Born on the 23rd February 1884, Mary Ann Jannette Murray was the fifth child of James William and Kezia Murray. At the time they lived at 13, New Street, Gravel Lane, City of London. James was employed as an umbrella frame maker.
Mary Ann Jannette was baptised at St Botolph's Church, Aldgate in the City of London on May 25th 1884.
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By 1901, aged eighteen, Mary Ann Jannette had become a sewer in a factory and was living in her brother Edward's house in Bow, East London. Edward and his wife Amy had two young children. They also had three lodgers living in the house. One of these was Thomas Wingad who later that year married Edward and Mary Ann Jannette's sister, Esther Rose Murray.
By 1911, Edward and his family had moved to Forest Gate, East London and Mary Ann Jannette went too. There were now three children in the family but no lodgers. Mary Ann Jannette had become a self-employed blouse maker working from home.
There are some good examples of blouses from that era on this website: Blouses to wear with a tailored costume 1911.
Mary Ann Jannette's nephew was Percival Edward Murray who was still living at home in Forest Gate when war was declared in 1914. Percival joined the 5th Battalion of the London Rifles Brigade and in 1915 went out to the Western Front. He was promoted to the rank of Lance-Corporal and was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme in 1918.
It seems likely that Mary Ann Jannette moved back to the Aldgate area and died in 1933.
Mary Ann Jannette was a sister of Maurice John Arthur Murray, my husband's grandfather.
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