Violet Ida Hunter (née Newman)
c1869 - ????

 Relationship to me: First Cousin Twice Removed Gen -2
 Born: c.1869, Hanover Square, London (see 1901 census)  
 Died: ????
 Age ??  
 Father:      Edwin 1829 - c1883
 Mother: Sophia B Armstrong b. c1836 (was 35 in 1871 census)
 Siblings: (elder) Sophia Jekyll. G. (born in London) b. c1858 - >1901
Charlotte E. (born in Dedham, Essex) b. c1860 (was 11 in 1871 census)
Edwin Henry Armstrong Newman b. c1862 (was 9 in 1871 census)
 Married: Frederick Hunter (see note below)
 Children: # Fredrick Edwin Neish Story Hunter b. c1895
  Violet b. c1897

Outline her Life:

The 1871 census shows Violet I (2) living with her parents, sister Charlotte E. (11) and brother Edwin H.A. (9) at Cravenn St, St Martin in the Fields in the City of Westminster. The 1881 census shows the family living at 35 Denbeigh Place, St George Hanover Square, London. The 1901 census shows her as Violet Hunter, married and head of the household, living at 57 Lauderdale Mansions, Paddington, with her two children: Stone (son) aged 6 born at Marylebone, and Violet aged 4 born at Elstree, Herts. Her bachelor brother Edwin (39) was also present but it does not say if he was a guest or was living permanently with his sister.

Notes: According to Violet's grand-daughter Diane Howard, Frederick's "family of Surgeons were not pleased when he became an actor". Furthermore, she reports, "according to the family my Great Grandmother was also an actress and made some silent movies. I think the Newman family may also have disapproved and feel that she may have been cut off." Diane records also that her "mother remembers a little about her Grandmother who spoke well and told amazing stories and was very intelligent. She was quite poor when she died (at Woolwich) but had a house filled with fine furniture and orniments. There are various stories of what happened to her husband, including one in which he died on the Gold Coast having gone from being an Actor to a Doctor!"

[Note by CJEN : It is indeed possible that Violet was cut off by the Newman family, since it appears that she lived not so far away from her first cousins - my grandparents Walter and Lilian Newman (who were also first cousins of each other). They lived in Kensington from 1900 and moved to Northwood in 1907 where they lived the rest of their lives.  My father makes no mention of anyone with the name of Violet or Hunter in his anecdotes from his childhood.  Nor does Violet, her brother or even her father appear on the family tree that my father left me, which makes me certain that he knew nothing of them because he was quite punctilious with his notes about the family's history.  Probably his parents knew nothing of Violet either because they had both spent their early years living in Alnwick in the north east of England. Lilian was also something of a genealogist, so it seems likely that she would have added Violet to her version of the tree had she known about her . So if they didn't know of her, then perhaps it could have been because of a conspiracy of silence amongst the older generation.]

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