THE EVANS FAMILY
Patricia Jane Monte-Roberts, from the USA, has sent us this interesting
story of a tragedy with Wolverhampton connections.
My great-grandmother, Annie Evans-James, came from Wolverhampton.
Her parents Edward George Evans and Ellen
Painter-Evans lived at 2 Bradshaw Street. She married Ernest
James and had two children Ada James-Verrill (my grandmother) and
an infant son.
||Annie Evans James and Ernest James.
This is probably their wedding photo and taken a few years
before her tragic death
|In July 1912, Annie and her baby son and daughter Ada were travelling
by train to West Hartlepool where they lived, after
visiting her family in Wolverhampton. While leaning against the
train compartment door, she fell out of the train with her infant son in
her arms. Luckily another passenger grabbed Ada and stopped her from falling out
Unfortunately, my great-grandmother Annie and her baby were
both killed. When they entered the next station, the station master and
his wife looked after my grandmother over
night, and her family in West Hartlepool were notified of the tragic
My grandmother Ada was then raised by her father's parents.
My mother remembers Ada's father
(Annie's husband); they called him "Red Grandpa" because of his red
hair. Mom recalls that he liked to drink and played the horses. My
grandmother never knew her mother's family in Wolverhampton. For some
reason it was not discussed, and none of the Evan's family from
Wolverhampton ever made any attempt to contact her.
We know nothing about Annie Evan's family from Wolverhampton.
I do not know the names of my great-great grandparents. I do not
even know if Annie had any brothers or sisters.
Annie and her brother-in-law Arthur
From an unknown newspaper.
The Evening Telegraph and Post, 22nd July,
The Evening Telegraph and Post, 23rd July,
I am looking for information regarding the Evan's family in Wolverhampton.
I believe Annie was in her early twenties when she was killed. If any
one has any such information that might connect Annie Evans-James to a
family in Wolverhampton, you can contact me at:
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