Margaret Elizabeth Hanson
Research by Marjorie Gregson
Margaret Elizabeth Bousfield was born in Soulby, Westmorland in 1867 to James, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Mary, and was one of nine children. Margaret's date of birth varies according to different records, ie marriage certificate and censuses but her baptism is recorded in Warcop, Westmorland as 6 August 1865.
James left the 39 acre farm in 1869 and the family moved to Manchester.
In 1901, living in Prestwich with her widowed father, she and her sister, Agnes, were working as milliners. James died in 1905 and probate described him as 'a railway brakesman'.
In 1917, in Prestwich, she married Alfred Ebenezer Hanson, born in 1876 to Alfred, a joiner, and his wife, Margaret. He also came from a large family.
Alfred was a solicitor, at one time having offices at The Northern Assurance Buildings, Albert Square, Manchester.
By 1924 the Hansons were living at 34 St Thomas’ Road, St Annes on Sea. Agnes Bousfield was living at that address when she died in 1925 and probate was granted to her brother, Christopher Harker Bousfield, an overlooker, and Alfred Ebenezer Hanson.
1934 and 1939 records show Alfred and Margaret living at 7 St Thomas' Road.
Alfred died in 1950, at the age of 74 but Margaret lived until the age of 98, dying in 1963.