Angela Manders has sent me some photos of her Moss / Holton family, including this group. She says lady in the centre is Elizabeth Linford née Holton, (1839-1917). The youngest lady seated at the far left of the photo is her youngest daughter Elizabeth (1884-1964) whose husband William Ridgway is standing behind her. Another daughter, Caroline (born in 1876), is seated at the far right of the photo. She married Joseph Moss in 1901 in Peckham where they continued to live – again, he is standing behind his wife.
Angela wonders if anyone can help identify the other people in the photo and help her to date it. Elizabeth had given birth to ten children, of whom seven were lived to adulthood:
- Joseph ?Inns (1857-58) – died age 1
- William George (1862-79) – died age 17
- Eliza Ann (1867-1871) – died age 4
- Emily Maria (1870-1942) m. Alfred Jesse Bennett – age 39 in 1909, living with husband & 5 children in Buckingham
- James Thomas (1872-1934) m. Ada Tasker – age 37 in 1909, living in Rugby, Warwickshire with wife and children – the youngest of whom was only born in the first quarter of 1909, so perhaps unlikely to be in Tingewick in April 1909
- Joseph (1874-1937) m. Minnie Lucy Collier Steeden (no children) – age 35 in 1909, perhaps living separately from wife who – by 1911 – was in Nottinghamshire
- Daniel (1875-1918) m. Clara Ethel Smith – age 34 in 1909, living in Leicestershire with his wife and 3 children: the youngest was 1 year old in 1909
- Caroline (1876-1960) m. Joseph Moss – age 32 in 1909, living in London with her husband and 8-year-old son
- Esther (1878-1956) m. James Linford – age 31 in 1909, living with her husband and three children in Maids Moreton [in spite of the same surname I’ve not found a family connection between them … yet!]
- Elizabeth (1884-1964) m. William Ridgeway – age 25 when she married in April 1909, still living with her mother in Tingewick in 1911
We know that daughter Elizabeth jnr. (identified by Angela as sitting at the far left of the picture) married William Ridgway five days after Elizabeth snr’s birthday, on 19th April 1909, so – since William is standing behind Elizabeth in the same way that Caroline’s husband stands behind her – I think this photo is unlikely to have been taken more than a year or two before that. Elizabeth jnr. would have been 25 in 1909: again, her appearance agrees more or less with that date. I then wondered if it might be a gathering of the family to celebrate Elizabeth’s 70th birthday on 14th April 1909, with a second celebration (of Elizabeth jnr’s marriage) to come a few days later.
Three of Elizabeth’s surviving daughters still lived in the Buckingham area (Caroline – sitting at the right of the photo – was living in London). The lady in the white blouse beside Caroline looks a bit older and might be Emily, aged 39: but where is Esther (aged 31)? Perhaps she is the smiling lady behind the man (presumably her husband, James Linford) seated with the child. The man in the centre, standing behind Elizabeth, could be Elizabeth’s middle son Joseph, aged 35, whose marriage to Minnie Steeden might already have failed – by 1911 she was living in Nottingham; later she worked in Canada and only returned to England a few weeks before she died at the end of 1934.
The couple at the far left of the photo might be youngest son Daniel (age 34) and his wife Clara who would have travelled here from Leicestershire. It’s perhaps less likely that it would be Elizabeth’s oldest son James, since his wife – Ada née Tasker – had given birth in the first part of 1909 so they would probably have been unable to come all the way from Rugby. But that leaves me unable to guess who the final lady at the far right of the picture might be. Perhaps, then, James and his wife did make the journey and she, not surprisingly, has been given a chair with James standing beside her. The last unidentified lady might then be Emily, unaccompanied by her husband
Does anyone have any photos of any of the people mentioned to help prove or disprove my theory?