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Brentford Councillors - Alice Maud Geraldine Parsons
IntroductionJanet McNamara has researched details of the men and women who served as Brentford Local Board Members and Councillors, see intro page for more details of early local government structure. Alice Parsons was the first women to serve.
Alice Maud Geraldine Parsons (1867 - 1948)Mrs Parsons and Mrs Aberdein stood in the Brentford District Council elections in April 1922, the first women I have found who did so. Mr Jones had just stood down and there were 10 people for the 4 seats available.
Mrs Parson’s address was Normaneville, 49, Boston Park Gardens. Where the male candidate’s jobs and professions were shown in the newspaper she’s described as ‘Married Woman’.
She was nominated by TA Woodbridge, seconded by Alfred Heath, proposed by WJ Squire, seconded by WH Walter MD, Proposed by E L Gosden, seconded by Albert Viccars, proposed by Henry Taylor, seconded by William Boter and others.
The local directories show that she was living at 49, Boston Park Road in 1918. It’s usually the man’s name shown as the main resident so was Mr Parsons then living/working at Stanwell Moor (see 1911 census below)?
After her election she was appointed to the Finance, Sanitary, Market, Maternity and Child Welfare Committees.
She had been born on January 9th 1867 (Brentford 3a 71 March quarter) and baptised at St Mary’s Ealing on February 24th 1867. Her father was Samuel, a Commercial Traveller and mother Georgina and they were living in Boston Park Road.
In the 1871 census Alice was 4 years old and had an older sister who was 5. They lived with Samuel (29 traveller) and mother CM (27 born Kensington) in Park Road.
Her marriage to James Parsons was registered in the March quarter 1898 (Brentford 3a 177). In 1891 he was a 34 year old gardener living with his mother (living on her own means) and 2 younger sisters at 1, Alma Villa, Albion Road, Isleworth. There was also a visitor resident at the time.
In the 1901 census James and Alice were living in Little Ealing. James (45) was a Market Gardener (Employer). Their address was shown as Parsons Gardens and they had a 3 year old son, Herbert J and Samuel WN 1 year 7 months.
By the time of the 1911 census they had moved to Har??? Rest, Heston Road, Stanwell Moor. James (59) was a Market Gardener born in Heston and working on his own account. Maud was 43 and shown as born in Brentford and ‘assisting in the business’. They had been married 13 years and had had 5 children (3 were living and 2 had died).
James Parsons aged 93 died September quarter 1946 Brentford 5e 78
James Parsons of Normaneville, Ridgeway Road, Osterley, Isleworth died September 25th 1946. Administration London to Elliven Maud Frances Hughes (wife of Kenneth Forrest Hughes) Effects £340.0.5d.
Alice MG died aged 81 in 1948.
Parsons Alice Maud Geraldine of Normaneville, Ridgeway Road, Isleworth widow died June 22nd 1948. Probate London 29 November to Elliven Maud Frances Hughes (wife of Kenneth Forrest Hughes).
I couldn’t find any mention of these deaths in the Middlesex Independent or the Brentford & Chiswick Times although this may have been because they’d moved out of the area.
Other materialJanet has also provided an electoral address by Alice Parsons, published 18 March 1922, also articles following the death of her father Samuel Neville (3 Sep 1913) and his funeral (6 Sep 1913). To be added as time permits.
Page published April 2013