Maria BARTLETT (1843-1935) born Till

Maria Till was born on 1 July 1843 at Petersfield, Hampshire to parents Christopher and Harriet Till.

She married William Ewens on 13 Apr 1863 at St Marys, Portsea, Hampshire, and went on to have three children before William's untimely death - the date of which I have been unable to pin down.

After William's death Maria married her second husband John Bartlett on 8 Dec 1879 at Islington. Somewhat surprisingly the name given for her father on that marriage certificate was William Till which is at odds with the name on her birth certificate, supported by census data. It is possibly a mistake by the clerk due to her first husband being a William. John was a widower - see his Bartlett ancestry. In 1881 Maria and John were at 5 Laurel Terrace, Tottenham with two of Maria's children of her first marriage, plus three new children, fathered by John.

All the records label John as a labourer, which meant that in later life as he became infirm, money was very short. My mother repeatedly said how poor they were and that they lived in little more than a hovel. She remembered Maria cooking with cast iron pots over an open fire and lighting a candle to see if the water was boiling. They had no gas for lighting or cooking.

John died in poor circumstances in 1929, after which Maria went to live with her daughter Florence in Edmonton. Maria died there on 8 May 1935. She was buried with John in Tottenham Cemetery.

Maria's children with William Ewens were:

Alice Ewens on the right

Maria's children with John Bartlett were:

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