I’ve decided to turn my attention to my Bates side of the family. I haven’t done a great deal of research on this side and I have a DNA match with a distant cousin which I’d love to know more about.
I’m starting with T(h)eresa Bates, my Great-Great Grandmother. She was born in Hawthorpe, Lincolnshire in August 1851, the 7th child of Peter and Mary (née Phillips) Bates. I’ve found twelve children for them so far.
In April 1871 Teresa was living in Nottingham, working as a servant in the household of Robert Clarke, a master draper along with her sister, Sarah. In May, she married Edmund Jowett, a lace maker in Basford, Nottingham.
The couple lived at various addresses in Basford for the duration of their married life, having eight children, including my Great-Grandfather, Charles H Jowett in 1886. Sadly, their two eldest sons both died at the age of five, Henry Aylmer in 1880 and Thomas Joseph in 1881.
Edmund died in April 1908 at the age of 59. According to entries in local trade directories, Teresa supported herself by working as a dressmaker. The 1911 census finds her living in the family home on Gawthorne Street, Basford with Charles and Francis (Frank) her two youngest sons and her married daughter, Mabel and two granddaughters. The census confirms that Teresa had eight children, but only six surviving. In a sad coincidence, it appears that Mabel had also lost two children by this time.
In June 1914, Teresa married John Hallam, a widowed lace maker. I haven’t been able to find much about their life together as yet. John died in 1928 leaving Teresa a widow again. Teresa died on the 19th January 1932 and is buried with her first husband Edmund in Basford cemetery in the plot she had purchased for them both. There is a gravestone, but I have yet to visit to photograph it. Teresa & Edmund’s two sons are also commemorated on the headstone.
I’m going to look for Teresa’s baptism next & those of her siblings too. Three of Teresa’s sisters, Sarah, Catherine and Mary also moved to Nottingham, so it could be interesting to see where they ended up.
Lots to do!
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