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Matilda Lees 1852
« on: Sunday 15 January 17 14:14 GMT (UK) »
I am looking for more information on the Lees side of my family tree, particularly Matilda Lees (fruiterer, milliner) born 1852 Stafford (I think).  She married Thomas Bowring Jnr (fishmonger)  on 14 August 1877 St Mary Stafford.  Their son was Francis Thomas William Bowring b 25 Sep 1881 Stafford.  Matilda's father was Francis Lees Jnr a publican at the Lichfield Arms 1876-1890.  He married Elizabeth Simpson b 1827.  Any info or pics on any of these would be greatly appreciated.
Bowring, Lees, Simpson, Rudolph, Evans, Alcock, Melville, Denton, Festenstein, Dinwoodie,

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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 15 January 17 14:49 GMT (UK) »
FReeBMD has this birth registration:

December qtr 1851
Stafford Registration District     vol 17, page 147

Lees, Matilda


The new GRO Index search shows her Mother's maiden name as Simpson


Probable marriage:
December qtr 1850
Stafford Registration District     vol 17, page 195

Lees, Francis
+ and on the same page +
Simpson, Elizabeth
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 15 January 17 14:55 GMT (UK) »
Looks like I am on the right track!

Christening, 29th February 1852
at St Mary, Stafford
Matilda Lees, daughter of Francis & Elizabeth Lees
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 15 January 17 15:16 GMT (UK) »
Many thanks - yes, looks like the right track.  In my limited research, Matilda sounded like a really resourceful woman as she married my great-great grandfather Thomas Bowring Jnr who was a belligerent drunk and acted out violently - he ended up in Shrewsbury prison.  They divorced and she had to fend for herself and her son - probably better off without Thomas - by renting space at the market and selling fruit etc. I would love to get to know more about her - any ideas on how I can fill in the gaps?  Regards Laura
Bowring, Lees, Simpson, Rudolph, Evans, Alcock, Melville, Denton, Festenstein, Dinwoodie,


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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 15 January 17 15:20 GMT (UK) »
Have you followed her on the censuses?

Are you sure about the divorce? It was very expensive at that time, and almost always instigated by the man. Women had few rights!
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 15 January 17 15:29 GMT (UK) »
Hi - Yes, in 1892 Matilda and Thomas Lees appear in a Divorce Court index and we found Matilda's petition for divorce.  The reasons for the divorce are "adultery coupled with cruelty toward petitioner".  You are right about divorce being unusual pre 1930's so very unusual to come across a Divorce during this period?
Bowring, Lees, Simpson, Rudolph, Evans, Alcock, Melville, Denton, Festenstein, Dinwoodie,

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Re: Matilda Lees 1852
« Reply #6 on: Monday 16 January 17 15:44 GMT (UK) »
Repeated on all 3x threads . . . . .

I think it best if those Rootschatters who wish to help read the following threads about the same family.
After all, it could save duplication of time and effort.
 
 
 Matilda Lees 1852 http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=763077.msg6146146#msg6146146

 Searching for info on my family tree: Bowring
 
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=763076.msg6146130#msg6146130

 
Robert Bowring 1791
 
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=763078.msg6146154#msg6146154


 
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