LING, Bessie Agnes

1857 - 1946

Bessie Agnes Ling, was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 20 December 1857, daughter of John Watson Ling and his wife Martha Finall née Guild, who married at Kessingland, Suffolk in 1849. Bessie exhibited two paintings, both entitled ‘Study of Fruit’ (265 and 293), at Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1881 from 35 High Street, Lowestoft where her parents, 55 year old John, a plumber employing 15 persons, and 56 year old Martha, were living, when 23 year old Bessie was living at 23 Western Road, Bedford, the home of her uncle, William J. Hogg, a confectionery commercial traveller, and his family. Bessie married at Gorleston, Suffolk on 10 July 1887, William Palmer and in 1891, was living at 144 King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with her 44 year old husband, William, born Rugby, Warwickshire, an ironmonger & gas fitter, with three indoor servants, but her husband died 12 April in that year. Bessie married again at Holborn, London on 16 February 1899, John William Cockrill (3 June 1849-2 June 1924), widower of Deborah née Shanks, and in 1901 Bessie was a 42 year old living at 12 Euston Road, Great Yarmouth with her 51 year old husband John, born Gorleston, surveyor to the town council, her 22 year old daughter Grace Palmer, and two Cockrill step-children, they retained three indoor servants. Her husband died at 12 Euston Road, Great Yarmouth in 1924 and in 1939 Bessie, a widow on private means, still living at 12 Euston Road, Great Yarmouth with two servants. She was of the same address when she died at Great Yarmouth General Hospital on 23 April 1946, aged 88.