Name: Lydia Ida RANZE
Birth: 23 NOV 1855 in Belgaum, India.
Death: 14 JUL 1913 in Paddington Infirmary, London, England of Cerebral softening & syncope
Census: 1861 Age 5, living with Aunt, Mary Ann Grimwood in Tuddenham age 5.
Christening: 10 AUG 1862 St. Mary, Tuddenham, Suffolk
Death ref: 1913 Age 50, cert. # DXZ 436015 (Age was really 58)
Dwelling 1913 10, Westbourne Park Crescent, Paddington
Lydia was born in Belgaum, India and returned with her father Lewis to Tuddenham, Cambs. in July 1856. She was baptized in Tuddenham, Cambs, August 10, 1862, while living with her aunt Mary Ann Grimwood (Ranns).
Her daughter Bertha born May 12, 1878 was illegitimate and the birth certificate shows Lydia as a domestic servant from Tuddenham, Cambs. The birth was registered in Mildenhall, Suffolk. Her son Edward Bruce also illegitimate was born 2:30 a.m. on December 5, 1882, in the Union Workhouse, Epsom, Surrey. On the birth certificate she was shown as a domestic servant. She was discharged from the Workhouse on March 23, 1883 when her age was recorded as 28.
On December 7, 1887 she married Edward John Hobbs at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Her address at the time is shown as 1 Crown Court, Southgate, St. Bury St. Edmunds and her age as 30. She accompanied her husband to Malta and then to Ceylon where she had a daughter Olive Flora Helen. Both Bertha & Bruce remained in England with the Grimwoods during this time. Bertha always thought that the Grimwoods were her grand parents. Upon her return from Ceylon, Bertha & Bruce joined the family, now living in Paddington, London. After her death in 1913, her son Francis Walter James (my father), went to live with his sister Bertha now married to Walter Wallis. He stayed with them until joining the army in WW1 in 1915.
Edward John HOBBS b: 22 APR 1857 in Shortlands, Hammersmith, London. c: 26 JUL 1857 in Stetchworth, Cambs. Birth Cert # BXA 426922
7 DEC 1887
in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England
- Francis Walter James HOBBS b: 4 MAR 1898 in St. Mary, Paddington, London, England