Bateman Ancestors

Anne Matilda Bateman

Matilda and her husband Joseph Jeffs adopted George, the son of Mary Bateman, and raised him as George Henry Jeffs.  Many records list her name as Matilda Ann, but the only records that include Ann in her name place it at the beginning, such as the christening record below.
Mary Bateman  Mary Bateman

Mary is George Henry Jeffs' biological mother. The family stories give two versions of who Mary is. One says she was Matilda Bateman's sister and the other says she was her cousin. The evidence doesn't support her being Matilda's sister Mary Ann. Her age is not quite right and Mary Ann never went by just the name Mary in any of the records. All of the evidence points to Mary the daugher of Caroline Batemen.

The photo above has been passed down through the family as Mary Bateman, George's mother. Mary died in 1871 just before her 32nd birthday, which would place the photo in the late 1860s or early 1870s. A careful examination of clothing and hair styles of 1860s England shows that this photo is consistent with that time and place. Mary was said to have been a handmaiden to the Queen (which would have been Queen Victoria) and this would have placed her in a situation where photography was available and she could afford to have a photo taken. Camille Silvy, a favorite of Prince Albert, took hundreds of thousands of photos during this time, including nearly all members of the Royal Family and "servants". From all these details, the family story seems to fit well with the clues that the photo provides.

Mary was raised by her grandparents James and Mary Ann Bateman and appears with them in the 1841 and 1851 censuses.  She seems to have used the surname Bateman until sometime after George was born, at which time she switched to her mother's surname Fox.  The 1871 census shows her living in the parish of Marylebone in London being cared for by her sister (or half-sister) Jemima Fox.  The census lists her as a "Sick Patient" and she dies just a week later in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire of phthisis (usually this was tuberculosis).

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