Ada (Slate) Weatherall

Ada Jane (Slate) Weatherall (1892 - 1945)

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Ada Jane Weatherall formerly Slate
Born in Pancras, London, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 1915 in Plaistow St Mary, West Ham, Essex, Englandmap
Died in Surrey North-Eastern, Surrey, Englandmap
Profile last modified 5 Sep 2019 | Created 26 Aug 2019
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👶 Ada Jane Slate was born before the 31st March 1892, in Pancras, London, England, the second daughter (and only surviving child) of Frank Edward Slate and Elizabeth Theobald Smith.[1]

📝 In 1901 the family, with Ada aged 9 years, was living in Ilford, Essex, England. Frank was a book binder, and the family had two boarders: William G Hull (aged 22), and George Hicks (aged 28). Elizabeth is listed as aged 30, three years younger than her actual age, while Frank is correctly listed as aged 33.[2]

Ada was a teacher.

📝 In 1911 Ada (now aged 19 years), still with her parents Frank and Elizabeth, was living in Plaistow St Mary, Essex, England. Frank is a bank messenger, and Ada is a school teacher with the West Ham Council.[3]

Ada married Alexander Weatherall before the 31st December 1915, in West Ham, Essex, England.[4][5]   At that time getting married meant leaving one's position as teacher, as only unmarried women could be teachers, so Ada stayed home as a housewife. A few years later the Sex Disqualification Removal Act was passed (in 1919), which, in theory, allowed married women to work as teachers (and also in other work areas). However, with so many men out of work, married women holding jobs that maybe could be done by men was heavily frowned upon. Marriage bars were used to keep married women out of the workplace, also discriminating against widows as they were frequently considered still married by those enforcing these bars. Marriage bars in teaching were finally lifted in 1944, a little late for Ada.

👣 👣 Over the next couple of years Ada and Alexander expanded their family with a son, Cyril, born in 1916, and a daughter, Betty Jeannie, born in 1918.

In 1917 the family was struck a cruel blow when Ada's mother died not long before her 50th birthday. (Her aunt (her mother's twin sister) in Australia had also died young, several years before, at the age of 37 years.)

In 1919 Ada's father remarried, taking to wife 44-year-old Mildred Sneath. There were, however, to be no new siblings (presumably because Mildred was a little too old to be starting a family).

Ada Jane Weatherall née Slate passed away before the 30th September 1945, in Surrey North-Eastern, Surrey, England, aged 53 years. [6]


  1. General Register Office UK online search Births: Name: SLATE, ADA JANE Mother's Maiden Surname: SMITH GRO Reference:1892 M Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 58
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2019), Ada J Slate in household of Frank Edward Slate, Ilford, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Ilford subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 22 June 2019), Ada Slate in household of Frank Slate, Plaistow St Mary, Essex, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  4. FreeBMD UK Person one: Marriages Dec 1915 Surname Slate, First name(s) Ada J, Spouse Weatherall, District W.Ham, Vol 4a, Page 395
  5. FreeBMD UK Person two: Marriages Dec 1915 Surname Weatherall, First name(s) Alexander, Spouse Slate, District W.Ham, Vol 4a, Page 395
  6. General Register Office UK online search Deaths: Name: WEATHERALL, ADA JANE Age at Death (in years): 53 GRO Reference:1945 S Quarter in SURREY NORTH-EASTERN Volume 02A Page 126
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