1883 - 1976

Joan Abbay

As Janet Norman Abbay, but known as Joan, she was born at Earl Soham Rectory, near Framlingham, Suffolk on 27 February 1883, eldest daughter of Revd Canon Richard Abbay (11 February 1844-4 July 1927), an astronomer, author and rector of Earl Soham 1880-1912, and his wife Janet née Norman (1859-11 December 1924), who married at Mistley Church, Essex on 14 September 1880. In 1901, Joan was living at Earl Soham Rectory with her parents, 57-year-old Richard and 42-year-old Janet and three of their six children, young Janet 18, Christobel Norman 16 and Ruth Anne Norman 10. As Joan Abbay, a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club 1903-1908 and exhibited from Earl Soham Rectory in 1903 six watercolours 'Portrait of Miss E. Butt', 'Landscape near Dedham', 'Portrait of W. Harvey' and three illustrated 'Proverbs' and in 1906 exhibited four portraits 'W. Harsant', 'An Old Lady', Miss M. Shee' and a 'Portrait' and some local illustrations, all watercolours. In April 1911, she was living at the boarding house of Annie Fogg at Homesea, Undercliff Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk. She married at Earl Soham Church on 28 January 1914, Herbert Hudson (16 May 1871-15 July 1952), of Acton Castle, Perranuthnoe, Marazion, Cornwall, who was the author of 'Lodequest: A Ballad of the Grail' (Ipswich 1927) for which his wife Joan produced the illustrated cover also contributing, anonymously, one of the poems. In 1939, they were living at Great Ruffins, Beacon Hill, Wickhams Bishop, Essex and Janet Norman Hudson died at Wickhams Bishop on 17 April 1976.

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