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Name: Minnie West

Burial Number: 0961

Gender: Female

Occupation: Ladies' Maid; Lady's Companion

Born: 00/00/1857

Died: 21/08/1919

Buried: 23/08/1919

Story

Minnie Clara West died, aged 62, on 21st August 1919 at Pitsani, in Browning Road. She was described as a Lady’s Companion. Her death was registered by her sister-in-law, Annie.E.West, of ‘Keepers Cottage’, Bishops Hall, Lambourne End, Essex. Minnie’s younger brother, Frederic William, born in Theydon Mount, was a Gamekeeper. His wife Annie, was born in Surrey, and they had two children by 1901.

Minnie was born in Theydon Mount, Essex, in 1857, sixth child of Thomas and Elizabeth (nee Maryon), both from Essex, who married in London in 1839.
Thomas was a Bailiff in 1861, a Bricklayer in 1871 and a farmer of 35 acres in 1881.
At the age of 23 Minnie was living in Marylebone, in London, in her Uncle Joseph’s family. Joseph West, also an Essex Man, was a Greengrocer, living with his wife and son, a Butcher, above his shop. Minnie was recorded as having no occupation. She must have left the family farm to seek employment in London.

By 1891, Minnie was a Ladies’ Maid at Manley Hall, in Weeford near Lichfield, the home of Augustus Manley, a County Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire.
The Manley Family also had a home in Albemarle Street, not very far from the part of Marylebone where Minnie’s Uncle lived. Their daughter, Louisa Georgiana, was christened in Marylebone in 1855.
Weeford Hall is described as ‘an elegant mansion of stone, in the style prevailing in the reign of Queen Anne, and is partly secluded by a wood, above which its towers and pinnacles rise majestically. The river Bourn takes a circuitous route through the park, and is celebrated for its fine trout’.
Minnie was one of eight Servants, including a Butler, Footman and Usher, looking after the family – Augustus, his wife, Margaret Christabel, Louisa Georgiana and her older brother Augustus, living on their own means.
Still with the family in 1901, with only daughter Louisa still at home (son Colonel Francis Capel, who married in 1887, was now retired from the Coldstream Guards, and living in Monmouth, Augustus junior had died in 1894), Minnie was one of seven servants.
Augustus died in 1904 in Weeford, and Margaret Christabel died in 1908, in London, and was buried at Weeford.
How Minnie came to Worthing is not clear – but she was no longer needed at Manley Hall by 1908.
In the Kellys Directory for 1917, Ide Evershed, Littlehampton born, and in the Sussex Yeomanry, lived at Pitsani. From 1918, the Occupant was a Miss M E Skeete.
If anyone can find a link between them and Minnie, I’d be glad to know about it!

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Minnie West

Location in Cemetery

Area: NES Row: 4 Plot: 4

Exact Location (what3words): risk.points.stale

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

No description of the headstone has been added.

Inscription:

In loving memory of our dear sister Minnie Clara West who died August 21st 1919 aged 62

Further Information

Birth

Name: Minnie Clara West

Gender: Female

Born: 00/00/1857

Town: Unknown

County: Essex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 21/08/1919

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Pitsani

Address line 3: Browning Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

1861

Living at Belchet Cottage, Thoydon Mount, Essex – Thomas West, 42yrs, Bailiff; Elizabeth West, 41yrs; Eliza  G West, 16yrs; Emily A West, 6yrs; Minnie C West, 3yrs; Frederic H West, 1yr;

1871

Living at Belchet Cottage, Thoydon Mount, Essex – Thomas West, 52yrs, Bailiff & Gamekeeper; Elizabeth West, 51yrs; Emily A West, 16yrs; Minnie C West, 13yrs; Frederick H West, 11yrs;

1881

Living at 147 Seymour Place, Marylebone, London – Joseph West, 55yrs, Greengrocer; Lucy Eliza West, 53yrs; Fred West, 27yrs, Butcher; Minnie Clara West, 23yrs, Niece, General Servant;

1891

Living at Manley Hall, Weeford, Staffordshire – Augustus E Manley, 67yrs, Magistrate & DL, Living on own means; Margaret C Manley, 63yrs; Augustus F Manley, 38yrs, Living on own means; Louisa G Manley, 35yrs; Alfred Bertram, 40yrs, Butler; Anthony W Allen, 24yrs, Footman; Samuel Phillips, 27yrs, Usher; Elizabeth A Ball, 31yrs, Cook; Minnie Clara West, 31yrs; Ladies Maid; Sarah J Harrison, 19yrs, Housemaid; Frances L Hackett, 18yrs, Housemaid; Margaret E Hinsuis, 21yrs, Kitchen Maid;

1901

Living at Manley Hall, Weeford, Staffordshire – Augustus E Manley, 677yrs, County Magistrate, Employer; Margaret C Manley, 73yrs; Louisa G Manley, 45yrs; Alfred Bertram, 50yrs, Butler; Ellen Ball, 41yrs, Cook; Minnie Clara West, 41yrs; Ladies Maid; Ethel Piller, 25yrs, Housemaid; Annie Larking, 23yrs, Housemaid; Frederick Fowkes, 31yrs, Footman;

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.