On a visit to the Historical Society in East Bloomfield, New York, to research my husband’s family history, we met Genealogy Volunteer Vivian Simmons Kurdt. Vivian told me that her grandmother, Emily Elizabeth Whiting
to the United Stated in 1911 from “Rushden, a little town in Northamptonshire, England” and settled in Rochester, New York.
On comparing family trees we found that one of Emily’s brothers, Herbert Victor Whiting, Vivian’s great-uncle Herb as he was known, married Edith Abrams, my grandmother’s step sister. Edith’s mother, Mary Jane Hewes Abrams, was married to my great-grandfather, William Livingstone. They lived at 26 Spring Gardens, Higham Ferrers.
Herbert Whiting born 20 Feb 1986, enlisted Sept 1914, married Edith Abrams 1919. He died in 1980 aged 84.
Walter John Whiting
married Annie Batchelor
and lived in Warwickshire.
He died in 1954.
Herbert and Edith were married on 23 April,1919 at the Parish Church, Higham Ferrers, and lived in Chelveston after their marriage. Herbert and Edith had four children: three daughters, Violet May Lillian, Josephine Pansy and Mary, and twin boys, Donald and Raymond, who died in infancy.
Walter John Whiting was brother to Herbert and Emily. He was known in his family as John. Walter was married to Annie Batchelor and lived in Warwickshire where he died in 1954.
Vivian’s grandmother always stayed in touch with the family in England and received beautiful photos and letters from them. Some of the letters were written during the early part of WWII and gave a vivid account of life in rural Northamptonshire and how the family coped in war time. Emily Elizabeth is buried in Rochester, New York. She died in 1945.
These two photographs were kindly given to me by Vivian.