Annie Mary Wadey

b. 11 March 1872, d. 11 December 1953
FatherHenry Wadey b. 5 Feb 1842, d. 3 Jan 1922
MotherMary Packham b. 15 Oct 1842, d. 10 Jan 1913
Annie Mary Taylor, August 1950. Photo courtesy of Rita MacLean.
     Annie Mary Wadey was born on 11 March 1872 at Frederick Terrace, Portslade, Sussex, England.1 She was the daughter of Henry Wadey and Mary Packham.
Annie Mary Wadey was baptized on 28 April 1872 at Portslade, Sussex, England, Father's name "Harry."2
Annie Mary Wadey worked in domestic service in Portslade where she met George Taylor her future husband.
Annie Mary Wadey married George Taylor, son of Moses Taylor and Harriet Terry, on 3 January 1897 at St Nicholas Church, Portslade, Sussex, England.3
On 6 February 1899 Annie Mary Wadey and George Taylor lived at 47 Elm Grove, Brighton, Sussex, England.
On 31 March 1901 Annie Mary Wadey and George Taylor lived at 11 London St, Brighton West, Sussex, England.4
George and Annie separated, probably in 1908, but never got divorced. George is said to have walked out on Annie leaving her for a barmaid (Sarah Langridge). It appears that he may have done this while Annie was pregnant with Ernest, as he was born 1 May 1908 and George had a child to Sarah Langridge (nee Gurr) on 1 Nov 1908. A year later on 29 Oct 1909, Annie had a child Florence Amy Taylor (called Midge) and she never identified the father, even to Midge.
On 29 October 1909 Annie Mary Wadey lived at 11 London St, Brighton, Sussex, England.5
Midge's father was not disclosed on her birth certificate and Midge once asked her mother who her father was but she wouldn't say. Midge worked in London but it is thought she returned to Brighton at some time, although she lived in Surrey after she married Thomas Keats in 1941.
Annie Mary Wadey was a shopkeeper on 2 April 1911.6
On 2 April 1911 Annie Mary Wadey lived at 12 London St, Brighton, Sussex, England.6
Annie also had two sons, Bob and Reg, both of whom worked on the railways. The father was said (by Ada Taylor) to be a man called Daniel who died about 1936/37. This date coincides with the death of Harry Finley who was living with Annie Mary Wadey when he died (and Annie purchased his gravesite in Portslade cemetery) so there is some doubt about whether the information about Daniel is correct.7
Annie Mary Wadey was a housekeeper on 6 March 1915.8
On 6 March 1915 Annie Mary Wadey lived at 19 Yardley Street, Preston, Brighton, Sussex, England.8
Annie Mary Wadey witnessed the death of Henry Wadey on 3 January 1922 at 19 Yardley St, Preston, Brighton, Sussex, England; He died of cerebral haemorrhage (5 days) and exhaustion.9
In March 1936 Annie Mary Wadey and Harry Finley lived at 19 Yardley St, Brighton, Sussex, England.
Harry Finley died on 23 Mar 1936 and it was Annie paid for his grave site at Portslade Cemetery (plot 00 95). The extent of the relationship with Harry is unknown at this stage but further research is being undertaken. It appears that Annie knew Harry at least as early as 1911 as in the 1911 census he was a widower age 44 years living at 10 London Rd with his two children Frederick William Finley age 16 years, and Harry Finley age 6 years, while Annie Mary Taylor was living with her children at 12 London Rd (ie probably next door to each other). Is it possible that Harry Finley is the father of Florence Amy (Midge?). This calls into question the accuracy of the information about the man called Daniel. Further research is required.
Arthur Taylor's son Ron can remember staying with some of Arthur's relatives when he was a boy. They lived at Selmeston, a small village between Lewes and Eastbourne. Their name was Finlayson (Constable Fred Finlayson and son Chubb) and they might have been cousins on Arthur's mother's side (ie Annie Mary Taylor). Ron remembers the Barley Mow pub as the centrepiece of the village and the constable having a drink with the boys and having to hide his drink from the sergeant of police who had wandered in (but who knew what was going on).
Ada never liked Arthur's mother Annie and would rarely go with Arthur when he visited his mother. She was quite bitter about Annie not liking her and that she didn't want Arthur to marry her. She also disagreed with the Annie's separation, having Midge, etc. Arthur's elder sister Winifred once said to Ada "I'll tell you her story one day" (but never did!). During WW II Ada made plans to evacuate her children to Australia while Arthur was away. This caused such an argument with Annie and her son Reg that she was asked to leave. She didn't want anything to do with them after this.
The Taylor children enjoyed visiting her however ("she was the most hospitable of all the relations"). Freda Amy Taylor (Arthur's daughter) can remember staying with Annie when she was twelve years old.
Freda also remembers that when she was about ten years old (c1932) she went to Portslade with her father and Annie Mary Wadey to visit one of Annie's relatives. While there they went to the cemetery and Annie showed them the plot of land that she had purchased for her grave.
Annie lived with her daughter Winifred in Viaduct Rd before she died in 1953. She did write a letter to Ada and Arthur after they had moved to Australia but Ada burnt the letter and Arthur never found out about it.7
Annie Mary Wadey died on 11 December 1953 at 14 Viaduct Rd, Brighton, Sussex, England, at age 81. She died of myocardial degeneration.10,11
Annie Mary Wadey was buried at Plot PF 19, Portslade Cemetery, Portslade, Sussex, England.

Family 1

George Taylor b. 5 Mar 1877, d. 25 Mar 1968
Marriage*
Annie Mary Wadey married George Taylor, son of Moses Taylor and Harriet Terry, on 3 January 1897 at St Nicholas Church, Portslade, Sussex, England.3 
Children

Family 2

Children

Citations

  1. [S209] Copy birth certificate of Annie Mary Wadey, born 11 Mar 1872, registered 30 Mar 1872 in the Registration District of Steyning, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 301).
  2. [S246] Webpage Ancestry.co.uk (http://www.ancestry.co.uk/) "Source Citation: Place: Portslade, Sussex, England; Collection: ; BTs; Date Range: 1813 - 1875; Film Number: 1468913."
  3. [S54] Copy marriage certificate of George Taylor and Annie Mary Wadey, married 3 Jan 1897 in the Registration District of Steyning, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 389).
  4. [S74] 1901 Census for England "RG13 piece 931 folio 51 page 41."
  5. [S38] Copy birth certificate of Florence Amy Taylor, born 29 Oct 1909, registered 30 Nov 1909 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 205).
  6. [S75] 1911 Census for England "RG14PN5131 RG78PN227 RD79 SD2 ED11 SN87."
  7. [S13] Information supplied by Freda Amy Barber (87 Enfield St, Victoria Park, WA, Australia) to Geoffrey Glenn Barber (38 Lawler St, Subiaco, WA, Australia), unknown date.
  8. [S455] Copy birth certificate of Reginald Albert Taylor, born 6 Mar 1915, registered 9 Apr 1915 in the Registration District of Steyning, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 391).
  9. [S21] Copy death certificate of Henry Wadey, died 3 Jan 1922, registered 4 Jan 1922 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 2b Page 403).
  10. [S14] Information supplied by Florence Minnie Topping (52 West Way, Hangleton, Hove, Sussex, England) to Geoffrey Glenn Barber (38 Lawler St, Subiaco, WA, Australia), Sep 1988.
  11. [S22] Copy death certificate of Annie Mary Taylor, died 11 Dec 1953, registered 12 Dec 1953 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, Vol 5h Page 61) "age 81 years."