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Epsom Cluster #4

ELVIN, Harry

b.1866 – d.1909 Early life Harry Elvin was born in 1866 at Long Milford on the borders of Suffolk and Essex. Long Milford is a quintessential picturesque village. This area was made famous by artists like Constable and Gainsborough. In the 1871 Census, 5-year-old Harry is living with his father William, aged 31, and mother… read more »

ABBOTT, Mary Winchester

b.1872 – d.1927 – American Author Victorian Connecticut Mary Winchester ABBOTT was born on 30 December 1872 in Woodbury, Connecticut, USA, to The Reverend Alvin Van Rensselaer ABBOTT, 45, and Mary Chase, who was 41. The 1880 census has Mary living with her family in Orient, Southold a community at the North East tip of… read more »

JORDAN, Edward George

b.1877 – d.1917 Taking his year of birth from his age at death, only two children with his name were born in 1877 according to the GRO. One died in 1879, the other, born to Isaac and Mary, was registered in June quarter 1877, Romford, Essex, (v4a/p186), mother’s maiden name Pettit. I also found his… read more »

PEDLEY, Byron

b.1844 – d.1910 – Victorian Star of Stage – Mr. Byron PEDLEY was born in Q4 1844, in Chorlton-upon-Medlock in Manchester. (GRO District Chorlton, v20, p237), to John and Mary. Byron had a very successful comedy acting career. He clearly enjoyed causing laughter as a low comedy actor, a dramatic form of popular entertainment without any primary… read more »

GARCÍA, Félix

b. 1893 – d. 1941 – Flamenco Extraordinaire Félix García’s full name was Félix Fernández García, the García part coming from his mother´s maiden name. Félix, famed Spanish dancer, and subject of Picasso, was confined at the Long Grove asylum, after he started acting peculiar, soon after being possibly deceived by The Ballet Russes director,… read more »

FRANCIS, Amelia

b.1839 – d.1912 – The Widow and the Decorator – The mysterious story of someone who wasn’t who they seemed. Amelia FRANCIS a.k.a. Mrs. Lavinia EVERLEY nee TEMPLEMAN. On December 28th 1911, a mysterious widow was arrested for begging on Grays Inn road, giving the name Amelia FRANCIS. After being remanded she was sent to… read more »

FLYNN, James David

b.1873 – d.1917 Intro The burial register has James’ burial as 7th April 1917 age 44. This gives an approximate year of birth as 1873. 1870s I found and confirmed a birth of James David Flynn in Poplar Union in March quarter of 1872 and his mother’s maiden name was Sullivan GRO: 1872, Q1, Poplar,… read more »

BARFORD, Maria Celia

b.1863 – d.1918 1860s Marian (or Maria) Celia Barford was born in Brixton in the first quarter of 1863 to Frederick Sayer Barford, aged 39, and his 31 year old wife Elizabeth (née Wallace). She was baptised in St. Matthew’s Church, Brixton on the 24th of June 1863. Frederick, the son of Charles Barford, a… read more »

SKULL, Mark

b. 1857 – d.1915 – A Victorian Murder Case Intro For a brief, but intense period, Mark Skull found himself an unwilling player in a classic Victorian murder case and endured having his family life and loss splashed across the newspapers in the UK and wider world. It was a personal tragedy that caused him… read more »

HARDWICK, Dorothy

b.1888 – d.1910 Early Life Dorothy Betty Hardwick was born in Cheltenham on 17 February 1888, the second child of Walter Henry Hardwick and Sarah Mary West. They had married in December 1884 in Tewkesbury, Gloucs. Dorothy was baptised at St Peter’s Church, Cheltenham on 8 April 1888. The family would grow to 7 children… read more »

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