Alice Harriet Gawthrop

Sunday’s Obituary – Eleanor Jane Gawthrop (1896-1898)

Eleanor Jane Gawthrop is my 3rd cousin 2x removed. Her parents are Benjamin Gawthrop and Emily Ann Thurlow.

Eleanor’s birth is registered in the Barnsley district in the March quarter of 1896. Sadly her death is registered in the September quarter of 1898 in Hendon, Middlesex.

I recently found the following newspaper article in the Hendon and Finchley Times dated 19 August 1898.

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A CHILD SCALDED TO DEATH

Mr Walter Schroder, deputy coroner, held an inquiry at the District Council Offices, Hendon, on Thursday, concerning the death of Eleanor Gawthrop, a child of between two or three years of age, living at 5, Murray Road, Mill Hill. Mr F Smith was chosen foreman of the jury. Emily Gawthrop, mother of the deceased, deposed that on Sunday, the 14th inst., the child was in her usual health and was playing with the baby on the floor. That was about ten minutes past twelve. There was a saucepan of stew on the fire, and witness was engaged in her domestic duties. She heard a crash and on turning round she saw deceased lying on the floor and the saucepan was upset. Her father picked deceased up. She found deceased much scalded, and immediately called her neighbour, Mrs Low, and sent for Dr Martin, who attended the child till its death. Questioned by the coroner witness said there was no guard in front of the fire, but there was a good sized fender, although it was not very high. Benjamin Gawthrop, father of the deceased, said he was at home on Sunday last, and the children were playing on the floor. The deceased left the baby and ran across the room to him. She stumbled near the fire place and catching the saucepan handle with her arm, upset the content over herself. He picked her up and the doctor was sent for. The deceased’s life was not insured. Dr Henry Martin, of Mill Hill, stated that he was called at about one p.m. on Sunday. He went to Murray Road and there saw deceased. He found her well nourished and strong. Two thirds of the back, the right arm, and part of the chest had been badly scalded. Deceased was quite sensible, and was suffering from the effects of the scald. He looked upon it as a serious cases, and the child died on Monday, about 30 hours after the occurrence. Previous to his arrival at the house the parents had done all in their power to alleviate the pain, and they gave him practically the same account of the accident as given that morning. Mrs Rose Amelia Low, the wife of a labourer living in the same house as the Gawthrop’s, said she was called on Sunday, and found deceased badly scalded. She covered the child with flour, and afterwards saturated her with linseed oil, which she obtained from a neighbour. She believed the parents were both very careful with the children. The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”

Benjamin and Emily had four children between 1896 and 1904. 

In addition to Eleanor Jane they had Alice Harriet, Jack and Nellie.

Alice Harriet married Archibald Reed in 1922.

Jack was killed on 2 April 1918 in France during WW1

Nellie died shortly after birth in 1904.

Incredibly Emily also died at the young age of 36 in 1911. 

Benjamin survived for another 17 years before his death at the age of 57 in 1928.