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Husband: George Girdlestone
Born: 12 Aug 1824 1 Christened: 24 Oct 1824 in Earlham, Norwich, Norfolk 1 Resided: 1863 in Landford, Wiltshire 2 Died: 2 Apr 1863 in Landford, Wiltshire 2,3 (see note 1) Probate: 20 Apr 1863 in Salisbury, Wiltshire (see note 2) Occupation: Major in the Madras Staff Corps 4,2 Father: Henry Girdlestone (1785 - 1871) Mother: Elizabeth Anne Bolton (1789 - 1861)
Wife: Laura Damant
Born: ABT 1831 in Fakenham, Norfolk 5 Census: 1841 in Norwich Road, Fakenham, Norfolk (see note 3) Census: 1871 in Sisterhood of St Mary and St John, Percy Circus, Clerkenwell, London (see note 4) Census: 1911 in 32 Silchester Road, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex (see note 5) Died: 1914 in Sussex 3 (see note 6) Occupation: 1871 Nursing Sister 5 (see note 7) Father: Mother: Notes
Sources: (1) . (2) . (3) . (4) email 2005 david@addyd.freeserve.co.uk. (5) . Event Notes Note (1) Jun 1863 Alderbury 5a 129 Note (2) See media files Note (3) Age 10, with mother Harriet Damant (age 45) and siblings Maria 15, Alice 15, Guybon 14, Caroline 12 and two servants Note (4) Age 39, born Fakenham, widow. Sister with Mary Jones as Mother Superior Note (5) RG14/4755 RD69 ED5 SN308: Age 79, born Fakenham, Sister in Religion with other Sisters Mary and Katharine Strickland Note (6) Dec 1914 Hastings 2b 49 age 83 Note (7) Mary Jones was born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, 1813, the daughter of Robert Jones, cabinet maker. In 1853, she was elected as Superintendent of St John's House, London. Here she undertook to train and dispatch parties of Sisters and nurses to serve under Florence Nightingale in the Crimea. St John's flourished under her management, and in 1856, took over nursing at King's College Hospital, Sister Mary becoming the Sister-in-Charge. In 1866, St John's accepted a nursing contract with Charing Cross Hospital, London, and Sister Mary was also Sister-in-Charge there. In 1868, she resigned from St John's. With a number of other sisters, she founded a new Community known as the Sisterhood of St Mary and St John, located initially at 5 Mecklenberg St, moving to Percy House, Percy Circus, near King's Cross in 1868. In 1872/3, the sisterhood, with Mary as Mother Superior, moved to 30 Kensington Square, and founded the St Joseph's Hospital for Incurables. She contracted typhoid fever and died on 3 Jun 1887. From Kings College London archives, http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/search2?coll_id=7489&inst_id=6 For comments and questions about this family, email Howard Slatter Updated 18 May 2020 Name Index