Recently I have commissioned a few sketches depicting a moment in time from my family history. Here is the second piece of artwork.
A quick sketch of my 2x great-grandmother, Mary Ann Mumford (1854 – 1916). Sadly she was placed in Braintree Union Workhouse alongside some of her siblings as small children after their mother Lydia Mumford fell on hard times and her relationship with Charles Gray ended. Charles went onto marry Esther Ann Sorrell in 1857 and Lydia moved from one relationship to the next and from place to place simply to survive.
Only one child remained in the care of Gray, his eldest son’ Charles Mumford. Could this signify that the remaining children were not of his kin, or was a court hearing from 1848 regarding the Bastardy of this child the reason he continued to care for him. Or perhaps the remaining children were too young for him to take of.
Whatever the case maybe, perhaps DNA will eventually answer this.