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EDGOOSE, Bertha Janet

EDGOOSE, Bertha Janet

Female 1887 - 1967  (80 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, Bertha Janet  [1
    Born 3 Apr 1887  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Reference Number 548 
    _UID 07D5E4CAC1494223BC2E99BAF1CB76DF47ED 
    Died 20 Aug 1967  West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I548  Edgoose
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Stanton John,   b. 14 May 1844, West Walton, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1927, Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother DAWSON, Margaret,   b. 27 May 1851, Wisbech St. Peter, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1929, Walsoken, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 16 Jan 1872  St. Augustine, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family CURTIS, Thomas,   b. 28 Feb 1884, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 4 Nov 1940  Birmingham Register Office, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. CURTIS, P.
     2. CURTIS, F.
    Last Modified 9 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F396  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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    Bertha Janet Edgoose (1887-1867) and her husband Tom Curtis (1884-19??)
    The postcard may have been from No. 44, Peggotty Road, Great Yarmouth, because Doris Malisande Edgoose had a similar one in her possession inscribed "From Auntie Bertha and Uncle Tom 44 Peggotty Road, GT. Yarmouth".
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    STANTON JOHN EDGOOSE (1844-1927) and MARGARET nee DAWSON (1851-1929)

    Date: AUGUST 2015

    Frank William Dawson Edgoose ; George Reid who married Mabel Margaret Edgoose; Jack Burton aged 16; Miss Podgson; Bertha Janet Edgoose; Kate Agnes Burton nee Edgoose. Sitting on the grass: Athol Reid, son of Mabel Margaret.
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    STANTON JOHN EDGOOSE (1844-1927) and MARGARET EDGOOSE nee DAWSON (1851-1929)

    Date: AUGUST 1915

    Standing: Jessie Alice Edgoose; Frank William Edgoose; Kate Agnes Edgoose, wife of Walter Herbert Burton; Bertha Edgoose. Sitting: Stanton John Edgoose and his wife Margaret.

    Historical Directories
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    MISS BERTHA EDGOOSE (1887-1967)

    Address: No.1 Chancery Street, Leicester

    Occupation: principal, Central Copying Office

    Directory: Wright's Directory of Leicestershire

    Date: 1914
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    The Directories 4146 Edgoose BerthaJanetEdgoose 548 1914 148.jpg
    MISS BERTHA EDGOOSE (1887-1967)

    Address: 115 St. Leonard's Road, Leicester

    Occupation:

    Directory: Wright's Directory of Leicester

    Date: 1914
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    The Directories 4146 Edgoose BerthaJanetEdgoose 548 1916 149.jpg
    MISS BERTHA EDGOOSE (1887-1967)

    Address: 1 Chancery Street, Leicester

    Occupation: principal, Central Copying Office

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland

    Date: 1916
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    The Directories 4146 Edgoose BerthaJanetEdgoose 548 1916 174.jpg
    MISS BERTHA EDGOOSE (1887-1967)

    Address: 115 St. Leonard's Road, Leicester

    Occupation: principal, Central Copying Office

    Directory: Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland

    Date: 1916

    Letters from ENGLAND
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 2 MARCH 1967 [TRANSCRIPT]

    Names of her siblings.

    Herbert Harry EDGOOSE from Australia in World War I and a list of all the names he wrote in her birthday book. To Crouch End to meet a "lady of the same name".
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to DORIS MALISANDE EDGOOSE (1908-2003) 4 NOVEMBER 1947 [TRANSCRIPT]

    "Rations are worse than ever."
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to DORIS MALISANDE EDGOOSE (1908-2003) 4 NOVEMBER 1947 [PAGE 1]

    "Rations are worse than ever."
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to DORIS MALISANDE EDGOOSE (1908-2003) 4 NOVEMBER 1947 [PAGE 2]

    "Rations are worse than ever."
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to NAOMI EDGOOSE nee MILES (1873-1960) 2 NOVEMBER 1957

    On the passing of Walter Leeder EDGOOSE
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    Family History Notes from BURT WALTER EDGOOSE (1901-1989) to his son JOHN STANTON EDGOOSE dated 1967 [PAGE 1]

    Mentioned are William Frederick Edgoose (1873-1954); Stanton Wicks (1883-1945); Bertha Curtis (1887-1967); Benjamin Edgoose (1854-1928), wife Kate (1855-1944) & daughter Edith (1886-1966); Geoffrey Pearse (1913-1981); Julia May EDGOOSE (1877-1958).
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    BURT WALTER EDGOOSE (1901-1989) to his son JOHN STANTON EDGOOSE dated 1967 [PAGE 3]

    Mentioned is Bertha CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967)
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [TRANSCRIPT]

    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.

    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [PAGE 1]
    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.
    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 4 FEBRUARY 1967 [PAGE 2]
    Re James EDGOOSE (1847-1892) and Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928.
    Re "The Cathedral of the Fens" at West Walton, Norfolk
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 28 MARCH 1967.

    Re her father's youngest brother Benjamin EDGOOSE (1854-1928) and George BATTERHAM.
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    BERTHA JANET EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to FRANK WILLIAM DAWSON EDGOOSE (1882-1951) 25 MAY 1951

    "Have arrived quite safely. The weather has been very hot today. Billy was so over-joyed at seeing Mrs. J. I have left him with her this afternoon. Please take care of my Umbrella for me. Will come for it later."
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 2 MARCH 1967 [PAGE 1]

    She names her siblings.

    Herbert Harry EDGOOSE from Australia in World War I and a list of all the names he wrote in her birthday book. To Crouch End to meet a "lady of the same name".
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    BERTHA JANET CURTIS nee EDGOOSE (1887-1967) to MICHAEL JAMES EDGOOSE 2 MARCH 1967 [PAGE 2]

    She names her siblings.

    Herbert Harry EDGOOSE from Australia in World War I and a list of all the names he wrote in her birthday book. To Crouch End to meet a "lady of the same name".

  • Notes 
    • BERTHA JANET EDGOOSE 1887-1967


      Bertha Janet EDGOOSE was born at West Walton, Norfolk, on 3 April 1887, daughter of Stanton John and Margaret EDGOOSE.
      (GRO June Q 1887 [DAWSON] Wisbech 3b 610)
      Stanton John EDGOOSE had married Margaret DAWSON at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 16 January 1872.

      From the 1891 census returns for the Dam Inn, Dam Head, West Walton:
      Stanton EDGOOSE, head, aged 40, Farmer & Publican, born at West Walton;
      Margaret EDGOOSE, wife, aged 39, publican, born at Wisbech in Cambridgeshire;
      Hilda EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 12, scholar, born at West Walton;
      Stanton EDGOOSE, son, aged 10, scholar, born at West Walton;
      Frank EDGOOSE, son, aged 9, scholar, born at West Walton;
      *Bertha EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 4, born at West Walton;
      Jessie EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 7 months, born at West Walton.
      (RG12/1306/60/7)

      The 1901 census returns for West Walton, Norfolk (adjoining the Ferry Station?):
      Stanton EDGOOSE, head, aged 56, market gardener,born at West Walton;
      Margaret EDGOOSE, wife, aged 49, born at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire;
      MABEL EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 23, born at West Walton;
      *Bertha EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 13, born at West Walton;
      Jessie EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 11, born at West Walton;
      Bertie EDGOOSE, grandson, aged 7, born at West Walton.
      (RG13/1557/54/6)

      The 1911 census of 6 Lancaster Road, Leicester, Leicestershire:
      Margaret JACKSON, head, single, aged 31. fancy hosiery forewoman,born in Leicester;
      James JACKSON, father, widower, aged 72, retired butcher, born at Hinckley;
      *Bertha EDGOOSE, boarder, single, aged 24, type writer, born at West Walton, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
      (RG14PN19284/RG78PN1152A/RD407/SD3/ED20/SN152)

      Wright's Directory of Leicester 1914 and Kelly's Directory of Leicestershire and Rutland 1916 list Miss Bertha EDGOOSE, principal, Central Copying Office, at No. 1 Chancery Street, Leicester. The former also lists her at 115 St. Leonard's Road, Leicester.

      According to her niece Doris Malisande EDGOOSE she once ran a secretarial school in Wisbech.

      From the 1939 Register of 44 Peggotty Road, Great Yarmouth C.B., Norfolk:
      Thomas CURTIS, born on 28 February 1884, butcher's manager, married.
      *Bertha J. CURTIS, born 3 April 1887, unpaid domestic duties, married;
      3 CLOSED RECORDS
      (RG101/6493G/013/16 TOBC)

      Bertha J. EDGOOSE married Thomas CURTIS, a 55 year old widowed master butcher, of 43 Golden Hillock Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, and son of Thomas CURTIS, a deceased horse dealer, at Birmingham Register Officer by licence on 4 November 1940. Bertha Janet EDGOOSE was described as a 53 year old spinster, a shorthand typist, also of 43 Golden Hillock Road, Small Heath, Birmingham. Witnesses were D. ROPER and J. BAMFORD.
      (GRO December Q 1940 Birmingham 6d 1239)

      After her marriage she ran a guest house in Great Yarmouth for a time. Doris Malisande EDGOOSE had in her possession a Christmas card bearing the inscription "From Auntie Bertha and Uncle Tom 44 Peggotty Road, GT. Yarmouth".

      She wrote to her niece Doris EDGOOSE from Belle Vue, Sutton Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on 4 November 1947:
      "Dear Doris & All
      Just a line to let you you (sic) know that I am still in the land of the living though I think you really owe me a letter. Well, they say 'no news is good news' so I presume you are all O.K. Pleased to say we are in the best of health at the moment. We have Frank on leave until the 14th November. He looks fit & well. He hopes to be demobbed in May next. His friend John WEBB is on Leave also so they are having a good time together. They have gone with a shooting party to Norfolk today so we hope they will bring us a dinner home. Rations are worse than ever. I visit Jessie each week & there is nothing to report.
      John has become engaged to a very nice girl. She is a Dispenser at Oldhams (chymists) Market Place. We are pleased about it as we know her parents & hope to see them married one day.
      Must now close & trust you are all well.
      Yours affectly
      Bertha"

      She wrote from Emneth, Wisbech, Cambs. to Michael James EDGOOSE on 4 February 1967:




      "Dear Mr. Edgoose
      Thank you for your letter and I shall be pleased to help you with Edgoose family tree if possible. I understand the name originates from the Dutch which sounds feasible. I am the last of our family and my father's name was Stanton John and all his family etc. were farmers were born and lived at West Walton. I understand Edgoose is one of the oldest names on the Church Register. All I knew were Church people and I suggest you you (sic) get in touch with the Rector of West Walton and ask if it is possible to see one of the old Registers [Rector Brown's time many years ago] as you may be able to trace someone.
      I have a bible with the date of my mother's and father's Wedding date 16 January 1872 presented to them on that day by the Rev. Woodgates.
      My father I believe had a brother named James who lived on the Lynn Rd Wisbech next door to "The Bowling Green" Inn. Also a young brother Benjamin who lived at West Walton (Farmer)
      I think you may be interested in West Walton Church as it is very old and unique by the steeple being some distance away from the Church. It is now known as "The Cathedral of the Fens"
      I hope I have made myself clear and if you do come this way I am usually at home Sat. afternoons
      I trust what I have mentioned will be of some use to you
      Yours sincerely
      Bertha J. Curtis"

      She wrote a second letter to Michael James EDGOOSE from Emneth, Wisbech, on 2 March 1967:
      "Dear Mr. Edgoose,
      Thank you for your letter, and I think you seem to be getting on very well.
      I am sorry I do not know the relationship of James Lewin. Harold Edgoose was his son There was also a son John and a daughter, I forget her name. I don't remember James dying.
      I had two brothers Stanton (John? or C.) and Frank William four sisters Kate Mabel Hilda & Jessie (one named Alice died before Jessie was born). I think Stanton had a daughter. Stanton was gassed in first world War & buried at Grimsby Frank was buried at Birmingham. There is a daughter still living at Bordesley Green Birmingham.
      Have you heard of William Edgoose, Coal Merchant and Fruit Grower, Walton Highway He passed away. His son & wife live at 8 Sandringham Road, Walton, Peterborough I don't know what branch of the family he belongs to.
      I regret I am unable to remember more
      Yours sincerely
      Bertha J. Curtis

      PS During the First World War a Soldier visited me from Australia named Edgoose. He wrote names of his family in my Birthday Book as follows
      Father John James
      Family:- Herbert Harry
      Lucie Clarissa, Alice Bessie,
      Percy Llewellyn
      Ernest Winfrey
      Laura Jane
      Arthur James
      Herbert Harry took me to Crouch End London to meet a lady there of the same name but we could not find any connection. Any way I though you might be interested.
      My Niece's address in case she can help you.
      Miss D. Edgoose
      38 Whitacre Rd
      Bordesley Green
      Birmingham 9"

      A final letter to Michael James EDGOOSE was written on 28 March 1967 from Meatmarket, Brandon, Suffolk:
      "Dear Mr. Edgoose
      Thank you for your letter. I am staying with my second son Peter also a Butcher but go home to Emneth today.
      I was quite surprised at news of my grandmother and am sorry to hear it as it must have been very disappointing for you. Of course all that happened many years before I was born.
      The only whisper I ever heard was once when mother and father were arguing about the family that Benjamin [fathers youngest brother] was the son of George Batteram, Fruit Farmer and a near neighbour. I feel almost sure that Grandmother did not live with a man and that is the only one I think [Batterham] that you may be descended from.
      I found several names of Edgoose in our telephone directory. If you would like a list I will send it on.
      Yours sincerely
      Bertha J. Curtis"

      She died a few months later on 20 August 1967 aged 80.
      (GRO September Q 1967 Wisbech 4a 301)

      She was buried in West Walton cemetery in Norfolk. The monumental inscription reads:
      In Loving Memory Stanton J. Edgoose, Died 19th. March 1927,
      Aged 84 Years.
      Also of Margaret, His Wife, Died 2nd. August 1929, Aged 78

      Years. "At Rest"
      Also Jessie Alice Edgoose Who passed away 10th. Nov. 1956
      Aged 68 Years. At Rest.
      Also Bertha Janet Curtis, Who passed away 20th. Aug. 1967,
      Aged 80 Years. Brave, Unselfish, Loving


      NOTES & QUERIES:
      1) Was John Curtis her eldest son? Was he born in 1925?

      2) The birth of Peter CURTIS, mother's maiden name EDGOOSE, was registered in 1927. In a letter dated 28 March 1967 Bertha refers to him as her second son.
      (GRO June Q 1927 Yarmouth 4b 8)

      3) The birth of Frank CURTIS, mother's maiden name EDGOOSE, was registered in 1928.
      (GRO September Q 1928 Yarmouth 4b 7)


      (revised 03.08.2017)

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Edgo21.FTW (Reliability: 0).
      Date of Import: 28 Jan 2002