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Elizabeth Mitchell URE

Female 1882 - 1898  (15 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Mitchell URE 
    Born 28 Jul 1882 
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 May 1898  Liverpool Seaman's Orphanage,,,Liverpool,Lancashire,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 15 May 1898  ,,Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool,Lancashire,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1094 (no headstone)
    • ELIZABETH MITCHELL URE (1882 - 1898)

      Elizabeth Mitchell Ure was our great grandfather’s youngest daughter. She was born on 28 July 1882, the lastborn child of her parents Thomas Ure and Mary Jane Tannahill Ure (nee Robertson). She had four brothers and two sisters. There was a five year gap between her and her youngest brother, James, who eventually settled in the U.S.A. We don’t know where her name Elizabeth Mitchell came from, but we do know that her brother, John Tannahill (born in 1867) named his firstborn daughter after her in 1905.

      Elizabeth Mitchell, her mother and all but her eldest brother Thomas (born in 1866) were living in Kirkdale at 27 Woodbine Street when her father Thomas (born in 1835) died through drowning in Australia in May 1891 Her mother died a few months later in November and Elizabeth was left as an orphan at only nine years old. At that time she was a pupil at Daisy Street Board School, in the next street to Woodbine Street, where she had been admitted in May 1890 when she would have been seven years old.

      After the death of her mother Elizabeth Mitchell continued to attend Daisy Street School but went to live at 111 Walton Breck Road in Anfield. There she joined her eldest brother Thomas and his wife Margaret who were both 28 years old, and their daughter Maggie (born 19 August 1890) and son Andrew (born in 1891 and killed in 1917 in the First World War and buried in Belgium at Tyne Cot cemetery). Thomas was a housepainter and perhaps Elizabeth was a help with the two young babies. While Elizabeth was with them their third child Thomas was born on Christmas Day 1892. She was still attending school and sat her Standard IV examination at Daisy Street in April 1893.

      But after two years with her brother’s family the situation must have changed for some reason, because in June 1893 Thomas applied to the Liverpool Seaman’s Orphan Institution for Elizabeth to be admitted. We can only think that this was a last resort. Was it all too much for Thomas’s wife to care for her young sister-in-law as well as her own three very young children? Or was some illness putting extra pressure on the family? Or was it difficult to feed an extra person?

      It seems that Thomas was her only married brother or sister. John Tannahill, her second eldest brother, did not marry until 1902. He and Andrew (born in 1870), the third brother, were both going to sea. Where else was she to go?

      I have had permission to see the application form which Thomas had to submit to the Orphanage. It is in the Orphanage archives held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It shows that Thomas had to produce Elizabeth’s birth certificate, their parents’ marriage certificate, list her brothers and sisters and their ages and give reasons for her admission. He also had to give the name and owners of the ship from which their father drowned and he stated that his father, Thomas Ure senior, had sailed from the port of Liverpool for 35 years prior to his drowning. Elizabeth was examined by the orphanage medical officer, and Thomas had to sign that she had been vaccinated against smallpox, had never had fits and was “free from troublesome habits during the night.” The application was supported by Allen Bros and Co. who were shipowners and trustees of the orphanage.

      After two months the application for admission was approved and in August 1893 Elizabeth left her brother’s family in Walton Breck Road and her old school for a new life at the orphanage in Newsham Park.

      The orphanage had been opened in 1869 in temporary accommodation in Duke Street, but in1874 imposing new purpose-built accommodation in Newsham Park, looking out across the lake, was officially opened. It is a fine Victorian building in a desirable parkland setting. It is now empty and becoming increasingly derelict while some new use is found for it: there is talk of conversion to luxury apartments. When Elizabeth was resident there in the 1890s there were over 300 children and a further 500 were receiving “outdoor relief” from the charity.

      Queen Victoria visited the orphanage in 1886 and granted it Royal Patronage. It was the Queen’s last visit to Liverpool, and she signed the visitors’ book. But the title “Royal” was not bestowed on the Orphanage until 1921, by King George V. The orphanage closed in 1949 due to the requirements of the 1944 Education Act, but the charity still exists in Liverpool and continues to support the children of deceased British merchant seamen.

      We know from family stories that Elizabeth was not abandoned by her family because they used to visit her. One family tradition is that John Tannahill was visiting his young sister at the orphanage and met his future wife there, Mary Eliza Catterall. Records show that Mary was certainly never a resident at the orphanage, and it is possible that she may have been a staff member.

      Elizabeth would have received domestic training at the orphanage, prior to being placed in domestic service on leaving. But tragically, she suffered two attacks of typhoid fever and died at the Orphanage aged only 15 on 15 May 1898. She was not buried in the family grave in Longmoor Lane Fazakerly, but in Anfield cemetery.
    Person ID I3920  Brian's Family Tree
    Last Modified 6 Mar 2010 

    Father Thomas URE,   b. 17 Jan 1835, ,,,,Falkirk, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1891, ,,,Sorrento, Melbourne, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Tannahill ROBERTSON,   b. 16 Oct 1843, 31, Stanhope Street , Windsor, Liverpool,Lancashire,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1891, 27, Woodbine Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool,Lancashire,England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Married 20 Jan 1865  St Peter's Presbyterian Church Great Oxford Street, Liverpool Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Witnesses were John Tannahill Robertson and Jean Tannahill Robertson
    Mary Jane Robertson M1865
    Mary Jane Robertson M1865
    Thomas Ure gravestone horizontal
    Thomas Ure gravestone horizontal
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    Thomas Ure gravestone upright
    Family ID F746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      Thomaaston Street, Everton Liverpool,Lancahsire
      Witnesses were John Tannahill Robertson and Jean Tannahill Robertson