I found a fantastic old wedding photograph, as below, on eBay this week which had lots of fascinating information written on the back, which would hopefully enable me to research it further – therefore how could I resist it!!
The writing on the reverse, as below, states that the photograph shows:
Mum and Dad’s Wedding Group – Elizabeth ANN GOATER to Thomas Frederick KING on 18th April 1902 written by Elise May PINK (Daughter)
Also in the wedding group are Dad’s two sisters, Mum’s brother in the centre and Dad’s Brother in Law is the other man.
Elsie May PINK is the wife of Wilfrid John PINK and mother of Sylvia Ann PINK
Surely with all this super information I could find enough further records to reunite this beautiful old photograph with a family member!!
Elizabeth Ann GOATER was born in the September quarter of 1881 and her birth was registered in the Isle of Wight Registration District – the 1891 census, as below, shows her aged aged 9 living in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight with her father Henry GOATER aged 45, her mother Ellen aged 32 and siblings George aged 13, Kate aged 7, Frank aged 5, Alice aged 3 and Ellen aged 1.
Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 897; Folio: 111; Page: 25; GSU roll: 6096007 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 England Census
This means that George or Frank must be Mum’s brother shown in the wedding group photograph – in 1902 George would have been aged 24 and Frank aged 16, so I think it most likely to be George GOATER.
Thomas Frederick KING was born in the June quarter of 1881 also on the Isle of Wight and the 1891 census, as below, shows him aged 10 living with his father William KING aged 40, his mother Ellen aged 49 and siblings George aged 14, John aged 12, Florence aged 7 and May aged 4.
Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891; Class: RG12; Piece: 897; Folio: 23; Page: 8; GSU roll: 6096007 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1891 England Census
Florence and May must be Dad’s two sisters shown in the wedding group and they would have been aged 18 and 15 in 1902.
The 1911 census, as below, shows Thomas Frederick KING aged 30 living with his wife Elizabeth Ann KING aged 30 and children Wilfred George aged 8, Reginald John aged 8, Lilian Ellen aged 5 and Elsie May aged 4 – also staying with them was Dad’s brother John Isaac KING AGED 32. The family were living at the Causeway Cottages in Freshwater on the Isle of Wight – here is some more information and history of Freshwater https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freshwater,_Isle_of_Wight
Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 5776; Schedule Number: 52 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
The daughter Elsie May KING shown in this census would be Elsie May PINK who wrote all the information on the reverse of the wedding group photograph – Elsie May KING married Wilfrid John PINK on 30th October 1937 in Redhill in Surrey, as per the marriage register entry below.
Source Citation: Surrey History Centre; Woking, Surrey; Surrey Church of England Parish Registers; Reference Number: P49/100/1/15 Source Information: Ancestry.com. Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937
Sadly I have discovered that the Groom in the photograph Thomas Frederick KING died in the October quarter of 1926 on the Isle of Wight aged only 45 – his wife Elizabeth Ann KING nee GOATER died aged 77 in the July quarter of 1958 with her death registered in the Southampton Registration District.
It would be wonderful to reunite this lovely old wedding photograph so if you have a family connection to the GOATER, KING or PINK families please send me an email or drop me a message as I would love to hear from you.