31 Jan 1914. St John the Baptist Church in Barham, Kent. A marriage takes place between Carl Albert Otto, a 26-year-old bridge builder, son to Henry Otto, a sea-captain and Edith Ellen Hawkins, a 19-year-old daughter of Alfred Stephen Hawkins and my grand aunt. Their banns had been read in the church on Jan 11, 18 and 25.
St John the Baptist, Barham, 1923
Signatures of the bride and groom
Edith had been baptised at St John the Baptist on 30 Jun 1895 having been born 7 Apr 1895. Her mother was Martha Jane Lilley who was pictured in the previous post and who we know died on 24 Sep 1914, just 7 months after her daughter’s wedding. Edith was a domestic servant living with her grandparents at 64 Balfour Road in Dover at the time of the 1911 census. Sadly, Carl would also die in the fall of 1930 – giving them just 16 years of marriage. Carl would die just months before the birth of their 7th child.
The Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 24 Oct 1930 reported:
Funeral of Mr. C. A. Otto
The funeral took place on Wednesday last week, of Mr. Carol Albert Otto, of “St. Sidwells,” West Studdale, who died on October 10th, aged 44 years. The Rev. H. Saumarez-Smith officiated. The mourners present were Mrs. Otto (widow), Mr. A. Otto (son), Miss M. Otto (daughter), Mr. A. Hawkins (father-in-law), Mrs. Young (sister-on-law), Mr. Young (brother-in-law), Mrs. Barringer and Mrs. Price (friends).
Floral tributes were sent from : – His Wife and children; Father-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law; Tilmanstone Colliery (per Mr. Newman); all at West Studdale House; cousins at Penge; Mrs. Price and Mrs. Arther (Mongham); Mrs. Berry (Eythorne); Mrs. Green; Mrs. Comer; Kate, Bill and children. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. Phillips, Mongeham.
Edith Ellen Hawkins
Edith would live until 1966 and be buried at All Saints, Waldershare, Kent.