John Thomas GEE and Isabella MOWER (#’s 20 – 33)

SEVENTH GENERATION – LIVING AT THE ASHES

John Thomas GEE and Isabella MOWER

-20. –John Thomas GEE (7) (Thomas GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) born in March 1844 and died on the 25th November 1921 in Hayfield. He married Isabella MOWER (born September 1837and she died in September1905) December 1867. Her parents were Laurence MOWER and Mary. He was the last to own the ASHES.

Children of John Thomas GEE and Isabella MOWER were:

–a. —-Thomas Lawrence GEE was born 1869 in Kinder, Hayfield. (See #34 following).

–b. —-Mary Isabella GEE was born circa 1870 in Hayfield, Derbyshire. (See #35 following).

–c. —- Sarah Ann GEE was born in April 1872 in Hayfield. (See #36 following).

–d. —-John Frederick GEE was born in September 1874 and died on the 17th December 1921. (See #37 following).

THE ASHES:….as of 1949. (Excerpts from Hetty’s diary):

Sally’s daughter Dora Ramwell and her husband are living there and are managing the farm. The front of the house has been rebuilt but the back is very old and matches other buildings.

1921: – John Thomas Gee the last of the family to own the Ashes died in 1921. He retired in 1921. He bought the mount in Hayfield and lived there. His eldest son was a first class farmer and talented but with a wander lust. He would go off for months at a time and then return as though he had never been away.

T.T. [Thomas Lawrence] Gee’s only son died at the beginning of 1914, joined the army and through inoculation, died before leaving England. They are all dead except a daughter Margaret who lives at Hayfield.

John Thomas Gee, the last Gee to own the Ashes, specialized in Gritstone sheep and his services as a judge were requisitioned at the big national shows, so great an authority on sheep he was. For forty years he was president of the “Shepherds society.”

Over a long period of years Mr. John Thomas Gee was an auctioneer and valuer and at one time conducted practically all the land and cattle sales in the Peak. His father was a guardian of the Hayfield union when it was first formed and John Thomas Gee was a member of the board for thirty years and chairman for seventeen years.

He was regarded as one of the best authorities on the “Poor Law” in the High Peak District. The “Poor Law” was the system for the provision of social security in operation in England and Wales from its origin in 1552 until the establishment of the “Welfare State” in the twentieth century. It was made of several Acts of Parliament and subsequent Amendments. The extreme longevity of the “Poor Law” (almost five hundred years) meant that some of the generalizations made about it (for example, the use of workhouses) refer to only a part of its history. In 1579, Justices of the Peace authorized to collect funds for poor relief, created the post of “Overseer of the Poor.” (Source Wikipedia).

In 1905 he ceased to be chairman and was presented with his portrait and a piece of silver-plate for long service. His portrait hangs in the boardroom today in honor of his service.

Politically Mr. Gee is best described as a follower of the Cavendish’s and took his place on the platform at political meetings.

Mr. Gee was a lifelong Wesleyan Methodist, for many years was a local preacher on the New Mills circuit and a trustee of several churches on the circuit.

At one time he owned the Wesleyan school at Stone Head and was deeply interested in Sunday school and was superintendent teacher of the young men’s class. He had considerable interest in the Hayfield Gas Company. He was a land owner in Union Road and New Mills. He was a cricket enthusiast. Mild mannered – easy to get along with.

Silkhill Farm is in the family once more. Mr. John Thomas Gee’s son, Mr. Fred Gee being the occupant of the farm. Fred Gee of Silk Hill is dead.

1912 – J.T. [John Thomas] Gee of the Ashes, Kinder bought Silkhill in 1912 and it is at present in the hands of two grandsons.

All of the above information is in the first two pages of Aunt Hetty’s diary, copied and at the front of this narrative. I have re-included it here because she speaks of this family in depth, but they are not our direct line. And she does not have them in the correct chronological order.
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-21. –James Albert GEE (7) (Thomas GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1848 in Hayfield and he died on the 25th March 1913 in Edale. He was married four times. He first married Mary Taylor (1845 – 1887) in March 1868 at the All Saints Church in Glossop. He secondly married Annie PEARSON (1860 – 1900) in 1880 in Tideswell at St John the Baptist Church. He thirdly married Mary TYM (1853 – 1907) in 1901 at the Holy Trinity Church. His fourth possible wife was Ellen MARRIOTT who he married in 1908 in Buxton at St John Church.

Children of James Albert GEE and Mary TAYLOR were:

–a. —-Thomas William Taylor GEE was born in March 1869 in Ashover, Derbyshire.

–b. —-Anne Isabella GEE was born in 1871 in Ashover, Derbyshire.

–c. —-Frank GEE was born in December 1873 in Edale. He married Fanny SHEPPARD at the All Saints Church in Glossop in 1895.

–d. —-Martha Mary GEE was born in September 1876 in Lintwestle, Cheshire and died on the 17th February 1957. She married Samuel Thorpe BOWDEN at the All Saints Church in Glossop in June 1905.

Children of James Albert GEE and Annie PEARSON were:

–a. —-Gertrude GEE was born in 1882 in Woodhead, Cheshire.

–b. —-Hannah Jane GEE was born on the 29th November 1884 in Woodhead and died in April 1973. (See #38 following).

–c. —-Georgina Charlotte GEE was born in February 1887 in Glossop and died in 1969. She married John Wright ROWBOTTOM (Circa 1853-1949) at the Holy Trinity Church in Edale, Derbyshire in 1912.

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-22. –Mary Ann GEE (7) (Thomas GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1854 in Hayfield. She married James GODDARD (1846-) circa1871 in Kinder, Hayfield. This family inherited OllerBrook farm.

Children of Mary Ann GEE and James GODDARD were:

–a. —-Joseph Thomas E GODDARD was born in December 1871 in Spensham, Lancashire.
–b. —-Frank Herbert GODDARD was born in March 1879 in Glossop, Derbyshire.
–c. —-Lara Ann Gee GODDARD was born circa 1879 in Edale, Derbyshire.
–d. —-Mary Constance E GODDARD was born in March 1881 in Edale, Derbyshire.
–e. —-Eleanor Kate H GODDARD was born in December 1883 in Edale, Derbyshire.
–f. —-James Arthur GODDARD was born in December 1890 in Edale, Derbyshire.

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-23. –John DRINKWATER (7) (Sarah GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1840 in Bugsworth, Derbyshire and he died in 1898. He married Ruth F ROBINSON (1849 -) in 1871 at the All Saints Church in Glossop.

Children of John Drinkwater and Ruth ROBINSON were:

–a. —-Alice DRINKWATER was born circa 1873 in Bugsworth.
–b. —-Frank DRINKWATER was born circa 1876 in Bugsworth.
–c. —-John Thomas DRINKWATER was born circa 1887 on Bugsworth. (See #39 following).

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-24. –William DRINKWATER (7) (Sarah GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1)was born circa 1845 in Bugsworth, Derbyshire. He married Georgiana BROWN (1847 – 1897) in 1868 at St Peters Church. She was the daughter of James BROWN and Hannah Maria LOMAS.

Children of William DRINKWATER and Georgiana Brown were:

–a. —-Mary DRINKWATER was born in 1870 in Hattersley, Cheshire.

–b. —-Sarah DRINKWATER was born in 1872 in Mottram, Cheshire. Sarah married Samuel WOOD at St. Johns Church in Charlesworth, Derbyshire in 1904.

–c. —-James Thomas DRINKWATER was born in 1874 in Glossop. He married Mary Robinson FLETCHER (1867-?) in 1904 at King Charles Church in Peak Forest, Chapel-en-le-Frith. In 1911 their address was Kemp Hill Peak Forest Buxton and they were farming. They had no children.

–d. —-Georgiana DRINKWATER was born in 1879 in Glossop. (See #40 following).

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25.  Ann DRINKWATER (7) (Sarah GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1848 in Bugsworth, Derbyshire.  Ann married Thomas Fletcher about 1868. 

~Children of Ann Drinkwater and Thomas Fletcher were~

a.     Frank Fletcher was born in 1868 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.

b.     John Fletcher was born in 1870 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.

c.     Sarah Ann Fletcher was born in 1873 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.

d.     Thomas Drinkwater Fletcher was born in 1877 in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire.

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-26. –William Gee SHIRT (7) (Ann GEE-6,

John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1)was born in March 1840 in
Edale and he died on the 04th July 1885 in Derbyshire. He married Susannah Baggaley SOMERSET (1839 – 1887) in 1866 in Hope, Derbyshire at St Peters Church. She was the daughter of Benjamin SOMERSET and Fanny.

Children of William Gee SHIRT and Susannah SOMERSET were:

–a. —-George William SHIRT was born in June 1867 in Edale, Derbyshire. (See #41 following).

–b. —-John SHIRT was born in March 1869 in Edale, Derbyshire.

–c. —-Frances Ann SHIRT was born in September 1871 in Edale, Derbyshire.

–d. —-Benjamin Somerset SHIRT was born in March 1874 in Edale, Derbyshire and died on the 20th December 1952 in Bradwell, Derbyshire. (See #42 following).

–e. —-Thomas Ralph SHIRT was born in September 1876 in Edale, Derbyshire.

–f. —-Mary Susannah SHIRT was born in March 1878 in Edale, Derbyshire. (See #43 following).

–g. —-Frederick Gee SHIRT was born in September 1882 in Edale, Derbyshire and died in September 1901 in Derbyshire.

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-27. –John Fox SHIRT (7) (Ann GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in March 1849 in Edale, Derbyshire and he died on the 03rd December 1892 in Edale. He married Mary TYM (1853 – 1907) in 1881 in Edale at the Holy Trinity Church. Mary was the daughter of John TYM and Hannah (Twin) CARRINGTON. Hannah`s grandmother, Mary GEE was a daughter of John Fox SHIRT`S GGGG Grandfather`s brother, John GEE. This was Mary`s TYM`s first husband. Her second husband was James Albert GEE.

Children of John Fox SHIRT and Mary TYM were:

–a. —-John Fox SHIRT was born in December 1881 in Edale, Derbyshire and he died in October 1951. He married Hannah Jane TYM (1881-?) at the Wesleyan Chapel in Hope Derbyshire in March 1906. Her parents were Micah and Frances TYM. In 1911 they were living at BARBER BOOTH and had no children.

–b. —-Ann Margaret SHIRT was born in 1884 in Edale, Derbyshire and died in July 1969. Ann married Charles William CRITCHLOW at the Holy Trinity Church in Edale, Derbyshire in 1907.

–c. —-James William SHIRT was born in 1889 in Edale, Derbyshire. (See #44 following).

–d. —-George Kirk SHIRT was born in March 1892 in Edale, Derbyshire.

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-28. –Hannah Jane SHIRT (7) (Ann GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in September 1853 in Edale, Derbyshire and she died in 1924. She married John Robert HOWE (1864 -) in 1887 in Edale at the Holy Trinity Church.

Children of Hannah Jane SHIRT and John HOWE were:

–a. —-Jesse Ellen HOWE was born in 1889 in Castleton, Derbyshire.

–b. —-Arthur Oswald HOWE was born in January 1890 in Castleton, Derbyshire. Arthur enlisted in the British Army on the 11th December 1915. He was 25 years, 11 months old on his attestation papers.

–c. —-George Hedley HOWE was born in 1891 in Castleton, Derbyshire. George enlisted in the British Army on the 16th November 1915 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. His Regimental number was 30832. He was living at 133 Steade Road, in Sheffield, with his brother Arthur.

–d. —-Robert HOWE was born in 1893 in Castleton, Derbyshire.

–e. —-John Marshall HOWE was born in 1895 in Castleton, Derbyshire.

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-29. –Martha Ann GEE (7) (William GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1848 in Castleton, Derbyshire and she died in June 1919. She married Thomas Taylor EYRE (1849 – 1879) in 1867 in Glossop at the All Saints Church. He was the son of Thomas EYRE and Sarah. He died the same year as their last child was born and she raised six children by herself. She never remarried.

Children of Martha Ann GEE and Thomas EYRE were:

–a. —-Leah Gertrude EYRE was born in 1868 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–b. —-George EYRE was born in 1870 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–c. —-Ruth EYRE was born in 1872 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–d. —-William EYRE was born in 1874 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–e. —-Julius EYRE was born in 1876 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–f. —-Sarah EYRE was born in 1879 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.

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-30. –James William GEE (7) (William GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in September 1853 in Hayfield, Derbyshire. He married Clarissa (Unknown) circa 1882. She was born in 1856 in Tideswell, Derbyshire.

Children of James William GEE and Clarissa were:

–a. —-Fanny GEE was born in 1883 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.
–b. —-William GEE was born in 1887 in Hayfield, Derbyshire.

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-31. –Alfred Henry GEE (7) (Frank GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in 1845 in Hayfield, Derbyshire and he died on the 10th December 1919 in Edale. He was married twice. He married Elizabeth PLATT (1848 – 1884) in 1874 in Edale at the Holy Trinity Church. He then married Lydia MORRIS circa in 1888 (1863 – 1910).

Children of Alfred Henry GEE and Elizabeth PLATT were:

–a. —-Charles Albert GEE was born in 1872 in Edale, Derbyshire and he died on the 25th October 1939 in Edale. Charles never married and produced no children. Charlie was an engine driver on the railway. He never married, lived with Arthur. His will was probated in London and was granted to his brother, Arthur Ernest GEE.

–b. —-Francis James (Frank) GEE was born on the 27th January 1877 in Edale, Derbyshire. He immigrated to Canada. (See #45 following).

–c. —-Arthur Ernest GEE was born in September 1880 in Edale, Derbyshire. He married his first cousin Mabel Gertrude COOPER (See #46 following).

–d. —-Frederick Flox GEE was born in 1883 in Edale, Derbyshire. Frederick was an adopted child. On the 1891 England Census his last name was GEE. However, on the 1901 Census, his last name was Clower.

Fred (Fredrick Flox) GEE (Clower) born 1883 is Arthur Gee’s youngest brother. However, on the 1901 census is last name is listed as Clower. Fred was a driver on the railway at the L.W.E. Road but retired eighteen months ago [possibly 1948]. They have no family, except for one adopted boy.

His wife had a milk business and is doing about four hundred gallons a day. They have seven men and three or four women workers, with six trucks and vans and are also running a catering business.
It is nothing to have eighty to one hundred dinners a day. Fred hasn’t much peace in his retirement as the house is always full.

Children of Alfred Henry GEE and Lydia MORRIS were:

–a. —-John Henry MORRIS was born in 1886 in Derbyshire.
–b. —-Mabel Elizabeth MORRIS was born in 1887 in Derbyshire.

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The following story was taken from Hetty`s diary and Arthur Ernest GEE was the narrator:

Alfred Henry Gee born 1851 in Kinder, Derbyshire, died December 10th, 1919 at age sixty eight years, interred in Edale church. Alfred composed music and played organ for the church.

In 1881, Alfred Gee was farming 65 acres of land.

Alfred’s first wife was Eliza Platt of an Edale family and lived at Greenland Edale the home of mother’s parents [The Platts]. Mother [Eliza Platt] died at the age of thirty six years in 1884. Very stout and heart trouble. We moved from there in 1884 when Fred was eighteen months old to UPPER BOOTH farm in Edale, Father’s own farm which he inherited in 1886. Aunt Alice and Aunt Frances [Arthur Andrew’s wife to be] taking care of the children and house in turn.

Doctors advised Dad to go south on account of asthma so he sold UPPER BOOTH farm and bought a business in Derby. It did not pay so he left and bought a business at Borrowash, five miles on the Nottingham side of Derby.

Frank and Charles being with him, Fred and I were left with Grandmother and Uncle Edwin at Gowhole (Jowhole Farm) farm near New Mills.

Frank and Charlie left school to go and learn farming. In 1893 he sold the business and came to Ashover about ten miles from here. They were to manage this farm for a gentleman’s son whose health was poor.

When all the arrangements were made, his son died. So they took the farm on themselves. Dad started with asthma again and in 1896 gave it up and came to Stavely.

Frank and Charlie went to work for Mr. Bates who was building houses, carrying on a business as a furniture and hardware shop and Mues; that is a Waggonett (a vehicle in the UK), funerals and weddings, and carting contractor. They stayed there several years and then went on to work the railway.

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-32. –Emma Jane GEE (7) (Frank GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born in December 1860 in Edale, Derbyshire and she died on the 21st March 1935. She married Alfred COOPER (1856 – 29th June 1893) in 1881 at the All Saints Church in Glossop. He was the son of Levi COOPER and Louisa. Emma is buried at the Stavely Cemetery. She outlived both of her children.

Children of Emma Jane GEE and Alfred COOPER were:

–a. —-Mabel Gertrude COOPER was born on the 12th January 1887 in Glouchestershire and she died on the 19th February 1925. (See #47 following).
–b. —-Norman COOPER was born circa 1889 and died in 1931. (See #48 following).

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-33. –Alice Maria GEE (7) (Frank GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born circa 1863 in Edale, Derbyshire and she died in 1920 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. She married Thomas William ROBERTS in 1895 at the All Saints Church in Glossop. Thomas was born circa 1875 in New Mills, Derbyshire and died in Unity, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Children of Alice Maria GEE and Thomas ROBERTS were:

–a. —-Horace Herbert W ROBERTS was born in June 1898 in Gorton, Lancashire and died in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

Taken from Hetty`s diary:

Thomas Roberts died young near Unity, Saskatchewan. He used something to stop his feet sweating and caused his death. In 1910 Aunt Alice was living in a sod shack in Unity, Saskatchewan.
Thomas Roberts immigrated to Canada in 1902, Alice and Horace arrived in 1904.

Alice died at fifty seven years of age. She and her son Horace are buried at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

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This picture was taken in July 2010. This old barn is the only original building left standing on the farm that Eliza and Arthur brought their family to in 1902. The old barn is believed to have been built in 1890.

-34. –Elizabeth Frances GEE (7) (Frank GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born on the 04th January in Godley, Edale, Derbyshire and she died on the 26th July 1932 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada. She married Arthur ANDREW (20th October 1858 – 28th October 1934) on the 02nd July 1888 in New Mills, Derbyshire at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. Arthur was the son of John ANDREW and Elizabeth ROBINSON. The family immigrated to Canada in 1902, crossing the Atlantic aboard the ship `Tunisian`.

Children of Elizabeth Frances GEE and Arthur ANDREW were:

–a. —-John Henry ANDREW was born on the 01st June 1889 in Hyde, Derbyshire and he died on the 11th June 1970 in Kelwood, Manitoba, Canada. (See #49 following).

–b. —-Edwin Arthur ANDREW was born on the 30th October 1891 in Hyde, Derbyshire and he died on the 19th October 1949 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. (See #50 following).

–c. —-Sydney ANDREW was born on the 17th March 1893 in Hyde, Derbyshire and he died on the 20th April 1972 in Rapid City, Manitoba, Canada. (See #51 following).

–d. —-Frances Elizabeth ANDREW was born on the 04th January 1895 in Hyde, Derbyshire and she died on the 12th August 1977 in Nippawin, Saskatchewan, Canada. (See #52 following).

–e. —-Beatrice Catherine ANDREW was born on the 26th January 1897 in Hyde, Derbyshire and she died on the 23rd July 1974 in Kenora, Ontario, Canada. (See #53 following).

–f. —-Edith Anne ANDREW was born on the 20th January 1899 in Hyde, Derbyshire and she died on the 25th January in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. (See #54 following).

–g. —-Hester Victoria ANDREW was born on 16th February 1901 in Hyde, Derbyshire and she died on the 15th July 1984 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada. (See #55 following).

–h. —-One still born child crossing the Atlantic on the Tunisian.

–i. —- Frederick Walter ANDREW (8) (Elizabeth Frances GEE-7, Frank GEE-6, John GEE-5, Thomas GEE-4, Ralph GEE-3, Francis GEE-2, Ralph GEE-1) was born on the 24th April 1905 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada and died on the 5th July 1944 in Parry Saskatchewan, Canada. He married Celeste STEWART on the 03rd August 1939. They had no children. Fred bought a farm near Parry, Saskatchewan in 1944. Later that same year a storm blew-up and while he was in the barn, unharnessing the horses, a bolt of lightning came down through the opening to the loft, and killed him. He was standing in a puddle of water at the time. He was buried in Regina on July 20th, 1944.

This picture of Fred was taken shortly before he died.  It is the last known picture of him.  Before they could afford tractors, this was how they did their farming.  This six-horse team is getting ready to do some seeding.

I don’t think that I would like to be on the receiving end of this run-away team of horses should they decide to spook.

–j. —-Jessie Alice (Twin) ANDREW was born on the 04th March 1908 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada and she died on the 25th June 1997 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. (See #56 following).

–k. —-Constance Emma (Twin) ANDREW was born on the 04th March 1908 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada and she died on the 09th November 1984 in Plumas, Manitoba, Canada. (See #57 following).

TO MOTHER
[Narrator is Hetty Lindstrom]

Mother was a Derbyshire lass who had been brought up on a farm. Her father died when she was quite young and her mother carried on with the farm with the help of the children; Uncle Edwin and Mother being the main helpers. Mother married at the age of eighteen I think; and her mother died four years later which left Uncle Edwin on the farm alone.

Mother’s life was not an easy one for when in England when they had the milk round, she would have to deliver the milk besides her housework and milk cans. The children must attend school every day unless sick, shoes must be polished, etc. Sunday morning all the children at our home were dressed up in best clothes, boys had white starched collars and “dickies” I think they were called; and sent to Sunday school.

Frances Andrew [Platte] says “I’m going back to Harbour Farm in Newton” and I can see again our flag floors which Mother scrubbed white every week and sanded them. Our cellar was deep, whitewashed with big bins on one side, a big sink for washing dishes and milk cans situated below a nice sized cellar window. Upstairs we had nice big bedrooms and our hewn stone house was quite spacious, clean and airy.

Mother didn’t want to come to Canada but thought there might be better opportunities for her children here.

She was very sick on shipboard and said the food was very poor. Frances said she had a miscarriage so it must have been a hard trip for her. Travelling with seven children the eldest was thirteen and no money for necessities.

The day of our sale in England it poured and rained so the sale was not a success and they tried to ship our furniture. Nice mahogany chairs with mohair seats, and when they landed the backs were broken off, etc. Mother had been making all our clothes by hand and had just got a sewing machine and it too got twisted so it wouldn’t sew, so Mother had to sew for all of us for many years by hand.

Dad and Harry worked out at McLaughlin’s the first winter to buy food for the family. He paid six hundred dollars for his first team of horses, Major and Frank. We had one cow to provide milk and butter for nine of us. The house was rough and cold and we were not clothed for such a cold climate.

In summer Mother would walk with us children and hunt berries and pick them. She baked six big loaves of bread every day for many years when we were twelve at home. Made school lunches for four for sixteen years which must have been a problem with little [money] to buy with. Frances says “to me now it seems as if it must have been an awful big task, but mother was always cheerful – singing, brave and god fearing.”

Mother loved to attend English church and had all the children christened in the English church when babies. She sent us to Sunday school in summer time to Florenta School or a summer or two. Then when Jordan Church was built we went there occasionally but it was Methodist and mother didn’t care to attend and we didn’t learn very much so we stopped going. During the last years of mothers’ life the little church at St. Helen’s was kept open for her.

And her body rests in the graveyard there after many years of hardship and toil, scrubbing rough floors and living in a cold house and all the other hardships of pioneer days.

The minister preached a lovely service at her funeral and we all know she is not dead but gone to be forever with the Lord.


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LEFT TO RIGHT: Connie, Jessie, Eva, Isabel and Eliza at the Andrew farm circa 1921. Unfortunately I had to cut this picture down a bit to make it smaller for downloading. Eliza is about 53 years old in the picture, but she looks much older. She is still dressed in the Victorian era, with long dresses. It appears that the twins are also dressed in long dresses.

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One response to “John Thomas GEE and Isabella MOWER (#’s 20 – 33)

  • Sandra

    Hello Angela – just to say that I have put new details onto the Derbyshire wills pages – John Froggatt 1701. In this he devises land in Jowhole, Greenlands and Bowdon farms, (Crowdenlee Booth) Edale to his 2 children John Froggatt and Ellen Carrington, and their heirs. I am inputting this here as these are names mentioned on your Gees site and may be of interest.

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