12th January 1852 - Mar 1919
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A family story states that Hunter Edmondson was in the Cavalry in the Indian Army. Coming home from India by ship when he was 38 years, he was asked by the Lord Wolverton (see Amelia's note) to marry his illegitimate daughter who was living in the Isle of Man with her mother.
Hunter's wife, Amelia, ended her days in a mental asylum and died about 1927. Norah thinks that her father was 11 when Amelia was put away, say, about 1900. Alice Emma Davies says that it was the change of life that affected Amelia, but Margaret Long states that the family story was that it was mastitis. After Amelia was put away Harold Edmondson was looked after by "Auntie Annie" who lived with Hunter. Family feeling is that this was an innocent relationship, Annie being purely a housekeeper.
Annie was a local neighbour's daughter. Mother and daughter did housework. After girls left Annie moved in. During the Great War she married a soldier from the Channel Islands (possibly Jersey) called something like Square. She stayed with Hunter until husband returned from war then went to live in Channel Islands. She was 8-10 years older than Alice Emma Davies.
Hunter's daughters married soon after Amelia went away.
"Weight Taker" on marriage certificate
Hunter was named after his father's mother's maiden name. (Brother John Jackson Edmondson received his middle name from his mother's mother's maiden name.)
Norah Edmondson Remembers:
HUNTER EDMONDSON was born in the Lake District near Lake Windermere possibly Bowness. He served full time in the (Cavalry) (in the Indian Army). He was thought to have been 38 when he returned to England on the same boat as Lord (Wolverton) who asked if he would be willing to marry his 18 year old, illegitimate daughter, Amelia Maddrell who was living with her Mother in the Isle of Man.
They were married and lived in Walton, Liverpool. At one time in Index Street and by February 1916 at 40 Salop Street, as Norah Edmondson was born there. Hunter and Amelia had four children; Edith, Dorothy, Sydney and Harold. Harold at one time attended Arnet Street School. When the children were 18, 17, 13 and 11 Amelia had to be put away in an asylum in Preston by Hunter as she had mental problems and became violent. Speculation is that it was early change of life complications or possibly mastitis. Shortly afterwards the two girls were married and a neighbour and her daughter, Annie did the chores for Hunter and the two boys. Annie later moved in and stayed with Hunter after the two boys were married, Harold in 1914 and Sydney later.
Annie married a soldier from the Channel Islands, both Guernsey and Jersey have been mentioned by the name of Squire or Square but stayed with Hunter who died some time around (April 1918) or (March 1919). She then went to the Channel Islands with her husband.
There was a pair of Lord (Wolverton's) Gaiters at the house at Salop Street so he must have had some continuing contact with his daughter. Hunter seemed to have had some possible benefits from some source and had a responsible position being a Controller in a Cotton Warehouse. I remember Annie visiting us sometime just prior to World War II and I had hoped to visit her in Guernsey but did not manage it.
Postscript by Rick:
If you have any doubts, general feeling is that there was never any relationship between Annie and Hunter and that Amelia was not put away to get her out of the way. Some of the dates given above are wrong. Hunter and Amelia were in fact married in 1879. Not sure if Harold or Sydney was the eldest boy. Hunter Edmondson was born 12th January 1852 at parents' house, 81 Park Road, Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Parents given on birth certificate as Thomas Edmondson, Plumber, and Jane Edmondson, formerly Barker.
Someone once wondered whether Auntie Florrie's family have the gaiter.
The year before his birth (1851) was a census year. The census shows the following return for 81 Park Road (the address on Hunter's birth certificate):