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Mabel Sarah Hallett

(1889 - ????)

Mabel Sarah was born to John and Annie Hallett (nee Dowden). Her baptism is included in the parish records of St John's Bridgwater on 5 June 1889. The record is marked as 'All Saints', suggesting that the baptism took place at All Saints Chapel. At the time of the baptism the family were living at Wellington Place, Bridgwater, believed to be number 26 or 32.

Mabel was the fifth or sixth child of John and Annie Hallett. Joining an already large family she eventually had eight or nine brothers and sisters.

The 1891 census places Mabel with her parents and four siblings at 32 Wellington Place Bridgwater. She was recorded as one year old and her father was working as a labourer at the local gas works. The baptism of Bessie Beatrice in August 1891 suggests that the family had moved to 24 Wellington Road.

By 1896, the family had moved to 8 Wellington place. A further moved occurred and in October 1898 they were living at 82 St John Street.

The year 1900 was to change the fortunes of Mabel's parents. The brother of her 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 Mabel's father.

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

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