Children of Alfred James and Victoria Ferry

01. Alfred James Ferry

1862-01-07 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1862-02-02 bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis, Dorset "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538–1936," database with images, FamilySearch, Alfred James Ferry, 02 Feb 1862, Christening, citing Holy Trinity, Weymouth, Dorset, Record Office, Dorchester, FHL microfilm 2,427,591
1871 scholar, of 2 Prospect Pl., Weymouth, living with his family, a boarder, and a general servant TNA: RG 10/2000 f31 p16
1881 carpenter, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1885-07-12 carpenter, of Bournemouth, Hampshire; m. Alice Hill (1865–1945, b. Weymouth, d. of Caroline Hill), at Bournemouth GRO index; censuses
Children: Alfred Charles R. (1886–1893, b. Bournemouth), Alice Clara (1888–1967, b. Portsmouth, Hampshire, and Francis Arthur (1894–1960, b. Croydon, Surrey)
1891 carpenter, employed, living in 1 room with his brother at 64 Rochester Terr., Westminster, London RG 12/80 f37 p21
1893-01-25 wheelwright parish register
1894-07-11 at the inquiry into the proposed division of Upper Norwood ward:

Alfred James Ferry presented a petition, signed by members of the Labour Council, asking that the Commissioner would take into consideration that the West Ward, with 5,166 burgesses, was far too large, and supporting the scheme of the Thornton-heath Ratepayers' Association. Mr. Ferry added that the Labour Council was in favour of a redistribution throughout the borough, but thought the present moment an unfavourable one for bringing it forward. They did not attach importance to the residential questions. The petition was signed by 217 burgesses, all, with the exception of half-a-dozen, resident in the West Ward.

Cross-examined, the witness admitted some of the signatures came from South Croydon, Foulsham-road, and Selhurst, but the far larger number of the 217 were burgesses of the West Ward.

Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1894-07-14
1894-10-29 carpenter; stood as a Labour candidate in the municipal elections, for West Ward, Croydon; secured 414 votes, but all Labour candidates were defeated Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser, 1894-11-03
1901 carpenter and joiner, worker, living with his wife and family in 4 rooms at 73 Cromwell Rd, Croydon, Surrey RG 13/645 f73 p19
1904-10-29 carpenter and joiner, of 26 Arundel-road, Croydon; candidate for East Ward in the municipal election Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette
1904-10-31 defeated, with 557 votes Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1904-11-05
1905-11-01 unsuccessfully contested East Ward, securing 599 votes Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1905-11-04
1906-10-25 again defeated in East Ward Croydon Guardian and Surrey County Gazette, 1906-10-27
1911 carpenter and joiner, house building, worker, living with his wife and son in 5 rooms at 151 Windmill Road, Croydon RG14PN3343 RG78PN126 RD39 SD3 ED21 SN12
1939-09-29 carpenter & joiner (retired), living with his wife and daughter at 34 Addington Rd, Croydon 1939 England and Wales Register
1940-10-02 of 34 Addington-road, Croydon, Surrey; d. 30 Woodcroft-road, Croydon GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1941-02-19 will proved at Nottingham by his wife; £198 12s. 6d. National Probate Calendar


02. Charles William Ferry (Pop)

1863-10-09 b. Dorset Place, Wyke Regis, Dorset GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1863-12-13 bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis parish register
1871 scholar, of 2 Prospect Pl., Weymouth, living with his family, a boarder, and a general servant TNA: RG 10/2000 f31 p16
1881 carpenter, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 carpenter, employed, living in 1 room with his brother at 64 Rochester Terr., Westminster, London RG 12/80 f37 p21
1893-01-25 plumber, of Fulham; m. Sarah Ann Stacey (1870–1952, of Godstone, Surrey, d. of William Stacey, wheelwright), at Godstone pc, after banns GRO index; censuses; parish register
Children: Eva Victoria (1894–1976), William Charles (1895–1937), Henry Edward (1898–1983), Ernest Harold (1901–1954), and Bertha Harriett (1909–1978), all b. Fulham, London parish register; GRO index; RG 13/55 f79 p7; RG 14/360 RD3 ED23 SN254
1901 plumber, worker, living with his family at 16 Sherbrooke Rd, Fulham RG 13/55 f79 p7
1911 plumber, employer, living with his family in 4 rooms at 206 Stephendale Rd, Fulham, London SW RG 14/360 RD3 ED23 SN254
  had a fall off scaffolding and opened a sweet shop (just over Wandsworth Bridge—presumably on the south bank, as they lived on the north bank) with the compensation monies information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1939-09-29 retired plumber, living with his wife, and their daughter Bertha's family, at 52 Browning Way, Heston & Isleworth, Middlesex 1939 England and Wales Register
1939-11-18 builders' plumber, of Fulham, Middlesex; d. 46 Garrick Road, Greenford, Middlesex GRO index; information from Linda Sheraton-Davis


03. Alice Sarah Ferry

1865 Q2 b. Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, Dorset GRO index
1865-06-04 bapt. Melcombe Regis parish register
1865-12-22 of Melcombe Regis; d. there GRO index; parish register
1865-12-23 bur. Melcombe Regis parish register


04.  Arthur Frederick Ferry

1866 Q4 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses
1866-12-23 bapt. Melcombe Regis parish register
1871 scholar, of 2 Prospect Pl., Weymouth, living with his family, a boarder, and a general servant TNA: RG 10/2000 f31 p16
1881 scholar, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 brewer's clerk, employed, living with his family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1894 living in 2 furnished rooms, first and second floors, at 9 Queen's Row, St Leonard's Road, Chapelhay, Weymouth, rented from his father, of the same address electoral register
1894 Q4 m. Susan Pitcher (1865–1932, b. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis, d. of George and Mary Pitcher), in Weymouth RD GRO index
1896 living in 2 unfurnished rooms, first and second floors, at 1 Dorset-place, Weymouth, rented from Thomas Hile, of the same address, at 4/6 per week electoral register
Child: Evelyn Susie (1898–1961, b. Weymouth) GRO index
1898-08-01 daughter b. at 22 Hobart Cottages, Weymouth Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser, 1898-08-17
1901 brewer's clerk, worker, living with his family at 22 Hobart Cottages, Weymouth RG 13/1995 f21 p6
1911 brewer's clerk, worker, living with his family in 4 rooms at 62 St Leonards Road, Weymouth RG14PN12351 RG78PN702 RD263 SD2 ED12 SN58
1918/1931 living with his wife at 62 St Leonard's Road, Weymouth electoral registers
  prison officer information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1938-10-29 of The Engineers House, H.M. Prison, Swansea; d. GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1939-03-25 admon granted at Blandford to Evelyn Susie Swan (wife of David Harold Swan) National Probate Calendar


05. Alice Victoria Ferry

1868-01-30 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses; parish register
1868-04-26 bapt. Melcombe Regis, Dorset parish register
1871 scholar, of 2 Prospect Pl., Weymouth, living with her family, a boarder, and a general servant TNA: RG 10/2000 f31 p16
1881 scholar, living with her family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 living with her family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1896-05-25 m. James George Tinson (1867–1905, b. Uffington, Berkshire, s. of James and Frances Matilda Tinson), at Holy Trinity, Weymouth GRO index; Dorset marriages; censuses
Children: Vera Frances Victoria (1898–1961), Cyril James (1899–1972), and Dorothea Mary (1902–1972), all b. Weymouth GRO index; electoral register
1901 not found in census  
1905-10-12 husband a grocer of Weymouth and of Melcombe Regis at the date of his death National Probate Calendar
1905-11-09 admon (with will) at Blandford, to Alice Victoria Tinson, widow
1911 widowed grocer, at home, living with her family, her father, and two of her siblings, in 10 rooms at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth RG 14/12351 RD263 ED12 SN10
1920/1922 living with her brother Bertram at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth electoral registers
1923 living  at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with her son, her brother Bertram, and her brother-in-law Alfred Tole
1924/1928 living with her brother Bertram
1929-05-23 co-administrator of her sister's estate National Probate Calendar
1929 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with her younger daughter and her brother Bertram; Mary Letitia Masters recorded at the same address electoral registers
1930 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with her daughters and her brother Bertram; Mary Letitia Masters recorded at the same address
1931 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with her younger daughter and her brother electoral register
  shopkeeper in harbour, of Weymouth information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1933-02-21 administrator of her younger brother's estate National Probate Calendar
1935 Q4 d. Weymouth RD GRO index


06. Francis Thomas Ferry (Frank)

1870 Q1 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses
1870-02-27 bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis, Dorset parish register
1871 scholar, of 2 Prospect Pl., Weymouth, living with his family, a boarder, and a general servant TNA: RG 10/2000 f31 p16
1881 scholar, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 wheelwright, employed, living with his family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1896 Q3 m. Alice Maud Mary Croad (1869–1941, b. Weymouth, d. of Robert Croad, blacksmith, and his wife Mary Ann), in Weymouth RD GRO index; censuses
1901 wheelwright, worker, living with his wife at 3 The Quay, Weymouth, the house being shared with her parents and sister RG 13/1994 f40 p24
1911 grocer (shopkeeper), employer, living with his wife and father-in-law, with a general servant, in 8 rooms at 3 Nothe Parade, Weymouth RG14PN12350 RG78PN702 RD263 SD2 ED11 SN83
1918-02-25 grocer; co-executor of his father's will National Probate Calendar
1918-11-21 grocer &c., of Weymouth; initiated at Portland Masonic lodge; member till at least 1921 United Grand Lodge of England Freemason membership registers
1919-05-14 passing
1919-07-03 raising
1920/1931 living at 3 Nothe Parade, Weymouth, with his wife and a Philip Henry Croad electoral registers
1929-05-23 grocer; co-administrator of his sister's estate National Probate Calendar
  worked in a brewery information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1938 Q4 d. Frome RD GRO index


07. Clara Louisa Ferry

1872 Q2 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses
1872-07-14 bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis "England Births and Christenings, 1538–1975," database, FamilySearch: 30 December 2014, Clara Louisa Ferry, 14 Jul 1872, citing Holy Trinity, Weymouth, Dorset, reference, FHL microfilm 1,239,253
1881 scholar, living with her family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 dressmaker, employed, living with her family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1901 housekeeper, living with her family at 62 St Leonards Rd, Weymouth RG 13/1994 f52 p9
1909-12-27 of Barkly House, Weymouth; m. Thomas John Pester (1864–1922, widower, fruit grower, b. Guernsey Vale), at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, after banns GRO index; RG 14/34769 RD636 ED1/1 SN145; parish register; Channel Islands births and baptisms

PESTER—FERRY.—Dec. 27, at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, by the Rev. Canon Weldon, vicar, assisted by the Rev. E.C. Alexander, senior curate. Thomas John Pester, eldest son of the late Thomas Pester, The Vale, Guernsey, to Clara Louisa Ferry, second daughter of Alfred James Ferry, Barkley House, Weymouth.

Western Gazette, 1910-01-07
1911 living with her husband, a step-daughter, and a boarder, in 7 rooms at St Clare, Rouge Hins Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey RG 14/34769 RD636 ED1/1 SN145
Child: Alan John (1913–1997, b. Weymouth) GRO index
  nurse information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1928 of 17 Kirtleton Avenue, Weymouth electoral register
1929-02-17 of 17 Kirleton-avenue, Weymouth; d. Weymouth RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1929-05-23 limited admon granted at London to Francis Thomas Ferry, Bertram Ernest Ferry, and Alice Victoria Tinson; effects £3311 9s. 6d. National Probate Calendar


08. Annie Eliza Ferry (Nance)

1874 Q3 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses
1874-07-19 of 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth; bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis, Dorset parish register
1881 scholar, visiting Elizabeth Lane at New Town, Beaminster, Dorset TNA: RG 11/2121 f39 p23
1891 living with her family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1901 teacher school, worker, living with her family at 62 St Leonards Rd, Weymouth RG 13/1994 f52 p9
1911 housekeeper, at home, living with her father, her younger brother, and her sister Alice Tinson and family, in 10 rooms at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth RG14PN12351 RG78PN702 RD263 SD2 ED12 SN10
1911-06-05 of Barkly House, Trinity Road, Weymouth m. Alfred Tole (1885–1967, writer, Royal Navy, b. Ecclesall Bierlow RD), at Holy Trinity church, Weymouth, after banns parish register
Child: Aubrey C. Tole (1914–1935, b. Portsmouth RD) GRO index
1931 living with her husband at 23 Barrie Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire electoral register
1939-09-29 unpaid domestic duties, living with her husband (civil servant (Inland Revenue)) at 23 Barrie Rd, Bournemouth, Hampshire 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
  divorced information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1948 Q2 d. Bournemouth RD GRO index


09.  Bertram Ernest Ferry (Bert)

1876 Q1 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses
1876-03-31 bapt. Holy Trinity, Wyke Regis, Dorset Dorset baptisms
1881 scholar, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 scholar, living with his family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1901 tailor and cutter, living with his family at 62 St Leonards Rd, Weymouth RG 13/1994 f52 p9
1904/1906 living in a first floor bedroom, and use of sitting room, furnished, at 62 St Leonard's road, paying 7/6 per week to his father, of the same address electoral registers
1909-12-27 witness at his sister's wedding in Weymouth parish register
1911 tailor, employer, at home, living with his father, his elder sister, and his sister Alice Tinson and family, in 10 rooms at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth RG14PN12351 RG78PN702 RD263 SD2 ED12 SN10
living in a furnished room on the third floor of Barkly house, 13 Trinity road, paying 5/6 per week to his father, of the same address electoral register
1918-02-25 tailor; co-executor of his father's will National Probate Calendar
1918/1919 of 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth electoral registers
1920/1922 living with his sister Alice Victoria at 13 Trinity Road
1923 living with his sister Alice Victoria and her son, and their brother-in-law Alfred Tole, at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth
1924/1928 living with his sister Alice Victoria at 13 Trinity Road
1929 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with his sister and her younger daughter; Mary Letitia Masters recorded at the same address
1929-05-23 tailor; co-administrator of his sister's estate National Probate Calendar
1930 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with his sister Alice Victoria and her daughters; Mary Letitia Masters recorded at the same address electoral register
1931 living at 13 Trinity Road, Weymouth with his sister and her younger daughter electoral register
  ladies' milliner and hatter / ladies' costumier information from Linda Sheraton-Davis
1932-11-05 of 13 Trinity-road, Weymouth; d. Weymouth RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1932-11-09 bur. Abbotsbury Rd Cemetery, Weymouth National Burial Index
1933-02-21 admon granted at Blandford to Alice Victoria Tinson; effects £175 12s. 9d. National Probate Calendar


10. Herbert Edward Ferry

1877-06-10 b. 62 St Leonards Rd, Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses; parish register
1877-07-29 of 9 Queens Row, Weymouth; bapt. Holy Trinity, Weymouth parish register
1881 scholar, living with his family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 scholar, living with his family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1898-09-19 joiner, of 57 Gloucester Road [Croydon]; m.1. Lydia Alice Maude Barrett (1873 – after 1909) at St James church, Croydon, Surrey, after banns parish register; GRO index
1900 apprenticeship expired British Army WWI service record
1900-07-29 started service with the Army Ordnance Corps British Army WWI service record; Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner soldier service records
1901 not found in census (presumably in South Africa)  
1903-07-29 discharged by purchase British Army WWI pension records
1903-12-20 m.2. Alice Maud Mary White (1879–1952, b. Fordington, Dorset), in Weymouth RD GRO index; RG14PN12382 RG78PN705 RD264 SD1 ED5 SN254; Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 1916-01-28
Children: Gladys Vera (1904–1953, b. Rose Cottage, Westham, Weymouth), and Ronald Richard James (1911–1998, b. Dorchester RD) GRO index; RG14PN12382 RG78PN705 RD264 SD1 ED5 SN254
1904-10-26

A FIRST OFFENDER.

Herbert Edward Ferry, of Cromwell-road, Westham, a native of Weymouth, was charged with obtaining 5s. from Mary Louisa Ames, the wife of the landlord of the Marquis of Granby, by false pretences, on October 17th.—Prosecutrix stated that she lent the money to defendant on the strength of his having stated Mr. C.E.A. George, of Fleet House, owed him £5.—Mr. George (one of the sitting magistrates) stated that defendant called on him, and have stated that he was in difficulties, gave him 5s.—Defendant said that he was a wheelwright, and had been in the South African war (defendant was wearing a medal with five bars).—Accused's father, who was in Court, asked the Bench to deal leniently with him.—In addressing the Bench, defendant stated that he had served his King and country in South Africa. Since he returned from the war he had got into bad company, and had given way to betting.—The magistrates dealt with him under the First Offenders' Act.

Bournemouth Daily Echo, 1904-10-27
1906-06-16

WOMAN ACCUSED OF BIGAMY.

Maud Fredericson, 41, alias Nash and Ferry, of Grosvenor-road, Westminster, was before Mr. Curtis Bennett, at Westminster police-court yesterday, on a remanded charge of stealing a sovereign from her employer. A fresh charge of bigamy was now preferred against the accused, who looked pale and ill and was very distressed. Prisoner was taken in out of compassion by Mr. John Wennen, and he found her work in his house as a servant. In his absence she stole a sovereign from his cash-box, and it was subsequently found in one of her boots by the matron who searched her at the police-station.

On inquiries being made into her antecedents by Detective Cock, it was ascertained that two men were alive whom she had married within the last 11 years. On June 22, 1895, she married a man named Nash at St. Augustine's Church, West Croydon, giving her name as Alice Maud Barrett. On Sept. 19, 1898, she went through a similar ceremony at St. James's Church, Croydon, on that occasion marrying Herbert Edward Ferry. Prisoner then described herself as a spinster, and again gave the name of Barrett.

Detective Cock said that when the prisoner left Nash she went into service some distance away, and soon commenced walking out with a milkman. She was about to marry him, but Nash heard of it and spoke to the milkman. Then prisoner went to West Croydon, and found employment in a laundry. She made the acquaintance of Ferry, and later married him. Quarrels were frequent between the couple, and on the man learning something of prisoner's previous history he left her and enlisted in the Army. Since then prisoner had been living in the Pimlico district, and had cohabited with a Dane, named Fredericson, for four years. There was one child of the second marriage. It was practically deserted, but was now being well looked after.

Prisoner, who now tearfully said she was sorry for what she had done, was committed for trial on both charges.

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 1906-06-17
1906-06-25 at the Old Bailey, a "Maud Frederickson otherwise called Alice Maud Nash", dressmaker, aged 41, then in Holloway Prison, was not only sentenced to 3 months' hard labour for stealing £1 from her master, but also sentenced to 3 days' imprisonment for "Feloniously marrying Herbert Edward Ferry, her husband being then alive." Central Criminal Court: After Trial Calendars of Prisoners; Old Bailey Online
1911 joiner, building trade, worker, living with his family in 5 rooms at 1 Victoria Terrace, Dorchester, Dorset RG14PN12382 RG78PN705 RD264 SD1 ED5 SN254
1914-08-11 attestation; had received a notice; wheelwright; b. Weymouth; gave age as 32 years 61 days; private, no. MoS/2300; 5 ft 5¼ ins, 137 lbs, chest 36 ins with 2 ins expansion; fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair; vision 6/9 in both eyes; tattoo butterfly L. wrist, sailor R. arm; fit for general service British Army WWI service record
1914-08-13/ 1915-05-21 BEF France
1915-05-22/ 1916-01-25 home British Army WWI pension records
1915-06-08 m.3. Minnie Kathleen West (? – ?), in Newton Abbot, Devon GRO index; British Army WWI service record; Western Times, 1915-11-19
1915-11-18

Pte. Herbert Edward Ferry, of the Army Service Corps, was charged at the Police-court, yesterday, on remand, with bigamously marrying Minnie Kathleen West, his wife being alive. Mr. J. Hutchings defended. He was committed to the Assizes, bail being allowed, himself in £25 and two sureties of £10.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 1915-11-19

BIGAMY CHARGE

Passage of Arms Between Lawyer and Policeman

AT NEWTON ABBOT

At Newton Abbot Police Court yesterday, before Mr C. Geen (in the chair), Dr. J.W. Ley, and Messrs. A.J. Murrin, C.C., and H.L. Brown, Herbert Edward Ferry, A.S.C., was brought up on remand charged with bigamously marrying Minnie Kathleen West, at Newton Abbot Registry Office, on June 8th of this year, his wife, Alice Maud Ferry, being then alive.

At the outset Mr. J.H. Hutchings, who appeared for the defence, objected to Supt. Crooke conducting the prosecution, the information being laid by Inspector Browne.

Sup. Crooke said it had always been the custom all over the county for superintendents of police to conduct criminal prosecutions, and to assist the justices by placing their knowledge of the circumstances at the disposal of the Bench. At the same time he could not of course claim it as a right.

The Magistrates' Clerk thereupon asked Inspector Browne to examine the witnesses.

Minnie Kathleen West said she resided at 12, The Avenue, Newton Abbot. She first met prisoner three years ago at Weymouth. They afterwards corresponded, and were married at Newton Abbot on June 8th this year. Prisoner described himself on the certificate as a single man.

Cross-examined: She became engaged to prisoner a twelve-month after she met him.

Mr Hutchings: Did he then describe to you what his position was?

Witness: Yes; he said he would not be able to get married yet, as he had a wife living. Later (witness added) prisoner was re-called to the Army. In May he returned from the front wounded, and he came to Newton to see her. He said that whilst in France he met a chum who assured him for a fact that his wife was dead. This chum was afterwards killed at Mons.

Mr. Hutchings: Did he tell you whether he knew that to be true or not?—He had no positive proof he said.

What did you say when he told you that?—I said I was willing to take the risk.

Witness said they were engaged about a year before they were married.

Inspector Browne: Was that an ordinary engagement as between two lovers?—Yes.

It did not reach anything more than that?—No.

Mr. Hutchings: This will not do. I must object to such questions.

The Inspector proceeded to ask the witness whether they lived together as man and wife, but Mr. Hutchings again hotly object that no solicitor would be allowed to re-examine his own witness in such a manner. If the Bench were going to allow a policeman to put such an insulting question as that he (Mr. Hutchings) could be of no further service in the case.

The Bench ruled that the question was permissible, and the Inspector asked:

Did you live together as man and wife?

Witness: Yes.

You say he told you his wife was dead?

Mr. Hutchings again interposed, but the witness answered in the affirmative.

Inspector Browne: Did that coincide with his statement on the certificate that he was a bachelor?

M. Hutchings (warmly): Do not answer, madam. We will clear this up at the Assizes.

Inspector Browne: Have you been getting an Army separation allowance?

Witness: Yes.

Frederick Horner, registrar, gave evidence to the effect that prisoner gave notice for the marriage to take place on January 3rd, 1914, describing himself as a bachelor. Three successive dates were fixed for the marriage to Miss West, and eventually they were married by license at his office on June 8th.

P.C. Marshall said he received prisoner in custody at Greenwich. In reply to the charge prisoner said: I honestly believed by what I was told by a man named Williams, in the Dorset Regiment, that my wife was dead——

Mrs Ferry (interposing from the back of the witness box): If so, you might have come to look for your children.

Prisoner (continuing): Believing myself to be a free man I was married upon coming to Newton.

Prisoner was committed for trial, and Mr. Hutchings asked that the bail might be reduced. Being in the Army prisoner was not likely to run away.

Captain Arden, adjutant of prisoner's regiment, said the accused had a good character during his service in the A.S.C. He would hold himself responsible for this appearance at the Assizes.

Inspector Browne: Could you prevent him deserting?

Captain Arden: No; I could not.

Mr Hutchings: Oh, this is bitter! I never heard the equal of it.

Inspector Browne said he understood there was something in prisoner's previous service—

Mr. Hutchings: Your are trying to fling a bit of dirt.

The Inspector: N, Sir; we have not started slinging dirt from this side yet.

Mr. Hutchings: Bah! You are not fit to be a policeman!

After a retirement the Bench fixed the recognisances at prisoner himself in £25, and two sureties of £10, Captain Arden offering to become one of the sureties.

Western Times, 1915-11-19
1916-01-16 convicted by Civil Power (Bigamy) and sentenced to 6 months [illegible word]; discharged at Grove Park, under para 392(x) KR having been convicted by the civil power of Felony British Army WWI service record; British Army WWI pension records
1916-01-25 15337/17 D 11.2.16 [discharged w.e.f.]
all prior service towards pension forfeited under article 1137 (d); military character good British Army WWI pension records
1916-01-27 at Devon Assizes, Exeter Castle:

ANOTHER BIGAMY CHARGE.

Herbert Edward Ferry, 34, soldier, entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment charging him with feloniously marrying Minnie Kathleen West, at Newton Abbot, on the 8th June, 1915, his former wife, Alice Maud Mary, to whom he was married on the 20th December, 1903, being then alive. Mr. Dummett was counsel for the prosecution, and Mr. Robinson defended the accused.

Mr. Dummett stated that prisoner, who had previously been in the Army, rejoined on the outbreak of the war. His first marriage took place at Melcombe Regis, Weymouth, to Alice Maud Mary White. He lived with her nine or ten years, and there were two children. About three years ago he deserted his wife, and since then she had not seen or heard of him until quite recently. She had kept along as best as she could, and her children had been supported by the Guardians. At the beginning of this year she got to hear that her husband was fighting in Flanders, and she was told that he was married to someone else. The Poor-law officials mad inquiries, and it was ascertained that the man had gone through a form of marriage with Miss West on the 8th June, 1915, at Newton Abbot. Prisoner seemed to have become acquainted with the second woman very shortly after he deserted his real wife, and they were engaged shortly after. Counsel understood that the defence was that prisoner was told by a chum in France that his wife was dead, and he therefore thought he was a free man. Curiously enough, the chum was said to be dead. Before the war started he gave notice to the Registrar that he was going to marry Miss West, and he described himself as a bachelor. That was before any chum could have told him that his wife was dead. That first notice was not acted upon, and it was not until a further notice was given that the marriage took place. It was also significant that instead of describing himself as a widower he stated that he was a bachelor.

Alice Maud Mary Ferry, the real wife, gave evidence. She stated that she kept a lodging-house at Dorchester.

In cross-examination, witness denied that what she wanted was the separation allowance, and not the society of her husband.

Counsel: Have you been guilty of acts of violence towards him? Witness: No. If I have I have had provocation, he has served me so bad.

Minnie West, who is living at 12, The Avenue, Newton Abbot, said she met prisoner at Weymouth in September, 1912. She was there as governess with people who were on a holiday. He later told her he could not marry her as he had a wife living. She went to live with prisoner, and he rejoined the Army on the outbreak of war.

Cross-examined: When the first banns were put up there was no intention of going through a form of marriage. It was her fault that the banns were put up because she wanted to be able to say it had been done. In 1915 he came home from Flanders and told her his wife was dead. He said a chum had told him it was a fact, and that she died in Dorchester. They were then married in the full belief that his wife was dead.

Frederick Horner, Supt. Registrar of Marriages at Newton Abbot, gave evidence as to the two certificates that were sent in by prisoner.

P.C. Marshall, who took prisoner into custody, said prisoner told him a soldier named Williams assured him his wife was dead.

Prisoner, sworn, said he joined the Army in 1898, and bought his discharge in 1903. He rejoined on the outbreak of the war and was invalided home. He was under orders to go out again. His first marriage was a very unhappy one. On two occasions his wife took up a knife for him, and on another she hit him on the head with a plate. The cause of his leaving her was her treatment of him. He lived with Miss West till the outbreak of the war, but she knew he could not marry her until his wife was dead. He described himself on the certificate as a bachelor for Miss West's sake. It was in the advance on Mons that a man in the Dorsets, named Williams, told him his wife was dead. This was said in the presence of another soldier.

Asked by Mr. Dummett why he did not make inquiries at Dorchester, prisoner said he was in a bad state of health. He also admitted he did not tell Miss West about the information he had received although he was writing to her. He did not tell her until he came home in May.

Pte. McGowan, of the A.S.C., said he was present in Flanders when prisoner was told of the death of his wife.

Mr. Robinson said prisoner ought, perhaps, to have made stricter inquiries, but it must be remembered he was a sick man.

Prisoner was found guilty. He was given a good character in regard to his service in the Army.

His lordship passed sentence of six months' hard labour.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 1916-01-28
 

The bigamy story is undoubtedly complicated. What seems to have happened is that Ferry's first wife married him bigamously, and then he himself committed bigamy at his third marriage. Additionally, given the middle names of his first wife, is it possible he actually married her twice, under different aliases? Perhaps that's too much of a stretch, and it's not required to account for the two bigamous marriages.

 
1916-09-19

30, Speldhurst Road,

Bedford Park,

Chiswick

London W

19.9.1916

Dear Sir

I am writing you re my war badge which is being issued to men who have been invalided home from France. I was invalided home in May 1915 & am now employed on Munitions. My number was MoS/2300. Pte. H. Ferry. A.S.C. M.T.

Yours Respectfully

         H. Ferry

British Army WWI service record
1916-11-29 of 171 Paletta Road, Acton Vale, London W. British Army WWI service record; British Army WWI pension records


11. Kate Madeline Ferry

1878-12-08 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses; parish register
1879-03-09 of 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth; bapt. Holy Trinity Weymouth parish register
1881 scholar, living with her family at 9 Queen's Row, Weymouth TNA: RG 11/2106 f79 p21
1891 scholar, living with her family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset TNA: RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1901 milliner, worker, one of seven boarders in the household of Louisa M. Schmidt, living on own means, of 172 High St, Acton, Middlesex RG 13/1201 f147 p12
1911 milliner, drapery, assistant, worker, living with nine other drapery staff, with three servants, in 12 rooms at 11 & 13 High St, Bedford, Bedfordshire RG14PN8848 RG78PN466 RD174 SD4 ED11 SN4
1915-10-20 of 'Barkly House', Weymouth; m. Thomas Henry Swan (1876–1950, insurance agent, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire), at Holy Trinity church, Weymouth, after banns GRO index; parish register; British Army WWI service records

WEDDING.—A pretty wedding was solemnised on Wednesday of last week at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, the Rev. R.C. Abbott officiating. The contracting partners were Mr Thomas Henry Swan, eldest son of the late Mr Thomas Swan, of Stretham, and Miss Kate Madeline Ferry, fourth daughter of Mr. Alfred James Ferry, of Barkly House, Weymouth. Mr. Ernest J. Swan (brother of the bridegroom) acted as best man. The happy pair were the recipients of many valuable presents.

Cambridge Independent Press, 1915-10-29
Child: Jack Leader (1918–1943), b. Hitchin RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1920/1924 living with her husband at 136 Bearton Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire electoral registers
1924/1926 living with her husband at 89 Windsor Street, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire
1929 Q1 d. Banbury RD GRO index
1929-01-04 of 61 Bloxham Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire; bur. Banbury parish register


12. Florence Sarah Ferry

1882-09-25 b. Weymouth, Dorset GRO index; censuses; parish register
1883-02-18 of Queens Row, St Leonards Road, Weymouth; bapt. Holy Trinity, Weymouth parish register
1891 scholar, living with her family at Grocers Shop, 9 Queens Row, St Leonards Rd, Wyke Regis, Dorset TNA: RG 12/1648 f14 p22
1901 telegraphist, living with her family at 62 St Leonards Rd, Weymouth RG 13/1994 f52 p9
1909-08-18 of Barkly House, Weymouth; m. Sidney William Wilsher Keeley (1883–1957, civil service), at Holy Trinity, Weymouth, after banns GRO index; parish register
1911 at home, living with her post office clerk husband in 6 rooms at 63 St Leonard's Road, Weymouth RG 14/12351 RD263 ED12 SN57
Child: Marguerite Beryl (1914–1927, b. Weymouth RD) GRO index
1915-12-10 of 63 St Leonard's Rd, Weymouth British Army World War I service record for her husband
1917-08-18
1920/1927 living with her husband at 63 St Leonard's Rd, Weymouth electoral registers
1928-06-30 of Beryldene, Newberry-terrace, Weymouth; d. Weymouth and District Hospital, Weymouth GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1928-08-10 admon granted at Blandford to her husband Sidney William Wilsher Keeley, civil servant National Probate Calendar


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