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Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« on: Friday 19 November 21 10:05 GMT (UK) »
Would appreciate any help in finding out where Eliza & her daughter Leila died.

What I know so far-
Eliza Ann Clendinning, daughter of Rev. Robert Gillespie & his 1st wife Kate Clendinning Watters, was born 22 Apr.1872 at Mission House, Rajkote, Gujarat, India where her father was a missionary. She married (23 Oct.1897 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Bombay) to another missionary, Rev. Robert Reynolds Johnson [sometimes mis-written as Johnston]. They travelled between India & Ireland several times but he died in Ahmedabad in March 1917.

Last night I discovered they had a daughter born in Ireland in 1905 (not sure if any other children born in India)-
Birth- Lily Charlotte Gillespie Johnston on 5 Sept.1905 at Portstewart, Co. Londonderry
Marriage- Leila Charlotte Gillespie Johnson on 31 Aug.1935 in London to Guy Brownell Carleton L'Estrange (died 1997 Brighton, England).
1939- daughter born Wales, 1943- daughter born Glasgow.

Leila Johnson's wedding announcement gives clue to mother-
Belfast Newsletter, 3 Sept.1935: L’Estrange-Johnson- On August 31, 1935, at Barnabus’ Church, Kensington, by the Very Rev. the Dean of Armagh, Guy Brownell Carleton L’Estrange, son of the late Rev. Guy W. Carleton L’Estrange, Rector of Killylea, Co. Armagh, to Leila, daughter of the late Rev. Robert R. Johnson, of India, and Mrs. Watters, London. Another write-up gives mother's address as Holland Road in Kensington, London.

Found on Free BMD-
A/J 1919 York dist.: James W. Watters to Eliza A.C.W. Johnson [James Withers Watters to Eliza Ann Clendinning Watters Johnson]. James died 2 July 1921 in London.

Last trace of Eliza (called Lily by the family) are the 1935 marriage announcements for her daughter and last trace of daughter Leila is birth of a daughter in Glasgow in 1943.
Away sorting out DNA matches... I may be gone for some time many years!

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Re: Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« Reply #1 on: Friday 19 November 21 10:53 GMT (UK) »
FindMyPast have the image for the 1919 marriage - 6 June - Fulford.

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Re: Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« Reply #2 on: Friday 19 November 21 11:17 GMT (UK) »
Deaths
L'Estrange    Leila Charlotte G    b 5/9/1905     d 1/1996 Hove, Sussex

Carleton   L'Estrange   Leila Charlotte G    b 5/9/1905  d 1/1996 Hove, Sussex


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Re: Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« Reply #3 on: Friday 19 November 21 11:40 GMT (UK) »
Image of 1935 marriage is on Ancestry, Lily C Watters as witness, address of bride was 102 Holland  Road, W 14

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Re: Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« Reply #4 on: Friday 19 November 21 12:03 GMT (UK) »
ER's for Leila & Guy
1949-1970
34 Crichton Avenue, Wallington, Surrey
1949-1952
also Elizabeth Watters
Death
Elizabeth Ann Clendenning Watters 78
1/ 1952
Surrey North Eastern
as Elizabeth A G Watters on FindMyPast

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Re: Eliza Ann Clendinning (Gillespie) Johnson Watters & daughter Leila
« Reply #5 on: Friday 19 November 21 16:33 GMT (UK) »
Thank you both so much for all the additional information. As well as finding when Eliza & daughter Leila died you've filled in more gaps.

Leila's birth (1905 Portstewart) was a surprise to find as I'd no inkling until now there was even a child let alone one born in Ireland. "Mrs. Johnson" was always mentioned in connection with India but her step-mother was living in Portstewart in 1910 (haven't investigated yet for how long) which may explain the location.
Away sorting out DNA matches... I may be gone for some time many years!