Jessie Finch was born on 3 December 1860, to George and Rebecca Finch (mother’s maiden name White), George was 26y and Rebecca 36y. She was baptised in Okehampton Wesleyan Methodist on 10 December 1860 (transcript seen on FindMyPast). The birth was registered in Okehampton in January 1861 (Vol 5b p397). She was 4 months old on census night 7 April1861.
Her brother Albany George was born on 28 November 1863 in Sampford Courtenay, Devon, when Jessie was almost 2 years old. In total she had two older brothers and two younger, one older sister and one younger. By 1871 she is a scholar aged 10. In 1881 she is still living with her parents and is a dress maker.
Sadly Jessie died of consumption (TB) in 1886 aged 25 when her niece and namesake little Jessie was almost 1 year old. For some reason two different memorial cards were produced:
Certainly the little verse used suggests she had a fairly difficult time during her illness.
The second Jessie Finch was Albany’s daughter. Born in January 1885 she was the daughter of Mary Trace, Albany’s first wife. I wonder why she was named after her Aunt? Was the Aunt already sick by then? Here is a picture of Jessie Emma Finch (later Barron) with her father Albany and brother. This Jessie led a long and fruitful life much of which was spent in Sticklepath. She died in 1973 aged 88y.