Now Grandfather Daniel was a small, undistinguished man, not overly fond of work. He was described as a blacksmith’s striker when he did work, and the day that my father reached the age of 13 he quit work and decreed that my father, henceforth was to support him.
Thomas Daniel, was born 9 September 1850, in Stepney, Middlesex to Thomas Bamford Daniel and Sarah Daniel nee Coates. Thomas Bamford Daniel was listed as a cellarman.
I am none too sure how all this came about, but because my father was a big strapping lad he left school or, for all I know, told to take over the support of his father who, for whatever reason, decided on retirement. I’ve no idea of how this was achieved because there were five siblings up to this stage who had to be clothed and fed – Earnest, George, Charles, Elsie and Bert. So whether at this stage Uncle Earnest and Uncle George contributed to the family’s sustenance I cannot ascertain, and of course all of this was taking place before I was even thought of.
Thomas and Clara are both buried at O’Neill’s Point Cemetery on Bayswater Avenue, North Shore of Auckland, Block P, plot 058 it is now an unmarked grave, just a piece of grass between other graves.