Waterman m. McQuarrie
Update: 21 September 2013
Was Emily at the origin of "a nursemaid to a Duke's family" amongst the WATERMAN girls?
The only other clue I have is a book of Robert Burns' poetry, inscribed
"H. E. McQUARRIE, Belfast, 1881"
said to have belonged to a "great-aunt" - Millie's?
It was kept in the bookcase at 166 Gt. West Rd., Hounslow, then at 9 Fircroft, Rustington,
until Millie & Arthur died in 1993, when I brought it to France. (CMTilbury, August 2008)
I think I now know who H. E. McQUARRIE was - see below (CMTilbury, January 2011)
Inside, a much smaller envelope, containing an announcement of marriage:
Married July 13, 1895.
Information from the Mar Lodge hotel and estate websites:
If this was Emily daughter of George WATERMAN, then she was about forty years of age on marriage; and if not, then where did the souvenirs come from? Millie only ever spoke about one "old aunt Em".
The Irish National Archives
Census taken on the night of Sunday, 31st March 1901
Ballaghbeg, Bryansford, co. Down (parish of Kilcoo)
Thus Alexander & Emily are again associated with the ANNESLEY property in Ireland - where they were perhaps caretaker (or butler) & housekeeper?
The National Archives
1911 census, address: (10 rooms) 30 Manor Road, Brockley, S E (no signature on form)
Emily seems to have returned to her original home area of Deptford St Paul.
MACQUARRIE Emily, Head, Widow (no children) age 55 b. 1856 London (Boarding House)
Post Office London County Suburbs Directory, 1914, 16/17
Emily did not sign her 1911 census form, but she may have written it.
Despite the 26 years in between, it seems to me to be the same hand-writing as the letter beneath. (CMTilbury).
Another of her souvenirs was a letter from Emily on the occasion of Millie's marriage and honeymoon. Emily wrote as "we" so was not alone. If this was George's daughter then she was 82 years old:
Emily refers to "Miss MARCHANT" - in 1901 George WATERMAN's youngest daughter Maria Charlotte was a servant in the household of the MARCHANT family (solicitors) in Deptford.
Who was/were the other person(s) included in Emily's "we" in the letter? Was she, in 1937, sharing a home with one of her WATERMAN sisters?
Millie referred to the house of a "Royal Nanny" - whom it seems may well have been Emily (working for the Duke of Fife's family?) - which was bombed during WW2 (1941?), that when a servant Emily had received gifts of jewelry for birthdays and Christmas, but little was recovered from the house.
Place House, Fowey (Images of England)
Millie (Amelia Maud TAYLOR m. TILBURY) was very, very fond of her "old Aunt Em", and I wonder if one of Millie's handicapped - invisible - daughters was called "Emily"? As a small child I used three small, coloured, children's handkerchiefs, emboridered each with a letter: "L", "E", "C". I do not know (January 2011) but perhaps these were Lydia, Emily, Christine.
Alexander F. MacQuarrie
Another item of my received mythology fits into place here: the Black Watch (and was it Alexander who "took wine with Queen Victoria" as part of her devoted bodyguard?).
Parish Register extract (from ScotlandsPeople):
No absolute confirmation, but the above was probably the first marriage of Emily's husband-to-be.
I cannot find a Sarah SCORER b. Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1841, but Tynemouth was a registration district for Northumberland, and there was a Sarah of the right age in Northumberland:
1841: Burradon, Earsdon, Burradon, Northumberland (Reg. Dist: Tynemouth)
GRO Regimental Births & Baptisms Indices (1761 - 1924): name, place, year, regt. vol./pg.
Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859
1861: 73rd Foot, Calcutta, East Indies
Sergeant A. F. McQUARRIE was transferred to the Monmouthshire Militia in 1863.
1871 UK census:
According to his Army record, Alexander F. MACQUARRIE was on permanent loan to the 2Bn Royal Irish Rifles Brigade, for 19 years until 1883. However, during those 19 years he was, at least until 1871, also "on loan" to the Monmouthsire Militia.
If Harriett E. MACQUARRIE was the owner of the book of Robert Burns poems, inscribed "1881 Belfast", then the family was possibly in Ireland at the time of the UK census, and perhaps also for the 1891 census. The records of several Irish censuses pre-1901 were destroyed.
Harriett Elizabeth McQUARRIE (father Alexander Fisher McQUARRIE)
I could not find the ROSIER family in the Irish 1901, 1911 censuses. However, these deaths are listed for the Bristol registration district - PERHAPS Harriett & John?
It seems possible that Emily went to Castlewellan, as part of the Duke of Fife's household, or because she was working for the ANNESLEY family, and either met or worked with Alexander once there; that his wife (had) died and they decided to make a couple - for both work and companionship?
Alexander Fisher McQUARRIE d. 25 December 1901
When Millie (Amelia Maud TAYLOR) married Arthur Robert Fuller TILBURY in 1937, the "old aunts" were in the family photo. No names are in the album ... but by style of dress and apparent age, I think these may be the aunts (great aunts), though I cannot be sure that one of them was Emily [WATERMAN] McQUARRIE - since "Aunt Em" had written to congratulate the couple and send 10s. for them to buy a present from her. However "Aunt Em" wrote that the present was from "us" - so perhaps she was living with her unmarried sister Maria WATERMAN, and they were the ladies in this photo?
Emily WATERMAN b. 2Q 1855 (St. Geo. Sk. 1d/129), daughter of George WATERMAN & Sarah [MEEK]
The Deaths of Emily McQuarrie and Maria Waterman
September 2013: I received copies of death certificates for Emily McQUARRIE and Maria WATERMAN. Millie (Amelia Maud [TAYLOR] TILBURY) had told me that "Old Aunt Em's house was bombed" - that "they" (her parents and older sisters?) went there but found very little, that it was thought the rubble had already been searched; that both Emily and Maria had received presents of jewellery for Christmas and birthdays, from their employers.
Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, no. 338
Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, no. 287:
I have since found more photos taken by Millie on her Brownie camera, particularly of the taller lady in the photo. So that, from their address being the same on the death certificates, and the terms of Emily's letter to Millie in 1937, I believe the photo above to be of Emily on the left, and Maria to the right. I have yet to discover what burial arrangements were made during war-time. Since Emily was obviously not available to give information about her sister, and since I was told that the house was bombed - did Emily perhaps survive, but suffer from shock which aggravated old-age circulatory problems, and thus be taken to hospital without being able to help Maria?
Looking at St. Mary's Road, Peckham, on Google Street View, the gap now filled by a more recent building coincides with no. 46 and a few neighbouring houses: Millie said "they were unlucky, just on the edge of the bombed area, a few doors either way and they'd have been safe". She had been told that the bomber was destined for the docks, but had dropped the bombs and turned back, though she didn't know if it was bad visibility, or heavy flack, that made the pilot give up. The area behind St. Mary's Road was largely destroyed. To what degree was Maria deaf? Would she have heard the bombers overhead, the siren warnings?
I would be delighted if anyone could add more information, or if a MACQUARRIE descendant were to leave a message in the Guestbook - 'Caroline'
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