Henry James Galsworthy was born in Yeovil in 1865, son of James Galsworthy and Grace Cobley.
James and Grace married in St. Thomas, Devon in 1860, Grace was from Chudleigh, Devon. In 1871 the family, including Henry, were living in Shockerwick, Wilts.
Henry married Martha Perry in Bath in 1889. He was man army man hence travelled a lot. Martha was born in Plymouth according to the 1911 census.
James, Henry's father, was a confectioner in Melksham High Street from around 1898-1903, at least that's when he appears in the directories. In 1881 he was a domestic gardener in Weston, Bath. By 1891 he was still a gardener, living at Bradford Leigh, Bradford-on-Avon. His wife Grace was a cook and it was likely her skills that enabled them to enter the confectionery trade.
It is clear from the bottle that it was Henry who made the ginger beer, or at least supplied the recipe. In 1901 he was likely serving in the Boer War in South Africa.
In 1911 Henry was landlord of the Prince George Hotel, 43 Chapel Street, East Stonehouse, Devon, with wife Martha and sons Henry Galsworthy and Diamond Jubilee Galsworthy. Henry was born in Rawalpindi, India in 1894, and Diamond was born in Swindon in 1897 on Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Henry's father James died in 1913 in Melksham.
On July 5th 1917, whilst still a publican, Henry became a member of the United Grand Lodge, Devonport. Henry died in 1938 in the Kerrier registration district of Cornwall.
|Stone Ginger beer Bottle|
J. GALSWORTHY`S / PENNY / GINGER BEER / MELKSHAM.
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