Mabel Williams (1861-1951)
Mabel was born in the early months of 1861, to James Augustus Williams and his wife Emma Louisa Lenny, in Dummer, Hampshire, England. James was a Clergyman and educator. In 1851, he was the Curate of Ashleworth School for aristocratic pupils, some students included the Earl of Coventry and Lord Montgomery.
In the 1861 Census, Mabel was 2 months old and living with her parents, two brothers (Herbert and Frank), three visitors, and seven servants: cook, housemaid, nursemaid, wet nurse, kitchenmaid, coachman, and butler/footman.
In total, James and Emma had five children: Henry Clissold Williams, Herbert Scott Williams, Frank Richardo Williams, Mabel Williams, Louisa Florence Williams, and Eva Williams.
On 25 January 1869, Mabel's father passed away, she would have been close to eight years old.
By 1881, Mabel was studying at Newnham Hall, North Ladies College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.
On 23 October 1899, Mabel's sister, Louisa Florence, died around 37 years of age. She left her estate to Mabel, a total of just over £1481.
Mabel devoted her career to education. In the 1891 Census, she is listed as Assistant Mistress at a Ladies High School in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.
Mabel eventually became Headmistress at Clergy Daughters School, in Casterton, from 1892-1921. During this time, she signed two books, The Early Days of Christianity and Life and Work of St. Paul, these two books are now in the University of Prince Edward Island Provenance Collection. The books had been given to Ethel Hodgson, as a reward for memorizing Scripture.
Mabel Williams was also President of the Casterton Women’s Institute from 1919-1921.
She died in 1951 in Casterton, Cumbria, England.
1861 England Census. Class: RG 9; Piece: 711; Folio: 75; Page: 22; GSU roll: 542688
1871 England Census. Class: RG10; Piece: 1324; Folio: 24; Page: 40; GSU roll: 828270
1881 England Census. Class: RG11; Piece: 1670; Folio: 13; Page: 20; GSU roll: 1341399
1891 England Census. Class: RG12; Piece: 1451; Folio: 76; Page: 2; GSU roll: 6096561
1901 England Census. Class: RG13; Piece: 4910; Folio: 28; Page: 1
1911 England Census. Class: RG14; Piece: 31659; Page: 1
Ashleworth. Victoria County History. Accessed October 17, 2016.
Casterton W.I. Accessed October 17, 2016.
Principal Probate Registry for James Augustus Williams. Probate date 15 July 1869. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England.
Principal Probate Registry for Louisa Florence Williams. Probate date 30 November 1899. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England.
Photograph of Mabel Williams from website Casterton WI, accessed 17 October 2016.