Friday, 12 June 2009

Carmen Atkinson

Carmen Atkinson Aldbor' House Tottenham Green N (1823-1905) on the 1861 census

After a day of research yesterday I wrote this morning:

I have had a very interesting tussle with Carmen Atkinson- she appears to have come to England from Cartagena in Spain with her mother Asuncion Navarrete and married her husband Charles John Atkinson in Devon and they had their daughter Constance in about 1844 in Blackheath. I will double check the marriage under his name.
I can’t track them in the 1841 or 1851 census where they should be somewhere! In 1861 they are at the petition address- she is running a boarding school for girls with three live in teachers. Her husband is a clerk in the Bank of England. However in the 1871 census he is living alone in Barnards Inn Holborn dealing with the civil service as a clerk at the Bank of England. By 1881 he is retired in lodgings in Surrey describing himself as a widower and in 1891 his home is in Devon, where he dies later.
I cannot find Carmen in the 1871 census, but in 1874 she is listed in a directory as running a private school at 32 Montpelier Crescent Brighton and in 1882 she is running a Ladies School at 24 Sussex Square . In 1891Census she and her mother are in lodgings in Brighton, where a fellow lodger is an upholsterer, so they may have fallen on hard times. Asuncion dies in about 1895, and Carmen appears to die in Billericay Essex in 1905. I need to find her in the 1841, 1851 , 1871 1881 and 1901 census.
She is remarkably elusive, as is her mother, however she appears as Carman and Carmen as well, so there may be other variations on her name. So today I need to track her in those censuses and also what happened to her daughter Constance.
I am fascinated that from at least the 1880’s she and her husband both described themselves as widowed. I suppose he could have supported her in her business as a school proprietor while he lived. The school at Tottenham appears large and prosperous, and lasted for at least 1861-1866- Carmen also signed the University Local Exams petition in 1864 for Emily Davies, so she is likely to have been an enlightened and progressive schoolteacher.

No comments:

Post a Comment