Friday, April 10, 2020

GeniAus - #AtoZChallenge - J is for Jessie

During April 2020 the month of this #AtoZChallenge I will be sharing short posts on some of the 2,000+ descendants I have identified of my 3x Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Phipps

Elizabeth Phipps 1785-1869 was a convict who was transported from England to New South Wales in 1814 per Wanstead

Bad scheduling on my part has placed a post about a young woman's death immediately following a post about her grandparents in, I for Inquests. The focus today is on Jessie Madeline Sly.

A short notice in a Sydney newspaper announced Jessie's death.

1900 'Family Notices', The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912), 24 February, p. 477. , viewed 04 Apr 2020,

 However a longer article reported the event in the local paper, a transcript follows.

Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1921), Sat 10 Feb 1900 Page 4.

Death of Miss Jessie Sly.

A Gloom was cast over the town on Friday morning when it became known that Miss Jessie  Madaline Sly had breathed her last. 

The deceased lady was a daughter of Mr and Mrs W Sly, of the Black Horse Hotel, Richmond, and had been ill for some weeks Her death was not unexpected, but it was nevertheless a sad affliction to the parents and their family to lose one so fair, so young, and whose life was so full of promise. 

The late Miss Sly was only 20 years and 1 month old, and the cause of death was bronchial pneumonia supervening upon a very severe attack of influenza She had been an active worker in the Presbyterian Church, and was greatly beloved by her co-workers and the children of the Sunday-School 

The funer-al, which was largely attended, took place on Sat-urday Iast. The coffin was borne from the resi-dence of the deceased's parents to the Church of England Cemetery by two relays of carriers, all of whom were her uncles. Prior to the cortege form-ing, prayer was offered in the house by the Rev Dr Cameron. At the graveside the Rev J Howell Price conducted the beautiful service, and at his
special request the Rev Dr Cameron delivered a touching address ; he referred to the sweet charac-
ter and maidenly virtues of their departed sister,and spoke of her as first a scholar and then a teacher in the Presbyterian Sunday-school. The Rev J Howell Price spoke also, and bore testimony to the goodness of the deceased during her too short life. 

The floral tributes were very numerous, and of lovely design. The coffin was hidden by them, and four little children carried many in a large basket, The funeral was carried out by Mr Arthur Price in his usual good style.

Jessie's parents were touched by the many messages they received.

1900 'Richmond.', Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1961), 24 February, p. 12. , viewed 04 Apr 2020,

 A memorial tablet for Jessie was installed in St Peters Church of England, Richmond.

1901 'RELIGIOUS.', The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1883 - 1930), 23 March, p. 6. , viewed 04 Apr 2020,
Jessie Sly - Tablet - Photo courtesy Lyn Griffiths
 For several years after her death Jessie was remembered by In Memorium Notices in the local paper.

1905 'Family Notices', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 2 February, p. 4. , viewed 04 Apr 2020,

I love to connect with cousins and fellow researchers. Should you find any errors in my post or have additional information please contact me. 


Dianne Nolin said...

Not nice to get me tearing up first thing in the morning!! It must have been some solace to her parents that Jessie was so well thought of and loved.

Michelle Nichols said...

Very sad. Obviously well-loved in the community.


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