HOWARD, Frances Annabel

1873 - 1957

Frances Annabel Howard was born at Acton Village, Acton, Nantwich, Cheshire in 1873 and baptised on 10 July 1873, second daughter of Thomas Howard (1833-30 June 1911) of Brookfield House, Nantwich, and his wife Frances [Fanny] Ellen Eyton (1833-1908), youngest daughter of the late John Eyton, who married at the Parish Church Nantwich, Cheshire on 13 February 1868, Fanny died at Ipswich but was buried at Wybunbury, Cheshire on 5 June 1908. In 1881 the Howard's were still living at Acton, Nantwich but by 1891, Frances was a 17-year-old, living at South Bank, Spring Road, Ipswich with her parents, 58-year-old Thomas, living on own means, and his wife Frances 58, and sibling sister Mary Ethel 21, and they retained 2 indoor servants. She studied at the Ipswich School of Art and as Miss Frances Howard, won 1st Prize in the Decorative Painting class and 3rd Prize at their 'Painting Heads from Life' exhibition in February 1900, the first prize was won by Sylvia Packard and was still attending the classes in 1893. Frances was the beneficiary of her father's 53,000 will when he died at Barncroft, St Mary Stoke, Ipswich in 1911. Frances Annabel Howard, single woman, died at Imber, Sylvan Road, Pennsylvania Park, Exeter, on 30 May 1957. Frances had married in June 1925 John Shaw but had changed her name back to Shaw by deed poll in 1927 and obtained a divorce 'for cruelty' in 1938.