This second family history letter is about Louisa Emma Barrett.
We know that my grandmother Louie was born on 6th June 1888, at 20 Stadium St., Chelsea, London, England – so she was a Londoner (but not ‘a Cockney’). Her parents were John Henry Barrett (a builder’s labourer, born in Hackney London in1856, and aged 80 when he died in 1936) and Hannah Schofield Howie (born on the Isle of Dogs in London in 1855, and 69 when she died in 1924). You might want to look up ‘Isle of Dogs’, Hackney and Chelsea using Google Maps. Louisa had two older brothers - John Thomas (born in 1880) and John Henry George (born in 1887, and therefore only a year older than Louisa). She had three younger siblings – Emma Beatrice (born 1890) with whom she was christened at St. Johns, Chelsea. Families often had two children christened at the same time to save having to pay the vicar more than once! However, there may have been some medical problem for Emma B, which prompted the christening so soon after her birth - because sadly she died in October, aged 5 months. I guess medicine was not as advanced in those days. The twins - Frank and (would you believe this ?) Hannah Rose – were born in 1892. Then finally, little brother Harry R was born in 1902. Isn’t it strange that they had a Hannah Rose Barrett, and we have a Hannah Rose Martin born 102 years later?
There were two elderly ladies living in Cromwell Road when I was about 5, and I think they must have been distant family, but have no idea who. I should know, because (by a quirk of fate) they later moved to Birchington in Kent in the 1970s and became my patients when I was a local doctor!