Annie Dorrington Walsh (nee Gittins)
Born Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland 1854.
Died 1892 Sheerness aged 37, cause unknown
The first time we find Annie Dorrington apart from her birth record in Leith, is click to view 1861 census when she is she is just 7, living in 195, Stephenson Street, Tynemouth. Her father is Charles Gittins down aged 33 and a master mariner born in Greenwich Kent. Mother Helen shows as aged 30, born in the Shetland Isles, a brother William is also shown aged 3.
On the (click to view census) 1871 census she is still living in Northumberland, 23, Nile Street, Tynemouth, this time with another brother, John aged 5 years and a sister, Margaret aged 7, however William is no longer shown.
For this census there appears to be a George Walker aged 76 living at the same address.
Later in the 1881 census click here to view the 1881 census we find Annie who married Maurice in 1874 is living with him in Winstanley road, Sheerness, also living with them is Annie’s sister Margaret B Gittins then aged 17 staying with her brother in law and sister.
Maurice and Annie already have their first son William, later to die during WW1 in Belgium.
Annie died quite young, only 37, of course she did have 8 children in 9 years 2 of which died as babies, see family tree.
In the 1891 census, click here to view the 1891 census a year before her death we see a servant, Susan Webb living in the house as a domestic. Our Aunty Joan, aged 93 in 2010, says she remembers her mother Annie Georgina Webb (nee Walsh) telling her then that her mother, Annie Dorrington, was ill for some time before she died and they had someone in to help with looking after the house, this is most likely Susan Webb, have no reason to believe at this point she was a relative to Annie’s eventual partner David Webb.
We know she was a fairly well respected member of the community, as can be judged by her obituary, note that there was a lot of representation from the Royal Naval barracks.
In 1911 we find Annies brother John Gittins living at 22, Woolaton Terrace , Kings Teignton, near Newton Abbot, Devon, click his name, which is underlined below to see more.
Also go to memorabelia, and look at rose window donation 1888.