Monday, 16 February 2015

Use your vote!  Rachel Parry (1829-1915) couldnt...

But she could still protest with her niece by defacing the 1911 census!  In the column for infirmity ('deaf',' blind' etc) her niece Ada wrote "unenfranchised"

Rachel Parry signed the 1866 Suffrage Petition in Rochdale.  Her father had died six years before, and her mother was carrying on in the shoe business.  Rachel was born on 7th September 1829.  Her father Charles made clogs . She was baptised at the Quaker meeting house but they were apparently not in full membership.  However she attended the Quaker Ackworth School from 1841- 1843,(Student no 6400 page 142 )  as did other members of her family. In the 1841 census Charles and Sarah Parry, Rachel, and her five siblings lived at St Mary’s Gate, Spotland, Rochdale.  Rachel’s father died in 1860 leaving just under £2000.   In the 1861 census her mother Sarah was described as a widowed shoe dealer employing 5 men.   In 1871 Sarah, Rachel and brother Albert  are at Heights Cottage, Spotland, and her mother now employs a boy and three girls in addition to the 5 men and is a shoe manufacturer.  By 1881 she and her mother are shoe dealers and live at 119 Tachbrook Road, Leamington  Brother in law James Wormal, and his wife and daughter are living with them.  Sarah died in 1882.  By 1891 Rachel had a shoe warehouse in Eastbourne and lived in Grove Road Eastbourne.  Her brother Albert was manager of her Warehouse, and her brother in law James Wormall shared her home.
In 1901 she has retired to Ilfracombe, Devon with James Wormall. She described herself as  a retired boot dealer. In 1911 she is living with Ada Sophia and they fill in the census under protest.   When she died in 1914 she left £783.8s..9d and her niece Ada Sophia Wormall was her executor.  Ada Sophia had also been a student at the Quaker Ackworth School in the 1860’s.and was a supporter of the Order of the Golden Age, an organisation based in Paignton which advocated fruitarianism , peace, happiness heath, purity, Life and Power. 

1861 census Registration district: Rochdale Sub-registration district: Wardleworth ED, institution, or vessel3
Household schedule number: 59 Piece: 3043 Folio: 58 Page Number: 13

1911 census Civil Parish Ilfracombe County/Island: Devon Country Street address: Westem Bank, Station Rd, Ilfracombe Registration district: Barnstaple Registration District Number: 284 Sub-registration district: Ilfracombe ED, institution, or vessel: 16 Household schedule number: 76 Piece: 13366

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