A Surprising Wife and Mother

I put the CLAY headstone on FamilySearch today and set about adding sources for the three children of Arthur and Edith who are not remembered on it.

Firstborn Hugh Travis arrived about a year after his parents married. He took his place in the family business and in 1911, 37 years-old and single, he was living at Waxholme in Filey, described as “Managing Director “ of the Worsted Manufacturing Company that his father had run successfully for so many years. Hugh’s stepmother was away on this census night  but his father was at home, as were unmarried siblings Marjorie Beaumont, 31, and Wilfred Travis, 28.

Hugh married Mabel Priscilla Penery FRENCH in 1923 when he was 47 years old. Mabel was about the same age. The couple went to live on Jersey, where Mabel died in January 1955. Hugh died in Grouville on 24 September 1957.

Unexpectedly, I found a Death Notice for Hugh in the Zimbabwe Death Registers. He died childless and was survived by one sibling, sister Marjorie. I can’t explain why his mother is named as Rachel Mary.

His effects at probate  would have been valued at around £415,000 in 2017. Some houses on the Les Ruisseaux Estate (his last address) are currently on the market at over £4 million.

Tree 68 · Martin’s Ravine