Generation One – Rosie May Janes

47 Generations of Family History
Generation One
Rosie May Janes
(1930 – 1997)

Facts

Name: Rosie May Janes
Birth: 2 July 1930
Place of Birth: 8 Blackwater Terrace, Maldon, Essex.
Parents:
Father: Ernest James Janes
Mother: Hannah Maud Mabel Barritt

Spouse: John Kuta
Marriage: Unmarried
Children: They had 4 children all living.

Death: 10 August 1997
Place of Death: 12 Cyril Dowsett Court, Cherry Garden Road, Maldon.
Cause of Death: Ischaemic Heart Disease and Diabetes Mellitus.

Relationship to me: Grandmother.

Rosie May Janes

Rosie May Janes

A Brief Biography / Facts

Rosie May JANES is the daughter of Ernest James JANES and Hannah Maud Mabel
BARRITT [1, 2, 3]. She was born on the 02 July 1930 in 8 Blackwater Terrace, Maldon, Essex ((Sourced
from Birth Certificate of Rosie May Janes)) [1, 4, 2]. Residence Abt. 1960 in 44 Fitch’s Crescent,
Maldon, Essex, England ((Sourced from Death certificate of John Kuta)). Cause of Death on
10 Aug 1997 in 12 Cyril Dowsett Court, Cherry Garden Road, Maldon (Ischaemic Heart
Disease and Diabetes Mellitus (Sourced from Death Certificate of Rose May Kuta)). [1, 5]. Burial in St Peters, London Road Maldon.

Jan KUTA is the son of Michal KUTA and Katarzyna [6]. He was born on 18 January 1924 in
katarynice, Lviv, Poland [6]. Military Service Abt. 1939 in Germany (Forced Labour). Emigration
Abt. 1950 in England, UK. Occupation Abt. 1956 in Maldon, Essex, England (General
Labourer (Sourced from Birth Certificate of Stephen Kuta)). Residence Bef. Feb 1978 in 44
Fitches Crescent, Maldon ((Sourced from Death certificate of John Kuta)). Cause of Death on
23 February 1978 in 44 Fitches Crescent, Maldon (A: Cardiac Arrest B: Ischaemic Heart Disease
(Sourced from Death certificate of John Kuta)). [6, 7].
Cremation on 01 March 1978 in Chelmsford crematoria, Chelmsford, Essex, England [8].
Interred March 1978 in Saint Peter’s, Maldon, Essex, England.

Jan KUTA and Rosie May JANES. They had 4 children.

The Story of Jan Kuta – My Grandfather can be found here

John Kuta

John Kuta

The Life of Rosie May Janes

Rosie May Janes, was born on 2nd July 1930, at number 8 Blackwater Terrace, Maldon, Essex. She was the youngest sibling of six children and the daughter of Ernest James Janes and Hannah Maud Mabel Barrett.
Her father Ernest worked as a Timber Porter for most of his life, there are records from Maldon relating to John Sad’s Timber Yard. In all probability, this could have been where he worked.

Although Rosie was one of six children, two of her sisters one full and one-half sibling died during childhood and before she was born. Alice Emma Janes on the 20th June 1920 from Diarrhoea and Acute Bronchitis and Mary Maud Janes on the 10th June 1926 from Measles and Bronchial Pneumonia.
So she spent her childhood with only three other siblings, Ernest William, Cyril Frederick and Jessie Alice.
Most of which were born at Blackwater Terrace, except for Cyril who was born at 16 Church Street, a street in Maldon that has remained connected to our family for decades.

The name “Rosie”, “Rose” is a family tradition – Her mother’s cousin was Rosie Harriet Diskett and was born in 1883, Stratton, Dorset and also there were: Two – Nellie Rose Janes, A – Rosa Annie Beadle, Rosa White, Rose Hannah Rouse, Elizabeth Rosa Janes all of whom are related within the “Janes” family. The name Rosie even continues today with my niece – “Rosie Kuta”.

Rosie May probably didn’t have an easy childhood and Death was a familiar scene, she lost three of her Grandparents long before she was born. William Wood Janes in 1906, Mary Ann Janes (Nee: Mountford) in 1916 and Charles Barritt as far back as 1902. The only Grandparents she knew off and even they died when she was at the tender age of five and six were Nan and Grand Dad Newman (As they were known by.) Their names were Charlotte Anna Barrett (Nee: Diskett) and her second husband Frederick Newman.
It’s a shame not knowing your Grandparents, Although I imagine that Rosie must have held onto the memory of The Newman’s, because her children often refer to them and have even had their final resting place pointed out to them on occasion in Saint Mary’s Church Yard. Although sadly the graves no longer exist, they are buried now beneath a church extension.

Rosie’s loss of loved ones didn’t stop with her Grandparents, because at the age of 12 and right in the middle of the Second World War when rations were in effect and daily bombings meant you went and hid in your makeshift garden Anderson Shelter or worse whilst still at school, like hers. Maldon’s four hundred year old historical Plume School with it’s damp air raid shelters she and her family tragically lost their father’ Ernest on the 11th September 1942. He was 54 years of age, and whilst at home at number 8 Blackwater Terrace he collapsed and died from a sudden Heart Failure. Ernest probably wasn’t a very well man leading up to his death because he was suffering from Heart Disease, was Diabetic and suffered from Nephritis which is inflammation of the Kidneys. Because of this he probably suffered from swollen legs, swelling to his face and eyes he would have been short of breath, had a loss of appetite and most likely had difficulty urinating.

All of these health problems must have put a strain on the family and when you’re as young as Rosie was, probably more so.
The tragic forties though didn’t end with the death of Ernest James Janes, a man who survived The Great War, saw the loss of two children and the loss of his first wife through childbirth, Because five years later, on the 21st September 1947, Rosie’s brother Ernest William and his wife Olive Helen tragically lost their 18 month baby boy “Michael Ernest Janes”.
Whilst playing and slipping unnoticed from his garden he stumbled towards the Chelmer Canal and fell in. Michael drowned, and his little body was found 300 yards away in between two barges.

It’s one thing to mourn the death of an adult, but quite another to mourn the death of a child.

aby Strayed into Canal, Because of Absense of Gate. This story appeard in the Essex Weekly News at the end of September 1947.

aby Strayed into Canal, Because of Absense of Gate. This story appeard in the Essex Weekly News at the end of September 1947.

I imagine the 1940’s must have ended for “The Janes family” with an element of sadness and a new
hope of what the 1950’s might bring.

In all comparison 1950 probably was a good year. It was the year that Rosie met my grandfather “Jan Kuta” or John as he is known, a builder / General Labourer from Poland and six years her senior.
I don’t know the story of how they met, but I imagine the mystery of his past and his foreign tongue was quite an attraction. It wasn’t long in their relationship that their first child was born. It was 1952 and probably happened whilst living at number 3 The Rest, Market Hill, Maldon. Their first was a little boy named “John”.
Two years later in 1954, a little girl “Stephanie” and then only a year later in 1955 another little boy
“Michael”.

It’s nice to see that my Grandfather chose to name his first three children after himself, his father and his sister. It must have meant his family were loved dearly by him. From what I can tell, my family still had a lot of contact with our cousins who now lived in Bethune, Artois, France. I vaguely remember one of my French aunts visiting us as a child “Aunt Soffie” a photograph of us and her still exists.

 The image was taken at 44 Fitches Crescent and includes my Uncle John, Uncle Peter Sullivan, My Second Cousin Dennis  (from France) My sister, Zowie, My self (Stephen) and off cause - Aunt Soffie.

The image was taken at 44 Fitches Crescent and includes my Uncle John, Uncle Peter Sullivan, My Second Cousin Dennis
(from France) My sister, Zowie, My self (Stephen) and off cause – Aunt Soffie.

Joy arrived in 1957 when my father – Stephen was born. He was born at 32a Spital Road, Maldon – Which is the location of St Peter’s Hospital. The hospital itself has seen the birth of many family members including my sister Zowie. It has also seen the death of many too and was once a workhouse where my 3x Grandmother at the end of her life, lived and died “Lydia Mountford”. A pauper with a tragic past.

After years of Battling ill-health and ulcerated legs My Nan died on the 10th August 1997 at 12 Cyril Dowsett Court, Cherry Garden Road, Maldon, the cause of death was Ischaemic Heart Disease and Diabetes Mellitus.

Sources:

[1] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1984-2005 (Online publication – Provo, UT,
USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – General Register Office. England
and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown
copyright. Published by permission of the Cont). Name: Rose May Kuta Birth Date: 6 Jul 1930
Birth Place: Death Date: Aug 1997 Death Place: Essex.

[2] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1984-2005 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA:
The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – General Register Office. England and
Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown
copyright. Published by permission of the Cont). Birth date: Jul Aug Sep 1930 Birth place:
Maldon, Essex, Suffolk.

[3] Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations
Network, Inc., 2006.Original data – Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data:
Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=18.

[4] GRO, Birth Certificate (General Register Office), Birth Certificate of Rosie May Janes. Date of
Birth: 2 July 1930 Place of Birth: 8 Blackwater Terrace, Maldon Name: Rosie May Janes Name
of Father: Ernest Janes Name of Mother: Hannah Maud Mabel Janes – formerly Barritt Rank or
profession of father: General Labourer Informant: E. Janes (father) 8 Blackwater Terrace,
Maldon When Registered: 19 July 1930.

[5] GRO, Death Certificate (General Registers Office), Death Certificate of Rose May Kuta.
Registration District: Chelmsford Sub-district and County: Maldon, EssexWhen Died: 10 Aug
1997 Place of Death: 12 Cyril Dowsett Court, Cherry Garden Road, Maldon Name and
Surname: Rose May Kuta Sex: Female Age: Birth: 6 July 1930 Occupation: Widow of John
Kuta, Labourer Cause of Death: Ischaemic Heart Disease and Diabetes Mellitus Discription
and Residence of Informant: J. Kuta (son) 71 Wood Road, Heybridge, Maldon When
Registered: 11 Aug 1997.

[6] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Death Index: 1984-2005 (Online publication – Provo, UT,
USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – General Register Office. England
and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown
copyright. Published by permission of the Cont). Birth date: 18 Jan 1924 Birth place: Death
date: Jan-Feb-Mar 1978 Death place:

[7] GRO, Death Certificate (General Registers Office), Death Certificate for John Kuta.
Registration District: Chelmsford Sub-district and County: Maldon, Essex When Died: 23 Feb
1978 Place of Death: 44 Fitches Crescent, Maldon Name and Surname: John Kuta Sex: Male
Age: Date of Birth 18 Jan 1924 Occupation: Operator Cause of Death: A: Cardiac Arrest B:
Ischaemic Disease description and Residence of Informant: Peter Sullivan (son-in-law) 35
Longfellow Road, Maldon, Essex When Registered: 28 Feb 1978.

[8] Saint Peter’s, Maldon, Essex, England.

[9] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Birth Index: 1984-2005 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA:
The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.Original data – General Register Office. England and
Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown
copyright. Published by permission of the Cont). Birth date: Jul Aug Sep 1952 Birth place:
Chelmsford, Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire, Essex

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10 thoughts on “Generation One – Rosie May Janes

    • I lost contact with my grandmother when my parents separated. Not many photos exist and I only have very distant memories of her.
      Strangely, I still remember the soap she used, the candy in her cupboard and her most of all the way she comforted me when I stayed over. I was a little afraid of her bedroom. 🙂 it was dark and a tad spooky.

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