SEXTON, Miss Ellen Maria

1866 - 1948

Ellen Maria Sexon was born at Wherstead Hall, near Ipswich on 26 March 1866, daughter of George Mumford Sexton, (1828-1894), a farmer, and his wife Ellen Matilda née Frost (1833-1904), who married at Thorrington, Essex on 3 October 1854. In 1881, a 15 year old scholar living at Wherstead Hall, with her parents, 52 year old George, farmer of 405 acres, and 47 year old Ellen, and sibling George Frost 22, her brother William Robert Sexton was absent. Landscape painter in oil and a member of Ipswich Fine Art Club 1886-1893 and exhibited from Wherstead Hall in 1886 four works 'Shotley Point', 'Bawdsey Ferry', 'Autumn Tints' and 'Erwarton Church', in 1887 'A Moment' and 'In Midsummer', in 1888 'At Flatford. A Cottage Home' and 'The Mill House, Dedham' and she exhibited some twenty-one works, mostly local landscapes including in 1891 'Parham Hall' and 'By the Orwell', she also exhibited from Wherstead Hall at the Woodbridge Industrial & Art Exhibition at the Lecture Hall, Woodbridge in April 1887 two oil paintings 'Early Courtship' and 'At Wherstead'. She married at St Helen's church, Ipswich on 11 October 1893, Cyril Frederick South (1863-1928) and in 1901 they were living at Heath, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire where Cyril was a 35[sic] year old auctioneer, with his 35 year old wife and two children Winifred 5 and John Mumford 2, both born at Staffordshire and widowed mother-in-law Ellen Matilda Sexton 68. They had another daughter Enid, born on 11 October 1893. Her husband died at Leecroft, Rowley Park, Stafford on 12 February 1928 and probate at 13,334 2s. 9d. In 1939, Ellen was living at 23 The Moorings, St Johns Road, Stafford where she died in 1948.