Introduction and Genealogy

Bessie Taylor

Bessie Taylor

Bessie Gaul (nee Taylor) was my first cousin, twice removed, as shown in the table below. She was born on 10th September, 1881. Her parents were William Taylor and Mary Julia Ransom. Mary Julia was the sister of my great grandfather Horace Ransom.

On 6th January, 1910, Bessie married the reverend Charles Ernest Gaul at Chevening, a small village north west of Sevenoaks, Kent. She was then 28 years old, and he was 43.

The 1911 Census finds her living at 61 Higher Ardwick, Manchester (sadly now demolished and part of a factory estate!), with her husband Charles (born in Doncaster, Yorkshire) and one domestic servant, Beatrice Mary Garrod age 24, from Bildeston, Suffolk. Bessie was distantly related to the Garrod family (her grandmother’s uncle was a Garrod) but I think that is just coincidental.

Charles Gaul's signature on the 1911 Census return

Charles Gaul’s signature on the 1911 Census return

 In 1913, Bessie and Charles had their only child, Ursula, born 10th April, died October 1986.

Bessie died in 1977 at the age of 96.

On this website I aim to show everything that I have managed to find out about her life and career, together with links to some of the songs and poems that she performed.

With grateful thanks to my cousin Stuart without whose research this blog would not have been possible. The table below shows our connection to Bessie Taylor as first cousins, twice removed.


This is the reverse side of a Window & Grove ‘carte de visite’ (CDV) photograph, although not the reverse of Bessie Taylor’s photo because I do not have the original.

The photograph of Bessie Taylor was taken by Window & Grove, photographers at 63A Baker Street, London, who are known to have taken a series of 30 photos of Ellen Terry.




One comment on “Introduction and Genealogy
  1. John E Favill says:

    I wrote a reply to David Ranson’s post onrootsweb which was rejected because I am considered not a member. A change of email address is the cause I think.
    I suggest you search the ERA Newspaper Archives. I found the following in the short search I made.

    On Saturday February 17. 1906 the following appeared
    At the Stienway Hall.On Wednesday night, in the presence of largo audience, Miss Ransom Taylor gave most successful dramatic
    Recital. Miss Taylor proved most able reciter, bringing to her task clear ommuciation with good…

    I have copied this as it appeared but could not find any addition after the word good.

    I found other short reports but as Miss Taylor with no indication that it was Miss Ransom Taylor.

    I hope this info is of use.

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