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Ada Daisy Springett Parnell

Ada Daisy Springett Parnell

Female 1867 - 1940  (72 years)

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  • Name Ada Daisy Springett Parnell 
    Born 15 Feb 1867  King Street, Rochester, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Jan 1940  52 Gordon Square, London. Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I194  Smythson Tree
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2016 

    Father Walter George Parnell,   b. 9 Jun 1846, 2 Norfolk St, Park Lane Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1873, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ellen Springett,   b. 12 Sep 1845, 3 Queen St, Milton & Gravesend, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1921, 8 Queens Terrace, Portsmouth, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 14 May 1870  St Mary Magdelene, in Bermondsey, licence Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • witnesses:Jane Greensted & AH HASLEWOOD
    Family ID F61  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bernhard Heinrich Friedrich Baumgarte,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1889  Lambeth Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Finished with a divorce. Bernhard remarries in Dec qtr 1895 in St Giles, London
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Gladys Marguerite Baumgarte,   b. 1891, Merton, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F62  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Briggs,   b. 1862,   d. 19 Jun 1932, At Sea. Address Owlbrigg, Chaucer Road, Cambridge. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 1 Feb 1907  Register Office, St Pancras, London. Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Eric Clive Springett Briggs,   b. 14 Mar 1901, Bombay, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1983, Quamichan, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F63  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ada Daisy Springett Parnell
    Ada Daisy Springett Parnell
    Written on back,
    ' Daisy's love to Grandma' in Daisy's hand,
    'Aged just twenty' in Grandma's ? hand.

  • Notes 
    • According to Heather Carr nee Smythson, she married Baumgarte. He went to bed at nights with a revolver under his pillow in case she did not fancy being a good wife. Later on she was divorced, opened a dressmaking business, but found the customer s were non-payers. She answered an ad for a house keeper to William Briggs - a widower. They had a child Eric, and two years after that "the family all got together and implored him to marry her to legitimise the child. They married. Toured the world.

      It seems she was reasonably well off after her divorce and employed two servants herself, (she kept one Emily E Johnson after she married William Briggs) so not sure the housekeeper story is quite true, but she did meet and marry William Briggs. At the time of the 1901 census Ada was going under the name of Margaret Tree and living at William's address at marriage of 22 Brunswick Square (house sitting for William or did he use her address for Banns ??). Don't know why 'Margaret' but 'Tree' could be a pun on Baumgarte which in German means tree garden.
      Not convinced that Eric Clive was William Briggs son, he goes under the name of Eric Clive Springett later on and is not acknowledged as a child of William Briggs in his will, in fact he is left just a modest bequest along with Ada's other daughter Gladys from her previous marriage to Baumgarte. Don't know exactly when Eric was born as can't find birth cert under Briggs, Springett or Tree.(after 1901 census but before 1907 when Ada married William). Eric seems convinced he was born in Bombay, India around 1901. He refers to William Briggs as 'guardian' or 'uncle', not father or even step father.
      Eric's gravestone in Canada, had a note that he was born 14 Mar 1901 in Bombay India, the UK 1901 census was on 31st Mar 1901surely not enough time to get back to the UK - could he not be Daisy's son? Adopted?
      Daughter Gladys goes to America in 1914 under the name of Tree with an acting company and stays in New York, makes a visit home in 1921 and at some point marries James Sharp.
      William and Ada (or Margaret as she is travelling under) certainly did see the world, there are several passenger listings of them throughout the 1920's and 30's;
      1924 from Quebec, Canada, 1931 from West Indies and 1932 another West Indies Cruise.

      Birth registration: Ada Springett Mar 1867 Medway 2a 414
      Birth Cert:
      15 Feb 1867, King Street, Rochester, Kent. Mother, Elizabeth Ellen Springett, no fathers name.

      1867 birth registered as Ada Springett, as Lizzie was not married.
      1881 census, boarding school, Heene House, Heene, Sussex, aged 14.
      1891 census age 23 born Rochester with husband Bernhard and 7 month old daughter Gladys M Baumgarte in Merton.
      1901: Her Daughter Gladys aged 10 was staying with her grandmother.
      1901 census going under the name of Margaret Tree aged 34 living on own means born Rochester, Kent with 2 servants, one being Emily E Johnson (32 born Deptford, Kent) at 22 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London.
      1911 census Step daughters Elsie 21 and Constance 20 are at the house at 45 Bedford Square, London and the census has been filled in and signed by the housekeeper Emily E Johnson (42 born Deptford, Kent). No sign of William and Ada Daisy.
      It is possible that William and Ada Daisy were away on their travels, possibliy taking 16 yr old Winifred (or she's away at school) and small boy Eric with them.

      Marriage registration:
      Ada Daisy S Parnell to Bernhard Heinrich F Baumgarte
      Sep qtr 1889 Lambeth 1d 630

      Divorce Papers at TNA, 1894 Ada Daisy Springett Baumgarte and Bernhard Heinrich Friedrich Baumgarte. Co-respondant James Ransome.

      Marriage registration: (all on the same reference) Mar qtr 1907 Pancras 1b 146
      William Briggs to
      Ada Dalby S Baumgarte
      Ada Daisy S Parnell
      Ada Daisy Tree

      Marriage Cert:
      1 Feb 1907, Register Office St Pancras London. By Licence.
      William Briggs 45 years Widower, Editor of 22 Brunswick Square, father Edwin Briggs, Contractor; to:
      'Ada Daisy Springett Baumgarte usually known as Ada Daisy Tree formely Parnell, Spinster', 39 years, The Divorced Wife of Bernard Baumgarte, of 30 Vincent Square, Westminster, father Walter George Parnell (deceased) Of Independant Means.
      Witnesses Walter J Fletcher (brother in law) and John Tripp.

      National Probate Calendar:
      Ada Daisy Springett Briggs of 52 Gordon Square London, widow died 17 Jam 1940. Probate London 7 Mar to Elsie Baron Briggs spinster and Nowel Watkin Beal solicitor. Effects £9546 9s 5d. Resworn £9998 6s 5d.

      Will:
      Written 16 Aug 1937
      Leaves items and monies to:
      daughter Gladys Marguerite Sharp, wife of John Sharp of 7 Gracie Square, New York.

      son Eric Clive Springett no address but mentioned as 'abroad'.

      (he was in British Columbia when William Briggs will was written in 1930)

      sister Ethel Heather Caroline Fletcher

      granddaughter Heather May Springett Sharp

      step children and executors Elsie Baron Briggs (of 56 Canfield Gardens, Hampstead!!!), Constance Marie Briggs and Winifred Baron Briggs.

      her maid Emily Elizabeth Johnson (also provided for in cash and a pension by her husband William Briggs before his death)

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] 1881 Census, age 14 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S20] FreeBMD, Ada Springett Mar 1867 Medway 2a 414 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S9] Birth Certificate.

    4. [S38] Probate Register.

    5. [S20] FreeBMD, Sep 1889 Lambeth 1d 630 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S6] Marriage certificate.