Issue 19

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The Leleux story

Rose Jane Stentiford

 

We published an  article in Issue 5 which touched briefly on the lives of Jessie Stentiford and her husband, Charles Leleux and were pleased when it brought us in touch with two of their descendents. We were intrigued to learn of the years of research carried out by two brothers - their great grandsons -  John Humphrey and Bruce Humphrey - in a quest to discover the history of the family into which Jessie had married. They join us this month as guest contributors and we hope that any reader who can add to this story will make contact and perhaps lead them into a new area of research.

Rose Jane Stentiford's story is typical of that of dozens of girls born into in our group of families. It hardly seems possible that anyone could have required a teen-age girl to do so much for such small returns. Rose worked a day that began at dawn and ended long after dusk. She grappled with housework, washing, ironing, cooking, running errands, and carrying coal and buckets of slops, up and down endless stairs, seven days a week, twelve months a year. There were no other servants kept in her household and her life must have been very lonely. Whoever said these were "the good old days"?

Keep in touch,

Muriel and Richard

 

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The Leleux story

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