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.
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 Ransom without whose early research this blog would not have been possible.
The table below, generated by Ancestry.co.uk, shows how I am related to Bessie Taylor.