FRANCIS, Miss Georgiana Mary

1865 - 1953

Born at Colchester, Essex on 13 July 1865, second daughter of Abraham Kershaw Francis (1830-1902), a corn merchant, who was born at Ipswich, and his wife Margaret Anne née George (1829-1916), who married in Lancashire in 1854. In 1891 a 25 year old living at Crouch Street, Colchester with her parents, 61 year old Abraham and 62 year old Margaret, and her elder sister, 32 year old Margaret Elizabeth (1859-1926), who died unmarried, and 23 year old James. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1889-1890 from Crouch Street, but does not seem to have exhibited. She married at Colchester in 1896, Maurice Mayhew Bear (2 August 1871-1958), a 24 year old mechanical engineer with Davey, Paxman of Colchester. In 1900 he husband accepted a position as general manager with Holden & Brooke of Manchester and in 1901 they were living at Canal Road, Congleton, Cheshire. In 1910 Maurice opened a branch of the company in Calcutta and on 15 October 1910, Georgiana and her husband set sail for Bombay, India on the Kaisar I Hind. They returned to England in 1922 and after retirement Maurice and his wife Georgiana were supporters of a Social Club in London. In 1939 they were living at Bishearne Gardens, Liss, Hampshire and she died at Wincanton, Somerset in 1953, aged 88.