Thursday, 3 February 2022

Frances Elizabeth Weiste nee Paul (1874-1959)

Frances was a cousin of my grandmother Emma Ivall nee Armitage (1883-1970). The mother of Frances was Sarah Sophia Paul nee Pinnuck (1854 – 1916), who was an elder sister to Ellen Armitage nee Pinnuck (1855-1913), Emma’s mother. 

Sarah Sophia Pinnuck married Luke Paul on 8 June 1873 at St Andrew’s, Enfield. She was aged 19, he was 27, a labourer. Their only child, Frances Elizabeth Paul, was born on 3 February 1874 in Enfield. Luke joined the Metropolitan Police in 1875.

The 1881 census shows Luke (aged 34, born in Thetford, Norfolk, a police constable), Sarah (26, born in Enfield) and Frances (7, born in Enfield) living at 34 Catherine Street, St Paul Covent Garden, Strand in London. Also listed at the address were Luke’s brother William Paul (30) as well as Sarah’s brothers Alfred (18) and George (14) Pinnuck.

In 1891 Frances (aged 17, a milliner’s apprentice) was living at 3 Tenison Street, Lambeth, which was a lodging house run by her mother. Also listed at the address were Frances Pinnuck (67), mother of Sarah. There were 8 lodgers (including 3 actresses) staying there. Tenison Street no longer exists. Its site (near Waterloo Bridge) is now occupied by the Hayward Gallery. The census shows that Luke Paul (44) was a patient in Charing Cross Hospital. He left the Metropolitan Police in 1896 and moved to Hitchin, Hertfordshire with his wife Sarah, where he ran The Highlander pub, 45 Tilehouse Street.

Frances Paul married Diedrich Franz Felix Weiste on 9 January 1899 at St Mary’s Hitchin. She was aged 25, he was 28. He was born in 1871 in Tulse Hill, Lambeth. He is listed in the 1881 census, living in Beckenham with his father John Diedrich Weiste (aged 44, a warehouseman, born in Germany), mother Clara (38, born in Germany) and siblings aged 12, 11, 7 and 1, all born in London. Diedrich was initiated into the Freemasons in 1898, when his occupation was “manufacturer’s agent”.

Frances and Diedrich had a daughter Helene Clara Selma Pauline, born 22 November 1899. She was baptised at Holy Trinity, Penge on 3rd February 1900. The record shows the family’s address as 29 Honley Road, Catford and Diedrich’s occupation as manufacturer’s agent. They had a second daughter, Dorothea Eileen W, born in January 1901. The 1901 census shows the family (with a domestic servant) living at 65 Byne Road, Sydenham, a pleasant suburb of South London.  The house still exists and looks to be quite spacious.

In 1911 the family, still living at 65 Byne Road, consisted of Diedrich Weiste (aged 40), Frances (37), Helena (11) and Dorothea (10). Diedrich’s occupation is hard to read, but it seems to be “Rope turner, yarn and mat agent”. He is shown as an employer. The house had 7 rooms. Also listed was Frances Pinnuck (18). She was a daughter of Alfred Pinnuck, Sarah Paul’s brother. Alfred died in 1897 and his wife Harriett died in 1901, so Frances Pinnuck was an orphan. She had gone to live with Sarah and Luke Paul in Hitchen in 1901 and married George Henry Kemp in 1914. An item about the life of Frances Elizabeth Kemp nee Pinnuck is on this blog.

The 1914 Kelly’s Directory for London lists Diedrich Weiste & Co, Twine and mat agents, 30 Little Trinity Lane, City of London. Electoral Registers indicate that Diedrich and Frances were living at Blair Gowrie, South Benfleet (a village in Essex between Basildon and Southend-on-Sea) between 1918 and 1922. The 1921 census shows the family living at this address, which had 7 rooms. Those listed in the household were Diedrich (aged 50), Frances (47), Helena (21) and Dorothea (20) Weiste, also Ethel Mott (27, a domestic servant) and Gladys Mott (4). Diedrich and Frances are both shown as manufacturer's agents, with their place of work being 30 Little Trinity Lane.

Electoral Registers show that Deidrich and Frances moved to Orchard House, Oak Road, Green Street Green, Farnborough, Kent in 1923. This is now in the Borough of Orpington, on the SE edge of London. Deidrich’s business address changed to 63 Queen Victoria Street in 1925.

A 1930 passenger list shows Dorothea Weiste, aged 29, on board a ship travelling from Liverpool to Rangoon in Burma. It gives her occupation as lecturer and says that she intends to reside in Burma. I can find no more British records relating to Dorothea, so it seems that she did not return to the UK. Burma was a British colony until 1948.

The 1938 Kelly’s Directory shows that Frances was running a shop (listed under Domestic Stores) at 1 The Parade, Poverest Road, St Mary Cray, Orpington.  

The 1939 Register shows Diedrich (born 17 March 1871, a twine and carpet manufacturing agent), Frances (born 3 February 1874, a shop manager) and Helena (born 22 November 1899, a shop assistant) living at Orchard House, Oak Road.

Diedrich died on 27 January 1955 aged 83. Probate records give his address as Orchard House, Oak Road. He left £933 and the executor was his daughter Helena, who was a spinster. Frances died on 9 January 1959 aged 84. She had the same address and executor, the estate was £319.

Helena died on 7 February 1985 aged 85. She was living at Isard House, Glebe House Drive, Hayes and left £53,415. I don’t have a record of Dorothea’s death.

No comments:

Post a Comment