Egmont John Theodore Weiss

School teacher

Born: 24 February 1837, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Died: 1st Quarter 1911, Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, England

Father: Charles Nicholas Weiss, 1789-1845
Mother: Benigna Catharina von Holst, c1801-1845

Spouse: Jane Taylor (1839-1902)
Married 4th Quarter 1851, in Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, England.

Biographical information
Egmont Weiss was born in Manchester, the fifth child of Charles and Benigna Weiss. His father joined the British Army in 1839 and was sent to India, but Egmont didn't follow with his mother and some of his siblings until after the 1841 English Census. By July 1842 he was in what is now Yemen (then part of India), where his father was stationed, and was baptised there, at the Anglican church in Aden.

Egmont was eight years old when both his parents died in Bombay, and was apparently sent to a British military school somewhere in India when he was orphaned. At some stage he returned to England, and trained as a teacher at Highbury Church of England Metropolitan Training School, in Islington, London. This was a residential school which apparently offered one or two years of teacher training. In 1856, when he was 19, Egmont received a Third Class certificate of teaching as a First Year Student. I don't know if he continued on to a second year of study, or whether he found a placement at a school. By 1861, as shown in the English Census, he was working as an assistant school master at the Bristol Road School in Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Egmont Weiss married Jane Taylor in the district of Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire in the latter part of 1867. Jane was local to the area, and they spent quite a bit of their married life in Worcestershire. I have not found any evidence of them having children, though a relation believes there was a daughter who died sometime after 1929. It's quite likely that Egmont started working in the area before he married Jane, and by 1871 they were living in Bank St, Great Malvern, where he ran a small private school.

In 1879 Kelly's Post Office Directory (Yorkshire, North and East Ridings) records the Weiss's living in Tunstall, Yorkshire, with Egmont the schoolmaster of a small parochial school for boys and girls, which was supported by subscription and government grants. They seemed to move around a bit for a time, because by the 1881 English Census they were in the small town of Roughton, Norfolk, where Egmont was the master of Roughton Free School. By 1883, Egmont was the schoolmaster of the school in neighbouring Aldborough, Norfolk. Why did they move around so much over those years?

The 1891 English Census sees the Weiss's having returned to Worcestershire, living in Tivoli Place, Newtown Road, Malvern Link. Egmont appears to have once again run a school in their home, plus Jane's elderly mother (also named Jane) and her youngest brother Alfred lived with them for a time as well.

Egmont was widowed by the death of Jane in 1902, and he himself died in the early part of 1911.