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Rose Ward
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Additional Info About Rose Ward
Age: 18
Occupation: Maid
Class: Working class
Origins: Whitby
History: 1876: Rose Ward is born on 18 May. At that time her parents already have a seven year old son, Tom, a five year old son, Simon, and a one year old daughter, Maggie. They had another daughter, but she died within a few months. Rose’s parents are fishing folk and Rose spends most of her early childhood following her mother or siblings around and helping to collect bait for the fishing lines, repair nets, and make and repair garments, until she goes to school and helps outside of school hours. After a few years of schooling, she leaves to help full time. It is a hard life, but their family is loving. Her parents are strict but fair. They are devoted Anglicans of an evangelical/Presbyterian orientation. There is not much time for religious practice but it is woven into the fabric of their lives and they do attend Sunday worship regularly and read bible.

1878: Rose’s sister Alice is born.

1879: Rose’s sister Anne is born.

1881: Rose’s brother William is born.

1886: Rose’s brother Bram is born.

1888: Tom drowns, together with his uncle and two cousins. A lot of weight is now on Simon’s shoulders but he is not the most responsible of the family. Rose’s father becomes harder on him, trying to force him back on the right path, so Simon can take responsibility for the family should he die.

1889: Rose’s sister, Lizzie, is born. The birth leaves her mother weak. Father’s health is declining. His eyesight is getting poorer and his heart is giving him trouble, not helped by the fact that Simon is quite a rebel. Late in December several members of the family fall sick with influenza. Mother and the newborn infant Lizzie pass away. Alice barely survives.

1890: Maggie gets married.

1891: Late November Simon is arrested for killing a wealthy young man from a reknown whitby family.

1892: In the spring, Simon is tried, sentenced and hanged. With the older sons gone and father’s health deteriorating quickly, the family must do what it can to get by. Alice had stayed in school on the advice of a teacher because she is good at learning, but is now pulled out. The children help other fishing families by collecting bait, preparing fish lines and repairing nets, and the other families help the Wards get by.
One of Rose’s aunts serves a family in whitby and hears of a position in York, for which she manages to recommend Rose. Rose is sent to become a maid to a well to do middle class family in York.

1894: Rose is suddenly sacked when the lady of the house catches her kissing her son. She is sent home without a reference. The aunt meanwhile, doesn’t want to help Rose anymore and is looking for something for Alice or Anne instead. Rose is now desperately looking for a way to earn money for her family and prove she is not a bad or useless daughter.

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