Harriet Langridge

b. 14 April 1811, d. 29 March 1883

Parents:

Father: William Langridge b. 13 Apr 1783, d. 20 Aug 1851
Mother: Martha Thorpe b. 18 Feb 1776, d. 17 Jun 1858
Last Edited: 16 Mar 2021

Family:

William Jeffery b. c 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880

Children:

Alfred Jeffery+ b. 22 Jan 1837, d. 14 May 1920
Martha Jeffery+ b. 31 Dec 1839, d. 23 Jan 1922
Charles Jeffery+ b. 26 Dec 1841, d. 19 Mar 1905
Benjamin Jeffery b. 22 Sep 1844, d. 26 Jul 1912

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S24] Index to Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  3. [S388] Website "FamilySearch" (http://www.familysearch.org/) "Film no: 1067170, Image no: 696."
  4. [S215] Birth certificate of Martha Jeffery, born 31 Dec 1839, registered 10 Jan 1840 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 455).
  5. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1118; Book: 1; Civil Parish: Fletching; County: Sussex; Enumeration District: 1; Folio: 13; Page: 18; Line: 9; GSU roll: 464163."
  6. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1640; Folio: 370; Page: 12; GSU roll: 193543."
  7. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 576; Folio: 64; Page: 6; GSU roll: 542665."
  8. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1053; Folio: 72; Page: 10; GSU roll: 827486."
  9. [S952] Geoffrey Barber, "Benjamin Jeffery (1844-1912) - Life and Letters of an Otago Settler" , Geoffrey Barber, First Edition (2019).
  10. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1053; Folio: 40; Page: 11; GSU roll: 1341249."
  11. [S43] Death certificate of Harriet Jeffery, died 29 Mar 1883, registered 30 Mar 1883 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 84) "age 72 years."
  12. [S25] Online Index to Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.

Alfred Jeffery

b. 22 January 1837, d. 14 May 1920

Parents:

Father: William Jeffery b. c 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
Mother: Harriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
Last Edited: 16 Mar 2021

Family 1:

Mary Ann Holmwood b. 1841, d. 1882

Children:

Percy Jeffery b. 15 Sep 1868, d. 19 Feb 1944
Kate Jeffery b. 1872, d. 3 Oct 1951

Family 2:

Mary Baker b. c 1845, d. 1906

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 491; Folio: 61; Page: 41; GSU roll: 542648."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1866, Tonbridge, Vol 2a Page 904."
  4. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1885, Tunbridge Wells, Vol 2a Page 1073."
  5. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4046 RG78PN156 RD50 SD1 ED7 SN360."
  6. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).
  7. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1920, Tonbridge, Vol 2a Page 846, age 83 years."

Charles Jeffery

b. 26 December 1841, d. 19 March 1905

Parents:

Father: William Jeffery b. c 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
Mother: Harriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
Last Edited: 17 Nov 2019

Family:

Emma Sapp b. c 1837, d. 1917

Children:

Edith Margaret Jeffery b. 1865, d. 1872
William Charles Jeffery+ b. 1867
Annie Emma Jeffery b. 1868
Caroline Jeffery b. 1870
Arthur Richard Jeffery+ b. 1871, d. 8 Aug 1942
Goddard Jeffery b. 1873, d. 1891

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 605; Folio: 91; Page: 33."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1864, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 341."
  4. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1053; Folio: 73; Page: 11."
  5. [S42] Death certificate of William Jeffery, died 8 Jan 1880, registered 12 Jan 1880 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 85) "age 69 years."
  6. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1053; Folio: 14; Page: 22."
  7. [S72] 1901 Census for England "Class: RG13; Piece: 900; Folio: 58; Page: 21."
  8. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1905, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 103, age 63 years."
  9. [S422] National Probate Calendar, England & Wales (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995. (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/).

Benjamin Jeffery

b. 22 September 1844, d. 26 July 1912
Beachy Head

Parents:

Father: William Jeffery b. c 1811, d. 8 Jan 1880
Mother: Harriet Langridge b. 14 Apr 1811, d. 29 Mar 1883
Last Edited: 16 Mar 2021
  • Birth*: Benjamin Jeffery was born on 22 September 1844 at Little Horsted, Sussex, England.1
  • He was the son of William Jeffery and Harriet Langridge.
  • Baptism: Benjamin Jeffery was baptized on 27 October 1844 at St Michael & All Angels, Little Horsted, Sussex, England, "abode: Horsted Green."2
  • Anecdote: The 1861 census indicates that Ben, aged 16 years, was employed as an agricultural labourer in Little Horsted. His brother Charles, then aged 19 years, was working some 15 miles away in Hove as a servant (footman). Charles would have later met his wife near there as their first child was born in Brighton.
    In the 1871 census Alfred, Martha, and Charles had married. Martha and her husband Silas Morris were living in Little Horsted with their one year old child Ernest. They lived with Martha's parents William and Harriet. Charles had returned from Brighton and was living close by with wife Emma and their five children Edith (5), William (3), Annie (2), Caroline (1) and Arthur (6 days). In 1871 Ben was living with his brother Alfred and family at Denny Bottom, a village in the parish of Speldhurst in Kent about 16 miles north east of Little Horsted and 2 miles west of Tunbridge Wells. Ben must have had fond memories of Percy and the other children as they are often mentioned in his letters: "tell Dear Percy not to forget to learn to write to me" , and "remember me to M, A and Em our Silas and all the little children espesially Percy, Willy and Ernest because they know me".
  • Occupation*: Benjamin Jeffery was a gardener on 2 April 1871.
  • Emigration*: Benjamin Jeffery emigrated on 4 September 1872 to New Zealand on the ship Christian McAusland departing London and arriving Port Chalmers 5th December 1872. The Christian Mc-Ausland was an iron sailing ship of 962 tons built in 1869 at Greenock, Scotland. This voyage was it's sixth to New Zealand and carried 304 passengers and 99 seamen. Six of Ben's letter's survive and he wrote his first letter on board the ship as they waited for wind off Beachy Head in the English Channel. He says that "she is a fast sailer" having done the last trip in 80 days going and 89 days returning.3
  • Anecdote: A summary and transcription of Ben's six letters can be accessed here.
  • Anecdote: In 1870 New Zealand was in a state of stagnation and the Colonial Treasurer Sir Julius Vogel proposed that 10 million pounds be borrowed overseas to be used for public works (roads and railways) and immigration. Among the two politicians sent overseas to borrow the money was Sir F.D. Bell, owner of Shag Valley station where Ben Jeffery later worked. As they only returned with guarantees for 1 million pounds, Vogel himself went on a loan raising visit to England and the U.S.A. and after borrowing another 1.2 million pounds granted railway and immigration contracts to John Brogden and Sons. Immigrants were to be of two types: (a) those selected in the United Kingdom by the Agent General, and (b) persons living there who were nominated by New Zealand residents. Ben Jeffery would have been in the first category and he mentions that Brogden arranged for his clothing, passage and initial employment on the railways. Ben was later surprised at not having had to repay his passage.
    The ship arrived at Port Chalmers on 5th December 1872 and Ben wrote his first letter home since departure with "the gratest pleasure I have ever felt", the voyage having taken ninety two days. As one of the children had scarlet fever, they had to spend ten days in quarantine on a small island. Apart from this Ben reports that "there was not a single man that had anything the matter with him". On 16 December Ben sailed by steamer to Dunedin and on the 17th is some 16 miles inland writing his second letter and preparing to start work on the railway.
    Immigrants were not obliged to work on the railway project but it offered initial employment under conditions which were better than those to which Ben was accustomed in England. They worked an eight hour day with a one hour lunch break for eight shillings per day ("more than ever I should have in England"). However, contrary to his initial plans, Ben did not start on the railway but worked for a fortnight at ditching and then agreed to work with a farmer for four months to assist with the harvest. Ben is obviously enjoying the New Zealand lifestyle as he comments "we all have our food togeather Master men and all the same and like as only a very fiew know how to live in England".
    Sometime in 1873 Ben started working at Shag Valley station, a notable sheep station at the western foot of the Horse Range, Waihemo County, Central Otago. The station was owned by Sir Francis Dillon Bell (1822-98), who had been appointed Speaker of the House of Representatives in Wellington in 1871 and knighted in 1873. He had purchased the property in 1865 from 'Johnny Jones', a whaler who owned vast areas of coastal Otago. Wises's Directory for 1878 lists three sheep runs owned by Sir F.D. Bell: Ida Valley (32,800 sheep), Shag Valley (61,166 sheep) and Palmerston (4380 sheep). Ben's position at the station appears to be that of head gardener as he had responsibility for the garden. In one letter he states that he has supervised the planting of an orchard of one thousand fruit trees. This may relate to an unconfirmed story handed down by Ben's family in England: that he planted the first Cox's Orange Pippin apple trees in New Zealand.
    Ben states that he likes Sir F.D. Bell very much and it is interesting to note the following comment about Bell in "An Encyclopeadia of New Zealand" edited by A.H. McLintock (1966): "by 1874, he had over 226,000 acres and nearly 80,000 sheep: he was not really interested in sheep, however, though he was a keen gardener and left the management to others, eventually to his second son Alfred."
    In planting the orchard, Ben states that because Bell had been away in Wellington he has "had all my work to do by plans and letter but I am pleased to be able to tell you that I gave them the best satisfaction I like him very much but I do not like the Lady quite so well" !
    Ben prospered at Shag Valley station. He was allowed to keep as many horses as he liked free of charge and took advantage of this to make extra money. In the last surviving letter (12 August 1875) he encloses a five pound postal order for his parents and states that he has one hundred pounds in the bank and last year spent fourty seven pounds buying horses. This letter also has an intriguing reference to some gold found "from the river just below here".
    It is not known whether the sixth letter (dated 12 Aug 1875) was the last received in England by his family but the story handed down with the letters was that he was never heard from again.
  • Anecdote: One of Ben's obituaries states that from 1874 to 1882 he worked at the Shag Valley and Mt Ida Valley stations and on the latter was engaged rabbiting. He was then employed on the Blackstone Hill and Highfield stations for one year after which he came to Wedderburn in the employment of the Mt Ida Pastoral and Investment Company. (Mt Ida Chronicle, 9 Aug 1912.)
  • Anecdote: In 1876 Ben leased an area of land behind the Wihemo hotel which was used as an orchard and garden. He used this to grow fruit and vegetables for sale. The area is shown in this photograph behind the hotel and surrounded by trees.
  • Anecdote: Ben is mentioned in Wise's New Zealand Directory 1878 as a resident of Waihemo.
  • Anecdote: In 1879 Ben commenced legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of New Zealand against Johann Bernhard Ludwig Luks (civil case no 5550). On 6th August 1876 Ben had leased land behind the Waihemo Hotel for growing fruit and vegetables from Luks, the proprietor of the hotel. Luks considered that Ben owed him a debt of £30/8s/9d and in February 1879 entered Ben's property and distrained goods to that value, including all the fruit growing as well as tools and implements, etc. and took possession of the property. Ben paid the debt within five days of this action, but Luks would not accept it and retained the distrained goods. Ben considered this action unlawful, equivalent to breaking and entering a property that he lawfully possessed and causing damage to the garden, trees and fruit and wrongfully depriving him of a large quantity of fruit and the use and possession of his goods and chattels. On 18 July 1879 at Dunedin, the court found in his favour and awarded him £150 damages, although he had asked for £700.
  • Anecdote: On 18 Feb 1886 it was reported that Ben had been appointed Postmaster at Wedderburn, a part-time position.4
  • Anecdote: On 31 July 1890 Benjamin's sister Martha published the following notice in the Auckland Star newspaper under "Missing Friends": Benjamin Jeffery sailed in the Christian McAuckland for Dunedin, and in January, 1879, was staying at the Waihemo Hotel, Waihemo, Otago. Sister Martha. It is likely that Ben never saw this as the comment made to me when I received his earlier letters was that "he was never heard from again" (GGB).
  • Anecdote: Ben was admitted to the Naseby Hospital on 26 May 1898 for a hernia operation. His admission record states that he is single, 53 years of age, employed as a gardener and resides at Wedderburn. He was discharged 104 days later on 7 September 1898 and the fee was 30/- per week.
  • Anecdote: Ben was elected to the Maurimuto School Committee on 1 Dec 1899.5
  • Anecdote: On 25 May 1900 the Mt Ida Chronicle reports that new business at the next Warden's Court includes Benj. Jeffrey [sic], water race two miles long, six heads, from Wedderburn Creek. Water races were narrow channels cut to bring water from streams to places where gold was mined. A large water race was called a supply race (perhaps leading to a dam to store the water) and head races supplied individual claims.6
  • Anecdote: On 27 July 1900 the Mt Ida Chronicle reports that Ben was appointed chairman of a meeting at the Crown Hotel at Wedderburn on 19th July to farewell a local resident Robert Blai and make a presentation of a purse of sovereigns. According to the newspaper accounts he did a fine job in addressing the meeting, making the presentation and responding to the toasts.
  • Anecdote: On 30 Nov 1900 the Mt Ida Chronicle reported that businesss for the next Warden's Court at Naseby included Ben Jeffery surrendering absolutely, his water race licence no. 452 at Wedderburn.7
  • Anecdote: Ben appears in Stone's directories for Otago and South Island in 1901 as a gardener and from 1902 to 1912 as a barman at the Wedderburn Hotel (Crown Hotel). Given the hernia operation in 1898 and his age, he probably needed less physically demanding work.
  • Anecdote*: Ben never married.
  • Death*: Benjamin Jeffery died on 26 July 1912 at Naseby Hospital, Naseby, Otago, New Zealand, at age 67.
  • Burial*: Benjamin Jeffery was buried on 28 July 1912 at Section/Row H, Block III, Plot 18, Naseby Cemetery, Naseby, Otago, New Zealand.
  • Anecdote: Ben's death registration, held at Ranfurly Post Office, reads: Benjamin Jeffery d. 26.7.1912, Naseby Hospital of Cerebral Haemorrhage, age 74 years, Rabbiter. Parents unknown. Born Tunbridge Wells, England. Resident N.Z. 45 years. Unmarried. Parker and Dixon, householders, registered the death. Thomas Mitchell Undertaker.
    The following obituary appeared in the Mt. Ida Chronicle, the local weekly newspaper, on 2 August 1912 under the Wedderburn News section: "It is my sad duty to chronicle the death of an old resident, Mr. Benjamin Jeffery which took place Friday 26th (July) in Naseby Hospital. "Old Ben" as he was familiarly called, was a landmark about Wedderburn, he having resided here for the past 30 years. In the early days he was a gardener for Sir Francis Dillon Bell of Shag Valley Station. He was buried in Naseby cemetary on Sunday 28th, and although it was a raw cold day a large number journeyed to Naseby to follow his remains to their last resting place."
  • Anecdote: Shag Valley Station is still owned today by the Bell family and the present owner, Alfred Bell, writes: "The homestead was set out with a very large garden and orchard and I quite believe that Mr. Jeffery had 4 or more working with him while it was being developed. I think the 1,000 fruit trees involved a fair bit of 'poetic licence' but there are certainly a hundred or so fruit trees that probably date back to that time."
    Ben's father, William, died in Little Horsted in Sussex on 8th January 1880 aged 69 years and his mother then lived with Silas and Martha. The census records indicate that shortly after William's death, both Martha's and Charles' family moved from Little Horsted to Uckfield, a larger town a few miles away. His mother Harriet died in Uckfield on 29th March 1883 aged 71 years.
    In one of the letters Ben complained about receiving little mail from home. He states in his last letter that he also has been "so long in wrighting". It is probable that his brothers and sister became too preoccupied with their families to write often. He likewise had his life to live and there was probably no further contact after the death of his father and his brother and sister's move to Uckfield.
    Ben was one of more than 100,000 assisted and nominated immigrants who arrived in New Zealand between 1871 and 1880. A recession in 1879 lead to less liberal provisions with regard to passage. Otago province had received some 27,000 immigrants under these schemes, more than any other province.

Citations

  1. [S818] Birth certificate of Benjamin Jeffery, born 22 Sep 1844, registered 10 Oct 1844 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 487).
  2. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S952] Geoffrey Barber, "Benjamin Jeffery (1844-1912) - Life and Letters of an Otago Settler" , Geoffrey Barber, First Edition (2019).
  4. [S817] Webpage Mt Ida Chronicle (https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/) "Volume XVI, Issue 860, 18 February 1886, page 3."
  5. [S817] Webpage Mt Ida Chronicle (https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/) "Volume 30, Issue 9194, 8 December 1899, page 5."
  6. [S817] Webpage Mt Ida Chronicle (https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/) "MOUNT IDA CHRONICLE, VOLUME 31, ISSUE 9218, 25 MAY 1900."
  7. [S817] Webpage Mt Ida Chronicle (https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/) "MOUNT IDA CHRONICLE, VOLUME 31, ISSUE 9244, 30 NOVEMBER 1900."

Francis Leo Tobin

b. 25 September 1939, d. 17 February 1995
Frank Tobin (1939-1995)
Last Edited: 8 Sep 2019

William Morris

b. 25 March 1825, d. 29 July 1900

Parents:

Father: Joseph Morris b. 3 Jun 1781, d. Apr 1855
Mother: Sarah Breach b. c 1782, d. 7 Jan 1854
Last Edited: 25 Apr 2019

Family:

Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910

Children:

Emma Morris+ b. 4 Apr 1847, d. 1895
Silas Morris+ b. 9 Jan 1849, d. 11 Apr 1912
Ann Morris+ b. 1850, d. 1917
Maria Morris+ b. 5 Sep 1852, d. 1876
Amos Morris+ b. 2 Apr 1854, d. 1908
Elizabeth Morris+ b. 6 Apr 1856
Mary Morris+ b. 4 Jul 1858, d. 1907
Frances Morris+ b. 6 May 1860, d. 1922
Ruth Morris+ b. 9 Feb 1862, d. 1945
William Morris b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 1864
Rose Ellen Morris+ b. 2 Apr 1865, d. 1930
Lucy Martha Morris+ b. 31 Mar 1868, d. 1954
Henry Morris b. 31 May 1870, d. 1870

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S67] 1841 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1116; Book: 2; Civil Parish: Framfield; County: Sussex; Enumeration District: 3; Folio: 31; Page: 5; Line: 5; GSU roll: 464162."
  3. [S58] Marriage certificate of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, married 4 Oct 1846 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 809).
  4. [S203] Birth certificate of Silas Morris, born 9 Jan 1849, registered 25 Jan 1849 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 569).
  5. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1640; Folio: 252; Page: 11; GSU roll: 193543."
  6. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 575; Folio: 8; Page: 10; GSU roll: 542665."
  7. [S55] Marriage certificate of Silas Morris and Martha Jeffery, married 12 Jun 1869 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 171).
  8. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1052; Folio: 11; Page: 13; GSU roll: 827486."
  9. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1052; Folio: 11; Page: 15; GSU roll: 1341249."
  10. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 784; Folio: 5; Page: 4; GSU roll: 6095894."
  11. [S63] Death certificate of William Morris, died 29 Jul 1900, registered 31 Jul 1900 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 69) "age 77 years."
  12. [S276] Baptisms, Marriages & Burials of Framfield, Sussex, England, (ESRO: PAR 343/1) "PAR 343/1/5/2."

Eleanor Funnell

b. 26 October 1828, d. 22 January 1910

Parents:

Father: Richard Funnell b. 14 Aug 1794, d. 12 Mar 1858
Mother: Jane Burgess b. 1 Oct 1797, d. 29 Sep 1858
Last Edited: 4 Jun 2018

Family 1:

William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900

Children:

Emma Morris+ b. 4 Apr 1847, d. 1895
Silas Morris+ b. 9 Jan 1849, d. 11 Apr 1912
Ann Morris+ b. 1850, d. 1917
Maria Morris+ b. 5 Sep 1852, d. 1876
Amos Morris+ b. 2 Apr 1854, d. 1908
Elizabeth Morris+ b. 6 Apr 1856
Mary Morris+ b. 4 Jul 1858, d. 1907
Frances Morris+ b. 6 May 1860, d. 1922
Ruth Morris+ b. 9 Feb 1862, d. 1945
William Morris b. 7 Feb 1864, d. 1864
Rose Ellen Morris+ b. 2 Apr 1865, d. 1930
Lucy Martha Morris+ b. 31 Mar 1868, d. 1954
Henry Morris b. 31 May 1870, d. 1870

Family 2:

Thomas William Burgess b. 7 Sep 1875

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S58] Marriage certificate of William Morris and Eleanor Funnell, married 4 Oct 1846 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 7 Page 809).
  3. [S16] 1851 Census for England "Class: HO107; Piece: 1640; Folio: 252; Page: 11; GSU roll: 193543."
  4. [S160] Death certificate of Sarah Morris, died 7 Jan 1854, registered 8 Jan 1854 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 67).
  5. [S68] 1861 Census for England, "Class: RG 9; Piece: 575; Folio: 8; Page: 10; GSU roll: 542665."
  6. [S69] 1871 Census for England, "Class: RG10; Piece: 1052; Folio: 11; Page: 13; GSU roll: 827486."
  7. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1052; Folio: 11; Page: 15; GSU roll: 1341249."
  8. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 784; Folio: 5; Page: 4; GSU roll: 6095894."
  9. [S63] Death certificate of William Morris, died 29 Jul 1900, registered 31 Jul 1900 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 69) "age 77 years."
  10. [S742] Marriage certificate of Thomas Burgess and Eleanor Morris, married 6 June 1905 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 238).
  11. [S380] Death certificate of Eleanor Burgess, died 22 Jan 1910, registered 23 Jan 1910 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 89).
  12. [S276] Baptisms, Marriages & Burials of Framfield, Sussex, England, (ESRO: PAR 343/1) "PAR 343/1/5/2 Burials 1890-1935."

Emma Morris

b. 4 April 1847, d. 1895

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family 1:

Child:

Harriet Ann Martin Morris b. 10 Mar 1866, d. 1873

Family 2:

Amos Leeves b. c 1847, d. 1918

Children:

Frank William Leeves b. 1874, d. 1895
Alfred Enos Leeves b. 1877, d. Oct 1898
Amos Leeves+ b. 20 Aug 1878, d. 1963
Rose Ellen Leeves+ b. 9 Jul 1881, d. 1946
Sarah Jemima Leeves+ b. 1883, d. 1954

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1873, Uckfield RD Vol 2b Page 203."
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1895, Hailsham, Vol 2b Page 62, age 49 years."

Ann Morris

b. 1850, d. 1917

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 27 Feb 2021

Family:

Arthur Jeffery b. 1849, d. 1912

Children:

Annie Elizabeth Jeffery b. 13 Apr 1873, d. Apr 1873
Rose Ellen Jeffery b. 24 May 1874
Fannie Margaret Jeffery+ b. 22 May 1876, d. 8 Feb 1940
Mary Ann Jeffery b. 17 Mar 1878
Edith Ada Jeffery+ b. 14 Apr 1880, d. 16 Mar 1910
Arthur William Jeffery b. 23 Apr 1882, d. 1883
Jane Eleanor Jeffery+ b. 8 Dec 1883, d. 22 Jun 1927

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1850, Uckfield RD, Vol 7 Page 540."
  2. [S55] Marriage certificate of Silas Morris and Martha Jeffery, married 12 Jun 1869 in the Registration District of Uckfield, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 171).
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1872, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 115."
  4. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1053; Folio: 54; Page: 39."
  5. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 785; Folio: 45; Page: 27."
  6. [S73] 1911 Census for England.
  7. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1917, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 126. Age 67 years."

Maria Morris

b. 5 September 1852, d. 1876

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family:

George Playford b. c 1845

Children:

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jul-Sep 1871, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 161."
  3. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1876, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 68, age 24 years."

Amos Morris

b. 2 April 1854, d. 1908

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family 1:

Olive Blackman b. c 1858, d. 1884

Child:

Harry Morris b. 21 Jun 1880

Family 2:

Child:

Family 3:

Louisa Cottingham b. 6 Mar 1861, d. 26 Aug 1935

Children:

Olive Louisa Morris b. 7 Sep 1890, d. 1913
Annie Rose Morris b. c 1893
Ellen Morris b. c 1895
Walter James Morris b. 28 Jan 1896, d. 1978
Lucy Morris b. 19 Feb 1898, d. 1987
William Charles Morris b. 29 Jun 1901, d. 1977

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1854, Uckfield RD, Vol 2b Page 102."
  2. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1879, Midhurst, Vol 2b Page 655."
  4. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "Class: RG11; Piece: 1134; Folio: 53; Page: 12; GSU roll: 1341277."
  5. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1889, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 239."
  6. [S71] 1891 Census for England "Class: RG12; Piece: 785; Folio: 33; Page: 4."
  7. [S72] 1901 Census for England "Class: RG13; Piece: 900; Folio: 36; Page: 28."
  8. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1908, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 94, age 54 years."

Elizabeth Morris

b. 6 April 1856

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family:

Hugh Pruvey b. c 1854

Children:

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1877, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 265."
  3. [S73] 1911 Census for England "Class: RG14; Piece: 5126; Schedule Number: 295."

Mary Morris

b. 4 July 1858, d. 1907

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family:

Gilbert West b. c 1858, d. 1924

Children:

Alice Maria West+ b. 1878, d. 1947
Eleanor Rose West b. c 1880
William West b. c 1882
George West b. c 1885
Gilbert Thomas West+ b. 19 Apr 1888, d. 1971
Jack Arthur West b. c 1895
Richard West b. c 1900
Dorothy West b. 1904

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1858, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 81."
  2. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1878, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 213."
  4. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 900 folio 37 page 30."
  5. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4953 RG78PN216 RD74 SD3 ED2 SN185."

Frances Morris

b. 6 May 1860, d. 1922

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family:

Trayton West b. c 1855

Children:

Trayton West+ b. c 1879
Fanny May West b. 1881
Frank West b. c 1884
Kate West b. c 1886
Annie West b. 1890
Harry West b. c 1894

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1877, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 170."
  3. [S70] 1881 Census for England, "RG11 piece 1053 folio 29 page 20."
  4. [S71] 1891 Census for England "RG12 piece 807 folio 85 page 51."
  5. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1922, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 342, age 62 years."

Rose Ellen Morris

b. 2 April 1865, d. 1930

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 28 Mar 2021

Family:

Deamas Haffenden b. 1859, d. 1937

Children:

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1865, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 99."
  2. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1883, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 239."
  4. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 919 folio 41 page 12."
  5. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN4856 RG78PN209 RD71 SD3 ED6 SN43."
  6. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1930, Newhaven, Vol 2b Page 264, age 65 years."

Lucy Martha Morris

b. 31 March 1868, d. 1954

Parents:

Father: William Morris b. 25 Mar 1825, d. 29 Jul 1900
Mother: Eleanor Funnell b. 26 Oct 1828, d. 22 Jan 1910
Last Edited: 6 Jul 2012

Family 1:

Child:

Olive Maria Morris+ b. 25 Jun 1886, d. 1959

Family 2:

George Henry Lessiter b. 1868, d. 1931

Children:

Citations

  1. [S23] Online Index to Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1868, Uckfield RD, Vol 2b Page 100."
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct-Dec 1888, Uckfield, Vol 2b Page 267."
  4. [S141] General Register Office: Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Jan-Mar 1954, Uckfield RD, Vol 5h Page 559."

Arthur George Taylor

b. 6 February 1899, d. 13 October 1965
9 May 1942 Arthur George Taylor and daughter Freda on Freda's wedding day

Parents:

Father: George Taylor b. 5 Mar 1877, d. 25 Mar 1968
Mother: Annie Mary Wadey b. 11 Mar 1872, d. 11 Dec 1953
Last Edited: 2 Oct 2021
  • Birth*: Arthur George Taylor was born on 6 February 1899 at Portslade, Sussex, England.1
  • He was the son of George Taylor and Annie Mary Wadey.
  • Baptism: Arthur George Taylor was baptized on 9 April 1899 at Brighton, Sussex, England.
  • Residence: On 31 March 1901 Arthur George Taylor lived at 11 London Street, Brighton, Sussex, England.2
  • Residence*: On 2 April 1911 Arthur George Taylor lived at 12 London Street, Brighton, Sussex, England, living with his mother and family. His father had left the family c1908.3
  • Occupation*: Arthur George Taylor was a milkman in 1915.4
  • Anecdote*: He joined the Navy on 12 July 1915. He was only 16 years old but had put his age up (he gave his date of birth as 6 Feb 1897 instead of 1899). During WW I he was the only "survivor" of the ship Pigeon which went down with all hands. Arthur had been taken off the ship before she sailed because he was ill. He was also in the Battle of Jutland. He was demobbed from the navy on 19 July 1920 and joined the Naval Reserve on 21 Aug 1920.4
  • Anecdote: Ada knew Arthur Taylor from age 14 years. Arthur worked as a milkman before WW1 and he would exchange a bottle of milk for a cup of cocoa with Ada who was working in domestic service at this time. When Arthur returned from WW1 he had trouble finding work. His mother said "no money, no food" and Ada used to let him in through a window to where she worked as a cook and give him a meal. Ada was still working in domestic service as a cook just prior to getting married to Arthur in 1921.
  • Marriage*: Arthur George Taylor married Ada Winifred Middleton, daughter of James Middleton and Annie Marchant, on 30 April 1921 at St Bartholomew, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
  • Residence: Circa 1931 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 19 Fletching Rd, Whitehawk, Brighton, Sussex, England, Unfortunately, parts of Whitehawk were remodelled in the late 1970s and Fletching Road now no longer exists.
  • Occupation: Arthur George Taylor was a builder's labourer on 25 April 1934.6
  • Residence: On 25 April 1934 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 19 Fletching Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.6
  • Anecdote*: Arthur used to tell the story of how Ernie Middleton once got him a job: Ernie came home telling Arthur that the site where he worked was looking for 30 painters and to get there straight away. However, when Arthur got there they had just hired the last painter. When told about this Ernie said just to come along with him and join in. At the end of the day the boss came up to Ernie and said "I thought I hired 30 painters this morning and now I've got 31". Ernie is said to have replied "Anyone can make a mistake". Although he had a cleft palate, Ernie was an outgoing person and during the war he used to arrange Christmas parties for children whose fathers were away. After the war there was a shortage of housing and he became involved in a vigilante movement which commandeered vacant houses for those who needed accommodation.
  • Anecdote: On 2 July 1935 Arthur was presented to Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria as one of four workmen who had worked on The Sussex Eye Hospital in Eastern Road, Brighton. The event was the opening of the new hospital and, as well as various officials and representatives of the builders, four workmen were chosen to be presented.
  • Anecdote: Arthur was called up by the Royal Navy in 1939 for WW II. He was a Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy when his daughter Freda married in 1942. He sailed on oil tankers in WW II for two years doing the return trip to Abadan in the Middle East. He was transferred from RAN to the Merchant Navy and went to India for 2 years as a gunnery instructor to train men on the merchant vessels. He was transferred because there weren't enough gunnery instructors over there at the time. Arthur and Philip Marchant (son of Ada's brother Percy) were filmed in India on a "Calling the Folks Back Home" style of film which was shown in a cinema in Brighton. All the servicemen from Brighton were filmed so they could send messages back home. Ada and the girls saw it at the Gaiety Theatre in Brighton. He was discharged after his stay in India, returning to Brighton. His final rank was Petty Officer and his service number was P/SSX 31736.
  • Anecdote: According to his daughter Joyce, Arthur always carried a caul (a thin veil of skin on a new born baby's face). It was believed that possession of a baby's caul would give its bearer good luck and protect that person from death by drowning. Cauls were therefore highly prized by sailors (in medieval times, women often sold these cauls to sailors for large sums of money). Joyce says maybe it worked, because Arthur came close to being lost a sea a couple of times but always pulled through.
  • Residence: On 29 September 1939 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 142 Birdham Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.7
  • Residence: On 9 May 1942 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 142 Birdham Rd, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, Sussex, England.8
  • Residence*: Circa 1943 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 23 Hartington Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England, and lived here until leaving for Australia.
  • Emigration*: Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton emigrated on 24 April 1948 to Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Their son Ron had wanted to move overseas to Canada but Australia was suggested to him as Ada's brother and sister were already there. Arthur and Ada also became interested in moving and (after 3 years on a waiting list according to Aunty Win) on 17th April 1948 the family (except Freda who was the only one married) left England on the ship Asturias for Australia. Arthur and Ada were both 49 years old at the time. They arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16th May 1948. Freda and Ron later joined them arriving in Australia on Foundation Day, June 1950.
  • Anecdote: They lived with Ada's sister Beatrice in Beatty Avenue, East Victoria Park for about six months while building their house at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, and then lived on their block of land while the house was being completed. Ada was very keen to move out of Beatrice’s house as she had a difficult personality and a bit like a school marm. After their son Ron had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and sent to the Wooroloo sanatorium, Beatrice got all Ron’s clothes and possessions and put them out on the front veranda. This just about broke Ada’s heart. Arthur and Ada ended up moving out of Beatrice’s house and living on their block in a tent while they built their house. This caused a wedge between Beatrice and Ada and they never really spoke again afterwards. The girls slept in this large army tent which had a bath and four beds, while Arthur and Ada slept in the newly completed laundry. A lean/to iron shed served as the kitchen with a wood stove outside. Ron, at this stage, was still in the sanatorium. Arthur worked as a painter and bought a Wolseley Hornet car in 1951/52.9
  • Residence: In 1949 Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton lived at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Anecdote: Ada and Arthur moved from Egham Rd to run a delicatessen in Leederville, opposite St John of God's Hospital, but this made very little money and involved long hours of work. They sold out and moved to 73 Oats St in Kewdale in about 1957.
  • Anecdote: Ada had been in Western Australia 10 years when she died of pancreatic cancer in 1958 aged 59 years. Arthur and Ada were living at 73 Oats St, Kewdale at the time. She had complained of pains but the doctors could not find anything wrong and said it was psychological. Three months prior to her death she was operated on for a suspected ulcer after having vomited blood. The doctors found cancer in her liver and pancreas and she was given up to 3 months to live. The family decided not to tell her about this and she stayed with daughter Joyce after coming out of hospital. Two weeks before her death Joyce had to take her to hospital as she was in great pain. She stayed there until she died.
  • Anecdote: Both Arthur and Ada lived with their daughter Joyce during Ada's illness. After Ada died, Arthur stayed with Joyce & John until sometime in 1959 (during Joyce's pregnancy with Garry). His daughter Freda suggested that he could live with them and so he moved in with Freda and Ron, and also with daughter Betty at some times, until he died in 1965. (As a child I remember Arthur would often be sitting out in the shade house with my father Ron Barber, having a drink after work or on the weekend. I sometimes travelled into the city (Perth) on the bus with him and remember him buying "delicacies" such as pigs trotters and tripe. I also remember one trip where he bought my mother Freda a very nice sparkling necklace for her birthday GGB).
  • Death*: Arthur George Taylor died on 13 October 1965 at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, at age 66. He died of congestive heart failure (1 month), left ventricular dilatation, coronary heart disease (contributory cause), cancer of the prostate gland.10
  • Anecdote: Arthur was living with Ron & Freda when he died. Freda had just taken him to Royal Perth Hospital to keep an appointment when he collapsed from heart failure. He died shortly after being taken into the casualty section. Freda paid for his death notice to be put in the Brighton Evening Argus with the hope that it may be seen by the relatives with whom they had lost contact. It was learnt in 1987 that his father George Taylor had seen the obituary notice in the paper and that a few minutes later his daughter Winifred telephoned him as she had seen it also.
  • Burial*: Arthur George Taylor was buried on 15 October 1965 at Karrakatta Cemetery, grave ZK 122, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Family:

Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958

Children:

George Arthur Taylor b. c Aug 1921, d. c Aug 1921
Freda Amy Taylor+ b. 6 Sep 1922, d. 13 Oct 2009
Ronald Arthur Taylor+ b. 3 Aug 1925, d. 26 Aug 2003
Joyce Marie Taylor+ b. 3 Mar 1927, d. 30 Jan 2017
Winifred Eileen Taylor+ b. 16 Oct 1930, d. 7 Dec 2019
Patricia Mary Taylor+ b. 25 Apr 1934, d. 13 Mar 2005

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1899, Steyning, Vol 2b Page 282."
  2. [S72] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 931 folio 51 page 41."
  3. [S73] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN5131 RG78PN227 RD79 SD2 ED11 SN87."
  4. [S392] Service of Arthur George Taylor SS6182, Royal Navy, 1915-1920 (The National Archives: ADM 188/1100/182).
  5. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1921, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 439."
  6. [S213] Birth certificate of Patricia Taylor, born 25 Apr 1934, registered 2 Jun 1934 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 270).
  7. [S556] 1939 Register (29 Sep 1939) for England "RG101/2438D/009/13 Letter Code: EGBY."
  8. [S499] Marriage certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor, married 9 May 1942 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 604).
  9. [S185] Information supplied by Joyce Marie Treen to Veronica Anne Treen.
  10. [S223] Death certificate of Arthur George Taylor, died 13 Oct 1965, registered 26 Oct 1965 in the Registration District of Perth (Reference no: 3307).

Ada Winifred Middleton

b. 9 December 1898, d. 14 September 1958
Ada Winifred Taylor (nee Middleton).

Parents:

Father: James Middleton b. 24 Apr 1857, d. 13 Nov 1938
Mother: Annie Marchant b. 25 Aug 1866, d. 24 Oct 1919
Last Edited: 2 Oct 2021
  • Birth*: Ada Winifred Middleton was born on 9 December 1898 at 50 Islingword St, Brighton, Sussex, England; Ada's birth certificate has her birth date as 16th December although she always knew it to be the 9th December. She only found out about this when she needed the birth certificate to emigrate to Australia. It is possible that the birth certificate is wrong.1
  • She was the daughter of James Middleton and Annie Marchant.
  • Anecdote: Ada was the youngest daughter of 11 children, two of whom died as infants. Her parents were rather poor. The fact that her father was deaf and dumb meant that he had difficulty getting work. There were times when her brothers would go to Race Hill to net birds to eat. In those days, during times of unemployment, there were no social security benefits.2
  • Occupation*: Ada Winifred Middleton worked in domestic service after her schooling. One of her positions was working for a Dr Shadlow and his live in cousin & housekeeper Mrs Plum. Ada's mother Annie had often helped Dr Shadlow with his confinements (childbirths). There was a boy Ambrose who sometimes came to stay with them and Ada was responsible for looking after him. One day Ada took him home to her house. When word of this got back to Mrs Plum she got very angry, saying, "One day he is going to be a famous barrister" and indicating that she did not want him mixing with people below his class. Ada told her she could have her notice and they never had anything to do with them again. However, Ada thought a lot of the boy and wanted to call her first child Ambrose. circa 1912.2
  • Anecdote: Ada knew Arthur Taylor from age 14 years. Arthur worked as a milkman before WW1 and he would exchange a bottle of milk for a cup of cocoa with Ada who was working in domestic service at this time. When Arthur returned from WW1 he had trouble finding work. His mother said "no money, no food" and Ada used to let him in through a window to where she worked as a cook and give him a meal. Ada was still working in domestic service as a cook just prior to getting married to Arthur in 1921.
  • Marriage*: Ada Winifred Middleton married Arthur George Taylor, son of George Taylor and Annie Mary Wadey, on 30 April 1921 at St Bartholomew, Brighton, Sussex, England.3
  • Married Name: As of 30 April 1921, her married name was Taylor.
  • Anecdote*: Ada's Aunt Trot (Teresa Marchant) had a great influence on her. She gave Ada advice on breastfeeding and Ada's daughter Freda can remember meeting her when she was 6 or 7 years old. From 1919 until she died in 1938, Theresa was living with her sister Lily Caperon (nee Marchant) and her husband Charles Caperon. Lily's first daughter was Elsie Freda Marchant (born illegitimate in 1908) and it is highly likely that this was the source for the name of Ada's first daughter, Freda Amy Taylor (my mother!).2
  • Anecdote*: Mary Josephine Middleton (Dolly) wanted to adopt Ada Taylor's daughter Joyce (aged 2 or 3 years) after having looked after her for a month while Ada was in hospital. Ada and Dolly didn't get on so well after this!
  • Residence: Circa 1931 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 19 Fletching Rd, Whitehawk, Brighton, Sussex, England, Unfortunately, parts of Whitehawk were remodelled in the late 1970s and Fletching Road now no longer exists.
  • Residence*: On 25 April 1934 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 19 Fletching Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.4
  • (Witness) Birth: Ada Winifred Middleton witnessed the birth of Patricia Mary Taylor on 25 April 1934 at Brighton, Sussex, England.4
  • Residence: On 29 September 1939 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 142 Birdham Road, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
  • (Witness) Marriage: Ada Winifred Middleton witnessed the marriage of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor on 9 May 1942 at St Andrew's, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, Sussex, England.6
  • Residence: On 9 May 1942 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 142 Birdham Rd, Moulsecoomb, Brighton, Sussex, England.6
  • Residence: Circa 1943 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 23 Hartington Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England, and lived here until leaving for Australia.
  • Emigration*: Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor emigrated on 24 April 1948 to Perth, Western Australia, Australia; Their son Ron had wanted to move overseas to Canada but Australia was suggested to him as Ada's brother and sister were already there. Arthur and Ada also became interested in moving and (after 3 years on a waiting list according to Aunty Win) on 17th April 1948 the family (except Freda who was the only one married) left England on the ship Asturias for Australia. Arthur and Ada were both 49 years old at the time. They arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16th May 1948. Freda and Ron later joined them arriving in Australia on Foundation Day, June 1950.
  • Anecdote: They lived with Ada's sister Beatrice in Beatty Avenue, East Victoria Park for about six months while building their house at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, and then lived on their block of land while the house was being completed. Ada was very keen to move out of Beatrice’s house as she had a difficult personality and a bit like a school marm. After their son Ron had been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and sent to the Wooroloo sanatorium, Beatrice got all Ron’s clothes and possessions and put them out on the front veranda. This just about broke Ada’s heart. Arthur and Ada ended up moving out of Beatrice’s house and living on their block in a tent while they built their house. This caused a wedge between Beatrice and Ada and they never really spoke again afterwards. The girls slept in this large army tent which had a bath and four beds, while Arthur and Ada slept in the newly completed laundry. A lean/to iron shed served as the kitchen with a wood stove outside. Ron, at this stage, was still in the sanatorium. Arthur worked as a painter and bought a Wolseley Hornet car in 1951/52.7
  • Residence: In 1949 Ada Winifred Middleton and Arthur George Taylor lived at 84 Egham Rd, Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Anecdote: Ada and Arthur moved from Egham Rd to run a delicatessen in Leederville, opposite St John of God's Hospital, but this made very little money and involved long hours of work. They sold out and moved to 73 Oats St in Kewdale in about 1957.
  • Anecdote*: Ada had been in Western Australia 10 years when she died of pancreatic cancer in 1958 aged 59 years. Arthur and Ada were living at 73 Oats St, Kewdale at the time. She had complained of pains but the doctors could not find anything wrong and said it was psychological. Three months prior to her death she was operated on for a suspected ulcer after having vomited blood. The doctors found cancer in her liver and pancreas and she was given up to 3 months to live. The family decided not to tell her about this and she stayed with daughter Joyce after coming out of hospital. Two weeks before her death Joyce had to take her to hospital as she was in great pain. She stayed there until she died.
  • Death*: Ada Winifred Middleton died on 14 September 1958 at Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, at age 59. She died of carcinoma of the pancreas (7 months.)8
  • Burial*: Ada Winifred Middleton was buried on 16 September 1958 at Karrakatta Cemetery, grave ZK 122, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Anecdote: Ada is reported to have said that there was Spanish blood in her family. Research so far has found that Ada's mother, Annie Marchant, is a descendant of a Catholic Sussex family (the Murrell's).2

Family:

Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965

Children:

George Arthur Taylor b. c Aug 1921, d. c Aug 1921
Freda Amy Taylor+ b. 6 Sep 1922, d. 13 Oct 2009
Ronald Arthur Taylor+ b. 3 Aug 1925, d. 26 Aug 2003
Joyce Marie Taylor+ b. 3 Mar 1927, d. 30 Jan 2017
Winifred Eileen Taylor+ b. 16 Oct 1930, d. 7 Dec 2019
Patricia Mary Taylor+ b. 25 Apr 1934, d. 13 Mar 2005

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jan-Mar 1899, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 201."
  2. [S11] Information supplied by Freda Amy Barber (Victoria Park, WA, Australia) to Geoffrey Barber (Subiaco, WA, Australia), Various dates.
  3. [S143] General Register Office: Indexes to Marriages, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1921, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 439."
  4. [S213] Birth certificate of Patricia Taylor, born 25 Apr 1934, registered 2 Jun 1934 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 270).
  5. [S556] 1939 Register (29 Sep 1939) for England "RG101/2438D/009/13 Letter Code: EGBY."
  6. [S499] Marriage certificate of Ronald Leslie Barber and Freda Amy Taylor, married 9 May 1942 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 604).
  7. [S185] Information supplied by Joyce Marie Treen to Veronica Anne Treen.
  8. [S222] Death certificate of Ada Winifred Taylor, died 14 Sep 1958, registered 30 Sep 1958 in the Registration District of Perth, W. Australia (Reference no: 2575).

Ronald Arthur Taylor

b. 3 August 1925, d. 26 August 2003
Ron Taylor in Navy uniform, 7 July 1943

Parents:

Father: Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Mother: Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958
Last Edited: 19 Feb 2018
  • Birth*: Ronald Arthur Taylor was born on 3 August 1925 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1
  • He was the son of Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton.
  • Anecdote: In WW2 Ron Taylor was in the navy.
  • Anecdote*: Soon after his arrival in Australia in 1948 (while they were living at Beatty Avenue) Ron was diagnosed with TB (tubercolosis). He had been helping John and Joyce with fencing on their block when he got creosote near his eye and went to Royal Perth Hospital for treatment. It was standard in those days to screen for TB and this is how it was picked up. He was sent to the Wooroloo sanatorium for 18 months.
    Dr Alphick at Wooraloo advised that Ron had probably suffered with TB years earlier while in the navy as a torpedo man, when he was diagnosed with chronic bronchitis. He had a month in sick bay then he went back to the navy and was demobilised in 1948 as A1 (A1 as in fit health). Due to this he was unable to claim any sickness benefits or pensions. Dr Alphick assisted Ron by writing to the navy and helping him obtain some benefits.2
  • Marriage*: Ronald Arthur Taylor married Norma Irene Glynn on 24 January 1953 at Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Death*: Ronald Arthur Taylor died on 26 August 2003 at Perth, Western Australia, Australia, at age 78. Died of cancer of the pancreas.
  • Cremation*: His body was cremated after 26 August 2003 at Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Family:

Norma Irene Glynn b. 7 Aug 1931, d. 17 Dec 2015

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Jul-Sep 1925, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 291."
  2. [S185] Information supplied by Joyce Marie Treen to Veronica Anne Treen.

Joyce Marie Taylor

b. 3 March 1927, d. 30 January 2017
Joyce Taylor on the ship Asturias in 1948 on the voyage out to Australia, age 21 years.

Parents:

Father: Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Mother: Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958
Last Edited: 13 Feb 2017
  • Birth*: Joyce Marie Taylor was born on 3 March 1927 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1
  • She was the daughter of Arthur George Taylor and Ada Winifred Middleton.
  • Anecdote*: Ada's sister Dolly was childless and wanted to adopt Joyce (aged 2 or 3) after having looked after her for a month while Ada was in hospital. Ada and Dolly didnt get on so well after this !
  • Marriage*: Joyce Marie Taylor married John Lewis Treen on 10 May 1952 at Victoria Park, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Married Name: As of 10 May 1952, her married name was Treen.
  • Residence*: In 1952 Joyce Marie Taylor and John Lewis Treen lived at 34 Brian Avenue, Mt Pleasant, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Anecdote*: They built the garage first. They were living in the garage/shed when Christina was born in August 1953 and worked on the house while they lived in the shed (sound familiar?). Christina remembers her Mum saying that she learnt to walk by hanging on to their bed in the shed and walking around it. Christina is not sure when they moved into the house but remembers seeing a photo of her with Dad holding Richard, and the house in the background wasn't finished, so they would have moved in after June 1955. John used to do work on the house after doing a day’s work elsewhere.
  • Anecdote: In 1979 John and Joyce purchased a 27 acre property in Bridgetown.Soon after they sold the house in Mt Pleasant and moved there permanently. The address is 1346 Brockman Highway, Bridgetown WA 6255.
  • Anecdote: During 2014 Joyce suffered ill health and John and Joyce moved to Dwellingup at Christmas of that year to stay with Christina and Michael, although they made periodic trips to Bridgetown to check on the property and visit friends. In May 2016 Joyce suffered a stroke and the couple moved to Opal Care, Murdoch.
  • Anecdote: Photo of John and Joyce Treen on 5 April 2016 with Geoff Barber and Portia Lennon.
  • Death*: Joyce Marie Taylor died on 30 January 2017 at Opal Murdoch Residential Aged Care, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia, at age 89. Joyce died peacefully at 3:00am.
  • Cremation*: Her body was cremated on 7 February 2017 at Western Australia, Australia.

Family:

John Lewis Treen b. 10 Jul 1929, d. 14 Mar 2017

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Apr-Jun 1927, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 309."

Winifred Eileen Taylor

b. 16 October 1930, d. 7 December 2019
Winifred Taylor, 1951.

Parents:

Father: Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Mother: Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958
Last Edited: 7 Dec 2019

Family:

Terrence McCall d. 4 Jul 2018

Citations

  1. [S142] General Register Office: Indexes to Births, Sep 1837-2006, "Oct-Dec 1930, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 328."
  2. [S305] Webpage The West Australian (http://trove.nla.gov.au/) "1953 'Young Spear Fisherman Is Drowned.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 23 March, p. 2, viewed 14 July, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55792939."

Patricia Mary Taylor

b. 25 April 1934, d. 13 March 2005
Patricia Mary Taylor

Parents:

Father: Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Mother: Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958
Last Edited: 8 Aug 2016

Family:

Walter Raymond Lampard b. 11 Dec 1927, d. 11 Sep 2007

Child:

Barbara Anne Lampard+ b. 17 Apr 1955, d. 8 Apr 1992

Citations

  1. [S213] Birth certificate of Patricia Taylor, born 25 Apr 1934, registered 2 Jun 1934 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (GRO Index Ref: Vol 2b Page 270).

George Arthur Taylor

b. circa August 1921, d. circa August 1921

Parents:

Father: Arthur George Taylor b. 6 Feb 1899, d. 13 Oct 1965
Mother: Ada Winifred Middleton b. 9 Dec 1898, d. 14 Sep 1958
Last Edited: 4 Jul 2018