Person:Susannah Moss (2)

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Susannah Priscilla Moss
m. 30 Jan 1865
  1. Susannah Priscilla Moss1865 - 1950
  2. Victoria Alberta Moss1867 - 1948
  3. Alice Maud Mary Moss1869 - 1959
  4. Ellen Sarah Moss1870 - 1959
  5. Walter Abimelech Moss1872 - 1962
  6. Prince Leopold Moss1875 - 1957
  7. William Arthur Moss1876 - 1963
  8. Bethia Jane Moss1878 - 1971
  9. Ada Lavinia Moss1882 - 1960
  • HThomas Lewis1849 - 1916
  • WSusannah Priscilla Moss1865 - 1950
  1. Thomas Lewis1885 - 1941
  2. Arthur Bedford Lewis1886 - 1945
  3. Ethel Lewis1888 - 1945
  4. Henry Lewis1889 - 1974
  5. Percy Lewis1892 - 1918
  6. Alfred Lewis1894 - 1897
  7. William Lewis1897 - 1979
  8. Susannah Priscilla Lewis1900 - 1992
  9. Bethia Lewis1902 - 1982
  10. Reuben Lewis1904 - 1985
  11. Alfred Lewis1906 - 1986
Facts and Events
Name Susannah Priscilla Moss
Gender Female
Birth[1] 12 Aug 1865 Caddington, Hertfordshire, England
Christening[2] 3 Sep 1865 Caddington, Bedfordshire, EnglandAll Saints
Census[3] 2 Apr 1871 Caddington, Hertfordshire, EnglandAley Green
Census[4] 3 Apr 1881 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandBute Street
Census[5] 5 Apr 1891 Luton, Bedfordshire, England146 Chapel Street
Census[6] 31 Mar 1901 Luton, Bedfordshire, England148 Chapel Street
Census[7] 2 Apr 1911 Luton, Bedfordshire, England29 South Road
Census[8] 29 Sep 1939 Luton, Bedfordshire, England29 South Road
Death[9][11] 21 Nov 1950 Luton, Bedfordshire, England29 South Road
Burial[10] 24 Nov 1950 Luton, Bedfordshire, EnglandGeneral Cemetery, Rothesay Road

Childhood

Susannah Priscilla Moss was born on 12th August 1865 in the parish of Caddington, daughter of a bonnet sewer called Bethia Moss, formerly King, and her husband William Moss, an agricultural labourer. She was baptised there at the parish church of All Saints three weeks later. She was probably named after both her grandmothers, Susannah Puddephatt and Susan Dean, who were both alive at the time of her birth, although her maternal grandmother Susan Dean died just eleven days after Susannah Priscilla's birth. Her maternal grandfather James King was also alive at the time of her birth.

Caddington parish at that time straddled the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Although the parish church was in Bedfordshire, Susannah was born in the Hertfordshire part of the parish and probably at Tipple Hill, which is given as the family's abode on her baptism entry and is a lane and farm in the hamlet of Aley Green in the Hertfordshire part of Caddington.

William Moss and Bethia King had married just over six months before Susannah's birth at Caddington. William had been married before and had three surviving children from his first marriage. After Susannah, William and Bethia went on to have another eight children. The 1871 census finds Susannah living with her parents and siblings at Aley Green. In 1881, Susannah's parents were still living at Aley Green, but she had moved into the neighbouring town of Luton, where she was working as a general servant for a licensed victualler named Mary Ann Stone in Bute Street in the centre of the town.

Adulthood

Susannah Priscilla, unknown date.
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Susannah Priscilla, unknown date.
Around 1885, aged 20, Susannah settled down with a man named Thomas Lewis, who worked as a rag and bone collector and marine store (junk shop) keeper. They were unable to marry as he was already married to another woman, although they had separated. Newspaper reports from July 1885 (when Susannah was heavily pregnant with her first child) describe how Thomas's wife came round to the Mosses' house looking for her husband and used foul language to Susannah's mother and smashed a window. Like Thomas, his wife was said to be living with someone else by that time.

Susannah and Thomas had eleven children together between 1885 and 1906, although one died young in 1897, aged two. The 1891 census finds the family living with Susannah's parents, who had left Aley Green and moved into Luton, where the family lived at 146 Chapel Street. Chapel Street is the main road leading from Luton to Caddington, and the section of Chapel Street the family lived on was also known as Farley Hill.[12] At the time of the 1891 census Susannah was working as a hat sewer. Susannah's surviving grandparents both died in the mid 1890s in the Caddington area - her maternal grandfather James King in 1895 and her paternal grandmother Susannah Puddephatt in 1896.

In 1901 the family was still at Chapel Street. Susannah's name is given as 'Suey', which is presumably how she was known. Susannah's eldest son married in 1903, and Susannah's first grandchild was born in 1905.

Susannah's mother Bethia died on 4th December 1906 at 138 Farley Hill (also known as 138 Chapel Street), aged 70. Susannah gave birth to her youngest child the next day.

By the time of the 1911 census Susannah and Thomas and their children had moved just around the corner to 29 South Road in Luton. Her father William at the time of the census was living at Chapel Street with her her sister Bethia's family; he died just four days after the 1911 census, aged 74. In 1916 Thomas Lewis died at home at 29 South Road. During the First World War at least two of Susannah's sons served in the army: William and Percy. Both came home, but William had a serious leg injury from where a shell had exploded beside him. Percy did not live long after his return home - he appears to have returned home in late 1917 but he died at home in November 1918, a couple of days before the armistice which ended the war, aged 26.

Susannah remained at 29 South Road for the rest of her life, living with a number of her children. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was living there with her daughter Ethel, son Arthur and daughter Susannah, none of whom had married.

Susannah's eldest son, Thomas, died in 1941. In 1945 she lost both her daughter Ethel in the January and her son Arthur in the November.

Susannah had eighteen grandchildren, all born in her lifetime, although five of them died young. She also saw great-grandchildren (from 1927) and indeed great-great grandchildren (from 1944) born in her lifetime.

Susannah died at home at 29 South Road on 21st November 1950, aged 85. She was buried at the General Cemetery on Rothesay Road in Luton.

References
  1. Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).
    REGISTRATION DISTRICT REGISTRATION DISTRICT Luton
    1865 BIRTH in the Sub-District of Luton in the Counties of Beds & Herts
    No.When and where bornName, if anySexName and surname of fatherName, surname and maiden name of motherOccupation of fatherSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    365Twelfth August 1865
    Caddington Herts
    Susanna PriscillaGirlWilliam MossBethiar Moss formerly KingFarm LaborerX The mark of Bethiar Moss
    Mother
    Caddington Herts
    Twenty fifth August 1865Charles Maffey, Registrar

    This birth record and the baptism record below have been linked to the adult Susannah Priscilla who lived with Thomas Lewis on the basis of the 1891 census in which Susannah and Thomas were living with her parents William and 'Bertha' (the name 'Bethia' was particularly prone to spelling variations). Moreover, in each of the three censuses in which Susannah appears as an adult living with Thomas Lewis she consistently gave her age pointing to a date of birth in 1865 or 1866, and her place of birth as either the parish of Caddington or the hamlet of Aley Green - and the 'Tipple Hill' given as the family's abode on her baptism record is a lane and farm at Aley Green in the parish of Caddington.

  2. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Caddington Parish Registers. (Bedford: Bedfordshire Record Office).
    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of Caddington in the County of Bedford in the Year 1865
    No.When BaptizedChild's Christian NameParents' NameAbodeQuality, Trade, or ProfessionBy whom the Ceremony was performed
    ChristianSurname
    1112Sept[ember] 3Susannah PriscillaWilliam & BethiaMossTipple HillLabourerTho[ma]s Prescott, Vicar
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1871 Census Schedules. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG10; Piece 1568; Folio 28; Page 15, 2 Apr 1871.

    Address: Aley Green (listed immediately after "The Boot"), Caddington, Hertfordshire
    William Moss, head, married, male, 33 [1837/8], Lab, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Bethia Moss, wife, married, female, 34 [1836/7], Sewer, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    James Moss, son, male, 8 [1862/3], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Susan Moss, daughter, female, 5 [1865/6], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Alberta Moss, daughter, female, 3 [1867/8], Scholar, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Maude Moss, daughter, female, 1 [1869/70], b. Caddington, Hertfordshire
    Ellen Moss, daughter, female, 8mo [1870], b. Caddington, Hertfordshire

  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1881 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands: . (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG11; Piece 1649; Folio 7; Page 8, 3 Apr 1881.

    Address: Bute Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Mary Ann Stone, head, widow, female, 64 [1816/7], Licensed Victualler, b. Napp, Somerset
    Susanna P. Moss, servant, unmarried, female, 16 [1864/5], General Servant, b. Caddington, Hertfordshire

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1891 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG12; Piece 1274; Folio 59; Page 38, 5 Apr 1891.

    Address: 146 Chapel Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Five or more rooms occupied
    William Moss, head, married, male, 53 [1837/8], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Bertha Moss, wife, married, female, 55 [1835/6], employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Susanah Moss, daughter, single, female, 25 [1865/6], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Alice M. Moss, daughter, single, female, 21 [1869/70], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Ellen S. Moss, daughter, single, female, 20 [1870/1], Hat Sewer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Walter B. Moss, son, male, 18 [1872/3], General Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Prince L. Moss, son, male, 16 [1874/5], Agricultural Laborer, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    William A. Moss, son, male, 14 [1876/7], Errand Boy, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Bethia Moss, daughter, female, 12 [1878/9], Scholar, employed, b. Caddington, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, stepson, married, male, 34 [1856/7], Rag & Bone Collector, employed, b. Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, grandson, male, 5 [1885/6], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Arthur Lewis, grandson, male, 4 [1886/7], Scholar, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ethel Bert Lewis, grandson [sic], female, 3 [1887/8], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Harry Lewis, grandson, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  6. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). England and Wales. 1901 Census Schedules: also for the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG13; Piece 1514; Folio 82; Page 28, 31 Mar 1901.

    Address: 148 Chapel Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, head, married, male, 50 [1850/1], Marine Store Dealer, own account, working at home, b. Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire
    Suey Lewis, wife, married, female, 35 [1865/6], b. Aley Green, Bedfordshire
    Thomas Lewis, son, single, male, 15 [1885/6], Straw Hat Blocker, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Arthur Lewis, son, single, male, 14 [1886/7], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ethel Lewis, daughter, single, female, 13 [1887/8], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Lenny Lewis, son, single, male, 11 [1889/90], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Percy Lewis, son, single, male, 8 [1892/3], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Willie Lewis, son, single, male, 4 [1896/7], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Suie Lewis, daughter, single, female, 1 [1899/1900], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  7. General Register Office. The National Archives (abbreviated TNA). 1911 Census Schedules for England and Wales, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. (Kew, Richmond, Greater London TW9 4DU, United Kingdom)
    Class RG14; Piece 9012; Schedule 53, 2 Apr 1911.

    Address: 29 South Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Five rooms occupied
    Tho[ma]s Lewis, head, male, 53 [1857/8], married, 12 children born alive, 10 children still living, Collector - Rags & Bones, own account, at home, b. Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire
    Suey Moss, female, 45 [1865/6], single, House worker, worker, b. Aley Green, Hertfordshire
    Arther Lewis Moss, male, 24 [1886/7], single, Labourer, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Ethel Lewis Moss, female, 23 [1887/8], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Harry Lewis Moss, male, 21 [1889/90], single, Basket Maker - Mat Baskets, employer, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Percy Lewis Moss, male, 19 [1891/2], single, Labourer - Iron Foundry, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    William Lewis Moss, male, 14 [1896/7], Straw Hat Trade - straw hat manufacturing, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Suey Lewis Moss, female, 11 [1899/1900], School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Bethia Lewis Moss, female, 9 [1901/2], School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Reubin Lewis Moss, male, 7 [1903/4], School, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
    Alfe Lewis Moss, male, 4 [1906/7], b. Luton, Bedfordshire

  8. General Register Office. 1939 Register
    Luton Municipal Borough, 29 Sep 1939.

    29 South Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Lewis, Ethel, female, b. 21 Feb 1888, single, incapacitated
    Lewis, Arthur B., male, b. 31 Dec 1887, single, Firewood Seller
    Lewis, Susanah P., female, b. 21 Jan 1900, single, Domestic duties unpaid
    Moss, Susanah P., female, b. 12 Aug 1865, single, Domestic duties unpaid

  9. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).
    Registration District Luton
    1950 DEATH in the Sub-district of Luton in the County of Bedford
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    283Twenty-first November 1950
    29 South Road, Luton U.D.
    Susanah Priscilla LEWIS otherwise MOSSFemale85 yearsSpinster, Daughter of Joseph Moss, Farm Labourer (deceased.)Myocardial degeneration due to arterio-sclerosis of the coronary arteries.
    Certified by John Henry Hoare Coroner for the County of Bedford (South District) After Post Mortem without Inquest.
    A. Lewis
    Son
    18 Drayton Road, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire
    Twenty-second November 1950Herman Chalkley Registrar

    Susannah's youngest son Alfred was informant for the death, and clearly was confused as to his grandfather's name - but as his grandfather had died when Alfred was only four years old perhaps the confusion is understandable.

  10. Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Cemetery Registers of General Cemetery, Rothesay Road, 1854-1964 (Bedfordshire Family History Society).

    Surname: Lewis
    Given name: Susanah Priscilla
    Age: 85
    Grave ID: 1064B
    Class: 3 new
    Date: 24 Nov 1950

  11. Luton News, in United Kingdom. The British Newspaper Archive
    Page 2, Thursday 30 Nov 1950.

    DEATHS
    LEWIS.-Nov. 21, at 29 South-rd., Luton. Susanna Priscilla Lewis, aged 85.

  12. The street has subsequently been renamed such that only the part nearest the town centre is still called Chapel Street, whilst most of it, including the stretch the Moss and Lewis family lived on, is now officially called Farley Hill.