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 Amelia Clara <I>Austin</I> Rochefort

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Amelia Clara Austin Rochefort

Birth
Southborough, Tunbridge Wells Borough, Kent, England
Death 7 Mar 1956 (aged 83)
Folkestone, Shepway District, Kent, England
Burial Folkestone, Shepway District, Kent, England
Plot Plot 7, grave 58
Memorial ID 205768652 View Source
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She died at 37 Broadfield Road Folkestone. She was the daughter of William Austin; she married Albert on the 16 Oct 1897 in Folkstone, Kent.
Amelia and her husband Albert Paul Ludwig Rochefort ran a picture framing gallery at 2 Beach Street (near where the fountains are now), at 186 Dover Road and 3 Grace Hill. Her son Eric took over 2 Beach Street and 3 Grace Hill after Albert died. We don't know for sure if they ran a shop at 186 Dover Road. Her son Oscar founded Rochefort's newsagents at 21 High Street, Cheriton.

In 1881 she was living at Ingles Park Mews, probably number 5, with her parents William and Susannah Austin (nee Drew) and sisters Helen and Edith. In 1891 Amelia is not living with her family at number 5 on census day and I cannot find her, she must be down somewhere as Emily/Amelie Austin/Austen or her birthplace has been misrecorded or mistranscribed and I cannot find her. By 1901 she and her husband Albert Rochefort lived at 7 Wingell Terrace, Canterbury Road, Folkestone and Albert is recorded as being a Picture Frame Maker. At this time we think he had the shops at 2 Beach Street and 3 Grace Hill. In 1901 they have sons Eric (2) and Oscar (1 month) and a servant Kate Willis. In 1911, as you know, they also had daughters Enid (8) and Olive (5) and were at 186 Dover Road. Amelia's husband Albert, daughter Enid and son Oscar all died of Pulmonary TB and Eric's diary suggests that he too had TB since he was taking treatment (bismuth) for this in 1918, but he survived long enough for antibiotics to treat it and survived in the 1970s. Enid's grave is in the same area of Cheriton Road Cemetery. Olive married John French and had a fish and chip shop on Cheriton High Street. Oscar and his wife Winifred Saunders opened a hairdressers at 9 Cheriton High Street, then later moved and started the tobacconist and newsagent at number 21. Amelia continued to live at 186 Dover Road and was living there in 1939 on her own. The Beach Street shop was bombed in August 1940 and Eric moved what could be rescued to the shop at 3 Grace Hill. At the end of her life, Amelia lived at 85 Chart Road, but died at 37 Broadfield Road, Folkestone.
Thanks to Edward Jones for this biography.


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