RAY, Miss Eva Lindley

1861 - 1941

Born at Lowestoft, Suffolk on 21 January and baptised at St John's Lowestoft on 24 May 1861, eldest daughter of the four children of Dr James Ray, M.R.C.S., and his wife Hannah Catherine née Lindley (1831-1864), and a sister to Emily Ray [q.v.]. In 1881, a 20 year old living at 55 High Street, Lowestoft with her 50 year old widowed father, his 52 year old wife's sister Emily Lindley, and siblings James Frederick (1862-1936) and Emily Caroline Phillis 17 [q.v.]. She exhibited at Ipswich Fine Art Club from 55 High Street, Lowestoft in 1883 lot 641 'Rhododendron'. She married at St George's Hanover Square, London on 26 August 1887, 29 year old Dr Allan Heslop Jackson, a general practitioner, and in 1891 they were living at High Street, Lowestoft with three children, Lancelot 2, Hamilton 1 and Gladys, newly born, all in Lowestoft. In 1911 her husband had disappeared and Eva was head of the family and a 50 year old employer at a laundry living at 41 Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk with two of her five children 20 year old Alice, born Lowestoft and 15 year old Allan Ray, born Oulton, Suffolk, with her 83 year old aunt Emily Lindley, a spinster, and kept two indoor servants. In 1939 she was living at 41 Blyburgate, Beccles, Suffolk where she died in 1941, aged 80. Her husband, who was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on 12 August 1858, died at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada on 15 July 1912. Their son 2nd Lt Hamilton Ray Jackson was killed in action in Belgium on 26 July 1917, aged 27.