A lovely old photograph find a while back had very helpful writing on the back and stated that it was of Edith Mary GUTTERIDGE who was born 2nd April 1869 and that the photograph had been taken in May 1871 – the Photographer was Thomas MONK from Gravesend in Kent.
On quick investigation I found Edith Mary GUTTERIDGE on the 1871 census, as below, aged 2 living in Gravesend in Kent with her parents Matthew aged 44 and Mary aged 33 and siblings Charles aged 4 and Herbert aged 3. Her father Matthew’s occupation was a School Master and he was born in Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire and his wife Mary was born in Reading in Berkshire.
Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 891; Folio: 46; Page: 31; GSU roll: 823483 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census
Her parents Matthew GUTTERIDGE and Mary Jane WILLIAMS had married in the September quarter of 1864 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire Registration District.
By the 1891 census, as below, Edith was aged 21 and working as a Governess in Braintree in Essex.
Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 1426; Folio: 8; Page: 8; GSU roll: 6096536 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 England Census
The 1911 census, as below, shows her aged 42 as a visitor staying in Leatherhead in Surrey with Mary Edith MARSH and her occupation is still shown as a Governess.
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 2969; Schedule Number: 286 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
By 1939 the register, as below, shows she was living in Sevenoaks in Kent and her occupation was shown as a Private Teacher retired – living with her was Mary E MARSH the lady she had been staying with in 1911.
Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/1844D Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register
Edith Mary GUTTERIDGE never married and died in the October quarter of 1953 aged 85 and her death was registered in the Folkestone in Kent Registration District – I have also found the cemetery register, as below, which shows she died on 5th November and was buried on 7th November in Hawkinge Cemetery in Kent, Her final address is shown as 26 Grimston Gardens in Folkestone.
Source Citation: Shepway District Council; Folkstone, Kent, England; Shepway Burial Registers Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2016
I have also investigated Edith’s siblings further and there full names were:
Charles Bayley GUTTERIDGE born in 1866, Herbert Farmer GUTTERIDGE born in 1867, Hugh Edward GUTTERIDGE born in 1872, Mabel Ellen GUTTERIDGE born in 1873, Marian Enid GUTTERIDGE born in 1876 and Arthur Arnold GUTTERIDGE born in 1878,
Therefore hopefully there are descendants of these siblings out there and it would be great to reunite this old photograph of Edith Mary GUTTERIDGE with them if possible – if you have a family link please send me an email.