Mary Louisa Wright GOODRUM-G0412 was born 1, 2 on 09 Jan 1865 in Seething, Norfolk. She was christened on 12 Jul 1868 in Seething, Norfolk. She died 3 on 25 Oct 1949 in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Mary was in a non-marital relationship with William James CLARKE-C0413.
Mary was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Loddon Road, Mundham, Norfolk. She was described as Grandaughter aged 6 years (Using name Louisa Goodrum. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Street, Dennington, Suffolk. She was described as Housekeeper to Wm Ellis Blunderfield, aged 26 years, unmarried. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Street, Loddon, Norfolk. She was described as Head of family, a Widow, aged 35 years and living on her own means. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in The Street, Loddon, Norfolk. She was described as a Widow, aged 42 years, working as a Housekeeper. She was counted in a census on 19 Jun 1921 in Bridge Street, Loddon, Norfolk. She was described as Head of household, a Widow, aged 52 years and 6 months, of Private Means and carrying out home duties. When the National Register was compiled on the 29th of September 1939, She was living at High Street, Loddon, Norfolk. She was described as a Widow, aged 66 years, carrying out Household Duties. Date of birth was recorded as 09 Jan 1866. Her will was probated on 21 Jan 1950 in London.
BLUNDERFIELD, William Ellis
Mary Louisa was the daughter of the unmarried Sarah Goodrum. The father is believed to be James Wright an Agricultural Labourer also of Seething. This explains why her birth was registered with the name Mary Louisa Wright Goodrum. However, she was baptised in 1868 as Mary Louisa Goodrum and only her mother's name Sarah Goodrum was listed in the register (no mention of Wright). When the 1871 Census was taken, Mary Louisa, aged 6 was recorded as Louisa Goodrum and living with her father James and grandparents. At the age of 16, 1881, she is in service as a Housemaid with a farmer in Norton Subcourse but using the name Mary Louisa Wright. By 1891 she was working as the Housekeeper for William Ellis Blunderfield, a Grocer and Draper in Dennington, Suffolk and using the name Lucy Wright.
A couple of years later, in 1893, she married William Ellis Blunderfield and used the name Mary Louisa Goodrum. Sadly, William died in 1895 before they had any children. Mary Louisa inherited and moved into Bugdon House in Loddon - she was joined there by William James Clarke; they never married but had two children who were named Neville Victor Clarke Blunderfield and May Clarke Blunderfield. Curiously, when May's birth was registered, Mary Louisa gave her Maiden name as Wright.
In the 1939 Register, Mary is listed at High Street, Loddon as a Widow and living with William J Clarke a retired Sadler.
She died at number 59, Bushey Road, Totley (near Sheffield) but was described as of Bugdon House, Loddon.
Probate was granted to her son Neville Victor Clarke, a Gas Engineering Draughtsman. Effects £77-6s-4d.
The bungalow in Bushey Road, was the home of her daughter May and husband Edward Rowbottom. The Electoral Registers show only May and Edward at that address in May 1945 but from October 1945 to 1949, Mary Louisa Blunderfield is also listed. So, aged around 80 years, she must have gone to live with her daughter.
Edward and May continued to live at that address. They are both listed in the Electoral Register in 1970 but only May in 1976.