Children of Joseph Shewell and Alice Mary Spence

01. Mary Spence

1879-12-28 b. North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1881 living at 2 Prior Terrace, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with her parents, her grandparents, her aunt Anna C. Spence, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 11/5082 f39 p26
1891 scholar, living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with her family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 12/4227 f108 p5
1900-04-04 re-elected treasurer of the Tynemouth and District Women's Liberal Association, at the Spence Assembly Rooms, Tyne Street, North Shields Shields Daily News, 1900-04-05
1901-01-23 read a paper at a meeting of the Borough of Tynemouth Women's Liberal Association, at the Spence Assembly Rooms Shields Daily News, 1901-01-22
1901 daily governess, worker, living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with her family, a cook, and a housemaid RG 13/4802 f36 p6
1901-12-12 at a concert given by the North Shields Radical Club Debating Society, at the Spence Assembly Rooms, sang 'Should He Upbraid' and 'When Daffodils unfold' Shields Daily News, 1901-12-11
1902-05-09

The Baron Fejervary, constructed by Wigham-Richardson & Co., to the order of the Royal Hungarian Sea Navigation Company Adria, of Fiume was launched on Friday, the christening ceremony being gracefully performed by Miss Mary Spence, of North Shields.

Jarrow Express, 1902-05-16
1904-07-13 re-elected as one of the two joint secretaries of the North Shields Women's Liberal Association

Miss Mary Spence, who, along with Mrs Hacrow, attended on behalf of the Association the annual meetings in London of the Women's Liberal Federation, gave an interesting resume of the doings of that conference.

Shields Daily Gazette, 1904-07-14
1905-11-08 re-elected to the committee of the Borough of Tynemouth Invalids' Kitchen, at its annual meeting at Stephenson Street fmh, South Shields Shields Daily News
1905-12-12 bridesmaid at the wedding of her sister Alice, in North Shields Shields Daily News
1906-04-04 re-elected as one of the two joint secretaries of the North Tynemouth Women's Liberal Association

An interesting report on the National Council, held in London in May, was given by Miss Mary Spence, who attended on behalf of the Tynemouth Association.

Shields Daily Gazette, 1906-04-05
1910-08-18 present at the wedding reception for Guy Clephan and Sarah Spence, in the Grand Assembly Rooms, Barras Bridge Newcastle Journal, 1910-08-19
1911 living in 12 rooms at 105 Howard St, North Shields, with her family and a general servant RG14PN30748 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED16 SN27
1939-02-13 of Hexham; had donated £1 1s. to the Jeannie Stewart Relief Fund Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1939-09-29 unpaid domestic duties, living at 20 Elvaston Rd, Hexham, Northumberland, with her mother, her sister Fanny, and her brother Herbert and his wife 1939 England and Wales Register
1952-10-25 d. Durham North Eastern RD GRO index; "England Deaths and Burials, 1538–1991," database, FamilySearch: 9 February 2018, Mary Spence, burial 27 Oct 1952, citing Hebburn, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, FHL microfilm 2,046,619
1952-10-27 bur. Hebburn, Durham "England Deaths and Burials, 1538–1991," database, FamilySearch


02. Alice Edith Spence (Edie)

1881-12-05 b. North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1891 scholar, living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with her family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 12/4227 f108 p5
1901 living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with her family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 13/4802 f36 p6
1905 Q4 m. her second cousin Philip Spence (1873–1945, b. South Preston Lodge, Preston, North Shields, s. of Charles James and Alice (Clibborn) Spence), in Tynemouth RD GRO index; censuses
1905-12-12

INTERESTING WEDDING AT NORTH SHIELDS

MR P. SPENCE—MISS A.E. SPENCE

This afternoon, the wedding was solemnized in the Stephenson Street Congregational Church, North Shields, of Mr Philip Spence, second son of the late Mr Charles James Spence, South Preston, and Miss Alice Edith Spence second daughter of Mr Joseph Shewell Spence, banker, Howard Street, North Shields, the proceedings being of a semi-private character. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lewis A. Johnson, minister of the church. Miss Mary Spence was the bridesmaid, and the duties of groomsman were carried out by Mr Frank Spence, the bride's brother.

The bride, who was given away by her father looked charming in a dress of ivory Oriental satin, made with a long train. The bodice was trimmed with handsome pearl passementerie, and a deep yoke of ruched chiffon and Honiton lace. She wore a wreath and spray of orange blossom, and carried a beautiful shower bouquet, the gift of the bridegroom. The veil of fine Brussels net was the same as worn by her mother at her marriage. She also wore a necklet and bracelet of blister pearls, the gift of her grandmother, Mrs. F.C. Marshall.

The bridesmaid's dress was of Louisine silk, in a delicate shade of heliotrope. The transparent yoke was of cream lace, and the crossover bodice was trimmed with pearl and silver passementerie, with revers of ruched chiffon. The belt was of velvet, in a dark shade of violet. The full skirt was trimmed with kiltings of the silk, and finished with chiffon rosettes with centres of the velvet. She wore a white felt hat trimmed with heliotrope velvet and violets, and carried a shower bouquet of violets and white flowers, which, together with a gold safety pin watch, was the gift of the bridegroom.

The mother of the bride wore a gown of grey chiffon velvet, handsomely trimmed with Honiton lace, and a toque of black crepe-de-chine with white ospreys.

The bride and bridegroom received numerous presents. Amongst those to the former were a handsome silver entre dish and breakfast cruet from the Stephenson Street Congregational Church Sunday School teachers and choir. The maids at Preston and Bank House also gave appropriate presents.

Later in the afternoon the newly wedded couple left for the Lake district, where the honeymoon will be spent.

Shields Daily News
Children: Alice Rachel (1907–1991), Charles Clibborn (1907–1994), and Tristram Foster (1910–1941), all b. Gosforth, Northumberland GRO index; Memorial Register
1911 living in 12 rooms at Melbreak, Elmfield Park, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, with her family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid RG14PN30859 RG78PN1764 RD560 SD2 ED1 SN228
1929 living at Roath House, Low Fell, Durham, with her husband and their elder son electoral registers
1930 living at Roath House, Low Fell, Durham, with her husband and their two elder children; Mary Ellen Gilhespie and Ethel Taylor also registered there
1931 living at Roath House, Low Fell, Durham, with her husband and their two elder children; Annie Furness and Ethel Taylor also registered there
1939-09-29 unpaid domestic duties , living at 'Roath House', Belle Vue B., Gateshead, Durham, with her husband, their elder son, and two domestic servants 1939 England and Wales Register
1945-06-01 husband of Roath House, Low Fell, Durham, at the date of his death National Probate Calendar
1959-07-29 of Roath House, Low Fell, Gateshead, Durham; d. at Fernwood House, Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1959-10-27 will proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Charles Clibborn Spence, chartered architect, and Alice Rachel Spence, spinster; effects £7248 11s. 4d. National Probate Calendar


03. Herbert Marshall Spence, FRIBA

1883-09-26 b. North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; Ackworth Old Scholars Association, Annual Report 78, 1959
1891 scholar, living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with his family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 12/4227 f108 p5
1895/1898 at Ackworth School GRO index; AOSA Annual Report 78, 1959
1899/1900 at Bootham School; 1st prize, inter-school dairy competition Edgar B. Collinson, ed. (1935) Bootham School Register, 2nd edition; Bootham
1900-06 of the Friends' Schools, Ackworth and York; matriculated in the First Division York Herald, 1900-07-21
1901 bank clerk, worker, living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with his family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 13/4802 f36 p6
1901-07-24 present at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1901-07-25
1902 articled as architect's pupil at Newcastle Collinson, ed. (1935)
1905-07-21 had received a book prize in the National Competition of Art Work done in the evening continuation schools, and schools of art through the kingdom Newcastle Daily Chronicle
1907 ARIBA Collinson, ed. (1935)
1908-03-11 awarded the Glover Travelling Studentship, by the Northern Architectural Association Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1908-03-12
1909-05-31 exhibited a beautiful drawing of Bruges at the art exhibition at Bootham Bootham 4.5:333, October 1909
1911 appointed asst architect and surveyor in HM Office of Works Collinson, ed. (1935)
architect, H.M. Office of Works, living in 12 rooms at 105 Howard St, North Shields, with his family and a general servant RG14PN30748 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED16 SN27
1912 visited New York Border crossings from Canada to US
  had been private no 78618, Northumberland Fusiliers, then second lieutenant, Royal Engineers medal card
  proceeded at once to China and Japan districts Collinson, ed. (1935)
  served in Great War in Royal Engineers
1917-11-22 architect, last resident in Shanghai; departed Hong Kong on the SS Empress of Asia, destination Thornleigh; in good health, 5 ft 11 in, fresh complexion, brown hair, green eyes Seattle passenger lists
1917-12-12-01 architect; arrived Vancouver, aboard SS Unita Canadian passenger lists
1919-03-14 arrived St John, New Brunswick, Canada, aboard the SS Grampian, travelling 2nd class, in transit; last permanent residence Hexham; occupation civil service; passage paid by self; $300 shown; 5 ft 11 in, fresh complexion, medium hair, blue eyes; small scar on upper lip United States, Canadian border crossings
1919 started in private practice as architect and surveyor in Shanghai Collinson, ed. (1935)
1920 FRIBA
1920-07-31 architect, of Port Edward, Weihaiwei, China; m. Ethelwynne Crossley Lewis (1873–1959, of Port Edward, d. of Charles William Lewis, and divorced wife of Franz Walther Ritter), in the Office of the Senior District Officer, at H.B.M. Consulate, Weihaiwei British armed forces and overseas banns and marriages; North China Herald
adopted child (his stepdaughter) Ethelwynne Anne (1911–1997) GRO index; United States, Canadian border crossings; passenger lists leaving UK; Seattle passenger lists
1923-04-28 architect, of Elvaston Lodge, Hexham-on-Tyne; with his wife and adopted daughter, arrived Liverpool from St John, New Brunswick, aboard the Canadian Pacific SS Montclare UK incoming passenger lists
1927-05-25 architect; arrived Victoria, in transit from Manila to England on the Empress of Asia Canadian passenger lists
1927-06-11 architect, last resident in China, proposed address Elvaston Lodge, Hexham-on-Tyne; arrived Liverpool from Montreal, travelling cabin class aboard the Canadian Pacific SS Montcalm UK incoming passenger lists
1927-11-11 architect; arrived Quebec aboard the SS Montcalm, for a 10-day visit to an address in Portland, Oregon; 5ft 11in, fr. complexion, grey hair, grey eyes; can read England and French Border crossings from Canada to US
1931-10-31 arrived Quebec, aboard the SS Montclare Detroit passenger lists
1931-11-03 last residence London; arrived Detroit, Michigan, USA; destination Chicago, Illinois, USA; 5 ft 11 in, medium complexion, grey hair, grey eyes
1933-04

HERBERT M. SPENCE (1899–1900) writes from Shanghai "I have to thank you for a copy of the very interesting list of Friends' Schools Old Scholars resident abroad, and for all the trouble you have taken in compiling it. I see the names of several York or Ackworth Old Scholars in this region, who were unknown to me before. I constantly see Marshall Bolton here, who was at Ackworth, and he has recently brought out a wife, also an old Ackworth scholar. I also see Paton, who was at Bootham. These two are of the riding fraternity, and we frequently foregather on the same riding party on Sundays, and also ride regularly on our hunts. . . . I was in England in 1931, and during a visit to my brother Frank, made an ascent of Helvellyn with him and his boy, who is 18 and has just left Ackworth. A motor-car to the foot of the Striding Edge path in Grisedale simplifies this ascent very much, and the pace seemed to me terrific, about 1½ hours up and ¾ hour down by Swirrel Edge. I found I was still able to keep pace with youth, in spite of my approaching 50 years. Mountaineering has always been rather a forte in our family, and I keep it up in summer visits to the mountains in Japan."

Bootham 16.3:173
  architect and surveyor, Spence, Robinson & Partner, of 3 Pekin Road, Shanghai, China source misplaced
1935 architect and surveyor, c/o Spence, Robinson & Partners, 27 Peking Road, Shanghai, China; keen volunteer, member of Shanghai Light Horse 22 years; tastes—keen on sports of all kinds, especially riding Collinson, ed. (1935)
1935-03-14 passport issued at Shanghai, valid for five years Detroit passenger lists
1935-10-05 arrived Montreal, on the Ducking Richmond [?]
1935-10-08 last residence Shanghai; arrived Detroit, Michigan; had occasionally visited previously, in transit; passage paid by self; $500 shown
1935-11-22 departed Detroit, Michigan; had apparently been due to sail for China from Seattle, on 1st November
1939-09-29 architect and surveyor, living at 20 Elvaston Rd, Hexham, Northumberland, with his wife, her mother, and her sisters Mary and Fanny 1939 England and Wales Register
1958-05-20 of the Hong Kong Club, Victoria, Hong Kong, and care of Spence Robinson and Partners, 611 Marina House, Queens Road, Central Victoria, Hong Kong; d. at Matilda Hospital, Victoria, Hong Kong GRO index; AOSA Annual Report 78, 1959; National Probate Calendar
1959-06-03 probate at Victoria, Hong Kong, to John Ewart March, architect; effects £22,420 8s. 6d. in England; sealed at London National Probate Calendar
 

SPENCE, Herbert Marshall F.R.I.B.A., (Scholar 1895–1898), was born September 26, 1883, the son of Joseph S. and Alice M. Spence, of North Shields. After Ackworth he continued his education at Bootham School, York, and then trained as an architect.

In 1911 he went out to Shanghai to take up an appointment there in H.M. Office of Works and lived and practised his profession in the Far East for the rest of his life.

After some years in Government service he went into partnership in a private firm and during the war was imprisoned by the Japanese. When the Communist regime was established in Shanghai his business was transferred to Hong Kong, where it still remains.

Herbert Spence was a notable horseman and served as an officer in the Light Horse Squadron of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps and for many years was Steward of the Shanghai Paper Hunt Club.

He married in 1921 and his wife Ethelwynne survives him. In his later years his health broke down and he spent some months in hospital at Hong Kong, where he died on May 20, 1958, in his seventy-fifth year.

AOSA Annual Report 78, 1959


04. Francis Joseph Spence (Frank)

1885-01-10 b. North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1891 living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with his family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 12/4227 f108 p5
1896/1901 of North Shields; at Ackworth School Edgar Barron Collinson (1931) List of the Boys and Girls Admitted into Ackworth School from . . . 1879 to the end of 1930. Ackworth
1901 scholar, of Ackworth School, Ackworth, Yorkshire TNA: RG 13/4608 f185 p8
1905 of 105 Howard St, North Shields Ackworth Old Scholars Association, Annual Report 1905
1905-12-12 groomsman at the wedding of his sister Alice, in North Shields Shields Daily News
1906-08-13 had played cricket for Tynemouth Reserve team, against Wallsend Apprentices Shields Daily News
1911 bank clerk, living in 12 rooms at 105 Howard St, North Shields, with his family and a general servant RG14PN30748 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED16 SN27
1912-05-30 m. Eliza May Kemp (1886–1962, b. North Shields, d. of Charles and Sarah A. Kemp), at the Congregational Church, Stephenson Street, North Shields GRO index; Shields Daily News

INTERESTING SHIELDS WEDDING.

MR FRANK SPENCE AND MISS KEMP.

The marriage took place this afternoon, in the Stephenson Street Congregational Church, North Shields, of Mr Francis Spence, second son of Mr J.S. Spence, banker, and Mrs Spence, of North Shields, and Miss May Kemp, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Kemp, of Preston Avenue, North Shields. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers, and there was a large congregation present to witness the ceremony, which was performed by the minister of the church, the Rev Lewis A. Johnson, Mr M. Fairs, of South Shields, presided at the organ, and played Wagner's "Bridal March" as the party entered the church and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" at the conclusion of the service.

The bride, who was given away by her mother (Mr Kemp being unavoidably absent), looked charming in her wedding gown of white meteor satin, veiled with fine old Venetian lace; a wreath of orange blossom was worn with a tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of Madonna lillies and lillies of the valley. Her ornaments included a diamond and sapphire ring, the gift of the bridegroom, and an amethyst pendant from the bridegroom's grandmother (Mrs Marshall).

The bridesmaids, Miss Nellie Kemp (sister of the bride) and Miss Mea [sic] Spence (sister of the bridegroom) were daintily attired in French robes of broderie-anglaise, shadowed with ivory ninon-de-soie, with waist belt and puritan bow of maize charmeuse. They wore picturesque hats with satin straw crows and maize coloured satin. The bridegroom's presents to them were gold hat-pins, and their bouquets of Hillingdon roses.

The bride was also attended by Charles and Rachel Spence (the twin children of Mr and Mrs Philip Spence, of Gosforth), the little girl wearing an ivory satin charmeuse long waisted dress, and the boy a tunic suit of the same fabric embroidered with daisies.

Mrs Kemp (mother of the bride) wore a handsome gown of ombrei silk taffetas, veiled with mallard blue ninon, and her toque was of tagal, trimmed with pink roses and lancer plume. She carried a bouquet of pin roses en suite.

Mrs Spence (mother of the bridegroom) was gowned in black charmeuse-de-liberte trimmed with Eastern embroidery. She wore a Tuscan toque with lancer feathers, and forget-me-nots, and carried a large bouquet of pink carnations.

Mrs Kemp afterwards held a reception at the Church Hall, and later in the afternoon Mr and Mrs F. Spence left for the English Lakes on their honeymoon tour, the bride travelling in a meteor blue French serge costume, and a hat of burnt straw with large satin bow.

The gowns were made by Messrs D. Hill, Carter, and Co., Ltd.

Shields Daily News
Children: Herbert Kingswell (1914–1995, b. Tynemouth RD) and Winifred Alice Marshall (1917–2004, b. Auckland RD) GRO index
1920 living with his wife at 2 South Kensington, Bishop Auckland, Durham electoral registers
1920/1926 living with his wife at 19 Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Durham
1922-11-22 represented Spennymoor at the dinner at the Grand Assembly Rooms, Barras Bridge, to celebrate the appointment of J.W. Beaumont Pease to the chairmanship of Lloyds Bank Limited Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1922-11-23
1928 living with his wife at 19 Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Durham electoral register
1928-02-20 represented the Bishop Auckland Branch of Lloyds' Bank at the funeral of William Byland Abbey, at Ferryhill Newcastle Journal, 1928-02-21
1929 living with his wife at 19 Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Durham; an Annie Fleming also registered there electoral registers
1930/1931 living with his wife at 19 Victoria Avenue, Bishop Auckland, Durham; a Francis Haley also registered there
1933-04-04

Mr. F.J. Spence, manager of Lloyds Bank, Bishop Auckland, has been appointed manager of the Stockton branch. He will be succeeded at Bishop Auckland by Mr. J.R. Snaith, of Barnard Castle.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
1939-09-29 bank manager, living with his wife and a domestic servant at Lloyds Bank, 27 High Street, Stockton on Tees 1939 England and Wales Register
1962-12-11 retired bank manager, of 85 Bishopton Road, Stockton-on-Tees; administration of his wife's estate granted at London; £599 7s. 11d. National Probate Calendar
1964-09-08 of St Leonards, 123 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, Sussex; d. Chichester RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1964-10-30 will proved at Durham by Lloyds Bank Limited; £23,944 National Probate Calendar


05. Fanny Marie Spence

1887-04-19 b. North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1891 living at 105 Howard St, Tynemouth, with her family, a cook, and a housemaid TNA: RG 12/4227 f108 p5
1901 TNA: RG 13/4802 f36 p6
1911 living in 12 rooms at 105 Howard St, North Shields, with her family and a general servant RG14PN30748 RG78PN1758 RD559 SD2 ED16 SN27
1939-09-29 unpaid domestic duties, ARP services, living at 20 Elvaston Rd, Hexham, Northumberland, with her mother, her sister Mary, and her brother Herbert and his wife 1939 England and Wales Register
1977-07-01 of St Mary's Convent, Ebchester, Consett, Durham; d. Durham Northern RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1977-11-22 will proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne; £126,707 National Probate Calendar


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