GAAS - part II

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Posted by Jock on January 12, 2006 at 09:59:09 from user Jock.

In Reply to: Re: GAAS (Great Aunt Appreciation Society) posted by John Nichols on January 12, 2006 at 01:41:41:

only child of George Turner, a wealthy indutrialist and Maria Cavendish-Bentinck

she had one brother, Thomas

Maria Turner had a step-brother Thomas. After the death of Maria C-B, George married again. This time he married Margaret the daughter of a Coniston copper mine owner. (Perhaps his foray in the ranks of the aristocracy had not been a great success?). Maria Turner felt that her father had 'let the family down', although arguably he was marrying into his own class. MT was very conscious of her own social superiority and the relationships with her step brother Thomas were always strained. On Thomas's death (see previous post) MT gained control the family trust that set up by her father to provide for his family.

Maria had as little to do with her step brother as possible. However, on his death of she became the legal guardian of his two children James and Molly. Maria struggled hard to undo (as she saw it) the bad influence of Thomas with the result that James and Molly had a difficult childhood. Both 'rebelled' against MT's authority as soon as they came of age, James travelling around the world to seek his fortune as a miner and Molly by marrying Bob Blackett the son of a local farmer.

However, on Captain Bob Blackett's death in WW II there was a reconcilliation. MT arranged for James and Molly to have the use of 'Beckfoot' which had formerly served as the Turner family 'holiday home' on the shore of ... (my notes are smudged here, but it could be 'Lake Windermere'). Having no children of her own MT doted on Molly's children Ruth and Margaret from whose happy recollections of their Great Aunt's visits to 'Beckfoot' these notes were compiled.

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