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Alfred Romary, son of John Romary and Sophia Romary [Stapley]
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Alfred Romary was born 24th April 1844 at Southborough the fifth child of John and Sophia Romary

Alfred Romary set up in business in 1862 at 26 Church Road, Tunbridge Wells. Initially he was classified as a 'Water cake maker', but it was his wafers that made his name famous around the globe as they sold at Macy's of New York; Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and many others in London; as well as food stores in Belgium and Paris. A Romary advertisement describe the wafers 'As thin as lace, of a flavour so delicate as to be indefinable. The clubs serve them with port, but they are also excellent with ices or at afternoon tea. Many people prefer them to sweets and chocolate. In two flavours, Sweet and Ginger.'

Queen Victoria visited Alfred Romary's shop on 23rd December 1876 and liked the wafers so much that she awarded him a Royal Warrant as Biscuit Manufacturer on 31st July 1884. The warrant was renewed by King Edward VII on 9th August 1901 and subsequently through the years until awarded by Queen Elizabeth II on 1st August 1963. In 1926 A. Romary & Co. became a limited compnay when W.A.P. Lane bought it and then in 1935 Romary and Co. was acquired by British Biscuits a subsidiary of Rowntree and Co. (now part of Nestle).

Alfred married Martha Harvey on 5th December 1865 and together they had a family of nine children, all at Tunbridge Wells. Alfred died on 30th March 1929 at the age of 85


Date
Type
Information
Source
 
24th Apr 1844
Born
In the Parish of Southborough, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1844 Q2 Vol 5 Page 504
Arthur Turk's records
 
5th Dec 1865
Married
Martha Harvey at St. John's Church in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1865 Q4 Vol 2a Page 899
Arthur Turk's records
 
Oct to Dec 1866
Birth of a son
William Alfred in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1866 Q4 Vol 2a Page 508
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
July to Sep 1868
Birth of a daughter
Anne Sophia in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1868 Q3 Vol 2a Page 524
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Apr to June 1871
Birth of a daughter
Martha Elizabeth in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1871 Q2 Vol 2a Page 535
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Apr to June 1873
Birth of a daughter
Maud Alice in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1873 Q2 Vol 2a Page 511
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Oct to Dec 1876
Birth of a son
Frederick John Ralph in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1876 Q4 Vol 2a Page 583
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
July to Sep 1878
Birth of a daughter
Laura Susanna in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1878 Q3 Vol 2a Page 607
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Apr to June 1881
Birth of a daughter
Edith Beatrice in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1881 Q2 Vol 2a Page 632
Arthur Turk's records
 
3rd Apr 1881
Census
At 26 Church Road in the Parish of Tonbridge, Kent; Alfred Romary, M, Head, married, age 36, born Southboro, Kent, employs 1 assistant; occupation Biscuit Maker
1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
 
Apr to June 1884
Birth of a daughter
Mabel Violet in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1884 Q2 Vol 2a Page 650
Arthur Turk's records
 
July to Sep 1887
Birth of a daughter
Lily Gertrude in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1887 Q3 Vol 2a Page 670
Arthur Turk's records
 
26th Mar 1929
Died
Registered at Tonbridge District, Kent; ref: 1929 Q1 Vol 2a Page 1791; aged 85 years
Arthur Turk's records
 
30th Mar 1929
Buried
At Borough cemetery in the Parish of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; grave B10 31
Arthur Turk's records
 
Romary headstone

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Romary, Romery, Rumary, Rummary, Rummery, Rumaly, Romany individual records
The ancestral pedigree of Alfred Romary
  
 John Romarym: 3rd Dec 1753 Beckley, SussexMary Monk 
 b: c 1730  b: c 1730
  
   
 Richard Stephen 
 b: 1754 Beckley, Sussex
ch: 15th Sep 1754
 b: 1762 Heathfield, Sussex
ch: 21st Jan 1762 All Saints Church
 
      
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
   
2nd marriage Stephen Romarym: 12th May 1804 St. John the Baptist, Penshurst, KentMary Smale 
 b: 1762 Heathfield, Sussex
ch: 21st Jan 1762 All Saints Church
  b: c 1770
  
   
 John Charlotta 
 b: c June 1804 Penshurst, Kent
ch: 17th Jun 1804 St. John the Baptist
d: 9th Oct 1853
 b: 1806 Penshurst, Kent
ch: 16th Nov 1806 St. John the Baptist
 
      
Grandfather record
   
   
   
2nd marriage John Romarym: 21st Apr 1835 Trinity Church, Tunbridge Wells, KentSophia Stapley 
 b: c June 1804 Penshurst, Kent
ch: 17th Jun 1804 St. John the Baptist
d: 9th Oct 1853
  b: 1805 Rotherfield, Sussex
d: Apr to June 1855 registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1855 Q2 Vol 2a Page 248
  
        
 Susan John Sophia William Alfred Albert Charlotte Elizabeth 
 b: 1836 Penshurst, Kent b: 1838 Penshurst, Kent b: July to Sep 1840 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1840 Q3 Vol 5 Page 439 b: 1843 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1844 Q1 Vol 5 Page 531 b: 24th Apr 1844 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1844 Q2 Vol 5 Page 504
d: 26th Mar 1929 aged 85 years registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1929 Q1 Vol 2a Page 1791
bur: 30th Mar 1929 Borough cemetery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, grave B10 31
 b: Apr to June 1847 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1847 Q2 Vol 5 Page 495 b: Oct to Dec 1850 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1850 Q4 Vol 5 Page 557 
                  
Parental record
   
   
   
 Alfred Romarym: 5th Dec 1865 St. John's Church, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1865 Q4 Vol 2a Page 899
Martha Harvey 
 b: 24th Apr 1844 Southborough, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1844 Q2 Vol 5 Page 504
d: 26th Mar 1929 aged 85 years registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1929 Q1 Vol 2a Page 1791
bur: 30th Mar 1929 Borough cemetery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, grave B10 31
  b: 1843 Ascot, Warwickshire
d: September 1930 aged 88 years registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1930 Q3 Vol 2a Page 877
bur: 19th Sep 1930 Borough cemetery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, grave B10 35
  
          
William Alfred  Martha Elizabeth Maud Alice Frederick John Ralph Laura Susanna Edith Beatrice Mabel Violet Lily Gertrude 
b: Oct to Dec 1866 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1866 Q4 Vol 2a Page 508
ch: 28th Oct 1866 St. John's Church
  b: Apr to June 1871 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1871 Q2 Vol 2a Page 535
ch: 25th Jun 1871 St. John's Church
d: 31st Jul 1886 aged 15 years registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1886 Q3 Vol 2a Page 360
bur: 5th Aug 1886 Borough cemetery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, grave B10 32
 b: Apr to June 1873 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1873 Q2 Vol 2a Page 511
ch: 27th Jun 1873 Trinity Church
d: 16th Jun 1887 aged 14 years registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1887 Q2 Vol 2a Page 354
bur: 18th Jun 1887 Borough cemetery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, grave B10 32
 b: Oct to Dec 1876 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1876 Q4 Vol 2a Page 583
ch: 20th Oct 1876 Trinity Church
 b: July to Sep 1878 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1878 Q3 Vol 2a Page 607
ch: 31st Jul 1878 Trinity Church
 b: Apr to June 1881 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1881 Q2 Vol 2a Page 632
ch: 17th Jun 1881 Trinity Church
 b: Apr to June 1884 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1884 Q2 Vol 2a Page 650
ch: 11th Jun 1884 Trinity Church
 b: July to Sep 1887 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1887 Q3 Vol 2a Page 670
ch: 20th Jul 1887 Trinity Church
 
   Anne Sophia               
   b: July to Sep 1868 Tunbridge Wells, Kent registered at Tonbridge District, Kent ref: 1868 Q3 Vol 2a Page 524
ch: 26th Jul 1868 St. John's Church
               
                  
Family record

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