1907 at U.K.. Father: Grant, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Died: Jul-Sep

1969 at Brighton aged 62. Mar: Jul-Sep 1925 at Brighton to Jack 530.

Sally D F COVINGTON. Ref: 4606. Born: around 1915 at U.K.. Father: Swithenbank, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: Oct-Dec

1939 at Marylebone to Frederick Ernest 343.

Cicely May COVINGTON. Ref: 5042. Born: during 1920 at U.K.. Father: Clarke, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 31 Aug 1951

at South Africa to Frederick Ernest 343. 2nd wife. In 90s lived at 1 Carlton Gate, Balcombe Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 DX tel 01202-769290.

Appears on lists of emigration by boat travelling from Southampton to the Cape in South Africa in 1952. Lived in Dorset at some period.

Edith V COVINGTON. Ref: 4669. Born: around 1922 at U.K.. Father: Whitehead, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: Jan-Mar

1946 at Brighton to James Henry 1208. Thought to be living in 2010 at 4 Croxon Way, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8QR

Averil Margaret COVINGTON. Ref: 4745. Born: around 1933 at U.K.. Father: Blanche, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: 10

Jan 1959 at Eastbourne to Michael Peter 532. Lived in 90s & still in 2010 at 30 Furneaux Gardens, Fareham, Hampshire PO167HD, tel 01329-


Carol A COVINGTON. Ref: 4819. Born: around 1948 at U.K.. Father: Welsh, Father Ref: 0. Mother: not known, Mother Ref: 0. Mar: Jul-Sep 1972 at

Redbridge to Ronald J 1090. Possibly she was married before, shown also as Tapping on Marriage Certificate. Lived at 4 Steele Close, Marks Tey,

Colchester, Essex CO6 1XD in early 90s, but not in 1995 tel. dir. check.