I went to the other end of Leyton High street on Wednesday to find a bike shop - I'd got a puncture in Stratford and needed to buy a pump as I'd left mine round S's flat.
I noticed a plaque on number 544 on the high road. The names on the plaque were:
sir Fisher Tench c1700
Thomas oliver 1750 - 1803
It wasn't the exisiting building they lived in, but one that predated the current terraced house on this site.
I'm not absloutely sure about the spelling - so that means i have to go back and check. Could find nothing on Fisher Tench - except lots of site about tench fishing came up :-).
Thomas Oliver though - one name came up on Wikipedia, and this may well be the one:
Thomas Oliver (Lieutenant Governor)
Thomas Oliver (January 5, 1733 - November 29, 1815) was the last Royal Lieutenant-Governor of
"He was graduated from Harvard in 1753, and resided at
A mob of five thousand angry citizens forced him to resign on
Unfortunately the dates don;t quite match up - he'd have been too young to have lived there in 1850. First off - I'd better check the dates and spelling.