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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:08 AM   #1
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Is there a thread on Victor Stevens and Marie Van der Houp, the Marylebone brothel-keepers ?
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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:16 AM   #2
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Is there a thread on Victor Stevens and Marie Van der Houp, the Marylebone brothel-keepers ?
I don't recall one, Gary and it's something i would have been interested in.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:20 AM   #3
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I'm curious to know whether the residents of 18, Milton Street in 1881 (Huberte Possion and Marie Lidouie) could be Stevens and Van der Houp.

This is from The Edingburgh Evening News of 18th February, 1886:

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Old January 27th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #4
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I don't recall one, Gary and it's something i would have been interested in.
Hi Debra,

It's probably been discussed before, but the couple seem to have done a runner in early 1886.

Milton Street is now Balcombe Street (where the IRA siege was). There are still some period properties there, but I think 16-18 have gone.

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Silly me, Huberte was a 'lady'.

She had been declared bankrupt in July, 1867 when she was described as a spinster of Somerset-street, Portman-sq.

In 1871, 18, Milton Street was occupied by Victor Wekier, a Belgian fruiterer (I think that's what it says) and his wife, Ash (?).
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I have created a 'Milton Street Brothel' thread to discuss this further.
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Did a quick search on LDS site for Augustine Huberte Possion. I am very concerned about that spelling. I found two entries for her under that spelling. However, looking for her father Jean Baptiste in France, the name seems to be Poisson which makes sense to me. I find no other Possions except the two entries for Augustine Huberte.

In England there is also an entry for an Augustine Poisson, born 1853 in France, who is a lady's maid for the Henry Farquhar family in London, St. James, Middlesex. He is a 42 year old banker in 1881.

There are a manageable number of Poissons in the London area and also perhaps an Anglicised spelling of "Poysen". The latter look like they could be of French derivation. I would pronounce Poisson as Pwah-SON, so Poysen to the English ear sounds about right. (Original derivation, fishermen or fish mongers?)
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