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Benevolent Victorian era Employer - what's your story?
« on: Wednesday 16 September 20 09:44 BST (UK) »
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215628519/elizabeth-elsdon

I have just added this grave stone memorial (photographed at All Saints Cemetery, Newcastle upon Tyne) to Find A Grave yesterday.  I just take photos for this site - Elizabeth Elsdon is not an ancestor.

I presume it would have been Elizabeth's employer who would have paid for this large stone and inscription.  If so, what a kind employer to have done this for her.  I wonder if Elizabeth was a servant up to the end of her life.  Hopefully, she got to have some retirement years before her death at 88.

I wonder if anyone else may have stories of a Victorian era servant ancestor who was treated with some particular kindness by an employer?  Or perhaps you might have a tale to tell about a benevolent employer ancestor?
Conroy, Fitzpatrick, Watson, Miller, Davis/Davies, Brown, Senior, Dodds, Grieveson, Gamesby, Simpson, Rose, Gilboy, Malloy, Dalton, Young, Saint, Anderson, Allen, McKetterick, McCabe, Drummond, Parkinson, Armstrong, McCarroll, Innes, Marshall, Atkinson, Glendinning, Fenwick, Bonner

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« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 09:52 BST (UK) »
Amazingly I had noticed that very burial when I was looking for someone else in the burial records just last week.

As an Elsdon family researcher I should have info about her in my notes so will take a look shortly  :)

Thanks for the photo!
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« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 09:58 BST (UK) »
Wow Jen!  What a case of serendipity!  You having notes on this person and me having taken this photo!   I will send you the original.  :)

Conroy, Fitzpatrick, Watson, Miller, Davis/Davies, Brown, Senior, Dodds, Grieveson, Gamesby, Simpson, Rose, Gilboy, Malloy, Dalton, Young, Saint, Anderson, Allen, McKetterick, McCabe, Drummond, Parkinson, Armstrong, McCarroll, Innes, Marshall, Atkinson, Glendinning, Fenwick, Bonner


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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 10:31 BST (UK) »
How lovely is that ;)

1861 Anc has her as    Elizabeth Clsdon, Unm, Cook, born 1786 Cambo, Northumberland
Employer Collingwood F Jackson a Coal Exporter
She is with him 1841/1851 Census also.


So possible Bapt 18 Apr 1788, St Andrew, Hartburn;
ELIZABETH Elsdon to JOHN/FRANCES
Abode Wallington New Houses
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 10:37 BST (UK) »
How lovely is that ;)

1861 Anc has her as    Elizabeth Clsdon, Unm, Cook, born 1786 Cambo, Northumberland
Employer Collingwood F Jackson a Coal Exporter
She is with him 1841/1851 Census also.


So possible Bapt 18 Apr 1788, St Andrew, Hartburn;
ELIZABETH Elsdon to JOHN/FRANCES
Abode Wallington New Houses

You got there before me!

I just checked my notes, and that's her. her mother was Frances Davison.

Her employers also put a notice in the Newcastle Courant about her death.
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 11:00 BST (UK) »
Her employer Collingwood Jackson died in 1878, burial at Jesmond Cemetery
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186955307/collingwood-forster-jackson#source

Morpeth Herald May 1878
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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 15:04 BST (UK) »
Many thanks for this Jen and Trish.  I will be adding this to Elizabeth's 'biography' for anyone who may have her in their tree.

I think her employer must have been a very kind person.

Jen, you may already have this but I have just added a photo of a memorial for Robert & Mary Elsdon to the Preston, North Shields Find A Grave.  The inscription is not very clear from the photo so I have inscribed this.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215662990/robert-elsdon

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215663058/mary-elsdon

I also added one for another Elizabeth Elsdon a while back - is there a connection to you perhaps?

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/161728460/elizabeth-elsdon

Added: There .. I have now added the info you have provided to the original Elizabeth's biography.  Thanks again to you both.
Conroy, Fitzpatrick, Watson, Miller, Davis/Davies, Brown, Senior, Dodds, Grieveson, Gamesby, Simpson, Rose, Gilboy, Malloy, Dalton, Young, Saint, Anderson, Allen, McKetterick, McCabe, Drummond, Parkinson, Armstrong, McCarroll, Innes, Marshall, Atkinson, Glendinning, Fenwick, Bonner

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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 15:36 BST (UK) »
Well, it might be too early for me to give up hope but judging from there being no forthcoming family 'stories' - aside from Collingwood Jackson - perhaps 'Victorian' and 'benevolent employer' might be too incongruous. ;D  ;D  ;D
Conroy, Fitzpatrick, Watson, Miller, Davis/Davies, Brown, Senior, Dodds, Grieveson, Gamesby, Simpson, Rose, Gilboy, Malloy, Dalton, Young, Saint, Anderson, Allen, McKetterick, McCabe, Drummond, Parkinson, Armstrong, McCarroll, Innes, Marshall, Atkinson, Glendinning, Fenwick, Bonner

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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 16 September 20 21:07 BST (UK) »
Thanks for those RTL  :)
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