|About The Clothier Family
The name Clothier is an interesting and unusual surname, it is of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes
from an occupational name for a seller or maker of Cloth and Clothes. Job descriptive surnames
originally denoted the actual occupation of the name bearer and then later became hereditary.
My Grandfather did a lot of research into the family name . After he died I decided I would
carry on finding out about the name Clothier and searching for the links between the different
branches of the family and how we were all related. The surname can be found spelt Clother and
I have found an early spelling as Clothyer. These are known as Variants.
In the beginning this branch of the Clothier's came from Stoke Sub Hamdon, a village in the
county of Somerset which is 5 to 6 miles North West of Yeovil and 2 miles South of Martock
railway station. The village is situated on the river Parret, many of the inhabitants used to
work in the glove making industry but agriculture was also a large industry. Some of the family
moved to Portsmouth in Hampshire and then in the early 1800's onto Charlton, Woolwich, London,
England and then spread out from there.
In the late 1850's Benjamin Clothier went to Eagle Hawk, Victoria, Australia. In the early
1860's his brother Samuel Clothier also went to Eagle Hawk, Victoria, Australia.
Joseph William Clothier about 1852 built a shop at 51 Albion Road, Charlton. The shop became a
Baker's and Confectioners. After Joseph died his brother Edward Clothier ran the business and
his son William Charles Clothier became a master baker and ran the business when his father
died. His son William Edward Clothier who was also a master baker helped ran the business. (51
Albion Road became known as 1a Woolwich Road Charlton).
In the early 1890's Joseph James Clothier Went to India.
In the early 1900's Stanley Nowell Clothier went to Canada.
A variant of Clothier is CLOTHER, William Clother 1725 and Elizabeth Baxter were married on the
16 July 1746 and lived in Kent, their children were born in Chatham and Rochester Kent. John
Clother was born 1747 and died 1837, his brother William was born 1749, another brother Charles
was born 1757 and a sister Edith born 1759.
John Clother born 1747 married Elizabeth Freshwater on the 17 Mar 1775 and had the following
children John born 1776, Fanny born 1780 and George born 1782.
George Clother born 1782 died 2 Jul 1870 married on the 16 Jan 1803 to Elizabeth Thomas born
1786 died 1863 they had nine children.