Research: Alice Baxter (nee Capon)

My great-grandmother, Alice Baxter (nee Capon) was born 5th September 1905 in Hull, East Yorkshire to Frederick and Mary Ann Capon (nee Marrow).

I have found her baptism record, which states that she was baptised on 20th September 1905 in Hull. This shows that her parents are Frederick and Mary Ann Capon. At the time of Alice’s baptism, the Capon family were living at 20 John’s Place, Chapman Street in Hull and Frederick was working as a Labourer.

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Baptism Record of Alice.

In 1911 Alice was living with her parents, her older sister Ann Elizabeth, and her younger sister Minnie. It seems that Alice’s older brother Benjamin and older sister Hannah were living with their grandparents, Joseph and Mary Ann Marrow instead of their parents. This could have been because there were two little children around the house. It could have been too much for Mary Ann and Frederick.

In 1926, Alice married Arthur Alexander Baxter in Hull, East Yorkshire. This is one of the only marriage dates that I need to find. I cannot seem to find it, and none of my 4 great aunties and uncles, who are still with us, do not know either! I will find it eventually!

Alice and Arthur had a total of 14 children, but sadly 4 of them died at very young ages. The 10 children that survived were Thelma (1926), Alice (1929), Kathleen (1931), Arthur Alexander (1932), Jean (1934), Mary Barbara (1935), Raymond (1938), Irene (1939), Judith (1941), Trevor (1944). Diane (1946) was one of the children that died at a very young age, and the 3 others were not registered, so I do not know the names that Alice and Arthur were thinking about giving them.

In the 1939 Register, Alice’s occupation was recorded as Unpaid Domestic Duties. This means that she would have just been a housewife, taking care of day to day jobs within in the household. This would have mainly involved cooking, cleaning and looking after the children.

 

The first photograph above, which would have been taken around the end of World War 2, shows Alice with her eldest daughter Thelma, who was my grandmother. I was told by my great auntie Irene, that the dresses worn in this photograph were homemade. It was taken at Alice’s home in Hull, East Yorkshire.

The second photograph above shows Alice with her husband Arthur Alexander Baxter. My great auntie Irene told me that they were at a wedding here and that the outfit that Alice is wearing was what she always wore to go to weddings. She told me that whenever she saw her mother (Alice) wearing this, she used to always ask her “Are you going to another wedding mum?”, in order to wind her up.

In 1954, Alice’s father, Frederick passed away at the age of 82 in Hull. Then in 1967 Alice’s mother, Mary Ann sadly passed in Hull, at the age of 91. Although Alice was very lucky to have her mother live into her 90s and her father live into his 80s, these would have been a very devastating times for her and the rest of the family.

The two photographs below show Alice. The first one was taken on 14th March 1953, so Alice would have been 48 and a half years old. The second photograph was taken on 9th December 1955, meaning that she was 50 years old at the time it was taken. I am unsure of why these photographs were taken, and why there are no similar ones (that I know of) of her husband Arthur.

 

The photograph below shows a few family members. On the back row from left to right, there is unknown, unknown, Alice Baxter (nee Capon) and my great-grandfather Arthur Baxter. On the front row from left to right are unknown, Mary Ann Capon (nee Marrow) who was Alice’s mother, and three of Alice’s sisters Ann Elizabeth Codd (nee Capon), Minnie and Hannah Tindall (nee Capon).

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Alice passed away on 1st October 1980 in Hull, aged 75. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered in Chanterlands Avenue Crematorium.

Over the years, I have heard a few stories about Alice, my great-grandmother, which all hint at what she was like, what staying at her house was like and which also included various interesting facts about her and the family.

I was told that Alice used to make delicious bramble pies (I wish I could have tried one!), and also made a tasty Duck Hash.

A little family story about Alice was passed down, about Arthur, one her sons, and a rabbit stew. The family were all sat around the table eating the stew and Arthur said that he wanted to go and feed his rabbits. Arthur was shocked when his mother, Alice, replied with something along the lines of “Sit down, the rabbit has just fed you!”.

In the morning, Alice would get up really early. Neighbours from down the street would often ask Alice to knock on their doors, in order to wake them up! She was loved and respected by many people, both family and friends. Whenever she used to visit people, Alice would say “I’ve come for a cup of tea and a warm”. Although indoors, Alice would always keep her top coat on.

I have been told that Alice always had a head full of beautiful curls, lovely twinkling eyes and was also always smiling. I believe that this is evident in the few pictures that I have seen of her. I believe that she would have been very kind, and without a bad bone in her body. I do really wish that I could have met her.

I do not know a lot about my great-grandmother, Alice, but I would love to hear stories about her, so if you know something about her that I have missed, please let me know so I can learn more about her! If anyone has any more photographs of her, I would also love to see them!

Thank you very much for reading,
Tony.

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