Ann George and the Bishop of Lincoln

My researcher friends H & W have delved deeper into George family history and come up with this gem. Ann George born 1849 at Chitterne, daughter of John George and Catherine Dewey, was a cook. In 1891 H & W found her cooking at Lichfield, Staffordshire for the Reverend William Shuckburgh Swayne and his wife Emma Louise. The Reverend was the son of the Reverend William John Swayne, vicar of Chitterne 1874 to 1883, so that explains the Chitterne connection.

The Right Reverend William Shuckburgh Swayne, Bishop of Lincoln
The Right Reverend William Shuckburgh Swayne, Bishop of Lincoln

William Shuckburgh Swayne would in 1919 become a Right Reverend, the Bishop of Lincoln, a post he held until1932. But back in 1891 in Lichfield he and his wife had a 9 month old son, John George des Reaux Swayne who was also destined for great things. He would go on to be Major General Sir John George des Reaux Swayne of the British army, whose portrait resides in the National Portrait Gallery. And who did H & W find was the nursemaid to this baby? Why, none other than another member of the George family. Bessie Jane George, born in Chitterne in 1873 and daughter of Ann the cook!

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Ann George and the Bishop of Lincoln

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