TA'BOIS, Jessie Flora

1868 - 1950

Dorothy Elsa Forbes Hope (1887-1949) Mayor of Southwold

As Jessie Flora Charles, she was born at Shoreditch, London on 28 July 1868, daughter of John Charles, a master watchmaker, and his wife Mary Ann née Ridewood, who married at Chelsea in 1866. In 1871, a 1 year old living at 2 Grove Place, St Pancras, London with her parents, 26 year old Charles and 28 year old Mary Ann, with sibling, 3 year old Jane. She married at Edmonton, London in 1892, Percy Ta'Bois (1868-1937), a chartered accountant, and in 1901 a visitor at 109 Truro Road, Wood Green, Edmonton being described as a 31 year old married woman with a 2 year old son, Percival Tabois, born Oakleigh Park, Middlesex. In 1911, a 42 year old living at White House, Harrow Lane, Maidenhead, Berkshire with her 43 year old husband and her only surviving child of three, 11 year old son Percival Leo, who married in 1930 Zweena Frances De Verdon. As a 50 year old artist she emigrated from Plymouth on the 'Noordam' on 29 November 1919 for New York, she seems to have been on her own account. When she returned to the UK she went to live at Southwold, Suffolk with a studio on Ferry Road from where she instructed Ida Mabel Blair (1882-1953), the mother of author George Orwell (1903-1950). In 1939 a widow and an artist living at 19 York Road, Southwold and died in the Lothingland district of Suffolk in 1950, aged 81. She painted a portrait of Dorothy Elsa Forbes Hope, a mayor of Southwold, which is in the Southwold Council collection.