Lydia Mumford sketch

Recently I have commissioned a few sketches depicting moments in time from my family history.

Below is a sketch by artist Vera Veltri

This is an imagined posthumous sketch of Lydia Mumford (3x great-grandmother) saying goodbye to her children Arthur and Mary Ann (2x great-grandmother). The children were born illegitimately in the 1850’s and are likely to have been fathered by Charles Grey, who abandoned the family shortly before he married another woman. This time in Lydia’s life must have been extremely traumatic, she had no money, home and unable to provide for her children. She turned to Bocking Workhouse as a last refuge and left her children in their care. It would be the last time she saw Arthur alive, as he sadly died shortly after.

It’s certainly a thought-provoking image and a sad truth off what life was like for the unfortunate souls of Victorian England.

I relate to Lydia and Mary Ann through my paternal family tree ‘The Janes Family’ of Maldon, Essex.

Posthumous sketch off Lydia Mumford and children. Bocking Workhouse - 1850's - Artist: Vera Veltri This image is copyright of the artist and Stephen Dawe-Kuta. If you use the image please credit and link back to this blog.

Posthumous sketch off Lydia Mumford and children. Bocking Workhouse – 1850’s
Artist: Vera Veltri
This image is copyright of the artist and Stephen Dawe-Kuta. If you use the image please credit and link back to this blog.

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4 thoughts on “Lydia Mumford sketch

  1. I have a Mumford line in my family tree here in NEPA. Elizabeth Mumford married Stephen Gardner, of the Conn. Gardners.

    • Sadly, I don’t know much further then Lydia Mumford, I know lots about her mother Sophia Mayhew and ancestors, but Lydia like her children were illegitimate, all I know is that her father was a Mumford, I suspect a ‘William Mumford’ as there was one guy living in Bocking with that name and suitable age.
      Hopefully when I move into DNA testing more answers will be revealed.

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