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HERBERT SON OF WILLIAM & CHARLOTTE & BROTHER TO GREAT GRAND FATHER JOSEPH. TREE 4/1

 

HERBERT & ELIZABETH (NEE) LOCKYEAR. WHO WERE LIVING AT FROGSHOLE .AND WHILST THERE THEIR CHILDREN WERE BORN.

 

THE ONE & ONLY SON ESLI WAS THE ELDEST BEING BORN ON THE 26TH OF MAY IN 1876.

 

ESLI HAD THREE SISTER' S ELIZABE1H. THE ELDEST OF THE SISTER'S BORN ON 28TH AUGUST 1877.THEN RUTH BEING BORN ON THE 13TH JULY 1876. THE LAST SISTER  WAS ADA HER DATE OF BIRTH IS NOT KNOWN. HOWEVER THE YEAR WAS 1880.

 

ESLI LIVED AT FROGSHOLE UP TO THE AGE OF TEN. THEN THE  COTTAGE'S WERE SOLD TO THE RAILWAY COMPANY'S, AND AS PEOPLE STARTED TO MOVE OUT WHO LIVED IN THE COTTAGE'S THE RAILWAY NAVIES MOVED IN UNTIL SUCH TIMES THEY WERE KNOCKED DOWN.

 

FROGSHOLE UP TO THAT TIME HAD EXISTED FOR HUNDRED'S OF YEAR'S AND MENTION OF REPAIR TO THE~ BRIDGE CAN BE FOUND IN THE CHURCH WARDEN'S VESTRY BOOK'S.

 

HOWEVER NO INFORMATION AT ONE TIME COULD BE FOUND OR OBTAINED FROM THE LOCAL HARMAN'S STILL LIVING AT ROTHERFIELD. IT WAS NOT UNTIL A OLD MAP OF THE AREA WAS IT FOUND THAT FROGSHOLE WAS LOCATED TO THE EAST OF THE NOW ROTHERFIELD STATION.

 

ESLI HAD MANY UNCLE'S. AUNTIE'S & COUSIN'S THAT LIVED AT FROGSHOLE WITH HIM IN HIS YOUNGER DAY'S.

 

BUT WITH THE COMING OF THE RAILWAY THEY COMMENCED TO MOVE IN OTHER AREA'S OF THE VILLAGE. HIS UNCLE JOHN AND AUNT RHODA. WITH HIS UNCLE THOMAS AND HIS AUNT ANN. MOVED TO COTTAGE HILL JUST  SOUTH OF THE VILLAGE. HIS UNCLE JAMES AND HIS WIFE MARY-ANN MOVED TO JERVIS BROOK JUST WEST OF THE VILLAGE.

 

HIS GRANDFATHER & GRANDMOTHER WILLIAM AND CHARLOTTE WERE LIVING AT STONE CROSS.

ESLI PARENT'S HERBERT & ELIZABETH WITH THE CHILDREN MOVED TO WHITEHILL CROWBOROUGH.

 

IN THE CENSUS OF 1891 HERBERT AGED 46 AND ELIZABETH AGED 44 WERE LIVING AT 10 FARINGHAM. ROAD. WHITEHILLCROWBOROUGH.

ESLI THE SON WAS NOW 14 YEARS OLD AND HE WAS A BRICKLAYER'S LABOURER. ELIZABETH WAS 13 AND ADA 12.RUTH IS NOT AT HOME ON THE DAY OR THE CENSUS.

 

ESLI & MINNIE HARMAN

 

ESLI  BECAME A BRICKLAYER. & IN 1903 AT THE AGE OF 27 HE MARRIED MINNIE HOATH 'SHE DAUGHTER OF GEORGE & ELLEN HOATH A FARMER'S DAUGHTER.

MINNIE HOATH WAS AGED 21 AND THEY WERE MARRIED ON 31ST OF OCTOBER 1903. WITH  ESLI BEING AGED 27.

IT IS ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE THAT WE FOUND THE ONLY REFERENCE TO HERBERT HIS FATHER'S SECOND CHRISTIAN NAME WHICH WAS REBBOTH.

THIS AS ESLI'S FATHER'S NAME AND RECORDED AS SUCH ON THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE.

 

WHERE HIS FATHER & MOTHER WILLIAM & CHARLOTTE GOT THE NAME REBBOTH FROM I DO NOT KNOW. IT IS A VERY UNUSUAL NAME. AND PERHAPS IT CAME FROM CHARLOTTE'S FAMILY THE MOON'S

 

ESLI  LIVING AT HOME WITH HIS MOTHER & FATHER HERBERT & ELIZABETH WHO WERE NOW LIVING AT No l GLADSTONE ROAD. WHITEHILL CROWBOROUGH WHEN ESLI MARRIED MINNIE HOATH.

 

MINNIE'S PARENT'S WERE GEORGE AND ELLEN HOATH WHO FARMED AT GRAVEL HILL.

HOWEVER AT THE TIME OF MINNIE'S MARRIAGE TO ESLI ONLY HER FATHER WAS ALIVE. HER MOTHER ELLEN HAVING DIED WHEN MINNIE WAS 16 YEAR'S OLD.

 

THIS BEING in THE YEAR 1894 ON FRIDAY THE 2nd OF FEBRUARY. SHE WAS AGE 52 AND BURIED ROTHERFIELD CHURCHYARD.

 

MINNIE KEPT HER MOTHERS BURIAL CARD AND IT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY HER SON TED IN 1988.THIS BEING NEARLY A 100 YEAR'S AFTER HER DEATH.

 

ESLI'S TRADE IS GIVEN AS A BUILDER, AND LIKE HIS FATHER HERBERT WAS  SUCCESSFULLY DOING WELL IN BUSINESS.

 

IN 1905 ON JUNE THE 17th ESLI & MINNIE'S FIRST CHILD WAS BORN A BOY CHRISTENED HERBERT .EDWARD.

THE HERBERT AFTER HIS GRANDFATHER WITH A SECOND NAME OF EDWARD. THROUGH-OUT HIS LIFE HE WAS KNOWN AS TED.

 

ESLI & MINNIE'S  SON TED WAS ONE OF THE FIRST HARMAN I MET IN THE ROTHERFIELD AREA ON MY TRIP'S ON FIELD RESEARCH.

 

WHEN I MET TED IN 1985 HE WAS AGED 80 HAD A VERY GOOD RECALL OF THE PAST HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS HARMAN FAMILY'S. RESEARCH HAS ALWAYS BOURNE OUT  WHAT WAS RELATED TO ME BY TED VERBALLY.

 

ESLI AND MINNIE'S SECOND CHILD WAS A GIRL AND SHE WAS BORN IN 1906 AND A LITTLE GIRL WAS CHRISTENED MINNIE ELIZABETH. MINNIE AFTER HER MOTHER WITH THE SECOND CHRISTIAN NAME OF ELIZABETH AFTER HER GRANDMOTHER.

 

THE WELCOME BREEZE Of THE SUMMER BROUGHT AN UNSEEN AND MOST UNWELCOME VISITOR DIPHTHERIA WHICH LEFT IN ITS CRUEL WAKE A CRUEL AND SAVAGE LEGACY OF  DEATH.

 

IN 1912 THE CHILD MINNIE ELIZABETH AGE SIX WAS STRUCK DOWN WITH THIS SAVAGE LEGACY DIPHTHERIA AND IN THAT YEAR SHE DIED AND WAS BURIED AT CROWBOROUGH CEMETERY.

 

THE FOLLOWING YEAR 1913 ESLI AND MINNIE HAD ANOTHER CHILD AND THIS WAS ANOTHER GIRL WHO THEY CHRISTENED BERYL.

 

BUT IT WAS NOT ALL JOY THAT YEAR AS ESLI'S FATHER HERBERT DIED AND WAS BURIED. IT WAS ALSO BECOMING APPARENT THAT THERE WAS A GOOD CHANCE OF THERE BEING A WAR WITH  GERMANY.

 

ESLI AND MINNIE HAD PURCHASED A HOUSE IN QUEENS ROAD. WHITEHILL AND IT WAS IN THIS AREA THAT THE CHILDREN WERE BROUGHT UP THE HOUSE WAS CALLED ZANTE

 

WITH THE OUT BREAK OF THE WAR IN 1914 THE HARMAN'S OF ROTHERFIELD AS WERE MANY OTHERS VOLUNTEERING. ESLI JOINED THE ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORP AS A MEDICAL ORDERLY.

 

IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR THE MEDICAL CORP WAS MADE UP OF PEOPLE ALLIED TO THE HOSPITAL SERVICE. BUT ALSO CONSCIENCE  OBJECTORS WERE ALSO PERMITTED T0 JOIN.

 

ESLI HAD NO MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS  AS FAR AS RESEARCH HAS SHOWN. SO HOW HE BECAME IN THE MEDICAL CORP IS NOT CERTAIN.

 

HOWEVER IT 15 MY BELIEF THAT ESLI WAS A  DIABETIC. AND THEREFORE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO FIGHT IN THE INFANTRY.

 

JULIE THE DAUGHTER OF STEPHEN WALTERS & AND JULIE (NEE) HARMAN WAS ESLI'S COUSIN AND IT WAS SHE THAT TOLD ME THAT ESLI WAS A DIABETIC, WHEN SHE USED TO ASSIST IN ESLI & MINNIE'S HOUSE AS A YOUNG GIRL.

 

ESLI SERVED AS A MEDICAL ORDERLY ON THE BRAEMAR CASTLE WHICH WAS A STEAMER  OF 6,280 TONS. WHICH WAS A VESSEL BELONGING TO THE UNION CASTLE LINE.

A HOSPITAL SHIP TRANSPORTING WOUNDED TROOP'S FROM FRANCE TO ENGLAND. THEN ASSISTING THE MOVEMENT OF THE TROOPS TO HOSPITAL'S IN THE U.K.

 

IT WAS WHILST ESLI WAS SERVING ON THE BRAEMAR THAT THE SHIP WAS TORPEDO AND SUNK. THIS EVEN THOUGH THE SHIP WAS EASILY IDENTIFIABLE AS A HOSPITAL SHIP. MANY WOUNDED MEN LOST THEIR LIVES BUT ESLI LUCKILY SURVIVED.

 

WITH THE WAR OVER ESLI WAS AGED 41 AND RETURNED TO CONTINUED HIS BUSINESS AS A MASTER BUILDER. TED HIS SON WAS NOW AGED 13 AND AT THE AGE OF 14 BEGAN TO WORK AS A APPRENTICED CARPENTER.

 

MINNIE HIS WIFE FATHER GEORGE HOATH DIED ON THE 25 NOV 1921 AT THE AGE OF 81. HE WAS BURIED WITH HIS WIFE IN ROTHERFIELD CHURCHYARD.

 

IN 1920'S TED THE SON OF ESLI & MINNIE MARRIED IN 1928 ELEANOR HIGGINS & THEY ADOPTED A SON  NAMED ERNEST EDWARD HARMAN & AS HE GOT OLDER ALSO KNOWN AS TED.ELEANOR

ACORDING TO TED THE SON A VERY DIFFICULT PERSON TO GET ON WITH.THEY WERE EVENTUALLY DIVORCED ABOUT 1938. TED THE SON NOW LIVES IN NEW ZEALAND

 

 

IN THE YEAR 1939 IT WAS BECOMING EVIDENT THAT BRITAIN WAS AGAIN TO BE AT WAR WITH GERMANY, AND IN THE SEPTEMBER OF THAT YEAR IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT WAR HAD BEEN DECLARED.

 

SIX MONTHS AFTER THE OUTBREAK OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR ON MARCH 21st ESLI MADE HIS WILL THIS LEAVING EVERYTHING THAT HE OWNED TO MINNIE.

 

TED WAS A ESSENTIAL WORKER DURING THE WAR AND AS A CARPENTER HE WAS SENT TO EBBW VALE TO ASSIST IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STEEL WORKS.

TED CONTINUED TO WORK AT EBBW VALE AND ON IT'S COMPLETION, BOUGHT A HOUSE AT CRICKHOWEL WALES.

 

ESLI & MINNIE MAY NOT HAVE SEEN MUCH OF  TED IN THE YEAR'S BETWEEN 1939 TO 1964.

 

ESLI AND MINNIE IN THEIR LIVES HAD LIVED THROUGH TWO WAR'S WITH

GERMANY, AND AT THE END OF "THE 2nd WORLD WAR ESLI WAS AGED 69 AND MINNIE WAS 65.

 

IN THE YEAR 1956 ESLI WAS TAKEN ILL AND DIED AT ZANTE HIS HOME ON 31ST  OF JANUARY AND  WAS BURIED AT CROWBOROUGH CEMETERY ON THE 6th  OF FEBRUARY AGED 80.

 

ESLI EFFECTS LEFT AN ESTATE TO MINNIE WORTH 5.731.13s ld. WHICH AGAIN SHOWED HOW SUCCESSFUL HE HAD BEEN DURING HIS LIFE.

 

MINNIE CONTINUED T0 LIVE AT  ZANTE FOR ANOTHER EIGHT YEARS AND AT THE GRAND AGE OF 86 DIED ON 13th MAY 1964 AT ST: LEONARD'S HOSPITAL AT EAST GRINSTEAD.

 

MINNIE WAS BURIED WITH ESLI ON THE 16th MAY. HAVING BEEN MARRIED TO ESLI FOR 53  YEARS.(SEE COPY OF ESLI'S WILL.)

 

IT IS MY BELIEF THAT TED BECAME ESTRANGED FROM HIS FAMILY, AND PARTICULARLY HIS SISTER BERYL.

THE REASON I GIVE FOR THIS IS THAT TED HAD NO CHILDREN FROM HIS MARRIAGE TO ELEANOR EXCEPT FOR HIS STEPSON.

IN FACT TED TOLD ME HIMSELF THAT HE HAD NOT SEEN HIS STEPSON FOR YEAR'S.

IT IS WITH SURPRISE THAT WE FIND THAT  TED MADE A WILL IN 1960 ON THE LEAVING ALL HIS PROPERTIES AND MONIES TO A ELIZABETH EMILY RICHARDS, AND AFTER HER DEATH TO HER DAUGHTER MARILYN ANN.

 

THIS IN 1960 WHEN HIS MOTHER MINNIE AND HIS SISTER  BERYL WAS ALIVE AND LIVING AT ZANTE IN CROWBOROUGH.

 

AS ALREADY STATED MINNIE DIED IN 1964 AT ST: LEONARD'S HOSPITAL AT EAST GRINSTEAD BUT SHE HAD MADE A WILL IN 1956 FOR HER EFFECTS TO BE DIVIDED  EQUALLY BETWEEN HERBERT. EDWARD. KNOWN AS TED. AND HER DAUGHTER BERYL. IRENE.

 

WHEN TED WAS L1VING WITH HIS ONLY SISTER BERYL AT ZANTE IT WAS A WEIRD ARRANGEMENT( AND THIS IS WHAT I FEEL WAS THE REASON WHY.)

 

TED'S YOUNGER SISTER BERYL MAY HAVE FOUND RESENTMENT THAT SHE HAD NEVER MARRIED BECAUSE SHE HAD LOOKED AFTER BOTH HER PARENT'S.

 

AFTER MINNIE'S DEATH AND THE ESTATE WAS DIVIDED BETWEEN HER AND HER BROTHER TED THAT SHE FELT THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE INHERITED EVERYTHING FOR THE YEAR'S THAT. SHE HAD LOOKED AFTER HER PARENTS.

 

IT WAS AFTER MINNIE'S DEATH THAT I BELIEVE THAT TED RETURNED TO LIVE WITH BERYL. TED WOULD HAVE BEEN NEARING RETIREMENT AGE. BERYL WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT THIS TIME AGED 60.

THE HOUSE WOULD HAVE HAD TO SE SOLD TO DIVIDE THE INHERITANCE. SO THEREFORE IT  IS MY BELIEF THAT SOONER THAN DO THIS BERYL AGREED FOR TED TO LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE AS HERSELF.

 

WHEN I MET TED IN 1985 HE WAS 80 YEAR'S OLD. I MUST ADMIT THAT I LIKED TED AND HE ASSISTED ME IN MANY WAY'S. AND AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE HAD A TREMENDOUS RECALL ON PAST FAMILY'S.

 

THE LIVING ARRANGEMENT'S AT ZANTE WERE PECULIAR. THE HOUSE WAS A LARGE GABLED DETACHED. WITH REASONABLY LARGE GARDEN'S.

 

IN PARTICULAR TED'S  SISTER WOULD SEEM T0 GRUDGINGLY OPEN THE DOOR TO ME WHEN EVER I WAS IN THE DISTRICT VISITING TED.

 

TED'S ROOM WAS IN THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE. AND IN ALL HONESTY IT WAS A HOVEL.

IN IT if WOULD BE REMNANT'S OF A MEAL ON A PLATE. AND IT WAS AS IF THIS WAS  HIS AREA AND HE DID NOT SHARE HIS MEAL'S OR LIVE AT ALL IN HIS SISTERS COMPANY.

THE PARTS OF THE HOUSE THAT I DID SEE OF THE HOUSE WAS MAINLY THE HALL  & KITCHEN  WHEN TED TOOK ME OUT TO THE BACK GARDEN AND WHICH SEEMED BERYL'S DOMAIN WERE CLEAN AND TIDY.

 

IT SEEMED TO ME THAT TED AND BERYL JUST IGNORED ONE ANOTHER. BERYL WAS A THIN STRINGY LOOKING WOMEN WITH PRONOUNCED HARMAN EARS THAT MADE HER LOOK ELF LIKE.

IF' SHE ANSWERED THE DOOR SHE WOULD SHOUT ALOUD, TED SOME ONE FOR YOU, LEAVING THE FRONT DOOR OPEN AND MARCHING BACK TOWARDS THE KITCHEN. SHE WOULD NOT ACKNOWLEDGE ME.

 

IN 1987 & 1988 TED WAS FAR FROM WELL BUT HE DID REMAIN ACTIVE. THE LAST TIME I SAW TED MUST  HAVE BEEN IN JULY OF 1988 WHEN HE TOLD ME HE HAD A SMALL STROKE AND FELT THAT HE WAS PROBABLY COMING TO' THE END OF HIS' TIME.

 

I CALLED AGAIN IN THE EARLY PART OF AUGUST AND BERYL ANSWERED THE DOOR. FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE ACTUALLY SPOKE TO ME. SAYING THAT TED WAS IN HOSPITAL AT  EAST GRINSTEAD SUFFERING A STROKE.

 

HE HAD ALSO REQUESTED BERYL TO GIVE ME AS A KEEP-SAKE THE FAMILY BIBLE THAT HE HAD PREVIOUSLY LENT TO ME AND WHICH I HAD AT ONE TIME RETURNED..

 

BERYL HAD THE BIBLE IN THE HALL, AND SHE HANDED IT TO ME. I ASK IF IT WOULD BE ALRIGHT TO RING FROM TIME TO TIME ON TED'S PROGRESS ,AND TO THIS BERYL GAVE HER ASSENT.

IN THE ENSUING WEEKS I PHONED BERYL TO SEE HOW TED WAS. AND EVENTUALLY I WAS TOLD THAT TED HAD DIED ON THE 25th OF AUGUST 1986 AT THE AGE OF 83.

I DID ASK BERYL IF SHE WOULD LIKE ME TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL BUT SHE DECLINED POLITELY SAYING" IT WOULD BE A SMALL FUNERAL ALSO THAT IT WAS A LONG WAY FOR ME TO COME.

I DID NOT WANT TO FOIST MY-SELF ON HER SO I TOLD HER THAT I WOULD NOT BE ATTENDING.

THE. WILL

THAT TED MADE IN 1960 WAS STILL RELEVANT. .HOWEVER  THE TWO EXECUTOR'S NAMED IN THE WILL RENOUNCED THE PROBATE.

THE  COURT THEN GAVE PERMISSION FOR BERYL TO BECOME THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE WILL  AND ALL TED'S AFFECTS PASSED TO BERYL.

TED'S ESTATE CAME TO 92,716.00.SHOWING THAT TED WAS A FAIRLY WEALTHY MAN.

HERBERT EDWARD HARMAN BORN IN 1905 AND DYING IN 1988 WAS THE LAST IN THIS LINE OF THE HARMAN'S, THERE BEING NO OTHER MALES THE BRANCH OF THIS TREE AND IT WITHERED AND DIED WITH TED.

 

WITH TED'S DEATH. SO THE LINE OF HERBERT & ELIZABETH (NEE LOCKYEAR) CEASED TO EXIST.

 

IT ALSO CEASED IN TOTAL AS NONE OF TED'S AUNT'S MARRIED AND NEITHER DID HIS SISTER. THEREFORE THAT BLOOD LINE OF THE HARMAN FAMILY WAS DEFUNCT.

DUE T0 THE LATENESS OF' HIS GRANDFATHER HERBERT'S WEDDING TO ELIZABETH (NEE) LOCKYEAR ESLI HIS FATHER WAS IN FACT MY GRANDFATHERS COUSIN AND MY  FATHER'S 1ST COUSIN. TED WAS IN FACT MY 2nd COUSIN.

 

THE ONLY REMAINING MEMBER OF THE FAMILY IS AMOS, THE SON OF ELIZABETH'S FIRST MARRIAGE, AND HALF-BROTHER TO ELSI. ELIZABETH. RUTH AND ADA. HE WAS BORN IN 1861 IN ROTHERFIELD AND, ACCORDING TO THE 1881 CENSUS WHEN HE WAS FOURTEEN YEARS OLD, HE WAS WORKING AS A BRICKLAYER'S LABOURER.

LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT HIS LIFE APART FROM THE FACT THAT HE DIED ON 23RD JUNE, 1935 AGED 67 YEARS AND IS BURIED IN EAST HAM CHURCHYARD.

THE FAMILY, OR TED KEPT IN TOUCH FOR IT WAS TED WHO GAVE ME THE BURIAL CARD FOR AMOS LOCKYEAR.

 

HERBERT & ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER ELIZABETH TREE

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THE FIRST OF THREE DAUGHTERS BORN TO HERBERT AND ELIZABETH WAS NAMED ELIZABETH AND SHE WAS BORN ON 28TH AUGUST. 1877. SHE WAS BAPTISED WITH HER ELDER BROTHER ESLI AT ST DENYS PARISH CHURCH  ON 9TH DECEMBER, 1877, HERBERT BEING LISTED IN THE REGISTER AS A STONEMASON.

 SHE NEVER MARRIED.

ELIZABETH CONTINUED TO UP TO HER DEATH TO LIVE AT GLADSTONE RD: BUT WHETHER SHE TOOK UMBRAGE  WITH RUTH OR RUTH WITH HER AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS RUTH LEFT' CAMBRIDGE RD. WE WILL NEVER KNOW.

 PERHAPS RUTH FOUND LOVE LATER IN LIFE WITH GEORGE MILLS THE RETIRED BANKER. BUT AGAIN WE CAN ONLY SURMISE.

 

ELIZABETH DIED IN 1963 ON  4TH OF MARCH, AT THE AGE OF 86.

 

THOUGH RUTH WAS STILL ALIVE SHE LEFT THE RESIDUAL OF HER ESTATE TO ADA HER YOUNGER SISTER. HER AFFECTS TOTALLING 670.14S.

RUTH SURVIVE HER SISTER ELIZABETH BY 22 MONTHS. BUT SHE ALSO DIED AT THE SAME AGE AS ELIZABETH THIS  BEING 86. IN 1964

 

IT WAS AFTER THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH THAT THE BIBLE I HAVE IN MY POSSESSION CAME TO BE GIVEN TO TED THE GRANDSON OF HERBERT.

 

ELIZABETH HAD ORIGINALLY GIVEN THE BIBLE TO A LOCAL VICAR THE REV. D.R STEEL. OF WIMBLEDON. THE VICAR'S WIFE THEN SENT IT TO THE REV: JAMES THOMPSON LIVING AT ST MARY'S MANSE HADDINGTON EAST LOTHIAN.

 

HE HOWEVER DECLINED THE 0FFER STATING THAT OVER THE PAST SIXTEEN YEARS HE HAD RECEIVED MANY FINE COPIES OF THE JOHN BROWN" BIBLE" WITH 2 OR 3 ALREADY  IN THE CHURCH. HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT MAYBE A SMALL MISSION CHURCH IN LONDON WOULD APPRECIATE THE BIBLE AND IT WAS RETURNED TO THE VICAR'S WIFE MRS. STEELE.

 

SHE IN TURN RETURNED IT TO ELIZABETH, AND IT IS MY BELIEF THAT ADA PASSED IT TO TED ON THE DEATH OF ELIZABETH. TED THOUGHT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN  WILLIAM & CHARLOTTE BIBLE. BUT THERE IS NO PROOF OF THIS.

HERBERT & ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER RUTH TREE 4/1

 

RUTH, WHO WAS BORN ON 13TH JULY, 1575 WAS BAPTISED BY REVD A. JOHNSON AT ST DENYS PARISH CHURCH ON

3RD FEBRUARY. 1879. IN THE REGISTERS. HERBERT IS STILL LISTED AS BEING A STONEMASON BUT IT WOULD

APPEAR THAT THE FAMILY HAD MOVED AS THEIR 'ABODE' WAS LISTED AS ROTHERFIELD INSTEAD OF JARVIS BROOK

AND THE 1851 CENSUS CONFIRMS THIS AS FROG'S HOLE.

RUTH NEVER MARRIED & ON HER FATHER'S DEATH LIVED WITH HER MOTHER & SISTER ELIZABETH AT GLADSTONE

RD; WHITEHILL.

 

ON THE DEATH OF HER MOTHER SHE CONTINUED TO LIVE WITH SISTER ELIZABETH. IT IS THOUGHT THAT IN THE

PAST SHE MAY HAVE COMMENCED A APPRENTICE-SHIP AS A DRESSMAKER & COSTUMIER, FOR IN 1936 SHE IS

REGISTERED IN THE KELLY'S DIRECTORY AS  A COSTUMIER

IN BUSINESS  LIVING AT 1,GLADSTONE RD WHITEHILL IN CROWBOROUGH.

 

THIS THREE YEAR'S AFTER HER MOTHER'S DEATH. FOR SOME REASON AFTER ALL THAT SHE EVENTUALLY MOVED

TO TUNBRIDGE WELLS.  WERE SHE LIVED AT NO.6 CAMBRIDGE GARDENS IT WAS AT THIS HOUSE THAT SHE DIED ON

13 DEC 1964 AT THE AGE OF 86. WHAT MONEY SHE HAD AT   THAT TIME SHE LEFT TO A RETIRED BANKER GEORGE

LESLIE MILLS. (PERHAPS SHE FOUND LOVE WITH LESLIE MILES LATE IN LIFE

 

HERBERT & ELIZABETH'S DAUGHTER ADA TREE 4/1

 

ADA OF THE YOUNGEST CHILD BORN TO HERBERT AND ELIZABETH, VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN. NO RECORD HAS BEEN

FOUND OF HER BAPTISM, BUT IT IS KNOWN FROM HER FATHER'S WILL THAT SHE WAS THE YOUNGEST DAUGHTER

AND PRESUMABLY SHE WAS BORN AT FROG'S HOLE AS ELIZABETH HAD BEEN.

 

SHE MUST HAVE BEEN BORN AFTER THE 1851 CENSUS AS IN THAT SHE ISN'T MENTIONED. WE ALSO KNOW THAT

SHE WAS CLOSE TO HER ELDER SISTER ELIZABETH HAVING BEEN GRANTED PROBATE OF HER WILL. NEITHER HAS IT

BEEN FOUND WHERE SHE LIVED DURING HER LIFE APART FROM THE FACT THAT SHE WAS LIVING AT ST LEONARD'S

HOSPITAL AT EAST GRINSTEAD WHERE SHE DIED ON 15TH JANUARY, 1975, PROBABLY INDICATING THAT SHE WAS IN ONE OF THE GERIATRIC WARDS THERE, SHE LEFT PROBATE OF 2983.

ADA WAS AGED 93 WHEN SHE DIED.

 

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