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Annie Edwards & Stephen Yemm 1892
This is a photo of Laura Morse's parents Stephen Yemm (1850-1923) who was a local miner from Ruspidge and his wife Annie Edwards (1848-97)
All were closely linked to the Crawshay dynasty who owned and developed many of the Forest pits. Stephen worked in the mines and Annie was originally in
service to the Crawshay family at Oaklands Park, in Newnham. Her family had originally come up from South Wales with the Crawshays in the 1840s when the
Forest pits were being opened.
Stephen started his working life in the iron works at the age of 7, before working in the pit. The family say he hated the iron works and kept running away.
He couldn't read or write apparently.
Annie was literate and went into service with the Crawshays before her marriage. She and Stephen Yemm had 3 children: Laura, Eva-Kate (who died at 3 of
typhoid fever after a trip to see family in London) and Stephen who died as a baby.
Annie died prematurely at 49 in 1897, whereas Stephen lived with his daughter Laura and her family, surviving until 1923.
Information and Photo supplied by Kevin Marsh