Yet to be summarised.
Parents and family
Based on the 1861 Census these were Henry and Eliza CURTIS
About 1857-8 and in Castle Cary, Somerset, based on Census dates. The
registration is almost certainly that under Wincanton of a Lavinia
Maria CURTIS in the Dec Q. of 1857 (5c 510)
Childhood and education
On the 1861 Census she is listed at Fore Street, Castle Cary, Somerset with her
family, which at that time comprised -
- Henry CURTIS, Head, Mar[ried], 33, Ag Lab, Somerset, Shepton Mallett
- Eliza CURTIS, Wife, Mar, 33, , Wilts, Maiden Bradley
- William CURTIS, Son, 7, Scholar, Somerset, Castle Cary
- Mary Eliza CURTIS, Daughter, 5, Scholar, Somerset, Castle Cary
- Lavinia M CURTIS, Daughter, 3, Scholar, Somerset, Castle
- Mary YEATES, Visitor, W[idow], 64, , Wilts, Maiden Bradley
On the 1871 Census she is listed at Ansford Lane, Castle Cary, Somerset. She
and her siblings Mary, 16, and John, 9, are on their own.
- Mary CURTIS, Daur, Un[married], 16, , Somerset, Castle Cary
- Lavinia CURTIS, Daur, Un, 13, , Somerset, Castle Cary
- John CURTIS, Son, Un, 9, , Somerset, Castle Cary
Her parents and younger sister are listed a few dwellings further on at Ansford
House where they are in service.
- Grace SNOOK, Head, Wid[ow], 58, Annuitant, Wilts, Maiden Bradley
- Henry CURTIS, Serv[ant], Mar[ried], 44, Gardener, Somerset, Shepton
- Eliza CURTIS, Serv, Mar, 45, General Servant, Wilts, Maiden Bradley
- Fanny CURTIS, Serv, , 5, , Somerset, Castle Cary
I currently have no evidence concerning any employment prior to marriage.
Marriage to John McIntosh
Her marriage to her first husband, John Allan McINTOSH, was registered in
the June Quarter of 1880 at St Georges, Hanover Square in London. The names
given were Lavinia Maria CURTIS and John Allan Mac INTOSH.
In about 1880 their son Alexander [John?] McINTOSH was born. The family
referred to him as 'Aleck'. There is a registration for Alexander John McINTOSH
from the Dec quarter of 1880 and registered in Guildford, Surrey (2a, 86).
On the 1881 Census the family are listed at Down Place, Compton, Surrey
Guildford). Her husband was the butler there. The house's owners do not appear
to have been in residence at that time of the Census as the MCINTOSHs were only
sharing the place with a kitchenmaid, a housemaid, and a footman.
- John A. MC INTOSH, Serv (Head), M[arried], 31, Butler (Domestic),
- Lavinia M. MC INTOSH, Butler's Wife, M, 24, , Castle Carey,
- Emma A. HUNT, Serv, U[nmarried], 29, Housemaid (Domestic), Lamarsh,
- Ellen M. GUILDER, Serv, U, 21, Kitchenmaid (Domestic), Turnham,
- Thomas HARTWELL, Serv, U, 18, Footman (Domestic), Tamworth, Warwick
- Alexander MC INTOSH, Butler's Son, , 6m, , Compton, Surrey
Down Place is a large country mansion set on the northern slops
of the Hogs back. These days (2004) it is just outside the suburbs of
Guildford. At that time the house was owned by one William F FAVIELL who then
rebuilt it. I suspect that this was William Frederick FAVIELL (1822-1902) the
railway engineer who helped build the Great Indian Peninsular Railway and later
built the Colombo-Kandy railway in Ceylon. FAVIELL is not a very common name
and it is interesting to note that in 1882 the Essex and England Batsman
William Frederick Oliver
born in Loughton. This hints at the possibility that a FAVIELL family link
could have assisted in the move of Lavinia to Loughton.
Abt 1882 their daughter Violet MCINTOSH was born in Guildford, Surrey. On 26
Mar 1952 she married William Rock MURRAY. These were the parents of Nancy
MURRAY. Nancy inherited a family cottage, Braefoot, in
Ringford, Kirkudbrightshire, Scotland (north of Kirkudbright, SW of Castle
Abt 1883 their daughter Ethel M(arion?) MCINTOSH was born in Guildford, Surrey.
She later became known as 'Ethel MAC' to differentiate her from Ethel HICKS.
Abt 1886 their daughter Wallacina May MCINTOSH was born in Guildford, Surrey.
She was probably named in honour of William WALLACE, the famous Scottish
resistence leader, however the family later chose to use her second name!
There are vague family recollections that there may have been other children,
one who died in infancy and one called Jack. However, no evidence has been
found of these.
Time as a widow
John Allan MCINTOSH died on 14 Feb 1888. There is a death
registration in Steyning, Sussex that year for a 37 year old John Allan
MCINTOSH (Mar quarter, 2b, 207), and the London Standard of 29 Feb carried the following obituary in its DEATHS column:
McINTOSH. - Feb. 14 at Brighton, after a short illness, -
Mr Jo[hn?] A, many years a valued and much respected servant of
Mr. W. F. Faviell, of Down-place, Guildford
Standard (London, England), Tuesday, February 29, 1888; pg. , col 1;
Issue 19855. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.
The 1891 Census has her at 6 High Beech Road, Loughton, Essex. She is shown as
a widow and 'Head' of the family, which consisted of several of her children
and two boarders, one of which, Arthur H F BULL, was to become her next
- Lavinia M MCINTOSH, Head, Wid[ow], 32, needlewoman shirt,
Somerset, Castle Cary
- Alicke, Son, 10, Scholar, Surrey, Guildford
- Violet, Daughter, 9, Scholar, Surrey, Guildford
- May, Daughter, 5, Scholar, Surrey, Guildford
- Frederick S. WRIGHT, Boarder, 23, Print Agent Assist &
Journalist', Cambs, Newmarket
- Arthur H. F. BULL, Boarder, 23, Postman's Mess, London, St. Pancras
Marriage to Arthur Bull
On 30 May 1892 she married her second husband. Arthur Bull in Epping, Essex..
The details of their life together may be found in the biography of Arthur
Henry Frederick BULL
. Arthur died on 4 June 1919.
A newspaper report of Arthur’s funeral mentions his widow as a mourner. At that point she would have been aged about 58.
Last Will and Testament
On the 1901 Census she is shown as aged 40. Her husband died in 1919, so she
may have re-married.
There are candidate death registrations:
- in 1924, when she would have been about 63, in Wycombe, of a Lavinia BULL, aged 68;
- in 1934, when she would have been about 73, in Cannock, of a Lavinia BULL, aged 73;
- in 1949, when she would have been about 88, in Wandsworth, of Lavinia BULL, aged 87.
All are for Lavinia BULL, rather than Lavinia Maria BULL. The latter has the benefit of being close to her home.
In 1924 there is an Lavinia M BULL marriage to Ivor DAVIES registered in
Descendants and notable relations
To be continued...
Alexander John McIntosh & Netta (Harriet?)
There is a marriage of one Alexander John McINTOSH in Sep quarter of
registered at Pancras, with wife's surname McLEOD or JACKSON. His wife
only as Netta, but the McLEOD bride was Janet. In his wedding picture
he is wearing the uniform of a Naval Policeman, which suggests that he
was more mature than 18. Another possible registration is in Hastings
in 1916, where an Alexander John MCINTOSH married one Harriet M.
TAPSELL. At this point he would have been about 36, which seems a bit
more consistent with the picture. An old sketched family tree notes
that John & Netta had two children, John and another who is marked
simply as 'died,' implying a very early death. There appear to be two
children from the MCINTOSH/TAPSELL marriage, Alexander J., birth
registered Tendring 1920, and John A., birth registered Hastings 1921.
There is an Alexander J. MACINTOSH death was registered in Tendring
1920, aged 0. So this couple, with their Essex connection via Tendring
and their child profile, appear a strong candidate.
picture is believed to be of May MCINTOSH. Christened 'Wallacina May
MCINTOSH,' she seems to have been known by either name according to
occasion. On the 1891 Census she is 'May MCINTOSH,' but on the 1901 she
is 'Wallaceina MCINTOSH.' Here death certificate has 'Wallaceana
MCINTOSH.' Nobody ever seems to have got to grips with her first name.
- 'Parishes: Compton', A History of the County
of Surrey: Volume 3 (1911), pp. 16-24. URL:
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=42923. Date accessed: 21
- Cricinfo, England players and
officialsDate accessed: 21 September
- Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Faviell
Collection of Ceylon [i.e. Sri Lanka] Railway views, 1867,
Date accessed: 21 September 2006.