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From: Dave Mayall <>
Subject: Re: last appeal for KITCHEN
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 01:26:24 +0100
On Wed, 27 Sep 2000 01:45:44 +0200, "DENISE"
>This is a last ditch appeal for help! My paternal grandmother was Isabel
>Kitchen and my father was born on 1 Sept 1914 so presumably Isabel was born
>around 1890- 1898 ish. My father was illegitimate and no name was given for
>his father (I realise I can't get any further with that). I always thought
>he was brought up by his grandmother but it now turns out that the lady he
>referred to as his grandmother, a Mrs Bell of Skirwith, Penrith, was
>probably no relation at all - certainly not his grandmother anyway. Neither
>do I have any more info on her.
>Isabel had the child in Leeds but gives her home address as Sandgate,
>Penrith (no number) and her occupation as a domestic servant.
>Obviously if anyone has access to the 1891 census, I'd be extremely grateful
>if they could find an Isabel Kitchen either in Penrith or Leeds, aged 2 or 3
>years old. However, I feel sure that she was born later than that and
>therefore wouldn't be on the census.
You certainly have a tricky one here.
Thoughts (may not help much, but may trigger a line of enquiry)
1) Illegitimate children born to domestic servants, always suspect the
master of the house of having his wicked way.
2) Mrs Bell may have been the housekeeper at the same house, or even
the lady of the house.
3) Who was the informant? If not the mother, then we might suspect
that Isabel died in childbirth, leaving her employers to register the
birth. I wonder if Kitchen was her real surname, or if her employers
never knew it, and awarded it to their (now deceased) kitchen maid.
Check for a death record for Isabel in 1914.
England and Wales BMD records at http://FreeBMD.rootsweb.com/
Transcribers needed now
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