This photo was taken in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, Sussex, in 1914.
On the reverse it reads:
“4 generations – Dear Gran 93. Baby 7 months. 31st July, 1914. Familia Ivens”
So that’s Mother (b.1821), her son (b. circa 1845), her grandaughter (b. circa 1880), and her great granddaughter.
Presumably, HIS family name is IVENS, and there’s a strong resemblance to some of the Portuguese family plus the use of the word ‘familia’
Anyone know who they might be?
A conversation with Maria Da Graca Freitas (great grand daughter of Ricardo Julio Ivens Ferraz, grandson of William Ivens) in 2010 produced these tantalising pieces of info:
“Now here’s an interesting thing! I have found a Gazette entry for a Catharaina Prescott Ivens Ferraz, Actress, who was living at Cumberland Court Rest Home, 6 Cumberland Gardens, St Leonards on Sea, Sussex, and died 2nd March 1998. So there is some connection with this small town. For a moment, I thought that the older lady (aged 98) might have been THE Catherine Prescott (senior) but she doesn’t resemble the other photo we have of Catherine. More to find!!!! Let me know if this small snippet creates any leads for you. Regards”
“Hi, David. You have mentioned the actress Catharina Prescott Ivens Ferraz. Her full name was Catarina Prescott Moniz Barreto Ivens Ferraz and she was born near Aveiro (Portugal) in September 1902 and died in England in March 1998. She was daughter of Severiano Alberto Ivens Ferraz and her wife Rakima Zaira Moniz Barreto. She lived most of her life in England, as actress and journalist in a magazine for women.
I don’t think she is directly related with this photo. “
“Hi David! Once again! I think that I should tell you that the year of “1914” was written by me, after searching in the internet the name of the photographer: H. Seymour Cousens. He was known as photographer at the end of of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. So I think that the year of “1914” should be ignored and the searching should begin in the end of 19th century. Do you agree? Regards.”
“Hello David! I’ve been thinking that the “four generations” photo shows: the old lady Caroline Amélia Brunswick (daughter of Thomas Northmore); her son Mansel Longworth Dames (who married Mary Jane Ivens); her grand-daughter Norah; and her great-granddaughter (Mary Frances? or Jane?). If this is correct the photo could have been taken in 1914, because the old lady died with 97 years old, about 1918.
Do you think it makes any sense? Regards.”