Thanks for getting in touch :-)
A couple of questions spring immediately to mind :
1. Can you confirm that the Annie M. Hellaby, a 'visitor' during the 1881 census, was an elder sister - or some other relation ? Do you know what the M stood for ?
2. Mary's mother being a Robertson is very interesting: Alfred was involved in a company called "Beare, Gosnell & Co.". I have picked up a couple of their bottles on eBay over the years:
BG&Co seem to have been a wholesale Tea and Coffee dealer and to have involved Alfred with a number of partners over the years, including Charles Alfred Fry - BG&Co later became "Fry, Gosnell & Co." and a John Menzies Robertson.
The Gosnells were a successful merchant family at the time, being behind "John Gosnell & Co" a large Perfumer of the period.
I've traced Charles Alfred Fry to the family behind Fry's chocolate,another successful Victorian merchant:
CAF's father was Richard Fry, partner in the firm and his grandfather was the famous J[oseph] S[torrs] Fry,
I was wondering if, perhaps, you knew of any connection between your Robertsons and the famous jam manufacturer :
and whether you could confirm my conjecture that Mary's mother and Alfred's business partner were related - maybe brother and sister or father and daughter ?
It would be a nice coincidence if offshoots of these three families were all in business together.
That's all for now.
Thanks again for replying to my post - looking forward to hearing from you,
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