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Annie Woodward

Female abt 1843 - 1911  (~ 68 years)



  • Name Annie Woodward  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Birth abt 1843  Bootle Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    • dau of George Ratcliffe Woodward (b Liverpool 04 Jun 1811, d Glenorleigh, Kingswear, 25 Apr 1888), corn merchant, & his 1st wife Anne Jane Tyrer (death reg Prescot 4Q1854) [4]
    Residence Mar 1851  Tixall Hall, Tixall Find all individuals with events at this location   [1
    • with (great?) uncle James Tyrer, unmarr, 53 b Formby, merchant ship owner; Sarah Tyrer, widow, 64 b Liverpool [grandmother?]; brother William Woodward, 9 b Bootle [William Ratclife Woodward, b Linacre (Bootle) 29 Sep 1841, death reg Stafford 2Q1855]; + 2 visitors + governess + 9 serv.
    Residence Apr 1861  Tixall Hall, Tixall Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • with great(?) uncle James Tyrer, unmarr, 67 b Formby, magistrate, merchant, councillor; Sarah Tyrer, widow, 78 b Liverpool [grandmother?]; + 7 visitors: Anne Cole, 55 b London; George Ratcliffe Woodward [her father], merchant, 49 b Liverpool; Eliza Sophie Woodward [ne Bland, her step-mother & father's 3rd wife], 42 b Kenilworth; George Ratcliffe Woodward [junr; her half-brother], 12 b Birkenhead; Basil Hall Woodward [half-brother], 11 b Birkenhead; Sarah Helen Deville Woodward [half-sister], 9 b Tixall; Susan M Eaton [family of her future 2nd husband?], 17 b Oxford ; + 9 serv.
    Marriage abt May 1867  Stafford Find all individuals with events at this location ; Hopton Scott Stewart (~1838-1876)  [8
    • Capt Hopton Scott Stewart (b abt 1838, d Bournemouth 04 Oct 1876); =/> 4 children: Hopton James Tyrer, b abt 1868 (d 28 Dec 1891); Violet Annie, b abt 1869; Evelyn Mary, b abt 1872; Walter Keith, b abt 1876.
    Residence Apr 1871  26 Onslow Square, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    • with brother-in-law Robert H Scott, 38 b Ireland, Director of Meteorological Office; sister-in-law (his wife) Susan L Scott, 27 b Ireland; husband Stewart H Scott, 32 b Jamaica, Captain, 1st Staffs Militia; + 3 serv.
    Residence 1878  Bournemouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Marriage 30 Apr 1878  All Saints, Margaret St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Walter Frederic Eaton,   b. 26 Jan 1841, Little Bredy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Dec 1916, Highview, Cliftonville Avenue, Margate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Apr 1881  Astney Lodge, Branksome Wood Rd, Bournemouth Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Residence Apr 1891  Everlands, Chevening Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Residence Mar 1901  Thorngrove, Grimley Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    • with daughter Violet & her husband Henry L Horsfall; + their children; + Henry's sister Gertrude; + son Claude J Eaton; + governess; + 10 serv.
    • no known connection between this Henry Leeke Horsfall (1867-1943) and Geoffrey Richard Horsfall.
    Residence 1911  84 Eaton Terrace, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Death 20 Mar 1911  Cannes, France Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10
    • On the 20th inst., at Cannes, after two days' illness, Annie Eaton, eldest daughter of the late Ratcliffe Woodward, of Glenorleigh, Dartmouth, to the everlasting grief of her son and daughters. [The Times]
    Probate 10 Jun 1911  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 5,044 4s. 3d.  [9
    • Eaton Annie of 84 Eaton-terrace Eaton-square Middlesex (wife of the reverend Walter Frederic Eaton clerk) died 20 March 1911 at Cannes France Probate London 10 June to Samuel Field solicitor Claude Templeman Eaton gentleman and Mark Field solicitor. Effects 5044 4s. 3d. [NPC]
    Notes 
    • Half-sister of George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1848-1934, priest, poet & musician; producer of Cowley Carol Book, Songs of Syon, etc, and many well-known Christmas carols.
      The biography of George Ratcliffe Woodward, by John E Barnes, 1996, Canterbury Press, Norwich, includes some information about Annie, reproduced here with thanks (and a few minor corrections)
      During these years Woodward was in regular correspondence with his half-sister Annie, and a dozen or so of her letters to him survive, the earliest of these, according to the postmark on the envelope, having been written in 1905. It seems that her second husband, the Revd. W. F. Eaton, was dead by this time [he was still alive but they were separated; he outlived her by 5 years], and that she lived in rooms or hotels, often accompanied by her son Claude. Most summers were spent in Germany, at Bad Nanheim, where she took the cure and refers to as 'my beloved Nanheim', although it seems that there were also regular visits to Italy. In England she favoured hotels in London and Eastbourne, although in a letter from Eastbourne written in 1909 she wrote 'we move into our nice old rooms next Saturday ... Hotels are impossible with their cheap food and vile cooking at ruinous prices'. Like his half-sister, Woodward was also living in hotels at this time, and it appears that he too may have made visits to the continent: writing from Bad Nanheim on one occasion Annie says 'could you not manage a few days here on your way to Bavaria or back? How you must long for the change after London, which seems to grow more and more terrible every year, with its heat & turmoil & restlessness'.
      Like her half-brother, Annie was a staunch Conservative, and strongly anti-Liberal. Their common political outlook led her to remark in one letter 'Yes, dear George, I think you & I are the only true descendants of our good Father, & feel as he did'. King George V found immediate favour with her, and she wrote at the time of his accession: 'I hear all good of King George, he is a strong Conservative, very firm and determined, & it is believed he will not let these traitors play the fool. I hear he has already put Asquith in his place; that the police have intimated to L. George they cannot be responsible for his safety & that craven Mr. Churchill was hissed by his own yeomanry. May it all be true and much more to come!'
      Like so many of their class and background in pre-First World War days, the half-brother and sister were were enthusiastic about Germany and German culture, an enthusiasm which Annie expressed with characteristic vigour in another of her letters: ' I just love the Germans, a fine race, they are very near the spiritual world. One can feel no wonder they produced a Gothe, a Bach, & above all a Wagner. How proud they must be to belong to such a people. I feel so at home with all these dear people, they look at you with their Souls. We flee before the English, who are so dull, unfeeling, stupid, nothing but shallow talk! I always hope that if ever my Claude marries, it will be to a German or Austrian, they put all English silly young women to shame ...' Woodward can hardly have agreed with the preference of Wagner to Bach, despite his sharing of her liking for the former; on one occasion Annie thanked him for sending her 'that delicious book on Parsifal', perhaps Wagner's Parsifal written by Alfred Gurney.
      But if Woodward and his half-sister were both like their father in espousing strong Tory views, it was only Annie who shared in his equally strong anti-Catholic opinions. With her own very individualistic religious approach, largely made up of some general ethical principles wedded to sentiment, she wrote in one of her letters: 'Until we have thrown away all rites and doctrines & sought and found God, Each person for themselves, then only does he live and soar into the heavenly Presences. Believe me, dear George, I am right & know by great Experience that I am right. Seek Him only & "He will guide us with His eye", not like horse & mule which have no understanding & must be held with bit & bridle by the Church, & terribly ignorant bad drivers, the clergy. I am only waiting until you can see as I do. It must come.' There is no evidence that it did, and his half-sister's dislike of his religious opinions seems to have had no more effect upon him than that of their father.
    Person ID I5169  Tatham | Christopher branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 04 Jan 2015 

    Family Walter Frederic Eaton,   b. 26 Jan 1841, Little Bredy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Dec 1916, Highview, Cliftonville Avenue, Margate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Marriage 30 Apr 1878  All Saints, Margaret St, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    • - Walter Frederic Eaton; full age; bachelor; clerk in holy orders; resid Bournemouth; father Richard Storks Eaton, clerk in holy orders;
      - Annie Stewart; full age; widow; resid Bournemouth; father George Ratcliffe Woodward, gentleman;
      - married by special licence by C A Smythies, AB, minister;
      - in the presence of Henry Storks Eaton; George Ratcliffe Woodward.
    Notes 
    • also resid Apr 1881: St George Eaton, son, age 1 b Bournemouth; + 3 Stewart children from her 1st marriage: Violet Annie, 12 b Heywood; Evelyn Mary, 9 b Heywood [recte Freshwater, Isle of Wight]; Walter Keith, 5, b Nice, France; + 6 servants.
    • seem to be living apart at the time of her death in 1911; possibly already in 1901.
    Children 
     1. Claude Templeman Eaton,   b. 03 Feb 1879, Astney Lodge, Branksome Wood Rd, Bournemouth Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1947, Black Forest, Burley, Hants Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 27 May 2013 
    Family ID F1861  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - abt 1843 - Bootle Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1851 - Tixall Hall, Tixall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1861 - Tixall Hall, Tixall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - Hopton Scott Stewart (~1838-1876) - abt May 1867 - Stafford Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1871 - 26 Onslow Square, Kensington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1878 - Bournemouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 30 Apr 1878 - All Saints, Margaret St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 30 Apr 1878 - All Saints, Margaret St, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1881 - Astney Lodge, Branksome Wood Rd, Bournemouth Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1891 - Everlands, Chevening Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Mar 1901 - Thorngrove, Grimley Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - 84 Eaton Terrace, Westminster Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 20 Mar 1911 - Cannes, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 5,044 4s. 3d. - 10 Jun 1911 - London Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 8 b Bootle

    2. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 18 b Liverpool

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.
      age 28 b Walton, Lancs

    4. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, All Saints, Margaret St, 30 Apr 1878.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1881.
      age 36 b Heywood, Staffs

    6. [S01] Census, UK, 1891.
      age 47 b Heywood

    7. [S01] Census, UK, 1901.
      age 57 b Tixhall

    8. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Stafford, 2Q1867.

    9. [S14] National Probate Calendar.

    10. [S05] The Times, death notice, 25 Mar 1911.