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Family of George Stevens and Emma Elizabeth Attfield

Husband: George Stevens (c. 1847-1910)
Wife: Emma Elizabeth Attfield (1849-1914)
Marriage 1878 Farnham, Surrey

Husband: George Stevens

Name: George Stevens
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth c. 1847 Petworth, Sussex
Census 1881 (age 33-34) Agricultural labourer, Wrecclesham Street, Farnham, Surrey
Census 1901 (age 53-54) General labourer, Wrecclesham Street, Farnham
Death fact 1910 (age 62-63) 1910 Dec Q, Farnham, 2a/103 (aged 63)
Death 1910 (age 62-63) Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey
Burial 14 Oct 1910 St Peter, Wrecclesham, Surrey (aged 63)

Wife: Emma Elizabeth Attfield


Emma Elizabeth Attfield

Name: Emma Elizabeth Attfield
Sex: Female
Father: Frederick Watmore Attfield (1809-1885)
Mother: Eliza Turner (1812-1865)
Birth 1849 Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey
Baptism 2 Dec 1849 (age 0) St Peter, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey
Birth fact 1849 (age 0) 1849 Dec Qtr, Farnham, 4/164
Census 1851 (age 1-2) Living with parents
Census 1861 (age 11-12) Living with parents
Census 1901 (age 51-52) Postwoman, wife in household
Census 1911 (age 61-62) Widow, living with nephew Alfred John & Louisa Attfield (Emma Jane Stevens)
Death 1914 (age 64-65) Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey
Burial 20 Jun 1914 St Peter, Wrecclesham, Surrey (aged 64)

Note on Wife: Emma Elizabeth Attfield

The Postwoman

The sight of girls helping to deliver the Christmas mail has reminded an old Farnham resident, Mr W. Barnard, of Kiln Cottage, Sandrock Hill Road, of the days when postwomen were by no means a common sight - and of the sad story of Mrs. Emma Stevens, of Wrecclesham. Mrs. Stevens delivered letters for 30 years in Wrecclesham, Shortheath and Middle Bourne, covering during that period some 200,000 miles on foot.

In 1908 she was given six weeks' notice, and, owing to what a national newspaper of the day described as a "technicality", she was debarred from receiving a pension. With a crippled husband to support, Mrs. Stevens found her income (it was from 13s. to 15s. a week) cut off, and all she received was a gratuity of £10.

The Poor Law authorities declined to offer any help until the £10 was exhausted, but Mrs. Stevens, then 60, was a lady of indomitable courage. She decided to bank the £10, draw it at the rate of 10s. a week - and look for another job. With what result we do not know: perhaps some Wrecclesham reader may? She was the daughter of the late Mr. F.W. Attfield, at one time sub-postmaster at Wrecclesham.

Source: Farnham Herald, 25.12.1970 (with thanks to Paul Stacey)