Leonard Turner’s wife Lorrie Esther Baker, my maternal great-grandmother, was born in North Marston, Bucks, on 27 January 1887, but by the time she was ten her family had moved to the tiny, neighboring village of Hoggeston, which is where she lived until the age of twenty-two when she married Leonard and settled in Winslow. You can read more about Lorrie and Leonard here and here.
Lorrie was the second of nine children born to Henry Thomas Baker, a butcher from North Marston, and his wife Annie Imogen Emily Meadows, who were married in Winslow on 10 September 1883. Of their nine children, the first eight were daughters. I received this in a letter from Aunty Jean dated 28 October 1990 :
‘…because there were eight Baker girls, I understand the Bells were rung at Hoggeston on the birth of their only (…more)
Taken at a wedding in Northampton, England: Jean (Turner) Barker to the left; Gladys (Turner) Lee to the right; their Mum, Lorrie Esther (Baker) Turner at center.
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The Wedding of Leonard “Frederick” Turner & Lorrie Esther Baker 6 September 1909 St. Mary’s Parish Church Hoggeston, Bucks, England
Leonard was the son of Henry Turner and Louisa Smith, and Lorrie was the daughter of Henry Thomas Baker (the older man sitting) and Annie Imogen Emily Meadows (seated on the very left). Lorrie was one of seven daughters born to the couple, and it is said that when Annie finally gave birth to a son the bells were rung at the church to mark the momentous occasion
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By 1909, Leonard’s mother and brother Frederick were dead, but his father had remarried and Leonard had two half-brothers. It’s possible they are amongst the men in the photo. Lorrie’s brother George and her youngest sister Rose were children at the (…more)