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Bertie George Hallett

(1895 - ????)

Bertie George was born in Bridgwater, Somerset to parents John & Annie Hallett (nee Dowden). His baptism is recorded in the parish registers of St John Baptist, Bridgwater on 26 June 1895, when the family were living at 8 Wellington Place, Bridgwater. Bertie was one of the younger children, eventually having eight or nine brothers and sisters.

The baptism entry has 'MC' recorded against it, suggesting that it took place at the mission chapel.

The family moved sometime before October 1898 and were living at 82 St John Street.

The year 1900 was to change the fortunes of Bertie's parents. The brother of his grandfather had emigrated to America in the 1850's, setting up home in Toledo, Ohio. He accumulated substantial sums of money and owned a number of properties.

'Toledo John' died on 13 November 1899, and after making a number of specific provisions to friends, he bequeathed the balance of his estate to his sister and nieces and nephews including Bertie's father.

The 1901 census places Bertie, his parents and seven of her brothers and sisters at Cruffs Cottage, Liberty Place, St John Street, Bridgwater. Bertie was recorded as five years old. His father is clearly in receipt of the Toledo money as he is shown as 'living on own means'.

Further information about Bertie will be added at a later date.