Caroline (Carrie) Hardy
- Born: 1915 5
- Marriage: William Davey
Other names for Caroline were Carrie and Dumps.
Caroline, Carrie or Dumps -brought up by Grandmother in Poole.
CONVERSATION WITH CAROLINE DAVEY(AUNT CARRIE)0N A VISIT 30.08.85
Ann Hardy nee Palmer had a sister Alice and a brother Jim Carrie and sister Ivy lived with Aunt Alice in Portland, she was very strict and religious.
Carrie came to Portland when she was 16 after living with Charlotte in Portsmouth helping to look after the children of Charlotte and Henry Hardy.
She said Charlotte wasn't very good but I didn't know what she meant and I couldn't ask because Dad was there and she whispered it.
Carrie's mother died in childbirth in Netley. Henry Hardy was working with horses. It sounded like an estate as Carrie was named after the dead daughter of a Lady .........? in return for which she paid all the funeral expenses for Carrie's mother . Lady....? couldn't have any more children.
Sister Dolly died of tuberculosis soon after the mother.(James Palmer and Caroline King were the witnesses on Henry Hardy's and Fanny Munday's Marriage certificate and could have been Ann Palmers brother and Lady Caroline ???) Ann Hardy looked aft er the children for a short while after their mothers death. Husband George Samuel Summers Hardy was already dead at this time and she was living with or married to "Art Dufour" and lived at Old Orchard in Poole. (Old Orchard has since been demoli shed and an office block is erected on the site). Carrie remembered visiting her and bringing back salt fish.
(this must have been after she came to live in Portsmouth).
Looking back on her childhoodshe remembered Jack and Rosie going to Canada.
She said Charlotte had to put them in Dr Barnados when her first husband was drowned and when Charlotte tried to get them back she wasn't permitted. She said life was hard in Barnados and when the children were 14 they were sent to Canada to work . All the family went to the station to see them off.
Carrie was looking after Charlottes new baby Sydney while Charlotte went to get some meat. Carrie was then aged 11. She reached over to the mantlepiece to get a pencil for the rest of the children and the baby's nightie caught fire and the baby wa s badly burned. She rolled him in a rug to put out the flames but he died a week later. She was questioned by the police several times and had to go to court. Elsie her half sister who was aged 7 had to go to court to answer questions about it. Ha rry( my dad)was also present.
She said her dad knew a lot about horses and they lived in Netley when her mother was alive.
Carrie said Charlotte had 22 children altogether. She remembered her father making a coffin each time a baby died and taking it to Staplefords. Sydney had a white one.
She remembered having arguments with Gert and getting blamed for everything.
Gert was a great one for the boys and used to blackmail Carrie. They used to have cockles and winkles for Sunday tea. Carrie didn't like cockles and Gert didn't like winkles. They weren't allowed to leave anything so Carrie and Gert used to swap . This was one of the things Gert used to blackmail her with.
The conversation I had with Carrie was very disjointed and she kept jumping from one thing to another but this was written more or less in the order she told it.
It's interesting that Carrie, Dad and my Mum all said that John Stubbington drowned but his death certificate had a form of pneumonia as the cause of death and that Charlotte was present at the death. It could be that he almost drowned and died la ter. It's unlikely that Charlotte would have been at work with him
BK No 158
Caroline married William Davey. (William Davey was born in 1915 5.)