WOODROFFE, Gertrude Susannah

1868 - 1938

Gertrude Susannah Woodroffe, was born at Beccles, Suffolk on 23 November 1868 and baptised on 7 May 1871, daughter of Thomas Augustus Woodroffe (1836-1919), a builder & contractor, and his wife Margaret Ann née Reeve (1845-1890), who married Beccles in 1864. A Miss Woodroffe of Northgate Street, Beccles was a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1893-1897 but does not seem to have exhibited. In 1891, Thomas Woodroffe was a widower, living at Northgate Street, Beccles with five of his children, Eliza Maria 26, Gertrude 22, Thomas William, 17, Mabel Reeve 11, and Grace Katharine 10, all Beccles born. Gertrude's sister Eliza Maria, married in 1891, Charles Henry Shipston and sister Gertrude Susannah was unmarried in 1901 when residing with her 33 year old cousin, Walter Reeve Shipston (1868-1933), a clerk, at Drybridge Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk whom she married later that year. In 1911, the two sisters, now both Shipston, were living at Market Hill, Woodbridge with their 75 year old father Thomas. Gertrude died at 35 Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich on 10 March 1938, aged 69.