Ryfealyer DeSilva Palmer
19 September 1859 - 6 December 1894
Emmanuel & Susannah's 6th child Ryfealyer DeSilva was given the same name as Susannah's 5th baby
who'd died in December the previous year.
On the 1881 UK Census, Ryfealyer, aged 22, is living with his parents and siblings
at Methwold, West Norfolk.
On 28 October 1881, Ryfealyer married Martha ENGLISH of Stoke Ferry, Norfolk.
His occupation on their marriage certificate is given as "Engineer".
Their children were:
||9th January 1882
||26th August 1883
|Martha Mabel Velenia
||Sep Qtr 1885
||Dec Qtr 1887
|Alfred Younather DeSilva
||Sep Qtr 1892
||11th November 1894
By the 1891 UK Census, Ryfealyer & Martha and children are living near Hilgay where
Ryfealyer worked as a "Water Engine Driver"
From Kelly's Directory of Norfolk 1900:
"The pumping station and dam, constucted near Huntís sluice for the Feltwell and Methwold drainage commissioners,
was opened in 1884 : from these works about 100 tons of water per minute can be pumped into the River Ouse."
I think this is where Ryfealyer lived and worked.
But tragedy strikes in November 1894 - Diptheria. Before the advent of antibiotics and innoculation,
it was a killer diease - as it proved with Ryfealyer's young family:
Daisy died on 27 November, aged 7 years
Louis died on 28 November, aged 17 days
Martha died on 30 November, aged 33 years
Alfred died on 5 December, aged 5 years
Ryfealyer died on 6 December, aged 35 years
leaving Ryfealyer [jun] aged 13 years, Angelo aged 11 years, Martha Mabel aged 9 years
& Clarence aged 2 years, orphaned.
An inquest was held into Martha Palmer's death on 3 December 1894
All the deaths were registered by Ryfealyer's younger brother, Francisco on 8 February, 1895.
Interestingly, the death of the baby Louis was registered before his birth was.
And there's more, LOTS more as this is the line with a few missing links -
some of whom have now been found!
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This page created 9 January 2002
& amended/updated 21:49 17/03/2007