RAY, Eva Lindley

1861 - 1941

Eva Lindley Ray was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 21 January 1861 and baptised at St John's Lowestoft on 24 May 1861, eldest of the four children of Dr James Ray (1831-4 July 1903), M.R.C.S. and his wife Hannah Catherine (Kate) née Nicholson (1831-25 July 1864), widow of Captain Nicholson, fifth daughter of Charles Lindley of Westfield House, who married at St John's Church, Mansfield, Nottingham on 18 April 1860, Eva was a sister to Emily Ray. In 1881, Eva was a 20-year-old, living at 55 High Street, Lowestoft with her 50-year-old widowed father, his 52-year-old wife's sister Emily Lindley, and siblings James Frederick (1862-1936) and Emily Caroline Phyllis 17. Eva exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from 55 High Street, Lowestoft in 1883, lot 641 'Rhododendron'. She married at St George's Hanover Square, London on 26 August 1887, 29-year-old Dr Allan Heslop Jackson (12 October 1858-15 July 1912), a general practitioner, and in 1891 they were living at High Street, Lowestoft with three children, Lancelot 2, Hamilton 1 and newly born Gladys, all born in Lowestoft. Her husband, who was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on 12 August 1858 died at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on 15 July 1912 but in 1911 Eva was head of the family and a 50-year-old employer at a laundry, living at 41 Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk with two of her five children, 20-year-old Alice, born at Lowestoft and 15-year-old Allan Ray, born at Oulton, Suffolk, with her 83-year-old aunt Emily Lindley, a spinster, and retained two indoor servants. Their son, 2nd Lt Hamilton Ray Jackson was killed in action in Belgium on 26 July 1917, aged 27. In 1921 Eva was still of Thatched House, 41 Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk with her 30-year-old daughter Gladys and was still living there in 1939. Eva Lindley Jackson was of 41 Blyburgate, Beccles when she died at 131 Newmarket Road, Norwich on 16 July 1941, aged 80.