I was at a postcard fair in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk over the weekend and as well as searching the topographical postcards boxes, I can never resist looking in the people or social history sections as well.
As you know I love all these beautiful old photographs and find it so sad that there are so many that we will never know who they are to make a family tree match – therefore any with the slightest mention of a name, place or date catch my eye!!
One I found at the weekend, as below, had on the back the most amazing amount of information to enable research:
The writing on the back states:
This photo was taken at Dover 10-10-14 of Hannah FOSTER nee SNELLING born at Wortham Suffolk November 9th 1832
This means Hannah was aged 82 and as indicated living in Dover in 1914 – could I find any links to her Suffolk family!!
Using Ancestry I quickly discovered that Hannah SNELLING was baptised in Wortham Suffolk on 24th February 1833 the daughter of John and Frances SNELLING.
Hannah aged 19 married Frederick William FOSTER who was aged 21 in Wortham Suffolk on 16th December 1851.
The 1861 census, as below, shows Hannah and Frederick FOSTER living in Hastings in Sussex with children Frederick William aged 8 and Fanny P aged 2.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG 9; Piece: 560; Folio: 136; Page: 40; GSU roll: 542661
The 1901 census shows her living at Hill House, High Street in Hastings Sussex aged 68 a widow and living with her was her son Augustus FOSTER aged 31, whose occupation was a teacher.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 865; Folio: 30; Page: 10
By the 1911 census she is aged 78 and still living at 79 High Street in Hastings in Sussex, but is shown on her own, however is shows she had been married for 40 years and had had seven children five of whom were still alive, as below;
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 4737; Schedule Number: 17
Hannah died aged 87 the 2nd January 1920 at 79 High Street in Hastings in Sussex. Her Probate record names her son Frederick William FOSTER whose occupation was a Painter.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
This is an amazing photograph that I would love to reunite with a FOSTER or SNELLING family member if possible – I have found mention of Hannah in a few family trees on Ancestry so I will message accordingly.
I wonder what the occasion of the photograph, taken by Dover Photographer Charles HARRIS was on 10th October 1914 – did Hnnah have a relative going off to World War 1 who wanted a photographic memory of her possibly?
I will keep you updated!