Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth, known as Mam, was the wife of William Saunders who we met just a few days ago on this blog. We believe this picture dates from about 1930 and like the very poor quality one we had of William, this one was found in an Erlestoke Cottage where a daughter Of William and Mam had lived.

Elizabeth Saunders of Market Lavington in about 1930

Elizabeth Saunders of Market Lavington in about 1930

When William Saunders married Elizabeth Pymont towards the end of 1905 she had been married before. Indeed she brought a child from her first marriage to the new home.

Elizabeth was born as Elizabeth Kyte in Easterton in 1868. Her parents were Robert, an agricultural labourer born in Easterton and his wife Louisa. We can find Elizabeth (as either Kyte or Kite) with her parents, in Easterton, for 1871 and 1881 censuses.

In 1891 Elizabeth was a housemaid, working for a rector in the High Wycombe area.

Elizabeth married George Pymont in the early months of 1896. The marriage took place in the Hampstead area of London. The couple’s daughter, Doris was born in the Hampstead area in 1899. George Pymont died early in 1900.

The 1901 census sees Elizabeth and her daughter living with her parents again.

Elizabeth remarried in 1905. Her second husband was William Saunders, a roadman and the couple, along with Doris, Elizabeth’s daughter, lived on Church Street in Market Lavington.

We think Elizabeth died in 1935 but the age given for that burial in Market Lavington churchyard doesn’t quite match the registered birth of Elizabeth Kyte.

Two little snippets of information about Elizabeth:

She was a cleaner for the Welch family.

When Peggy Welch (later Peggy Gye) needed a tooth out it was Mrs Saunders who did the pulling.

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