MOBERLY, Sarah Jane

1855 - 1899

As Sarah Jane Ransome, she was born at Ipswich in 1855, only child of Robert Charles Ransome (1830-1886) and his first wife Sarah Jane née Baker (1830-1856), who married at Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland in 1854. In 1861, a five year old, living at 14 Fonnereau Road, Ipswich with two cousins, her mother had died and father absent, but Robert married secondly at Brixton, Surrey on 10 December 1864, Elizabeth Gibb and had further issue. Sarah was educated at Hill House School, Sprites Lane, Belstead, near Ipswich and in 1879 she married at Richmond Surrey, George Ernest Moberly (1846-1905), an agricultural engineer, from Whitby, Yorkshire and they had two sons, one died in infancy. In 1891, a 35 year old living at 'Cottesmore', Tuddenham Road, Ipswich with her 45 year old husband George and kept three indoor servants. As Miss S. J. Ransome a member of the Ipswich Art Club in 1878 and exhibited 'Wild Flowers' and as Mrs G. E. Moberly, a member of the Club 1894-1898 exhibited from Cottesmore, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich in 1896, two watercolours 'Autumn' and 'Scarborough Harbour' and two in 1898 'Evening' and 'Pin Mill, On the Hard'. She died at Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire in 1899, aged 44 and buried in Ipswich Cemetery. Her husband was still living in Tuddenham Road, Ipswich in 1901 where he died on 8 August 1905 and buried beside his wife. There is another Sarah Jane Ransome (1834-1929) who married John Eliot Hookham in 1854, and was the daughter of Robert (1795-1864) & Jane Ransome of Ipswich with whom our artist Sarah Jane is often conflated.