Marion was born about 1830. Marion O'Shea ... I know very little about Marion O'shea. Her daughter Jessie was my grandmother. Jessie lived with us after the death of her husband and she told me a few things about the family.
My grandmother told me that her mother worked as a under maid, I suppose this means downstairs maid, for Lord Battenberg. I remember my grandmother telling me that later generations of this family changed their name to Mountbatten because of the war with Germany. The house she worked in was a London residence since Marion and her family lived in Westminster, London, near where the fire of London started originally. My grandmother told me that after Marion had her children she went back to work for the Battenberg's and worked in the laundry. She told me that sometimes the family would give her cast off clothes from the children. Unfortunately the children were boys and so my grandmother's brothers would get the cast off clothes. Nothing for the girls though. I'm assuming that the children whose clothes were given away were uncles/great uncles of Prince Charles or something.
My grandmother, who was elderly when I talked to her, was confused about her parents. That is to say. One parent was born in London and had Irish born parents while her other parent had come from Ireland by herself on a coal barge. I believe it was Marion who would have been born in Ireland. My grand mother said county cork, kildare, but I understand that county cork and kildare are in two separate places! Apparently the people in Ireland owned a tobacco shop.
I have the birth certificate for Marion's husband which shows he was born in London. But, I have no idea where his parents were from or who Marion's parents were. Marion and her husband met and Married in London I believe.
Marcia Thomas....her great grand daughter
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