Jessie MOGRIDGE 1867 – 1938
Jessie MOGRIDGE, my great grandmother, was born on the 27 December 1867 at Totnes Union Workhouse, Devon; as Jessie daughter of Harriet MOGRIDGE; Harriet MOGRIDGE was the informant and made her mark, residing at the Union Workhouse, Totnes.
Her baptism took place on 24 January 1868 Totnes, Devon; as Jessie d/o Harriett MUGRIDGE, abode Totnes Union House, Illegitimate.
The 1871 census taken 2 April 1871 at the Totnes Union Workhouse shows Jessia MUGRIDGE age 3 b Totnes Union, a pauper, with her unmarried mother Harriet 39, sister Emily 9 and sister Louisa 9.
The Totnes Union Workhouse was a large stone building, erected in 1838/9, at the cost of about £6000 and had room for 380 paupers. In 1871 the census showed there were 242 inmates. The majority of those forced into the workhouse were not the work-shy, but the old, the infirm, the orphaned, unmarried mothers, and the physically or mentally ill. The Union Workhouse was one of the largest and most significant buildings in the area. Entering its harsh regime and spartan conditions was considered the ultimate degradation. http://www.workhouses.org.uk/ has much information about workhouses and conditions there. It is interesting to read about the food rations.
In 1880 Harriet married Thomas TOZER at Rattery Devon.
The 1881 census take on 3 April 1881 at Rattery lists Jessey MODGRIDGE age 13 b Totnes, listed as daughter of Thomas TOZER 62 and Harriett TOZER 52.
On the 7 April 1887 Alfred GOSS, the son of Isaac & Mary Grace, a 22 year old labourer and Jessie MOGRIDGE age 20, a spinster were married after banns at the Rattery Church. Both Alfred and Jessie signed in the presence of George GOSS & Mary Ann GOSS, siblings of Alfred.
Their son William Henry GOSS was born 9 August 1887 at Mill Cross, Rattery and baptized on the 5th of September.
Sadly, before the year was over, Alfred GOSS had died and was buried on the 29 October at Rattery.
Banns of marriage between George Henry PULLEYBLANK, bachelor and Jessie GOSS, widow, both Sojourners in this parish were published February 1, 8 and 15 at Rattery.
The marriage took place 21 February 1891 at Rattery and George Henry PULLEYBLANK was listed as a 26 year old tailor, residing Rattery, father John PULLEYBLANK a Labourer; Jessie GOSS age 24, widow, residing Rattery, father is left blank.
A few weeks later, on 5 April 1891, the census finds then living at Horsebrook Cottages, South Brent, Devon in 2 rooms, as George PULLEYBLANK 25, a journeyman tailor, Jessie 24 and stepson William GOSS 3.
Later that year, their son Frederick John PULLEYBLANK is born 24 November 1891.
On the 30 March 1894 the next son George PULLEYBLANK is born at Horsebrook Cottages, Avonwick, South Brent, Devon.
The next son Edwin Charles PULLEYBLANK is born 1 September 1896 but sadly dies at age 10 months and is buried in the South Brent churchyard.
Daughter Rose Violet PULLEYBLANK is born 10 June 1899.
Jessie PULLEYBLANK dies the 19 of November 1938 at 3 Wellington Square, South Brent, Devon and her husband George Henry dies less than a week later. They are buried together in the churchyard which is only steps from their home.
I am so glad that I decided to take part in the 52 Ancestors challenge by Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small