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Neston Female Society Founder Members - Ellen Pyke

Author: Stella Young Published: 22nd May 2014 09:35

Stella Young has researched the family history of Ellen Pyke and shares it here with AboutMyArea Neston readers as we search for more descendants of the founder members.

Are you a descendant of Ellen Pyke, one of the founder members of Neston Female Friendly Society?

Neston Ladies Club - 1880sOne of the oldest photos of Ladies Club unearthed so far.
Believed to be from some time in the late 1880s.

If you have the surname Tozer, Morrison or Pakenham Walsh in a branch of your family tree and you recognize any of the names below you may well be a descendant of Ellen (Eleanor) Pyke who was a member of the Neston Female Friendly Society when it began in 1814.

Ellen (Eleanor) Pyke was the sister of Sarah Pinnington, who was also a member and the Society's first Benefit Stewardess. She died in 1826 but her two daughters, Elizabeth Tozer and Sarah Morrison continued the family tradition and were also members of the Society.

Ellen was baptised at Neston on the 4th November 1781, daughter of Neston baker John Pike and his wife Mary. She married William Martin, a widower, on 2nd February 1820. They had two daughters, Sarah, baptised 26 Jan 1821 and Elizabeth, baptised 4th October 1822. She died at the age of 45 in 1826.

Her daughter, Elizabeth Martin married John Tozer on 28th January 1843 at St Mary on the Hill, Chester. In the following year their daughter Elenor was born. She was the first of ten children, four of whom died in infancy. Elenor died in 1865, aged 21. The family lived at the Coach and Horses in Neston where John earned a living as carrier. Sometime after 1871 the family moved to Mwdwleithin, Flintshire where her Elizabeth's husband had a farm which he worked with their sons, Thomas, James and Henry. Elizabeth died in Wales in 1881 but was buried in Neston. When she died she had been a member of the Society for over 40 years and her funeral was attended by members of the Society. The Cheshire Observer describes the occasion.

"There was a large attendance at the funeral including 18 members carrying the white wands of the society. The wands (which on festive occasions are decked with the brightest flower) were draped with crape, and as the ladies who carried them led the procession, and filed on either side of the church gate to allow it to pass, the scene was most impressive."

After her death, James and Henry married and remained in Wales. Her son John had moved to Birkenhead where he worked as a builder and he lived there until his death in 1913. Thomas, although he married a Welsh girl, Jane Hughes, in 1883 remained in Neston. He had a number of business interests; he was a pawnbroker, draper and dealer in flour. He and Jane had six children. In 1911 his two sons, John and Harold were joiners, his daughter Margaret managed the bread shop where his son Thomas Wastill Tozer was a baker and another son, James was an apprentice baker. Margaret married Harry Norman, grandson of Catherine Norman who was also a member of the Society, in 1914. Thomas' youngest son, William Hughes Tozer, was killed in the First World War. Thomas died in 1936, at the age of 78.

Ellen's other daughter, Sarah Martin, married William Morrison a joiner who originated from Scotland. They were married in Liverpool on the 13th May 1855. William was a widower and his first wife, Jane Smith, was the daughter of a farmer from Little Neston. Sarah and William had two children, Ann Morrison, born in 1858, and Robert Morrison, born in 1865. Sarah died aged 70 at her residence, the Old Vicarage in 1891, having been a member of the Society for 47 years and a benefit stewardess for a number of them. The Chester Observer described her as a "thorough Nestonian" whose family had been living in Neston for seven generations. Her funeral was attended by the Lady Patroness Mrs Russell and by honourable members, Miss Roberts, Mrs Barrett and Miss Hurle and by benefit stewardesses Miss Webb, Miss Youds and Mrs W. Pritchard.

Sarah's daughter, Ann Morrison, married master mariner Louis Henry Pakenham Walsh in 1885. After their marriage they lived at the Old Vicarage were Ann had a small school. They had four children: Robert Morrison Pakenham Walsh, born in 1887, Conrad Martin Pakenham Walsh born in 1888, Norah Calwell Pakenham Walsh, born in 1891 and Louis Henry Carmichael Pakenham Walsh born in 1894.

Robert Pakenham Walsh attended Birkenhead Institute and then served a five year apprenticeship at Camell Lairds. In 1914 he served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1918. After the war he evidently spent some years in Kenya and South Africa marrying Elizabeth Gunningham from Johannesburg. He died in 1951.

Conrad Pakenham Walsh married Elsie Adeline Roberts, from Worcestershire, in 1919. He was living in Prenton when he died in 1931.

Norah Pakenham Walsh served as a nurse in the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the First World War. She married Ralph Cecil Roberts, Elsie Adeline's brother, in 1930. After their marriage they lived in Worcester where they had son, Michael Ralph Pakenham Roberts. Norah died in 1963.

Louis Pakenham Walsh served as Captain in Cheshire Regiment, Royal Flying Corp and RAF during the First World War, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. "As an Observer officer he rendered valuable services in obtaining photographs of the enemy's position at Beirut, and also as a "Spotter" for the French cruiser "Requin" off the Palestine coast, near the Wadi Hesy. During the performance of these duties he was regularly exposed to hostile anti-aircraft fire and very frequently to attacks from the enemy's fast aeroplanes. Lieutenant Pakenham-Walsh subsequently rendered gallant service in the attack on the "Goeben" on 28th January, 1918, in the Dardanelles."
He married Dorothy Eva Greves in 1922.

Sarah's son, Robert Morrison, was a solicitor and lived with his sister and her family at the Old Vicarage until he married Sarah Agnes Hutchinson in 1892. She was the daughter of William Hutchinson, a miller, and his wife Elizabeth who lived in Brook Street, Neston. After their marriage they lived at Glenton House, Little Neston. They had a son, William Hutchinson Morrison born in 1895. Robert died in 1903.

Stella Young

If you have information to add to this, or information on descendants of other founder members, please leave a comment below or contact us by email.

Related content:

Neston Female Society Founder Members

Descendants of Female Society Founder Members sought
(includes the story of Sarah Pyke by Clive Edwards)

Neston Ladies Day 200 Heritage Project
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