Floods and Schallers VIII

How well did their places survive the blitz? The estimable Bomb Sight web site gives good information about the fate of different streets in London during the blitz. It’s worth thinking about how much of the Flood-Schaller world was destroyed, damaged, or spared. Fitzrovia places. Recall that these people lived and worked on Charles Street, […]

Floods and Schallers IV

Six children, all born live: a demographically lucky Victorian family. We’ve seen that the Cornelius Schaller family had been augmented by a first child, Ellen, and had, for unknown reasons, moved to New York City. In fact, Ellen was an American citizen, and as we’ll see in detail in Floods and Schallers V, Robert Cornelius […]

Floods and Schallers VI

The Great Necropolis. On 12 April 1866 Cornelius Washington Schaller, brother of my great-grandmother Florence May Schaller, died at the age of 3 years, 6 months, and 4 days. Lines of evidence point to the grief that any family would feel at such a wrenching occurrence, evidence that must not be overlooked even though it […]

The Floods and Schallers II

The family business The story begins with a business alliance between two London families in the reign of George III. One had as its patriarch James Flood, a cabinet maker. His wife appears to have been Cebella. The head of the other was Joseph Schaller, a ladies’ shoemaker. His wife was Ellen Elizabeth Schaller. A […]