Nelly      GURNSEY

Nelly GURNSEY

Female 1912 - 1991  (79 years)Deceased

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  • Name Nelly GURNSEY  [1
    Born 30 May 1912  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Occupation 22 Jun 1927 - 17 Feb 1928  Cantuar, Temple Ewell. Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Working in Service for the Mowll family.  
    Occupation 7 May 1928 - 1 Oct 1929  11 Victoria Park, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Working in Service for the Cox family 
    Occupation 3 Oct 1929 - 3 Nov 1932  Taymouth, Harold Street, Dover. Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Working in Service for the Bradley family. 
    Occupation 9 Jan 1933 - 27 May 1935  3 Camden Crescent, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Working in Service for the Hogben family 
    1939 Register 29 Sep 1939  Willer's Lea Nursery Lane , Dover R.D., Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties 
    Age: 27 
    Residence 30 May.1935 - May 1948  Walderslea, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence May 1948 - July 1991  6 Forge Lane, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 29 Jul 1991 - 29 Dec 1991  32 Manley House, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 29 Dec 1991  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Person ID I518  WILLIS01
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2016 

    Father Ancestors George Archibald GURNSEY,   b. 7 May 1884, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1973  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Amy Florence HUGGINS,   b. 14 Mar 1884, Chatham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1978, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 24 Apr 1909  Wesleyan Chapel, Farnborough, Hampshire. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 4 children 
    Family ID F122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse / Partner Ancestors Alfred George HOPPER,   b. 2 Aug 1910, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1991, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 30 May 1935  Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • From "My Family and I" by Frederick Gurnsey:

      'Alf and Nelly were married at about 8.30am on 30th May 1935 at Salem Baptist Chapel, Dover. This early time was chosen so that their friends working in shops could attend. They walked to the chapel, there were no wedding cars and no reception afterwards, and their honeymoon consisted of a day spent at Ramsgate, travelling there by bus.' [3]
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. John Alfred HOPPER,   b. 15 Mar 1940, Dover, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 2011, Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Working in Service for the Mowll family. - 22 Jun 1927 - 17 Feb 1928 - Cantuar, Temple Ewell. Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Working in Service for the Cox family - 7 May 1928 - 1 Oct 1929 - 11 Victoria Park, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Working in Service for the Bradley family. - 3 Oct 1929 - 3 Nov 1932 - Taymouth, Harold Street, Dover. Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Working in Service for the Hogben family - 9 Jan 1933 - 27 May 1935 - 3 Camden Crescent, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1939 Register - Occupation: Unpaid Domestic Duties - 29 Sep 1939 - Willer's Lea Nursery Lane , Dover R.D., Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 30 May.1935 - May 1948 - Walderslea, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - May 1948 - July 1991 - 6 Forge Lane, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Jul 1991 - 29 Dec 1991 - 32 Manley House, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Recordings
    'Memoriam' for piano, by Paul Willis
    'Memoriam' for piano, by Paul Willis
    A short piano piece written by me in 1991 and dedicated to the memory of my grandparents, Alfred and Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey), both of whom died in 1991. The piece was played at Nelly's funeral in January 1992.
    [The recording was made by Becky Waters, a friend of mine from the USA who as well as being a professional musician, teaches composition and Theory courses at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AND is a Certified Hypnotist, Professional Breathworker, writer and speaker.]
    'Grandad & Nelly' by Sue & James Daley
    'Grandad & Nelly' by Sue & James Daley
    Taken from their folk album 'The Ballad of Harry White', this track has music by James Daley and lyrics written by wife Sue Daley to celebrate the memory of her (and my) grandparents, Alf and Nelly Hopper. Sue writes, "I knew he had got it when one day James played the progression that he had been working on for ‘Grandad and Nellie’ it so vividly recreated my Grandad's gentleness and the joy we often saw in his gaze that I promptly burst into tears."
    'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
    'The Hoppers at Home' - amateur recording
    In about 1967 my dad bought a cassette recorded and used it to record everyday family life. One day my mum, then aged 21, took the opportunity to record a conversation with her parents and grandparents for posterity. In this recording are: Brenda (21), Alf Hopper (57), Nelly Hopper nee Gurnsey (55), George & Amy Gurnsey (nee Huggins) both 83.

    Histories
    George and Amy GURNSEY - 'Devoted to each other until the end'
    George and Amy GURNSEY – ‘Devoted to each other until the end’
    George and Amy - my Great Grandparents - were both born in 1884 into a world that is so different from today that it is difficult for us to imagine. Married in 1909 they lived well into old age, and were devoted to each other until the end.

    Photos
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1965
    George & Amy Gurnsey, c1965
    Nelly, Fred and Amy Gurnsey, c1922
    Nelly, Fred and Amy Gurnsey, c1922
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) in later life, c1985
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) in later life, c1985
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) in later life, c1985
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) in later life, c1985
    Outside Temple Ewell chapel, ready to clean!
    6 Forge Lane, Whitfield (rear)
    6 Forge Lane, Whitfield (rear)
    6 Forge Lane, Whitfield (front)
    6 Forge Lane, Whitfield (front)
    Alf & Nelly's home from 1948.
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) with grandson, Paul Willis 1969
    Nelly Hopper (nee Gurnsey) with grandson, Paul Willis 1969
    Nelly Gurnsey
    Nelly Gurnsey

    1939 Register
    The 1939 Register - HOPPER Alf & Nelly (nee Gurnsey)
    The 1939 Register - HOPPER Alf & Nelly (nee Gurnsey)
    Living at Willer's Lea Nursery Lane, Dover, Kent, England

    Portraits
    GURNSEY, Nelly
    GURNSEY, Nelly

  • Notes 
    • From 'My Family and I' by Frederick Gurnsey:

      'Nelly and her parents and siblings lived in Clarendon Place, Dover, which was in the catchment area of Christ Church School, a Church of England school at the top of the first steep part of Military Hill at the opposite side of the road to the church (which is no longer there).

      Durham Hill was also in this catchment area and this was a bad slum occupied by many poor people. When Nelly was 11 years old she wanted to sit for a scholarship to the Girls' County Grammar School but her headmaster, Mr Taylor, told her that although she would pass the written examination she would not get through the interview because she was too nervous and shy, and in any case, no child had ever been accepted into the Grammar School from Christ Church School.' [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12] FreeBMD - Birth Index: 1837-1983, http://www.freebmd.org.uk .
      Name: Nelly HopperBirth Date: 30 May 1912Birth Place: Death Date: Dec 1991Death Place: Kent
      http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=onsdeath93&h=9078649&ti=5538&indiv=try

    2. [S303] 1939 Register, Ref: RG101/1814E/024/42 Letter Code:.

    3. [S187] >GURNSEY, Frederick.