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The mystery of Temperance Warmington

One mystery that needs some understanding is the death of Alfred Simms' first wife Temperance Warmington (1852-1900). It is very important to add here that Temperance was in fact Alfred's COUSIN (and 12 years older than him). This was something that, when i first came across it, really confused me. I kept see the same names in both trees and thought i was getting all muddled up. I wasn't.

Anway her death appears to have been the catalyst for Alfred Simms to suddenly leave Brailes and go to Surrey where he met and married my great-grandmother Isabella Jane Southon (m. 1905). Is there more to this story than a "simple" death? There were connections to London, somewhere along the way, with Temperance being noted as a visitor there in the 1881 census. The wheelwright who she visited was clearly a relation though i do not yet have him in my tree. Her occupation was given as "cook domestic".

Visitor in 1881 in London


In 1890, aged 31, she married Alfred Simms and in the 1891 census was shown to be his wife too. Obviously she does not appear in the 1901 census and those ten years in between are a real mystery. No children are mentioned in the 1891 census.

1891 census
Questions... (answered as i go)

Where was she in 1871?

One thing is for sure. She is not on the census with her parents and siblings. Like her also, in 1901, i struggle to find Alfred Simms too.

Why did she and Alfred apparently have no children?
What did she die of in her mid 40's?

From what i can tell, i am going to need to procure a death certificate to shed light on this one.

Why did Alfred leave and travel so far south?
Who was the Henry Warmington mentioned in 1881?

Figured this out after a quick search on his names and then connecting him as a branch i hadn't yet fleshed in. I now have - he was her cousin, the son of her uncle John.

Relationship between Temperance and Henry James

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