52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #13 Edith Meriden Docwra

Amy Johnson Crow, author of the “No Story Too Small” blog introduced a challenge in 2014 – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  She continued this challenge in 2015, and for this year she has introduced a weekly theme.  This week’s theme is “Different”.  The idea is to choose: what ancestor seems to be your polar opposite? What ancestor did something that seems completely different than what they “should” have done or what you would have done?

I have chosen for this week my grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra, although I don’t think she is that much different than I am, she did act somewhat differently than what she “should” have done.

Edith was born 26 January 1904 at 6 Canterbury Place, Prahran, Victoria, Australia.  She was the daughter of Harry Docwra, a carpenter, and Emily Alice Oliver.

Edith Docwra birth

Edith Meriden Docwra birth 2
Victoria, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, birth certificate 5363 (1904), Edith Meriden Docwra

In 1914, her parents appear on the Electoral rolls living in Mornington Junction, Victoria, Australia.  Harry was still a carpenter.

Edith married 8 May 1922 in Baxter, Victoria, Australia to Wilfred Palmer Marr.  She would have been heavily pregnant at the time, as their eldest daughter (my mum) Edith Jean Marr was born the following month on 11 June 1922.   Although this was not all that uncommon, this would have been frowned upon.  Also, there would have been more pressure to marry earlier, before the pregnancy became evident.

Wilfred and Edith then had two more children: Margaret Amelia Marr born 1924 died 2009 (my post last week was for Margaret), and Aubrey Ronald Marr born 1926 died 1996.

Shortly after Aubrey’s birth, Edith deserted her husband and children, and moved to New South Wales, where she apparently had another child.   She appears on the Electoral rolls in New South Wales for 1930 and 1933:

1930 Warringah Neutral Bay
13719 Marr, Edith Meriden, 34 Murdoch street, home duties, F

1933 East Sydney Darlinghurst
5923 Marr, Edith Meriden, 25 Roslyn Street, home duties, F

In this respect, she acted differently than the way she “should” have, as she would have been expected to stay with her husband and children.

Edith later returned to Victoria before her death in 1948, at a relatively young age of 44 years.  She died from cervical cancer.
Edith Meriden Marr death

Edith Meriden Marr death 2
Victoria, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, death certificate 6298 (1948), Edith Meriden Marr