Birth registered on August 17, 1865
Marriage Date much be confimed -was it the 10th or 11th?
Witnesses: James Beer, Berthia Beer
Mary Ann's father, Edmund, was to die at age 44 leaving his wife Elizabeth with five children. It is unclear what happened next, Edmunds wife Elizabeth may have been unwell or unable to cope on her own with five children. Mary Ann's two brothers were sent to the Royal Hibernian School in Ireland, a school for the orphans of Military Personel.
Where the Mary Ann, older sister Lizzie (Elizabeth Charlotte) and youger sister Bridget Sophia went to live is unclear. One account has them being placed in a Convent. Another account has them being raised by their Aunt Charlotte (Charlotte Sophia Rebecca Arnsby Miles).
Perhaps the truth is somewhere in between; on the 1881 British Census, we find Charlotte, a Widow, living at 157 Lynton Road, Bermondsey, England with two of her nieces, Elizabeth Charlotte and Mary Ann. No trace of Bridget Sophia was found on the 1881 Census.
We have a date of death for Mary Ann's mother Elizabeth as circa 1890 at the age of 52. No record of Elizabeth was found on the 1881 Census.