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52 Ancestors: 8 - Feisty Great Aunt Jennie (1897-1986)
Amy at No Story Too Small has come up with a new challenge for 2014 - to write a post each week on a specific ancestor.
great aunt Jennie Danson (1897-1986) was, by all accounts, quite a
feisty character. She was the only daughter and last child of James
Danson and Maria Rawcliffe of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, born on 24th
December 1897, after eight surviving brothers - George then aged 3,
Frank 5, Albert 7, Tom 9, William 12 (my grandfather), Robert 16, John
18 and Harry 20 - a large family in a small terraced house. Her father
died when when was eight years old, and two brothers John and George
died in the First World War.
oldest photograph c. 1909 of Jennie (left) shows her to be around 12
years old, pictured with her mother and her niece Annie Maria, daughter
of brother John.
In leaving school, Jennie went to work in Poulton Post Office. Her
daughter Pam recalls a story that during the First World War, a telegram
was received at the Post Office for Mrs Maria Danson. Fearing the
worst, Jenny was allowed to run home with it. Fortunately it was good
news to say that brother Frank was in hospital in Malta but was doing well.
this a group (below) of Jennie's work colleagues, given they were all
dressed in the same skirts and blouses? Names on the reverse - Gerty
Roskell, Jennie Danson, Annie Jolly, Margaret Porter, Madge O' Rourke,
I love this photo (left) of Jennie, with the iconic 1920s hairstyle.
She was determined to lead her own life, much to the dismay of her
five unmarried brothers who were used to her running the home after the
death of their mother (Maria) in 1919. Jennie married Beadnell (Bill)
Stemp in 1929.
at the report below from the local paper - it makes for fascinating
reading, not least for the fulsome journalistic style and descriptions
of the dresses in a wedding 1920's style.
wedding of much local interest took place in the Poulton Parish Church
on Saturday afternoon the bride being Miss Jennie Danson daughter of the
late Mr and Mrs James Danson, Bull Street and the bridegroom Mr
Beadnell Stemp, son of Mr and Mrs B. Stemp, Jubilee Lane, Marton.
The bride who was given away by her brother Mr R. Danson was stylishly gowned in French grey georgette, veiling silk to tone.The
bodice which was shaped to the figure was quite plain, with a spray of
orange blossoms at the shoulder, while the skirt, which was ankle
length, was composed entirely of five picot edged scalloped circular
frills, and the long tight sleeves had circular picot edged frilled
cuffs in harmony.Her hat was of georgette to tone with uneven pointed dropping brim, having an eye veil of silver lace and floral mount.She carried a bouquet of pink carnations with silver ribbon and horsehoe attached,
H. Ditchfield (niece of the bride), wore a gown of delphinium blue
georgette, the corsage being in silver lace as also the edge of the
handkerchief pointed flare skirt.Her hat was in georgette to tone, in picture style and she carried a bouquet of blue irises in harmonise.
little bridesmaids, Miss Peggy Danson (niece of the bride) and Miss
Nellie Stemp (niece of the bridegroom) were daintily attired in primrose
and eu-de-nil georgette, the picot edged circular skirts made to
correspond to the dress of the bride, and they wore Dutch hats in
harmony, and both carried posy bouquets, with long streamers of ribbon
to tone with their dresses.
reception was held at the home of the bride’s brother after which the
newly married couple went to Chester where the honeymoon is being spent.
bride travelled in a dress of picky beige double georgette, the skirt
which was circular scalloped, with coat of faced cloth to tone, with
collar and cuffs in brown skunk fur.Her hat had a dropping brim of brown felt, while the crown was made of ribbon in shades of orange, reseda and fawm."
Jennie died in 1986 at the age of 88, leaving to her two daughters a legacy ofmemories of her own mother Maria, tangible family artifacts such as her mother’s tea set and jewellery,a large collection ofphotographs
(mostly with names inscribed on the back) and other family memorabilia, much
relating to her two youngest brothers Frank and George.
Jennie was truly a feisty fearless woman
Adapted from a post written in 2011 as part of the Fearless Females series to mark National Women's History Month in the USA.