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Alice Laura Whiting 1870-1909

Parents:     Susannah Maria Whiting, Father Unknown. (1)

Born:          16th March 1870 at Chauntry Croft, Haverhill.(1,2)

Baptised:   25th December 1870 at St Mary's Parish Church, Haverhill.(1)
Married:      None.
Children:    Grace Edith Irene Whiting b.1888(3)
Died:           September 1909 in Haverhill. Buried on 10th September 1909 at Haverhill Cemetery.(4,5)


Bio:             Alice appears on the 1871 census living with her mother at the home of her parents John and Susannah Whiting in Chauntry Croft. At the time of the next census in 1881 she is a scholar living in Eden Road, Haverhill with her mother and grandfather John, who was now a widower. Also living with them is Daniel Purkis, who would become her step-father.
Alice had an illegitimate daughter, Grace, on 27th July 1888.(3) The 1891 census shows Alice working as a drabbett weaver and living with her daughter, mother and step-father at 17 Eden Road, Haverhill.
Alice featured in the The Bury and Norwich Post when she was witness to a fatal trap accident on 5th July 1894.
Mr C F Freeman, 41, solicitor, had been driving into Birdbrook from Haverhill when his dog-cart was involved in a collision with a trap belonging to Mr John Price. The horses of both vehicles collided and Mr Freeman was thrown out and subsequently died.
'Alice Whiting, a factory hand, living in Eden Road, who was coming from Vale Place at the time of the accident, said she saw Mr Freeman and his wife driving on the croft side, and witness and her friends were walking by their side; it was dark. She saw the trap coming down in the centre of the road. One of the gentlemen in her company, Mr Easeman, of Manchester, called out, 'Hi! Hi!' to Mr Price. The traps were then close. She was dressed in white. When the collision occured she was about three yards off. Her friend ran and got hold of Mr Freeman's horse. She could not say if the deceased jumped or fell out. Mr Freeman was on the croft side, and Mr Price in the middle of the road. - John William Iron, butcher, stated that he was coming from his home in Guilford Yard, about 11.15, when he saw Mr Price's cart passing. He heard someone halloa 'Look Out!' and heard the collision. He ran down at once, the distance being about 25 yards, but Mr Price's cart had gone. The trap driven by Mr Price was in the middle of the road when going past him. It was very dark. He did not see Alice Whiting. - By Mr. Salmon (for Mr Price): He should have seen a white dress if there had been one.' (6)
Alice remained at Eden Road for the next ten years, and when her step-father Daniel died early in 1901, Susannah Maria became head of the household. The 1901 census shows Alice working as a cotton weaver, and her daughter Grace is now 12 years old.
Alice was to died in 1909 at the age of only 39. The occupation given on her burial entry is factory worker, but there are no clues as to how she died.

(1) Suffolk Records Office, Bury St Edmunds, Parish Registers of St Mary's Church, Haverhill. Fiche 578/4/p14 of 37
(2) Birth Register. 2nd Quarter 1870, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 427
(3) Suffolk Baptism Index, SFHS, Clare Deanery 1812-1900
(4) Death Register. 3rd Quarter 1909, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 382
(6) The Bury and Norwich Post, and Suffolk Standard, Tuesday, July 17, 1894; pg. 7; Issue 6014. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.