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31 Mar 1842 Dukes Place, London, Pimlico (ES/ KVG)

(J/1842, St Geo Han Sqr, 1, 1?) (Free BMD)


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26 Dec 1867 (KVG) (not found on Free BMD) (Dec 2006)

spouse Richard O'CONNOR

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28 May 1928 aged 86
(J/1928, Romford, 4A, 588) (FindMyPast)

buried together with Richard in St Patrick's Cemetery, Leytonstone, East London (ES)


31 Mar 1842  2, Eliza Place, Pimlico, London
census1851 census 2, Eliza Place, St George Hanover Sq, Westminster, London

1863 - 1867  16, Simon Place, St Helier, Jersey

1871 census  31 George St, Marylebone, London (along with 6 other families)
1881 census  62 Victoria Rd, London, Middlesex

1891 census  38, Hornsey Street, St James, Lower Holloway, Islington, London, Middlesex

1901 census 76a, Maplin Road, Mile End, Stepney
census1911 census 33 Coborn Street, Bow, E London


As a child, Flavella helped her grandmother and aunt to make bead-covered watch-pockets and pin-cushions. (ES)
At about the same time, grandmother had students living-in from the nearby university. One such student was so impressed with the way that little Flavella helped around the house that he gave her little lessons after breakfast for her to study during the day. (ES)
Flavella went on to become a Lady's Maid for a nearby family
. (ES)
1871 census 
German Bead Maker

1881 census  Breadworker / Baker

Other information

When she was a very young baby, Flavella was brought up by her grandmother (also Flavella!) and her aunt Lucinda RILEY - while her mother went to work for a wealthy family nearby as a wet nurse. (ES)

Flavella lived in London until the age of 17 or 18 working as a Lady's Maid, and saved her wages carefully. At the age of 18, she went to Jersey to seek her mother, who wasn't best pleased to see her - especially as it appears that her husband George knew nothing of her existence! She was not permitted to stay on Jersey, so Flavella returned to London. (ES / KVG)

Flavella must have made an impression on George COWELL for some year's later, when he was very ill, he persuaded his wife to send for Flavella. (ES / KVG)

After George's death, her mother converted Simon Place into a small guesthouse and ran it with Flavella who stayed on in Simon Place even after her mother returned to London to marry for a third time. (ES)

Flavella made friends with one of her guests - a Mrs MONKS - who happened to be an irish catholic. She encouraged Flavella to accompany her to church where she met Richard O'CONNOR who had been on the island since his family left Limerick in c 1846. (ES)

After their wedding in 1867, Flavella and Richard stayed on at Simon Place for a time, but Richard became restless to do better as a singer and they moved back to London, but Richard soon discovered that he would not do well enough as a solo singer to earn a living so turned his hand to being a baker. (ES)

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