Wedding photograph of Francis John KEAN and Mary SAVILE in Leeds in 1909 – are you related?

Another old wedding photograph postcard find I am trying to reunite also has useful clues written on the back to help with trying to identify the people in it, which could hopefully lead to it being reunited with a family member.

The photograph is of a bride and groom,as below:

KEAN Photo

On the reverse is written ‘With kind regards from Mr & Mrs F J KEAN’ with a date of 29th March 1909 and an address of 14 Blandford Grove, Blenheim Walk in Leeds, again as below:

KEAN Photo reverse

On a quick check of marriage records I have found that Francis John KEAN married Mary SAVILE in the March quarter of 1909 in Leeds Registration District, all which fits with the photograph.

I have the found the family on the 1911 census record, as below, and they know have two daughters Mary Frances Savile KEAN aged 1 year and Frances Mary Savile KEAN aged 2 months – Francis their father is aged 28 and his wife Mary aged 22. They are living at 78 Harehills Avenue in Leeds.

KEAN 1911 Census

Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 26964 – Source Information: 1911 England Census

Francis John KEAN was born in Forest Gate in Essex and his occupation is shown as an Assistant to a Professor of Machinist Engineering.

Sadly I then quickly discovered that Francis John KEAN died on 25th November 1918 at the 2nd London General Hospital, possibly as a result of injuries from World War 1 and below are his World War 1 medal card and probate entry;


Source Information: British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920

KEAN Probate

Source Information: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995

I need to investigate further to discover more about the story of this family, but in the meantime do you have a connection to the KEAN or SAVILE families, as it would be wonderful to reunite this lovely old family photograph with a relative if possible.

Simon LAST


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4 Responses to Wedding photograph of Francis John KEAN and Mary SAVILE in Leeds in 1909 – are you related?

  1. Another interesting post and how unusual to see a bride wearing glasses, or is that just me.
    Gill @book_magpie on Twitter

  2. Summer says:

    Thankyou so much for sharing! I was adopted and I’m currently looking for my biological family. My mother is an unknown Chinese woman but I found that my father was a Savile and I am trying to track the relatives down. I live in Leeds. I also used to stay on Harehills Avenue myself! (46) but now currently living in Seacroft. I have heard of a cousin named Amanda and another relative named Joyce. I am guessing their surnames are different but I really hope they see this so I can finally meet a relative for the first time !


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