Upon researching my 2 x great-grandparents, John Gale Hellier & Mary Ann Congdon
, I've discovered more about their children.
After one of their twins, May Amelia Hellyer, died under the age of 2, they also lost another daughter, Alice Maud, at 10 months old. A second son (and 10th child), John, was born in April 1890, just a few months before his mother died.
John senior found himself widowed with 8 children whose ages ranged from 12 years to 4 months. It's not surprising that by the following year (1891) two of his daughters, Lily Elizabeth and Sarah May (my great-grandmother), were living with extended family members. The young boy, John, was adopted by Thomas Simpson (a naval pensioner and perhaps a friend of John's father) and his wife, Mary. Sadly, the boy died at the age of 9 years.
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Place names: Tavistock and also Devonport in Plymouth, both in the county of Devon.
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Amended the biography page for John Gale Hellier
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