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Neild, Ada (nee Mitchell)
14 March 1858 – 1917

Ada Neild was born 14 March 1858 as Ada Mitchell to unmarried mother Ellen Mitchell, father unknown. In 1861 they were living with Ellen’s parents James & Mary Mitchell at 24 Constance Street in Saltaire.

Ellen married Martin Furnish, 1 June 1862, at Bradford Cathedral. In 1871 they were living at 33 Caroline Street in Saltaire. Martin was a coal merchant and Ada, aged 13, was a spinner.

Ada married Job Ellison Neild 10 May 1880 at St Wilfrids Calverley. They had four children: Annie born 1880, Thomas born 1882, Mary Ellen born 1885, and Willie born 1888. Both Thomas & Willie served in WW1. In 1881 they were living at 40 Victoria Road ( renumbered 66; it no longer exists as it was lost when the hospital was extended in 1926) in Saltaire. Job was an unemployed wool sorter.

Ada and Job lost their daughter, Mary Ellen in 1887, aged just two. She was buried, 6 August, at St. Paul’s, Shipley. Job died in 1890.

In 1891, widow Ada was still living with her three children at Victoria Road She was working as a charwoman. By 1896 they had moved to 33 Caroline Street in Saltaire, where they remained until after 1911. Ada’s daughter, Annie, died in 1896 aged 15. She was buried, 7 March, at St. Paul’s, Shipley.

Ada died in 1917 aged 59. She was buried 19 December at St Pauls Shipley.


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