Seeking the elusive Edith Rosa SINCLAIR

I hit a brick wall several years ago in my own paternal family tree tracing details of my great grandmother’s birth.

Edith Rosa Sinclair

Edith Rosa Sinclair taken with two of her children Doris and Walter

Edith Rosa Sinclair married Walter Ernest Crisp on 5th April 1915 in Islington, London. The marriage certificate shows her age as 25, her father as Edward Sinclair deceased who was a commercial clerk and her place of residence as 44 Upper Park Street.

 Walter & Edith Rosa marriage cert

Edith Rosa CRISP (nee SINCLAIR) died on the 29th January 1954 in Ipswich Borough General Hospital in Ipswich Suffolk and the death certificate records her age as 64.

Edith Crisp (nee Sinclair) death cert

If either of the recorded ages are correct, her birth should be sometime between 1889 and 1901, but I can’t find any trace of her either on the 1901 or 1911 census or relevant birth index.

I did find a birth for an Edith Rosa SINCLAIR in 1881 with parents William and Clara, but again these do not fit with father’s name of Edward SINCLAIR on her marriage certificate.

Edith Rosa Birth Cert mother Clara

No one within my family knows much about her life before she married in 1915 and although it has been mentioned that she possibly came from Scotland I have also been unable to find her in Scottish records.

I thought the 1911 census would be the breakthrough I needed,  but I have not been able to locate her anywhere in these records at all and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the 1921 census may provide the clue I need.

The other strange thing is that within the surviving family members I have been in contact with no one can remember what date her Birthday was, as that may have helped a bit!

Her daughter Doris Edith (my grandmother) died tragically young aged 53 in 1967 the mother of six children, who would like to know more about their grandmother’s history and family.

I am therefore stuck with this line of my own family research, but ever hopeful that one day I will find the birth of the elusive Edith Rosa SINCLAIR!

 Edith Rosa Crisp with Dawn 1946

Edith Rosa CRISP (nee SINCLAIR) in 1946

Simon Last

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