Sarah Mead 1871 - 1955



Sarah Mead 1870 - 1955. Registered as born.‘Mar’ 1871  to parents Thomas Mead & Elizabeth Savill. Baptised on 5/1/1870. Grew up at the Wheatsheaf, where her father was publican~1861-1887.

1887. Her father died and her mother moved to Church End. She was probably in service by then.

1891...Sarah Mead married Temple Edgecombe Chevalier, b.~1851, on 27/1/1891 in G.D. . He publican, aged 40, she aged 20. His father Edgecombe Chevalier, gentleman, deceased, hers, Thomas Mead, publican, deceased..Witnesses were George William Goodey, her brother in law, and Hariet Noone?? .He was 20 years older than she! But, in 1871 he was at Bedford Public school aged 13. And in 1861C, Temple E Chevallier is aged 3, living with his widowed father, Edgcumbe Chevallier, - baptised 1827 as son of a Richard Edgcumbe Chevallier, grandson of Rev, Temple F Chevallier - storekeeper H M Dockyard, b. Brompton Kent, and elder brother Richard E. 8, in Pembroke St. Mary Dockyard.. So seemingly born 1857/8. Then his father remarried in 1864 and he had 4 half-siblings, Frances M. E. b 1870, Alice E b~1866 and John C E b~1867, Ellen E. 1872. His half sister, Alice E Chevallier left >£5000 in 1947!

1891C : Temple Chevallier 40, publican, b.Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sarah , 21, wife, b.Gt. Dunmow and a potman, at the Six Bells, Church End, Dunmow. Very close to where her widowed mother, Elizabeth Mead, was living. Temple Chevallier had only started running the pub 1890/1. I can find no reference in local newspapers of the license being transferred to him. A Mr Hough was there in May 1889 and the license was transferred in September 1894 to a Fred. Brown, presumably from Temple Chevallier

Now a listed building in Church Street: the former Six Bells Public House. House, c.1500 and late C18. Timber framed and plastered complex arrangement of 2 different builds making an 'L' shaped cornerblock. Facing S is a two storey late C18/early C19 block with a peg tile roofgabled to E and hipped to W corner and with C20 pargetting. The S first floor has 3 double hung sash windows with moulded surround and small panes. The ground floor has 2 similar windows, one each side of an open pedimented porch with C20 square replacement columns. This encloses a pointed arched Gothick fanlight and door with lower panel with exposed St. Andrew's cross bracing. A continuous dentilled cornice runs around and onto the W facing flank which has a double hung sash window with small panes on each floor. The Church Street frontage block has a peg tile gabled roof, with lower roof line and off centre brick stack. Some old pargetting on first floor and one bay of exposed timber framing showing underbuilt jetty. First floor has 1, 2 light C19 casement and a similar double hung sash with small panes over C20 door and window. This block has substantial moulded timber frame of 3 bays without any infilling on the 2 ends. Crown post roof with broach stops at base of posts, double ogee moulded joists with soffit tennons. Very heavy arched tie beam and upper 3 bay chamber seems to have been open throughout

It is a pink building on the right hand of the street as you turn into it to approach the church. . The pub was no doubt named after the church, which has a lofty tower containing six bells.

The licence of the Six bells was transferred to Fred. Brown in September 1894.Also Chevalier used to play cricket for Dunmow - Essex newspapers, FMP.

I had thought they were still running the Six Bells pub in Dunmow in 1895, due to Nov 1895 baptism of their son.. Also listed in Kellys [ but not in 1890 or 1898: this came from Kevin's Essex pubs site]. Unable to find a photo of it.

1895. Was godmother to her niece, Ellen Annie Mead.

1899. She was living in Lambeth.

1901C. Sarah Chevalier is living at Church End, G.D.,[Six Bells still existed but run by someone else] aged 32, head, married, with children Chas.Chevalier, 5,b. Dunmow,& Ivy Kathleen Chevalier, 2, b.Lambeth, no mention of her husband.


My conclusion is that her marriage failed between 1899 & 1901 and she had returned to Dunmow from Lambeth by then. Births Dec 1895 Chevallier Charles Temple -baptised 20/11/1895 G.D. church, father publican. Dunmow 4a 675. Births Dec 1899 Chevallier Ivy Kathleen Lambeth 1d 364- baptised 24/10/1899 Lambeth . I can not find her husband in 1901C or 1911C. Nor is there any positive record of him on a passenger list 1890 onwards: my feeling is that he must have left the country. 2 Ancestry trees have him on, but only up to 1871!. I have also searched newspapers - FMP - for any mention of him after the early 1890s, without success. her son, Charles Temple Chevalier might die in Norwood in 1933 - Ancestry Probate


From info. on cousins of Esther Mead's, from Keri, I found Births Jun 1912 GIBSON Violet M Mead[mother's maiden name]Dunmow 4a 1612 Violet May Gibson was born 7/4/1912, baptised 1/9/1912, father a gas Stoker, address Star Lane Dunmow. . So think Sarah remarried; she did:

1910. 'Dec'1910 Dunmow, Sarah Chevallier married William Gibson. Not found in church records- almost certainly a civil ceremony.

1911C. Sarah Gibson, aged 42, married less than 1 year, 1 child, 1 died, with husband William Gibson, 39, gas stoker employed by Dunmow Gas Company, and Charles Chevallier,15, b.Dunmow and Ivy Chevallier,11, born Lambeth, down as stepchildren of William's, living in Star Lane Dunmow in 4 rooms. The child who died was William Thomas Gibson, b.Dec 1910, baptised, privately, on 20/12/1910, father a labourer, address North Street, died 20/1/1911, address Star Hill. - born the same quarter as Sarah remarried!



Have not found her divorce, unusual in those days: but think they must have been divorced as she remarried in 1910.


1912. .Violet May Gibson was born 6/4/1912 - dofb given on her death record!

No obvious death for her second husband William Gibson, but he might have died before 1918 - maybe killed in the war, but surely too old?, and no obvious death on Ancestry of a William Gibson born Essex -, since

1918. In Dunmow Electoral Roll- a Sarah Gibson alone in New Street, & a Sarah Gibson alone in Police Station Yard ; the latter is most likely her [ as her son is also just about there] and she would still have had Violet, then just 6, and probably Ivy, 20, living with her.

1918. Her son, Charles Temple E Chevallier is on the Dunmow Electoral Roll. address 'near the police station'

1955. Sarah Gibson dies , aged 86, Dunmow. Buried 4/3/1955, address New Street. . Looked up death for her son Charles Temple Chevallier 1895- ? and found nothing. No passenger record 1890-1960 on Findmypast. But, an Ivy K Chevalier did marry Reginald S Attwood Sep 1948 Braintree : marriage not found in Braintree church redords, but would expect a civil marriage at the age of 49. And a Charles T Le Chevalier married Dorothy Anderson in Dec1927 Bolton ??

. . . . .Violet May Gibson, born 6/4/1912, died Bishops Stortford Jan1986. Benjamin Mead's daughter, Esther Mead/Jones, used to visit her

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Probably Sarah, c.1900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sarah, aged 76.[~1947] from Keri



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