FISON, Alice Gertrude

1856 - 1940

Alice Gertrude Fison, was born at Park Cottage, Belstead Road, Ipswich on 1 September 1856, youngest child of Joseph Fison (6 April 1819-2 March 1878), corn miller, and his wife Anne, second daughter of William Ridley, who married at Felstead Independent Chapel, Essex on 15 June 1841. In 1861, 4 year old Alice was living at Park Cottage with her parents, 42 year old Joseph, born Stowmarket and 46 year old Anne, born Felstead, with seven siblings Joseph Lorimer 19, Anne 17 and James Oliver 15, all born at Stowmarket, Suffolk, Edward Herbert 14, Mary 12, Janet 8 and Charles Ernest 6, all born in Ipswich. Her father died at Ipswich on 2 March 1878, aged 58, and in 1881, Alice was living at Stoke House, Ipswich with her 66 year old widowed mother, and brothers James Oliver and Charles Ernest, who were both chemical manufacturers in the firm of Joseph Fison of Ipswich, and sisters Mary and Janet. She studied at the Ipswich School of Science and Art winning prizes in 1876 and was a member of the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1878, and exhibited three paintings in 1877 'Spring Flowers', 'Autumn Leaves' and one untitled. She married at St Mary Stoke Church, Ipswich on 26 February 1889, Guy Budd Courtney (27 November 1863-1943), a physician, and in 1891, 34 year old Alice was living at 47 Seymour Street, Marylebone, London with her 27 year old husband. In 1911, they were living at Winton Croft, Binfield, Berkshire with their 19 year old only son Joseph, a medical student. In 1939, she was living at Trinity House, Barbican Road, Barnstable, Devon with her husband and two servants, and where she died on 2 July 1940, aged 83, her husband followed on 30 December 1943, aged 80.