LEE, Emma Jane

1853 - ?

As Emma Jane Andrews, she was born at Bury St Edmund's, Suffolk on 27 November 1853, eldest daughter of Alfred Andrews (1833-1906), builder & carpenter, and his wife Emma Jane Barker née Roach (1826-1881), who married at Bury St Edmund's in 1853. Emma married at St James's Church, Bury St Edmund's on 11 March 1880, Mayday Lee (born 1856), a chief mate on passenger steamers of the Great Eastern Railway, and in 1881 they were living with her parents, 47 year old Alfred, now licensee of the Bell Hotel, and 54 year old Emma, at 48 St John's Street, Bury St Edmund's, Emma a 27 year old artist with her 24 year old husband Mayday Lee, a chief mate, with Emma's siblings including Mary Jane Andrews [q.v.]. Emma exhibited at the Bury & Suffolk Fine Art Society in 1881, several pictures including a self-portrait and as Mrs Mayday Lee in August 1886 exhibited 'Alpine Scene', 'On the Lea at Tottenham', 'A Farm in Devonshire', 'Broadwater Farm' and 'An Old House in Bedfordshire'. In 1887 Emma gave a piano recital with the Tottenham Philharmonic Orchestra at Edmonton, London. In 1891 Emma was a 37 year old teacher of painting, living at 3 Greenfield Terrace, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire with her three children, Mabel Ellen 10 and Bessie Ada Louise 9, both born at Bury St Edmund's and Mary Agnes Lillian 1, who died at 3 Greenfield Terrace, Llanelli on 14 August 1891 aged 10 month. In 1894 Mayday Lee, then a ship's captain, was still living in Llanelly. In 1901, Emma and her sister Mabel, sailed from Plymouth on the 'Ormuz' for Gibraltar, where Emma's husband took a position as nautical surveyor shipmaster pilot, probably with the Gibraltar Port Authority. Emma and Mayday had a daughter, Bessie Ada Louise, who married Ernest J Dempster, consular agent, who lived in Tangier. Emma and Mayday were still living in Gibraltar in the 1920s and may have died in Gibraltar.