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Kate Florence GORDON

Kate Florence GORDON

Female 1873 - 1961  (~ 87 years)

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  • Name Kate Florence GORDON 
    Born J1873  Folkestone, KEN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RG11/1009 f123 p52.
    Gender Female 
    Died 1961  Folkestone, KEN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I556  Our Family History
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2010 

    Father Kyrle Earnley GORDON, né POWELL,   b. Abt 1839, Ross-on-Wye, HEF Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1892, Folkestone, KEN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother Eliza G. WEBB,   b. M1848, Ivychurch, KEN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1911  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1866  Cheriton, KEN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Parish Church
    • 1866. Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Cheriton in the County of Kent
      No. 462
      When married: Oct. 24.
      Kyrle Earnle Gordon, 27, Bachelor, Tailor, Sandgate, [father] Thomas Gordon, Stone Mason
      Eliza Webb, 19, Spinster, [no profession], Sandgate, [father] William Webb, Farmer
      Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after Banns by me, John R. Vernon Curate
      This marriage was solemnized between us,
      Kyrle Earnle Gordon
      Eliza Webb
      in the presence of us,
      Thomas Marsh[?]
      Maria Rolfe
    Family ID F458  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - J1873 - Folkestone, KEN Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1961 - Folkestone, KEN Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    18 Broadfield Road, Folkestone, Kent
    18 Broadfield Road, Folkestone, Kent
    This house was apparently bought by Bert Salter when he was married to Edith née Gordon. After Bert’s death Edith lived on there with her maiden sister Katherine (Kate). I used to visit regularly as a child. The living room was on the left (facing the house) and the dining room on the right. Jut at the bottom of the garden was the Folkestone to London train track, where I enjoyed watching the steam locomotives.
    Katherine Florence Gordon, 4 October 1952
    Katherine Florence Gordon, 4 October 1952
    From the wedding photo of Hugh V. Lukey and Lilian Alice Marie Gordon in Folkestone, Kent, 4 October 1952. Original in possession of Nicholas Michael.

  • Notes 
    • 1881 census return: RG11/1009 folio 23 page 52.
      Folkestone (Kent), 9 Alexandra Gardens
      Kyrle E Gordon Head, Mar, 41, Tailor [born] Hereford Ross
      Eliza G Gordon, Wife, Mar, 33, born Kent Ivychurch
      Elizabeth Gordon, 13, Daur, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      Fanny G. Gordon, Daur, 12, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      William K. Gordon, Son, 10, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      Richard E. Gordon, Son, 9, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      Kate F. Gordon, Daur, 7, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      William T. Gordon, Son, 6, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      Edith H. Gordon, Daur, 4, Scholar, born Kent Folkestone
      Percy E. Gordon, son, 2, born Kent Folkestone
      Bertie D. Gordon, Son, 7 mo, born Kent Folkestone.
      Alice Webb, serv[ant], Unm, 15 Genl. Serv., born Kent Snave [2 miles NW of Ivychurch – possibly Eliza's younger sister, born in 1866
      Louisa H Leather, Lodger, Unm, 46 Private Income, born Suffolk Herringfleete
      Rosa Jones, lodger, Unm, 30 Private Income, born Norfolk Freethorpe
      William C. Woolburn, lodger, Unm, 19, 2nd Class Clerk H.M. Customs, born Surrey Southwark

      1891 census return: RG12/749 folio 77 page 58
      35 Foord Road, Folkestone
      Kyrle E. Gordon, Head, M[arried], 51, Tailor, born Staffords.[sic] Ross
      Eliza Gordon, Wife, M, 45, born Kent, Ivy-church
      Fanny Gordon, daur, S[ingle], 22, shop assistant, born Kent, Folkestone
      K. M. Gordon, daur, S, 21, pastry cook, born Kent, Folkestone [actually Kyrle Montague Gordon, Son]
      R[ichard] E[arnley] Gordon, son, S, 19, Tailor, born Kent, Folkestone
      K[atherine] F[lorence] Gordon, daur, S, 18, born Kent, Folkestone
      E[dith] H[annah] Gordon, daur, S, 13, Pupil teacher, born Kent, Folkestone
      P. G. Gordon [probably for William Thomas], son, S, 16, apprentice, born Kent, Folkestone
      P[ercy E[dgar] Gordon, son, S, 12, scholar, born Kent, Folkestone
      B[ertie] D[ouglas] Gordon, son, S, 10, scholar, born Kent, Folkestone
      R[eginald] F[rank] Gordon, son, 9, scholar, born Kent, Folkestone
      S[tuart] B[ernard] Gordon, son, 5, scholar, born Kent, Folkestone
      Ross(-on-Wye) is not in Staffordshire!
      “K.M.” must refer to [William] Kyrle Montagu (son). Missing are: Elizabeth Helen and William Thomas (probably listed as P.G. Gordon); could the censor have mixed up William Kyrle Montagu with Elizabeth?

      1901 census return: RG13/847 folio 14 page 19
      6 Marine Terrace, Folkestone
      Eliza Gordon, Head, wid, 53, Lodging-house Keeper, born Kent.; Ivychurch
      Richard Gordon, Son, S, 28, Tailor, own account, born Kent.; Ivychurch
      Kate F. Gordon, Daur, 26, born Kent .; Folkestone
      Thomas W. Gordon, Son, S, 25, Tailor, own account, born Kent; Folkestone
      Percy E. Gordon, Son, S, 22, Tailor, worker, born Kent; Folkestone
      Bert D. Gordon, Son, S, 20, Tailor, Worker, born Kent; Folkestone
      Reginald F. Gordon, Son, S, 18, Solicitor’s clerk Law, born Kent; Folkestone
      Stuart B. Gordon, Son, 15, born Kent; Folkestone
      Lilian L. M. Gordon, Daur, 9, born Kent; Folkestone
      Stanley K. Fletcher [ID 1220], Grandson, 5, born London; Holloway
      + four boarders

      1911 census return: RG14PN4629 RG78PN195 RD66 SD1 ED6 SN172
      Kent, Folkestone, 6 Marine Terrace
      Eliza Gordon, Head, Widow, F, 63, 1848, born Parish of Ivychurch Kent
      Kate Florence Gordon, Daughter, Single, F, 37, 1874, born Folkestone Kent
      Percy Edgar Gordon, Son, Single, M, 32, 1879, Tailor, born Folkestone Kent
      Bertie Douglas Gordon, Son, Single, M, 29, 1882, Tailor, born Folkestone Kent
      Reginald Frank Gordon, Son, Single, M, 27, 1884, Clerk Solicitor, born Folkestone Kent
      Stuart Bernard Gordon, Son, Single, M, 25, 1886, Tailor, born Folkestone, Kent
      Lilian Alice Marie Gordon, Daughter, Single, F, 19, 1892, born Folkestone Kent

      Kyrle Earnley Gordon wrote in 1997: "I think some of the family moved to Aberdeen House, Lyminge [Kent] about 1914/15. I remember Edith, Kate, Reginald, Stuart & Lilian being there in the early 20's."

      Auntie Kate lived with her sister Edith (aunt Edith) in a house called Norvic, 18 Broadfield Road, in Folkestone, Kent. At the end of their garden was the railway line, and I remember the steam trains puffing and chuffing as they accelerated from the nearby station. They had a maid called Winnie, of German origin, who resembled nothing less than a cadaver. She used to wear a little lace coif like old-time maids. Aunt Edith was an excellent cook, and we often had Christmas dinners there when I was very young.
      Auntie Kate was a "vieille fille par excellence". She had a prickly, bristly moustache, and I hated having to kiss her! But my mother Denise Anne Michael née Laidman, said her auntie Kate was ‘a little simple’.

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