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Ellen Frances Webzell (1868 - 1934)
2 March 1868 in Poplar
Caroline Smith
Jonathon Webzell
Edward Henry Dore in 1894
Robert Yule in 1907
William John b. 1870
Annie Matilda b. 1875
Alice Ada b. 1876
Robert George b. 1878
Jonathon b. 1879
Dorothy Caroline b. 1895
25 November 1934

Ellen Frances Webzell

Ellen Frances Webzell was born on the 2 March 1868 at 2 Strattondale Street, Poplar, East London, an area known locally as the 'Isle of Dogs'. Her father was Jonathon Webzell from Kent who worked as a labourer in the local iron works in Poplar, and her mother was Caroline Smith, also from Kent. The family tree below shows Ellen's relationship with her immediate family. Ellen was the eldest of six children, with three brothers and two sisters. The 1871 census for Poplar shows her parents and her younger brother living in Strattondale Street, Poplar but there is no sign of Ellen Frances.

She was brought up by her grandmother, Caroline Webb and William Dutton. After the death of her grandfather, William Smith the blacksmith of Seal, Kent in 1858, Ellen's grandmother Caroline married William Dutton from Worcestershire at Maidstone Church in 1864. The 1871 census for Warehorne shows Ellen Frances living at Capel Cottage in Warehorne, Kent (near Ashford) where William Dutton was employed on the estate.

Sometime between 1871 and 1881 they moved to Otford, Kent (near Sevenoaks). The 1881 census showed them living at Warren Cottage, were William Dutton was employed as a gamekeeper. Ellen Frances's mother Caroline Smith died in 1882 from consumption (tuberculosis) aged 32 and her father Jonathon died in 1885 aged 46. By 1891 William Dutton had died in Ightham and Ellen aged 23 had moved to London. She was living and working in Chelsea where she was employed as a cashier at a corner grocer shop in Flood Street.

Ellen Frances Webzell (1868 - 1934) Partial Tree

On 4 March 1894 Ellen married Edward Henry Dore at South Hackney Parish Church. At this time she was living at 17 Rutland Road Hackney, just north of Victoria Park. Interestingly, the cover of a ledger book handed down to Dorothy Caroline Dore (her daughter) bears the name of Mr Harold Dore of 25 Morpeth Road, South Hackney, which is just around the corner to Rutland Road. Presumably, 'Harold' was her father, Edward Henry.

At the time of the birth of her only child, Dorothy Caroline they were living at 22 Moreton Terrace, Pimlico and her husband Edward Henry Dore was employed as a merchant clerk. Five years after they were married, in July 1899, Edward Henry Dore died from typhoid aged 29 at the North Western Hospital, Hackney. At this time they were living at 61 Tottenham Street, Hackney (near Balls Pond Road).

Two years later the 1901 census shows that Ellen Frances was living with her cousin Mary Webzell, also a widow, in Carton Street, Canning Town. At this time Ellen Frances was employed as a waitress. In December 1908 at Poplar Registrar Office, Ellen Frances, aged 36 married for the second time. Her husband, Robert Yule, must have been known to her as as a child as he was born in East Ferry Road, which is just around the corner from Strattondale Street, where Ellen Frances was born. Possibly the families knew each other in the 1880's, as Ellen had some cousins living very close to both of them. At the time of their marriage, they were both living in Naval Row, Poplar.

After they married they moved to Harrap Street, first to number fourteen and then by 1913 to number three. Robert Yule died from cancer in 1921, after which Ellen Frances went to live with her daughter Dorothy Caroline Dore at number four Quebec Buildings, Poplar, where she died in 1934 aged 66.

It could not have been an easy life for Ellen Frances. Having been brought up by her grandmother, both of her parents died by the time she was seventeen years old. Her first husband died after they were married for only five years. At the time, in 1899 aged 30 she had a four year old daughter, Dorothy Caroline to support and no close family to help - her grandmother who brought her up died two years previously. Not much is known about their life living with her cousin in Canning Town, but it must have been a struggle for the two women to support their families.

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