Monday, 19 April 2010

Edith Frances .... my Great Aunt

Edith Frances Mobsby ...nee BULLOCK ...b 1867... m1900.... d1949



Edith was the third of George and Emma Bullock's children. Sadly her first two siblings had died before she was born. Ada Sophronia was just one and Ralph Yelland, barely two. A year after his death, Edith arrived ...how her parents must have worried...would she too be taken from them? She survived and was joined by a little brother, Horace Yelland, seven years later. (My Grandfather). It was told to me that George had been a church organist but I have no evidence of this. Both of the children were encouraged to play an instrument, Edith ... Piano and Horace ... Cello and as a result of George's encouragement and their hard work, they became accomplished musicians.
I feel that Edith was special to her father and so when she started to ' walk out' with Herbert Mobsby he was not a happy man. He did not approve of her choice of future husband and tried to discourage the match ...wanting her to pursue her music. Edith, however, chose Herbert which ...it is said ... resulted in her father refusing to attend their wedding in 1900. She was 33 so he could not forbid it but it has been said that he totally cut her off. This might be the case but in George's will he did in fact leave her several properties that he owned but worded it in such a way, that Herbert himself could never gain from any inheritance Edith would receive. They had a daughter Irene and a son Eric but the two halves of the family never had much to do with each other and after Horace moved to Scotland, in 1916, I do not think he ever saw his sister or any part of her family again.

This year ...nearly 100 years on ....I have made contact with Irene's son. We found that through out most of our lives we managed to live only a stones throw away from each other but knew nothing of each others existance. Now we have exchanged some family history and tied up loose ends....small world.

16 comments:

Julia Dunnit said...

Lovely Lo Angie, and oh the tangled web our families weave! These days its not disapproval so much as just thehuge extended-ness that will cause history hunters the sort of sleuthing that you've done. Isn't it lovely to have met distant rellies.

LadyBug said...

Your FH makes for really great reading. I love the fact that you have restored a bond that was broken so many years ago. Beautiful LO!!

Carmen said...

That was such an interesting read Angie. What a find to find a relative had been living that close the whole time!

Kirsty.a said...

Such interesting stories, even though I now nothing of your family. You have inspired me to flesh out my own family history research with this kind of anecdote, rather than just collecting names from further and furher back

Jan said...

Oh! This is absolutely beautiful!

Wild Somerset Child said...

What a lovely blog, Angie (and thankyou for leaving a comment on mine). I will catch up with the rest of yours when I have finished my day's writing. Only 670 words to go now; been researching for most of the afternoon.

Morning's Minion said...

Angie,
You create such graceful and interesting photo histories of your family.
Thank you for offering a while back to suggest ways that I can use old family photos. Perhaps by winter I can return to family history. I would like to do something with my vintage photos--but it would have to be really simple.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Small world indeed! How fascinating!

Dawn said...

Wow, lovely LOs and great storys I am suprised how much you have found out so detailed!

Love DAwn xx

Charlie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Beautiful LO and lovely story - sad in some ways but still with a happy ending - small world indeed.

tea_bag said...

Families can indeed be complicated by all manner of things. So glad you have met up again. hugs alma fab lo by the way

Ann said...

Lovely layout Angie. Families often fall out don't they? I'm glad you have found another relative, and what a surprise that you were living so close!
My Grandmother did not approve of my Father marrying my Mother, and she and my Grandfather refused to attend their wedding. This mirrors their own wedding day, where both sets of parents refused to attend because my Grandfather and Grandmother were cousins. Today this would not be frowned upon, but in those days it wasn't accepted.

Michele said...

What a beautiful LO!

Cheryl said...

oh wow loving all these layouts and such beautiful pictures too so interseting,thank for stopping by my blog love cheryl xxxx

Jan said...

love this..just gorgeous!!!

Ginny said...

s always i LOVE reading this blog and am always in awe of the wonderful stories you have