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Dexter family history / ancestry
The Dexter family came from Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
Arthur William Dexter(1857-1905) was born in Loughborough.
He was the youngest of seven: Maria (1840-1908), John(b1842 - died in infancy), Elizabeth (1845-1878), John (1847-1868), George (1853-c1900), and Mary (1855-1926) were his siblings.
(The reuse of a name after an infant death was fairly common.)
Arthur William Dexter married Sarah Betts in 1893 in Great Ponton, Lincs.
About twelve years later, Sarah died, aged 34, (about four months after her husband's death) after a long mental illness, but the notes from the asylum at the time showed that she had two admissions. The first was six months after the birth of her third child, Jack, which she recovered from in about eight months, being released in August 1898. (She and her husband had lived with her parents in Great Ponton until 1896, when they had two children.) On admission the first time she was classified as 'suicidal' but 'not dangerous'. A year after her release her last child, Wilf, was born. About six months later her father died, and about a year after his death she was readmitted. This time she was classified as 'not suicidal', but 'dangerous', the reverse of her first admission. She never left the asylum, and died just over five years later. The notes did not show her as particularly 'dangerous', but someone who was both mentally and physically frail. The significance of being diagnosed as 'dangerous' could be that with a young family, the doctors would not release her. (surmise). About every three months or so a few lines were written by doctors about her current condition. Her last years were recorded on about three pages of foolscap.
Coincidently in the week of her death the Grantham Journal carried a short article on the factors affecting the Increase of Insanity.
Move the cursor over the photo to see a photo of Sarah and her family.
Arthur's parents were William (1822-c1900) and Elizabeth Yeomans(1819-1865).
William's parents from Leicester were John(a cordwainer) and Maria.
Arthur and Sarah's eldest son, also named Arthur William was in the Medical Corps in World War One. Their other sons John Cyril (Jack) and Wilfrid (Wilf), were also in WW1.
Wilf Dexter was married in the village of North Witham Lincolnshire and lived there for about 20 years before moving to the King William public house in Boston Lincs at the beginning of World War Two.
Any information and/or photos from descendants of the Dexter families would be appreciated.
Betts family history / ancestry
The Betts family came from Great Ponton,Lincolnshire.
James Betts(1831-1900) married Sarah Rimington (b1836) in 1858.They had four daughters:
Matilda Betts(b1858) married Joseph Mitchell (b1850) , kept the Bluebell pub in Grantham.
Joseph and Matilda's children were:
Edgar Betts Mitchell (b1883), Bertha Mitchell (b1890), Dora Mitchell (b1892), Hilda Mitchell (b1894), and Grace Mitchell (b1896).
Mary Betts(b1860) married George Walker, kept the Ordnance Arms pub in Waltham Abbey,Essex.
Rebecca Betts(1863-1931) married Robert Killingley(1873-1947) in 1912.
Sarah Betts(1877-1906) married Arthur William Dexter in 1893 in Great Ponton.
Mary Walker had two daughters, Gertrude(b1889) and Phyllis(b1892).
Getrude Walker married Charles W.H. Carter in 1913 in Edmonton,Essex.
Phyllis Walker married Charles Leonard Speller in 1915 in Waltham Holy Cross,Essex.
Any information and/or photos from descendants of Gertrude Carter and Phyllis Speller families would be appreciated.
Mitchell family history / ancestry
Joseph and Matilda Mitchell kept the Bluebell pub in North Street, Grantham, which was opposite the grocer shop run by Alfred Roberts, the father of Margaret Thatcher. The shop is now a health shop, but the pub was demolished to make way for a ring road. The Dexter family moved next door to the pub before the birth of Wilf, probably to get support for their difficult family circumstances.
Edgar Betts Mitchell married Ann Heywood from Saxilby, Lincolnshire. They had the following children:
Stanley Mitchell (b1904), Irene Mitchell (b1906), Doris Mitchell (b1907), Vera Mitchell (b1909), Majorie Mitchell (b1910).
They lived at 78 Grantley Street, Grantham.
Any information and/or photos from descendants of the Mitchell families would be appreciated.
Pell family history / ancestry
The Pell family came from the village of Witham-on-the-Hill,Lincolnshire.
Thomas Edward Pell(1820-1890) married Elizabeth Harrison(1825-1909) of Nassington, Northants in 1845.
They had twelve children.
One of their sons, Amos Pell (1859-1944), pictured here, married Sarah Ann Harrison(1865-1953) of Kirkby Underwood.
They had seven children - Elizabeth,William,Leonard,Cecil,Sidney,Beatrice, and Dolly.
Amos had two cousins (John Harrison and Mark Harrison) from his mother's side, who emigrated to America.
Harrison family history / ancestry
James Harrison(1815-1909) lived in the village of Kirkby Underwood, Lincolnshire and was the father of Sarah Ann Harrison (Amos Pell's wife).
Roll over James' photograph for Amos and Sarah.
James Harrison also had two sons who emigrated to America - William Henry Harrison (1842-1919) in 1866 to Capac,Michigan, and John Bagworth Harrison (1847-1934) in 1876 to Capac, then Edmore,Michigan.
Geeson family history / ancestry
George Geeson of South Witham Lincs renovated bikes with his brother Leonard Geeson for many years in their workshop in South Witham. They would restore an old wreck to pristine condition with their own electrolysis 'bath' for re-chroming handlebars etc, and re-enamelling was done as well. Leonard used to scoot around South Witham in a Sinclair C5. George is now in his 100th year.
Arthur William Dexter (1894-1957) lived with his Aunt Mary Sophia Main (b1855 nee Dexter) and her husband Arthur Main (b1855) in Liscard near Liverpool after he was orphaned in 1906. Arthur Main and Mary Sophia Main had four children that we know of : Mary L E Main (b1883), Isabel Sophia Main (b1886), Alfred Ernest Main (b1891), and Edith Annie Main (b1892). The Main family were all born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, except for Mary L E who was born in Kansas, U.S.A. Arthur Main was a builder.
Any information and/or photos from descendants of the Main families would be appreciated.
Widdowson family history / ancestry
Arthur William Dexter (1857-1905) lived with his eldest sister Maria Widdowson in Loughborough Leicestershire from at least 1871 until about 1882 (when William and Maria and family) moved to Nottingham. Arthur moved to Grantham about 1890.
Maria Dexter(1840-1908) married William Widdowson (1841-1911).
They had several daughters, the first four born in Loughborough :
Mary Elizabeth (b1869), Annie Maria (b1870), Ann Radford (b1875), Sarah Dexter (b1879).
There were two daughters Ann (b1882) and Nellie (b1885) in Nottingham.
(I believe Ann Radford died in 1881, hence the reuse of the name.)
Annie Maria Widdowson married Albert Green in 1895.
Annie Maria and Albert had a daughter Winifred Mary Green(b1900).
Winifred Green married Cyril Bird in Nottingham in 1925.
Any information and/or photos from descendants of the Widdowson families would be appreciated.
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