Ronald Basil Girdler
Of the 11 children of George and Mary Ann, 6 of them (all female) died before they were in their middle twenties as follows: -
Mary Ann Buried 23rd March 1832. Aged 11.
Rebecca Buried 9th April 1845. Aged 23.
Martha Buried 13th June 1844. Aged 18. (Occupation-
Sarah Buried 6th May 1847. Aged 19.
Eliza Ann Buried 26th June 1853, Aged 14.
Hannah Buried 27th June 1858. Aged 17.
One can only assume that diseases such as consumption (T. B.), which were rife in the poorer communities, took their toll in the Girdler family as above.
George and Mary Ann Girdler lived at Lower Home Farm (a farm just S. of Bosham village) and certainly had a very difficult life. Not only did they suffer the early death of 6 of their 11 children, but they had very little money and had to rely on the Overseers payments to the poor in order to exist. George's occupation was given as an "agricultural labourer" in the 1841 Census Returns for Bosham and on his Death Certificate in 1843, Details of the Overseers payments show that fairly regular monthly payments were made to George Girdler to help him and his family to survive, and these varied from 10s-
Name Status Age Occupation
Mary Ann Girdler Head (Widow) 50 Nurse and Outdoor Pauper
George Girdler Son 21 Farmer's Labourer
Stephen Girdler Son 17 Farmer's Labourer
Caroline Girdler Daughter 15 Dressmaker
Eliza Girdler Daughter 12 Dressmaker
Hannah Girdler Daughter 10 Dressmaker
This shows that George's widow, Mary Ann, was receiving poor assistance as an outdoor pauper (meaning that she received financial assistance from the parish whilst living at home, i.e. not in the workhouse) and supplemented this by some kind of nursing work. In addition, her two sons were farmer's labourers and the three young daughters were not attending any school (the National School, Bosham, was founded in 1834) but were doing some dressmaking to help support the family income. Mary Ann Girdler died in 1852 at the age of 51 and was buried at Bosham on 16th October 1852.
Dealing with the 5 children of George and Mary Ann Girdler who survived after the early deaths of their 6 sisters, we start (in chronological order) with Harriet who married Stephen Kearvell, a wheelwright, of Bosham around 1854. Stephen Kearvell came from a family of wheelwrights living in Walton Lane. His father and eldest brother were both wheelwrights and he followed in their footsteps. When Harriet Girdler married Stephen Kearvell, she was about 30 and he was about 20. They had 6 children as follows -
George Girdler (b. 4th February 1830), the elder of the two sons of George and Mary Ann Girdler, married Emma Puddick at the Union Chapel, Bosham, on 1st November 1851. Emma Puddick was the daughter of a dairyman and was born at North Mundham, Sussex (ca. 1824). She was about 6 years older than George at the time of the wedding. On the marriage certificate (Certificate 5), George Girdler's occupation was given as a "labourer" and Emma was a "domestic servant" in the house of Albert Cheeseman (farmer of 350 acres employing 14 men) in Walton Lane, Bosham. George and Emma had no children of their own, but later fostered my grandfather (Charles Kearvell Girdler) and moved to Shalford, Surrey The remainder of their life story will be described later.
Emma Girdler (b. 10th February 1832) married William Head and they had 3 children -
Stephen Girdler (b. 11th January 1834) was a farmer's labourer according to the 1851 and 1861 Census Returns for Bosham. After his mother's death, he lived in the house of Stephen and Harriet Kearvell (his brother-
Caroline Girdler (my great-
Parents' Names Charles Kearvell Girdler Stephen Male -
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