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Cecilia Stainsby [sb.9.13]

Cecilia Stainsby was the thirteenth child of Robert Stainsby & Elizabeth Brewer born October-December 1864 at Fryton, Yorks.

In 1871 Cecilia was living at home with her parents, brothers & sisters at the Gate House, Fryton.

In 1881 Cecilia was working as a nurse (domestic) at The Mount School, Old Malton, Yorks. The head of the boarding school was George Arthur Firth, Vicar of St Michael’s, New Malton.

At the time of the 1891 census Cecilia was back at home with her widowed mother Elizabeth at the Gate House, Fryton. She was described as a waiting maid (domestic servant). Also at home was her older brother Henry & a nephew & niece.

By 1901 Cecilia had moved to Aiskew, near Bedale, Yorks where she was working as a parlour maid at the Manor House. She was one of 4 staff employed by a 66 year old widow Charlotte Bell.   Charlotte was the widow of Major Robert Bell, late of the 5th Dragoon Guards.

Cecilia was still working at the Manor House in 1911, now as the house keeper.  She & 3 servants looked after Charlotte Bell & her daughter.

By 1920 Cecilia was living at 4 Trelawn Terrace, Headingley, Leeds which had also been the home of her sisters Margaret & Elizabeth who had died in 1918 & 1917 respectively.  On October 23rd, 1920 Cecilia, aged 55, married Walter Robert Land, a 48 year old bachelor.  Robert was a wine merchant living at 50 Caledonian St, Leeds.   He was born in Scarborough in 1872, the son of Elizabeth Clarkson & Robert Land, a tobacconist.  Witnesses at the wedding were Cecilia’s nephew Ralph Stainsby (son of Joseph Stainsby sb.9.11) & Beryl Grantham (daughter of her niece Louisa Stainsby sb.9.2.1). 

Cecilia died, aged 74, at 4 Trelawn Terrace, Headingley on April 18th, 1939.  Probate was granted at Wakefield on June 21st, 1939 to husband Walter, a retired wine & spirit merchant.  Her effects were £178.2s.2d.

Walter died in Oct-December 1952, aged 80, at Lower Agbrigg, Nr Wakefield, W. Yorks.


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