Emma Jarvis wife of John Jarvis in doorway, also Walter, Emily and their daughter Mabel. (Now known to be Farris, not Jarvis)
Editor: The above photograph (postcard) was for sale on eBay some months ago. I kept a copy so that I could start some research.
I have added below the back view of the postcard which shows the original writing. I doubt very much whether the name is Jarvis, as the ‘J’ is completely different to the ‘J’ in John. I think it is an ‘F’ and the name is probably Ferris or Farris.
Unfortunately the surname of Walter, Emily and Mabel isn’t mentioned. My research continues.
Update 24.01.17. I have established that their surname was Hayter. Emily being the married daughter of John and Emma Farris. The little girl Mabel Hayter was born in Laindon 1906.
I can now update my research. I have a copy of Mabel Hayter’s birth certificate which shows she was born on 18th January 1906. Place of birth:- High Road, Laindon. Mother:- Emily Hayter, formerly Farris. Father:- Walter Hayter – general shop keeper of High Road, Laindon. It would appear the family was living above the shop and their daughter was born there.
A trip to the Essex Records Office this afternoon and a delve through the Electoral Registers showed Walter Hayter living on the Laindon Station Estate from 1906 (not mentioned before that date). He is also mentioned on the 1907 and 1908 Laindon Electoral Registers.
Unfortunately, many of those old Electoral records show only the name of the road without mentioning the house number or name. The 1914 and 1915 Electoral Registers do not mention Walter Hayter.
Earlier, I had looked the family up on the 1911 Census and found them living at 11 Oak Lane, Twickenham (Including mother-in-Law Emily Farris).
Therefore, I believe the date on the back of the photo is incorrect and it was actually taken late 1910 or early 1911, just before they moved to Twickenham. The little girl looks about 5 years old and that would tie in with that date.
The family came from Shaftesbury, Dorset where Walter and Emily married in 1900. The 1901 Census shows they had moved to Acton, Middx. They moved to the shop/house in Laindon late 1905. (They are not on the Laindon 1905 Electoral Register, which is usually recorded early in the year).. They lived at the shop from then, until moving on to Twickenham by 1911.
To sum up, we now know the shop was somewhere on the Laindon High Road, within the Laindon Station Estate. Exactly where, is still to be established.
Mabel was an only child and she never married. She died 12th February1986 in Farnham, Surrey, aged 80.
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