Ethel May Whiting 1881-1958

Parents: Amos Jonas Whiting and Eliza Willis.(1)
Born: 1881 in Haverhill.(1)
Baptised: 4th September 1881.(8)
Married(1): Samuel Corrie Everett, 24, son of Harold Everett, Silk Weaving foreman, in 1907 in Haverhill.(2)
Children: None.
Married(2): Charles Pannell, 54, widower, shop assistant, son of Abraham Pannell, silkweaver, in 1923 in Haverhill.(5)
Children: None.
Died: 1st September 1958 at Essex County Hospital, Colchester.(7)

Bio: Ethel May was the first child of Amos and Eliza Whiting and we know from the GRO birth register that she was born in 1881. A baptism record exist and is indexed by Familysearch,(8) but it is unclear what the source is. Her parents were married in the same year, but not before the census was taken. Ethel first shows up when they are living at 7 Nunn's Yard, Haverhill, on the 1891 census. She is at school. Her father Amos is still a factory hand, and she now has a sister, Winifred Grace.

At the time of the 1901 census, Amos and Family are living at 22 Burton End, Haverhill, and he is working as a framer at the winding and warping department of Gurteen's. Eliza is working as a cotton winder, and Ethel is now a schoolteacher.

Ethel was to marry Samuel Everett (who seemed to be alternatively known by his middle name Corrie) in 1907, the son of Harold Everett, a silk weaving foreman who presumably worked alongside Amos at Gurteen's. The Everetts had lived near Ethel and her family in Burton End.

On the 1911 census we see Ethel May Everett living with her husband, who is known as Corrie Samuel here, at the Brewery House, Violets Lane, Furneux Pelham, Hertfordshire. Corrie is working as a brewery clerk. They don't have any children.

Sadly, Ethel's husband was to die the next year on the 21st September 1912 at Addenbrookes Hospital at the age of only 29.(3) He is buried next to his father-in-law Amos at Haverhill Cemetery. Ethel was granted £188 17s 3d in Probate.(4) It's not clear what Corrie Everett died of, but after only four years of marriage it must have been tough for Ethel to handle.

It was sometime before she married again, but she did so around ten years later to Charles Pannell in 1923.(5) Charles, like Ethel, was from Haverhill and he was a clothing shop assistant. Like her too, he was also widowed - having been previously married to Rosalie Jessie Mizon, who had died aged 38 in 1908.

Another thing Ethel and Charles had in common was that neither of them had children from their first marriages, and they were to remain without offspring after getting together.

It seems they made 37 Broad Street their home, for this is where Charles died on 14th July 1948.(6) Probate of £966 4s 8d was granted to Ethel on 2nd October.(4)

Ethel survived Charles by ten years and remained at 37 Broad Street, although she died at Colchester Hospital on 1st September 1958.(7) Exactly 23 years to the day after her father Amos. She left £7507 19s 4d to Boris Richard Apps, consultant engineer, who was her nephew, and Philip Charles Pavey, a solicitors managing clerk from Haverhill.(4)


(1) Birth Register. 3rd Quarter 1881, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 518
(2) Marriage Register. 4th Quarter 1907, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 1603
(3) Death Register. 3rd Quarter 1912, Cambridge District, Volume 3b Page 453
(4) England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
(5) Marriage Register. 3rd Quarter 1923, Risbridge District, Volume 4a Page 2159
(6) Death Register. 3rd Quarter 1948, Newmarket District, Volume 4b Page 725
(7) Death Register. 3rd Quarter 1958, Colchester District, Volume 4a Page 472
(8) England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, Index, FamilySearch, Batch No.103809-1, Film No.1657479