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Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« on: Wednesday 11 December 19 18:51 GMT (UK) »
Hi I am wondering if anyone could help with getting this letter back to the right family.
I have researched all I can and am now lost.
The letter was written by Maria in 1879 when she was living at London Road Ipswich to the lady who has it Grandfather ,they have kept it for all these years.

Maria I have discovered was Mary Ann Sparke born 1866 in Bury St Edmund's Suffolk ,her father was Gregory Sparke and her mother was Mary Ann Wiseman .Gregory died a couple of years after the letter and all was left to Maria (on the census he was a gentleman)
I found Mary marrying in Ipswich  2nd August 1893 to Edward Alfred Lowe ,in 1901 I found them in Lewisham with a daughter Maud bn 1895 and a servant .
The strange thing is in 1905 her husband Edward died and I have found workhouse records for a Mary Ann Lowe and daughter Maud by Dec that year.
The workhouse admissions go on till middle of 1906 but Maud isn't with her then I lose her ? ,
Not sure how a lady who obviously had money would end up in workhouse so quickly after her husbands death when she should of been quite comfortable and what happened to her
I have told the lady who has the letter I would ask for help and she was eager to do this as she would like Maria's (Mary Ann ) descendants to have it .
Any help most appreciated

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 20:26 GMT (UK) »
In 1906 Maud goes to the Anerley Schools see North Surrey School District on www.workhouses.org

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 20:41 GMT (UK) »
Is this your Mary Ann's burial?
Mary Ann Lowe
Age 89
Birth about 1867
Death about 1956
Burial - 29 Oct 1956 at Addington, St Mary, Surrey, England

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 20:47 GMT (UK) »
Is this daughter Maud?

LOWE, MAUD       SPARKE 
GRO Reference: 1895  M Quarter in LEWISHAM  Volume 01D  Page 1236

Could this be her in the 1911?

Living at 41 Grosvenor Square W, St George Hanover Square, London & Middlesex as a kitchen maid along with other servants at the same address.  Her birth place is given as Lewisham and birth year as 1895.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire


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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 21:13 GMT (UK) »
Looks as though Mary left a will. 

LOWE Mary Ann of 45 Aldrich Crescent New Addington Surrey died 23 October 1956 Probate London 13th November to Sidney Lowe despatch clerk.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 21:21 GMT (UK) »
In 1906 Maud goes to the Anerley Schools see North Surrey School District on www.workhouses.org

Do you think that it is definitely Mary Ann and Maud in the workhouse ? I am just questioning my finding because of Mary Ann's beginnings

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 21:39 GMT (UK) »
That could be Maud and that is her birth ,I have looked at a couple of marriages  for her but one ended up living in Australia and the birth year   is wrong on her headstone.
I cannot find Mary Ann in 1911 so my guess she married again after 1906 and that's why the workhouse visits stopped.
I can't find a marriage and by putting in Mary Ann and just born Bury St Edmunds it comes up with nothing .
There is a burial record for her husband on deaceasedonline but I am not sure what info that would give me that could help

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 21:41 GMT (UK) »
Looks as though Mary left a will. 

LOWE Mary Ann of 45 Aldrich Crescent New Addington Surrey died 23 October 1956 Probate London 13th November to Sidney Lowe despatch clerk.

I would of thought it this was her she would of left anything to Maud and as far as I can tell she only had the one child ?

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Re: Would like to find relatives to return a letter
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 11 December 19 21:49 GMT (UK) »
The only way to find out would be to order the will, cost 1.50 but there will be a long wait for it.  The find a will people have been inundated with orders and are trying to clear the backlog.

I am assuming that Sidney is a relative probably from Edward's line somewhere.

I see that Gregory Sparke was born in 1809 and the 1861 census gives his occupation as land owner so that is presumably where the money came from.
Ashford: Somerset, London
England: Devon, London, New Zealand
Holdway: Wiltshire
Hooper: Bristol, Somerset
Knowling: Devon, London
Southcott: Devon, China
Strong: Wiltshire
Watson: Cambridgeshire
White: Bristol
Windo - Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire